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Home Building Proposal Befficiency, Safety Essay

… The plan above also integrates green features from the beginning instead of adding these energy-efficient elements after the home has already been constructed.

Remember, high water-heating bill might not be just due to the price of gas or electricity, or even how much energy one uses. The problem may be traced back poor insulation, or improper ventilation and air condition. One's home is impacted by the environment around it, as well as its internal infrastructure.

By viewing one's home as a string of interconnected systems, from heating and cooling to insulating, we've pinpointed problem areas to find more efficient solutions.

4. Deliverables

The proposed deliverables for this project, as outlined above, are summarized here:

1. Inspections of and re-piping of the heating system to fix…. [read more]


African-American Housing: Chicago Study Chicago Term Paper

… African-American Housing: Chicago Study

Chicago Housing Study

African-American Housing Disparities

Historical Chicago Housing Facts

Covenants

The Gautreaux Case

Recent Studies and Their Findings

Chicago Housing Study

African-American Housing Disparities

The objective of this work is to examine the status and condition of African-Americans as compared to whites in the area of housing specifically in the city of Chicago, Illinois both historically and presently relating to access to and cost of affordable housing with statistical information included relating to the proportion and number of both groups that occupy public and privately own housing, the median/average monthly payment for housing. Finally this work will review how these facts relate to the overall lives of African-American living in the United States.

Historical Chicago Housing Facts

The work of…. [read more]


Green Housing Term Paper

… Green Housing

Green home-building businesses: Controls and follow-up

Controls

One critical aspect of quality control inherent in any green home building business is that of home inspection. Home inspection is important to ensure the safety of the inhabitants of any residential structure, but for a green home, the environmentally-friendly aspects advertised by the builder or seller must also be validated. New residents will often want to ensure that their homes are inspected by certified, independent professional home inspectors. Fortunately, associations such as the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. are offering courses specifically designed for green home inspectors. Inspecting the structures before sale and providing buyers with a copy of the energy audit is one way to guarantee that the home is genuinely green,…. [read more]


Green Housing Building a Green Home Term Paper

… Green Housing

Building a green home building business: skills, capabilities, experience

Skills

Communication skills are vital in the home building industry, particularly the green home building industry. An individual must be able to communicate why a green home has financial and aesthetic value to prospective buyers. He or she must also be able to work well with suppliers and bargain a fair deal on input goods and prices. Negotiation and time management are essential in coordinating the various actors involved in home building to do a good job, and a timely job. So is budgeting and writing an effective business plan.

Capabilities

Multitasking is essential -- an individual must be able to deal with suppliers as well as sell homes at the same time. An…. [read more]


Green Housing Marketplace the Economic and Financial Research Proposal

… Green Housing Marketplace

The economic and financial crisis that characterizes today's world and the prior circumstances of its establishment has determined significant changes in the housing sector. For example, the traditional construction sector has slowed down, while green housing is currently experiencing a boom period (McLaughlin, 2007).

As a consequence, the green construction sector's rapid growth and development has led to increased competition among the companies that provide green construction services, especially global ones, but also among raw materials suppliers (Carlton, 2007).

The evolution of the housing market competition is a normal one. The high prices of traditional housing that many individuals cannot afford during the crisis and the financial advantages provided by green housing have determined more and more customers to address this type…. [read more]


Green Architecture Green Schools Research Paper

… Green Architecture/Green Schools

What is Green Architecture?

Green architecture -- also known as sustainable development, eco-design, eco-friendly architecture, earth-friendly architecture, environmental architecture, natural architecture -- is a sustainable method of green building design: it is design and construction with the environment in mind (Craven).

Green architects generally work with the key concepts of creating an energy efficient, environmentally friendly house. Sustainable development is development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The natural ecology of the planet should be the macro model for architects to use as a model for a green building. Architecture can model itself on the planetary system to copy the natural 'green' environment, making a new building, or adapting…. [read more]


Australian Suburbia Term Paper

… The cooperative in turn, rents those houses to its members. There are new schemes in Australia, but despite attempts to make it popular in Australia, the project has failed considerably because Australians prefer to own houses outright.

