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The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

PRESS CONTACT
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Chris Velasco
Executive Director
PLACE
100 Portland Avenue South
Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 309-3889
www.welcometoplace.org

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Baton Rouge Based Roof Crafters Launches New CRM Software For Clients

CRM Product Launch from Roof Crafters

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Network/ — Chuck Magee, construction professional and owner of Louisiana-based roofing company Roof Crafters, is proud to offer Louisiana clients more access and insight into the progress of their roofing projects.

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As the most technically advanced roofing contractor anywhere, Chuck Magee and Roof Crafters have taken full advantage of cloud technology and developed their own proprietary cloud-based software system. This intuitive, easy-to-use system is only available in Louisiana to Roof Crafters clients.

Utilizing SSA Store Share Access, Roof Crafter clients will be able to track and keep up with all aspects of their roofing and roof related jobs, including warranty information, shingle type, shingle color and when the roof was installed. Pictures at various stages of the project are also provided.

Keeping this information properly stored and easily accessible is also vitally important for many clients that are having roof repairs performed due to damage from weather or other accidents. The portal makes it easy for clients to retrieve information for insurance purposes, or even if they wish to sell their house a number of years later and want to provide the buyers with the correct information about the roofing materials.

Working in construction for over two decades, Chuck Magee realized that a client-access system such as the one developed by Roof Crafters was sorely needed in the industry. Being able to access information at their leisure helps clients feel better about their projects and provides them with a more comprehensive, detailed record.

As a trusted expert in the industry, it was especially important to Chuck that his clients could get as much assistance and information as they needed when they needed it. He states that he is “especially excited to launch this new software for Roof Crafters clients to stay up to date on their roofing projects.”

Chuck knows that every roofing job is different, and having completed a re-roofing of his own home, he has firsthand experience of the challenges and inconveniences these projects can cause for his clients. This makes him a much more understanding and sympathetic consultant for those in the middle of a difficult roofing project, and it is why he thinks that the CRM product developed by Roof Crafters will be such a benefit to the residents of Louisiana.
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Roof Crafters LLC,
Chuck Magee,
4520 Sherwood Forrest Blvd Baton Rouge, LA
70816 225-667-1189, 888-846-1558,
https://theroofcrafters.com

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The Metropolitan Council approves a $2M grant to fund a landmark, transit-oriented development in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

St. Louis Park, MN, December 11, 2015 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — On December 9, 2015 and after overwhelming enthusiasm and support from a rigorous application and vetting process, the Metropolitan Council approved funding for PLACE’s St. Louis Park Community. The Council approved 2 million dollars in funding from its Livable Communities Account for a Transit-Oriented Development (LCA-TOD) grant after the proposed project demonstrated a breakthrough approach to meeting housing and economic development needs in the Twin Cities. The funds will be used to help secure site acquisition at the former McGarvey Coffee property, pioneer alternative energy sources, and integrate stormwater improvement with infrastructure like green roofs and an urban forest.

A nonprofit called PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community, and Environment) heads up the community endeavor in concert with the City of St. Louis Park, fellow eco-minded and socially conscious companies like Allianz Life, Stantec, Shaw-Lundquist, Lindquist & Vennum, MSR, LIFT, and Rachel Contracting that have invested in the project, other private partners, and public collaborators like Hennepin County. The community will elevate affordable living, design, and artistic culture in the city and will be located near the expected Green Line extension (Southwest Light Rail) Wooddale Station. The development’s potential positive impact is staggering, with healthy homes for 300 households across the income spectrum supported by a mobility hub, urban agriculture, live and work spaces, a hotel, and a renewable energy generation system that consumes food waste created by its inhabitants and surrounding neighbors.

Chris Velasco, PLACE’s Executive Director, observed, “I think this project will be of national significance for communities that want to effectively leverage their scarce resources.”

Ryan Kelley, City of St. Louis Park Planner, says, “The City of St. Louis Park is extremely proud to be the co-recipient with PLACE of the Met Council’s largest transit oriented development grant for a new sustainable community of regional significance.”

“PLACE is an excellent project, for the city and the region. Turning vacant, unused property into a community space with alternative energy features, that is connected to other uses, like transit, is just the kind of investment the Council wants to make toward a livable communities and a prosperous region” – Erin Heelan, TOD Grants Coordinator, Metropolitan Council Livable Communities.

