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KB Home, Build San Antonio Green introduce ZeroHouse 2.0

BY HBSDealer Staff

KB Home and Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) have announced the start of their partnership by recognizing KB Home’s first BSAG-Certified home, located in San Antonio, at an event at KB Home’s La Fontana community. The first certified home, named ZeroHouse 2.0, is KB Home’s first net-zero energy home and goes beyond the BSAG program’s guidelines. 

"KB Home is proud to be partnering with Build San Antonio Green to help area residents save money and energy by constructing homes that meet this organization’s stringent guidelines," said Ken Langston, president of KB Home’s Central Texas division. "Our new ZeroHouse 2.0 and all of our new Built to Order homes in San Antonio include high-performance products, and incorporate efficient construction techniques and technologies in order to deliver an attractive new home with proven value to our customers."

Beginning Dec. 1, all new homes built in KB Home’s communities in San Antonio will be BSAG Certified, in addition to being Energy Star-qualified. Homes built to BSAG’s Certification are at least 15% more energy efficient than standard municipal code requirements. BSAG’s certification requirements include energy and water efficiency and indoor air quality standards.

With the introduction of ZeroHouse 2.0 to San Antonio, home buyers may be able to eliminate their monthly electricity charges entirely if they incorporate the ZeroHouse 2.0 energy efficiency options into their home at the KB Home Studio. The higher efficiency of the ZeroHouse 2.0 is the result of a whole-home approach, which includes increased insulation, upgraded HVAC systems and dual-pane, low-e windows and solar panels on the roof.

"Build San Antonio Green applauds KB Home for their commitment to sustainable construction practices and is pleased to welcome them to our team," said Anita Devora, executive director for BSAG. "Their commitment to our program shows home buyers and the marketplace that going ‘green’ makes good sense for not only the environment, but also for their business and for their customers."

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C.Stoett says:
Feb-28-2012 03:36 am

I think it is important to
I think it is important to have an energy efficient house, to help with reducing the burden on the environment. For myself, I try to reduce the amount of air-conditioning I use by allowing breezes and drafts to blow through my house, cooling it down. I installed Stoett screen doors in order to achieve this. I am now planning to install solar panels so I can generate my own electricity. Stoett

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Plum Creek Q3 earnings rise

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Plum Creek Timber Co. posted third-quarter earnings of $50 million, up 56% from $32 million in the third quarter of 2010. Revenues for the period totaled $293 million, up 13% from $259 million in the same period last year. 

Earnings for the first nine months of 2011 were $132 million, down 14% from $154 million in the year-ago period. Revenues for the period totaled $852 million, up 2% from $834 million in the first nine month of 2010.

"Business conditions were largely unchanged during the past quarter, with relatively attractive pulpwood markets in most regions, healthy sawlog markets in the Northwest and Northeast and continued weak sawlog markets in the South,” said Rick Holley, president and CEO. “Our results for the quarter came in much as we anticipated.

"The company’s balance sheet remains healthy and we continue to have excellent financial flexibility. We continue to manage our portfolio of timber and land assets to maximize the long-term value of the company on a per-share basis. Consistent with this strategy, we completed the acquisition of 50,000 acres of timberlands in Georgia and Alabama during the quarter in addition to repurchasing nearly $25 million of stock," Holley added. 

During the third quarter, the company acquired 50,000 acres of timberlands in Georgia and Alabama for about $75 million.

Plum Creek expects fourth-quarter income to be between $0.37 and $0.42 per share, resulting in full-year 2011 income from continuing operations between $1.18 and $1.23 per share.

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Tamko makes donation to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

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Tamko Building Products is donating seven complete asphalt roofing systems and three composite decking packages to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

The show will build seven houses in seven days, its largest project to date. The build is part of the recovery effort in Joplin, Mo., after the tornado hit on May 22.

Tamko was founded in Joplin in 1944 and has been part of the community for 67 years. 

“We are pleased to make this donation in support of the residents of Joplin and the rebuilding efforts that are taking place,” president David Humphreys said.

Tamko recently donated a complete decking system to another “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build in Springfield, Mass., in August.

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P.Banik says:
Mar-16-2012 11:40 am

Such programs should be
Such programs should be supported. We should be responsible towards those people who need our help. Be a part of this noble initiative. Be a part of a charity program. You could donate money, food to any charity program and at the same time you could also donate car in a car donation program.

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