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Banking is something that’s now an inevitable part of life. It is more like a chore to a business. Hence, it becomes important for the customers to maintain a good share of their credibility for the bank to score them good while helping them with loans. Taking one of its aspects, let’s talk about how could you maintain a good credit score . Firstly, what is Credit Score? Credit Score is a ranking that decides your viability for the bank to serve you. It is a numerical expression of your past transactions with the bank, in a sense, to calculate your sincerity while borrowing credit and paying off the debt. Banks and credit card companies...
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The 26 th annual State Government Network Meeting (SGN) was held in Washington, DC from July 11 th through Wednesday July 13 th. The successful meeting was well attended by over 80 members from 40 states. Events included behind the scene tours of the U.S. Capitol (including an up close view of the ongoing renovation) and the National Archives. The meeting officially kicked off later that evening with a reception at the U.S. Botanical Gardens attended by the Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers , AIA , LEED AP . Welcome remarks were made by AIA President Russ Davidson and AIA CEO Robert Ivy. Over the course...
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By now most readers have likely heard about the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules, which are set to go into effect this December. We’ve covered this topic in the past ( here and here , for example), but given the amount of convoluted and complex materials out there (look no further than DOL’s own fact sheet ), it’s no surprise that there’s still some confusion surrounding these changes. To simplify things, we’ve put together a brief outline of what AIA members can expect come December. By no means is this a comprehensive planning document; architects and firms alike will still have to determine how exactly the overtime rule will impact them, and...
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By Gary Nowitz / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, August 2016 “Universal Design” is a relatively new concept in architecture. Universal Design initiatives seek to create buildings that feature not only easy access but also especially-designed equipment and accessories that meet the needs of the broadest possible range of citizens, including elderly and disabled individuals. Further, when it comes to built-in or wall-mounted equipment, manufacturers are dramatically improving the ease-of-use aspects of items ranging from toilets and sinks to kitchen cabinets and countertops. In other words, both architects and manufacturers are finally recognizing...
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By Steve Scheirman / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, August 2016 Universal design – It sounded compelling and intriguing when I first heard of it. Sounded like something an architect would certainly know about, but I didn’t. Would I find “universal” design to be truly universal – both applicable to particular needs such as design for older people and adaptable to a broad spectrum of people and circumstances? Universal design: The name is ubiquitous in the literature. “ Inclusionary design… to maximize number of people who can function independently, …considering human needs, ages and abilities throughout the lifespan.” 1 “...
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All species of alternative project delivery have radically changed the working environment of architects. Just name one variety: design-build (DB), engineer-procure-construct (EPC), integrated project delivery (IPD), alliance contracting, or public-private partnership (P3) projects. Plus hybrids of each. By some counts there are 30 varieties of design-build, alone. Any of these contracting methodologies will most likely subscribe to additional process improvement techniques, whether lean design and construction principles (Lean) derived from the Toyota automobile manufacturing business or Six Sigma™ principles adopted from Motorola’s manufacturing business,...
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On Tuesday, September 13th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET, the U.S. Department of Energy will present a webinar entitled " Fall Tech Trends: Promising New Products from DOE’s High Impact Technologies Catalyst Program ." This program will include previews of the new and innovative building technologies that will be making headlines this Fall. Hear about the latest from DOE’s High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program including an update on micro-Combined Heat and Power demonstrations, a sneak peak into the energy savings from testing of multi-technology packages (Going Beyond Widgets) as well as opportunities to host joint HIT and Green Proving Ground demonstrations...
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Trends in real estate, whether luxury or not, change often and today's great architectural and design trends in tourist housing include villas, beach houses, hotels and penthouses in the best places on earth. Top interior and exterior design trends in real estate used by tourists may be difficult to recognize as those in other areas of design, such as fashion, but that doesn't mean the architectural world is standing still. There's an occasional shift in architectural styles, but usually change is a slow gradual process. Interior Designing Modern accommodation units for tourists have cleverly adapted to speedy social transformations...
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One-Page abstracts are sought for peer-reviewed papers to be presented at Building Simulation 2017 in San Fancisco, California, August 7-9, 2017. This is the 15th biennial conference for the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBIPSA). For submission details and conference information: www.buildingsimulation2017.org You are encouraged to submit abstacts of papers on any aspect of building-related performance modeling and associated software techniques. Abstract Due: August 10, 2016 Paper Due Date: November 30, 2016
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By Lora Teagarden The background & the why that drives you I wrote in my mentorship series on the importance of my digital network in helping create relationships, continuing to learn, and finding mentors. I’m still learning and feeling my way thro ugh the dif ferent platforms, but thanks to a lot of articles read on the subject and friends who specialize in AEC (Architecture Engineering Construction) marketing, I continue to make progress. I thought I’d spend this blog post (and the next four to follow) giving some background on what I’ve learned these last two years in the digital / social media world and sharing...