Executive Director Velasco thanks the Metropolitan Council for its confidence and support on behalf of the entire team and the residents of St. Louis Park.

MEDIA CONTACT

Peter Sieve (612) 326-0409 pete@welcometoplace.org
Elizabeth Bowling (612) 326-0399 elizabeth@welcometoplace.org

www.welcometoplace.org

 

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High Quality External Oak Doors for 2013 – Kershaws Doors Ltd

Kershaw Doors Ltd who are a very well established timber door supplier since 1999 have extended their contemporary styled Mega Oak door range to include a high quality external door version which includes both a solid and glazed option. This new addition to the range was developed during 2012 released at the end of that year and is now on a special release price for 2013.

The Mega Oak exterior door specification surpasses many of it’s counterparts in the industry yet is offered at a very reasonable price of £281.69 for the solid version and £364.44 for the glazed option. Both doors are available in 2 popular sizes of 762mm x 1981mm and 838mm x 1981mm.

The Mega is constructed using a laminated Maple and Beech core, has 18mm Solid Oak edges and a superior 3mm thick Oak facing. The Mega 3V glazed option has the same specification as the solid door with the addition of 3 x 24mm Frosted glass vision panel (Low E Argon) units.

The doors are supplied boxed and ready to finish. In addition to the standard sized Oak Mega, Kershaws Doors have extended the range further to include both a solid and glazed side panel, offering versatility when creating grand entrance sets to your chosen design function.

The Mega solid panel 610mm x 1981mm is a substantial width to compliment either door and the Mega V1 glazed panel is 457 x 1981mm featuring a doubled glazed vertical panel of clear glass. These panels are to the same construction standard as the regular Mega Oak doors. See Kershaws Doors Ltd website at www.1doors.co.uk to order these special offer doors or view the vast range of timber doors available. In addition Kershaws Doors Ltd are able to offer some styles as Made to Measure options. For helpful door informationvisit Kershaws Blog at http://www.1doors.co.uk/blog/

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Vertical Sash Windows Now Available From Malbern Windows

Leading UK double glazing specialists Malbern Windows can now provide its customers with a range of state-of-the-art vertical sliding windows. The windows, which have been carefully designed and produced by Synseal, use modern technology to deliver high-quality security and insulation while also being an eye-catching addition to any home.

The new vertical sliding windows can be installed in homes throughout the North West and combine modern technologies with traditional styling. With a new-take on the Victorian sash windows, these vertical sliding windows are ideal for both period properties and new builds.

The windows boast excellent high energy efficiency and have even been recommended by the Energy Saving Trust, which fits in nicely with Malbern Windows’ energy efficiency policies. There are nine colourways for customers to choose from, all of which are available from Malbern Windows. Choose from woodgrain white, cream woodgrain, Irish oak, golden oak, cherrywood, golden oak on white and cherrywood on white.

As with all products sold by Malbern Windows, the new windows have high security features that will help in protecting your home from burglars and intruders, thanks to robust locking mechanisms on every window. Not only this, but the windows are also incredibly easy to maintain, meaning customers won’t have to worry about repainting or varnishing.

The vertical sash windows use uPVC materials over timber frames, which allow them to withstand weathering. The windows also have multi-tilt features that help with cleaning and maintaining throughout the year.

“We at Malbern Windows are thrilled to be able to provide our customers with these excellently produced windows,” said Wayne Clarke, Managing Director Retail of Malbern Windows. “We work to incredibly high standards, only offering products that feature energy efficiency, security and aesthetic qualities, so you can trust that these new vertical sliding windows are up to scratch.”

To find out more about the windows and other products available through Malbern Windows, visit www.malbernwindows.co.uk now.

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Todd Doors Unveil New Product Collection For 2012

Todd Doors, who specialise in supplying high quality timber doors around the UK, have unveiled a brand new collection for 2012. The range, which compromises of a variety of door products including French doors, doors with sidelights and sliding doors, is set to make the pulses of every home owner and interior designer racing. Not only is the collection new but it also contains massive price reductions, ensuring that every home owner can get the door that it right for them.

Choosing a door might sound easy but it is actually incredible difficult. Ideally, the room should complement the door. Offering doors at such a high quality, this is no problem at Todd Doors. The only problem will be choosing the preferred one!

