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Home Depot adds new line of appliances

BY Ken Clark

Home Depot has announced the expansion of its major appliance brands by adding Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire in a limited number of stores and on Homedepot.com.

The appliances will be available through the company’s Depot Direct delivery network and available to be ordered in all U.S. stores. Depot Direct includes more than 3,000 appliances delivered and installed to the customer’s home within one to five days of purchase. Appliance purchases through Depot Direct include free delivery and haul-away.

"We are dedicated to offering the widest selection and assortment of top brands to our customers, and this expansion helps us deliver on that commitment," said Craig Menear, executive VP merchandising. "We are always looking for ways to improve the shopping experience for customers."

Electrolux described the expansion as a “staged rollout” of Electrolux major appliances under the Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery and Electrolux brands. The product line will include ovens, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and laundry machines.

“This is a new customer for us, and a fantastic opportunity to grow Electrolux while offering more consumers our innovative products,” said Jack Truong, head of Electrolux major appliances North America. “This new business accelerates our growth in North America and provides the opportunity to intensify our investments in innovation and benefit-driven design across the Frigidaire and Electrolux brands. All of our customers — including The Home Depot — will benefit from the investment to drive growth.”

Rival retailers Lowe’s, Sears, Menards and Sears also select Electrolux appliances, although in some cases, not every brand or kind of appliance that Electrolux makes.

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EP Henry points to eco benefits

BY HBSDealer Staff

According to paver manufacturer EP Henry, maker of the ECO line of permeable pavers, there are several ways an outdoor paved area can be environmentally friendly, contribute to LEED certification and earn the owner tax credits.

The benefits apply to homes and businesses, according to the company. Here are six:

• Storm water management: Traditional, non-PICP paving systems block precipitation from soaking into the soil, creating pools of run-off water. By allowing water to flow through its surface, permeable pavers help prevent storm water runoff and reduce soil erosion.

• Decreased water pollution: When rain water runs across impervious surfaces, it picks up pollutants and carries them to a larger water supply. Permeable products reduce runoff and subsequent pollution, and also adhere to the Stormwater Best Management Practices as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

• Compliance with storm water regulations: In an effort to manage runoff and pollution, local governments often place limits on the amount of impervious surface coverage permitted at each residential or commercial property. Some municipal agencies offer stormwater reduction incentives for permaeable pavers. Incentives include tax credits and reduced water rates. 

• Credits toward LEED certification: For builders, businesses and homeowners looking to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status from the U.S. Green Building Council, they can gain credits toward certification by using ECO Line to build the structure’s paved surfaces.

• Rain water irrigation: Installing systems that capture and hold rain water — known as “rain harvesting” — allows homeowners to irrigate areas of their property with captured rain water instead of municipal or well water.

• A more aesthetic approach: Other environmentally friendly paving systems, such as porous concrete or asphalt, offer little to no options in terms of appearance.

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Philly’s first net-zero townhomes in the works

BY Ken Clark

In downtown Philadelphia, Nexus EnergyHomes is bringing to market the first net-zero capable townhomes in the city while advancing the green building trend.   

Nexus’ Foundry Court project consists of five lots located at 4th and Brown St. in Northern Liberties. Each of the homes will be built to Emerald Certification standards, the highest green building standards set out by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They will also be Net-Zero, capable of generating as much energy as they use, saving the homeowners thousands of dollars each year on utility bills from day one.

The Maryland-based company is committed to promoting Philadelphia’s growth by partnering with local investors, government agencies and businesses such as the highly regarded Northern Liberties design team of Ed Fink and Alex Duller and their firm, FUSA Design, who have created architectural renderings featuring 2800+ sq. ft. of light-filled living space, garages, light towers and roof decks. The designs are modern with a nod to the traditional.

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