Low-Carbon Concrete Products to be Developed by Atlas Block and CarbonCure

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Atlas Block, a manufacturer of concrete products based in Ontario, has signed a licensing agreement with CarbonCure, an emerging leader in science-based concrete technology for green building, to manufacture low-carbon concrete that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.

Several months have been spent testing the bolt-on technology from CarbonCure at the Atlas Block Hillsdale plant. The method sequesters carbon dioxide into the concrete during the manufacturing process. CO2 waste is consumed during concrete production to transform it into solid limestone, thus creating a better concrete product.

“This could transform the entire concrete industry,” said Don Gordon, CEO of Atlas Block. “I’ve been in this industry many years. This is easily the most exciting technological improvement I’ve seen.” Concrete is responsible for approximately 5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions as the most widely used construction material.

Several major firms are beginning to spec the Atlas Block products, including B+H Architects. “B+H Architects is so impressed with the environmental sustainability of this technology that Atlas Block with CarbonCure products will be exclusively specified on all new products,” said Matthew Roberts of B+H Architects.

Atlas Block joins CarbonCure distributors, The Shaw Group of Nova Scotia, and Basalite Concrete Products of Dixon, California to meet the global demand for innovative green building materials.

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Last week we featured REFUsol super snazzy high efficiency solar transformerless inverters technology in our Commercial Solar PV Construction Mega Lab. Commercial solar is currently the fastest growing segment of the solar industry. To keep up with the current staffing demands of this expanding and rapidly transforming industry, we here at Boots work hard to keep our curriculum filled with the most current and high quality technology.

We are happy to be teaching our students on some of the best technology in the industry. REFUsol has been in the inverter industry since the 1960s, when they began building inverters for drive systems and energy converters for trains. They have now grown to become one of the top manufacturers in the world delivering 3-phase string and central PV inverters.

Students learning about REFUsol transformerless
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Solar Industry Has Jobs!

Unemployment and underemployment are higher than we have seen them in decades. Jobs growth throughout the U.S. is continuing at a much lower rate than many had hoped, with just 80,000 jobs being added in the last month. However, there is one industry that has continually stayed strong throughout the crisis, and now expects as much as a 26% growth in workforce over the coming year. That industry is solar power. The solar industry is booming and, as a result, hiring.

The main reason solar power has managed to grow even in this bad economy is because the public wants to save money and are continually looking for alternative sources of energy. For years people have wanted solar panels on their roofs. With more cost effective developments being made in the area of solar power on a daily basis more people can afford to install solar panels than ever before. As a result many people are choosing to do so even in this bad economy because the price is right and it will save them money in the long term.

Perhaps even more importantly, people have seen, in the last few years, how dangerous and unaccountable large energy companies that rely on gas, nuclear, and oil can be. We had the BP spill, the Fukushima disaster, and many smaller headline disasters that not everyone heard about. Due to this growing skepticism with the conventional ways of producing electricity, solar panel use has increased and gained large amounts of public support.

In fact, the solar industry is doing so well that the major problem they are facing is a lack of expertise in their job applicant pool. The industry is expanding at such a rate that they can no longer hire people with previous experience in the field because there are none. Now, when hiring technicians for installs and other jobs within the industry they must look to similar fields which can have crossover skills.

So, what lesson do we take from all this? The solar industry is booming and if you have solar training in the field you will be far more likely to find a job.

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Survey to Reveal Vertical Industry Specific Current and Emerging Trends in Global Services

DALLAS and ORLANDO, Fla. (PRWEB) December 16, 2011

Everest Group and the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON) today announced that they will launch a global survey to understand the current and emerging state of global services by industry and geography in early January 2012.

This will mark the first-ever study of industry-specific strategies in shared services and outsourcing. Covering more than 10 different industries, the study, titled Vertical Industry Strategies in Shared Services and Outsourcing, will analyze traditional Selling, General & Administrative, or SG&A, functions and industry-specific functions across the value chain to understand how companies are approaching increasing the benefits derived from their global services initiatives.

The study is intended to provide a unique understanding of each function in each industry, the role, structure and involvement level of the shared services group and the levers (for example, analytics, process re-engineering, technology enhancements) being pursued to capture the next state of value for each function. The primary target audience and contributors are shared services and outsourcing professionals working for enterprises. The survey will also have alternative branches with questions created for service providers, consultants and analysts.

