August 15, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA: James Hardie recognizes Kacin Companies’ Edgewater at Oakmont project with the 2012 James Hardie “Excellence in Design Award” for its outstanding neighborhood design and sustainable construction methods in Pittsburgh. James Hardie’s “Excellence in Design Award” is given to builders who are dedicated to creating environmentally friendly, long-lasting communities. Edgewater at Oakmont was selected for the “Excellence in Design Award” because Kacin not only selected HardiePlank® but also HardieTrim® and HardieSoffit® which extends the home’s durability and low maintenance attributes to the complete exterior, advancing the community’s longevity and sustainability.

A James Hardie complete exterior including siding, trim, soffit, fascia and wrap extends Hardie’s durability and low maintenance value proposition to the whole home. All James Hardie® siding products are Engineered for Climate® to stand up to the demands of the local climate. Unlike wood-based siding products which may rot, curl, warp or split from extended exposure to moisture, James Hardie siding products resist the harshest weather conditions, prolonging the life of the siding. Plus, James Hardie siding products resist the spread of flame, providing greater security from fire than wood and plastic-based siding products.

James Hardie’s proprietary ColorPlus® Technology is designed to hold paint for a long time, creating annual cost savings and requiring minimal maintenance. Offered in more than 20 colors, ColorPlus Technology optimizes paint adhesion and slows fading because it’s specifically formulated for use on fiber cement. ColorPlus Technology is available on HardiePlank, HardiePanel, HardieShingle, HardieTrim and HardieSoffit to ensure the whole home is on the same maintenance cycle.

Like many of its partners in the building products industry, James Hardie is committed to supporting and advancing sustainable building products and practices. James Hardie fiber cement siding is comprised only of natural and sustainable raw materials including cement, sand, wood fiber and water. ColorPlus Technology finishes are applied at the factory to eliminate Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) being released into the atmosphere on the job site. Plus, James Hardie’s manufacturing facilities are strategically located across the US which enables the company to source 90% of its raw materials locally and minimize transit time to customers.

Edgewater at Oakmont is a master plan community that includes 242 single family and multifamily residences, independent shops, and neighborhood restaurants. Edgewater is a traditional neighborhood development that recalls the best of Oakmont – unified architecture and walk able streets – with a design and energy that’s familiar and exciting. Edgewater writes a new history for the long-vacated former Edgewater Steel facility, once the largest employer in the bi-borough region and largest steel train wheel manufacturer in the world. After years of lying vacant, Kacin Companies and EQA worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency to reclaim and redevelop the land.

Brian Monahan from James Hardie presents Jason Corna from Kacin Companies with the 2012 “Excellence in Design Award” for the Edgewater at Oakmont Community.

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