Green Building Trends Home Building Professionals Should Keep in Mind

Green Building Trends Green building trends are no longer abstract concepts or simply a guiding philosophy. They’re now as substantial as new building materials and as timely as the latest technology. As new construction escalates world-wide, the requirements for increased efficiency and a smaller footprint are more critical than ever. Maintaining the status quo would mean a doubling of energy demand from new structures and CO2 emissions that could more than triple by the midpoint of the 21st century. Here are some of the green building trends that now occupy positions of increasing priority in the industry: Continue reading Green Building Trends Home Building Professionals Should Keep in Mind

The Contaminated Chinese Drywall Issue Continues With Another Round in Court

chinese drywallThe high price of cost cutting in building materials continues to rear its head as the Chinese drywall issue again appears on appeals court dockets. As long as nine years ago, Taishan Gypsum sold contaminated drywall to U.S. builders and contractors engaged in residential construction in Florida and Louisiana. Nearly 250,000 sheets of drywall were delivered, representing profits in the amount of nearly $1 million for the Chinese manufacturer.   Continue reading The Contaminated Chinese Drywall Issue Continues With Another Round in Court

Plans for 2015 National Green Building Standard Underway With Home Innovation Research

Plans for 2015 National Green Building Standard UnderwayThere continues to be strong signs that green building techniques are becoming increasingly standardized throughout the construction industry. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the premier U.S. organization that facilitates voluntary consensus standards for a variety of industries, has again appointed Home Innovation Research Labs to administrate the development of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS.) Continue reading Plans for 2015 National Green Building Standard Underway With Home Innovation Research

American Cancer Society’s Newest Hope Lodge Slated for Construction in Salt Lake City

hope lodgeThe former address of an LDS meetinghouse at the corner of 100 South and 400 East in Salt Lake City is scheduled for new life as an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. These facilities offer a “home away from home” environment for cancer patients who must travel from faraway homes to seek treatment in one of Salt Lake City’s state-of-the-art cancer therapy units.   Continue reading American Cancer Society’s Newest Hope Lodge Slated for Construction in Salt Lake City

Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living Complex

Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living ComplexChanges in demographics is one factor driving the Florida construction recovery, as evidenced by the groundbreaking of the new, $13.8 million senior living facility in Santa Rosa Beach. A project of Dominion Partners, the development called Somerby of Santa Rosa Beach incorporates 52 assisted living units, plus 24 memory-care apartments for residents with age-related memory problems, including dementia or Alzheimer’s. Situated at the junction of U.S. 98 and West Hewett Road, the Florida construction project is scheduled for occupation by the end of the year. Continue reading Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living Complex

Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall Preps for Long-Awaited Redevelopment

winrock mallIt was 1959 when the University of New Mexico and Winthrop Rockefeller announced plans to develop a 500,000 square foot mall called Winrock—the first and for many years the largest shopping mall in New Mexico. Retail giants of the era including Montgomery Wards, S.S. Kresge Five & Ten, J.C. Penney, Hallmark Cards and Safeway soon became standout tenants. A Fox Cinema came in the 1960s, as well as the White Winrock Motor Hotel. In the decades since and like many malls, Winrock has lost some of its luster as a shopping destination of choice. However, its place in the minds and memories of Albuquerque residents endured. Continue reading Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall Preps for Long-Awaited Redevelopment

OSHA Focuses on Fall Protection as Part of Overall Construction Site Safety

OSHA Focuses on Fall Protection as Part of Overall Construction Site SafetyConstruction site safety is important at all levels in construction work, but especially critical where heights are involved. Building statistics provided by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal that in 2012, 279 worker fatalities and over 8,800 injuries resulted in falls and other accidents where height was a significant factor. That’s why the agency has begun a series of “Safety Stand-Downs” at selected sites to increase awareness of the dangers involved in working above ground level and the measures necessary to make it safer.  Continue reading OSHA Focuses on Fall Protection as Part of Overall Construction Site Safety

Sustainability Is the Latest Trend in Celebrity Homes, and Leonardo DiCaprio Leads the Way

Sustainability Is the Latest Trend in Celebrity Homes, and Leonardo DiCaprio Leads the WayAs a film actor, Leonardo DiCaprio’s career has sustainability. From “Titanic” and “The Aviator” to “Wolf Of Wall Street,” DiCaprio has proven himself as a bankable star with major box office appeal. It’s only fitting then that the celebrity homes he’s commissioned offer sustainability in an environmental way, as well as lasting aesthetic appeal.   Continue reading Sustainability Is the Latest Trend in Celebrity Homes, and Leonardo DiCaprio Leads the Way

Demand for Manhattan Condos Evident as Highest-Ever Asking Price Hits $110 Million

Manhattan CondoThe latest proof that demand for Manhattan condos is reaching new heights can be found, appropriately enough, on the 58th floor summit of the Woolworth Building—once the tallest skyscraper in New York City. The asking price issued by developers for the 8,975-square-foot penthouse is $100 million, the highest ever recorded in downtown Manhattan. It’s a condo that incorporates nine floors in the building, with the main living spaces situated on the 50th and 51st level. Amenities include a great room and wine cellar on lower floors and a library or media room along with an observation deck at the top.   Continue reading Demand for Manhattan Condos Evident as Highest-Ever Asking Price Hits $110 Million