Bike Rack Shops Identifies how Bike Racks are Poised to Remain One of the Least Expensive Ways to Earn Points when LEED Standards Changes Take Place in November

Lake Forest, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council is preparing to enact its modifications to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification requirements in November. Every change by the Council is to promote its goal of reducing emissions, and in this case, to benefit cyclists and encourage more people to ride their bikes instead of driving. Cyclists should come to see commercial bike racks in more convenient locations and be integrated into the buildings design scheme more seamlessly.

According to the Councils website, key changes regarding bike racks dictate the maximum distance an outdoor bike rack can be from a buildings front door, and how the bike racks must be within 200 yards of a bicycle network. The bicycle network requirement is new, and an additional guideline stipulates how a school, transit stop, or 10 other uses must be within three miles for a building to receive credit. Some builders may find difficulty integrating bike racks into a buildings architectural landscape or even come to find that the building doesnt meet the location requirements for including a commercial bike rack.

The changes make it all the more important for builders to find commercial bike racks that are going to fit the design aesthetic of the building. Low-profile racks, like the bike dock, only require a small footprint, and they dont disrupt the visual appeal of the building. Wave-style bike racks, on the other hand, can accommodate many bikes and are available in a wide range of colors.

The cycling enthusiasts at Bike Rack Shops view the changes as good ones. People are going to be willing to install commercial bike racks that are more attractive and more convenient for cyclists to use, which is in line with our goal of encouraging people to ride their bikes, remarked Alex Miller, President of Renaissance Retail, Bike Rack Shops parent company. They also feel the more finished looks of the buildings will benefit builders, full-time occupants of buildings, and visitors to buildings certified under the U.S. Green Councils new standards.

Bike Rack Shops was the Internets first dedicated source for meeting the vehicle and storage rack needs of cyclists and has evolved into the Internets leading source for bicycle and storage racks. Its mission is to provide outstanding service, the lowest allowable prices, and the widest selection of leading bike rack brands. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Bike Rack Shops is a division of Renaissance Retail, the Internets leading source for specialty consumer products.


Timothy Benson

Renaissance Retail

847-932-4720 ext. 2704

Email: tim(at)bikerackshops(dot)com

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Boulder Remodeling Contractor Melton Construction Inc. Changes Name to Melton Design Build

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 16, 2012

Residential and commercial remodeling contractor Melton Construction Inc., headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, announced today that it has changed its trade name to Melton Design Build. According to Ty Melton, president of the company, Our company was one of the first design build remodeling firms serving Boulder and the surrounding areas. We started offering design services shortly after we began doing business in 1993. Our new name, Melton Design Build, better reflects the full spectrum of architectural design and construction services we provide our clients. The company has also changed its web address to to reflect its new name.

Asked why the company uses the design build approach, Rick Johnson, Melton Design Builds general manager, explained The design build approach to remodeling is an easier, more convenient and less complex remodeling process for our clients. He continued, We find most homeowners and business owners find it very appealing. Its been our experience that for most types of remodeling projects, the design build approach we use is simpler, faster and can provide clients greater value. One of the reasons is that the ability to design and build a project to a specific budget is enhanced with this method.

With the design build remodeling process, the property owner selects a single design build remodeling contractor that works with the owner from the initial design discussions through to completion of the construction on the project. The design build contractor provides both the design and construction services. Selecting a design build remodeling contractor is different than selecting a construction-only contractor as it involves evaluating the contractors ability to provide the quality of design as well as the quality of construction the property owner is looking for.

Mr. Melton explained some of the benefits he believes design build offers. With design build the remodeling contractor designs the project so that it can be built within the agreed target budget. Since our staff architect who is designing the project knows construction costs intimately, the design is developed to fit in the overall design and construction budget from the beginning. And, as the contractor is responsible to the client for the entire process, if there is a problem with the design or construction, it is up to the design build contractor to resolve it. No time or money is wasted figuring out who is responsible to fix the problem. Its just a lot neater and simpler.

While not well known in some parts of the country, the trend towards design build remodeling has been growing over the past 25+ years. In many parts of the country, it is the dominant approach for many types of remodeling projects. Many of the design awards given by the remodeling industrys various competitions go to design build remodeling firms. Melton has won several of those awards for both commercial and residential remodeling projects.

Melton Design Build (formerly known as Melton Construction) headquartered in Boulder CO was founded in 1993 by Ty Melton. Melton Design Build provides architectural design, interior design and construction services to both homeowners and business owners primarily in Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Niwot, Gunbarrel, Erie, Lyons, Superior, and parts of the Denver, Colorado area.

Typical home remodeling projects for the company include: kitchen and bath remodeling, single and multi-level home additions including pop-tops, whole home renovations, exterior remodeling, and green or energy-related remodeling. For its commercial clients, Melton Design Build remodeling projects often include professional, medical and dental offices, retail and restaurants and most types of light commercial remodeling.

In addition to other awards and honors, Melton Design Build was named one of Americas Top Remodelers in 2011 by Professional Remodeler Magazine and was named a Big50 remodeling firm by Remodeling Magazine. The company is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Boulder Green Building Guild, Center for Resource Conservation, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and other trade and business organizations. The company is involved with or sponsors a variety of local civic groups.