Rieteiland House Offers Energy Efficiency and Beautiful Panoramic Sunset Views

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The Rieteiland House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands is a breathtaking piece of architecture created by Hans van Heeswijk Architects.

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Designed on a newly established island’s plot of land, the box-like design features three floors and a basement with panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding landscape. The street-facing facade is clad in aluminum siding with sections that open up to display windows, and the water-facing side is made completely of glass and sliding doors. Each level has a panoramic view toward the west, the water, and the park, offering sunset views from every level.

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Special attention has been given to the sustainability features of this home, including some of the furniture, which was custom-made to accommodate the design. Thermal energy storage, a cold and heat pump, and solar collectors are all used to maximize energy efficiency and cut down on the home’s footprint.

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Live from CNU 20 beginning Wednesday!

While typically focusing on the dwelling unit here at Jetson Green this week we’ll widen our lens to the urban realm and context of our communities at the 20th Congress for the New Urbanism in West Palm Beach.

CNU 20 is the premier conference for urbanism and planning and will feature sessions on key sustainability issues such as sprawl repair, rainwater management, green infrastructure, urban agriculture, and effective messaging of sustainability.

There will be plenty of opportunities to follow along with the conference online and through social media.  CNU is dedicated to helping spread the lessons and ideas and will be hosting a live blog and posting full sessions to You Tube after the conference.

A few of the plenaries will also be streamed live which you can find out more the CNU website.  We’ll be tweeting using the hashtag #CNU20 all week and bringing you some feature content later in the week!

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Green Homes Currently a $17 B Market

Green homes comprised 17%, or $17 billion, of the overall residential construction market in 2011, according to new findings in the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study by McGraw-Hill Construction.  Mc-Graw Hill predicts green homes will gain market share over the next few years to between 29-38% of the market by 2016 — a market that could equate to $87-114 billion by these forecasts.

Additionally, 34% of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016.

Factors that contribute to the growth of the green homes market include “higher quality” and “increases in energy costs,” while obstacles continue to be “higher perceived first costs” and “lack of consumer education.“  Builders guesstimate that the premium to build green is about 7%, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.

Areas with the highest growth in green homes include, first, the West Coast, second, the Midwest northern region west of the Mississippi, and third, the New England area.

Notwithstanding a brutal housing economy, “green has grown significantly as a share of activity— indicating that the green market is becoming an important part of our overall economic landscape,” said Harvey M. Bernstein, VP of Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction.

As the housing economy begins to, perhaps, come back a little from recent doldrums, 33% of builders and 22% of remodelers expect to be dedicated to green building work by 2016.

[+] More about the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study.

Credit: McGraw-Hill Construction.

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Resorts West Welcomes Visitors to New Luxury Lodge at Park City Mountain Resort

Park City, Utah (PRWEB) September 16, 2009

Resorts West, the only true provider of the luxury mountain resort experience, has been selected to manage operations at Silver Star at Park City, a new luxury, slope side property at Park City Mountain Resort at the base of the Silver Star chair lift, also adjacent to the Park City Golf Club. Silver Star will be open in full completion for nightly rentals for the first time this winter season. Accommodations include condominiums, town homes and cottages, in two-five bedroom floor plans.

“Silver Star is one of the only luxury slope side properties at Park Mountain City Resort, and we feel it will be an excellent addition to our inventory.” said Joe Ballstaedt, CEO and Chairman, Resorts West. “Silver Star’s unique location and adjacent mountain village, various types of magnificent accommodations, distinctive on-site amenities and ski and golf access complement our mission to provide the best experience for our guests. We’re excited to provide this enhanced experience at Park City Mountain Resort. “

At Silver Star, guests have direct access to Park City’s incredible trail system, as well as the highly acclaimed municipal golf course, “The Park City Golf Club.” It’s a true four season destination nestled around a unique village concept at the base of Park City Mountain Resort’s Silver Star chair lift (separate from the main Park City Mountain Resort base area). Silver Star guests will appreciate front desk and concierge services; Silver Star Market & Caf

Whirlwind Solar Installs BIPV Solar Laminate System on First Certified “Passive House” on South, West Coasts

Houston, TX (Vocus) July 13, 2010

Whirlwind Solar, a Division of Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc. a Houston, TX-based company announced today, in conjunction with Corey Saft, an Architecture Professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the first application of Solar Laminates on a certified ‘Passive House’ home. It is the first such home across the South and West Coast. Keihly Moore, with the Illinois-based Passive House Institute US that gives the certification, says of Saft: “He is the first in the South. He’s blazing a trail.” The use of solar photovoltaics, along with the Passive House design criteria of 90% reduction in energy usage over traditional homes built to current codes, makes this an affordable zero-energy prototype for the extreme conditions in the hot and humid South as well as anywhere else.

