Friday, October 31, 2014

3 reposted articles on Energy Efficiency / Green Building / Smart Homes

Energy Modernization by Laura McNulty
Honda re-envisions energy management to mitigate fluctuation and achieve optimum efficiency.

Energy Efficiency + Building Science by Paul Torcellini
Moving building technology to the era of zero-energy buildings.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

5 reposted articles that may interest entrepreneurial companies

Ann Cairns from The New York Times states that benefits like car rental insurance and replacement of damaged goods are available through many credit cards, but holders have to do the research.

Scott Rutter from Citibank gives us financial tools to help make decisions to guide the direction of your company.

"Why Entrepreneurial Companies Need To Have a Solid Hiring Strategy" by David N. Feldman from Smart CFO

A video by SmartCEO Jolt "Keeping Entrepreneurship Alive In a Growing Company".

"Is Green Building Good For Business?" by Jennifer Goodman and Shelley D. Hutchins
BUILDER Magazine's special report examines the pitfalls and payoffs of high-performance construction.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reposted articles from Time Magazine's 39-page Special Report The Smarter Home (July 7/July 14, 2014)

Home Smart Home; The dwellings of the future will make you calmer, safer, richer and healthier. And they already exist.

1. The smart home is conscious 
adj. aware of your wants and needs

This Startup is Trying to Create—and Control—the Internet of Your Home by Sam Frizell

Which Company will Control Your Home? by Harry McCracken

2. The smart home is adaptable 
adj. able to adjust to every condition

Nest CEO Tony Fadell on The Future of the Smart Home by Matt Vella

Gadgets At a Glance by Noah Rayman

3. The smart home is human 
adj. sensitive to your situation

Meet the Regular People Living in America’s Smartest Homes

4. The smart home is efficien
adj. operating with little or no waste

Is This America’s Smartest City? by Bryan Walsh

5. The smart home is beautiful 
adj. delighting the senses and mind

This Floating City May Be The Future of Coastal Living by Noah Rayman

Monday, October 27, 2014

Reposted articles: "What Single Ladies Want" and "Where Are the Home Buyers?"

According to Ellen Haberle in Redfin blog's Real Estate News & Analysis, young single ladies are on the hunt… for a house! According to fresh Census data, 31,540 more single women under the age of 35 became homeowners in 2013.

In Builder Magazine, David Crowe states that first-time home buyers continue to struggle with their own financial limitations but as the economy expands and jobs become more available and better paying, the core 25- to 34-year-old first-time buyers will come back.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pics of Homes on a Saturday Morning

Here's old Farm 28 in Narrowsburg on 17 acres with some views.  Just sold yesterday.  1750 sq ft 3 beds and 2 baths.

 Here's the Shokan Farmhouse, just outside of Woodstock NY.  3200 sq ft, 3 beds and 3.5 baths.

Farm 30, inspired by farm 28, inspired by Cottage 36, 40, 44.  This 3 bed, 2 bath plus finished basement in Olivebridge NY has it all, including mountain views.

Farm 31 in Kerhonkson NY is heading towards a deal now that it's easy to see how great it's going to be.  3 beds, 2 baths.  7 acres.

Farmhouse 33 in Rhinebeck NY is off to a fast start.  Hit rock, but we know what to do about that.

Cottage 47 over in Olivebridge is looking good.  This cottage is for sale.  Stone walls, mountain views, little stream.  Under $400k.

Farm 32 in Kerhonkson is moving right along.  This 1550 sq ft 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has absolute privacy.

I drag Lucas all around to job sites and sales meetings and scouting new land.  Guess he needed a pick-me-up power nap.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reposted articles: "8 Of the World's Most Gorgeous Rural Cabins", smart homes, and "Three Tiny Homes With Big Appeal"

Fast Company staffer Carey Dunne spotlights a new book that showcases architects designing innovative variations on the age-old cabin structure. Here, eight unique rural getaways.

"One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there."
by Stacey Higginbotham. The tech world is excited about the smart home, but for most consumers, the idea of paying more for a connected device that doesn’t offer much new functionality and opens them up to risks is a tough sell.

Andrea N. Browne writes about three tiny homes in Kiplinger Magazine. What these small houses lack in square footage they make up for in clever design and savings.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reposted articles: "Crazy as it Sounds, Solar Could Be the World's Most Important Energy Source by 2050" and "SolarCity Launches Loan Program For Homeowners"

AcExperts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.cording to Ben Schiller from Co.Exist, experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.
Ben Schiller from Co.Exist states that experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.

According from Mark Glover from The Sacramento Bee, SolarCity's’s new program will allow homeowners to own their solar panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.

SolarCity workers install solar panels on the roof of a house. 

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Mark Glover from The Sacramento Bee states that SolarCity's new program will allow homeowners to own their solar panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.
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