Monday, October 20, 2008

Sustainability a Factor in Leasing Commercial Space

Sustainable environments are becoming increasingly more important within the workplace. Businesses are learning of the economic benefits, and green offices and retail spaces can help boost employee and customer retention. See Seth Werner's article: Greening Your Commercial Space

Become a More Productive, In-demand CAD User

Learn to program AutoCAD and you may become a more productive, self-sufficient user, and more in demand by employers. See Robert Green's CAD Manager's Newsletters #203, 204 and 205 on Cadalyst.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Simple Ways to Build Green

Five articles expolore ways to incorporate green building materials and methods in residential design, including photovolatic roof modules and insulated concrete forms. See 5 Great Green Building Examples by writers Susan Bady, Felicia Oliver, Bill Lurz, Mark Jarasek, and Jennifer Powell.

PreservationNation » Blog Archive » Farnsworth House Offering Restoration Tours to Raise Funds

The Farnsworth House located near Plano, IL was designed and built by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951. Unfortunately, the house, considered one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture, was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. The house is open on a limited schedule to raise funds for its repair. Sarah Heffern give more info for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thursday, October 9, 2008

AutoCAD 2009 Review

I am using ACAD 2009 to teach a Basic AutoCAD course at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. I like it, but there are a lot more short-cut/quick dialogue boxes/palettes to contend with. See the Cadalyst review of AutoCAD 2009 by Bill Fane.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Do You Know Your Company's Ideal Staffing Level

We know the drill. Because of the cyclical nature of the building industry companies tend to hire personnel when business is booming to get the work out the door, and then when the lean times come so do the pink slips. How can you avoid the hiring-lay-off cycle? A design-build company owner suggests cross-training employees. See Chris Keimig's article on Remodeling: What's Your Company's Target Weight?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Is Green Building Risky?

With an increased number buildings seeking LEED certification, building owners and their consultants and service providers must consider the use of new, untested products and materials and any liability claims that may result. Matt Hudgins interviews insurance executives in Are You Covered?