This week at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Owens Corning released a line of new energy efficient building products. There is some great stuff that we are looking forward to using!
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The U.S. housing industry — crucial to any recovery in employment and other aspects of the economy — showed more signs of recovery in August, according to two reports issued Wednesday.
The Census Bureau said housing starts and permits rose substantially in August compared with a year earlier. Separately, sales of previously occupied homes climbed 7.8% on a monthly basis and were up year-over-year as well, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
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Owens Corning announced today the company will donate up to $1 million in cash and gifts-in-kind to Habitat for Humanity International over three years. The partnership will support house construction and revitalization projects nationwide.
The Owens Corning Foundation has donated $200,000 for 2012 and pledged $200,000 per year for 2013 and 2014. Owens Corning anticipates gift-in-kind donations of $400,000 over the same three-year period, providing fiberglass insulation, roofing materials and other products to support Habitat’s affordable housing projects.
“One of the most important benefits of community outreach and support is the positive impact it has on our Owens Corning team,” said Don Rettig, director, Community Relations, Owens Corning, and president of the Owens Corning Foundation. “We all like to know that we work for a company that is committed to the communities where we live and work. Partnering with organizations like Habitat gives us a chance to work together to enhance the lives of others right in our own backyard.”
Owens Corning has supported Habitat for Humanity since 1997, sponsoring special events, such as Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, World Habitat Day activities and the Habitat on the Hill annual legislative and advocacy conference. In 2006, Owens Corning joined Habitat in a national partnership.
“Over the years, Owens Corning has supported a number of build and advocacy events for Habitat for Humanity,” said Larry Gluth, senior vice president of U.S. and Canada, Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful for their partnership and the difference they are making in helping Habitat affiliates create affordable housing in their communities.”
With the start of our storm season we never know what we may be facing this year with the potential of hail, wind and water damage being a real possibility. Sela has the experience and expertise to help with water damage to what is most likely your most valuable asset. Your home. Water damage can not only lower the value of your home, but can be a health hazard if not repaired correctly. No matter what may cause your water damage, Sela can get the job and restoration done appropriately. Our goal is to return your home to its original safe and beautiful condition, as if nothing ever happened. Go to our website for more information or to contact us!
In New York City, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, has been doing a study on white rooftops for apartment buildings to see if the color change from black would have any kind of affect on keeping the buildings cooler and more efficient. Their findings have been very eye opening. So much that the city is embarking on a push to change as many roof tops as possible to white. The change could have enough of an effect on the downtown area, that it would actually reduce the “heat island effect” that makes the city 5-7 degrees warmer than the actual temperature at night in the summer. In 2011, on the hottest day of the summer, a white rooftop measured 43 degrees cooler than a black roof. That is huge and no doubt will reduce energy consumption for the building.
Branson was just one of many areas hit by devastating storms just yesterday. The tourist town of Branson was hit by a tornado with winds of up to 130 mph that was reportedly 400 yards wide and on the ground for 22 miles. Miraculously there were no fatalities and only 33 injuries from the storm that hit around 1:00 a.m. March 1st. The town and its businesses are working feverishly to get things up and running if possible, by March 12th, which is the beginning of spring break for the area. There will be some businesses that will have no chance of opening anywhere near that date, as they sustained heavy damage and will need months to make repairs or rebuild.
Designed by Franklin Long & Frederick Kees, and built in 1885, the Lumber Exchange building was billed as one of the country’s first “fireproof” buildings . It is the oldest high rise building in Minneapolis and outside of New York City is the oldest building with twelve or more floors. The building you see now was built in three different stages. The original building was tall and narrow, later a wing was added and later still 2 stories were added to the top. Some call it ugly and others realize that it is a significant part of architectural history, and for that, it is beautiful in its own right.
Last year demonstrated how closed loop recycling can and does work in the real world. GM removed and replaced 475,000 square feet of roof at its Customer Care and Aftersale building in Lansing Michigan. Approximately 1,000,000 feet of recycled roof membrane was replaced and all the old roofing was shipped off to be recycled into roofing material once again and in the end, diverted about 120 tons of material away from landfills. The new roof is white and reflects the suns rays, thus reducing the heat flow and saving on Air Conditioning costs. GM currently has 74 plants that do not send any waste to landfills.