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  • Formula calculates thickness of bombproof concrete

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    A new type of steel-reinforced concrete protects buildings better from bomb attacks. Researchers have developed a formula to quickly calculate the concrete’s required thickness. The material will be used in the One World Trade Center at Ground Zero.
  • Fires are major cause of wind farm failure, according to new research

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to research. Wind farming is one of the leading industries in the renewable energy sector. However, the industry faces a number of challenges, such as opposition by wind farm lobbyists. Today's research suggests that incidents of wind turbines catching fire are a big problem that is not currently being fully reported.
  • 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survives series of simulated earthquakes

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned earthquake and seismic engineering facility.
  • Efficient structures help build a sustainable future

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Researchers have found that the selection of steel cable structural system for long spans has considerably less environmental impact than a steel truss system to achieve the same structural requirements, through the entire life cycle of the structure. "Thoughtful selection, by the architectural engineer, in the initial stages of the design process, can reduce environmental impact related to the construction process," said one author of the new study.
  • Fast building inspection from the air: Quiet flying robots do the work

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Many buildings in Germany are in need of renovation. The reasons for this are often aging building structures and environmental influences. In the future, flying inspection robots will be able to accelerate and simplify inspections, thus reducing the safety risk. Compared to many conventional methods, the inspection is more convenient, thanks to the assistance of an aerial robot, and can occur at shorter intervals. In addition, inspection time can be significantly shortened, usually without impeding use of the buildings.
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Aqueous Liquid Coating System is optimized for usability.

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Targeting those who desire liquid lamination without hand application, EliteCoater™ applies water-based liquid coating to inkjet canvas and fine art paper up to 44 in. wide. Design facilitates installation on any tabletop surface and ensures even finish on any graphic print. Along with process speed of up to 2 fpm, features include drip pan that collects excess coating and ability to coat other media with optional Mayer bar. For operation, users feed cut sheets through coating head. This story is related to the following:Materials and Material ProcessingPaints and…
  • Water Resistant Coating withstands elements.

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    By imparting water repellency, HydraBan® 430 helps maintain structural integrity of paper and corrugated shipping boxes while they are in service or in transit. This, in turn, helps protect container contents. FDA-compliant, water-based coating, effective for applications where exposure to environmental conditions – cold, heat, humidity, moisture – is unavoidable, is repulpable, printable, and gluable. It can be run with or without dilution and applied off-line, in-line, or via flexo. This story is related to the following:Water Resistant Coatings…
  • Heat Resistant White Paint resists yellowing up to 1,200°F.

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    While not intended for direct contact with flames, Thurmalox® 290-00 Heat Resistant White Paint is designed for vent pipes and other parts exposed to elevated temperatures. Formulation prevents yellowing at up to 1,200°F and will not chip, crack, or peel. Ready-to-use product, suited for various industrial, commercial, and consumer product applications, comes in 5 gal pails, gallons, quarts, and aerosol spray cans and can be used as clear gloss top coat to achieve porcelain-like finish. This story is related to the following:Heat Resistant Paints
  • Floor Finish is optimized for accelerated drying and curing time.

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Betco Express® with Scuff Resistant Technology™ (SRT) is formulated with Max-Cure™ Technology, which utilizes durable, internally cross-linked polymer blended to minimize dry and cure times. Also providing black heel mark resistance, this low-odor floor finish can be re-coated in as little as 10–15 min. As many as 6 coats can be applied within 1 hr. This story is related to the following:Floor Finishes
  • Formable Texturing Lacquer targets automotive interior components.

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Intended for use by automotive component designers, Fototex 3D enables manufacture of fully formed 3D parts with customizable surface textures. This texturing lacquer, applied as part of normal screen printing process using hybrid (solvent and UV) cure, exhibits abrasion resistance, does not require 2-component hardening, and enables high gloss finishes with textures and textured effects. Versatility and fine line print capability enable intricate texturing patterns to be created. This story is related to the following:Lacquers
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  • INTERVIEW: Tony Pickett, Denver’s Urban Land Conservancy

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Pickett, who has over 25 years of real estate experience in the planning, design, financing, and implementation of mixed use and mixed income communities, joined Denver’s nonprofit Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) last October as Vice President of Master Site Development. The land bank-land trust hybrid partnered with Enterprise Community Partners, the city and county of Denver, and other investors to establish the first affordable housing TOD acquisition fund in the country. The purpose of the Denver TOD Fund is to support the creation and preservation of over 1,000 affordable housing units…
  • Fleeced Again… Plundering Our Elders

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yes, I’m getting older. No, I have not retired because economic justice still needs advocates. Even if you are nowhere near becoming a respected elder, you should watch and share this film with your parents, grandparents and community leaders. The vultures are circling to plunder their hard-earned and precious income. Viewing this film reminded me why I chose my community development career forty years ago. I can’t stand people getting ripped off. Fleeced is an informative 27-minute documentary on the impact of financial exploitation of older adults, produced by the National Community…
  • Phillip Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Miriam Axel-Lute: Tell us about your experience before coming to Surdna, and how that’s informed your work here. Phil Henderson: I was an international guy before I came here, and that was a complete accident. I ended up in Romania after the fall of Communism, having never been out of the 50 states before. I went to Romania to teach economics. And I stayed in that world. That was part of the transition-to-democracy period for all these countries; they weren’t even sure where they were going to go. They all ended up being EU members, they all ended up being part of NATO. It’s a big…
  • Urban Art or Graffiti Vandalism?

    11 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Manfred Kirchheimer began working on Stations of the Elevated in 1977, two years after the NY Daily News ran its infamous “Ford to City: Drop Dead” headline. The city was buckling under austerity measures put in place after a near-bankruptcy. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), mired by a parallel fiscal crisis, enacted a deferred maintenance program in 1974. This meant that the subway cleaning crews got smaller and subway cars were not inspected and serviced as frequently. Subway graffiti was both a symptom of the fiscal crisis, since tagged trains continually circulated…
  • Hungry for Housing

    28 May 2014 | 7:04 am
    On April 23, 2014, a report was issued from the office of the New York City Comptroller, examining the problems facing the city’s residents in their search for housing. The headline in the New York Times read, “New York City Housing Push Should Aim at Poorest, Report Says”. The rise in rents between 2000 and 2012 had hit apartments in the range of $400-$800 the hardest. The disappearance of such apartments—often discussed under the rubric of “gentrification”—is part of a much larger process of uprooting the poor. The two excellent books examined in this review—Edward Goetz’s…
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  • Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Course, Finds Insurance Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claims

    Proskauer - Insurance Recovery & Counseling
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Companies such as homebuilders, construction companies and contractors face significant financial risk from bodily injury and property damage claims arising from allegedly faulty workmanship or construction defects. Although these companies purchase...By: Proskauer - Insurance Recovery & Counseling
  • Indiana I-69 Section 5 Availability Payment Project Closes Financing

    Nossaman LLP
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    On July 23, 2014, the Indiana Finance Authority closed financing on its second availability payment P3 project, the I-69 Section 5 highway project, a 21-mile reconstruction project located outside of Bloomington Indiana, the home of Indiana...By: Nossaman LLP
  • President Obama Seeks To Expand Market for P3 Transportation Projects

    Ballard Spahr LLP
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    As part of his ongoing effort to urge Congress to address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, President Obama recently announced the signing of an executive order creating the Build America Investment Initiative (the Initiative). This...By: Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Environmental Considerations For School Construction

    Pullman & Comley, LLC
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    School construction projects present special challenges and must be carefully managed to ensure that environmental issues are safely and well-handled and the health and safety of the school population is protected. New construction and on-site...By: Pullman & Comley, LLC
  • Important Increase in Home Builder Sentiment

