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Pulte Homes earns LEED award

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Pulte Homes has received the 2009 Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Award for Homes Outstanding Production Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The award recognizes builders for production homes certified in the LEED for Homes program and for a commitment to green home building.

The USGBC’s Residential Market Development Team selected Pulte for its Las Vegas division’s achievements with the Villa Trieste project in Summerlin, Nev. Villa Trieste will be a community of 185 LEED Platinum-certified single-family homes, making it one of the largest LEED for Homes projects to date, according to the home builder.

Homes in Villa Trieste have solar panel roofs, offer 55% improved energy efficiency over the International Energy Conservation Code and decrease indoor water use by 35%.

Pulte received the award as part of the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Residential Summit in Phoenix.

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Around the Web: Woolworths nails Danks deal

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An article in The Australian, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved Woolworths’ $87 million bid to purchase the Danks hardware chain.

The deal is part of a one-third partnership with U.S.-based Lowe’s, announced earlier this year, to develop a new hardware store chain. The deal hinged on the purchasing of Danks, which had been put on hold pending review by the ACCC.

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Craigslist heist baffles police

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Police in Mount Prospect, Ill., are still trying to unravel a case where a robber sprayed pepper spray into a man’s face and stole $2,128 worth of Home Depot store merchandise credits. The alleged victim, Freddie Ng, told police he advertised the store credit cards on Craigslist and agreed to meet a man named “Mike” around 9 p.m. on Oct. 23. But instead of producing cash to buy the cards, “Mike” used a can of pepper spray to momentarily disable the victim and snatch the cards. A struggle ensued, and the robber’s black shirt was torn off before he escaped.

Detective Bob Riordan, who is investigating the incident for the Mount Prospect Police Department, told Home Channel News that he had video footage of the crime from a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts. He has subpoenaed the cell phone records of the alleged robber, and he has the can of pepper spray and the torn black shirt. The part of the case that baffles him, he said, is the $2,128 worth of store credit.

“[The victim] claimed he was doing some home repairs, and it all came from merchandise returns,” Riordan said. “But I checked with Home Depot. He’s got more credits than [returned] merchandise, so I’m not sure what he’s up to.”

Riordan said he hasn’t heard from the victim since the initial crime report, but he’s still pursuing all leads in the case, including the origin of the store credit cards.

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