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By Mark R. LePage, AIA How to rewrite the story of our profession With a twisted sense of pride, too many architects today accept the small firm stereotype of “starving artist”. Seeds planted in architecture school bloom into a full-on virus as professionals launch their own firms and find their way to small business. New firms are launched every day without proper planning, without an understanding of basic business fundamentals and often with an eager acceptance that life as an architect will be a difficult struggle. I was born an entrepreneur. I learned from doing, working with my auto mechanic father as soon as I was...
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By Kevin Harris, FAIA As architects , we are all familiar with the process and benefits of modeling our designs prior to construction. Models are an effective medium to study proposed creations and help communicate those concepts to our clients. Constructing a model takes time however, it can give us an opportunity to take a break, reflect on new insights, and manipulate the parts until all seems right. Working with a model is a process that helps us elevate our plans from good to better. As part of their ongoing effort on identifying what information could best benefit members of the AIA, the Small Firm Exchange (SFx)...
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Letter from the Chair Your CRAN leadership team has been working hard to prepare this year’s symposium, and I hope you’ll consider attending. The event will take place at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, California, in the heart of Sonoma County—Wine Country—from September 18 - 22, 2016. Our event begins with a welcome reception hosted by the local AIA chapter, AIA Redwood Empire , on Sunday night, followed by a day and a half of education sessions. The CRAN home tour takes place on Tuesday from late morning through afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday morning continue a...
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By Kira Gould The “Collective Wisdom & Feedback Loops” section of the AIA COTE Top Ten recognition program has always been one of my favorite aspects of this unique design awards program. It used to be called “Lessons Learned,” and I have always felt that it is the part of the entry that invites reckoning and speaks directly to the realm that is most wanting in this sector. For some reason, more than 20 years after Stewart Brand’s book, How Buildings Learn, we still don’t robustly treat buildings as systems whose life begins at completion and occupancy. For many reasons, not least of which the constraints of contractual relationships, designers...
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By Stephanie Horowitz Developing useful in-house expertise in the area of high-performance buildings can be a challenge for small firms, especially when you’re starting from scratch. Here are some suggestions for professional development that can help your firm bulk up its in-house expertise. Before you start, think both about what you want to learn and the learning method or style that best suits you (or the professional you decide to invest in). Building Science 101 Tap into the free resources from Building Science Corporation (BSC). The...
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Hello COTE Community! In all of the happenings of the month you may have missed this one item. On June 22, 2016, President Obama said “Here in America, folks should have the confidence to know that the laundry detergent we buy isn’t going to make us sick, the mattresses our babies sleep on aren’t going to harm them” and signed the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act ( LCSA ) into law. This provided, for the first time in decades, a much-needed reform to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The original Act was meant to have the EPA assure Americans that the products we buy and use every day were free of toxicants and harmful...
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By Xenia Cox Across both the private and public sectors, large-scale systemic reform efforts that pivot around performance metrics and outcomes are a New Normal. Assessing outcomes through a quantitative and qualitative lens, and evaluating the contribution of individual personnel and collective staff to those outcomes, has become integral to systems level change that is founded in research and driven by large and small data with a goal of greater accountability. There is economics logic behind this thinking – roughly and typically half of an organization's budget is allocated to personnel salaries and, as such, holding staff accountable for outcomes...
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Juvenile Facilities Offer Vocational Programs to Engage Youths, Reduce Repeat Offenses and Offer Opportunity Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Preparatory Academy Partnering State Technical Schools on Vocational Training Academy By Karen Sicner, AIA Four years after a sweeping overhaul of Georgia's criminal justice system which included extensive reforms in juvenile justice, we are seeing more momentum towards achieving one of that initiative's goals to reduce recidivism among youth offenders, including vocational training and community partnerships offering training and skills to prepare them for life outside the criminal justice...
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By Stacey Wiseman, AIA and Katherine Dixon, AIA The Baltimore Youth Detention Center (YDC) is designed for Juveniles who have been charged as adults. Due to their sentence and their age, they cannot be housed with either adults or juveniles not charged as adults. The design of this facility is similar to other juvenile facilities with continued access to primary education, counseling and treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. The chief initiative of this facility is to provide a less institutional setting and programming to help youths housed here to repurpose their life for successful re-entry to society. Currently, this project...
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Personal Information: What is your favorite piece of architecture? BM: I don't have a favorite architectural building; I tend to admire or focus on certain building elements that stand out – like a well detailed limestone façade or clean line or the way the light plays on a façade or created patterns on the interior. Where did you go to college? BM: I went to Illinois Central College (a local community college in Peoria, IL) and transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for my Bachelor degree. Currently, I am attending Southern Illinois University full time for my Masters of Architecture while working full time. What degrees...
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