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Lowe's settles EPA allegations on lead paint
Los Angeles Times
Lowe's Cos., the home-improvement retail giant, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty and roll out a new record-keeping policy for contractors that could encounter lead paint.
The settlement, announced in April, ended a federal investigation into allegations that Lowe's had violated safe practices to prevent lead pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency alleged that Lowe's failed to show in its records that its independent contractors on renovation projects were certified by the EPA, received the required training and followed lead-safe practices.
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ANSI revises various standards
Door & Window Magazine
The American National Standards Institute has made revisions to a few of its standards.The Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, section 10.3.1.7 Construction Activity Pollution Prevention: Protection of Occupied Areas has been updated as follows in this article.
Customer experience efforts offer real advantages
The Wise Marketer
Companies prioritizing customer experience initiatives fare substantially better across a range of business measures, from profitability to customer retention, according to a study of 403 global business executives by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, sponsored by SAS.
The study, entitled 'Lessons from the Leading Edge of Customer Experience Management', conclude that customer experience leaders currently face similar struggles to their lagging counterparts, but that but they are investing in the funding, process and strategy to overcome them.
Home Exterior Systems introduces new window replacements for spring and summer
PRWeb via Digital Journal
Many homeowners seek out ways to save energy in their houses, especially when spring and summer come around. Energy bills skyrocket during this change in the seasons, which collectively comprise some of the hottest months of the year. An affordable way of making homes more energy efficient is to upgrade and replace the windows. Home Exterior Systems has recognized this seasonal need by announcing its latest line of window replacements.
Universal Window and Door names Tony Muraco President and CEO
Universal Window and Door, a manufacturer of custom window solutions for commercial construction projects, announced on May 12, that Tony Muraco will assume the position of president and Chief Executive Officer for the firm, effective immediately. Muraco brings a wealth of experience in domestic and international manufacturing, performance optimization and process change management across a diverse spectrum of industries, including his five years as CEO of Champion Window and Door, from 2006 to 2011.
What to look for in buying windows
Attractive windows can enhance the appearance of your home, increase its energy-efficiency and comfort and increase its value.
But weighing functionality, aesthetics, placement, price and efficiency can be daunting. There are a slew of things to consider.
Therma-Tru introduces new door styles for 2014
Business Wire via The Wall Street Journal
Therma-Tru, the inventor of the fibreglass door, has introduced a variety of new door styles to meet consumer needs.
"Every new product option being introduced by Therma-Tru in 2014 positively impacts builders and remodelers working to meet consumer demands in the marketplace," says Mark Savan, president of Therma-Tru Doors. "With the immediate popularity last year of Pulse contemporary doors we have moved forward to introduce a Mahogany grain option and new style."
Shedding a little light on windows
We all have heard the arguments for window replacement: improved appearance, ease of use and maintenance and the most significant of all, money saved due to increased efficiency. But are these claims really true? Not necessarily.
Windows are considered “character defining features” of historic homes. When those windows are replaced, the house loses character.
Cutting your home's greenhouse gas emissions
The typical homeowner may not realize it, but their home’s greenhouse gas emissions are a greater source of pollution than even their car. However, there are simple steps you can take that will cut your home’s greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and money and increase your home comfort.
'Weird' email marketing subject lines can increase your open rate nearly 50 percent
We all have experiences where an email subject line was a beacon on our attention. Maybe the subject line was so weird, curiosity got the cat. Perhaps the copy hit all of your emotional soft spots. Whatever the case, you had to learn more.
5 dramatic front door makeovers
Aol Real Estate
Ostensibly, a home's front door is there for one reason and one reason only: to let people come and go while keeping the inside environment secure and separate from the outside. But a front door is so much more than that. It is often the first thing that draws the eye of a passerby or visitor. It also sets the style and mood of your home, welcoming guests with an air of elegance, friendliness, whimsy or warmth.
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