Home Depot salutes American Legion with $1m donation
Gaven Gregory, executive director of the Home Depot Foundation, announced last week that the organization’s next focus would be on the American Legion — in the form of a $1 million dedication, to be exact.
“We do thousands of community service projects every year, and hundreds of them are at your posts,” Gregory said at the 96th National Convention of The American Legion, held in Charlotte, North Carolina. “When we got involved in this relationship, a lot of it was because those folks in the field (Team Depot) had done projects with you and said, ‘Hey, look, The American Legion is important to us. It’s important to our communities. And we want to do more.’ We took that guidance and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do more.’”
The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot have played a hand in improving more than 13,000 homes for veterans over the past three years. To illustrate his point, Gregory showed examples of American Legion projects across the country, many of which involved actual American Legion posts.
“Since the launch of our mission, our volunteers have touched the homes and lives of veterans in every state, in thousands of cities across the country," he continued. "We’re pretty proud of that. We have developed a powerful alliance with The American Legion over the years. We’ve worked together across the country to improve the lives of our veterans, from touching up posts to repairing homes for Legion members in need.”
“I’m so proud of this relationship and the amazing work we do together. That’s why we are incredibly proud to announce we are committing an investment of $1 million over the next year at American Legion posts and veterans across the country, in alliance with The American Legion. We know we’re going to be working together for a long time.”
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Lowe’s ordered to pay 2×4 settlement
A Marin County California judge ordered Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s to pay a $1.6 million settlement over a lawsuit alleging the inaccurate description of structural dimensional building products.
One upshot of the settlement is the intention of Lowe’s to include the actual product dimensions of 2×4 lumber (1.5 inches by 3.5 inches) along with the description of the product as a “2×4.”
The suit arose from a civil enforcement action filed by district attorneys of several California counties.
"Consumers should expect when making product purchases that retailers are providing accurate information especially when misinformation could adversely affect building projects that more often than not rely on precise measurements," said District Attorney Ed Berberian.
Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb told HCN by e-mail that there are about 100 stores affected by the settlement. "Enhanced product signage and labeling is now on Lowes.com and in Lowe’s advertising," she said. "And work is underway to update signage in California stores."
In a statement, Cobb added: "Periodically, representatives of local Weights and Measures departments visit retailers, and they expressed concerns about common product measurements, such as a 2×4 piece of lumber.
"These visits were initiated as a result of standards set by California’s Division of Measurement Standards, which relies upon guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology concerning the sale of certain commodity products.
"Historically, Lowe’s provided information about product dimensions received from vendors. Moving forward, customers will now be able to locate product by actual and common dimensions as provided by vendors for certain building products. For example, for a piece of lumber commonly known as a 2X4, customers will see both the common name (2×4) and the actual product dimensions (1.5 x 3.5 inches).
"Both Lowe’s and the California DAs agreed that a settlement is in the best interest of all parties. It allows us to continue moving forward with our program to provide both actual and common product dimensions and meet our shared goals."
The settlement was ordered by Marin Superior Court Judge Paul Haakenson.
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There may be an upside: The ruling may serve to encourage product developers of all kinds to publish explicit specifications for their products, allowing users to see if products are compatible.
CertainTeed gets into continuing education
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based CertainTeed Corporation is sharpening its skills via the launch of its new Academy of Continuing Education.
The Academy, which was developed in conjunction with McGraw Hill Construction, will provide high-level training in building science expertise, taught by subject matter experts and via live events.
"For nearly 20 years, CertainTeed has been educating architects and design professionals on the latest trends, building and product innovations," said Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed. "The Academy of Continuing Education takes education delivery to a whole new level by making it easy and efficient for busy professionals who need more dynamic ways of learning in their ever-changing professions."
Coursework is aimed at drawing connections between need-to-know industry subject matter and relevant products and solutions from CertainTeed. Examples include "Understanding and Improving Indoor Air Quality," "Understanding LEED 2009 vs. LEED Version 4: Driving Transparency in the Marketplace" and "Creating Superior Acoustic Environments in Schools with Evidence-Based Design."
The courses are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with many also bearing the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) stamp of approval.
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