Chinese Drywall Problem: Bigger Than You Think!

June 5, 2010

Written By Chick Zoll The property loss from Chinese drywall could exceed every U.S. hurricane except Katrina and Andrew. This week a minor player in the growing stink surrounding Chinese Drywall settled its lawsuit with a key manufacturer of the tainted gypsum board.  The homebuilder’s settlement, coming on the heels of two other judgments in […]

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May 14, 2010

You may have been considering “going green” with your next facility construction project by seeking a LEED certification, but are waiting for improved economic conditions. Further delay may have new consequences, as the decision to pursue LEED certification has now become time sensitive. LEED Version 3 (V3) if now effective and the current Version 2.2 […]

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Interview with Willi Paul – Sustainability Consultant

April 7, 2010

By Patrick Brinkerhoff This is our interview with William “Willi” George Paul, a Green Business Certified Sustainability Consultant and executive producer of Willi Paul has been a strategic vision planner, writer and program designer for environmental planning, civil engineering and non-profits for over 25 years.  As executive producer at he has interviewed over […]

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Basics of Architecture Series – Why Hire an Architect 101

March 31, 2010

By Matt Luttrell Read the entire exam prior to answering any questions Nothing can be more frustrating than having to do something because someone told you that you have to. Quite often, clients give us a call, not because they are inspired to create a work of art, but because the building code official said […]

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Stereotyping the Green Consumer

March 25, 2010

Submitted by Willi Paul Stereotyping the Green Consumer into Hell – Stupid Human Tricks from the Natural Marketing Institute. Isle 9, If you’ve been following the green marketplace lately, there’s a good chance your head is spinning. With endless studies that continue their obstinate rally toward the trivializing of just about any green concern, […]

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HACC Workforce Development (WFD)

February 11, 2010

BPI Training for Building Analysts By now you are probably aware of the growing demand for energy auditors, raters and building performance contractors.  Billions of dollars have been allocated to the state and local governments for distribution into energy conservation programs with residential and commercial buildings a primary focus.  This presents a unique opportunity for […]

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What to Expect from an Energy Audit

February 11, 2010

What should we expect from an energy audit?  We start with an informal interview with homeowner(s) or facility managers to understand more about the building and its history.  We note building performance issues – rooms that are drafty or too hot in summer.  We will ask about the overall health and comfort of occupants, your preferred […]

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The Founder of Energy Efficient Lighting – Lighting Design

January 21, 2010

The Founder of Today’s Most Energy Efficient and Influential Lighting Design In today’s economy many companies are educating themselves on alternative technologies which consume less energy. With increased costs of energy, deregulation of energy rates at the present, and the impact of increased energy usage to the environment, in the sense of carbon emissions, it […]

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Understanding Environmental Liability Issues in Real Estate Transactions

January 19, 2010

Doing one’s due diligence is now more important than ever. Some view this step with trepidation, while others recognize it for what is – a vital and necessary part of the commercial real estate transaction. It is the final step in protecting your, and your clients’, legal environmental liability. In order to understand the liability […]

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Changing the Chesapeake

January 18, 2010

There are few memories that remain the same from generation to generation. I reminisce about the glorious sun filled childhood days spent at the Bay – listening to music from the distant jukebox, the smell of hotdogs grilling nearby, and exploring the shoreline for tiny shells, colorful rocks and interesting creatures. Unfortunately, my children and […]

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