For a proposed increase in the density of houses in Australia, individuals need to understand future housing designs. Previous generations in Sydney had a positive response of their neighborhoods. An experiment of the year 1979 showed that 90% of children had positive evaluation about their neighborhood. These children had a positive response on the physical amenities as well as the open space. Children in these neighborhoods were sensitive on the bush land, parks, residential streets and gardens. These open spaces are very essential for children development. Over the…. [read more]


State of Green Home Building Industry Research Proposal

… ¶ … Green Home Building Industry

SWOT Analysis of the state of green building

Green industries have become a renewed focus of the housing industry. But today's proposed innovations are even more radical than the solar-heated houses that were briefly popular during the oil-conscious 'stagflation' era of the 1970s. Replacement windows, highly efficient light bulbs, improved circulatory systems, and mold and dust-free homes may all be the face of the cleaner, greener, healthier future of the housing industry -- provided there are solvent consumers to buy such innovative houses and products, and provided banks are willing and able to provide the credit to the industry. This paper will attempt to give an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats offered by entering the green…. [read more]


Green Home Building Term Paper

… Green Value

Green Home Building

Green building: Value, assumption, sales, and distribution

Value proposition

Jason Hartke of the U.S. Green Building Council has said America has the opportunity to offset 85% of the country's incremental energy demand by 2050 provided it adopts a more aggressive stance towards subsidizing green building structures (Lefkowitz 2009). The new administration has heard his call: green building provisions in the stimulus bill have made more funds available than ever before for the green construction of new buildings, including $9 billion for school construction; $2.2 billion to state energy efficiency programs; as well $5 billion for weatherization of existing structures (which will cover an estimated 1 million homes) and additional billions for renewable energy that can be used in green applications…. [read more]


Value of Green Home Building Thesis

… Green Building

Value of Green Home Building

Applying the concept of value innovation to green home building

The consensus in the home building industry is that sales are dismal, and the market, particularly in some areas of the nation, seems unlikely to rise even to 2007 levels in the near future. Yet according to the U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, "sales of new one-family houses in February 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 337,000... This is 4.7% (±18.3%) above the revised January rate of 322,000, but is 41.1% (±7.9%) below the February 2008 estimate of 572,000" (New residential sales in February 2009, 2009, HUD). Sales are not flat but they are sluggish, and clearly, offering 'more of…. [read more]


Landlord Green Mandating Green Retrograding Essay

… These costs are not likely to reflect the real and sustained cost of providing energy to the home or apartment. Moreover, as noted here above, the owner is also burdened with a great many other issues of safety and integrity associated with maintaining the property. The result is both a limited understanding and a limited prioritization of the energy-efficiency demands for a structure in need of major upgrades. As the research conducted here shows, the incentives produced at the public level for encouraging green retrograding of residential housing are decidedly limited and may well fail a basic financial pros-and-cons test for the inquiring property owner. Indeed, on one level, federal laws and tax credits have been in place for several years that support the necessary…. [read more]


Profit Pools for Green Home Building Thesis

… Profit pools in the green home building and high-design manufactured home industry profit pool can be defined as any point along the value-chain of an industry (Profit pools, 2009, Loose suits). Currently, given the pattern of buying trends in the home industry, green buildings offer one of the most profitable sources of enhanced value-chain maximization. A clear profit pool that can be exploited is in the greening of existing structures, as well as the construction of new and greener homes. In fact, in many communities where available land is already taken up by buildings and developments (many with for Sale signs), greening existing structures might be more feasible and profitable than constructing new ones. Homes that have been abandoned by individuals who cannot pay their…. [read more]


Business Strategies Home Building Market: Models, Strategy Thesis

… Business Strategies

Home building market: Models, strategy, and segments

Business models

Risk mitigation has become more important in the new home building market, although real estate is always risky. Builders are carrying smaller inventories and looking for a more financially stable customer base as well as selling more modest homes that are easier to 'move' in these economically anxious times (Vogel 2008).

