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Powell Construction Services Wins Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce 2007 Green Business Award

February 20, 2008 - Herald Palladium & Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Program

Pat Moody, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce executive vice president, presented the 2007 Cornerstone Chamber Green Business Award to Greg Powell of Powell Construction Services, LLC in Royalton Township, which follows the National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines. "Every home Powell has built, since late 2006, has been built in conformance with the Green Building Standards," Moody said. "They re-use and use recycled materials as much as possible on job sites."

"Powell has found reducing use of materials and resources is not only a green practice it saves the company money. Through innovative framing techniques, the company has been able to significantly reduce the amount of framing material purchased. That is just the beginning of their Green practices which are truly impacting this local company," concluded Moody.

Greg Powell says "Powell Construction Services is committed to Green Building practices and these practices have made us realize that our office and operations should become greener as well. Our first three homes completed in 2007 have been 3rd party tested and certified as Green, 2 at the silver level, 1 at the bronze level. In addition to earning a Green Building certification, all of our tested homes have earned an Energy Star 5+ rating. This means not only lower heating and cooling costs, but even more significant are the carbon dioxide emission reductions.

We sort our lumber scraps by size for re-use, and even our on-site recycling bins are made from left over materials. In our office we use the second side of most paperwork for in-house documents and memo's and are only buying recycled content paper.

Reducing use of materials and resources is not only a green practice it saves us money at the same time. Through innovative framing techniques, we have been able to significantly reduce the amount of framing material purchased. And again, re-using the second side of paper in their office significantly reduces their need to purchase paper.

They recycle, on their construction sites, all standard lumber, metal, vinyl, and cardboard. We have significantly reduced the yards of refuse filling our job-site dumpsters. At our office, we recycle all cardboard and printer ink cartridges.

And re-thinking: We have had to re-think how we build homes, framing techniques, landscaping changes and starting with designing home plans for efficient use of materials. We are continually training our personnel in green practices, through seminars and manufacturer training demos."

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