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The Home Depot tackles energy, embraces Habitat

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Depot’s latest effort in community building involves a partnership with MasterCard and a donation — of up to $1 million — to Habitat for Humanity.

During the month of October, which is Energy Awareness Month, 10% of the appliance price of all purchases of Energy Star-qualified appliance products made with a MasterCard at The Home Depot will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International.

“The Home Depot is passionate about providing its customers with easy, affordable ways to lower the cost of operating their homes on a daily basis, and we are committed to helping Habitat for Humanity build energy-efficient homes for families in need,” said Dwaine Kimmet, treasurer and VP financial services at The Home Depot. “This program brings those two causes together by giving customers an incentive to make purchases that will conserve energy and save money, while also supporting the important mission of Habitat for Humanity.”

Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation partnered in 2009 to launch a five-year green building initiative to help Habitat affiliates in the United States incorporate sustainable building practices in 5,000 homes. Funded by a $30 million grant from The Home Depot Foundation, the partnership has already resulted in the construction of 1,500 homes that meet Energy Star guidelines or another nationally recognized green building standard.

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Jersey Shore TV: Home improvement edition

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A home in Seaside Heights, N.J., will receive a makeover on the regional home improvement show “George to the Rescue.” A new porch and four-season room built with AZEK deck products will figure prominently.

The renovated house belongs to a family whose father suffered a severe stroke that left him paralyzed. One feature of the renovation is its low-maintenance requirement, according to Michael Gori, decking product manager for AZEK Building Products.

“AZEK Tahoe nicely matches the look of homes along the New Jersey shoreline and will resist stains, scratches and even moisture for years to come,” Gori said.

The show will appear Oct. 9 on NBC local media stations.

“There is nothing more rewarding than helping deserving families and making their home improvement dreams a reality,” said the show’s host, George Oliphant.

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Dealer named in drywall suit

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ASouth Dakota couple who claim their house was built with toxic drywall has named ProBuild, along with manufacturer US Gypsum, as defendants in a federal lawsuit, according to an article in the Daily Republic.

Brandon and Renae Gades of Mitchell, S.D., claim that they made extensive renovations to their home using drywall that was contaminated by sulfur dioxide and other harmful substances. These contaminants resulted in health problems and emotional distress, they allege.

The couple said they moved out of the home after their toddler had a seizure in April 2009. They claim that their home is now “valueless.”

US Gypsum produced the drywall, according to the court record. UBC/ProBuild is listed as a building supply center owned by ProBuild Holdings.

USG denies that any of the company’s drywall installed in the Gades home contains any harmful substance, the newspaper reported.

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