Some residential builders are diversifying and expanding into commercial properties or innovative homes, such as green homes to combat the oversaturated market through higher-volume sales to different consumer bases. Labor, materials, and fuel is cheap so a 'low cost' model is appropriate in some areas as people are scaling back their lifestyles.

Presenting a trustworthy image, given the lack of trust pervading the…. [read more]


Human Resources Change Management Term Paper

… The third discipline is shared vision. This collective discipline establishes a focus on mutual purpose, by developing shared images of the outlook they seek to create, and the principles and guiding practise by which they hope to get there. The fourth discipline is team learning. Through methods like dialogue and skilful discussion, teams alter their collective thinking, learning to mobilize their energies and ability beyond the sum of individual members' talents. The fifth discipline is systems thinking. In this discipline, people learn to better understand interdependency and change, and thus to deal more effectively with the forces that shape the consequences of actions (Green, 2007). This means that change must be driven by developing competence within the organization, by managers and workers in each unit…. [read more]


Hansberry's a Raisin in the Sun Term Paper

… Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"

How do the symbolism/references-allusions to light inform the play (plot/character)? & What does Mama's plant symbolize (look at the various places it enters into the play)?

The title of Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun" is taken from the first lines of the poem by Langston Hughes that asks the reader: "What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up/Like a raisin in the sun?" (Corley, 2002) The play "A Raisin in the Sun," begins in the morning, with the rising of the sun and the sight of the first rays of light falling upon the cramped, dark apartment of the Younger apartment building located in the African-American section of the Southside of Chicago.…. [read more]


Home Building Drivers Thesis

… Strategic Mapping Home Building Drivers

Mapping strategic drivers: Green building

PEST, standing for political, economic, social, and technological issues, is one mnemonic used when mapping external environmental strategic factors for an industry. Another mnemonic is represented as PESTEL "(the L. And the E. stand for legal and environmental)" (Map strategic drivers, 2009, Third Sector Foresight).

For the green home market

Political:

There is widespread distrust of the housing and banking industry in Congress. The banks financed mortgages that fueled the housing boom and bust and triggered the current national economic crisis. Congress is working to bolster failing banks, encouraging them to extend credit to worthy consumers, including credit for mortgages. The recently-proposed $700 billion bank bailout bill would buy mortgage-backed securities or 'troubled assets' in…. [read more]


British Builders Essay

… This could mean that the private home can be equated as a norm of wealth building and the general argument is that there are those that profit by housing demand, and those who do not profit. This also seems to be true and is seen as a present crisis creator. The theory of affordability or the distinction between the affordability and the availability of real estate pricing is important. Thus research conducted in the area of housing and the cost disparity eventually leads to the research on housing affordability. If the property is first and foremost affordable then the demand for that would be real.

Thus discussing affordability as the primary housing problem in most areas, Bogdon & Can (1997) in their research paper titled…. [read more]


Public Policy Research Quantitative Inquiry A-Level Coursework

… Public Policy Research Quantitative Inquiry

Summary Problem Set #3

the Urban Institute's National Neighbourhoods Indicators Partnership

The two partners of the National Neighbourhoods Indicators Partnership chosen for the assessment here are: Atlanta Regional Commission and Neighbourhood Nexus. Both of these are situated in Atlanta and work towards building better and more cooperative communities.

After visiting the web domains of both these partners, there are some clear similarities and dissimilarities that one can see. Before we detail these aspects, it is important to note here that both these organizations seem to have taken a different approach to represent them in the online world. We will use the overall viewpoints presented by Tufte (2001) and Miller (2008) to analyze the representation of data and the organization that…. [read more]


Affordable Housing and Smart Growth Term Paper

… In this case, Cary has a particular need for rental properties and for more low-income housing, making the allowance of ADU's a viable option.

Bibliography

Arigoni, D. Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection. Washington D.C: National Neighborhood Coalition, 2001.

