KB Home makes Energy Star appliances standard
Home builder KB Home will build new homes exclusively with Energy Star-qualified refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry appliances from Whirlpool. The arrangement will begin in 2008.
In a prepared statement, Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home, said the move is the latest effort to build homes that are environmentally friendly. “This action will also help our homeowners join in the global effort to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources, while achieving substantial savings in utility costs over the long term,” he said.
The Los Angeles-based home builder has built more than 42,000 Energy Star-designated homes in cooperation with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy.
“We applaud KB Home’s leadership in ensuring that energy-efficient appliances are standard in the thousands of new homes the company builds each year,” said Sam Rashkin, director of the Energy Star for Homes program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Founder of ABC Supply dies in accident at home
Ken Hendricks, founder, chairman and CEO of ABC Supply, passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 21 after falling from a construction site at his home. Hendricks was 66 years old.
The cause of death was a massive head injury. Hendricks died in surgery following the accident on Thursday evening.
Hendricks started his career as a roofer and went on to found the industry’s largest distributor of roofing materials, with 390 locations in 46 states. Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., ABC Supply also distributes siding, windows and other exterior building materials. The company ranked fifth on HCN’s Top 350 Pro Dealer scoreboard in 2007.
St.-Gobain targets Denmark, Estonia
St.-Gobain, one of the largest global distributors of building materials, has announced its plans to acquire the building materials division of DLH Group of Denmark. Reuters reported the purchase price as $115.5 million.
The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, would bring St.-Gobain 18 outlets and a logistics center in Denmark, where DLH is the third largest player in the building materials industry.
St.-Gobain is also in exclusive talks with Famar Desi, the leading building materials distributor in Estonia. Famar Desi’s network includes 16 locations, including two in Latvia. Also subject to regulatory approval, the deal would establish St.-Gobain’s first building materials operations in those countries.
St.-Gobain’s building materials distribution network includes more than 4,000 outlets in 24 countries.