State Dept. Embassy Program Trails 2005 Goal, GAO Says

ENR Construction

Report says that since 2005, State completed 77 projects through FY 17 but had aimed to finish about 140

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Scheduling In ABS

CAD Shack

One of the most powerful tools in ABS is scheduling. Using a predefined schedule is easy, but figuring out how that schedule works and how to customize it is not. I hope to answer those questions in this article. How does it work? Objects in ABS possess sets of properties specific to that object.

Trending Sources

Creating Electrical Device Styles

CAD Shack

Autodesk Building Systems comes with quite a bit of predefined electrical symbology that covers most electrical design needs, but chances are you will need to customize or create devices for your company’s needs. To do this, understanding electrical device styles is a must.

Emergency Shelter Design

Green Home Building

At the request of some NGO's assisting in the housing relief effort in the wake of the recent earthquake in Pakistan, Owen Geiger and I have collaborated on a simple earthbag emergency shelter concept that could be built with minimal tools and supplies.

How to Build a Small Earthbag Dome

Green Home Building

I recently received an email from a gentleman in Pakistan expressing interest in dome technology for building earthquake-resistant housing in that country. The massive earthquake a few weeks ago leveled thousands of homes, and the government is looking for ways to rebuild in safer ways.

Sustainable Housing Relief

Green Home Building

Sustainable AID Center in South Africa

Green Home Building

For the past twelve years Joe Kennedy has been intimately involved in creating sustainable settlements in South Africa, trying to create models of dwellings that could serve the poor.

Mexican Remodel Complete

Green Home Building

As we are preparing to return to the U.S. for awhile, I want to show you how the completed remodelling project turned out on the little house we rented in Bernal, Mexico. In my last post I described how I created a roof over the open patio/courtyard.

Transforming a Mexican House

Green Home Building

We have rented a little house in Bernal, Mexico, a town best known for the magnificent solid rock outcropping that serves as its backdrop.

A visit to Karacadir

Green Home Building

When we recently passed through San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, we wanted to connect with Andy Watson and Dorothy Gerhart, who run Karacadir, a sustainable development learning center.

New Poster and Art Print Pages at GHB

Green Home Building

I have just spent an enjoyable several days pouring over the thousands of posters and art prints available at allposters.com to post the most pertinent and beauftiful ones for your viewing pleasure at www.greenhomebuilding.com.

Mexican Architecture

Green Home Building

As we travel around Mexico in our little motorhome I have been reflecting on the diversity of architectural styles that are evident. There is much history upon which modern Mexico is laid, from the rich legacy of colonial churches to the traditions of the indigenous inhabitants that has persisted.

constructionattorneyblog: Piercing the corporate veil; attorneys fees

Construction Lawyer Blog

contract » December 19, 2005. 2005 WL 3445993, Dec. 16, 2005). December 19, 2005 in litigation | Permalink. constructionattorneyblog. Attorneys at Sabo & Zahn. Sabo & Zahn. Werner Sabo. Werner Sabo is a partner at the construction law firm of Sabo & Zahn in Chicago. He is also a licensed architect, having practiced architecture for a number of years prior to establishing his law practice in 1981.

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Anchors Away!

CAD Shack

Here’s a tool that probably is over looked by most people new to ABS. That tool is anchors. Anchors are pretty much self descriptive. They are used to anchor one object or entity to another. When an object is anchored a host object, movements of the host trigger identical movements in the object.

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constructionattorneyblog: Mediator barred from testifying

Construction Lawyer Blog

Registering Copyright as Prerequisite for filing suit » August 01, 2005. On July 28, 2005, the New Jersey Supreme Court, in State of New Jersey v. Carl Williams , 2005 WL 1773739, held that a mediator cannot be compelled to testify about a mediation. August 01, 2005 in Mediation | Permalink. constructionattorneyblog. Attorneys at Sabo & Zahn. Sabo & Zahn. Werner Sabo. Werner Sabo is a partner at the construction law firm of Sabo & Zahn in Chicago.

The Top 5 Reasons to Switch to ABS

CAD Shack

What’s so great about Autodesk Building Systems? Why should I walk away from a proven product like AutoCAD, when I have so much invested in it? These are very valid questions that many CAD Managers and Owners are asking themselves lately. Of course the answer can be different for everyone of them depending on individual needs and uses of the software, but I would like to offer up what I see as the big ticket items that make ABS so appealing.

The Korte Company Breaks Ground in Oklahoma for Vance Air Force Base Project

The Korte Company

Construction is scheduled to be completed by year-end 2005 The Korte Company was recently awarded a design-build contract for a multiple task project at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. The $14.9 million undertaking includes the construction of a 70,000 square foot warehouse and new post office building. Additionally, the project calls for the demolition of ten existing buildings and the remodeling of an existing warehouse.