Todd Door’s brand new collection for 2012 is populated by a grand selection of oak doors. A popular wood for both interior and exterior doors, oak is proven to stand the test of time and is beautiful in colour. Choose the Biarritz Oak door (was £466.80, now £350.10), complete in satin lacquer or maybe opt for the Catalunya Oak door (was £310.80, now £233.10) as a stunning finale to a lounge that celebrates trend setting styles. For a touch of grandeur, try the Catalunya Walnut door (was £346.80, now £260.10) which is darker in colour, adding real depth to a room.

Glazed doors are a great way of allowing more light into a room and can connect a home’s rooms together. Todd Doors offer a range of glazed doors, from the single full-length pane which offers a maximum amount of light and shadow to permeate through, to multi pane doors. These doors are great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. Try the Spanish-inspired Zaragoza Walnut & Wenge door (was £550.80, now £413.10) for some Iberian charm or, for a lighter feel, the Faro Oak door (was £394.80, now £296.10).

All Todd Doors interior and exterior doors are produced from the very best timber, real wood veneer and man-made materials. For this reason, each door may vary in appearance and is completely unique. Every door is made by expert craftsmen and promises to be robust and incredibly sturdy. Many of the products from the new 2012 range can also arrive in glazed and fire door versions, offering customers a real peace of mind with every purchase.

To view the new 2012 product range in its entirety, please visit:

http://www.todd-doors.co.uk/spotlight/new-for-2012-29.aspx

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Insulate yourself against increasing energy costs with Force 8

Force 8 is following Scandanavia’s lead by launching high-tech VEKA triple glazing: and during March is offering it at the same price as double glazing.

There is now a solution to skyrocketing energy bills, as Stockport based window and composite stable doors manufacturer Force 8 is launching a range of triple glazed windows that will keep your heat levels up and your bills down. And as a special offer for March, it is offering these high-tech windows at the same price as its regular double-glazing.

Managing director Dennis Sumner explained: “Triple glazing has been around for decades in Scandinavia and Canada, but the rising costs of energy in the UK means now is the time for the extra pane. “With the cost of energy set to increase year on year, we believe that the market is more than ready for triple glazing.”

VEKA windows incorporate the latest glass technology, using plantitherm glass and argon-filled units to maximise insulation. The VEKA 70mm FS frame system can achieve U-values down to 0.6W/ m2-k – which in simple terms means a vast saving in heat loss per square metre of glass.

“Triple glazing is the most energy-efficient window available today, and offers 40 per cent more efficiency than standard ‘A’-rated double glazing. When you fit Force 8’s new range of triple glazing you are installing the very latest product that the glazing industry has to offer,” said Dennis.

Force 8’s triple-glazed windows are available in hundreds of different styles and in white or wood grain colours. “There are no compromises in terms of aesthetics or sight lines, weather performance or security, and the cost savings for our triple glazing can be up to 50 per cent less,” added Dennis.

“This is a great advantage to house builders, home owners and developers looking to meet energy-efficiency regulations and appreciate the benefits of triple glazing without the hefty price premium.”

Force 8 also offers a comprehensive range of composite doors using the VEKA frames that can be fabricated with side panels or into arched frames.

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Force 8 launches round pivot windows in REHAU profile

Force 8, the Stockport-based REHAU trade fabricator and composite doors specialist, has launched what it believes it the UK’s first round pivot window in the REHAU PVC-U profile system.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8, said that he expects demand to come from both the retail and commercial sectors where the REHAU brand is so strong.

He said: “Round pivot windows add an interesting design feature in domestic properties and are also used extensively as part of commercial design schemes. We believe that they have the potential to create valuable new sales opportunities for installers, particularly in REHAU profile which is so renowned for its quality and ease of installation.”

The new round pivot window is a perfect demonstration of Force 8’s bending expertise, with eight bends in total used to achieve the perfect circle.

The window is completely reversible through 180º which makes it easy to clean when necessary and it has security catches at the top and bottom to ensure the safety and security of users.

Force 8 is offering the REHAU round pivot in diameters from 750mm to 1200mm and in white as standard. It can also supply in Mahogany, Rosewood or Golden Oak wood-grain, or in any one of REHAU’s coloured foiled finishes.

