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Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Megan Wild is a normal human who happens to be very passionate about our planet. Hey, when it's 60 degrees in December, can you afford not to be?

http://www.yourwildhome.com

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How to Prepare for Natural Disasters When Building

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Oct 8, 2018 10:51:00 AM

Natural disasters can take a construction site by surprise. Here's how to prepare for the worst weather.

Safety from the elements is on everyone’s mind given the recent harrowing natural disasters which swept across America and caused devastation to thousands of residents. Damage to properties caused by events such as hurricanes and floods is life-changing and can be disastrous for homeowners, and that’s why prevention of breakage and ruin caused by natural disasters in the building process is becoming a major priority for contractors and architects. Of course, taking certain anti-disaster precautions during construction of houses, multifamily properties and offices could incur further costs both for builders and clients, and potentially disrupt well-developed processes. However, considering the dangers of global warming now and in the future, it could be the best investment you as a home provider could make. While where you choose to build is always a significant consideration with respect to avoiding the worst of the elements, how you build can make all the difference. In 2014, for example, tornadoes and hurricanes were responsible for almost $640 million in damage, therefore particular consideration to materials, construction techniques and shelter should be taken when building new homes to last whatever may happen in the future.

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What You Should Know About Construction Emissions for 2018

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Dec 18, 2017 1:56:34 PM

How will construction emissions change in the upcoming year? Here's some insight.

When Congress passed the groundbreaking Clean Air Act in 1970, it gave the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the power to regulate and monitor sources of air pollution. Since then, the EPA and the State of California have led a nationwide charge to reduce vehicle emissions by pushing for increasingly strict standards.

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Rebuilt Equipment: Here's What You Should Know

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Nov 10, 2017 10:34:54 AM

Not only does rebuilt equipment benefit the earth, it has other benefits. Learn them here.

When it comes to purchasing heavy equipment, reliability is always a top concern. Large corporations can afford to buy brand-new machinery for every job, but if you're a subcontractor operating on a budget or the foreman of heavy equipment for a small business, you don't always have that option.

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How to Successfully Partner With a Green Subcontractor

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Oct 25, 2017 5:10:10 PM

Your subcontractor(s) can help you guide your project to success. Here are tips for partnering with a green subcontractor.

The construction industry is thriving today because of solid, mutually beneficial relationships. One of the main cornerstones of the construction industry is that of the contractor-subcontractor. Regardless of your size of business, more than likely you will have had to subcontract areas of your project to third parties, or you will need to do so in the future.

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Are Multi-family Homes the Next Green Building Boom?

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Oct 10, 2017 9:36:19 AM

As multi-family homes increase in popularity, here's how they will impact green building and how you can prepare.

Multi-family investment properties are increasing in popularity, and they now represent a significant proportion of existing building stock in urban areas. Therefore, multi-family properties are considered perfect opportunities to improve sustainability. Homebuilders and architects alike are capitalizing on these opportunities for more reasons aside from return on investment. Out of the single-family and multi-family homebuilders that participated in a survey conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 33 percent reported that green building accounts for over 60 percent of their total projects. Furthermore, out of the multi-family builders, almost 30 percent revealed that green building accounts for over 90 percent of their portfolio. Over the next five years, it is believed that almost half of single and multi-family builders will find that their overall activity is 60 percent green building. NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a homebuilder from Texas, stated that "These findings show green building has become an established part of the residential construction landscape." Members of the NAHB are clearly recognizing the potential market of green building, and furthermore of green building in multi-family homes. That potential is huge.

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How Transportable Precast Factories Will Change the Construction Industry

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Aug 29, 2017 9:13:26 AM

Even though precast concrete has many advantages, it can be difficult to transport. Transportable factories could change that.

The National Precast Concrete Association suggests conventionally produced concrete is rapidly becoming outdated, given the advantages to clients in using precast concrete. Site-cast concrete has served many well, but precast and the added benefits of transportable precast factories are game-changers. Of serious interest to clients is the potential cost savings of ordering precast concrete. Precasting requires less labor, and its raw materials cost less because of a precaster’s ability to bulk-buy and receive associated discounts from that. Precast also uses accelerated curing, a heat treatment that vastly improves durability and strength. This means a potentially quicker turnaround, as precast can be installed immediately without a waiting period for the concrete to gain strength. Moreover, it has high resistance to chemical exposures and rust. Should there be any damage over time, workers can remove and replace precast sections without serious damage to the remaining structure.

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The Green Gap: How Men and Women Differ

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Apr 18, 2017 7:15:30 PM

Here's how we can get guys to buy into "green".

Going Green — Just for Girls?

Eco-friendly products have gained a reputation as being primarily feminine. A study completed in 2012 found women are more likely to take active steps toward creating a greener lifestyle. Overall, females are more environmentally conscious than their male counterparts, and that shows in the marketing techniques that have been used.

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Study: Battery Storage of Solar Energy May Reduce Overall Environmental Benefits

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Mar 30, 2017 9:53:00 AM

Data shows, not surprisingly, that grid-tied PV is more efficient and less polluting than residential battery storage, at least for now.

The energy industry has ramped up its focus on energy storage technologies in recent years. Researchers have been working on improvements to current solutions and innovating new ones. Investments in this area are on the rise. Some suggest it could make renewable energy more economically viable and reduce pressure on the grid during times when energy demand is high.

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Trends in Green Buildings from 2016

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Dec 13, 2016 2:39:56 PM

Here were a few of the popular trends in residential green homes this year.

Green building is booming, and this sector of the construction industry is outpacing traditional building and creating millions of jobs. As the average consumer’s awareness of climate change increases, buyers are actively seeking to make responsible purchases that will decrease their carbon footprints.

Home building is no exception to this trend, and every year there are more ways than ever before to green up your building. Whether you are looking to build a home from the ground up that incorporates the latest green technology or you’re considering retrofitting your existing home to make it a little more eco-friendly, here are the biggest green building trends to look out for from 2016.

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