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News from Worcester Telegram:

WORCESTER — The onetime home of a local 20th-century industrial magnate will become the new home of one of the top interactive media/video gaming design programs in the world.

The Planning Board last week gave Becker College the green light to convert the 2 1/2-story, 100-year-old former home of John Woodman Higgins into classroom/education space.

The board unanimously approved proposed plans for the property, located at William and Roxbury Street, which include the construction of a 2,500-square-foot addition which will connect the main house to a carriage house in the rear of the property.

Becker plans on making the property its “Center for Digital Gaming.”

David Ellis, senior vice president overseeing administration and finance at Becker, told the Planning Board the college is looking to centralize its video gaming design program at one location.

Currently, components of the program are scattered in buildings throughout the Becker campus.

Becker is home of the Massachusetts Digital Gaming Institute. Mr. Ellis said Becker has what is recognized as the number four interactive media/video design program in the…………… continues on Worcester Telegram

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The Crusader: To the rescue on window pain caused by cowboy builders
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Window Warranty came to the rescue of the couple who were scamed by cowboy builders

But the units are leaking and the firm is not answering your calls.

What can you do to salvage matters?

Worried homeowners Jean and Dave Castle asked Crusader to help persuade the firm to honour its promise to make good the faults.

But our inquiries to Smart Choice Home Improvements Ltd, of Brighouse, West Yorkshire, drew a blank.

The phones were not working and Companies House notes show a proposal to strike off the firm.

With the situation worse than the couple had realised, the prospect of getting the firm to set matters right looked very slim indeed.

But we also knew what a blow this would be to Jean and Dave.

Pensioners in their late 60s, they want to downsize and buy a smaller property better suited to Dave, who has mobility problems.

When they got a cold call from Smart Choice Home Improvements last year they liked the suggestion of owner Liaqat Hussain that they upgrade their windows.

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White House turns to Fall River native Ernest Moniz to promote Iran deal in … http://windows.ihomewise.com/white-house-turns-to-fall-river-native-ernest-moniz-to-promote-iran-deal-in/ http://windows.ihomewise.com/white-house-turns-to-fall-river-native-ernest-moniz-to-promote-iran-deal-in/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:22:38 +0000 administrator http://windows.ihomewise.com/white-house-turns-to-fall-river-native-ernest-moniz-to-promote-iran-deal-in/ White House turns to Fall River native Ernest Moniz to promote Iran deal in …
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WASHINGTON – The White House, facing a September showdown in the Republican-led Congress over the Iran nuclear deal, has turned again to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to build public support for its approval.

Moniz, a former MIT professor of nuclear physics, was featured Thursday in a video posted on the official White House website explaining the science behind the agreement that he says gives him “confidence” that this is “the best possible opportunity to eliminate the existential threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon” that could threaten the United States or its allies.

In the video, which runs 4 minutes and 20 seconds, Moniz describes in simple terms how the pathways to a nuclear weapon are blocked under the multinational agreement struck with Iran.

It starts with reducing Iran’s stockpile of the key ingredient to a bomb – Uranium 235. Iran, he says, now has enough enriched uranium to construct 10 bombs and the capability…………… continues on Taunton Daily Gazette

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Left the coffee pot on? No worries. There’s an app for that.
News from Washington Post:

August 27 at 7:00 AM

Cassie Lauterette holds her smartphone with an app that allows her to control devices in the home. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Steve Lee knows when his mother gets up in the morning, walks into the living room, opens the front door to get the paper and takes her medications in the kitchen. Nothing unusual about that except that he lives an hour and 10 minutes away from her.

Lee’s 80-something mother lives alone in a smart home.

“I put a small system in her house that enables me to keep an eye on her,” said Lee, the director of technical services at Universal Devices in Encino, Calif. “If I don’t see any motion and she hasn’t opened the refrigerator by 8:30, then I know I need to check on her right away.”

Smart homes are becoming more common as people push the boundaries of digital technology to help them look after their health and security, control their carbon footprint and make living easier.

