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12/6/2010

American Standard Brands Joins Urban Living Laboratory Project in Dallas, Texas

American Standard Brands announced a strategic partnership with Realty Appreciation, LTD. to supply the water saving plumbing products for the Urban Living Laboratory — the world's largest LEED-certified research, demonstration, and teaching laboratory.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 6, 2010) — American Standard Brands announced a strategic partnership with Realty Appreciation, LTD. to supply the water saving plumbing products for the Urban Living Laboratory — the world's largest LEED-certified research, demonstration, and teaching laboratory.

The Urban Living Laboratory, located at the Texas AgriLife Urban Solutions Center, is literally the cornerstone of this unique new development by Realty Appreciation, LTD., as part of a public-private partnership with the Texas A&M University System.

Covering 73 acres in Dallas, Texas, with more than one million square feet of buildings, the entire community will be pedestrian-friendly, featuring walking trails and extensive green space. Environmentally-friendly buildings with technologically advanced features and products will enhance the quality-of-life for the residents and tenants who live, work, shop and play within this community.

The development will feature attractive resource-efficient landscapes and energy-efficient buildings. Storm water will be collected and reused for landscape irrigation, which will minimize the impact of the development on city drinking water and storm water systems, as will the WaterSense®-certified toilets, faucets, showerheads and urinals.

The Urban Living Laboratory also includes a state-of-the-art technology platform for monitoring, controlling and analyzing ecological processes, energy systems, water usage, indoor air quality, transportation and human behavior. It will enable scientists from Texas A&M University and other universities to research and teach the concepts of sustainable development. Researchers will study how social, biological and physical attributes of urban environments influence health and productivity. This project will also support research that facilitates the development of policies and programming among government agencies and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

“American Standard is enthusiastic about our products being part of the vision and the research, which will create a comprehensive knowledge base for everyone involved in buildings and real estate development. American Standard is also enthusiastic about conducting research on indoor water efficiency technologies for commercial and residential applications,” said Jeremy Cressman, vice president and general manager of commercial business for American Standard. “We look forward to the user data supporting consumer satisfaction with high-efficiency fixtures and fittings, while finding new solutions to better manage fresh water supplies.”

For more information on this project, visit:  www.UrbanLivingLaboratory.com. For more information about American Standard water-saving products and solutions, visit www.responsiblebathroom.com.

ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS

American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.americanstandard.com.

 ABOUT REALTY APPRECIATION, LTD.

Realty Appreciation, LTD. is a privately-held real estate investment and development company that develops, acquires, renovates, manages and owns commercial and residential real estate throughout Texas.  The company’s corporate office is located in Arlington, Texas.  For over 20 years, the company has purchased, developed, managed and sold numerous property types, encompassing undeveloped land, multi-family apartments, retail, offices and senior housing facilities.  To learn more, please visit:  www.RealtyAppreciation.com.

WaterSense® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

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