• Transit-oriented development (TOD) takes the stage

    • 2013-08-11
    • PEGGY SHAW

    And a number of finalists in 22nd annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily Pillars of the Industry competition have responded to the end of the romance with the automobile by building communities close to public transportation.

    Randolph Tower City Apartments, a finalist in two Pillars categories this year-Best High Rise


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  • MHP Reflections

    • 2013-08-11
    • Linda Hoffman, Publisher

    I choose uncertainty.

    Like those before me and, perhaps, those beyond my view, I want the whole field advantage. It's a view that assures the tension of new and the vigor of limitless context. But mostly, it delivers a wide open ocean of opportunity.

    Just as you can easily judge the management of your community or portfolio through net


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  • Change is coming

    • 2013-08-11
    • Michael Radice

    Coal formed the foundation of American industrialization in the 19th century. Between 1850 and 1900, coal's consumption in America rose from 10 percent to 70 percent. After opening the world's first hydroelectric power plant on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1882, hydropower also grew into a major player.

    Initially, its contribution


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  • Beat the market performance

    • 2013-08-11
    • Steven Dorman, veteran multifamily energy consultant and implementer

    Consider what ROI you need to initiate retrofits. With banks paying 1 to 3 percent, and stocks showing 8 percent to 10 percent, what ROIs can you anticipate with water and energy retrofits? During 12 years of installation experience, we have provided ROIs that range from 20 to over 100 percent. Existing rebates can reduce your investment and we hav


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  • The world of smart electric grids and meters: What's in it for you?

    • 2013-08-11
    • Dr. Gary Fauth, economist, economic advisor and smart meter expert

    What is smart infrastructure?
    Electric smart meters and smart grids have critical features not present in typical distribution systems today, which can be put to use to improve service and lower costs for customers.

    • The meters measure customer consumption on an hourly basis (or more frequently if needed)<


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  • Winning the big data game

    • 2013-08-11
    • Lauryn Schimmel

    Tech insiders whisper about big data as if it is the pandora's box of the future, and everyone wants to be prepared to take advantage of its value. Many are familiar with the basic concept-that the billions of bytes of information collected about us via the Internet and social media might be used to derive valuable marketing information.

    One


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  • A bright idea

    • 2013-08-11
    • Art Barrett

    Ashoff manufactures fluorescent lamps with motion sensors. He designed it to replace bulbs in building stairwells which burn around the clock, and found that they slash energy costs for stairwell lighting by 97 percent. Ashoff's lamp snaps into the existing fixture; it's the same size as a standard 4-ft. fluorescent tube.

    Southern California


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  • More Americans living in others' homes

    • 2013-08-11
    • Josh Mitchell, wsj.com

    The number of so-called missing households-representing adults who would be owning or renting their own home if household formation had stayed at normal rates since the recession-has increased 4 percent over the past year.

    There are now some 2.4 million such people, many of them living with their parents, but also seniors living with their ad


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  • Your company is only as good as your writing

    • 2013-08-11
    • Erin Durkin, New York Daily News

    We're great at inventing terms-the instruction manual for my toaster refers to the lever that pops up the toast as the "Extra-lift carriage control lever"-but poor at communicating what we actually mean.

    We could learn a thing or two about communication from our forefathers. One of the most effective speeches of all time, Lincoln's Second Ina


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  • Apartments: supersize me

    • 2013-08-11
    • Josh Barbanel, wsj.com

    But now, with super luxury condo prices on the rise, the 98-year-old Litwin has joined the stampede of developers building over-size condominiums for the wealthy. Glenwood has filed plans with the city and state to put up a 19-story condominium on East 86th Street that will have only 15 apartments.

    Thomas Juul-Hansen, the architect who create


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  • 7 Employees you should promote now

    • 2013-08-11
    • Steve Tobak, Inc

    Would your company recognize their unique strengths and put them on the fast track? Or would it try to assimilate them into the company culture, try to mold them into something they're not, and stifle their entrepreneurial spirit and creativity?

    There's a reason Stanford University is an incubator for hundreds of high-tech success stories lik


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  • Intern pool-free labor, vague regulations

    • 2013-08-11
    • Heide Malhotra, Epoch Times

    Given the subdued job market, internships are still in vogue. Students desire to gain job experience and enhance their resumes, and companies benefit by having low-paid employees. But this only works if interns eventually land a full-time job. Recent data, however, suggests some companies are using internships to permanently save on costs.

    "I


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  • The American rental revolution

    • 2013-08-11
    • Claire Carponen, The Times; Richard Warren, questia. Ed. note: Values have been converted to USD and vernacular altered to American English.

    "Ninety-five percent of U.K. rentals are owned by small landlords," Nanda says. "That's the fundamental thing that has to change." She wants to bring U.S.-style, large-scale, high-quality rentals to the U.K., and has already made a start. Last year the housing association set up Fizzy Living, an initiative that offers tenants long-term agreements,


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  • Stop passing over the long-term unemployed

    • 2013-08-11
    • Peter Cappelli, professor of management at the Wharton School.

    Hiring has picked up, but not for the longterm unemployed, those out of work for more than more than 26 weeks. We'll get a new look at the data when July jobs numbers are released in August.

    The revelation last year that many job requirements for open positions mandated that candidates already be employed seemed a bit like a joke, but the evi


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  • Composting: coming to an apartment near you

    • 2013-08-11
    • Tracy Jarrett, NBC News

    The building on West 57th Street in Manhattan is part of a pilot program in which residents separate food scraps from the rest of their waste.

    The Helena is a shining example of New Yorkers aiding composting efforts from their apartments-a practice that Mayor Michael Bloomberg will mandate as he initiates plans to hire a composting plant to m


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  • The Closer

    • 2013-08-11
    • Bracken Hendricks, Adam James, and Bryan Lewis, Center for American Progress

    President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, announced at Georgetown University in June, outlined an ambitious agenda to address the increasing dangers of climate change. Although the proposed regulatory standards on existing and new power plants have taken center stage in public discussion, the president's agenda also included several noteworthy


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