    Bilzin Sumberg - Homebuilders
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released on July 16th increased to 53. That is up four points from the June figure of 49 and represents the first time since January that the index is above 50....By: Bilzin Sumberg - Homebuilders
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  • A Snapshot of the Onsite Freelance & Contractor Workforce

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    With over 17.7 million independent workers in the US workforce, it is clear that we are in the midst of a transformational moment in the world of work. But who is this on-demand workforce? What types of jobs do they do? What kind of skills do they bring to the table? How do you find and manage them? Download this white paper to learn:How you can get started working with your own onsite workforceWhat type of work contractors, consultants and freelancers are taking onHow to properly find and manage freelancersAs an Executive, learn about the fastest growing segment of freelance labor by…
  • 5 Practical Ways Apps Can Streamline Your Construction Business

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Find out the top 5 ways construction companies can use a mobile workforce management solution to effectively increase field productivity and reduce costs. Learn how mobile apps can help you: * Gain visibility into your mobile employees’ locations and activities * Combat rising fuel and labor costs * Complete jobs on time and on budget Download this guide to learn how emerging mobile business apps can help your company work smarter and faster.Request Free!
  • Aggregates Manager

    10 Jun 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Aggregates Manager serves producers of crushed stone, sand and gravel, recycled materials, cement, lime, concrete producers, asphalt producers, gypsum, potash, sand and other non-metallic minerals, hauling companies, engineering consultant, government, association or school, and others allied to the field.Request Free!
  • HVACR Business

    19 May 2014 | 11:20 am
    Critical topics covered include leadership, management, finance, sales, marketing, training and education, health care, insurance, customer service and more. They are dedicated to helping contractors master these key management skills and provide them with the resources necessary to build stronger, better, more profitable customers.Request Free!
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    2 May 2014 | 1:50 pm
    They cover all aspects of the industry: drywall, lath and plaster, stucco, ceilings and acoustics, exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS), fireproofing, metal framing and architectural decorative ornamentation, insulation, windows/doors, trims/moldings, spray textures and paints.Request Free!
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  • Top 5 Furniture Trends

    Andrea O
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Steve Forberg from Decorium Furniture  discusses the top five furniture trends currently defining today’s eclectic looking home. 1. Industrial reclaimed furniture: Mixing modern elements with rustic wood items and industrial metal. Popular items: Wooden chairs, white lacquered tables, industrial metal lamps 2. Upholstered beds Highly customizable; choose your fabric, sizing and finishings Allows you to create […]
  • Furniture Making 101

    Andrea O
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    High quality furniture can be quite a costly investment. Carpenter Malcolm McGrath of Malcolm Mcgrath Cabinets and Fine Carpentry discusses what homeowners should consider and look for when buying furniture for their home. What will you use it for? This will determine the level of quality you need: Short term vs. long term I.e. children’s bedroom furniture […]
  • Windows 101

    Andrea O
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    In this edition of HomeStars U, Graeme Knight from Brock Doors and Windows  provides the basics on what kinds of windows you will see when you walk into a showroom. Six Signs You Need New Windows: Condensation between panes of glass Wood windows have rotten frames Drafts coming in through windows Bugs coming in through frames Windows […]
  • Window Installation 101

    Andrea O
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In the lastest installment of HomeStars U,  Anthony Gucciardi from Encore Home Improvements gives us the basics on the two methods of window installation. Full-Tear Out The entire window is removed and damaged wood is replaced. The installer reinsulates the interior frame and a new window is installed.  The interior portion is completed with new wood, or […]
  • Eavestroughs 101

    Andrea O
    28 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    In the lastest edition of HomeStars U, North Shore Eavestroughing’s Darren Perry shares his advice on the installation of eavestroughing. The following are common problems many eavestroughing systems face. 1. Overflowing eavestroughs: Improper eavestroughing can lead to overflowing water, which can leak into your basement. Can create rot against the roofline (the wood fascia board) […]
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  • How many times can you sand a wood floor?

    Scott Avery
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    This is a very common question I have heard over the years, “How many times can you sand my wood floor?” There are a number of variables that we can talk about for a little bit that should help you. 1) What type of flooring is in your home? Wood flooring is milled in a variety of thicknesses. In order to make sure we just level the discussion between engineered flooring and solid wood flooring, the area that is capable of being sanded is the wear-layer. The wear layer for solid flooring tends to average about 5/16″ thickness. For engineered flooring, this can vary to as…
  • Lagler Dustless Refinishing Equipment

    Scott Avery
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    This video discusses our equipment that we use to refinish hardwood floors. Enjoy and feel free to contact us if you have questions.
  • Can Bamboo Flooring be Refinished?

    Scott Avery
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    About 10 years ago the bamboo flooring market was on fire. This proliferation of interest in bamboo as a flooring material meant that there was also a surge in manufacturers selling the product and it has ended up in a lot of homes. If you own a home with bamboo and it’s time for a renewed look, then this post is a good practical guide for you. Bamboo is a product manufactured buy assembling pieces of bamboo together with adhesive. Different methods of bamboo construction are: Carbonized- a process of steaming under controlled pressure and heat. The carbonizing process can reduce the…
  • Dura Seal Ebony colored dark oak refinishing.

    Scott Avery
    5 May 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In this video we cover the process with video segments of taking an old natural colored oak floor down to bare wood. From there, we stained the floor Dura Seal Ebony and coated with two finish coats of a Glitsa conversion varnish Swedish finish. This is the first attempt at running a video segment entirely with a GoPro. I also briefly cover the simple ways to maintain your hardwood floor.  
  • When the small details add up

    Scott Avery
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:24 pm
    There are a lot of details that do not get seen when a hardwood floor gets installed unless you watch your contractor every step of the way. Because this leads to tense relationships between a contractor and client in most cases, it is better that you learn to understand what requests to have before a project versus becoming an overbearing customer. An often overlooked detail that requires minor extra effort and tools is to add spline or “slip-tongue” to areas of a project when needed. Spline is the hardwood flooring equivalent of a biscuit in woodworking that is cut to length and…
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  • Green Home Predictions That Are Best Poised to Come True in 2014 and Beyond (guest post)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Today, a guest post on the green design issues that are becoming realities from Penny Olmos, who is associated with Holloway Houston, Inc. a leading industrial lifting equipment manufacturing company.  Welcome, Penny! The scorching heat singed us and the winter wave chilled us — more than ever before. What are we heading to? Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, […]
  • Is your design professional construction contract too friendly? (law note)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    My husband often travels the back roads between Chapel Hill and Fuquay Varina to visit friends.  En route (a circuitous route that goes past Sharon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, among other places), he passes by the “Friendly Grocery”.  For those who haven’t had the pleasure, here is a photo of the side of the building […]
  • RDU Terminal 1: Going Green

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Last week, I had the fortune to join the Triangle USGBC for its “Talk & Walk” about the RDU Terminal 1 renovation project and its sustainable features.  For those who haven’t had the chance, I recommend you check out the new terminal specifics the next time you find yourself jet-setting in or out of Raleigh […]
  • Poor Record Keeping = Going to the Poor House (or, why project documentation matters)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    23 May 2014 | 2:41 pm
    You are an engineer or architect.  You understand the importance of thorough designs.  What about thorough documentation of the daily happenings on the construction project?  That is equally important. As regular readers of this blog know, I have often spoken of the importance of proper record keeping on construction projects.  In fact, lack of good […]
  • Sobering Facts for Construction Safety Day

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy “Construction Safety Day” everyone!  James White of Maxwell Systems, has shared with me an infographic showing all sorts of data about construction fatalities. As you might expect,  falls are the #1 source of construction-site fatalities, followed by being struck by falling objects, electrocution, and being caught between objects, in that order.  Together, these “fatal four” make […]
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  • The Trouble With Contractor Websites

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    One of the new catch words or catchphrases I get asked all the time is are our websites responsive. And the answer has been yes, in fact all of the websites for the last three have been responsive. Not sure what responsive means? Responsive means your website will look great on an iPhone or Android or an iPad or some type of other tablet as well as on a traditional desktop or laptop. Your website needs to do this… What I often find during one of my website reviews is that the site isn’t cross-browser compatible. And right about now you are saying to yourself, “what the hell…
  • Contractor Website Ideas: What Did You Hire Your Site to Do?

