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KB Home embraces solar as a standard

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Solar power is a standard feature in 10 Southern California communities built by Los Angeles-based KB Home.

KB has experimented with solar programs for years, said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "With this announcement, we are raising the bar even higher and taking an important step in making our homes even more efficient and affordable for our home buyers over the long term, especially when compared with resale homes," he said.

The photovoltaic solar systems will help KB homeowners reduce their monthly energy bills and cost of homeownership, while also benefiting the environment, the builder said.

While KB Home has provided solar power systems as an option for its home buyers in select communities in California and Colorado for a number of years, this is the first time it will build entire communities featuring solar power systems for every home.

SunPower Corp. will provide the solar technology. 

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LMC launches new website

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Wayne, Pa.-based Lumbermens Merchandising Corp. (LMC) relaunched its corporate website and reported a surge in traffic.

The redesigned site provides LMC dealers with access to electronic invoicing, accounting functions, product and program information and member news, among other things.

The company said initial traffic to the site has risen 250% during the first few weeks in operation. The new site was first introduced to members through live demonstrations during the LMC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., March 3 to 4. 

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Dismantled sawmill off to Siberia

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A shuttered Maine sawmill has been dismantled and shipped off to Russia, where it will be reassembled in a timber-rich region of Siberia, according to an article in the Kennebec Journal.

It took workers two months to take apart and pack up the structure and equipment of Morgan Lumber, a 28,000-sq.-ft. former sawmill located in  Bingham, Maine. The owner, citing the housing slump, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in June, according to the article. A bank holding company in Canada with a lien on the property foreclosed on it and then sold the mill to a Russian company.

Russia has lost a considerable amount of wood products trade since 2007, when it imposed a 25% tariff on its own exported logs, which come mainly from Siberia. Russian trade officials wanted China and other trading partners to buy finished products, like lumber, instead. Since that time, China has largely turned to Canada and the United States for its log imports. 

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A.Mert says:
Mar-24-2011 10:58 am

I sure hoped that the
I sure hoped that the dismantled parts of the sawmill has some fleet tracking device on them so that it would be easy to recover them in case some mishandling occurs. In some places, there are strict regulations about trading of lumbers and woods. But this industry has lots of profits in it.

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