BrickBox is a Flat Pack Plywood Bookshelf

This is an inventive design for a shelf/storage solution that fits the occasion.  Called BrickBox, the modular system is designed and manufactured in Barcelona by Antxon Salvador and Roger Zanni.  BrickBox can be used for storage — assemble and stack — or transport — pack and grab a handle — and comes in two sizes: 10.6″ x 10.6″ x 14.2″ (small) and 21.3″ x 10.6″ x 14.2″ (large).  Fair Companies featured the design in a recent video, which could help propel the company outside of Europe and into the U.S.  BrickBox is searching for an American distributor right now.  Pricing is between ~$40 – $60 per box.

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JET PreFab Makes a Cool Modern Home

*This is a sponsored post for American Green Home Builders.

If you take all the benefits of prefab building, combine it with over twenty years of building experience, and mix in pure, relentless coolness, you might just find yourself buying a home from JET PreFab, and having fun while you’re doing it.

At least that’s the plan for JET PreFab, the new prefabrication division of American Green Home Builders. Glenn Callahan, founder of American Green Home Builders, has built it all: from luxury Hampton’s homes to high rises to uber-green weekend homes in Woodstock and everything in between.

JET PreFab represents the best things I’ve learned about smart building and what makes for a happy and satisfied client,” says Callahan.

Callahan cites several reasons to use prefab construction: it’s energy efficient; saves build time; produces less waste; has minimal impact on the site; it’s customizable; and all of this results in a higher quality home at a lower cost to build and operate.

JET PreFab will capitalize on these benefits and add in an easy process that’s clear and downright entertaining with home designs called “007” and “The Love Shack,” etc.

Upon deciding on a design, you get a comprehensive and detailed list of the costs for that specific house. Ask some other prefab builders how much one of their houses costs, and — if lucky — the builder may provide a vague range of prices. At JET PreFab, the company will tell you exactly what you’ll get for your money.

Next, you fine-tune your design to suit your particular needs and select the materials. (JET PreFab is committed to building with materials made in the USA. According to economist turned builder, Anders Lewendal, “if every U.S. builder bought just 5 percent more U.S.-made materials, this alone would create 220,000 American jobs.”)

Then, you site your home and driveway. That means you’ll determine how your JET PreFab home will be oriented to best capture views, maximize passive solar benefits (which will lower your heating and cooling costs), and comply with utility and zoning requirements. Imagine walking your property and trying out different views for different rooms in your house. This could be one of the funnest things you can do when building a prefab.

While your home site is being prepared, JET PreFab is busy fabricating your home in their factory — where heat, rain, sleet and snow cannot interfere with building schedules.

After your new home is shipped, installed, and utilities are hooked up, you can expect that finishes will take about 5-6 weeks to complete. Then you’re ready to move into a contemporary, top-quality home that you’ve chosen, in the location you’ve chosen, with the views you’ve chosen. All the while, the building process has been clear and easy to understand, and, if Glenn Callahan and JET PreFab have done what they set out to do, you’ll have a fun time.

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*This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated Jetson Green, LLC.  That said, the reason we’re writing about JET PreFab is for the benefit of readers and because one of our focuses is prefab construction.

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Viridian Debuts New Reclaimed Oak Floor

Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products, a company we’ve mentioned in relation to reclaimed veneer panels and shipping pallet floors, just announced the debut of “American Classics.”  These are a new line of reclaimed red oak, white oak, and rustic oak floors derived from industrial shipping crates.

The crates used to make the floors are obtained in the southeastern United States and then milled in Portland, according to a company statement.

American Classics are 100% FSC certified and may contribute toward LEED credits for materials reuse, recycled content, regional materials, and certified wood.  The oak floors are 3/4″ thick x 4 1/2″ wide with variable lengths from three to eight feet.  Following the link below, Viridian can provide a price quote.

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Author R.K. Ferguson Announces Release of ‘That’s No Miracle…Nettles, Thistles, Humor, and Stories by a Scotch American’

Hendersonville, NC (PRWEB) December 24, 2005

Christmas, in a manner of speaking, arrived early this year in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina via a fierce ice storm. However, this is mild weather for Dakota City, Mars, a town in the story ‘Dakota City’ in R.K. Ferguson’s new book, ‘That’s No Miracle…Nettles, Thistles, Humor, and Stories by a Scotch American’.

It was not the ringing of sleigh bells or the clop of reindeer hooves on the roof hinting of Santa’s arrival, but the tinkling of ice as trees and tree limbs snapped, fell through their stonger kin, and crashed to the ground with a final thump. This heralded the coming of the world’s Christ child and Santa Claus, in whose girth the three wise men bearing gifts could reside with considerable comfort. “The three shall be one,” jollied Santa, “so now you got me.”

