Renovating the Stanley Most Library and Courts Building

“Building designers in the 1920s never worried about sustainability or energy efficiency. But that isn’t the case in the 21st Century, when saving energy and cutting costs are top priorities for all projects. “The lighting is going to be one of the high points of the project,” she says. “We obviously wanted to make the

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Energy Efficiency in Lighting Design

“Lighting is a holistic process, says Graf, and should not be thought of as simply part of the building system. For optimal visibility, lighting design has to consider such diverse factors as daylight, a control system, and the reflectance values of walls, ceilings, and partitions in an open office. The Illuminating Engineering Society’s new recommended

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Incentives Towards Healthy Behavior

” “Why take the form of a subsidy? Couldn’t the Harik brothers simply pay their employees an extra six grand a year, and verbally encourage them to live nearby? They could, of course, but they’ve chosen to implement this behavioral experiment. Economists have found that many people simply make poor choices about housing and commutes,

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Sound Between Adjacent Spaces?

“A common cause of poor acoustics in conference rooms and executive offices is the transmission of sound between adjacent spaces, especially when the spaces share a common ceiling plenum. Achieving speech privacy between spaces is the goal. If a suspended ceiling is already in place and there are noise issues, the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC)

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Gen Y And Transformed Workplace

“Having grown up using gadgets like iPods, laptops, and smart phones, they tend to be tech-savvy. They rely on technology to do everything from work through play, 365 days a year. More than older workers, they are likely to prefer to communicate through text messaging or email versus face-to-face, and may choose teleconferencing and social

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Hip at Hipstamatic

“the tech company’s snazzy new space is a sleek reimagining of a building from 1908, featuring brick interiors and chandeliers elegantly mixed with computer screens and funky neon chairs. The indoor space is suited to meetings and productivity, while the outdoor patio allows for cocktail hours and live bands—a perfect combination for a company to

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Fire Alarm Systems Upgrade

“Issues that can force fire alarm system upgrades can include product obsolescence, manufacturer discontinuation of product, and incompatibility with newer product lines…Ultimately, the time to find out that the fire alarm systems you are maintaining require upgrade is prior to developing the budgets of future expansions rather than in the middle of a project when

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Fabrica’s Habitat

“the right spaces encourage the right kind of productivity. And for a communications firm that’s trying to get a handle on the Internet of Things, making their workspace a “hackable habitat”–one that promotes serendipity, encourages collaboration, and cooperates with the gorgeous architecture already present. And it’s not that every room needs to be...

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Green Home Design

“The best way to design a green home is to make the most of the space around you. This includes using natural light and environmentally friendly materials. Your home can run on the beauty and wonder of nature with a minimal carbon footprint.” Use earth-friendly roofing material, like recycled aluminum. This type of roofing option

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To Buy or To Lease…

“But in most cases, leasing is the most practical and affordable option for a small business. A commercial real estate broker can help you locate available office space. But before you even start talking to one, you should calculate roughly how much space you’ll need. To get you started, private offices are 120 to 200

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Wonderful World of LEDs

“LEDs can last up to 25,000 hours and use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. But the best part is their versatility. LEDs cover the range of light, from soft and warm to crisp and cool, and come in various design options that let you play around with neat lighting schemes. LED tape,

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