WaterSense honors Delta Faucet, Home Depot and others
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized five organizations and one individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year. The "Retailer Partner" is The Home Depot, and the "Manufacturer Partner" is Delta Faucet Co.
“WaterSense helps marshal the forces of the consumer marketplace and the innovative capacity of the private sector,” said Nancy Stoner, EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. “Since 2006, WaterSense and our many partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gallons of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills.”
More than 2,200 partners make WaterSense-labeled products and new homes more affordable and easy to find, including the six Partners of the Year that have shown what the EPA called "outstanding contributions to water-efficiency."
About Delta, the EPA said: "A significant portion of the company’s product line has earned the WaterSense label. They have conducted widespread promotional activities and led a coalition of stakeholders in developing a performance test for showerheads."
About The Home Depot, the EPA said: "The retail chain sells only WaterSense-labeled lavatory faucets in its 2,000 locations across the country and calculates that customers saved roughly 27 billion gallons of water and $174 million on water utility bills in 2010."
Other partners of the year were KB Home, Energy Inspectors Corp. and Christopher Curry of the San Diego Parks Department.
WaterSense also recognized Excellence Award winners, which honor additional partners whose WaterSense support stood out in one or more of the evaluation categories. Lowe’s received an Excellence Award.
Sears officials scout sites for headquarters
An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Sears officials were scouting sites in Ohio for a possible headquarters move.
Although the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retailer is considering a headquarters move, no decision to move has been made. Candidates are sites in Ohio and Texas.
KBIS changes date of its annual trade show
As part of Chicago’s city-wide schedule adjustments to accommodate the G8 and NATO summits in May 2012, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has moved up its annual trade show and conference to April 24 to 26 at McCormick Place.
A conference will begin on April 23. Owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and produced by Nielsen Expositions, KBIS expects to bring together nearly 20,000 of the industry’s top dealers, designers, builders, remodelers, retailers and other professionals directly involved in the design and remodel of residential kitchens and bathrooms.
Organizers said the shift will have no impact to hotel rates or availability, and the NKBA and Nielsen do not anticipate any impact in the number of attendees or exhibitors at KBIS based on the date shift.
Candice Olson, host of HGTV’s “Divine Design,” is confirmed as the KBIS 2012 opening keynote speaker on the new opening day of the show on April 24. Previously, the show was slated for April 27 to 29.