Environmental Protection Agency. "Encouraging Smart Growth." EPA, March 2002, http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/

Smart Growth America. "Americans Want Growth and Green; Demand Solutions To Traffic, Haphazard Development." Smart Growth America Press Release, http://www.smartgrowthamerica.com/release.htm

Arigoni, D. Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection. Washington D.C: National Neighborhood Coalition, 2001, p 8.

Arigoni et al., p 8.

Arigoni et al., p 9.

Smart Growth America. "Americans Want Growth and Green; Demand Solutions To Traffic, Haphazard Development." Smart Growth America Press Release, http://www.smartgrowthamerica.com/release.htm

Arigoni et al., p 11.

Arigoni…. [read more]


Trudged Through the Mud Term Paper

… As so many real estate transactions become bogged down by building codes, economic barriers, deed and titular issues, and increasingly more environmental codes, I become fascinated with Real Estate Law, which is why I now seek a law degree. I intend to bridge the two worlds I am currently a part of: the business of real estate and the business of environmental protection, improvement, and sustainability.

With a law degree I can mediate between environmental and real estate laws to bolster and support the budding Green Building industry. In addition to assisting real estate firms to work within sound environmental guidelines, I also plan on affecting public policy regarding real estate and the environment. With my law degree I can therefore bridge the sometimes wide…. [read more]


Corporate Management Strategic Objectives the Bushmead Housing Case Study

… Corporate Management

Strategic objectives

The Bushmead Housing Association was formed in 1991 and it has since undergone various change processes. Today, the entity is becoming more focused on playing an important role within the community and has as such redesigned its business model. Its emphasis falls on the provision of high quality service which help the population, but also they strive to do so in a manner that is sustainable from the business standpoint. In this order of ideas, the company has established the following strategic objectives:

An increase in the levels of operational efficiency

The provision of high quality services for the population in need of housing

The continued growth and development of the firm.

Operational efficiency

The operational efficiency targeted would revolve around…. [read more]


Why Suburb Development Occurred Thesis

… Suburbanization: Identifying Convincing Rationale in Support of the Process

Throughout history, mankind has tend to migrate to large, densely populated urban centers in an effort to provide themselves with mutual support and protection, as well as to engage in trade and the humanities. Today, these same forces at hard at work, of course, with many of the world's biggest cities continuing to grow larger and larger. Nevertheless, some contemporary authorities suggest that these factors are no longer as relevant to the survival of modern mankind and in reality, many -- if not most -- people do not necessarily want to live in such close proximity to their fellows and have increasingly sought to escape from such densely populated urban centers as soon as it became…. [read more]


Lowe's Overall Assessment of the Health of the Franchise Research Paper

… Lowe's Companies is a major home improvement retailer. They offer repair, remodeling and maintenance products for both residential and commercial buildings. Headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, the company employs 229,000 people ("Company overview," 2010). To further explore the current state of Lowe's this paper begins with a brief history of the company and the vision/strategy of the organization. This is followed by an exploration of the internal and external factors affecting the organization. The financial health of the company is presented, including profits and stock value. The more qualitative topic of the morale of company employees and the entrepreneurial spirit will also be discussed. Lastly, recommendations regarding how the CEO may improve his company will be overviewed.

Lowe's

Introduction:

Lowe's Companies is a major home…. [read more]


Wearin' of the Green Term Paper

… "

The two girls smiled back at each other. It was a little joke they had. Margaret-Mary was really proud of her double-fisted first name. Ma said she was named after a saint who lived in France a long time ago. She was real holy and did a lot of good things. "An Irish Catholic girl should be just like a saint ... now ain't that the way the Good Lord planned it!"

Jacobs' was just coming into view as suddenly, a tall black man smacked into Margaret-Mary's side. Her schoolbooks went flying, and Margaret-Mary skidded headlong into the sidewalk. With no time to even realize what was happening, the tears came pouring down her cheeks, at the same time a she noticed the thin…. [read more]


Health Behavior the "Theories Term Paper

… The detailed study of the problem and related factors in the light of particular settings help the experts to design interventions accordingly. The intervention is in the form of policy, strategy and program that can have an impact over physical activity. The development of the intervention, its implementation and finally the evaluation depend largely upon the used model or framework (NCI, 2011).

