Friday, 28 January 2011 11:57
Green building initiatives provide a key influence when tenants decide to sign a commercial real estate lease, according to a survey by GE Capital Real Estate. The survey, conducted over the past year, included more than 2,220 office tenants in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK, Spain and Japan.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 09:15
Screenwriter William Goldman once said that in Hollywood, "nobody knows nothing." What he meant, of course, was that no one knows for sure how to make a successful movie or even predict if one will be a financial hit.
Friday, 21 January 2011 08:45
By now, almost all builders know the importance of installing a water-resistive barrier (WRB) behind siding. Most types of siding leak, so it's a good idea (and a code requirement) to install a WRB to protect your wall sheathing from any wind-driven rain that gets past the siding.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:23
With all the snow we received in southern Vermont last week, it's a great time to be an energy nerd! Lots of snow on roofs means that it's easy to tell at a glance how energy efficient houses in the neighborhood are. I mean, it's not a thorough energy audit. But it's a good way to quickly get a sense of how buttoned up these houses are.
Thursday, 13 January 2011 21:04
It's Time for a New Way to Think About Water and Energy
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 17:49
Green building is going mainstream, no doubt. But exactly how is building science evolving, and where are eco-minded builders and consumers likely to focus their attention in the year ahead, in light of current economic conditions? The nonprofit Earth Advantage Institute, which to date has certified more than 11,000 sustainable homes, makes some predictions for 2011 in its annual forecast of green building trends.
Thursday, 06 January 2011 14:43
BIM creates efficiency and users will get several benefits. You will realize some of the greatest value of BIM through its potential to cut down on rework, such as re-keying information into models or making changes in the field. As users become more proficient, the opportunities to improve productivity are more pronounced. The top benefits of BIM are:
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 20:06
Concrete is in its raw essence a very green material. It is hewn from rock and the earth, ground into a fine powder, mixed with a few other raw components, the most important being water, and then mixed and allowed to set, wherever it is needed.
Friday, 31 December 2010 17:45
You can replace your bathroom sink and faucet, and remodel the whole bathroom...save money and do-it-yourself. The whole home improvement craze is getting more and more popular and these days it is easier to do things yourself. You can get info and instructions online and you can even buy the supplies you need online.
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 16:33
There is a centuries old tradition in Europe that is only beginning to be known in North America: the use of masonry heaters. For some reason Americans are entirely familiar with wood stoves and fireplaces, but have only a hazy notion of what a masonry heater is. This is unfortunate because these devises represent the epitome in home heating comfort and efficiency!
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