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Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time.

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Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

After a visit to the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, editor-at-large Kevin Ireton reports on the business of energy-efficient home building, deep-energy retrofits, and more

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A Conversation with Tedd Benson About the Road from Fine Carpenter to Fine Businessman

A Conversation with Tedd Benson About the Road from Fine Carpenter to Fine Businessman

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Tedd Benson, one of the most celebrated homebuilders in America, has been a leader in reintroducing the art of timber framing, and has continued to develop it using modern technology to create structures of lasting beauty and high efficiency. He also built a successful business, stalwart enough to sail through the Great Recession and expand. I recently had the opportunity talk with Tedd Benson and learn about his background, his business, and his plans for the future.

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Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

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Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms.

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Self Taught MBA: Strategic Planning, Part 2 - The ABCs of Strategic Planning

Self Taught MBA: Strategic Planning, Part 2 - The ABCs of Strategic Planning

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It's more critical than ever to have a plan of how you will deal with this tough economy. Strategic planning focuses on redefining high-level priorities and setting a course for the year ahead.

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The Self Taught MBA: Business and Strategic Planning, Part 1 - Best Laid Plans

The Self Taught MBA: Business and Strategic Planning, Part 1 - Best Laid Plans

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You may not have started your business with a formal plan, but writing one now may help you achieve your goals--now that you're old enough to think ahead!

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The Self Taught MBA:  David Gerstel on Running a Successful Construction Company

The Self Taught MBA: David Gerstel on Running a Successful Construction Company

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You Don’t Have to Run Your Business by the Seat of your Pants

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CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

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Prizes honor projects for energy efficiency, affordability, and low projected operating costs

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CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

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ZEC prizes honor projects for energy efficiency, affordability, and low projected operating costs

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Canadas Solar and NZE Power Play

Canada's Solar and NZE Power Play

A solar simulator and a research initiative at Concordia University in Montreal focus on solar energy applications and strategies for bringing building performance to net zero energy

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Opportunity Accompanies Objections to Green Habitat Project

Opportunity Accompanies Objections to Green Habitat Project

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Neighbors have stalled a 35-unit subdivision of energy efficient dwellings, but the delay gives a Habitat chapter time to refine its green building technique

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Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House

Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House

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One couple’s quest for energy efficiency leads them to a relatively low-cost approach to design and construction

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Japans Emerging Smart-Town Boom

Japan's Emerging Smart-Town Boom

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Corporations partner on development of large communities whose top priorities include energy efficiency, renewables, and energy storage

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Tackling PVs Administrative Challenges

Tackling PV's Administrative Challenges

The DOE names contestants in a competition intended to make permitting and financing for photovoltaic systems quicker and cheaper

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Russias First Active House Gets a Test Drive

Russia's First "Active House" Gets a Test Drive

A Danish solar-panel company teams up with a Russian developer to build a home designed to showcase net-zero-energy performance

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Energy Star Homes Big Builder List

Energy Star Homes' Big Builder List

Hundreds of builders have committed to meeting energy efficiency standards set by of Energy Star Homes Version 3, which takes effect beginning January 1

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Survey: Americans Taking Half-Measures on Energy Upgrades

Survey: Americans Taking Half-Measures on Energy Upgrades

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There’s still a disconnect between Americans’ awareness of energy efficiency benefits and the “magic number” of actions they need to take to significantly reduce their utility bills

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A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

Proposed legislation would require home appraisals to reflect expected energy costs, allow homeowners to recover investments in upgrades, and even create jobs in the retrofit and construction sectors

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A Step Toward Fairer Energy-Efficient-Home Valuations

A Step Toward Fairer Energy-Efficient-Home Valuations

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An appraisal form newly introduced by the Appraisal Institute aims to standardize analysis and reporting of energy efficiency features

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Green Jobs Growing Share of Construction

Green Jobs' Growing Share of Construction

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A McGraw-Hill Construction study indicates green jobs comprise about one third of the design-and-construction workforce

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