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Zero Energy Home Built of Recycled Wood http://windows.ihomewise.com/zero-energy-home-built-of-recycled-wood/ http://windows.ihomewise.com/zero-energy-home-built-of-recycled-wood/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:23:07 +0000 administrator http://windows.ihomewise.com/zero-energy-home-built-of-recycled-wood/ Zero Energy Home Built of Recycled Wood
News from Jetson Green:

Dwell Development is constructing a home in Seattle that boasts of having a host of sustainable features, including being built mostly out of recycled and reclaimed materials. They are seeking the Built Green Emerald Star certification for it, and getting it would make this the first home in Seattle to obtain it.

The home measures 2,218 sq ft (206 sq m). It features a rooftop mounted 6.6 kW photovoltaic array, which is capable of producing all the energy the home needs. To further increase the energy efficiency of the home, the roof and window placement were configured to maximize solar gain without sacrificing the aesthetics of the design. The home is seeking a HERS Score of 0 or lower to confirm its intended zero energy status, which the builders are certain will be the case.

The home is also equipped with a heat recovery ventilation system, which expels stale air from the house and draws in fresh air. This system is also used to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. The home also features an efficient hot water heat pump, which uses only 1 kW of energy to generate 4.5 kW of heat. According to Dwell, this is 78 percent less energy usage in comparison to classic hot water systems.

The house also has an airtight seal, achieved by adequate insulation and wood-framed windows and doors. This seal minimiz…………… continues on Jetson Green

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As California goes, so goes the country: Welcome to our hotter future – Grist
News from As California goes, so goes the country: Welcome to our hotter future – Grist:

A firefighter battles the “Cabin Fire” in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles, Calif.    REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Long ago, I lived in a cheap flat in San Francisco and worked as the lone straight man in a gay construction company. Strangely enough, the drought now strangling California brings back memories of those days. It was the 1970s. Our company specialized in restoring the Victorian “gingerbread” to the facades of the city’s townhouses, and I got pretty good at installing cornices, gable brackets, and window hoods, working high above the street.

What I remember most, though, is the way my co-workers delighted in scandalizing me on Monday mornings with accounts of their weekend exploits.

We were all so innocent back then. We had no idea of the suffering that lay ahead or of the grievous epidemic already latent in the bodies of legions of gay men like my friends, an epidemic that would afflict so many outside the gay community but was especially terrible within it.

It’s unlikely that many of those guys are alive today. HIV was already in the population, although AIDS had yet to be detected or named, and no one had heard of “safe sex,” let alone practiced it. When the epidemic broke out, it was nowhere worse than in trendsetting San Francisco.

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News from Gizmag:

A new home in Seattle is described as having a cutting-edge combination of green technology, renewables and reclaimed materials. It is designed by Dwell Development to be Built Green Emerald Star certified. If the certification is awarded, it will be be the first home of its kind in the city.

The Built Green residential building program was developed with a view to providing environmental standards for use of materials, energy efficiency, water use and indoor air quality. Built Green ratings range from 3-Star through 4-Star and 5-Star up to Emerald Star.

Emerald Star certified homes must achieve net zero energy usage by way of generating electricity from a renewable source such as solar or wind, use 70 percent less water than a conventional home and ensure that 90 percent of wood used is reclaimed or FSC-certified. They must also demonstrate impeccable air quality.

The certification for Dwell’s 2,218-sq ft (206-sq m) home is still pending, but the firm, which previously designed the Reclaimed Modern home in Columbia City, says it expects it to receive the highest rating. The firm says it is the only residential developer in Washington that exclusively builds 5-star or above Bui…………… continues on Gizmag

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The Big Interview: sustainable living champion Peter Clegg
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It’s not easy being green.

But if living more sustainably and making my house greener and more energy efficient can make it just a little bit more like Peter Clegg’s then where do I sign up?

Peter is a leading light in the Cheltenham Green Door movement, which gets people to open their houses for one weekend a year, and has made his own small Victorian terrace in Tivoli into a beacon of efficiency.

