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Assisted Living Technology for the Physically Disabled

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jun 27, 2019 1:16:05 PM

When dealing with a disability, it’s today’s tech to the rescue.

Having a physical disability used to mean a life confined to sitting in a chair or relying or holding a caretaker’s hand to get from place to place. But now, being called “disabled” doesn’t quite seem right. Thanks to many assistive devices developed in the past 20 years, you can do what everyone else can—which means don’t really have a disability—right?

Heck, those technological advances improving vision, mobility and illness might even make you better at something than someone deemed “healthy and normal.”

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The ADU Equation

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jun 18, 2019 5:32:25 PM

It’s been a long road toward respect for the ‘other’ type of tiny home, but accessory dwelling units have (finally) begun to gain traction.

In the beginning, it was just an affordable way to buy a home. Kol Peterson had relocated to Portland, Ore., in 2010 and needed somewhere that would be his without breaking his budget.

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Green Innovations of the Year

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 14, 2019 4:22:01 PM

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. That’s held true in the green building industry, as contractors, manufacturers and retailers consistently innovate products designed to solve issues such as energy waste, regulatory compliance and indoor air quality. Here are 12 products chosen by Green Builder for outstanding and innovative design and performance.

Grand Winner: EcoSmart Solution Geothermal Energy System

EcoSmart Solution offers an answer to a longstanding question: “How do you build affordable, sustainable homes and communities?” The answer is found in Whisper Valley in Austin, Texas. Although geothermal energy is considered a very practical and effective way to naturally heat and cool a home, upfront infrastructure costs make the system cost prohibitive. Many homebuyers are priced out of their ability to participate in sustainable living.

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Sustainability Superhero

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 6:05:49 PM

Green Guru

For Green Builder’s inaugural champion of enviro-friendliness, education is the key to great green building.

In the past decade, Nathan Good has overseen planning of eight LEED, two Passive House and more than 14 Earth Advantage-certified homes. His goal—and that of his company, Nathan Good Architects in Salem, Ore.—is to provide homeowners with a sustainably equipped dwelling that that minimizes resource use.

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The Evolving Role of Associations: The Engineered Wood Association

Posted by Alan Naditz

Aug 17, 2018 2:51:08 PM

There’s more to this trade group than mere handling of wood.

For more than 80 years, APA – The Engineered Wood Association – has focused on helping the industry create structural wood products of exceptional strength, versatility and reliability. Combining the research efforts of scientists at APA’s 42,000-square-foot research center with the knowledge gained from decades of field work and cooperation with its member manufacturers, APA promotes new solutions and improved processes that benefit the entire industry.

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The Evolving Role of Associations: American Wood Council

Posted by Alan Naditz

Aug 14, 2018 10:43:42 AM

What’s possible with wood? AWC helps people find out.

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of the North American wood products industry and works to ensure a resilient and sustainably built environment. AWC’s experts make certain that the buildings in which everyone lives and work are safe, and demonstrate that wood products can safely and efficiently meet or exceed the minimum requirements for use. AWC is committed to not only what is permissible using wood, but also to what is possible using wood.

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The Evolving Role of Associations: Energy & Environmental Building Alliance

Posted by Alan Naditz

Aug 7, 2018 2:26:26 PM

Green training is top priority for this efficiency-minded organization.

The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) was born in 1982 when a small contingent of forward-thinking building professionals representing the United States, Canada and Sweden gathered in Pine Island, Minn., to develop criteria for the construction of buildings that were more energy efficient.

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The Evolving Role of Associations: National Wood Flooring Association

Posted by Alan Naditz

Aug 6, 2018 11:59:28 AM

This group helps showcase wood flooring’s green nature—from virtual university classrooms to the world’s rainforests.

Founded in 1985, the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the hardwood flooring industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers, importers/exporters, inspectors and consultants. NWFA is also dedicated to educating consumers, architects, designers, specifiers and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. Membership now includes companies from 52 countries around the world.

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The Evolving Role of Associations: International Window Film Association

Posted by Alan Naditz

Aug 6, 2018 11:36:57 AM

A one-for-all focus brings a lot to the table for the window film industry.

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) is a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors and manufacturers that facilitates growth of the window film industry though education, research, advocacy and consumer awareness. The organization builds alliances with trade associations, utilities and government agencies to advance dealers’ and distributors’ businesses, and provide value to their customers.

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The Evolving Role of Assocations: Portland Cement Association

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jul 30, 2018 11:54:21 AM

Cement plays a more important role in construction than realized— and PCA wants everyone to know about it.

Number of members: N/A
Member breakdown: Regular Member Companies (firms engaged in the manufacture or sale of Portland cement in the United States); Affiliate Member Companies (any local, area, state or regional organization with cement and concrete interests); Associate Member Companies (firms and consultants that provide equipment, products and services to the cement industry); Individual Members (any person employed in a management, leadership or professional role by a regular member company, an affiliate or an associate member)
Headquarters: Skokie, Ill.
Website: www.cement.org
Number of active sites: 2 (Skokie, Ill., headquarters and Washington, D.C., office)
Key Services offered: Advocacy for cement use; Market Intelligence; cement and concrete technical expertise and education; cement and concrete applications
Mission statement: To improve and extend the uses of Portland cement and concrete. here

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The Evolving Role of Associations: Painting and Decorating Contractors of America

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jul 30, 2018 10:59:23 AM

Thanks to the internet, this venerable group has kept up with the times.

Number of members: 1,287
Member breakdown: Residential and commercial painting contractors
Headquarters: St. Louis
Website: http://pdca.org
Number of active sites: Local chapters: 44; councils 21; forums: 3
Key Services offered: Access to education programs; webinars; training videos; the Ask-a-Peer Network; Contractor’s Roundtable; Safety Chat; PaintED Podcast; accreditation offerings; local networking meetings; and use of PDCA Industry Standards. 
Mission statement: The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America is dedicated to the success of painting and decorating contractors through ethics, education and excellence. 

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The Evolving Role of Associations: Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jul 26, 2018 10:44:52 AM

Where’s the fire? With HFSC, not anywhere near you or your customers.

Headquarters: Quincy, Mass.
Website: https://homefiresprinkler.org
Number of active sites: 1
Key Services offered: Educational material about installed home fire sprinkler systems, how they work and why they provide affordable protection; free resources to support the installation of home fire sprinklers in single-family home new construction.
Mission statement: To inform the public about the life-saving value of home fire sprinkler protection.ext here

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The Evolving Role of Associations: Metal Roofing Alliance

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jul 25, 2018 11:15:33 AM

A sustainable message rolls into the start of a third decade.

Number of members: 410
Member breakdown: Contractors (311); non-contractors (30); distributors (69). Of the non-contractors: manufacturers (17); trade groups (2); ancillary (3); accessory (2); suppliers (6).
Headquarters: Longview, Wash.
Website: www.metalroofing.com
Key Services offered: Lead generation; education support; marketing support; market research; industry advocacy and representation; coalition building. 
Mission statement: Grow the market share of high-performance, quality metal roofing in the residential market through education and promotion to homeowners, coupled with recruitment, training and support of metal roofing contractors and distributors.

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