The ice storm swept through the night of December 14th and in its wake left us not merely glimpsing at Christmas’s past, but immersed in the pre-electric days of our great grandparents and grandparents in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Electric power, light, and heat were big city feats of technology and ice storms may have slowed life a little more than usual but did not bring it to a stumbling halt as it does in our early twenty-first century America.

Woodstoves, fireplaces, oil lamps and candles were still the norm for heating and light. Four hoofed or eight hoofed drive was a reliable if slower way to get to Grandma’s house and they ran on renewable green power. The house we are in now came with a gas log fireplace which I’ve always wanted to convert to wood burning since I grew up with wood burning fireplaces. I’m now thankful I never got around to it. Without power, the gas log fireplace in the den was able to moderately heat the whole main level which includes my eighty-four year old mother-in-law’s room at the other end of the house. This was a blessing a wood burning fireplace would not have been able to grace us with.

This time of year storing refrigerated food was not a problem. The recycling bins in the garage were an instant and practical success in their conversion to a temporary refrigerator.

Children playing by an open fire? Not exactly. With one a college graduate and working for a local insurance agency, one graduating this year and also working, and the other a junior in high school, I can’t call them children anymore. But with power, cable, and computers out and having an operating gas stove, gas fireplace, and gas water heater, our local family population quickly went up and the den became the center of many evening card games and board games by oil lamp and candle light. Jar candles using tin foil as reflectors were in vogue. My greatest joy was sitting in the adjoining living room with the darkened Christmas tree and its ornaments occasionally flickering the light of the single candle on the coffee table listening to the moans of a bad roll of dice or the cry of triumph of a winning hand, and the back and forth banter between my (adult) children, my wife, and mother-in-law.

Unfortunately, for those who would love to live on Mars, there won’t be a Christmas in Dakota City for at least two or three hundred more years. But an ice storm, the Christ child, and Santa partnered in delivering a 1905 Christmas experience to this little region of earth; a gift not to be found under any Christmas tree, but I hope to be found in every heart. R.K. Ferguson, author, ‘That’s No Miracle…Nettles, Thistles, Humor, and Stories by a Scotch American’. Available at or through your favorite independent bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Waldenbooks.

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Eragy Home Energy Monitoring Application Featured in The New American Home

Durham, NC (Vocus/PRWEB) January 13, 2011

Eragy, Inc., a leading provider of smart home software applications and services for home energy management and monitoring, today announced that the company’s home energy monitoring application and service is featured in The New American Home (TNAH) 2011 project in Orlando, Florida.

TNAH 2011 showcases the latest breakthroughs in green building and construction technology and utilizes a state-of-the-art energy efficiency package. The featured home includes Eragy’s home energy monitoring software, coupled with a Control4

American IRA, LLC, Self-Directed IRA Administrators And Proud Sponsors Of The NCACPA, Announces They Will Be “Rocking It Out” At The 72nd Annual NCACPA Symposium.

Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) November 15, 2011

American IRA, LLC, Self-directed IRA Administrators and Proud Sponsors of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Announces They Will Be “Rocking it Out” at Their Vendor Table at the 72nd Annual NCACPA Symposium. That’s correct, American IRA will be attending this event for a full 3 days and will be playing a special blend of rock ‘n roll at their table. Their spin is teaching the CPAs that they can pull their IRA account out from under the “traditional” rock of investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and rolling those funds into a Self-directed IRA. Once they have their retirement account self-directed, they will be enjoying the beat of their own drum because They Decide what they want to invest in including non-traditional assets such as: real estate, private lending, limited liability companies, precious metals and much more!

James C. Hitt, American IRA, LLC, CEO, says “The NCACPA Symposium is one of my favorite events of the year!” Notating that “There is no other place where I have had the pleasure of meeting 900 CPA participants and 20 vendors under the same roof.”

Not only are the events jam packed with professionals and information, the NCACPA also brings a fun and creative theme to each years symposium. This year, they promise to “rock it out” to the cheering crowds as the stage lights up and the band steps out waiting for each person to the hit the stage.

The NCACPA website says it best as they describe this years symposium:

The roar of the cheering crowd chanting names is deafening. A few lighters flicker in the air while the stage lights ready for the opening act. The equipment is set up and the band is waiting for someone to hit the stage at this year?s 72nd Annual Symposium?the profession?s hottest ticket in North Carolina. This is an opportunity to put together a dream set list with sessions from the biggest stars in accounting.

Rock out with over 900 other talents from across the state while catching up on the industry?s latest trends and changes. Whether they?re in the mood for power rock anthems like a tax update, news relating to healthcare reform, and an A&A update or for more thought-provoking coffeehouse pieces like a Professional Issues Update, Ethics, and IT changes?this year?s program has it all! Don?t forget to pack shades and leather pants for the rock-inspired activities at this year?s conference.

