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Building Care Reform

Posted on September 16, 2009 by Carl Seville in Green Building Curmudgeon

I recently read an article in The New York Times — provocatively titled “Why we must ration healthcare” — that makes a reasonably cogent argument for health care reform, including some level of rationing, which is the hot button for both sides in the current discussions.

The Case Against Christmas Bonuses

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Michael Chandler in Business Advisor

My company is well known for its “generous” profit-sharing plan. In fact, we even won a Custom Home Pacesetter Award for it a few years ago. The dirty little secret is that we don’t actually have a profit sharing plan. (My accountant loves to drive this home to me at every opportunity.)

Taking Inventory of Your Business

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Dina Lima in Business Advisor

Now is a really good time to take inventory of your businesses. This exercise will enhance your ability to continue to run the race with focus, clarity, and direction. Business owners are always on the lookout for ways to save, especially when it comes to time and money. So here are some tips on how to assess where your business stands right now in order to make some positive changes in your business and personal lives.

Linking Finishes with Energy

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Ann Edminster in Green Building Blog

Although there is a lot of interest in green finish materials, they don’t tend to come up often in the context of building energy performance. However, they do have the potential to influence energy performance in the following ways.

    ‘Insulating’ Paint Merchants Dupe Gullible Homeowners

    Posted on September 11, 2009 by Martin Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd

    Scammers have been selling “insulating” paint to gullible consumers for at least 27 years. Among the exaggerated claims made by distributors of these overpriced cans of paint is that the “low-e” coatings will “lower energy bills.” In addition to liquid paint, some fraudsters sell powders or paint additives, usually described as “miracle” products containing “micro-spheres” or “ceramic beads.”

    Getting Around in Sweden

    Posted on September 8, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

    I had the great fortune two years ago to spend a couple weeks in Sweden. In late December 2007 I was visiting my daughter, who was studying at Lund University.

    When I arrived in Lund by train from the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark, it was late afternoon, raining lightly, and nearly dark—even southern Sweden is quite far north. I was immediately struck by the way people got around: despite the rain, bicyclists were everywhere; sidewalks were filled with pedestrians; and I think city busses almost outnumbered cars.

    Green Building and Aging-in-Place Design

    Posted on September 6, 2009 by Michael Chandler in Business Advisor

    One of the best ways to set a course for the future of your company is to look back on past customers that you best served and most enjoyed working with. When I do this, I see a trend toward working with what we have come to call “empty-nesters.” These are usually couples with older children who are ready to make a fresh start with a smaller, more energy-efficient, “green” and low-maintenance home to which the kids only visit for family reunions.

    The Jevons Paradox

    Posted on September 4, 2009 by Martin Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd

    UPDATED with new photo on May 6, 2011

    Let’s say you’ve sold your old, leaky house and moved into a new, well-insulated home with Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. appliances. With all of its efficiency improvements, your new home requires 30% less energy than your old home. That’s got to be good for the planet, right?

    Well, maybe not — especially if you save so much on your energy bills that you decide to fly to Florida for your next vacation.

    Where You Build May Matter More Than What You Build

    Posted on September 2, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

    One of the things I like most about my seven-mile bicycle commute into work is the chance it affords me to just think about stuff in an unfocused way. When I drive to work (more often than I’d like) I usually have the radio on, letting the “Morning Edition” reporters direct my thoughts.

    Great Green Exteriors

    Posted on September 1, 2009 by Rob Moody in think-spot

    For an exterior to be great, it needs to be sustainable. Where you choose to build and how you choose to site your homes present major opportunities to maximize green strategies. The life span and the material choices of a home have a huge impact on the environment as well. The longer a home will last, the high and better the intended use for the resources that went into its construction.

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