Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Design Competition Alert - Custom Home

Another magazine, Custom Home, has extended the deadline for its 2009 Design Awards. There are nine entry categories with an entry of $125 for each. You must register online by December 3, 2008, even you are paying the registration fee by check. The completed entry packets are due by January 9, 2009. See the Custom Home registration page

A reminder: Competitions are tools for you to market your potential and capability in a design area and can allow you to be recognized for your talents.

For more competition dates see the Building Industry Resources calendar or request calendar info through the B.I.R. contact page.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Environmental Due Diligence Begins During Site Selection - Business Facilities - Real Estate Trends

John Katze and Bill Gibbons of EBI Consulting suggest retaining an environmental consultant early in the real estate transaction process to perform environmental due diligence, generally conducted for the purpose of assessing a property for the presence of contamination . This step can reduce the severity of future liabilities and can affect the outcome of an imminent real estate transaction. See Environmental Due Diligence Begins During Site Selection

Going Green Makes Good Business Sense

Recently, Los Angeles became the largest American city to enact strict environmental standards on private-sector construction. Through its Green Building Act of 2006, Washington D.C. was the first major U.S. city to mandate green construction for all privately owned real estate. Then Boston went a step further when it adopted a zoning code that stipulated requirements for renovation projects of existing buildings. Fourteen percent of U.S. cities with populations of more than 50,000 have green building programs, and many more will soon follow. See The Greening of America