Eric Simonson, managing partner, research, Everest Group, stated, ?Much of the market got its start with traditional SG&A functions, and to a large extent, the current research is based on these functions and related processes. This study will be important, as it will uncover the trends related to specific industries and processes ? which are often more integral parts of the business compared to SG&A functions. The findings will shed light on how the maturation of shared services and outsourcing are impacting the delivery of value more directly to enterprises.?

Sarah Clayton, global director of strategy for SSON observed that ?given SSON?s global footprint with well over 40 flagship conferences focusing on shared services and outsourcing everywhere from Panama, Shanghai, London and Moscow to Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Bangalore, and Everest Group?s reputation for deep-dive industry insights, it was a logical decision for us to launch this groundbreaking survey together.?

SSON and Everest Group will publish and discuss the Vertical Industry Strategies in Shared Services and Outsourcing survey results in keynote addresses on the ?State of the Union? at SSON flagship conferences throughout 2012. The two organizations will also share the survey results on their websites throughout next year.

Clayton said, ?When we launch the survey in January 2012, we anticipate broad participation in this important initiative for the shared services and outsourcing community. We plan to have analysis completed by mid-February in time for SSON?s U.S. flagship conference in Orlando, Florida on March 7-9, 2012.?

Survey details will be available in early January 2012 on http://www.ssonetwork.com and http://www.everestgrp.com.

You can follow and join the discussion regarding the survey on Twitter by using the hashtag #VISSSOS.

About Everest Group

Everest Group is an advisor to business leaders on the next generation of global services with a worldwide reputation for helping Global 1000 firms dramatically improve their performance by optimizing their back- and middle-office business services. With a fact-based approach driving outcomes, Everest Group counsels organizations with complex challenges related to the use and delivery of global services in their pursuits to balance short-term needs with long-term goals. Through its practical consulting, original research and industry resource services, Everest Group helps clients maximize value from delivery strategies, talent and sourcing models, technologies and management approaches. Established in 1991, Everest Group serves users of global services, providers of services, country organizations, and private equity firms, in six continents across all industry categories. For more information, please visit http://www.everestgrp.com and research.everestgrp.com.

About the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON)

The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) is the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals worldwide, with over 60,000 members. We provide the roof under which key industry experts and organizations share their experience, knowledge and tools, and your practitioner peers connect with other all over the world, face to face and online. SSON focuses on developing its members through providing training, tools, and networking opportunities. Our staff work from international offices in New York, London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Johannesburg, Berlin and Dubai to research current trends and developments in shared services.


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Boots on the Roof partners with eIQ Energy

We are excited to announce our new partnership with eIQ Energy of San Jose! This Silicon Valley company is revolutionizing the industry with their parallel solar technology, featuring the vBoost DC to DC converter module, designed to make solar energy systems more efficient and affordable. 

Boots on the Roof is committed to teaching our students using the most innovative products available.  We are adding 12 vBoost modules to our 8,000 square foot solar training facility. Training on this new equipment will be featured in our Commercial Construction MegaLab PV 270 staring in January, and will also be added to the Parallel Solar Design Exercises of our Commercial PV design course as well. We are impressed with eIQ’s vBoost modules used in the megawatt scale project for Granite construction, and are excited to integrate this technology into our curriculum.  

Thank you eIQ Energy for your generous contribution to our training facility and in partnering with us to help provide most up to date solar training in the industry!

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Florida Villa & Car Hire Companies Help Build Flagging Florida Tourism Industry

(PRWEB) January 12, 2005

Florida is one of the two busiest destinations for car rentals in the UK. Unlike Spain, where there may be around 30 rental companies at airports like Alicante and Malaga, in Florida you will probably only be offered a choice of two companies, Alamo or Dollar. This even applies at the busiest airports like Orlando International, Miami, Tampa and Sanford. In fact, most travel agents, tour operators and many car rental agents/brokers are likely to offer you a ‘choice’ of just one of these Florida companies.