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    UPDATE: This was yesterday’s newsletter to my subscribers. There are only 3 slots left. If you aren’t subscribed to my newsletter, you can subscribe by clicking here. I want to start off this post with a story about my dad. My Dad came from a little village in Abruzzo Italy during World War II. In Italy he apprenticed for an ornamental ironsmith and was taught how to craft some of the most beautiful railings, chandeliers, candelabras and other ornamental iron work you could imagine. He was good at his job and had the scars to prove it (he lost his index finger on a 2,000 pound…
  • Social Media Marketing Tip For Contractors: Social Selling Isn’t Just Ads

    Gina Scarpa
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    What is “Social Selling”? Social selling is a new term being thrown around by online marketers and advertisers, but what does it really mean? Social refers to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. Social selling, however, is much more than just using these platforms to advertise your business, services, and products. It’s the process of using these extremely powerful tools to listen, engage, collaborate, and build relationships with a vast online customer base. Simply saying that your product is preferred over its competitors or that…
  • Contractor Marketing Plan: You MUST Sell Through Your Monthly Capacity Or Else!

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    I hope you and yours had a spectacular 4th of July with lots of fireworks and barbecues. It’s Monday morning and time to strap on the tool belt and hunker down for another hard week. Before you do, I want you to play a little math game with me that I use with clients before your proposal or estimate. I know, everyone hates math, but this one can REALLY help you! OK, here’s how it goes: 1. I want you to total the number of jobs you can do a month. Let’s say you are a remodeler, I want you to sit down and write down how many kitchens you can do a month, then on a separate line…
  • Why Contractors Should You Use Content Marketing? It Sells Silly!

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Even the staunchest contractor marketing their business offline couldn’t dispute the value of an online brand, but just HOW are companies putting their dollars to work online? What comes as no surprise to me is the fact that MOST of the dollars spent on a percentage basis are on content creation. The delivery system of that content is important, which is why you need social media, but content is kicking ass and chewing bubble gum, and its all out of bubble gum!   Infographic courtesy of The post Why Contractors Should You Use Content Marketing? It Sells Silly! appeared…
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Collaborative clash resolution with BIM 360 Glue

    Lee Mullin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Last week there was a big new update to BIM 360 Glue, Joan Allen, Senior Product Manager for BIM 360 Glue talks to us about it in more detail. One of the many advantages of using cloud-based products and services is the immediate, automatic access to product updates. The Autodesk BIM 360 product team thrives on providing regular, timely updates, often based on direct feedback from customers. The latest BIM 360 Glue update - designed and developed in response to customer feedback - provides powerful new clash resolution capabilities, so that you and your team can more efficiently and…
  • Point Layout 2015 is here!

    Sunny Hira
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It was less than a year ago that we launched Point Layout. Here is a quick refresher on Point Layout: Autodesk Point Layout automatically generates points from models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Autodesk Navisworks software. As you add points to the design, you embed X, Y, and Z coordinate information into your model. Each X, Y, and Z coordinate includes a unique point number and description. You can use the data you added to the model to inform the coordination process throughout the project lifecycle. Then you can export point coordinates to your compatible total station in…
  • Add 2D PDF sheets with Autodesk Navisworks 2015 PDF reader

    Thomas Schwaiger
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    Lee talked in a recent post how 2D support is the #1 shocking thing you never knew about Autodesk Navisworks. As the post explains 2D is still widely used, and one of the formats that many of you receive day in day out is PDF. Thanks to another little know thing called the Navisworks App Store you can now download a free plugin for Autodesk Navisworks Manage and Simulate 2015 (for Subscription customers) that lets you add 2D PDF sheets to your Navisworks project. Why is that important you ask? If like most you receive project documentation as 2D PDF you will want to use it for quantity…
  • Building a Community with BIM 360

    Sunny Hira
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Staying connected to a topic whether it is a sport, hobby, or an industry can be a challenging thing. As we know, today's world is filled with a myriad of distractions both personal and professional that compete with our time---distancing us from the threads that keep us connected and informed. To complicate matters more, solutions like BIM 360 are so progressive in nature---changing and adding features so rapidly that even the well-intended among us struggle to keep-up. And up until now, the methods and mediums for keeping pace with the BIM 360 business have been vast and…
  • Google Glass, the future of construction?

    Lee Mullin
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:55 am
    As a bit of a tech geek, I was pretty excited to get my hands on Google Glass for the first time. As probably the most well-known of wearable technology that hasn't even been put on general sale (properly) yet we like new toys, Google Glass is essentially a voice and touchpad controlled computer in front of your eye with internet connectivity, cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes, sensors and a teleporter (that last one may be a lie!). Chatting to a company called 3Squared who do software consultancy for construction firms amongst others, based just a few hundred meters from…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • LMN has a New Update! – July 2014 Release Notes

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    LMN Release Notes for July 2014 Update LMN Time New Feature: Add Forgotten Employees to Timesheet Adding a (forgotten) employee to a timesheet that has already been completed was an unnecessarily inconvenient task. For construction jobs, it was simple enough, but for maintenance timesheets, it involved adding the employee to each and every job on the timesheet one at a time. No small feat if your crew hit 15-20 sites that day… So to make it easier, we’ve added the ability to add a new employee to an existing timesheet by copying an existing employee’s hours. Here’s how to do it: 1.
  • NOTICE: LMN Will be down for a Scheduled Update July 28th 9-12PM EST

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Starting at 9pm EST and going to approximately 12PM EST on Monday July 28th, LMN will be down for a new update. Update notes will be posted following the update to update our users. LMN TIME NOTE: LMN Time will be updated and crews will be unable to clock in/out during the scheduled downtime. However, LMN Time will get highest priority during this update and we expect LMN Time downtime to be less than 30-60 min. Don’t forget, crews can always edit their time afterwards to make any necessary adjustments to their timesheets if needed. The post NOTICE: LMN Will be down for a Scheduled Update…
  • Paperless Snow Tracking and Jobcosting Made Easy Seminar

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    It’s 1am and the snow’s coming down heavy. It’s all hands on deck as you battle the elements, people, traffic, and random raised sewers and black ice patches. Then your equipment breaks down and salt prices double… if you can get it. And while all this is going on, you need to keep excellent records, pay your staff and subs, service your customers, and still make money. This course won’t fix everything, but it will show you a way to a much more efficient and a profitable snow business. In this course you’ll learn: - How to setup your accounting for better…
  • Snow Budgeting and Estimating Seminar

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Learn the ins and outs of planning for the unpredictable snow season. In this workshop, you’ll build a snow budget for your company, learn what your equipment truly costs, and develop a pricing system that recovers your costs, your equipment, your overhead and a fair profit. Using your company’s own numbers, you’ll leave with - A snow operating budget, benchmarked against similar companies, that will help you make profitable decisions - A pricing system which will show you what you need to charge, and how much you’re truly making, on your snow and ice work Who Should…
  • LMN Sales and Support will be closed Tuesday July 1 for Canada Day