(It may be that I’ve been more seduced by the fact that it’s spotless, and tidy and well organised while still having a really attractive sense of mild Bohemianism – there’s a life size cardboard cut-out of Freema Agyeman, who played Martha Jones in Doctor Who in the front room. She’s standing next to one of two vintage jukeboxes.)

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News from Boston Globe:

Rob Robillard is a general contractor and editor of AConcordCarpenter.com.

Q. I want to replace the old wooden windows in my ranch house, which was built around the 1950s. Someone suggested that Harvey windows are the best. I know nothing about windows, so what questions should I ask to make sure I am getting the right ones at the best price? Should I get wood for the inside and vinyl for the outside? What type of glass should I get? What is the best type of window to get? Thank you for your help.


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A. Harvey’s top-of-the-line Majesty windows are pretty nice. The Majesty is custom made, meets Energy Star glazing standards, and comes w…………… continues on Boston Globe

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The quiet revolution in British housing – The Guardian
News from The quiet revolution in British housing – The Guardian:

Abode’s housing development in Great Kneighton, near Cambridge. Photograph: Tim Crocker

Once upon a time new housing in Britain was terrible. Engendered by the fearful coupling of utopian architectural fanatics and of bureaucratic automata in local authorities, it was soulless, alienating, malfunctioning and often damp. Such at least is the conventional narrative which, if it overlooks many beautiful and conscientious works now being rediscovered, still contains a portion of truth.

This was in the time loosely known as the 60s and 70s, an era of state-led homebuilding that would be terminated by Margaret Thatcher, such that another kind of housing could flourish, terrible in a different way: Noddy houses, faux-traditional executive homes, could-be-anywhere progeny of developers’ calculations and planners’ vague strictures on being “in keeping”, brick boxes packed with miniature bedrooms and bathrooms that would look better in estate agents’ particulars than in real life. This story might be oversimplified too, although I can’t immediately see in what way.

Now, if you look carefully and avert your gaze from large quantities of obvious junk, it is possible to see that some new housing is, finally, not terrible. These glimmers of pro…………… continues on The quiet revolution in British housing – The Guardian

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News from Deseret News:

A home remodeling project may have several goals. We want our finished project to be beautiful and functional, stylish and timeless, solve problems and fulfill dreams. One common remodeling goal for many people today is energy efficiency. Whether the motivation is saving the environment or their pocketbook, more people are looking for ways to make their home more energy-efficient and economical.

Here are three renovation projects that impact energy efficiency.

Make your home airtight

The first rule of a more energy-efficient house is making it more airtight. Excess air exchange makes your house less energy-efficient. If the heated or cooled air isn’t escaping, it will be easier to control the inside temperature both in summer and winter. Besides being more comfortable, you will spend less money heating or cooling the inside air.

Wrapping the exterior walls of a house with an air barrier (similar to sheets of plastic) before installing siding or masonry is the proper way to construct a more energy-efficient home. Obviously, adding this step to an existing wall is a major remodel and would involve removing the home’s exterior material. Since most people don’t take remodeling to this extreme, you can at least make sure any new walls installed in conjunction with your remode…………… continues on Deseret News

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Lawmakers examining competing energy efficiency bills
News from WMTW Portland:

Lawmakers are examining two competing proposals to restore funding for energy efficiency programs.

The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee is holding a public hearing Wednesday on the bills that aim to fix a drafting error in a 2013 law that caused regulators to slash funding for Efficiency Maine Trust.

House Republican Ken Fredette’s bill would not only fix the error but bring significant changes to state government by creating an energy commissioner and giving the governor the power to nominate the head of Efficiency Maine Trust.

Meanwhile, Assistant Democratic Leader Sara Gideon’s bill, which is being backed by some Republican lawmakers, aims to simply restore the funding to the independent agency. They say taking advantage of the error by tying it to other changes is inappropriate.

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Conservatives Won’t Win Anything if They Hold Out… http://windows.ihomewise.com/conservatives-wont-win-anything-if-they-hold-out/ http://windows.ihomewise.com/conservatives-wont-win-anything-if-they-hold-out/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:37:50 +0000 administrator http://windows.ihomewise.com/conservatives-wont-win-anything-if-they-hold-out/ Conservatives Won’t Win Anything if They Hold Out…
News from National Review Online:
by Justus Myers & Philip Wallach April 15, 2015 12:00 PM

The Heritage Action strategy of eschewing incremental progress is a good way to get stuck with the status quo.

