A tour of some of the State’s popular parks—and a bad experience with an old Florida deck—makes the case for composite decking.
I’ve just completed day 10 of a dose of antibiotics.
Mar 21, 2018 11:28:51 AM
I’ve just completed day 10 of a dose of antibiotics.
Feb 20, 2018 9:10:13 AM
What would happen if a 16-foot storm surge hit the Tampa Bay, Fla., area? We almost found out on Sept. 11, just a few months ago. But by happenstance, luck or grace, the storm “wobbled” slightly to the east. The big surge never hit, and winds dropped to Category 1. Lives and property were spared.
Feb 12, 2018 4:58:43 PM
I won’t spend a lot of time elaborating on our global plastic addiction. Suffice it to say, the stuff is taking over. We’ve polluted our oceans and seafood with it, laced our drinking water with it, and are now using (and throwing “away”) more of it than ever. We need an intervention.
Perhaps that intervention could come in the form of an embrace. Given the season of storms and flooding we just experienced, plastic-based building materials are consistently looking better. In the least, we could keep some trash out of landfills and waterways. At best, we might create a whole new way of building, with durable, flood-resistant materials.
Jan 16, 2018 10:18:51 AM
A couple of weeks ago, I received an appeal from my local neighborhood association (WENA) to volunteer to build affordable window inserts for my neighbors.
Like many of you, I am wary of small homeowner organizations. They can too easily devolve into anti-change NIMBY groups, or become de facto-style police, controlling everything from mailbox colors to lawn length. But this endeavor seemed legit. So I signed up.
Dec 26, 2017 4:27:11 PM
Unless you’re 20, have no children, don’t drink coffee or wine, keep your weight down, and have a completely stress-free life, you’ve probably had trouble sleeping.
Insomnia seems to be a condition of modern life. There are many theories about why this is so. We have a whole new list of potential sleep disruptors: Could it be the processed food in our diets? The pesticides? The electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by our smartphones? How about the fact that two-thirds of us are overweight, a direct route to sleep apnea and other sleep wreckers? Then there’s the effect of looking at video screens all day.
Where do we begin to take back the night?
Dec 22, 2017 11:48:38 AM
I’ve known many teachers, and they’re among the hardest working, least recognized heroes I know. So it’s not without reservation that I pen this article. But doing some research for our futuristic Flex House project recently, I stumbled into a trend that could quickly grow into a social and cultural game changer.
Dec 20, 2017 11:43:43 AM
New technology is just hitting the market that will allow you to trigger different musical alerts based on who’s standing at your door. It’s not a feature that’s being spelled out by the smart gadget people yet, but it’s one that’s literally on your digital doorstep.
Dec 13, 2017 4:11:52 PM
Along with the bigger forces of Climate Change, another contributing factor to the fierce wildfires in California this month has been the dry soil conditions. Light rainfall, combined with heavy use of aquifers by large farms, has created perfect conditions for an inferno.
Dec 13, 2017 12:36:04 PM
There’s a crackling tension in the air? Can you feel it? Part of it, of course, is the the chaotic state the world’s climate: from superstorms to uncontrollable wildfires. On top of these shudders from the planet is the often racist, childish and violent rhetoric from our political leaders. It’s no wonder that more people are circling the wagons, “fortressing” their homes with security systems, surveillance cameras and generators.
Dec 1, 2017 3:12:41 PM
Until recently, battery powered lawn tools were the exception to combustion-powered monsters. But the tool landscape has shifted; power from solar PV now beats fossil fuels in cost per kilowatt. The result is a tantalizing new possibility: Net-zero landscaping with power tools or what I have dubbed "Sun-Scaping."
Oct 30, 2017 2:20:06 PM
Builders face tough times. Each year brings more restrictive land use, rising material costs, stricter building codes (in some areas) and the ever-looming threat of litigation. Of course, sometimes the industry backs outdated ways of building (opposition to low-flow toilets a few years ago was not a high mark). But builder groups in California were right to resist a new bill that holds them responsible for the unpaid wages of their subcontractors’ employees. We need our best and brightest focused on what really matters—building high-performance housing—not fighting legal battles.
Oct 5, 2017 10:05:43 AM
THE INFOGRAPHIC BELOW dispels many misconceptions about the "typical" worker in the U.S. Although the percentage of people who walk or bike to work has grown slightly, by 1.4 percent, the number of drivers on the road has INCREASED by 8.6 million since 2006. It's not your imagination. Traffic IS getting worse.
Sep 28, 2017 10:45:07 AM
FOUR BRANDS of so-called smart thermostats now dominate the U.S.: Ecobee, Honeywell, Emerson Sensi, and Nest. The degree of market penetration varies by region, but more importantly—as our Cognition database research has shown, the level of adoption is strongly affected by price and utility-driven rebates (if any). In states without rebates or energy efficiency incentives, adoption tends to lag.