21 of the new REHAU windows have already been manufactured and supplied by Force 8 to Windoworld for installation in a local school in Portsmouth. The company’s bending expertise and efficiency means that all 21 windows were supplied in just two weeks; and the success of the project means that the company is now offering the windows as a standard product with a lead time of just one week.

The round REHAU pivot windows join Force 8’s extensive portfolio of curved, arched, gothic and hexagonal frames, all available on short lead times and to bespoke designs.

Further details are available via the website at www.force8.co.uk.

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Force 8 commits to innovation with launch of arched composite doors

UK composite door specialist Force 8 has signalled its intention to remain at the cutting edge of the UK’s window and door industry by continuing to release new, innovative products.

The Stockport-based company has just unveiled its new line of arched composite doors, designed to provide customers and suppliers with an even greater range of options when it comes to choosing doors for homes and business premises.

For more than 20 years Force 8 has been a major player in the replacement windows and doors sector, known across the UK for its seamless one-piece arched door frames. The company is also famous for its wide range of composite doors, capable of providing homeowners with an entrance that not only looks fantastic, is incredibly durable and has amazing insulating properties, but can keep a property safe thanks to its heavy-duty build.

Every member of the team at Force 8 has now drawn on their knowledge and experience to create the latest range of arched composite doors.

“This was a natural progression for the company, after we have pioneered the arched frame within the industry, along with the composite door, it was just something we had to do,” said Dennis Sumner, managing director at Force 8.

“The new door design now enables the use of an arched frame in some areas without compromise on the design, and will give a far cleaner look to the finished project.

I believe this is another first for the industry by Force 8 and demonstrates our commitment to innovation, even in the present economic climate.”

The new range of doors from Force 8 is now available online, along with the company’s established ranges of composite front doorsfire doors and windows.

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Force 8 Demonstrate Roof Construction Quality With Full-Scale Model

Ever wondered if your conservatory roof has been constructed correctly or if it’s been built to last? Specialist roofing company Force 8 has constructed a full scale roof model in its Altrincham showroom so you can examine up close the sections and intricacies involved – and check for yourself if your roof is fit to weather the weather.

Plus, if you do find you need help or advice, the team at Force 8 can provide the perfect solution to suit your individual needs and budget. As the roof is the part of the conservatory most exposed to the elements, it is most likely to deteriorate first. So having a new conservatory roof fitted or just replacing old conservatory panels can make a dramatic difference to your home, safety and comfort.

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Glass conservatories are most people’s preference as they provide clearer views than using alternative materials, and self-cleaning glass is ideal for those hard to reach places that need cleaning regularly. For new glass conservatory roofs Force 8 uses energy efficient glass from leading manufacturers Pilkington. And Pilkington Active Blue provides improved solar control and is more energy efficient.

Alternative options
At Force 8, however, new conservatory roofs are available in both glass and polycarbonate. And new polycarbonate roofs with multi-chambered polycarbonate can give u-value as low as 0.5 w/(m²-k) and are available in a range of colours and depths.

Whether you want to replace conservatory panels, just the components, or maybe you’d like a bespoke roof designed to fit your conservatory precisely, Force 8 can accommodate all your requirements. Plus, all its bespoke conservatory roofs are produced by leading conservatory roof manufacturers Ultraframe, so quality is assured.

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There’s No Need To Hit The Ceiling About Problems With Your Conservatory Roof

Have your dreams of letting the sun shine in on your house been dimmed? Does the light level in your conservatory make it seem more like a cellar than a greenhouse?

If so, then one look up should reveal the source of your problems. It’s likely that your conservatory roof is past its prime, and needs replacing.

And at Force 8 Windows and Doors, we’re ready to put the light back into your life by substituting your old and discoloured glass with sparkling, new, state-of-the-art panes which will actively repel the dirt, and make your conservatory a bright spot once again.

A new conservatory roof, or just new panels fitted with the latest Pilkington Active Blue glass won’t just improve the look of your conservatory or garden room – they’ll make it feel like a completely new room.

And the latest self-cleaning glass now available from Force 8 Windows and Doors will mean no more clambering to get to those awkward to reach areas to keep them sparkling.