    LMN Admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    LMN Sales and Support will be closed on Tuesday July 1, 2014 for the Canada Day stat holiday. If you need any assistance or have any questions feel free to email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian members, and an early Happy Fourth of July to our great neighbours to the south.   LMN sales and support will be back open on Wednesday July 2 at 8AM EST. The post LMN Sales and Support will be closed Tuesday July 1 for Canada Day appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • Run to Home Base 2014

    Janet Field
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This Saturday July 19, 2014, Triumph Modular will once again participate in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. As a proud sponsor of the event, Triumph will be on the concourse with some give-away items for the first 300 passersby. Run to Home Base is an event that means so much to so many people. … Read More... The post Run to Home Base 2014 appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • New England Sports Tickets Drawing Winner Announced

    Janet Field
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    First, we would like to thank all whom have taken the time to respond to our survey. We very much value your opinions and will be taking the feedback into consideration in the coming weeks and months. Meeting and exceeding your expectations is our over arching goal at Triumph. We are continuously striving to “redefine modular” so thank you for your role in our mission.… Read More... The post New England Sports Tickets Drawing Winner Announced appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Toolkit for Educators Considering Modular Classrooms

    Janet Field
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    We were particularly impressed with a recent publication by the Modular Building Institute aimed to help school administrators, teachers and parents when embarking on the path of learning more about modular or portable classrooms. There are many considerations when doing so and the toolkit for educators does a terrific job of summarizing the considerations and making recommendations for steps to ensure a well informed decision making process.… Read More... The post Toolkit for Educators Considering Modular Classrooms appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • The Safe Successful Modular Delivery

    Janet Field
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Celebrate Daily Successes Sometimes it is important to take a minute to celebrate success in our daily jobs. There are certain projects or tasks in any company that by their very nature are more high profile or glamorous than others. But because all projects don’t come with million dollar price tags in big shinny packages, they can’t all be dazzling.… Read More... The post The Safe Successful Modular Delivery appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Recognition for Awards and the Shift to Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Modular Construction is Taking Off We are pleased and proud to share news of the recent awards Triumph received from The Modular Building Institute, the international non-profit trade association serving the commercial modular construction industry. We are equally pleased to recognize the tremendous projects we won these awards based upon, as proof that the modular industry is pushing ahead rightfully so.… Read More... The post Recognition for Awards and the Shift to Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • The Systems That Help Me Deal With Email Overload

    Matt Handal
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    When you add up all the email I get in my home and work accounts, I get hundreds of emails each day. As Tim Ferris likes to say, email is everyone else’s priorities for your time. And frankly, email overload is something I struggle with. I’m sure I’m not alone. Maybe you have hundreds or thousands of unread emails nagging at your psyche. Over the last several months. I’ve seen several high profile people declaring “email bankruptcy.” They’ve simply admitted defeat and deleted all their emails. That’s not an option for me. And that’s…
  • The Present and Future of Business Development in the A/E/C Industry

    Matt Handal
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I struggled with whether or not I should publish this next podcast. The audio isn’t great. But after a ton of editing and post processing, I think I’ve got it listenable. And I think the topic and conversation is important enough to post in this less than perfect state. My guest on this podcast is Scott Braley, one of the people behind the Society of Marketing Professional Services Foundation’s book, “A/E/C BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – The Decade Ahead.” Scott details how the book, and research, came together; what was left on the cutting room table; why the book is…
  • The Ultimate SF330 Guide (with Template)

    Matt Handal
    18 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever proposed on Federal, or even state, A/E contracts…you’ve probably run into the Standard Form 330 (sf330). People often struggle with the sf330. But you don’t have to. In this post, I’m going to explain: How to fill out the SF330 How to structure your information What to add to your submission I’m not going to go over much of the obvious. Instead, I’ll answer common questions and give you some strategies you may have not considered. And I’ll even give you a sf330 template that will be easy for you to use in Microsoft Word and the…
  • Straight From The Procurement Professional’s Mouth

    Matt Handal
    6 May 2014 | 6:56 am
    In this episode of the Design and Construction Marketing Podcast, I speak with procurement professional Hal Good. Hal talks about what it’s like to be on the other side. He gives us the scoop about which proposals win, how buyers decide, teaming strategies that work, what challenges agencies are dealing with, and many other topics. If you’ve ever submitted a proposal to a public agency, you’ll want to hear this. Depending on where you are reading this: you can listen to the podcast below, at this episode’s page (where you can also download the mp3), or by…
  • What Your Firm’s Website Gets Wrong

    Matt Handal
    27 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Did you ever wonder if your website is actually doing anything for your firm? Well, I’ve got some bad news for you. I can almost guarantee there is a problem with your website that is crippling its ability to bring your firm new business. Let me give you a scenario. The Tale of Two Websites Let’s say your small firm’s website gets 1,000 visitors per month. That’s 12,000 people visiting your website per year. That’s pretty good for a small to midsize firm. And let’s assume your firm gets 10 new clients each year, all of which first learned of you by visiting…
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    Fine Homebuilding - "Tool Hound" blog entries

  • CAMO Edge Pro

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin The CAMO Edge Pro speeds up edge-screw decking installation without bending over.
  • CAMO Marksman Edge

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Posted by MikeGuertin The CAMO Marksman Edge edge-screws wet pressure treated lumber even with the boards tight together.
  • Diablo Demo Demon carbide tipped recip blades

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin The right tool for the job - Demo Demon carbide tipped blades work well perform well at cutting through nail-embedded wood abrasive materials (like asphalt roofing, fibercement siding and old plaster.
  • Consistent Screw Setting Every Drive

    8 Jan 2014 | 7:23 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin Deck Screw Depth Setter from Starborn sets consistent screw depths on more than just deck boards.
  • AfterShokz - Jobsite music bliss

    30 May 2013 | 6:36 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin AfterShokz headsets allow personal music listening without risking jobsite safety.
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    Trilogy Builds

  • Trilogy’s Tips for Making Your Remodel a Green One

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
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  • How 3D Modeling Technology Can Help Trilogy Build Your Home

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
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  • How Trilogy Can Build a Green Addition for Your Home

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
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    Fine Homebuilding - All featured posts

  • Wood Walls - 3 Tips

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Posted by Matt Risinger Everyone loves wood interior walls! In this video I'll show you three tips to ensuring your wood walls look great after installation. The wood in this video is reclaimed from the 30's house we were remodeling and was used originally as a wallpaper backer.
  • Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Posted by Susan_Teare Once a bedroom, this renovated space houses a library of family books from floor to ceiling with a desk area and windows seats.
  • Golden View

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Posted by IntegrityRemodel Perched above the landscape, the home stretches across the hillside like an extended tree house. An abundance of natural light creates an interior atmosphere that complements many surfaces within the home.
  • A "Great" Great Room

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Posted by BrianVandenBrink51 An exciting great room forms the center of this "X" shaped beachfront house on Cape Cod.
  • CAMO Edge Pro

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin The CAMO Edge Pro speeds up edge-screw decking installation without bending over.
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    Options Skills Ltd » Blog

  • 10 Tips to Become a Pro Gas Engineer

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    A gas engineer is someone who has the proper skill and safety training in the gas industry. The engineer will know how to install, repair and service appliances that function on gas. This could include boiler or other heating systems. To become a gas engineer, one must gain the proper training and have on-site experience to be able to work individually. This position requires heave training and certain qualifications to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Apprenticeship To begin a career, an individual can sign up for an apprenticeship. This training will focus on safety and the…
  • How Electrical Training Courses Can Change Your Career

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Electrician work is a respected profession as it offers individuals the opportunity to work with home and business owners, keeping electrical systems in check. There are several career options available in the electrical field, but these careers require electrical training courses. Many electricians have basic knowledge but do not have the training to gain employment in advanced careers. By earning additional training, electrician professionals are able to change careers and make even more money and feel more productive. There are several options for training that can put you in a new career,…
  • Considering Self Employment?