This is not to say that these are not good rental companies because they are. But is there more choice and how do you find it? The answer is that there is and it can be found on a new web-site, http://www.acarinFlorida.com. On this site you can find highly competitive Florida rates not only for Alamo and Dollar, but also for Budget and Speciality. So a four-fold increase in your options. There are some other benefits offered by Budget and Speciality as well. Both companies offer special deals for young drivers, ages 21-24. So no need to spend the $ 20 or more per day that is often required for this age group to drive. This means not only a big saving and Dad gets a break from the driving. Also, as Speciality are not on-airport at Miami, their clients are not required to pay the recently introduced tax of nearly $ 4 per day. So another big saving and the Speciality Florida shuttle service to and from the terminal is free.

AcarinFlorida.com is owned by Endless Leisure Ltd. whose Managing Director, Mark Harrison, comments ‘ it has always been a core principle of Endless Leisure to offer our clients an excellent choice. This applies to both our on-line booking sites and to our personal service brand, http://www.carhirewarehouse.com. At carhirewarehouse we also have an agency with Hertz which means that we can offer a total choice of 5 major rental companies throughout Florida. We don’t believe that anyone else can match this service in Florida.’

Endless Leisure Ltd are working in partnership with Worldwide Holiday Homes who are a UK-based independent travel company offering self catering holiday villas in Florida. Established in 2002 Worldwide Holiday Homes offers low cost and specialist holidays to holidaymakers to Florida.

Arvani Group Founder Selected to Chair Mobile Health Panel of Industry Leaders at CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2010

Arvani Group, today announced that Azita Arvani, mobile industry expert and founder, has been selected to chair the CTIA Enterprise & Applications mHealth Device Review session. The panel’s discussion will focus on the opportunities, drivers and the latest developments in the adoption and utilization of mHealth devices and examine the key challenges moving forward. The panel is comprised of high-level mobile health industry executives and influencers: Eleanor Chye, Executive Director, mHealth for AT&T; Jim Pursley, GM Sales & Marketing, GE Healthcare-Aging Services; Clint McClellan, Senior Director of Business Development, Health & Life Sciences for Qualcomm Incorporated; Vivian Funkhouser, Principal, Global Healthcare Solutions for Motorola Solutions; and, Alex Brisbourne, President and COO of KORE Telematics.

As panel chair, Arvani will be tapping the session’s distinguished panel of industry leaders for their viewpoints on business models, liability issues, regulatory requirements, privacy concerns, and provider reimbursement limitations. The speakers’ discussion will also examine the need for integrated platforms that enable healthcare enterprises to more easily develop, deploy and manage their mobile applications and devices. The educational session will be held on October 7, 2010 from 1 – 2:15 PM in the Moscone Center West, Room 2008.

“I am honored to chair the meeting of the minds of this stellar panel of mHealth leaders,” said Arvani. “Important recent developments, like the FDA approval of several mHealth devices, are moving the mHealth market forward. Attendees will be treated to a timely discussion of these developments by speakers with knowledge, experience and insight into the marketplace.”

“Azita Arvani will certainly contribute insight and expertise to our discussions on the critical technical, business and policy issues facing the wireless industry,” said Robert Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director. “CTIA Educational Sessions are designed to present attendees with best practices and actionable intelligence from market segments that have successfully implemented mobile strategies to improve business performance.”

This is Arvani’s third consecutive CTIA panel on the mHealth industry. She is also one of CTIA’s Hot for the Holidays official judges.

About Arvani Group

Arvani Group is a boutique management consulting firm serving international clients in mobile and wireless markets. The firm helps clients looking for expansion opportunities in emerging technology markets; those trying to establish profitable new partnerships and business alliances; aligning research and development efforts with future market needs. Clients range from major multinationals to young start-up ventures including DOCOMO, Microsoft, Otto Group, PalmSource/Access, GoTV, Casio, Shamrock Holdings, FBR Capital and Swedish Trade Council. For more information, visit http://www.arvanigroup.com.

About Azita Arvani

Azita Arvani, principal and founder of the Arvani Group, brings more than two decades of experience to the field. Her previously held senior positions include those with the Xerox Corporation, working with the renowned Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), as well as pioneering start-ups in wireless and software industries. Azita holds an MS in Management from Stanford University (Sloan Fellow), an MS in Computer Science (Honors) from the University of Southern California and a BS in Math/Computer Science (Magna cum Laude) from UCLA. Azita Arvani is a frequent speaker at mobile and wireless industry events covering emerging mobile media, devices, applications and services. Arvani is also author of the triennial Arvani Report http://www.arvanigroup.com./report.