A glass roof is provides much greater sound insulation inside your home than traditional polycarbonate. As one of our delighted customers told us after having a replacement conservatory roof installed: “I can now hear the television in my conservatory since Force 8 replaced my old polycarbonate roof for a glass one.”

If you don’t want to be able to see the sky and the stars through your conservatory roof, but you still want to be sure of having the best possible protection from the elements, then Force 8 can also fit a bespoke new polycarbonate roof, from leading manufacturer Ultraframe.

Letting the sun and the natural light into your home is one of the great joys of having a conservatory. But you also want your house to be protected from the worst the weather can throw at it. So whether you have a conservatory, or might just be thinking about having one fitted, you can weatherproof your house, and keep it safe as well as beautiful, with the latest composite doorsstable doors or fire doors from Force 8.

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Local Quoter Launch New Range Of Thermal And PV Solar Panels

Online home improvement price comparison site Local Quoter has launched a new range of thermal and PV solar panels in a bid to make it easier than ever for home and business owners to become energy efficient.

PV (Photovoltaic) solar panels work by producing electricity from daylight – photons are converted to electrons and fed into the power supply. PV solar panels are able to produce electricity even on overcast days, making them perfect for houses in the UK!

The popular site has been offering quotes for standard solar panels to customers for over 12 months and launching this new range of energy efficient products has been a natural progression for the company.

Les Yates from Local Quoter said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring homeowners the latest in energy efficient technology.”

“We know that these thermal and PV solar panels are a fantastic way not only to help the planet but also to make huge saving on annual household bills, and ultimately most people want to save money wherever they can”, he added.

Customers can enter a set of simple details into the quick online form to receive a variety of quotes from local companies offering solar panel services, from which they can choose the one that suits them best.

As it becomes more and more important for homeowners to do their part for the environment, customers will find that they can get everything from cheap UPVC windows to PV solar panels without having to spend a fortune by using the online services from Local Quoter. These energy efficient measures often provide a very quick return on investment too.

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Integrity Roofing & Exteriors Offers Free 35 Point Roof Inspections In Response To The Tremendous Amount Of Overlooked Storm Damage Throughout Northern Alabama

Integrity Roofing and Exteriors, the premier residential restoration firm in the Midwest, announced today that its Decatur Alabama office will help home owners throughout the Northeastern Alabama area this year, not only rebuild, but understand and work through the often complex insurance claims process.

“Most homeowners do not realize they have hail damage. Why? It is impossible to see damage from the ground,” states Brian James. “Homeowners need a trained professional who knows the difference between nail pops, blistering and hail damage. Just because your car didn’t get dinged up doesn’t mean the integrity of your roof hasn’t been compromised. The solution is to have a trained professional examine your roof up close. And since our company offers a no obligation, free, 35 point inspection, homeowners have nothing to lose – with one exception. If homeowners wait and do not file a claim in time, they may have to pay out of pocket.”

In addition to offering homeowners great workmanship and great customer service, Integrity has a team of insurance claim specialists that assist homeowners in understanding and working through the often complex insurance claims process.

I want to sing the praises of a local roofing company, Integrity Roofing and Exteriors. They completed my new roof earlier this year. They met with my insurance adjuster and myself, and made me feel very comfortable with the entire process. They kept me up-to-date with my project, and always returned my calls. Not only was the work that they provided exceptional, but I also loved the warranty that I received at no additional charge. They workers were very clean and professional, and my service was wonderful. I would recommend this company to anyone who needs roof work done.

About Integrity Roofing and Exteriors. Integrity Roofing and Exteriors is committed to the community it serves providing employment and resources for long-term cooperative growth. Their commitment to 5 star customer service is unprecedented in the construction industry. Call them anytime at: 256-898-3332.

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Integrity Roofing & Exteriors Cited For Customer Satisfaction

Premier Restoration Firm Tracks Feedback and is Rewarded with Customers Praising Everything from Friendly Crews, Prompt Service, to Help with Insurance Adjusters Integrity Roofing and Exteriors a 5 star residential insurance restoration contractor is proud to announce it has been praised by customers for its service described as efficient, incredible, excellent and very professional.

Almost a year ago we began our 5 star customer care program to provide an unprecedented level of customer service which is managed by a team of top notch project managers. We have always recruited associates with the highest level of character and integrity to insure our customers have a great experience with Integrity and become a customer for life. Were happy to report an overwhelming approval from our customers.

