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Call for entries announced for 2013 NAHBGreen Awards

BY Ken Clark

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is now accepting submissions for its 2013 NAHBGreen Awards. Each year, NAHB recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in residential green design and construction practices and for green building program and advocacy efforts.

This year, the award winners will be revealed to an even wider audience than in past years, with the awards being announced on Jan. 23 in conjunction with the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. 

"The NAHBGreen Awards showcase the best and most innovative work in green," said NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. "This is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to be recognized for their hard work." 

The awards are open to both NAHB members and non-NAHB members. To be eligible for the Green Project of the Year categories, projects must have been started no earlier than January 2010 and substantially completed by December 2012. 

Categories include Project of the Year-Single Family, Project of the Year-Multifamily, Project of the Year-Remodel, Project of the Year-Site Development and Advocate of the Year.

All homes and developments must be scored to the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard, to ensure fair comparisons for judging purposes. This can be done by using the online Green Scoring Tool at nahbgreen.org.

All entries must be received by Oct. 18, 2012. Application fees are $250 for Project of the Year categories and $150 for the Advocate of the Year award.

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Home Depot partners with 360Buy.com

BY Brae Canlen

Home Depot has reached an agreement with 360Buy.com, one of China’s biggest Internet retailers, to launch its own Chinese e-commerce sales effort, according to an article in the Morning Whistle.

The Atlanta retailer announced on Sept. 13 that it will close its seven remaining big-box stores in China in order to focus on specialty stores and online offerings in that market. The company said it was in the beginning stages of developing relationships with several of China’s leading e-commerce websites, but it did not name which ones.

But Carol Tome, Home Depot’s CFO, told the Reuters Retail and Consumer Summit that Home Depot has already started selling goods on 360buy.com in China and is looking for opportunities to partner with other e-commerce sites. 

Home Depot and 360Buy.com had been working together for about 10 days, Tome said on Sept. 14. Home Depot is also in discussions with Alibaba Group’s Tmall.com, a competitor of 360Buy.com, she reported. 

According to the agreement so far, 360Buy.com will provide Home Depot with a platform to open its online stores, according to the Morning Whistle.

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Industry Dashboard for Sept. 24, 2012

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Triple play: Totals starts, single-family starts and existing-home sales are all running ahead of last month and last year. Gas prices slip a nickel compared with last week.

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