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WNY GOING GREEN: EXTREME MAKEOVER

Tuesday, 11.24.2009 / 10:40 AM / Blue & Gold Make Green
By Jackie Lewandowski  - Graduate Assistant (2009)
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WNY GOING GREEN: EXTREME MAKEOVER
The Buffalo Sabres Blue & Gold Make Green initiative has worked to improve sustainability and recycling within the organization over the last year. Now, the Sabres are asking the fans to reduce their environmental footprint.

Throughout the year, sabres.com will feature a local cause dedicated to making Western New York a “greener” place, and showing fans in the area how to incorporate conservation in their daily lives.

Take a look at this week’s profile on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's impact on the Buffalo community, and how two local businesses - David Homes and Buffalo ReUse - lent a helping hand.


Photo: Casseandra Seawell
Delores Powell and her children have much to give thanks for this Thanksgiving.

The family has college scholarships, food for a year, a 2010 Ford Fusion, and most importantly, a new home courtesy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

A little over two weeks ago, deconstruction on the Powell family’s house on Massachusetts Ave in Buffalo began, and the City of Good Neighbors bound together to change the family’s lives forever. 

In an episode set to air in early 2010 on the ABC Network, viewers will see both a green deconstruction of the Powell’s home, and a green construction of the new energy-efficient home.

Buffalo ReUSE, a local nonprofit organization was responsible for the demolition of the house. With the demands of a one-week demolition and construction plan, the organization was given a tight and demanding deadline of less than two days.

“The biggest challenge of taking down the house was the time deadline” said David Bennink of ReUSE Consulting.  “But once I walked into the building, I knew that Buffalo ReUSE and I could pull off this project.”

Within just 17 hours, Buffalo-ReUSE had completed the demolition on the Powell’s home, and was able to salvage many of its materials; such as window and door trim, baseboards, bricks, rock-faced blocks, and the stairwell. 

According to estimates from the company, the home weighed about 80 to 100 tons, not including the foundation or stone porch, and nearly 90 percent of the existing materials were able to be used for the new home. In an unprecedented feat, none of the materials were sent to the landfill.

Once the deconstruction was complete, David Homes began to rebuild. The company works to promote environmentally-friendly homes by focusing on saving energy and building Energy Star Rated homes since 2000.

The company also promotes ‘going green’ outdoors by creating green spaces, planting trees, and even creating hiking trails and wildlife habitats whenever possible. 

The Powell’s home was built to exceed the standard Energy Star Requirements by 40 percent, something that David Homes makes standard for every home they build.  Standard Energy Star Requirements include having effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and efficient appliances, water heaters and lighting.

 
Photo: Sharon Cantillon
The home is also the first emerald-level home under the National Association of Home Builders green certification program. It is a program that focuses on resource efficiency, energy efficiency, and recycling.

“It’s the highest level under the NAHB, and to do so in five days is something that the skilled labor force in Western New York should be very proud of” said David Stapleton, president of David Homes. “It is something we can show the rest of the country, that Buffalo is on the cutting-edge of green demolition and construction.”

In addition to constructing an energy-efficient home for the Powell family, David Homes also worked to improve other homes within the 10 blocks surrounding Massachusetts Avenue.

“The main goal I had was to inspire people to help their community and take back the street, and I think we did that” Stapleton said.

Approximately 100 residents received new paint, siding, roofs, porches, and concrete driveways during the construction process. Volunteers were recruited to clear debris in both occupied and vacant lots as well as aid in some of the projects listed above.
For more information on how to donate reusable materials for a tax deduction, or to volunteer on deconstruction projects within the community visit www.buffaloreuse.com.

For energy saving tips for you home and more volunteer opportunities visit www.davidhomes.com, or check out the Sabres’ Blue & Gold Makes Green Initiative to sign-up to become a Green Team Member for all the latest news and tips.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82