About CTIA Shows

CTIA shows bring together all industries advanced by wireless technology for intense business, learning and networking. CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS™ 2010 takes place in San Francisco, October 6-8. International CTIA WIRELESS

Smart Destinations Launches White-Label Channel Program for Travel Industry Partners

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 25, 2011

Smart Destinations, provider of multi-attraction passes designed to save travelers time and money, today announced the launch of a new program that offers white-label products and services to select industry partners. This capability expands the distribution of the Company’s attraction passes and enables partners to provide their customers with fun, affordable and convenient access to the country’s top attractions under the umbrella of their brand.

With Smart Destinations’ white-label program, select airline, hotel and cruise partners can now provide their customers direct, branded access to Go City Cards and Explorer Passes, the leading multi-attraction passes for top U.S. destinations. Currently, Smart Destinations is working with several partners across multiple industry channels, including the hotel, airline and cruise spaces, such as Virgin Holidays, RCI, Hilton Grand and Shorex Travel (a Cruise Shore Excursion operator based in the U.K).

“By creating custom products for our partners, we can help them extend the value of their brand and benefit from more engaged and satisfied customers. Travelers benefit from exclusive deals that will enhance their travel experience and make planning a trip that much easier,” said Cecilia Dahl, President and Founder of Smart Destinations.

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Global Prefabricated Housing Market to Reach 757 Thousand Units by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 18, 2011

Global prefabricated housing market had registered a moderate to flat growth during the period 2004 to 2007. The market witnessed a further blow in 2008 and 2009 due to the economic recession. However, the market is on the verge of recovery with demand gaining momentum, although at a slower pace. Overproduction, significant losses in the industry and poor underwriting resulted in decline in the shipments of manufactured homes over the past few years. Further, the comparatively low resale value associated with this type of homes was also a matter of concern. Recession further affected the manufactured housing segment. Nevertheless, with increasing efforts towards the improvement in quality, durability, and cost efficiency of manufactured homes, demand for these types of homes is likely to go up in the coming years. Recovery in demand could be attributed to factors such as growing adaptability of manufacturers to consumers needs in terms of cost efficiency, eco-friendliness, energy efficiency, and customization. In addition, increasing awareness among customers about prefabricated houses is also likely to drive further market growth.

Affordability and optimization of housing requirements within available spatial constraints are the primary factors that are rendering factory-made duplex houses increasingly suitable for the first-time homebuyers with moderate-income levels in the US. Although the conventional construction modes continue to dominate the prefabricated construction industry, there is a growing market for houses built using ecological building materials or houses equipped with ecological installations. Housing industry in the UK and US is undergoing a drastic makeover with the launch of Systems-built homes. The demerits associated with traditional house building techniques such as escalating construction costs, delays in scheduled delivery, shortage of skilled labor and adverse effects of climatic factors on the construction timing, are more likely to cause a shift in the consumer preference from traditional housing to factory fabricated homes. System-Built Homes availability in a wide array of designs, from single to multi-storied apartments with customizable furnishings and components, can be cited as a major reason for the growing market acceptance in the US and UK.

The US represents the largest regional market for prefabricated housing worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Prefabricated Housing. Japan remains the second largest market for pre-fabricated housing worldwide. However, future growth in the market is expected to emanate from emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Segment-wise, Manufactured Homes represents the largest segment, while Panelized Homes constitutes the fastest growing segment.

Innovation is the order of the day in the factory-built home market. Manufactured homes are increasingly progressing towards built-in solar powered modules. For instance, the US Department of Energy led photovoltaic application development program – ‘Building Opportunities in the United States for Photovoltaics (PV: BONUS)’, underscored the commercial opportunities for the solar power in this sector. The modular homes jointly built by Fully Independent Residential Solar Technology, (FIRST) Inc. and other project mates featured a roof-mounted stand-alone and/or standby grid-connected 2-kilowatt photovoltaic systems that are designed to suffice the entire energy associated requirements of various housing appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and fluorescent lighting units. In addition, mounting environmental concerns, poor wood quality, varying demographic patterns, increasing demand for unobtrusive, flexible and speedy construction processes, energy and material usage constraints led to the quest for alternative materials for fabricating durable residences. As a result, European markets are progressively adopting steel frames in prefabricated housing constructions.

