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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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How to Find High Quality Tenants for Your Rental Property

Renting out a second property can provide a lucrative passive income for many individuals and families. Whether you rent out your property as a vacation home or have long-term renters residing there, the importance of attracting high quality tenants can’t be understated. In order to remain successful with a rental business, you need to place the right tenants and keep them happy to avoid expensive turnover and vacancies. If you’re looking to pull in premium rental rates and bring in premium tenants, keep these tips in mind.

Revamp Your Marketing Techniques

If you’ve been leaning on Craigslist listings to source your tenants, it’s time to revamp your advertising efforts. In order to reach the widest audience of rental candidates, it’s important to utilize strategic marketing tactics. Take advantage of rental listing websites like LiveLovely.com; this listing site offers easy access to a cache of searching tenants, with filtering features and simple connection practices. When you begin creating your listing, consider hiring a professional photographer to take shots of your rental property. Haphazard shots of the space won’t appeal to tenants willing to pay premium rates for premium digs, but investing the time and money into highlighting the best features of the property in question can pay dividends down the road. This highlighting can be done through more than imagery; make sure the text portions of your listing are as detailed as possible.
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Black Box Gym – A Temporary Architecture Practice / by HAD & Epos Architects

Viewed from the street, the Black Box Gym appeared to be white! The project is formed by a group of open white boxes, harmoniously situated in an unused land of an aging urban community. It features steel beam-to-column, corrugated steel and perforated steel plates, which are widely applied in temporary architecture. The gym provides fitness facilities and space for people nearby. At night, it emits light through glasses and perforated steel plates, injecting new life into the dreary block. It is an eye-catching center of vitality, while at the same time it integrates harmoniously with the surroundings.

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New Sustainable Wooden Supermarket in Liège (BE) / by MDW ARCHITECTURE and H+G Architects

MDW ARCHITECTURE and H+G Architects have recently completed for Delhaize Group the construction of a new sustainable wooden supermarket in Liège, Belgium.




The singular ambition of this project is to show that a development programme as basic as a supermarket can, if handled with ambition and craftiness, become a subtle operation of urban acupuncture that heals the place where it is built.
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How to Make Old Windows More Energy-Efficient

Many people around the globe have joined in the global conversation about greener living, energy efficiency and self-sustained buildings, simply trying to reduce their own impact and save a bit of money in the process. Energy efficiency is the ability to use less energy to achieve the same result e.g. replacing your lights with energy saver light bulbs provides the same amount of light, with less energy consumption.

In order to make homes more energy efficient people tend to focus on power sources and look into installing solar panels and the like. There are, however, a number of modifications and changes you can make to the existing structures that will improve the energy efficiency of your home by limiting energy wastage, especially regarding insulation and heat loss issues.
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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These are commercial and residential buildings whose science and style accord with the principles of sustainability.

Green architecture has two clear goals. Its first goal is to minimize the resources used when constructing a building. Its second goal is to provide the building with a form of energy that is inexpensive, does not produce harmful emissions and pollution. Moreover, it’s essential for the future that these homes only use renewable energy.

It’s possible that in the future, all homes will be green buildings. Besides improving the environment, green buildings will also create immense cost savings on energy use. However, even if you don’t live in a green building now, you can still enjoy the benefits of cost saving by enrolling in a new electricity and natural gas plan depending on where you live. If, for instance, you live in Alberta, you have quite a few options. Direct Energy Edmonton and other competitive energy suppliers are making it much easier for homeowners to use the same quantity of electricity at a lower rate.
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How to Determine Your Deck Style

Decks and porches both top the list of things that homeowners and homebuyers most want to see on a home. Decks help increase your enjoyment of your yard and landscaping, and increase your living space during the warmer months. Whether you entertain regularly, or the deck is just for personal use, adding one to your home can really help impact how much you use your outdoors space. Decks come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and materials as well, allowing you to build one to suit your particular needs. Determine your deck style before beginning to make most of the project.

Complementary Style

Above all else, your deck needs to complement the rest of your home’s exterior. For example a sleek contemporary home will look better with a deck that has clean lines and a mixture of low-maintenance decking materials with steel cable railings than it will with a deck that has more traditional features.
Take a look at some of the features that your home already has. The shape, lines of the home, size of the exterior cladding, and its footprint should all go into your final deck decision, as well as where off your home the deck will be positioned. For example, having your deck wrap around one corner of the home might be beneficial if your property isn’t level, giving you multiple points of entry from several different areas. This type of deck matching should extend right to the color of the stain. Consider your siding, architectural shingles, shutters, and even front door to choose a color that will match or complement other accents already in place.


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What Factors Affect Property Valuation?

Knowing the value of your property is crucial when you set out to sell your house. Valuation serves as a guide when you are setting the asking price as well as the final price for which you can sell your property.

It is obvious that every homeowner desires to sell their house for as much as they can. However, the house prices are determined against a number of factors. You can get an estimate value of your home with online tool like this. The good news is that there are those that you can influence yourself. Here are some of those factors that affect the value of property during valuation:
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Energy Efficient Home Design

House with Glass louvers, Japan / by StudioGreenBlue

Your home is a system. You can save money and improve the performance by taking measures that are cost – effective that will reduce the building loads, and then by installing systems as appliances that happen to be just the right size in order to meet those reduced loads.

The strategy that is the most effective for improving the energy efficiency of your household is to target the envelope of the home – walls, windows, attic, and doors. Once you have done that, you can improve the efficiency of the various systems, like heating and cooling, appliances, and lighting. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can be done to make your home one that is more energy efficient:

Energy Suppliers

You might happen to live in an area where energy suppliers are still regulated. Most of us do. That means that there will typically be a single source of a type of energy in the area and that is the one that you have to use. For example, in Mobile, AL, the only supplier of electricity is Alabama Power, so that is what people have to use.

However, some states are becoming deregulated. This means that you will be have more local energy companies to choose from. This can help you to be more energy efficient. How? Well, the energy companies will want to be competitive to be able to get your business. This means that most of them will have a variety of plans and pricing options. This will allow you to get only the energy that you need as opposed to getting and using more than what is necessary.
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