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Mike Henley, formerly of Strober’s, passes

BY Brae Canlen

Mike Henley, a Strober’s salesman whose battle with early onset Alzheimer’s was chronicled in Newsday, died from complications of the disease at the age of 47.

Henley started his career in the LBM industry at the now defunct Channel home improvement store, in New Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1985. He was hired at Strober Building Supply as a salesman at the Farmingdale, N.Y., store. 

In the late 1990s, when Henley was married with two small children, he began having severe memory problems and other behavioral problems, according to the Newsday obituary. In April 2001, Henley was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He was 36.

Henley was given a life expectancy of five to seven years but lived for another 11 years. The Henley family’s struggles to take care of him at home were depicted in Newsday’s 2009 series "Alzheimer’s: The Love and the Heartbreak."

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NVR named 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year

BY HBSDealer Staff

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named NVR the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year for the large home builder category for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through building Energy Star homes. 

NVR, which will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 15, has committed to the next level of Energy Star (version 3.0) for 2012.  NVR uses the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) to measure energy efficiency and tests 100% of its homes for compliance with Energy Star standards. 

"As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program, EPA is proud to recognize NVR with the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for New Home Builders," said EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. "NVR and all our Energy Star award winners are building an energy-efficient future for America’s families by developing Energy Star-certified homes that reduce energy costs and protect the environment."

NVR builds under the Ryan Homes, NVHomes, and Fox Ridge Homes brand names. 

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Residential construction gains in January

BY Brae Canlen

Overall construction spending dipped ever so slightly in January 2012, decreasing 0.1% from the previous month’s estimate of $827.6 billion, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. In year-over-year figures, activity rose 7.1%, however. 

Spending on private residential construction rose 1.8% in January 2012 compared with December. Single-family homes registered $113.9 billion, a 2.5% monthly increase. New multi-family activity rose to $16.2 billion, a 0.7% increase compared with the previous month.

In year-over-year figures, residential construction spending grew by 6.7% to $253.6 billion. Single-family housing increased by 5.5%. and multi-family housing spiked with a 20% climb in spending.

Spending on non-residential projects such as hotels, offices, schools and healthcare facilities dropped 1.5% in January 2012 to $285.0 billion compared with December. In year-over-year figures, non-residential spending rose 16.6%. Across all sectors, it reached an estimated $816.4 billion in December 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, a 1.5% increase above the revised November estimate. The December figure is 4.3% above the December 2010 estimate of $782.9 billion.

Much of the gain can be attributed to spending on nonresidential construction, which totaled an estimated $288.5 billion in December 2011, 3.3% above the previous month. The latest figures were also a 2.4% boost over December 2010, where spending on nonresidential construction hit $261.8 billion.

Spending on residential construction was reported at $241.2 billion in December, 0.8% above the November 2011 estimate of $239.4 billion.

In December, the estimated rate of public construction spending was $286.6 billion, 0.5% above November’s estimate of $285.3 billion.

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