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    I came across this really interesting article on BBC News. If you are thinking about a career as a self employed gas engineer or electrician take a couple of minutes to read this article.
  • 6 DIY Tips for House Owners to Do Professional Plumbing at Lesser Time

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    Home owners must have many skills to take care of issues around the home. From landscaping to plumbing, home owners must know how to conduct repairs and services to be able to save money. By doing the work yourself, you can avoid hiring a professional and take care of the issue yourself. This not only saves you time but also money! Below are a few DIY tips on plumbing for the home. Unclogging Drains One of the most common issues with the home is a clogged drain, particularly the toilet. By using a plunger or drain snake, you should be able to take care of the issue yourself. Try using a…
  • 7 Different Kinds of Career Paths in Plumbing

    30 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Becoming a plumber is a respectable career choice and one that many consider. If you are considering getting into the field of plumbing, you should be aware of the numerous career options within the field. This article will discuss seven different kinds of career paths that are available within the field of plumbing. When you choose which route you wish to take, you can then determine the plumbing course training you will need to obtain that goal. Technicians Plumbing technicians specialize in the service, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of residential plumbing, heating, cooling, and…
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    AEC Business

  • B2B Content Marketing Tactics

    Aarni Heiskanen
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Content marketing is a recent term, but the concept is age-old. Instead of just pitching your product or... The post B2B Content Marketing Tactics appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Damp, Mold and Indoor Air Pollution – A Visual Guide

    Aarni Heiskanen
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    This infographic is courtesy of Crown Preservation. The post Damp, Mold and Indoor Air Pollution – A Visual Guide appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Your Essential Questions to Business Software Providers

    Aarni Heiskanen
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Are you looking for business software? Then you might have some questions in mind, like:  “How easy-to-use... The post Your Essential Questions to Business Software Providers appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Develop Winning Proposals – Interview with Matt Handal

    Aarni Heiskanen
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Matt Handal is a construction industry ‘bids and proposals’ expert and author of Proposal Development Secrets. In this... The post Develop Winning Proposals – Interview with Matt Handal appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Choosing the Right Software – Interview with Adam Bluemner

    Aarni Heiskanen
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Adam Bluemner is the Managing Editor for Find Accounting Software, a service providing free software selection assistance.... The post Choosing the Right Software – Interview with Adam Bluemner appeared first on AEC Business.
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    Oil Tank Removal Vancouver

  • Residential Oil Tanks in Vancouver-Responsibilities of Buyers and Sellers

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Many homes in Vancouver still have a heating oil tank, hidden in the backyard. They are normally hidden underground in backyards and filled with sand. These unused buried oil tanks start leaking with rust over the time and produce harmful effect on the residents of a home. Therefore, the removal of residential oil tanks in Vancouver is essential. It also has adverse financial effect on the value of the property. Bylaws of 12 municipalities, it is necessary to remove the heating residential oil tank in Vancouver. All the contaminated soil also be removed and it is equally important to replace…
  • Understanding the Process of Oil Tank Removal in Vancouver

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:49 pm
    If you have heating oil tank at the backyard of your home then think of its removal as it can be hazardous. Let us learn about the process of removing oil tank step by step. Figure out the Location You need to find the oil tank first. Identifying its location is very important. As a homeowner, if you are not familiar with the fact where it is located then take help of any oil tank removal contractor. He will pay a visit to your home and determine the location. Equipment Required You have found where the oil tank is placed. Now you need to determine how to remove it. The experts pay a brief…
  • Removing a Derelict Oil Tank from Our West Vancouver Home

    3 Jun 2014 | 9:58 pm
    When we bought our home in 1998 we had no idea that there was a home heating tank still on the property. It was buried in the backyard. It hadn’t been used since the 60s or 70s. However, over that time, condensation had caused the tank to rust from the inside and eventually it leaked. Too bad it happened on our watch. I began to notice a patch of grass in the back lawn, close to the house where the grass had stopped growing. A couple of months went by and I realized that it was getting larger. One of our neighbors suggested it might be a buried tank. They had had one out about twelve…
  • Thinking about the Future: Oil Tank Removal in New Westminster, Surrey and Burnaby

    12 May 2014 | 11:24 pm
    As specialists in oil tank removal in British Columbia, our work takes us to places like Burnaby, Surrey and New Westminster. The removal of derelict and contaminated oil tanks keeps us busy. Like any highly regulated industry, it keeps a company on its toes. We work with all the local regulatory bodies, making sure everything is above board and in accordance with environmental best practice. Hazards beneath Our Feet Most people don’t give any thought to these common eco-hazards. Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes! Just think of the thousand (or more) tanks thought still to…
  • Environmental Hazards: Do You Require Oil Tank Removal in Burnaby?

    4 May 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Buried oil tanks are common environmental hazards. It’s estimated that over a thousand of these derelict tanks remain uncovered in properties all over North and West Vancouver. If you require oil tank removal in Barnaby or elsewhere in BC, West Coast Tank Recovery have qualified consultants and removal experts. Detection If you suspect you have a buried oil tank on your property, the next step is to confirm it. Luckily the actual detection has become easier. It isn’t necessary to perform disruptive excavations. Oil tanks can be located using ground penetrating radar (GPR). Once…
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    Pool Fence News | Pool Fencing Blog | Pool Safety Fence Information

  • Fitness Swimming Tips

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
      Swimming is an excellent exercise that benefits the whole body, and helps maintain an ideal body weight as well as improve overall fitness. Swimming is a challenge for people who are afraid of having water get into their nose, or who feel that it irritates their eyes. But once you get the hang of it, however, you will find it much easier to swim, and you can attain much greater speeds. There both indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities, many of them with pool fence installed. How to Get Started Pace yourself when you first start out in swimming. Take it easy in the beginning and…
  • Make your backyard an outdoor oasis

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    Outdoor Oasis Imagine stepping out of your back door into your very own outdoor oasis.  What better investment in your home than to creating an inviting outdoor space for you to enjoy everyday!  The options to creating this paradise are endless but here are a few ideas. 1.  Create a patio area.  Using natural stone, brick or decking you can create a floor space in which you can add exciting patio furniture.  Seating areas with chairs, couches and rugs help to create an inviting space to sit down to enjoy the outdoors.  You can also add such features as a fire pit for keeping warm on…
  • Pool Fence in Riverside CA

    9 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
      Riverside, California is a vibrant city known for its beautiful parks, sunny days and artistic atmosphere. The city’s persistently beautiful weather creates a perfect atmosphere for outdoor family adventures like trail hiking, watching the famous Riverside airshow and relaxing at one of their parks. Sometimes, though, you want to be able to enjoy that beautiful Riverside weather without leaving the comfort of your home; that is why many Riverside homeowners have or are planning to install a pool. There is no better way to spend some quality time with the family at home than with…
  • 5 Ways To Keep Your Children Safe in the Backyard

    25 Jun 2014 | 1:04 am
    Backyard Child Safety   Many parents enjoy allowing their children to play in the backyard. It gives children some freedom, and the opportunity to be active in this age of technology.  However, there are some precautions that should be taken to ensure that the backyard is safe. Here are some ways to make sure that your children are safe while they play in the backyard.   1. If your backyard is open, enclose it with a fence. It is easier for your children to go somewhere that they should not be if you have an open backyard. The fence should not have any openings where it is possible…
  • Why Hire A Pool Fence company