It?s time to shine at NCACPA?s 72nd Annual Symposium!.

Sean Mckay, Vice President of Business Development at American IRA, LLC, agrees that this is perhaps the “hottest ticket” in North Carolina.


The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) to Exhibit at HIMSS 2011

Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) February 7, 2011

The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) will be a collaborating exhibiter at the upcoming 2011 HIMSS Annual Exhibition, February 21-24, 2011.

Solar Power Contractor, American Solar, Publishes Next Resource Guide in Educational Series for Arizona Homeowners

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) October 27, 2011

Solar power contractor, American Solar, announces its newest resource guide for Arizona homeowners titled ?How Solar Saves Money and Why It?s Affordable.? The second in a four-part series, this document continues the company?s educational series on residential solar power.

The guide covers topics such as why solar energy is increasingly becoming the energy option of choice among homeowners, how current incentives reduce solar installation costs, ways financing makes solar even more affordable, methods for calculating your return on investment and how two different customers benefited financially from solar electric and solar hot water heater installations.

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16th Annual North American Shared Services and Outsourcing Week to Feature Visionary Content, Peer Networking and Industry Innovation

Orlando, Fla. (PRWEB) November 18, 2011

The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals, today announced details of their flagship event; the 16th Annual North American Shared Services & Outsourcing Week, to be held March 7?9, 2012 at The Hilton in Orlando, Fla.

Regarded as the industry?s leading shared services and sourcing event, attendees will include numerous, high level executives and shared services practitioners from a wide range of industries. Topic experts from big brands such as Unisys, AOL, Warner Bros, Best Buy, EMC, Volvo, Deloitte, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Molson Coors, Coca-Cola, Vale and Hewlett Packard will present game changing Shared Services and Outsourcing, Finance and Accounting, HR, Procurement and IT case studies. The 2012 program features leading industry experts including Steve Kopp, Partner & Managing Director, TPI; Lew Bader, SVP Global Order to Cash, Pearson; Stephanie Pittman, Director – HR Shared Services, Boston Scientific; Craig Warren, Director, GBS – HR Rewards & Employee Services; Cindy Gallagher, VP & Controller, AOL; Erin Champlin, VP, Global Business Services, EMC and Sam Poston, Partner & Senior Vice President, ScottMadden.

The newly launched Executive XChange features the industry?s most advanced practitioners including Jay Desia, SVP Global Sourcing, Northern Trust; Jeffrey Jacobson, VP Global Shared Services, Pitney Bowes; Roxanna Wall, Executive Director, Group Outsourcing & Offshoring and Gabriel Parmese, SVP Global Shared Services, Keane.

The core themes of Shared Services and Outsourcing Week focus on Big Data, Global Business Services, and Creating Value through Improved Revenue Models & Advanced Cash Management. Plus Mobility & Collaboration, Talent Management, Verticalization & Expertise and Sales & CRM. The underlying event theme questions the next level of shared services value and today?s pertinent industry challenges of accelerating global growth and delivering business insights to the board. These themes will contribute to greater decision making support and opportunities which affect the bottom line.

Distinguishing the 2012 event even further, SSON introduces a new event concept: ?The Big Ideas?. Inspired by TED, this gives the attendees a moment to stop and connect with someone and their ideas, feel motivated and provide them with the chance to look at their business challenges and pain points in a whole new light. Attendees will discover 5 unconventional, inspirational, game-changing ideas from the world of business and life.

?With shared services and outsourcing now shifting onto the plate of the CFO more than ever before, it is receiving increased focus and starts with the opportunity to deliver greater business insights leading to more effective enterprise-wide decision support.? says Naomi Secor, Global Program Director, SSON.

Conference attendees can benefit from significant offers and discounts by registering before the end of the year. Registration and further details can be accessed at or info(at)iqpc(dot)com ? the conference agenda can be downloaded here –

About the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON)

SSON is the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals, with over 55,000 members. SSON provides the roof under which key industry experts and organizations share their experience, knowledge and tools, and practitioner peers connect with other all over the world, both face to face and online.

SSON focuses on developing its members through providing training, tools, and networking opportunities. Its staff works from international offices in New York, London, Singapore, Sydney, Berlin and Dubai to research current trends and developments in shared services. More information about the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) can be found at

Stay up to date with SSON?s latest twitter posts at and connect with 11,000+ global practitioners, providers and advisors on the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) Events Alumni Linkedin Group. Keep abreast with the latest SSON event newsletters for announcements of SSON?s latest video and audio speaker interviews.


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