UNLV Construction Management Department Names Advisory Board

The Korte Company

The Construction Management Department at University of Las Vegas recently announced its newly appointed Industry Advisory Board. The department offers a four-year program which merges Business, Engineering and Architectural programs into a single curriculum producing management-level employees to the burgeoning construction industry both in Las Vegas and nationally

The Korte Company Completes Project For Whole Foods

The Korte Company

The Korte Company recently finished the exterior portion of work on a 49,669 square foot retail facility for Whole Foods Market located at 100 S. Green Valley Parkway. Whole Foods is the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, and in keeping with the Whole Food’s philosophy, most of the materials being used for the building are environmentally friendly

constructionattorneyblog: No Arbitration for Aesthetic Effect

Construction Lawyer Blog

Design Delegation » July 22, 2005. GA Johnson , 2005 WL 1663791 (July 13, 2005) held that, because of certain provisions found in AIA Document A201, the General Conditions, the contractor could not enforce the mediation and arbitration provisions of the contract. July 22, 2005 in arbitration , litigation | Permalink. constructionattorneyblog. Attorneys at Sabo & Zahn. Sabo & Zahn. Werner Sabo.

Watch for Bank Shield Laws in Dealing with Lenders

Construction Lawyer Blog

No Arbitration for Aesthetic Effect » July 22, 2005. North Shore Community Bank, 2005 WL 145104 (June 21, 2005), the developer obtained a loan from the bank, relying on promises that the bank was skilled in handling construction escrows and that the bank would make sure that the subcontractors were paid for their work. July 22, 2005 in litigation | Permalink. constructionattorneyblog. Attorneys at Sabo & Zahn. Sabo & Zahn. Werner Sabo.

Feedback from Readers at Greenhomebuilding.com

Green Home Building

With over 2,000 unique visitors logging on to www.greenhomebuilding.com every day, I often get comments from these folks. I have been collecting some of these comments, I will share a few recent ones with you here: "May your Tribe Increase", sustainable non ecology-damaging construction coupled with sustainable living systems is what the World needs now. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Absolutely fantastic site!!

An Interview for Get Underground

Green Home Building

I was recently interviewed by Chad Wasser for the ecclectic website www.getunderground.com , whose motto is "creative resistance designed for the emanicpation of the human spirit." Below is how the interview appears on-line: According to NOAA's Hurricane Research Division, an average hurricane releases about 6x10^14 watts through latent heat release during water condensation. This is approximately 200 times the world-wide energy generating capacity.

Gary Korte Promoted to Vice President of Field Operations

The Korte Company

The Korte Company recently promoted Gary Korte to Vice President of Field Operations where he will oversee the company's field operations and associated personnel, including field engineers and survey teams. Gary will share duties with Tom Korte, who remains as the Executive Vice President of Operations. Gary began his career at The Korte Company in 1979 and previously served as the Manager of Quality Assurance

Work On The District Phase II in Las Vegas is Under Way

The Korte Company

The Korte Company has recently completed all of the site development work, including street improvements, parking lot, landscaping and utility work for The District, Phase II in Las Vegas. Currently work is underway on three new buildings on site, including one single-story retail building and two three-story buildings

Expansion of High-Tech Institute is Under Way

The Korte Company

The Korte Company will complete a 5,870 square foot educational facility for High-Tech Institute, located at 2250 South Rancho in Las Vegas. The $244,000 project includes three lecture rooms, two computer labs and an MIS department, which annexes the existing facility and will be used for general education and criminal justice classes

Volumetric, Continuous Mixing of Cement and other Materials

Green Home Building

I just posted some information about the possibilities of using volumetric, continuous mixing technologies to not only mix concrete on-site, but also a wide range of other, perhaps greener materials as well. For instance, earthen materials for adobe, cob, or rammed earth projects could be mixed and placed at the building site almost instantaneously. All that is needed is the equipment to do so and stockpiles of the ingredients.

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Las Vegas Division Adds Project Supervisors to Their Staff

The Korte Company

Darryl Zuchelli, Guy Laing, and Tony Wadding have been appointed project supervisors at The Korte Company's Las Vegas operations. Zuchelli is a master carpenter and a 32-year veteran of the construction industry. Laing joins with prior experience supervising commercial builds. Tony Wadding brings with him nine years experience in construction. As project supervisors, all three are responsible for managing and coordinating subcontractors and ensuring timely project schedules

Federal Solar Tax Credits

Green Home Building

For the first time since 1985, homeowners in the United States who install solar energy systems will receive a tax credit from the federal government worth 30% of the system cost, capped at $2,000. Businesses that purchase solar equipment will also receive a credit worth 30% of the system cost. These tax credits, in the recently passed energy bill, will bring solar power costs over the tipping point in many areas of the country.