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:55 am
    Why Hire A Pool Fence Company And Not Just Do It Yourself?   Every year, over 300 children will drown in home swimming pools. While there is no federal law calling for mandatory fencing, many local and state laws apply. Now that you’ve decided on a pool, responsibility says that you should install a fence as well. Besides safety, a fence will also help keep out wind swept trash and some wildlife that might claim your pool as a personal watering hole. So the million dollar question is, hire a company that specializes in swimming pool fencing, a general contractor or do it yourself?
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    Constructive Thinking

  • Teaching about sustainability and LEED in Florida

    Jose Cortes
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    Have you ever really thought about the impact buildings have on our surroundings? Residential and commercial buildings account for 39 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. Millions of tons of construction-related waste ends up in landfills each year. And because buildings have long-life spans, decisions about how sustainable their construction and operational systems are have a profound impact on the environment. Making the right decisions is especially important when, over the next 20 years, more than three-quarters of America’s building stock will be renovated or built.
  • WELL Building: The next step in green sports construction

    Tom Tingle
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The WELL Building Standard is a new protocol that focuses on human wellness within the built environment. Administered by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), it identifies specific conditions that when holistically integrated into building architecture and design, enhance the health and well-being of the occupants.  This first of its kind, protocol was developed by Delos in partnership with scientists, architects and thought leaders, and prescribes a series of technology enhancements and performance-based measures that are systemized across seven categories relevant to…
  • Consider this road for much-needed highway funding

    Richard Aquino
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    The roads, bridges and transit lines we rely on daily are such an important part of the U.S. economy, both for connecting us together as a country and for the thousands of jobs their construction and maintenance provides. Yet the Highway Trust Fund that pays a large portion of many road and transit projects nationally is on the verge of running out of money. While the Administration and Congress are discussing a short-term patch to this problem, what’s really needed is a long-term solution – and creative yet proven approaches should be a central part of that. If there’s one issue our…
  • Learning and living the Injury-Free Environment mindset

    Angelica Sepulveda
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Learning about and living Skanska’s Injury-Free Environment® culture has impacted my life in a number of ways. Prior to working with Skanska, my view on safety – which was primarily influenced by my previous employer – was to follow all rules and regulations in order to stay out of trouble. However, the moment I attended a four-hour IFE orientation as a Skanska employee, my entire view of safety changed drastically. Angelica Sepulveda, Skanska USA superintendent IFE orientation began with a powerful statement from the group leader: “This is not a meeting about policies and…
  • View integrated project delivery through the lens of this George Washington University Hospital project

    Skanska USA
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    More and more, teamwork, trust and collaboration are seen as key to successful project delivery. Yet, few projects seek to maximize the meanings behind those words by making them central to how the project team is structured and functions. One approach that does so – integrated project delivery – binds major stakeholders through a mutual contract such that individual stakeholder success is tied to overall project success, with risk and reward both capped and shared. While IPD is rare – in part because of the greater up-front effort required – the results are typically powerful,…
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    Vancouver General Contractors

  • Technology in the Home

    Hussain Khatheer
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Written by Hussain Khatheer Love it or hate it, technology continues to progress into a category of its own, in our basic needs pyramid. While there was a time when the technologies were simply too expensive and out of reach for the general population, these same devices are becoming increasingly more intuitive and economical; all the while, presenting us with feasible options to add simplicity and safety to our lives and homes.   Home systems do have a wide-range that scale between $2000 to $1million with choices from remote-controlled lighting, swimming pools, security cameras, window…
  • Pinterest Picks of the Day: Artfully Antique

    17 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    Trends may come and go, but there’s something about those antique styles that make them truly classic. It’s just a matter of balancing antique motifs with more contemporary looks to ensure that no one mistakes your home for a time capsule! In this edition of Pinterest Picks of the Day, we’re happy to show you how!   The kitchen shown in this pin has a mix of classic country style and old manor house refinement. Elegant silver towel racks, faucets, and other hardware combine with glass servingware to give the space an upscale appeal. Wood countertops and cabinets add a rustic…
  • Whites and Woods: Beautiful Neutrals

    11 May 2014 | 8:41 am
    So you’re looking for a home style that’s simple and timeless…something that will make you and guests feel comfortable and refreshed. Achieving such a look is easier than you think. All you have to do is rely on a trusted foundation of whites and woods. These beautiful neutrals have a way of balancing each other out: white provides crispness, freshness, and cleanliness, while woods of any type add earthy charm, texture, and warmth. In this post, we’re showing some of our favorite examples of rooms that have pulled off this theme perfectly. My Paradissi The living room shown above is…
  • Fun with Vancouver’s Marimekko

    2 May 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s no big secret that Vancouver, BC is one of the most trendy, progressive cities in Canada. Walking along its streets, you’ll see luxurious townhouses, contemporary loft homes, and more inspiring abodes. Here, contemporary home design brands thrive, like Marimekko. Marimekko is bold, fun, and always ahead of the curve. This makes it one of our design team’s favorite places for finding eye catching new accents to incorporate into homes across the city. Take a peek below to see some of Marimekko’s delightful design offerings! Marimekko Canada   Marimekko Canada Marimekko Canada…
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly, Pt. 2 – VGC

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Are you ready for the second edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly? In this month’s post, we’re putting our focus on what is probably the most important room in your home: your bedroom. Few people realize just how necessary good bedroom design is, not just for the beauty of your home, but for your overall well being. When you’ve got a nice and cozy bedroom to rest in, you have the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and replenish your energy. If your decor gets in the way of that, you can end up a tired mess. Check out our examples of great do’s and don’ts for a restful…
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  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of July 21 – 25, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 21 – 25, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers as well as high value [...]
  • The Construction Industry Needs A Real Fix For The Highway Trust Fund

    Kendall Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to fixing the Highway Trust Fund, Congress reminds me of a high school student pulling an all-nighter to finish a term paper. They’ve known the assignment has been due for months, in this case it’s finding a long-term solution to funding and fixing the Highway Trust Fund before it runs out of [...]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of July 14 – 18, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 14 – 18, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers as well as high value [...]
  • 2nd Quarter 2014 Construction Data Index

