KB Home introduces LEED Platinum Calif. community
Los Angeles-based KB Home has unveiled Primera Terra, one of the largest communities of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified homes in California, according to the home builder. The 52 luxury condominium homes in Playa Vista are built with sustainable materials and are equipped with energy- and water-saving features.
According to KB Home, the homes at Primera Terra are at least 40% more energy-efficient than California’s Title 24 new home standards, with estimated heating and cooling costs as little as $57 per month. KB Home will include its new Energy Performance Guide or EPG, which provides an estimate of monthly heating and cooling costs.
"Primera Terra is our first LEED Platinum-certified community in a prime location on the Westside of Los Angeles, and once again shows how focused we are as a company in being an industry leader and innovator in the area of environmental sustainability," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "Consumers may not be familiar with the LEED program, so we want to show home shoppers how these new KB homes can deliver incredible value to their owners, while setting a higher standard for environmentally conscious living."
Primera Terra offers six floor plans, ranging in size from 965 sq. ft. to 1,504 sq. ft., with up to three bedrooms and two baths. Built-in green include tankless water heaters, Energy Star-qualified appliances and lighting, high-efficiency windows and WaterSense-labeled faucets and toilets. All homes will also have an energy monitoring system that tracks electricity usage throughout the day, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, from any computer or Web-enabled mobile device.
In addition, Primera Terra homes maximize fresh air indoors with combustion venting, an active ventilation system and exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Low-VOC paint and flooring also reduces toxins that can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
BMC opens LBM distribution center in Denver
Boise, Idaho-based BMC opened its new lumber and building materials distribution center in Denver, Colo.
The lumberyard and distribution center will serve all of Colorado’s Front Range, as well as Summit County and Southern Wyoming.
“The location of this new distribution center and lumberyard is critical to the reemergence of the residential housing market in the Denver Metro and Colorado markets,” said Peter Alexander, chief executive officer of BMC. “Our customers will benefit from an increased service level, more capacity in the Denver Metro area, quick response time, greater depth of inventory and the availability of optimized packages of engineered wood products.
BMC serves customer segments that will drive the housing market as it begins to come back from the challenging economic climate, including production and custom homebuilders, repair and remodeling contractors and light commercial contractors.
Services offered at the new BMC facility include: quick response and precisely timed deliveries enabled by BMC’s state-of-the-art dispatch system, as well as BMC’s fleet of semi-truck flatbeds with truck-mounted forklifts that allow for tailored deliveries of large amounts of materials, sequenced and placed on the job site to improve contractor efficiency.
Products carried at the facility include: I-joists and engineered wood products, dimensional framing lumber, panel products and job site construction supplies.
Chris Jones, manager, will oversee the lumber and distribution center.
Remodeling activity climbs everywhere but Midwest
Residential remodeling activity in March 2011 rose 14% in year-over-year comparisons, according to an index compiled by BuildFax, which uses a national database of building permit data. All regions of the country showed gains with the exception of the Midwest, which posted a decline in remodels.
The same trend held true in year-over-year comparisons. The BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) for March 2011 registered 17 straight months of year-over-year gains.
The West posted the largest gains, up 18.5 points (22%) year-over-year and up 5.4 points (6%) month-over-month. The Northeast gained 2.7 points (4%) year-over-year and 4.5 points (8%) month-over-month, and the South improved 7.8 points (10%) year-over-year and 7 points (9%) month-over-month. The Midwest, however, saw significant drops, down 15.3 points (20%) year-over-year and 3.3 points (5%) month-over-month.
“The winter of 2010/2011 was one of the worst on record,” said Joe Emison, VP research and development at BuildFax. “The economy is continuing to struggle, and gas prices have soared. However, consumers in March still continued spending on renovations and home improvements as they drove the remodeling industry to yet another month of solid gains compared with a year ago. Significant improvements in the West continue to drive activity nationally to the best year in remodeling since 2006.”
Based in Austin, Texas, BuildFax derives its remodeling index on monthly building permit activity filed with local building departments across the country.