Not all individuals take part in physical activities. There are many policies, social and physical environmental variables which determine an individual's habit of participating in physical activity. The change in habit is possible through change in these environmental factors. If environment does not support change, habits will remain the same. In order to increase physical activity, the need is to work upon individual's…. [read more]


Hopetree Designing a Website Web Content

… For the sake of simplicity and professional look, the format of blogs will be restricted unlike Myspace example. Each blog and content in the website will easily be shared on Facebook and Twitter as well as Youtube and other internet networking services. The current page will be indicated bold. The language buttons will be included on the right most side of the page (Figire 1). Context will include the videos, images, news and a dynamic flash box will indicate the last minute news and developments in the regions. The detailed information about the activities in a particular country will be published under each country's child page. Text will be always below the map and related to the menu item such as the first click to…. [read more]


Las Vegas Term Paper

… This means that while the city is busy formulating new and better ways of making money, the administration had failed to take into account the problems that it might run into in the near further because of alarming population growth rate.

Ray Suarez (1998) of NPR summarizes the wonders and problems of this fascinating world in these words, "Jacques Barzun famously said, "To understand America you had to understand baseball." I would make the modest proposal that it's time to amend that statement. To understand America better understand Las Vegas. It's a place where all our splits and tensions are right there, bathed in neon light. During a time when so-called traditional values are becoming a central debating point in national politics, Vegas thrives on…. [read more]


New York City: An Examination Term Paper

… Community is situated above public administration and lying between the two of these is that of placemaking and place management. The placemaking governance model is characterized by the following: (1) leadership at all levels; (2) leaders and facilitators, educators and inspirations; (3) goals that are broad; (4) a process that is agile; (5) shared vision; (6) political capital; (7) bold change; (8) taking risks; (9) lighter, quicker, cheaper; and (10) building partners and capacity. (Kent, 2013, p.1) The placemaking governance structural model is shown in the following illustration.

Figure 2

Source: (Kent, 2013, p.1)

The phases involved in the developmental evolution of placemaking governance are shown in the following illustration.

Figure 3

Source: (Kent, 2013, p.1)

When power and responsibility are shifted to the community…. [read more]


Houston Real Estate Search Essay

… 2 miles (5min)

8-10 minute drive to Texas Medical Center (3.7 miles)

Easy access off street parking

Mid Range listing Price

HOH fees include exterior and grounds maintenance and limited access gates

Cons

Dark finishings

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets need updating

HOH fees

Property #2

1414 ROSEDALE, Houston, TX 77004

Located in Houston's Famed Museum District Neighborhood

Listing Information

List Price $379,000 Listed 03/25/11 Beds 3 Full Baths 3 Partial Baths 1 Property Type SFR Sq. Ft. 2,445 $/Sq. Ft. $155 Lot Size 1,499 Sq. Ft. Year Built 2006 Source Houston Realtors Information Service, Inc. MLS #79495934 Views1

"Immaculate and pristine recent construction in lovely gated community close to downtown and the medical center. Blessed with functional and flowing floor plan, amenities include *gleaming hardwoods…. [read more]


Home Building Industry Term Paper

… Business Models

Positioning strategies and value discipline

Companies do not have to excel at everything. One cannot be a master of all value disciplines and strategies in today's marketplace. This bit of wisdom from Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema's 1993 Harvard Business Review article "Customer intimacy and other value disciplines" is good news to members of the green building industry, striving to reach a specific consumer segment that is interested environmental sustainability and/or savings through energy conservation. After doing extensive market research, however, the question is what consumers in your specific area of the green housing market desire. Do they want operational excellence, the effective delivery of a particular objective, such as lower utility bills? Do they want greater customer intimacy in their relationship with…. [read more]

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