    Kendall Jones
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
      The responses for our 2nd Quarter Construction Data Index (CDI) are in and to quote Led Zeppelin, “the song remains the same.” The results are nearly identical to the responses we received for our 1st Quarter CDI in regards to how respondents feel their businesses are doing relative to six months ago and how [...]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of July 7 – 11, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 7 – 11, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers as well as high value [...]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • Five Ways to Research Your Next Construction Employer (Duane Craig)
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    If you are unsatisfied working at your current employer and you don’t see anything changing anytime soon, then you’ll have to be the one to make the change happen. And, now is a pretty good time to do just that. By most accounts, construction is in for a period of labor shortages because many people left the […]Related Posts:Construction Websites Have Many Ways of Being WinnersSocial Media’s Problems and the Top Four Ways Construction Can Use ItTake Time To Identify the Ways You Can Differentiate Your Construction BusinessThree Ways Contractors Still Cheat Each…
  • Steps to Controlling Runoff and Erosion at Construction Sites (Duane Craig)
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Recent devastating mudslides graphically remind us of just how tenuous our footing is, even on trusted land. And while most of the recent devastation wasn’t caused by construction activity, there are many times where runoff and erosion from construction sites is excessive and largely preventable. The University of Missouri Extension reports that construction sites typically add 100 to […]Related Posts:Construction Site Runoff Costs Company $60KBurning Construction SitesGet The Lowdown on Networking SitesTantalizing Engineering Sites Overflowing with InfoFive Steps To Smoother…
  • Autonomous Heavy Equipment Becoming Better Suited to Construction (Duane Craig)
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    With the announcement by international mining group, Rio Tinto, that it just moved 200 million tones (224 million tons) of material in Western Australia using autonomous haul trucks, the realities of automation in mining as well as in construction come into sharp focus. Rio Tinto has 53 autonomous trucks in its fleet that use GPS […]Related Posts:Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012: Construction Equipment to Hold ValueNew Website Demystifies Construction Equipment FinancingLook To Other Jobsites to Find Stolen Construction EquipmentClean Engine Rebates Extend to Construction…
  • New Design Build Documents Help Enhance Participant Interaction (Duane Craig)
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The American Institute of Architects updated the “most frequently used” documents of the entire AIA portfolio, saying the “significance of this release cannot be overstated.” According to the AIA, these updated documents are preferred for use on commercial design build projects. The new documents are supposed to help improve the interaction between owner and design-builder […]Related Posts:Dangerous Ideas About Construction Contracts and DocumentsWeb Tools Enhance Project Communications; Speak To Your HandheldBuild Those Relationships With NewslettersConstruction…
  • New Standards on Revenue Recognition Have Particular Impact on Engineering and Construction (Duane Craig)
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    In May, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition, which have significant implications for the engineering and construction industry. This affects companies applying U.S. GAAP and IFRS who have typically been using industry guidance when accounting for revenue, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or PwC, a company offering […]Related Posts:Tantalizing Engineering Sites Overflowing with InfoIs the Lack of Standards Hurting You?Validating Green: Standards Should Be…
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    MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing

  • Water Collection Systems for Standing Seam Metal Roofs

    Metal Roofing Pro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Have you ever considered getting a rainwater collection system for your home? A standing-seam metal roof with its smooth surface provides an ideal platform for harvesting rainwater using a sloped metal roof. Englert Inc., a metal roofing and leafless gutter manufacturing company committed to the environmental cause is now offering a 3 in 1 fully […] The post Water Collection Systems for Standing Seam Metal Roofs appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About

    Metal Roofing Pro
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A notion that installing a “tin” roof over your house may seem old fashioned, or be somehow associated with the unattractive tin roofs on industrial warehouses, could not be further from the truth when it comes to modern metal roofing. Tin metal roofs are one of the oldest, most reputable roofing systems in the world, […] The post Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • How to Install Metal Roofing

    Metal Roofing Pro
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:39 am
    Intro: There are numerous high quality, cool metal roofing systems and profiles offering an energy efficient and Eco-friendly green roofing alternative to conventional asphalt shingle roofs. Today, homeowners can choose from a wide range of materials and systems including aluminum, galvanized and galvalume steel, zinc and copper. modern residential and light commercial metal roofing systems […] The post How to Install Metal Roofing appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Copper Roofing – Buyer’s Guide for Homeowners

    Metal Roofing Pro
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    Copper has been used as a roofing material for thousands of years. Copper is a green building material offering durability, longevity, and sustainability expected in green building, and sustainable development. Copper roofs, when properly installed, can last for as long as 100 years. That is 100 years of a leak free roof service, with little […] The post Copper Roofing – Buyer’s Guide for Homeowners appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details

    Metal Roofing Pro
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Are you planning to install a standing seam metal roof over your newly constructed house or replace an old leaking roof on your home? You have made the right choice, as a standing seam metal roof will last a lifetime, offering you superior protection against leaks, fire, and inclement weather conditions. A standing seam metal […] The post Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
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  • Why Is the Grass Always Greener?

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
        If you own your own home or maintain your own lawn, you probably ask yourself this question every time you drive down the street. Why do the neighbors’ lawns always looks so much more lush? Do they pump a gallon of Miracle-Gro into the sprinkler system every morning? Something like that. But it’s really less complicated to maintain a soft, vibrant green lawn than it looks. It may seem like the ones who are retired or at least work less own the best lawns, but you can have it just as green—with less time—with a little know-how.   Proper Mowing Technique Did you know…
  • Series #4—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Garden Mazes

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
        Are you tired of the same traditional pattern for gardening—a raised bed here, a flower bed there? One very intriguing way to spice up your garden scene is to landscape a garden maze or labyrinth. Mazes can be elaborate and time consuming to maintain, especially the ones that involve lots of evergreen hedges. But they don’t have to be. In fact, you can add a garden maze without walls–a labyrinth–which makes it more of a winding footpath, but still makes for a garden with a twist—literally.   What It Can Look Like Never seen a garden maze before? Sure you…
  • Patio Gardening: How to Garden in a Bucket

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
        Have you ever wished you could just plant your seasonal herbs and walk away? That dream is not that far fetched. And its not just herbs—flowers can thrive this way too. All you need is some dirt and a 5-gallon bucket. Yes, you read that right. Do you have an empty bucket left over from another project? Pull it out for some patio gardening, the kind you don’t have to water, weed, or pay any attention to except to pick herbs when you’re making dinner.   The Bucket Appeal Why would you want to combine all your summer’s worth of plants into one small space? For one…
  • Series #3 – Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Backyard Saunas

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
        Saunas have been in the US since Finnish immigrants arrived in the 1860s. They surged in popularity after the 1952 Olympics, when American athletes saw Finnish athletes using saunas as part of their training. Today, there are over one million saunas in the US. While outdoor saunas tend to be more practical in northern regions (part of the treatment is to alternate between extreme warmth in the sauna and extreme cold outside), there is no reason not to have one no matter where you live. Saunas provide health benefits—such as pulling toxins out of your body through…
  • Rock On: Living with Rocks Everyday

    23 May 2014 | 7:56 pm
        Have you had your daily dose of rocks today? Don’t think so? I beg to differ. Our society relies on rocks to get us through the day. Every person in the U.S. will use more than a million pounds of rocks, minerals, and metals during their lifetime. That’s a lot of rocks! Can you guess some of the ways you will use rocks today? Perhaps baby powder comes to mind, which you probably know is made of crushed rock. Or the stone pathway from your porch to the driveway, even the gravel in the driveway itself. But there are a ton of other ways you use rocks in your life, and…
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  • Online Customer Support Center Helps You Get More Out of

    Steve Sanders at
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We have launched our new Online Customer Support Center and think you will really love how it enhances your customer service experience on and helps you get more out of your membership. The Online Customer Support Center is the newest feature that adds to’s customer-focused philosophy, and joins our existing 24-7 telephone hotline and customer support email interfaces.  Now there are 3 ways that you can get help and support on Site Updates & Improvements You may have noticed that we’ve added a number of major site improvements at…
  • Understanding Property Taxes

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    30 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whether you own a vacant lot, single-family home or a commercial building, you likely will pay property taxes. These types of taxes have been collected in the U.S. since early colonial days, and they are not going away. In the words of Benjamin Franklin…”Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Here’s some information to help you better understand property taxes. What are Property Taxes? A property tax is a tax that is imposed by a local government entity, like a county, city or town, on the value of property in its jurisdiction. Unlike income or inheritance taxes that…
  • Home Construction Loans (Part 2 – Terms for Construction Loans)

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    30 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    Home construction loans help you finance your new home from the ground up. This page describes the typical Terms for Home Construction Loans, and is the second part of our article that will help you understand all about construction loans and how they work. [Click here for Part 1 of this Article on Home Construction Loans]  << Previous Page Terms for New Home Construction Loans In addition to construction budgets, draw schedules, converting loans and some of the other unique aspects of construction loans we’ve described, continue reading to learn about how construction loans work…
  • Construction Loans: Financing Your New Home from the Ground Up

    Steve Sanders at
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Home construction loans help you get from a vacant lot…into your dream home. So if you’re dreaming of building a new house from the ground up, you first need to understand construction loans. Home construction loans are not like most loans and in this article we describe how they work, typical loan terms and how these loans are different from other real estate loans. Also read our other articles in this series on real estate loans for buying land and building homes: First, generally learn about lot loans, land loans and construction loans so you can decide what type you need. Not quite…
  • Why Do Banks Treat Lot And Land Loans Differently?