As the 114th Congress finds its legs, the struggle to define the Republican party’s direction — in light of its 2010 triumph, 2012 disappointment, and 2014 comeback, not to mention its all-important 2016 positioning — continues to be a lively one. There are a number of cross-cutting imperatives at stake. To focus on just a few: coming across as “a responsible,…………… continues on National Review Online

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‘Too many children are having their lives limited’: Tougher Maine lead …
News from Bangor Daily News:

AUGUSTA, Maine — Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said the poorest children in his city have enough obstacles to overcome and he hopes state lawmakers will work to make sure lead poisoning is no longer one of them.

Testifying before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, Macdonald said he supports a bill by Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, to lower Maine’s blood-lead level standard from 15 micrograms of lead per deciliter to the new federal standard of 5 micrograms per deciliter.

Macdonald, a former police officer who served part of his career as a public school resource officer, said the change could make a big difference in the lives of hundreds of Maine children.

“Their energy, creativity and ambition are among the city’s best assets,” Macdonald said. “Unfortunately, far too many of those children are having their lives limited at a young age by lead poisoning.”

That new lower limit, when detected by tests administered to all children younger than 2 who are eligible for health care under the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare, would trigger a series of interventions, treatment and lead abatement programs, including the safe renovation of many of the city’s oldest apartment buildings, Macdonald said.

Health care officials in Maine know that there are hundreds of children who are testing at blood lead levels hi…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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Power Home Remodeling Group™ Named Angie’s List Super Service Award … http://windows.ihomewise.com/power-home-remodeling-group%e2%84%a2-named-angies-list-super-service-award/ http://windows.ihomewise.com/power-home-remodeling-group%e2%84%a2-named-angies-list-super-service-award/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:09:29 +0000 administrator http://windows.ihomewise.com/power-home-remodeling-group%e2%84%a2-named-angies-list-super-service-award/ Power Home Remodeling Group™ Named Angie’s List Super Service Award …
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CHESTER, Pa., April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Power Home Remodeling Group, the nation’s second largest exterior home remodeler, has been recognized as an industry leader and recipient of the 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award for the company’s ongoing commitment to providing customers with the highest level of service throughout each stage of the home remodeling process. The Super Service Award is the highest honor given annually to the top five percent of service and health providers who maintain a superior service record on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on service providers. Power received this recognition for its operating territories in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Illinois.

“At Power, we have created a “blueprint” to ensure we serve each homeowner with honest and accurate information throughout the remodeling process while elevating the Power experience in the eyes of every person we encounter,” said Corey Schiller, Power’s Co-Chief Executive Office…………… continues on MarketWatch

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One smart update can upgrade your entire home
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If your home is 10 years old or older, your garage door is probably a plain-Jane raised-panel steel door that adds little or nothing to the overall design of your house.

So why not make an improvement? In the last decade, the garage door industry has generated stunning new designs that can transform the curb appeal of your home from boring to exciting.

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Large area = big impact

“When something consumes such a large part of the front of the house, it should not be generic; it should be special,” says Michael Walsh, a syndicated home-improvement columnist. “It should improve the looks of the house, not detract from it.”

A better-looking garage door can actually parlay into a more-valuable home. One nationwide study of real estate professionals by StrataMark revealed that an attractive new garage door can add as much as 4 percent to the home’s selling price. That adds $ 10,000 to the value of a $ 250,000 home, which means that a new garage door can easily pay for itself.