Integrity Roofing and Exteriors with locations in Saint Louis County, Saint Charles County and Southern Illinois has emerged as a customer service leader in the industry.

The firm credits its success as the combination of three components.

The first is our project managers. We only recruit professionals with a proven track record of integrity. Their commitment to be at the customers home for the duration of the entire project is what makes us different from our competition. Second is our commitment to exceed our customers expectation. Most jobs are completed in one day and our customers never have to wait more than five business days to get their project started. And finally we only use the best products available combined with our highly skilled crews to offer a single source for all of our customers restoration needs.

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Self-Certification Scheme For Tradespeople

Customers of double glazing and replacement window and door companies are being urged to look out for a regulation scheme which is aimed at bringing more peace of mind to homeowners and buyers.

Self-Certification Scheme For Tradespeople

LocalQuoter, a company which puts customers in touch with reputable local tradespeople who are all specialists in a particular sector in the home improvement field and Cheap Double Glazing Quotes, believes that the Certass (Certification and Self Assessment) scheme offers valuable guarantees covering the quality of manufacture and installation of new windows and doors.

It is designed to ensure that all work complies with building regulations, which means that homeowners will be able to produce a certificate which will satisfy the conditions required under Home Improvement Pack (HIPs) regulations should they wish to sell on their home after completion of the work.

Glazing companies working under Certass also sign up to an insurance scheme, which assures customers that, should their installer go out of business, any repairs required under guarantee will be carried out by another Certass member.

LocalQuoter believes that this is a valuable safeguard for homeowners, and will prove especially useful when they want to sell their home, as the information has to be included in the Home Information Pack offered to prospective buyers.

Approval by Certass Glazing will allow member contractors to self-certify work, which means Certass Glazing will be in a position to issue Building Regulation Completion Certificates to homeowners.

Every prospective member of CERTASS glazing will first have to be vetted by the scheme’s officials, who can also carry out random inspections of their members’ work to ensure that they are complying with regulations.

Certass Glazing members will have to apply to rejoin the scheme every year runs from the date of initial approval, so each contractor’s annual period will be unique.

The Certass scheme runs alongside the similar accreditation process operated by FENSA, which in turn covers 9,000 registered window and door manufacturers and installers.

“At LocalQuoter, we offer our customers the double reassurance that companies we recommend meet the requirements laid down by both CERTASS and FENSA,” said Les Yates of LocalQuoter.

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Heritage Home Services – Recognized As Top Local Roofing Contractors In Austin, TX

Heritage Home Services has recently been recognized as Top Local Roofing Contractors in Austin, TX. This roofing company stands out as an outstanding choice among roofing contractors in Austin for a number of reasons:

* A locally owned and operated Austin roofing company

* Prescreened and approved by Hometown Roofing Contractors

* Fully licensed and insured roofer

* Known for professionalism, reliability, and affordability

* Accredited A+ roofing contractor with the Better Business Bureau

* Certified “Elite Select” Austin roofing contractor by CertainTeed Roofing

* Excellent long term warranties on roofing materials and installation

* Uses energy efficient materials whenever possible

* Roofing specialists along with windows, patio covers, carports, screened rooms, siding and installation

Heritage Home Services is a professional roofing contractor that will provide homeowners, business owners, and property managers with objective information about the type of roofing materials available, their benefits and costs, and other items to consider when completing roof replacement or roof repair in Austin,TX or nearby cities.

Heritage Home Services is experienced with both commercial roofing and residential roofing, so they can help with roof repair or roof replacement on your home or commercial property.

Call Heritage Home Services at (512)410-2652 for a professional estimate on a new roof or roof repair in Austin, TX, today.

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Scheidler Roofing Proudly Announces The Opening Of Its New Office In El Paso Texas

Scheidler Roofing proudly announces the opening of its new office in El Paso Texas with the current storm conditions and the growing need for large scale roofing contractors, we have taken the step to give the community a better more reliable option than it currently has at this time. With the deductible program that waives the roof deductible Scheidler Roofing has taken the Texas market by storm, a Houston based company with local sales of 9.62 million in 2008 and projected state wide sales of over 20 million for 2009.

