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Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Heather Wallace is a freelance writer and problem solver working to create change in industries by connecting relevant stakeholders. She has conducted hundreds of interviews covering subject such as off-site construction, IoT, green building, resilient housing, robotics, technology, energy efficiency, music, education, and food scarcity. Heather is also a photographer and the owner of a boutique branding and marketing company.


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Recent Posts

Modular Coalition Creates Replicable COVID-19 Design

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

May 4, 2020 10:53:27 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic provides unique opportunities for the government and private sector to consider alternative ways to solve multiple challenges facing our healthcare, homeless and housing sectors. A group of industry collaborators offers a solution. 

Many modular home builders across the nation have responded to the needs for patient beds resulting from COVID-19 by adding a healthcare product into their line of offerings. Others, such as the Modular Mobilization Coalition (MMC) have banded together to take a collaborative, standardized approach to providing a solution.

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Learning from Labor Shortages

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Feb 5, 2018 4:32:04 PM

As labor woes continue, what knowledge can be employed from the tech industry, and foreign companies moving into the building industry?

As of 2016, the NAHB reported that 82% of builders experienced labor shortages versus just 13% in 2011. As we know, these shortages create costly interruptions in the homebuilding process. Longer building cycles mean fewer housing starts. Higher labor costs create more expensive homes. But could this challenge be remedied simply by re-educating our workforce and creating more efficient processes?
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When Humanitarians and Sustainable Design Collide

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Aug 25, 2015 2:33:00 PM

Inspired by more than the American Dream, Journeyman International partners university students with local and global humanitarian organizations to complete meaningful projects.

Daniel Wiens was getting ready to graduate from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in construction management. Most students were preparing to work on theoretical thesis projects. He decided there had to be a more practical, meaningful approach so he partnered with an architecture student and they designed and built a dental clinic in Belize.

This would mark the beginning of Journeyman International (JI).

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Forest Stewardship Council Announces Leadership Awards

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Jul 6, 2015 1:28:21 PM

FSC to recognize organizations pursuing responsible forest management and conservation.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has announced they are accepting nominations and entries for their annual Leadership Awards recognizing excellence in the FSC system. The winners will be awarded during Greenbuild at their annual awards ceremony. The event also serves to recognize all of the individuals and organizations that dedicate their time and efforts to protecting forests and to inspire continued commitment for years to come.

The purpose of the Leadership Awards is to celebrate organizations and their achievements, and to encourage others to continue their pursuit of responsible forest management and conservation.

In anticipation of this year's awards they will be celebrating the 2014 winners in their newsletter each month until October 2015, when they announce the new award winners.

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Beat the TSA Quart Bag Rule

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

May 14, 2015 7:30:00 AM

How to get everything you need into that pesky little quart bag.

You've figured it out. All of your clothes AND all of your shoes into one carry on bag. You won't have to stand in line to check in your bags. You won't have to pay to check your luggage. And then you realize you forgot about your toiletries...

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Winners of 2015 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

May 13, 2015 3:56:18 PM

Energy Efficient Projects Recognized at Annual Meeting & Conference

The 13th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association Building Excellence Awards were announced Tuesday evening during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Winning submissions demonstrated exceptional performance in quantifiable energy efficiency using structural insulated panels (SIPs); design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and environmental sustainability.

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Saving the World, One Plastic Fork and Spoon at a Time

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

May 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Next time you eat out, think about saying no to the plastic utensils and doing this instead.

HOW MANY OF US HAVE A DRAWER AT HOME that contains random plastic utensils from various to-go orders? Or maybe you just toss them in the garbage? When you're traveling or just on-the-go plastic utensils seem to make sense but by making a simple lifestyle change you can do your part in being more environmentally responsible.

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How to Not Purchase Plastic Water Bottles When You Travel

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Apr 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Changing habits such as purchasing plastic water bottles while you travel can help the planet and your conscience.

TRAVELING CAN BE STRESSFUL. Remembering every item you need while away for work or vacation takes some planning. But being more eco-friendly when you travel doesn't have to be difficult. A few years ago I made a commitment to limit my purchase of plastic water bottles and here's how I was successful.

The most important part of making any change is that you have to care. I travel a lot so when I first started thinking about how many bottles of water I buy at the airport or when I'm on a trip, it concerned me. I began looking for solutions that would work with my lifestyle and with the security measures put in place at the airport.

I found two water bottles I cannot live without when I travel.Ok, I don't need BOTH, but I always have one at my side, depending on the type of trip and how lightly I have to pack.

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Sustainable Love in Wine Country

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Apr 8, 2015 6:02:00 PM

A visit to a Napa winery reveals how true love helps produce great wine.

“If you love the land, it will love you back.” – Flora Komes

Right off of Highway 29 in St. Helena, California, nestled into the base of the Mayacamas Mountains lies Flora Springs® Winery. What began as 300 acres purchased in 1977 by Jerry and Flora Komes, has expanded to over 650 acres in the Rutherford, Oakville, Carneros and St. Helena areas. However, it still maintains the charm of its third-generation, family-owned history.

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Winners of 2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Posted by Heather Wallace, Guest Columnist

Nov 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Eight homes and commercial buildings built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) were recognized for their innovation and environmental sustainability during the 2014 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards ceremony, April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The annual competition selects the top SIP projects in eight categories, covering single family homes, commercial buildings, agricultural buildings, multifamily buildings, affordable housing, and renovations.

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