Home Depot joins Celebration of Service for veterans
The Home Depot Foundation joined The Mission Continues and the band 3 Doors Down to launch its "Celebration of Service” campaign for veterans. The campaign includes 200 service projects aimed at improving homes, facilities and community centers where veterans live and receive services.
Also, The Home Depot Foundation will donate more than $9 million in grants to nearly 30 nonprofit organizations serving veterans during the Celebration of Service campaign. One million dollars in grants will be announced each Monday morning via Twitter and Facebook, and will also be featured on The Home Depot Foundation’s website at homedepotfoundation.org.
"The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we intend to improve the lives and living conditions of thousands of veterans across the country during our Celebration of Service campaign," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation.
The program also includes a consumer element. Shoppers can contribute by purchasing a Celebration of Service-themed gift card from The Home Depot between Sept. 11 and Veterans Day. Five percent of the value placed on these cards, available both in-store and online, will be donated to The Home Depot Foundation to support nonprofit organizations serving the housing needs of veterans.
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Milwaukee introduces cordless caulk and adhesive gun
Milwaukee Electric Tool introduced the M18 Cordless Caulk and Adhesive Gun, with a pitch built around additional power.
Capable of delivering up to 950 lbs. of force for the highest viscosity materials, this powerful applicator supplies unmatched pushing force for the toughest applications, even in cold temperatures. The variable speed trigger and six-setting maximum speed dial optimize the tool’s 0-21 IPM (inches per minute) flow rate.
“The combination of incredible power and optimized speed settings will provide users with the ideal solution for dispensing a wide range of sealants and adhesives,” said David Lincoln, associate product manager for Milwaukee. “The M18 Caulk Gun also gives users the ability to accomplish these projects with less fatigue as dispensing constantly with manual tools can be very cumbersome.”
Also, an Anti-Drip mechanism stops excess material from oozing upon the release of the trigger.
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U.S. Green Building Council prevails in lawsuit
The U.S. District Court in New York City has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Green Building Council that accused it of false advertising in connection to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
The lawsuit, which sought class action status, was filed by Henry Gifford of Energy Saving Science and several others, who took issue with the LEED’s system because it gives out “energy saving” ratings regardless of how much energy or water buildings use.
The federal court dismissed the false advertising claims “with prejudice,” meaning that the plaintiffs are barred from filing a new suit based on those claims. The ruling simultaneously dismissed plaintiffs’ state law false advertising claims.
“This successful outcome is a testament to our process and to our commitment to do what is right,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Thousands of people around the world use LEED because it’s a proven tool for achieving our mission of transforming the built environment. We’re grateful that the court found in our favor so we can give our full attention to the important work before us.”
When contacted by email by Home Channel News, Gifford responded: “I and many other people are disappointed to see that for the immediate future, the building energy use standard for our industry and our country will continue to be a system based on predictions and anonymity with respect to how much energy buildings actually use, while the rest of the world focuses on saving actual measured energy.”
He added: “Nobody knows if it is more important to build with recycled material or locate a building near a train station. LEED claims to measure these unmeasurable things, while settling for estimates of the most important two impacts a building has on the environment: water use and energy use, both of which are measured every month.”