July August 2013

Transit-oriented development (TOD) takes the stage

And a number of finalists in 22nd annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily Pillars of the Industry competition have responded to the...

A human being is a deciding being

Like those before me and, perhaps, those beyond my view, I want the whole field advantage. It's a view that assures the tension of...

Change is coming

Coal formed the foundation of American industrialization in the 19th century. Between 1850 and 1900, coal's consumption in America rose from 10 percent to...

Beat the market performance

Consider what ROI you need to initiate retrofits. With banks paying 1 to 3 percent, and stocks showing 8 percent to 10 percent, what...

The world of smart electric grids and meters: What’s in it for you?

What is smart infrastructure? Electric smart meters and smart grids have critical features not present in typical distribution systems today, which can be put to...

Winning the big data game

Tech insiders whisper about big data as if it is the pandora's box of the future, and everyone wants to be prepared to take...

A bright idea

Ashoff manufactures fluorescent lamps with motion sensors. He designed it to replace bulbs in building stairwells which burn around the clock, and found that...

More Americans living in others’ homes

The number of so-called missing households-representing adults who would be owning or renting their own home if household formation had stayed at normal rates...

Your company is only as good as your writing

We're great at inventing terms-the instruction manual for my toaster refers to the lever that pops up the toast as the "Extra-lift carriage control...

Apartments: supersize me

But now, with super luxury condo prices on the rise, the 98-year-old Litwin has joined the stampede of developers building over-size condominiums for the...

7 Employees you should promote now

Would your company recognize their unique strengths and put them on the fast track? Or would it try to assimilate them into the company...

Intern pool-free labor, vague regulations

Given the subdued job market, internships are still in vogue. Students desire to gain job experience and enhance their resumes, and companies benefit by...

The American rental revolution

"Ninety-five percent of U.K. rentals are owned by small landlords," Nanda says. "That's the fundamental thing that has to change." She wants to bring...

Stop passing over the long-term unemployed

Hiring has picked up, but not for the longterm unemployed, those out of work for more than more than 26 weeks. We'll get a...

Composting: coming to an apartment near you

The building on West 57th Street in Manhattan is part of a pilot program in which residents separate food scraps from the rest of...

A climate action plan for affordable multihousing

To reduce the deadly threat of climate disruption, it is essential to rein in polluting energy use, especially the wasteful conventional consumption of electricity...

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