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August 28, 2014

Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

August 25, 2014

Composite Panel Building Systems (CPBS) has introduced Composite Structural Insulated Sheathing (C-SIS) to the market, a new eco-friendly fully composite sheathing for residential applications.

According to the company, C-SIS gets its energy-efficiency chops thanks to its fiberglass reinforced thermoset skin, which is bonded to the polyurethane foam insulation for added durability. The result is uninterrupted insulation, robust structural integrity, water-resistance and air-tight performance without the need for house wrap.

August 25, 2014

In advance of new federal efficiency standards for dryers set to take effect in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handed the 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award over to LG Electronics for its new EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer.

The EcoHybrid is described as the first dryer with heat pump technology to hit the market in the U.S., meaning it captures and recycles energy that's generated during the drying cycle. This translates to up to 50% more energy savings, according to third-party testing.

August 21, 2014

The OSI brand rolled out the new QUAD Window & Door System, a product designed to simplify and improve the installation of new and replacement windows and doors. 

August 14, 2014

Universal Forest Products has a winner in its 2014 ProWood Desperate Deck Contest, a giveaway that promised a new custom-built deck to the person with the best "desperate deck" story.

Amy Spoonhower of Gordonsville, Virginia made the most compelling case. Together with her fiance, Spoonhower bought a moldy, leaky foreclosed house and worked on the fixer-upper for four years to restore it. However, the couple ran out of energy and money before they had a chance to touch up the decks, which were in a dismal state of disrepair.

August 1, 2014

Hardwood flooring company Lumber Liquidators has donated one of its Dura Dance flooring systems to the Cincinnati, Ohio-based Highsteppers Drill Team as part of its Lay It Forward charity campaign.

The 15-year-old drill team recently moved into a new space, but didn’t have a proper floor, which led to Lumber Liquidators installing the Dura Dance system, which features underlying rubber to reduce impact and absorb energy.

August 1, 2014

Flashlight company Olympia unveiled a new line of flashlights and headlamps, as well as two-way radios, solar chargers and rechargeable batteries at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. The new products are focused on energy efficiency.

July 31, 2014

It’s no longer simply considered the right thing to do. With a greater number of consumers, builders and retailers reaching for green products, manufacturing with an eye toward the environment also makes great business sense. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the number of LEED-certified homes doubled globally between 2011 and 2012. Ranging from such simple fixes as energy-efficient light bulbs to advanced implements like an Energy Star-rated clothes dryer, here are 14 innovative products from the tree-hugging corner of the home-building industry.

July 30, 2014

General Cable Corp.'s board of directors has elected Ned Hall as its seventh independent director, filling the vacancy created by Robert Smialek's retirement. He will also serve on the board's Nominating and Governance Committee.

July 30, 2014

Muskegon, Michigan-based energy-efficient lighting company EarthTronics has named Tripp Smith to the post of VP sales. Smith brings over 30 years of lighting experience to bear on his new role, in which he will be charged with increasing sales opportunities and profit, as well as expanding market share in North America.

Over 22 years of his career were spent at GE Lighting, where he performed in various sales and leadership capacities in the company's retail and commercial lighting businesses.

July 29, 2014

Massachusetts-based lighting company Osram Sylvania announced that it would be expanding it’s lineup of LED light bulbs. This month, Lowe’s will start stocking the seven new bulbs.

Among the company’s new LED bulb offerings are the ones meant to replace 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The 60-watt LED bulb puts out the same amount of light as a 60-watt incandescent with 8.5 watts of electricity.

June 30, 2014

Fi-Foil Company, maker of energy-efficient reflective insulation and radiation barriers, named Tony Newman to the post of regional sales manager. 

Between 2000 and 2010, Newman managed sales and operations for Genesis Insulation Inc./Energy Efficient Consulting. He also has additional administrative experience working for Cross-Man Holdings, where he was project manager for tenant improvement, and also provided budget management services. 

June 25, 2014

KB Home is launching a pilot program for a set of new energy storage solutions, developed in collaboration with SunPower Corp., in its Irvine, El Dorado Hills and San Diego markets.

The new high-efficiency solar power systems store solar energy by day and offer an alternative energy source for use during power outages or other situations.

June 19, 2014

In an effort to boost awareness of connected home and its widereaching influence, San Francisco-based solar company Sunrun is partnering up with home design expert Genvieve Gorder, as well as Drew and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers fame.

Their thesis? That the rise of smart home technology is making its mark not just on energy consumption and functionality, but also home design and property value. The informed homeowner can use this to his advantage, whether that means building more equity or simply optimizing his home.

June 16, 2014

It wasn't a terrible day for stocks, but the market did catch a bit of that unlucky energy on Friday, with most of HCN's Top 30 trending down.

June 16, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation has earned the first and only (for now) Energy Star certification for the clothes dryer category, now on the market as the Duet model WED87HED steam dryer.

The Duet dryer combines moisture sensors with dual element modulation technology to arrive at an energy-efficient drying cycle that uses no more heat (and runs for no more time) than is required. Beyond conserving energy, it also helps preserve fabrics.

June 13, 2014

KB Home opened a brand new KB Home Design Studio in the Sacramento area, 

The Roseville, California, facility is described as a retail-like showroom where home shoppers can explore design choices, energy-efficient features and sophisticated home automation technologies.

Roseville is also home to two new KB Home communities, Aria and Legato at Westpark, which both celebrated grand openings this spring.

June 10, 2014

Fernando Madeira will succeed Joel Anderson as president and CEO of Walmart.com to help the retailer further a growth strategy focused on winning at the integration of physical and digital. Anderson left to become president of fast-growing teen and pre-teen retailer Five Below. 

May 28, 2014

The home improvement industry called Las Vegas home for three days in May. That’s when the National Hardware Show was in town, kicking off with a marching band and confetti explosion on Tuesday morning May 6.

The National Hardware Show cleverly promoted itself as 15 shows in 1 in 2014, with new areas of emphasis — emergency preparedness and energy efficiency among them. The event’s popular Tailgate section, which has grown steadily over the years, was back with more activities, and a soon-to-be announced Tailgate product of the year.

May 28, 2014

East Cleveland, Ohio-based GE Lighting says it has introduced its most incandescent-like consumer LED portfolio yet, including more than 40 new LED products and fixtures.

The company also says it is helping the homeowner fill every socket in the house with the appropriate, low-energy bulb.

April 22, 2014

Ace Hardware is celebrating the milestones it has reached within its supply chain in the aim of reducing its carbon footprint this Earth Day.

Specifically, two Ace Hardware Retail Support facilities are being recognized for their participation in zero landfill initiatives, which see to it that a product is reused instead of being sent to a landfill or incinerator. The Ace Hardware Import Redestribution Center in Suffolk, Va. has been enjoying zero landfill status for over a year, and the counterpart facility in Kent, Wash. is 95% of the way there.

April 22, 2014

KB Home has released its seventh annual Sustainability Report for 2013, which evaluates the homebuilder's actual progress compared to its stated goals.

April 18, 2014

GE is behind the latest eco-forward move in San Francisco -- specifically, that of the iconic 16-ft. crab wheel at the gateway of Fisherman's Wharf.

Together with the Arrow Sign Company, GE helped restore the landmark with new LED sign lighting systems that will save an estimated 80% in lighting energy usage.

April 14, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for April 11, 2014

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