The project incorporated many innovative thermal techniques to reduce energy consumption. Following the general Passive House strategy, the home is super-insulated and extremely well sealed, making the construction act more like a thermos to preserve the conditioned air inside and consequently requiring much less overall conditioning of air. As an analogy, think of plugging in your coffee maker to heat the water to make your coffee but then transferring the coffee to a thermos to maintain the temperature throughout the day. Once you cool or heat your house the most efficient way to maintain the temperature is not with additional electricity but through a well sealed and insulated container. In terms of energy consumption the results are obvious – and this is what the Passive House philosophy is all about. Combine this with the efficiency of Whirlwind’s solar laminate panels and you quickly see how in the first month of operation this building was a zero-energy consumer.

The systems in the house are all standard and readily available but it is their integration into a whole house strategy that makes the final product so efficient and unique. The primary system is based on a a small (1 ton) mini-split air-conditioning system and the Ultimate Air RecoupAerator Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). With 95% energy recovery, MERV 12 filtration, and dehumidification the ERV is the black box in the system that makes it all possible. In conjunction with this primary strategy we also use an air-to-water heat pump to supplement cooling and dehumidification as well as provide hot water.

The wall assembly itself manages most of the thermal issues, as it is much thicker than normal and is made up of several parts that each play a different role in reducing the energy bill. Our wall is a wood stud assembly 24” o.c. laid out using advanced framing techniques. Half of the house is 2×6, but the other half throughout the double height space is 2×8 studs. On the inside, added mass from concrete counters, tile and extra thick drywall is used to store the cool in the summer and the warm in the winter. The space in between the studs is filled with open-cell spray foam for an extra air seal and the whole house is then wrapped with 1” of Polyisocyanurate insulation to eliminate thermal breaks throughout. There is then a radiant barrier and an air space that is used to back-ventilate the final exterior skin of fiber-cement siding. This rain-screen system also acts as a whole house sun-shading device ridding the building of much of the heat even before it gets to our insulated wall.

As well as reduced energy consumption, the design of the home focuses on a richly developed living experience. The home is a modern open plan with a full half of the house boasting a sixteen+ foot double height space. The kitchen, the mezzanine and the stairs hanging off of it create a dynamic spatial experience. Feeding this large open volume is a twelve foot bank of high north facing clerestory windows that fill almost the whole home with artist quality natural light. When artificial light is required in the evening, there is a mixture of LED and CFL lights to keep the energy draw to a minimum and allow the small solar array to balance all its needs.

This house was an experiment on many fronts. As well as being the first home anywhere on the South or West Coast to meet the stringent energy requirements of the Passive House standard, it is also designed to be a cost effective urban prototype. With a footprint of less than 800 sq ft and a total livable square footage of 1200 sq ft, it is a 3 bedroom 2 bath designed for great density. Its long, thin and tall form allows it to be easily converted to a row house or flats above a commercial base on any downtown street. The rich spatial and experiential qualities could easily be maintained in any dense urban situation while the energy requirements would be reduced because of the shared party-walls and reduced number of exterior walls. With these efficiencies and a larger roof area to strategically group the solar array, we could easily develop this project into a net-energy producing urban block.

The construction of this project was a collaboration between Saft and one of his former students, Jaron Young. Young’s company, H.J. Construction, oversaw the building process and also understood it as a unique experiment. Beyond Passive House certification this home is in the final stages of attaining the first LEED platinum rating in Acadiana from the U.S. Green Building Council.

One of the main difficulties in building a project like this is the financing. The appraisal that the underwriting of a traditional construction loan requires rarely takes into account any of the innovative efficiencies present in our home because there are no ‘comparables’ with which to judge how much a consumer might pay for them. The result is that they are just not factored in and the home is severely undervalued. It is a system set up to resist change. This, says Saft, is probably the most significant impediment to a large scale transformation of our building stock.

The solar array, which is laminated to the Whirlwind Weather Snap metal system, is sized at 3.264 kW. The solar laminate system enabled some of Corey Saft’s students to more fully understand photovoltaic’s and at the same time be involved with some cutting edge technology.