Korte Helps S.W. Illinois Family Move Into Dream Home

The Korte Company

The Korte Company has come to the aid of a local family in need by helping build their dream home - a four bedroom, 1,240 square foot ranch style house - in only 37 days. The project is one of six "Blitz-Builds" conducted by Habitat for Humanity International. The new home is located near Pocahontas, Illinois, the hometown of country music star Gretchen Wilson. Wilson helped paint the house, which will be featured on County Music Television on August 22

An On-Line Radio Interview with Kelly Hart

Green Home Building

Anyone interested in listening to a discussion about sustainable architecture or hearing my voice during a live interview is welcome to tune in to the "Conscious Living" program, thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST on www.voice.voiceamerica.com. It will be re-aired at 10:00 p.m. thursday on [link] , then archived under the show title/host (Samone Myers of The Center for Unified Research & Education at [link].) This is a one-hour program, with a format that sometimes allows for listener call-ins.

"Bob the Builder" Children's Program Being Sponsored by Korte

The Korte Company

The Korte Company is helping keep local children's programming on television by signing a $15,000 year-long agreement to sponsor "Bob the Builder" on KETC-TV. The financial support comes at an opportune time as the House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee cuts funding for public television (PBS) and children's programs

constructionattorneyblog: No right of contribution in copyright case

Construction Lawyer Blog

Repercussions of Architects failure to meet continuing education requirements » October 25, 2005. 17, 2005) held that there was no right to contribution under the Copyright Act. October 25, 2005 in copyright | Permalink. constructionattorneyblog. Attorneys at Sabo & Zahn. Sabo & Zahn. Werner Sabo. Werner Sabo is a partner at the construction law firm of Sabo & Zahn in Chicago.

An Excellent On-line Manual of Sustainable Architecture

Green Home Building

I just discovered one of the bests websites I have seen about sustainable architecture.and it is sponsored by a government! www.greenhouse.gov.au/yourhome yourhome is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and Australian design and construction industries. They describe this site as "a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable."

Saving the Earth

Green Home Building

I recently got the following passionate email from a fellow in India. It really expresses exactly why living sustainably is so important: I wanna involve myself to save this earth from global warming and make the earth cool, so please guide me. I am from India.

Invitation to Create Gathering Place in Scotland

Green Home Building

I recieved the following email and thought I would post it for all who might be interested: Hi Kelly, I have written this to you as I think you will be able to contact lots of people, with your obvious knowledge and networking skills. I would like to invite an international group of 'experts' to gather together and build a meeting place for environmentalists, educators, artists and green builders.

constructionattorneyblog: Waivers of liens: fraud

Construction Lawyer Blog

New York allows contractual indemnification » September 22, 2005. In re Christensen , 2005 WL 1941231 (Aug. 12, 2005). September 22, 2005 in litigation | Permalink. constructionattorneyblog. Attorneys at Sabo & Zahn. Sabo & Zahn. Werner Sabo. Werner Sabo is a partner at the construction law firm of Sabo & Zahn in Chicago. He is also a licensed architect, having practiced architecture for a number of years prior to establishing his law practice in 1981.

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New Products Available at Green Home Building

Green Home Building

I have tried to keep www.greenhomebuilding.com as free of commercial endorsement as possible, preferring to provide unbiased information on all aspects of the topic. It is always a delicate balance to make information available, without seeming to be favoring one product over another. However, I am frequently making choices about what to post on the site, and my discernment is part of what gives Green Home Building its unique quality.

Corporate Headquarters for Biomedical Systems is Completed

The Korte Company

The Korte Company has completed a 45,200 square foot building in Maryland Heights for Biomedical Systems. The building will serve as the company's headquarters and features an expansive glass and brick exterior. The main lobby opens up to a two-story space flanked by a free-standing elevator shaft. The design also includes an exercise room with shower facilities, as well as an employee break room and cafeteria

23rd Walgreens Facility Under Construction

The Korte Company

The Korte Company has begun construction on its 23rd Walgreens facility, a 670,000 square foot distribution center in Anderson County, South Carolina. The center will house 95 dock positions, a two-story 40,000 s.f. administrative office, shipping and receiving areas, and a truck maintenance depot. Completion is scheduled for Summer 2007