Home Depot acquires home services platform provider

BY Brae Canlen

Home Depot has announced the purchase of Redbeacon, an online matchmaker that connects consumers with contractors for home repairs, maintenance and remodeling. The purchase price was not disclosed. 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Redbeacon connects homeowners with a network of plumbers, electricians, landscapers, house cleaners and other service providers that have been pre-screened and background checked. Through Redbeacon, professionals can bids on jobs that are submitted — by email or mobile app — by consumers. Redbeacon then helps set up the appointment. 

Redbeacon’s leadership team will stay in place at company headquarters in San Mateo, Calif. 

Peter J. Solomon Co. acted as financial adviser, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted as legal adviser to The Home Depot, according to the announcement.


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Market Recap: RISI Crow’s Construction Materials Cost Index



A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 20, 2012

*Western – regional species perimeter foundation; Southern – regional species slab construction.

Crow’s Market Recap — A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow’s Weekly Market Report. 

Lumber: Demand for SPF lumber drew even quieter at a time when the need for mills to get orders grew greater. The result was a clear downturn in prices. Producers entered the market with varying degrees of aggressiveness, in some instances depending on how well mills were running in frigid weather. Southern Pine producers continued to experience good follow-through demand early, but activity slowed by Thursday. Producers aggressively pushed quotes higher early, leading to double-digit price increases. Those price increases prompted buyers to view the market more cautiously.  Buyers perceived some market weakness in the Coastal species lumber market and tried to talk mills into discounts. Overall, sales activity was down. Aside from the occasional move-off of floor stocks, discounts were limited. Inland lumber producers reported a quieter week of sales. The muted activity was said to be partially caused by a shortened week for some and winter weather settling over the upper half of the country. Buyers of Ponderosa Pine boards struggled to find good tallies at Inland mills and sometimes had to settle for what they could get. Some cleanup items were offered but at market prices. Supplies of Idaho White Pine were light and prices were firm. Eastern White Pine buyers looked for mixed loads with very specific tallies. Radiata Pine Mldg&Btr sales were light but steady, and no price changes were reported. Sales of Shop were virtually non-existent. Seasonal sales activity remained moderate in the Western Red Cedar market. Producers reported a few more orders consisting of carload quantities, but assumed many customers were waiting until the calendar draws closer to springtime before increasing their inventories.

Panels: OSB producers were able to put another mark in the plus column for this week. The market started out on a somewhat quiet note, but activity picked up and by week’s end, prices were up and order files were extended. Sales activity in the Southern Pine plywood market settled into a slower but steady pace. Mill volumes sold were often less than a week’s production, but enough to extend more order files out into the week of Feb. 13. Eastside activity outpaced the Central and West zones. Most Western Fir plywood mills were able to cling to stable sheathing prices. Some discounting did take place, although other mills carried order files into the week of Feb. 6. The Canadian plywood market was influenced by winter weather buyers attending the WRLA show. As lower-priced panels were sold off early, mills raised their asking levels. A slightly improved particleboard market that began to appear after the first of the year took another step forward. Sales out of distribution yards also improved. MDF sales again lagged particleboard.

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D.C., Colorado top LEED list

BY Brae Canlen

Using a per-capita basis, the District of Columbia, Colorado and Illinois lead the nation in LEED-certified buildings, according to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings was based on the U.S. 2010 census information.

  Sq. ft. of space to earn LEED certification in 2011 Per capita
District of Columbia 18,954,022 31.50
Colorado 13,803,113 2.74 
Illinois   34,567,585 2.69 
Virginia  19,358,193 2.42 
Washington 14,667,558 2.18 
Maryland   11,970,869 2.07 
Massachusetts 13,087,625 2.00 
Texas   50,001,476 1.99 
California   71,551,296 1.92 
New York   36,538,981 1.89 
Minnesota   9,591,445   1.81 












LEED is the internationally recognized mark of green building excellence, with more than 44,000 projects commercial projects bearing one of the organization’s gold, silver or platinum designations. In addition, more than 16,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 67,000 more homes registered. The U.S. Green Building Council administers the LEED green building certification system. 

Notable newly certified projects in 2011 include the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., which is distinguished as the oldest LEED-certified project in the world; the LEED-Platinum Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colo.; the iconic Wrigley Building in Chicago; Frito-Lay in Lynchburg, Va., which earned LEED Gold for the operations and maintenance of an existing building; the LEED Silver Hard Rock Café in Seattle; Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.; Yawkey Distribution Center of The Greater Boston Food Bank in Massachusetts; the LEED Gold Austin Convention Center in Texas; SFO’s LEED Gold Terminal 2 in San Francisco; the LEED-Platinum Hotel Skylar in Syracuse, N.Y.; and the LEED Platinum Marquette Plaza in Minneapolis, Minn.


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