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The owner Lee Scheidler says that aggressive and fresh advertising along with unsurpassed customer service are the 2 key factors in their growth, He quotes we spend over 30 hours of training time on sales staff before they are put in the field our competitors usually spend 1 to 4 hours, (lee) they represent me and my company I want them to be at their best every staff member should know every answer to our customers questions. Come visit us at WWW.FREEROOFTEXAS.COM and see the difference.

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Free 35 Point Roof Inspections & Insurance Deductible Assistance To El Paso Residents

Integrity Roofing & Exteriors: In response to recent storm damage in El Paso is offering free 35 point roof inspections and insurance deductible assistance.

Hail storms and tough economic times in 2009 have left many many with roof damage and insurance deductibles they can’t afford contributing to more economic hardships. Integrity Roofing and Exteriors has announced they will be providing insurance deductible assistance to homeowners in El Paso and help them sift through complicated insurance process.

“Most homeowners do not realize they have hail damage. Why? It is impossible to see damage from the ground,” states Brian James. “Homeowners need a trained professional who knows the difference between nail pops, blistering and hail damage. Just because your car didn’t get dinged up doesn’t mean the integrity of your roof hasn’t been compromised. The solution is to have a trained professional examine your roof up close. And since our company offers a no obligation, free, 35 point inspection, homeowners have nothing to lose – with one exception. If homeowners wait and do not file a claim in time, they may have to pay out of pocket.”

In addition to offering homeowners great workmanship and great customer service, Integrity has a team of insurance claim specialists that assist homeowners in understanding and working through the often complex insurance claims process.

I want to sing the praises of a local roofing company, Integrity Roofing and Exteriors. They completed my new roof earlier this year. They met with my insurance adjuster and myself, and made me feel very comfortable with the entire process. They kept me up-to-date with my project, and always returned my calls. Not only was the work that they provided exceptional, but I also loved the warranty that I received at no additional charge. They workers were very clean and professional, and my service was wonderful. I would recommend this company to anyone who needs roof work done.

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Premier Restoration Firm Tracks Feedback And Is Rewarded With Customers Praising Everything From Friendly Crews, Prompt Service, To Help With Adjusters

Premier Restoration Firm Tracks Feedback and is Rewarded with Customers Praising Everything from Friendly Crews, Prompt Service, to Help with Adjusters

Rhema Roofing and Exteriors a 5 star residential insurance restoration contractor is proud to announce it has been praised by customers for its service described as efficient, incredible, excellent and very professional.

Almost a year ago we began our 5 star customer care program to provide an unprecedented level of customer service which is managed by a team of top notch project managers. We have always recruited associates with the highest level of character and integrity to insure our customers have a great experience with Rhema and become a customer for life. Were happy to report an overwhelming approval from our customers.

Rhema Roofing and Exteriors has 3 locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Stillwater and has emerged as a customer service leader in the industry.

Some customer comments include:

“The fact that you handled all of the paperwork with both my insurance and mortgage company was awesome! That was one less headache for me!” – Martha G

“They left my property so clean; it looks nicer than when they started!” – Lynn L

“I can’t believe how fast you guys got my roof done!” – Hikmet O

My roof was started and finished while I was doing business in Europe; definitely easy to work with.” – Ken E

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An Insight Into Conservatories And The Effects Of The New Planning Regulations

It is now ten months since the introduction of the new UK planning regulations that came in to effect on the 1 st October 2008 and here, ConservatoryLand, a major manufacturer and supplier of DIY conservatories report on the effects that they have had on the conservatory industry since then.

David Bingham, director of ConservatoryLand says “I have heard reports from certain large conservatory roof manufacturers that the volume of their roof orders have increased but their sales revenue has actually decreased in 2009 compared to that of 2008.

This is thought to have been caused partly due to the new planning permission regulations which are causing consumers to opt for smaller conservatories with a view to keeping within the new size criteria for which you do not now require planning permission approval.”

The size criteria elements within the new planning regulations that could be affecting this are:

•  No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof

•  Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house

•  Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres

•  Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor

•  Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres

•  Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house

•  Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house

•  Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house

Taking the above criteria in to consideration, it is clear to see why some manufacturers of conservatories and conservatory roofs are thinking that consumers are being guided in to buying smaller conservatories and are blaming this for a smaller average order value.

Here you can find more information about planning permission and building regulations requirements for conservatories.

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