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Want People to Work? Set Them Free

Posted by Tom Miller

Feb 12, 2016 12:33:41 PM

Our friend Tom Miller posted this great essay about what motivates employees. He urges us to look at volunteerism as the model.

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Flint Water Crisis Exposes Water Quality Concerns

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 11, 2016 8:16:27 AM

The Flint water crisis exposes major deficiencies in our national water infrastructure and the safety of our water.

When most people think about water problems in the U.S., the first thing that comes to mind is water scarcity. But the Flint water crisis has brought to light another pressing issue: water quality.

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China Brings Biomass "Farming" to Wales, England—and the Environmental Costs Will Cross the Atlantic

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 8, 2016 1:32:44 PM

With the purchase of two biomass plants in Wales, a Chinese company will control the power source for 650,000 European homes, and impact forests as far away as the U.S.

Set aside the complicated questions of biomass and air pollution for a moment. The UK has been aggressively converting coal plants to biomass for several years now, but there's a huge disconnect between this choice, and the reality of the island nation's resources. Now, a giant China-backed investment firm, SinoFortone Group, is investing big in the energy future of Europe.

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The Flint Water Saga Continues

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 4, 2016 11:51:31 AM

Lessons learned from the Flint water crisis; and as if the city wasn’t hit hard enough by toxic water, now it’s awash in plastic.

The Flint water crisis has uncovered the most ignoble aspects of human decision making and a complete indifference to an already marginalized community.

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James Hardie's Improved "Hover" App Offers Special Perk for Contractors: The Lowest Available Price on Company Products

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 3, 2016 1:16:03 PM

The app can convert a 2-D photo into 3-D measurements, but the best feature may be its integration with the company's "Contractor Alliance Program."

James Hardie Building Products Inc., the leader in fiber cement siding, today announced the launch of the James Hardie 3D app, an iOS compatible application which helps replacement contractors obtain complete and accurate measurements of siding, trim, soffit and windows from smartphone photos. The app is free on iTunes, and an Android version is currently in development.

With the snap of a few photos, contractors can easily obtain exterior measurements and a 3D rendering of a home, which greatly reduces the guesswork of job estimates. And with 95 percent accuracy, it eliminates the need for manually re-measuring, saving replacement contractors time and money.

“We love the app. I was skeptical of how useful and accurate this program would be, but have found it remarkably accurate,” said Paul Trautmann, owner of Timberland Exteriors, Inc. in Stillwater, Minnesota.

The app allows users to interchange exterior design elements like windows, as well as more than 20 James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology colors, so replacement contractors can give clients an instant visual of their home. With a 360-degree view, users can inspect every element of a home for a preview of the final product.

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