Two new designs that dazzle

Chris Long, long-time editor of Door & Operator Industry, a garage door trade magazine, identifies two new garage door…………… continues on Richmond.com

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Home Improvement: Season 4
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Obama, aides and critics campaign on Iran deal http://windows.ihomewise.com/obama-aides-and-critics-campaign-on-iran-deal/ http://windows.ihomewise.com/obama-aides-and-critics-campaign-on-iran-deal/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:39:35 +0000 administrator http://windows.ihomewise.com/obama-aides-and-critics-campaign-on-iran-deal/ Obama, aides and critics campaign on Iran deal
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Eyes of your Home
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By S.BS. Surendran

Doors and windows in a building are the main channels for allowing energy to flow in to the building. It has been found that most energy flow is through windows and door openings, and a smaller percentage through energy transfer by the walls.

This energy is quintessential for the occupants hence the quality of the energy and the feel within the building is predominantly decided by the energy flow. To ensure unhindered flow and also to create the right balance window drapes, curtains and door positioning have to be taken into account. The fundamental of Feng Shui is that energy flows through in any space and anything that impedes the flow could create stagnation.  If the space is too open, then energy passes through the room too quickly.  If it is too constricted, the energy becomes stagnant.

In the science of Feng Shui, windows are referred to as the eyes of the home. It’s important that your windows are kept clean and clear, allowing for plenty of light during day and providing protection keeping good privacy after dark. Feng Shui has some simple yet useful advice and solutions, in order to let the Energy (chi) to flow smoothly around the house. Curtains and windows are the most prominent features of our homes. Fabrics, color, material, window arrangement, yes, all the…………… continues on The Bali Times

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Performance Improvement

While organizations differ from each other, they are also alike in many ways. Regardless of whether they are large or small, not-for-profit or profit driven, these organizations usually face similar challenges, problems, and opportunities pertaining to performance. Based on the experiences of over 300 organizations, Performance Improvement: Making it Happen, Second Edition details an effective step-by-step approach toward improving organizational performance. It combines state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques in organizational development with many actual cases and experiences. The book is organized into three parts that are targeted at gaining the most from organizational performance: Getting It Started, Taking Action, and Making It Permanent. This second edition features real-world examples dealing with issues representative of those found in a variety of industries and the concepts and methods of improvement used. The final part provides readers with a plan for integrating many of the performance improvement interventions and programs previously discussed into an overall approach for making improvements successful and continuous. This final section also features three very different organizations that have used many of the performance improvement programs discussed in the book. Their measured progress in performance is highlighted.
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News from The Rock Father Magazine:

As I posted earlier this month, my wife and I are finally about to start tackling some of the home improvement issues that have been lurking within the property lovingly dubbed, “Rock Father HQ.” If you’re just joining us, the basic gist is this: In 2010 we purchased a 1,300 sq. ft. home in Chicago’s Northern Suburbs, a house that was built in 1990, and one we knew had some issues. Like most homes, it looks pretty good on the surface, but when you dig deeper, there’s some things that are pretty bad – several of which stem from the previous owners, two of which fancied themselves to be “handy” – and one of whom shoddily put in windows because he “got a deal” on them. Our first project is fixing said windows, and today I’m going to walk you through my in-home consultation experiences with Pella Windows and Doors, The Home Depot, Renewal by Andersen and Feldco. The fun part? I didn’t tell any of these companies that I would be writing about this experience. Out of courtesy, I did reach out to the PR team for the company that did score our business, but only after my wife and I had already don…………… continues on The Rock Father Magazine

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Consumers putting more money into their homes
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The economy is getting better, so it’s time to paint the walls.

Consumers in Broward and Palm Beach counties are spending more money on decorating, painting, wallpaper and window treatments as home prices improve and the recession fades from view, state tax data show.

In Broward County, sales tax receipts for those expenses jumped 38 percent in January from a year ago, to $ 557,277, according to the most recent data from the Florida Department of Revenue.

It was one of the biggest increases of all the things people spend money on. Total sales tax receipts were up 5.9 percent during the same period, to $ 206 million.

In Palm Beach County, sales tax receipts for decorating, painting, wallpaper and window treatments grew 19 percent in a year, to $ 932,214 in January. Overall, sales tax increased 10.3 percent in the county during that time, to $ 161 million.

Some people are spending because they have more money in an improving economy, according to analysts and businesspeople. Others are spru…………… continues on Sun Sentinel

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