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    28 Feb 2014 | 9:40 am
    From a borrower’s perspective, it often is more difficult to get lot and land loans than it is for the same borrower to get a loan for buying a built home. Understanding the bank’s perspective can help explain some of the reasons why lot loans and land loans are treated differently by banks. In the first article in this series we discussed how your own personal situation and needs can help you decide whether you should seek a construction loan, lot loan or land loan for buying a homesite and building a new home. In other related articles we explained how Home Construction Loans have their…
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  • Old Habits Die Hard

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    A builder called today upset that he had been supplied OSB that was the wrong size. They measured 47 7/8” x 95 7/8” and should be 48”x96”.  This “manufacturing defect” was going to cost him a lot of money to correct the framing and result in him losing money. He proceeded to tell me that after decades of building homes he knew what he was doing. This was bad material because the panels were miss-manufactured because they didn’t line up with his stud layout and this was the manufacturer’s problem. I explained that unless the unit was stamped, “Full Face”, the material…
  • 5 Ways to Get People to Remember Your Construction Company

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    One of the constant responsibilities of the construction industry manager is soliciting new business. Word of mouth can bring in a good amount of business, but you must augment your good reputation with marketing methods that work. Selecting marketing that will give you a good return on investment will help you to reduce your costs. Take advantage of Existing Opportunities When you are working on a house, ensure that you place a lawn sign out front and that you have signage on your vehicles. This way, you are getting free advertising and neighbors may strike up a conversation that could lead…
  • Why Turning on the HVAC during Construction is a Good Idea

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    The rising costs of gas and construction materials, as well as increased competition mean that small to medium construction companies have to work hard to keep costs to a minimum. One of the ways to do this is to conserve energy and water onsite. However, there are really great reasons why you should turn on the HVAC and leave it on for the duration of your build. Meet ASTM Compliance Levels One of the most important reasons for keeping the HVAC on is moisture control. Leaving the HVAC on will establish the home’s ambient moisture and temperature conditions. This will allow for the increase…
  • What is the difference between energy efficiency and efficacy?

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Efficiency is output energy divided by input energy to give you an idea of how much value for your investment you are getting. We use this mostly with heating and cooling systems. Efficacy is defined as the ability to produce a desired result. Efficacy is when you put energy in and get something else out. For example, if you are putting energy into a ceiling fan, you will get air flow out. The same goes for lighting where you put energy in and get Lumens out.Be sure to check our other news and helpful tips at the official Norbord Blog.
  • Hurricanes: Are you Prepared? Part 2

    26 Jun 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts fewer hurricanes this summer thanks to the El Niño effect. But with 8-13 tropical storms and 6-8 hurricanes predicted, you still need to be prepared. To ensure that you and your home are ready for strong wind events and flooding, here are some hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA. Prepare your Family Have a list of contacts ready for emergencies. All members of your family must have the contacts on their mobile devices as well as a hard copy in the event of an interruption in service or a dead battery. The National…
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  • How to Give your Old Kitchen a New Look on a Budget

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    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Kitchen remodeling is perhaps one of the most rewarding remodeling decisions you can make, especially if you’ve just purchased your home recently, and your kitchen looks like it is still 1950s! Or perhaps, it has been ages since a last major remodel in your kitchen. In this guide we will explore some creative kitchen remodel […] The post How to Give your Old Kitchen a New Look on a Budget appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Baby Shower Decoration Ideas 2014

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    23 Jun 2014 | 1:43 pm
    If done right, decorations for a baby shower can give the whole event that special feeling of exciting anticipation of the coming baby, highlight the warmth and love of family and friends, as well as celebrate the sweet joy of motherhood. To achieve the right mood and to set the tone of the party, decorations […] The post Top Baby Shower Decoration Ideas 2014 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2014

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    22 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Are you thinking about renovating your living space? Then, consider starting from your kitchen! The kitchen is the center of your home, where you spend most of your time eating, preparing meals, and interacting with your family. If you are looking for fresh kitchen remodeling thoughts, consider these ideas and design trends popular this summer. […] The post Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2014 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Refinishing Hardwood floors – Step by Step Instructions

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    19 Jun 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Hardwood floors demand a fairly frequent refinishing whenever you feel that they are losing their luster. All you need to do is repair and sand the wood, along with some coats of refinish over the wood. Here is the step by step procedure: Step 1. Identify what kind of wood your floors have. Mostly oak, […] The post Refinishing Hardwood floors – Step by Step Instructions appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • A Guide to Selecting your Dream Bathtub

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    25 May 2014 | 8:47 am
    So you are a bath junkie, looking for a new beautiful tub to soak in? It is easy to dive into the endless possibilities of bathtub looks, styles and finishes, and lose track of such important considerations as cost, comfort, quality, and fit. Between your budget, personal needs, space limitations, materials and aesthetic design preferences […] The post A Guide to Selecting your Dream Bathtub appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
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  • The 6th Sense of Construction

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Our CEO Doug Chambers wrote about what he calls the ’6th sense of construction’ on his LinkedIn blog – great advice for project managers at a general contractor. Excerpt from the piece is below. Anyone working in construction will tell you there are industry-specific nuances you just won’t get until you’ve been working on jobsites for awhile. Problem is, almost every new manager comes onsite thinking they should know all there is to know about running a project, and that it’ll be tough to earn the project team’s respect without a comprehensive knowledge of all the…
  • 8 Questions To Ask About Construction Billing Software

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you’re a builder, you want to build. You don’t want to do accounting. Unfortunately we often hear tales of woe from GCs and subcontractors who encountered a billing problem (often one that isn’t even their fault) and had to waste undue time and stress fixing it. What’s the answer? Look for software to help you stay organized. Small construction businesses—where you might be both the boss and the bookkeeper—often rely on accounting software. The right software can help you get the billing cycle under control, save money, save time, and manage your estimates more accurately.
  • This Week in Construction News – 7/25/14

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Our next Week in Construction post will be coming to you next Friday – that’s August 1st folks. Yep, we’re heading into the last month of summer. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts! Check out a few of the most popular construction stories we found from around the web this week: The First Modular Apartment Building Opens in NYC The nation’s “apartment capital” might be setting yet another construction trend – modular apartment buildings in big cities. How Smart GCs Manage Their Budgets Some tricks of the trade that will literally pay off. A Nasty…
  • Will Robots Build the Cities of Tomorrow?

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Image courtesy IAAC Imagine having a team of patient, tireless, concrete-pumping robots at your command. These “minibuilders” could interpret plans, spin walls and columns out of thin air, and crawl back over their work to reinforce it. This is the future of construction envisioned by researchers at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, who are making advances in the field of additive manufacture, better known as3D printing. These robots aren’t lining up to take anybody’s job—so far, anyway. Today’s robot builders are mainly confined to research…
  • How Smart General Contractors Manage Their Budgets

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Few things can cause more stress — or more friction between owners and general contractors — than budget worries. A smart GC goes the extra mile to avoid headaches and conflict around budgets. Here are some field-tested strategies to keep projects on budget and flowing smoothly. Build the Right Team Maybe the most important thing you can do for a project, both for efficiency and budget reasons, is to put together the right team for the job. This might seem pretty obvious, but we’ve all seen cases where poor hiring choices set back your schedule or budget. Before the project…
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