Gold medal efficiency in Whistler, B.C.
RDC Fine Homes of Whistler, British Columbia, is showcasing its Whistler Vision Net Zero House with the help of several industry suppliers intent on boosting their credentials as energy efficient.
The home is constructed along the 2010 Winter Olympics route to the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain venue. In true Olympic spirit, the home aspires to its own medal ceremony: It hopes to achieve LEED Platinum, the highest attainable certification under the internationally recognized green building certification system.
The home will operate independently from the power grid and will harvest solar energy on-site. Among the brands on display are CertainTeed Weather Boards fiber cement siding and ProRoc gypsum products. Others include Kohler and Cascadia Windows and Doors.
Pulte Homes’ green efforts to air on Discovery Channel
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Pulte Homes will be featured in the debut episode of “The Green Room,” a program dedicated to environmental stewardship on the Discovery Channel. The episode will air Feb. 13, at 7:30 a.m. in all time zones.
Pulte’s segment will highlight the home builder’s Villa Trieste community in Las Vegas and its efforts to promote energy efficiency, including its smart home technology, which allows homeowners to lower their energy consumption and bills.
Pulte Homes recently received the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2009 Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Award for Homes Outstanding Production Builder.
Pulte Homes is currently building in more than 800 new communities in 29 states, and many of the homes will include energy-efficient features, including smart thermostats, blown-in insulation, Low-E windows and Energy Star appliances.
“Some of the technologies we use are obvious, while others quietly contribute behind the scenes, all working together to reduce energy costs,” said Walter Cuculic, director of sustainability. “A great example is the use of high-efficiency toilets, which can save a family of four up to 8,000 gallons of water each year compared with older toilets.”
“The Green Room” is hosted by former NBC News correspondent John Holden.
Bradco acquires a North Carolina roofing distributor
Building material and roofing leader Bradco Supply acquired Insulation Systems Inc. (ISI), a distributor of commercial roofing products with three offices throughout North Carolina. The move marks Bradco’s sixth expansion or acquisition over the past 12 months.
Avenel, N.J.-based Bradco, No. 7 on last year’s Home Channel News Top 350 Pro Dealers Scoreboard with 2008 revenues of $1.7 billion, will continue to operate the three branches under the ISI name. Dewey Haizlip, former owner of ISI, will remain on board to help with the transition. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Bradco is very excited about our acquisition of Insulation Systems Inc., as we believe it will serve to strengthen our commercial roofing presence in North Carolina, while complementing Bradco’s existing four branch locations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greensboro,” said Martin Segal, VP acquisitions for Bradco. “We are pleased to welcome Dewey Haizlip and all the employees of ISI into the Bradco family. Bradco and ISI remain committed to providing area contractors with a broad range of products and the best customer service in the industry.”
ISI maintains headquartered at 711 Camann St. in Greensboro, with its two other offices located at 2323 Hickory Lane in Charlotte and at 516 S. New Hope Rd. in Raleigh.
The ISI acquisition marks its sixth expansion over the past 12 months and its first in 2010. In October, Bradco acquired Premier Supply of Denver. In June it acquired Dynamic Roofing & Siding Supply of Warminster, Pa. And in April, Bradco acquired Quality Roofing Supplies of Schenectady, N.Y.
Bradco currently operates more than 130 locations throughout 30 states.