The “Made in USA” BIPV system is manufactured by United Solar Ovonic LLC, based Rochester Hills, MI, and is sold through their authorized distributor, Whirlwind Solar, a division of Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc. with corporate headquarters in Houston, TX.

A comprehensive video documentation of the installation is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48BBOLEF4gs.

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Pangea3 Solves Electronic Discovery Challenges at West LegalEdcenter EDRR Conference, New York

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world’s most respected companies and law firms, will lead a roundtable educational session at the 15th Annual Electronic Discovery and Records Retention (EDRR) Conference in New York.

In the afternoon breakout session “Budgeting, Risk & Proportionality Analysis,” Greg McPolin, Vice President and Managing Director, Global Litigation Solutions, Pangea3, will address e-discovery’s most pressing and complex issues — and how to avoid them. Joining Mr. McPolin as session co-leader will be David Lender, litigation partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges.

“New technologies and global expansion are dramatically impacting the field of electronic discovery. It’s essential to keep up with these fast-moving changes,” McPolin says. “Our EDRR session will be very collaborative, a hands-on workshop in which we?ll not only discuss best practices and solutions, but as a group take on e-discovery problem-solving.”

“Budgeting, Risk & Proportionality Analysis” will be held at Thomson Hall, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2:15 p.m. Eastern. Attendees may be eligible for CLE credit.

Hosted by West LegalEdcenter, a Thomson Reuters business, the 15th Annual Electronic Discovery and Records Retention Conference promises unparalleled insight into the hottest e-discovery topics, provided by the industry?s most esteemed professionals.

For more information and to register, click on http://WestLegalEdCenter.com/EDRR_Conference

About Pangea3

Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, is the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world’s most respected companies and law firms. Since 2004, Pangea3 has offered under one roof the most comprehensive suite of legal solutions, including corporate, litigation, compliance and IP-related services, to hundreds of clients around the globe.

Combining legal DNA, award-winning services and process expertise with Thomson Reuters intelligent information, tools and platforms, Pangea3 delivers intelligent legal outsourcing solutions that improve clients’ efficiency, extend their capacity and provide cost and timeline certainty. Voted “Best Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Provider” in the 2011 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings, Pangea3 is the world standard in the LPO marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.pangea3.com.


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Maris, West & Baker Wins Big at National ADDY Awards Ceremony

Jackson, MS (Vocus) October 21, 2010

At the national ADDY Awards ceremony, held on June 12, 2010, Maris, West & Baker (MWB) won 2 Gold ADDY Awards and 1 Silver Addy Award for their work on behalf of The Shack Up Inn. With over 60,000 entries on a local level, MWB was among only 250 national winners, and the only Jackson based advertising agency to win at the national level.

Many of the entries on the national level were from large global agencies and accounts, including HBO, P&G, Sony, Intel and Direct TV. ”To win at a national level is an accomplishment that doesn’t happen every day,” said Peter Marks, President of MWB. “While we are proud of this achievement, the real reward comes from designing campaigns that produce results for our clients.”

The Shack Up Inn campaign concept and posters were created and written by Keith Fraser, MWB Associate Creative Director, Marc Leffler, MWB Creative Director: and Randy Lynn. Vice President, Creative Director/Writer. Keith Fraser accepted the awards on behalf of the agency at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida.

One of the judges of the competition, Cameron Day, of McGarrah Jessee, commented about the Shack Up Inn Poster Campaign, “I was floored by your poster campaign, which was beautifully art directed and quite nicely written. If you can part with a set, I would feel proud to hang them in my house.”

In addition to the 3 national ADDY wins, MWB also scored big on a district level, taking home 2 gold Addy’s and 4 silver’s out of 21 total winners representing 6 states. The district awards were received for MWB’s work on behalf of The Mississippi SIDs Alliance, Amvac Chemical, and The Shack Up Inn.

About MWB

Maris, West & Baker is a 40-year-old, full-service advertising agency. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, MWB combines award-winning creative, production, marketing, and branding expertise to provide effective marketing solutions for its clients. Samples of the agency’s campaigns can be seen at http://www.mwb.com.

About the ADDY Awards

With over 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY Awards are the world’s largest advertising competition. The American Advertising Federation, a not-for-profit industry association, conducts the ADDY Awards through its 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts. It is the only creative awards program administered by the advertising industry for the industry. Entrants compete at the local level, and then ADDY Award winners advance to the regional level before continuing on to the national level.


