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Beam Central Vacuum Installed in 'Extreme' Home

The latest winners of an "extreme home makeover" will enjoy the convenience and indoor air quality benefits of a Beam Central Vacuum System that was installed in their home for the ABC-TV series "Extreme Makeover Home Edition."

The episode aired March 27, Easter Sunday, with the popular sequel, "Extreme Makeover Home Edition-How'd They Do That?" airing Monday, March 28.

Built by Pardee Homes, a multi-regional homebuilder and developer headquartered in Los Angeles, the home makeover incorporates numerous elements of Pardee's Living Smart program. The Living Smart home was built to green building standards that reduce the home's energy requirements, conserve water, forestry and other natural resources and provide healthy indoor air quality for the owners.

The Beam Serenity Plus Central Vacuum System that is clinically proven to reduce allergy symptoms by 40 percent to 60 percent is among the Living Smart program's indoor air quality enhancements to the home. Also provided for the project was the Beam RugMaster Plus Power Team that includes a central vacuum hose, electric power brush and cleaning tools.

"We are delighted that our product will contribute to a healthy living environment for a very deserving family," says John Coghlan, president of Beam Industries. West Coast Installers, Beam's Chatsworth, Calif., dealer installed the Serenity Plus Central Vacuum System as well as structured wiring, intercom, security and surround-sound systems in the project house Feb. 15-22. The company contracts with Pardee Homes to install low-voltage systems in Pardee's greater Los Angeles area developments.

"The home has a wide variety of floor surfaces and the Beam Central Vacuum System can clean them easier and more thoroughly than a traditional vacuum or a dust mop," says Blair Wonderly, the division manager for West Coast Installers who headed the company's three-person installation team.

"The teamwork that went into this energy-efficient home was extraordinary, and unrelentingly bad weather during our build really dramatized what we knew already-that Beam and West Coast Installers were outstanding," said Mike McGee, Pardee's president and CEO. "We commend Beam and West Coast Installers for generous contributions of time and materials, and for true dedication and perseverance during very challenging circumstances; Pardee's entire 'Extreme' team was just amazing."

Headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, Beam Industries is a division of Electrolux Home Care Products, Ltd., and is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of central vacuum systems. Beam products are sold in more than 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit

Established in 1921, Pardee Homes is one of the oldest building companies in California. Pardee Homes closed sales of 2,635 homes in 2004, with total sales revenues of approximately $1.2 billion for single-family residential, and approximately $1.4 billion in total company revenues. Pardee anticipates opening 30 new home communities in 2005, with 46 new home communities in active sales by year-end.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is one of television's most-watched shows. The series won the People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite Reality Show/Makeover and received the award for Best Alternative/Reality Series from the Family Television Awards. The program airs on ABC TV Sundays at 8 p.m. EST. Its sequel, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-How'd They Do That?" provides an in-depth view of each project's details, and airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.

Both are produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Tom Forman is the executive producer of both programs.

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