Major players profiled in the report include All American Group Inc., Asahi Kasei Homes, Cavalier Home Builders, LLC, Champion Enterprises Inc., Clayton Homes Inc., Fairmont Homes, Inc., Misawa Homes Co. Ltd., Nationwide Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, and Skyline Homes.

The research report titled “Prefabricated Housing: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the prefabricated housing markets, impact of the recession on the market, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for prefabricated housing market for the years 2007 through 2015 for the following geographic markets – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. Key product segments analyzed in the report include Manufactured Homes, Panelized Homes, Modular Homes, and Precut Homes. Also, a six-year (2001-2006) historic analysis is provided for additional perspective.

For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit – http://www.strategyr.com/Prefabricated_Housing_Market_Report.asp

About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a reputed publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company is globally recognized as one of the world’s largest market research publishers. The company employs over 800 people worldwide and publishes more than 1200 full-scale research reports each year. Additionally, the company also offers thousands of smaller research products including company reports, market trend reports, and industry reports encompassing all major industries worldwide.

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Business Intelligence Industry Experts Headline Upcoming LogiNexus 2008 User Conference

McLean, VA (PRWEB) September 28, 2007

LogiXML, Inc. (http://www.logixml.com), the fast-growing leader in interactive, Web-based Business Intelligence, today announced a line-up of Business Intelligence industry experts who will address the attendees at the LogiNexus 2008 user conference in Orlando in January.

“Our customers are innovators in the use of a Web-based BI platform to develop their reporting and analysis applications,” said LogiXML Founder and CEO, Arman Eshraghi. “We know they are hungry for additional knowledge, so we have assembled an outstanding line-up of noted Business Intelligence industry experts for our LogiNexus 2008 user conference.”

Shawn Rogers, Executive Editor and Co-founder of The Business Intelligence Network™ (BeyeNETWORK.com), will be a keynote speaker. Shawn has over 16 years of hands-on IT experience with a focus on Internet-enabled technology, holding various executive level positions including Vice President and Associate Publisher. His past industry experience and wide knowledge of both IT and business management enable him to provide extensive industry insight for the Business Intelligence Network.

David Loshin, the President and Principal Consultant at Knowledge Integrity, will also be a keynote speaker. David is the author of “Enterprise Knowledge Management – The Data Quality Approach,” and “Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager’s Guide.” David is widely recognized as an expert in Information Quality, frequently contributing to Intelligent Enterprise and serving on the Editorial Board of DM Review magazine.

Special topical presentations will also be delivered by Web-based BI expert Lyndsay Wise of TEC and Dashboarding consultant Gabriel Fuchs.

Lyndsay Wise of TEC is a senior research analyst for the Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management space. For more than seven years she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. She is a monthly columnist for DMReview and writes reviews for leading technologies, products and vendors in Business Intelligence, Data Integration, Business Performance Management and Customer Data Integration.

Gabriel Fuchs is a renowned expert in strategic IT solutions, including Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Business Analytics. Over the years, he has witnessed much hype, seen technologies come and go, and observes that basics still surprisingly often rule in the business intelligence world. He has worked within a range of different industries and activities all over Europe, helping organizations align key operational activities with the strategic goals. Gabriel is the author of the management book “Dealing with Nasty Colleagues: The Art of Winning in Office Politics While Still Getting the Job Done.”

LogiNexus 2008 will be held January 13-16, 2008 at The Peabody Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida. For additional information on the conference or to register, readers can go to the event Website at http://www.logixml.com/LogiNexus/. Additional information about LogiXML products and services can be found at http://www.logixml.com.

About LogiXML, Inc. (http://www.logixml.com)

LogiXML, the leader in interactive, Web-based Business Intelligence empowers enterprises to turn data into business-critical information with pure Web-based reporting and analysis products. The Company offers a comprehensive platform that addresses all key areas of BI – managed reporting, ad hoc reporting, analysis and data services. Used by thousands of organizations worldwide, LogiXML products are built on standards-based technologies for easy integration, implementation and upgrade. LogiXML’s per server pricing model makes its powerful technology the most affordable BI solution on the market. Founded in 2000, LogiXML is privately held and based in McLean, Virginia.