Old Town Key West Coffee Roasters Gains International Recognition

Key West, FL (PRWEB) October 27, 2007

Being Islanders in the Florida Keys, one learns to rely on one’s self for many things in life i.e. during hurricanes, floods and such, and then there is the Wells family, a family who wanted a cup of fresh roaster gourmet coffee “everyday.”

“It all started when we owned a gas station in the Florida Keys, as the coffee we where buying from coffee companies was s, well lets just say up to par,” stated Joe Wells, co-founder and coffee roaster at Island Joes Gourmet Coffee Roasting Company. He went on saying,” We tried many different types, but it seems the companies supplying our gas station would not take us serious, so my two sons, Trey and Brandon and my daughter, AJ, got together deciding to do something about it. Our islander extinct kicked in, as we where use to working as a team, so we bought a $ 175 home roaster and green coffee beans from all over the world, setup a lab in our kitchen and begin roasting, taking notes, reading everything about coffee we could get our hands on, plus purchased coffee from just about every coffee company online, plus at the supermarkets. It was not cheap! This process took about one year, but we actually started finding gourmet coffee blends we enjoyed. Then we begin offering our gourmet coffee to our local customers at our gas station. Well before long our customers wanted coffee to take home, then the snowbirds who only visit in the winter, starting calling us asking us to send them coffee, hence our website http://www.islandjoesgourmetcoffee.com was born.”

With all the compliments and demand from first the local, then the travelers, the Wells family wanted more opinions about their hard work, so they found some of the world’s leading coffee experts to ask their opinion.

“We went, to what we think is one the top coffee experts’ world,” Wells continued, “contacting Ken Davids at coffeereview.com. Our first gourmet blend to go before the experts was Trey’s Smuggler’s Brew, noting Trey was only 17 at this time. We paced the floor for two or three weeks waiting for the results to come back, then one day the e-mail came and our Smuggler’s Brew rated 88 out of 100.”

It really gave the Wells family a good feeling when the read the following comments, in a blind assessment from Mr. Davids, as he stated, “Very impressive aroma: deep and lush with low-toned fruit (banana?) notes and hints of cedar and chocolate. In the cup crisp and roasty but still sweet with floral notes and a rich fruit that reads as semi-sweet chocolate. Simple but cleanly sweet finish.”

Months went by, as the Wells family worked day and night in their homemade lab, then Brandon aka Beemer, who name is Brandon Mark Wells, which equal BMW, which in turn gives you Beemer, hence Beemer’s Breakfast Blend, which rated 91 out of 100 by coffeereview.com. Mr. Davids again praised the small family owned and operated coffee roasting company by this blind assessment review, “Delicate aroma with softly pungent cedar and sweet tomato notes. In the cup gently and crisply acidy, with distinct floral notes and coffee fruit that reads as a tart, chocolate-toned cherry. A simple but very pure coffee expression.” Noting Beemer was only 14 when his taste buds created this complex gourmet coffee blend of 100% Papua New Guinea.

And the Wells family is not those who will not put their work to the test again and again, as they have had two espressos rated, both at 90 out of 100, Black Flag Espresso and 90 Mile Stretch Espresso, plus the low acidic coffee Misty Morning rated 88 out of 100. Now the good news for the Wells family is their hard work has not gone unnoticed by gourmet coffee lovers all over the world, as from their website http://www.islandjoesgourmetcoffee.com, as they have develop customer in far away lands a China, England, Puerto Rico, Seattle and all across the U.S. “We love it we ship to Seattle,” the Wells said, “as many feel Seattle is the birth place of gourmet coffee.”

The locals in Key West know a good thing when they taste it, as Island Joe’s Coffee is served at some of the finest resorts and restaurants in the Florida Keys i.e. La Concha (Crowne Plaza), Ocean Key Resort, Hot Tin Roof, Caf

Hotel Condo Services, LLC is Announcing its Management Contract with Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West in Kissimmee, Fl.

Kissimmee Fla. (PRWEB) January 6, 2008

The Kissimmee, Fl. based management company Hotel Condo Services, LLC is announcing its management contract with Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West in Kissimmee, Fl. This is the fifth contract of its type for HCS. Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West is located at 8536 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee Fl., and is conveniently located within minutes to all Orlando attractions.

At Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West, you’ll experience warm hospitality and luxury amenities unlike any other condo hotel in the area. Located less than one mile from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, less than three miles from the Main Entrance to the Walt Disney World