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TV Set-Top Boxes Will Be More Efficient

Green Building Advisor - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 01:33
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A voluntary agreement reached in California will save an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs
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An agreement reached in California will save consumers an estimated $1 billion a year in energy costs by making television set-top boxes a lot more efficient, The Los Angeles Times reports.

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The Bullitt Center is named 2013 Sustainable Building of the Year

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
The Bullitt Center was named the 2013 Sustainable Building of the Year by World Architecture News.

Real Estate Buzz: Convention Center eyes $650M expansion

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
Washington State Convention Center’s Public Facilities District just bought more than 2 acres of land where it could build a $650 million expansion that would double the size of the center.

Mayer/Reed wins award for making Portland bridge greener, more inviting

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
Mayer/Reed won a merit award from the Oregon chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge south of downtown Portland.

$500M port in Uruguay mostly funded by Brazil

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica says Brazil will fund 80 percent of a new deep-water port that will get around Argentine efforts to control shipping in the South Atlantic.

After 20 years, NAFTA didn't close wage gap

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
The treaty never met many of its sweeping promises to close Mexico's wage gap with the U.S., boost job growth, fight poverty and protect the environment.

Flood maps wrong, but homeowners pay

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
Pressure from lenders has led insurers to require flood insurance for homeowners on the border of flood areas.

19th & Mercer project gets 10-year $9M loan

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
Mike Wood of NBS Financial Services and Mike Taylor of Newmark Realty Capital brokered a 10-year, $9 million loan for 19th and Mercer, a new 50-unit apartment building at 19th Avenue East and East Mercer Street on Capitol Hill.

Addison on Fourth AIA tour Jan. 16

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:00
AIA Seattle will hold a free tour and talk at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 about how the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program was used in renovating Addison on Fourth, a 240-unit Seattle apartment complex formerly known as the Downtowner.

Six Systems to Smooth Your Building Operations

Architect: Architect Articles - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:45
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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, ISM Mfg Index, Construction Spending

Calculated Risk - Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:42
Happy New Year!

Here are eight of the ten questions for 2014 with a few predictions (two more to come):
Question #3 for 2014: What will the unemployment rate be in December 2014?
Question #4 for 2014: Will too much inflation be a concern in 2014?
Question #5 for 2014: Monetary Policy: Will the Fed end QE3 in 2014?
Question #6 for 2014: How much will Residential Investment increase?
Question #7 for 2014: What will happen with house prices in 2014?
Question #8 for 2014: Housing Credit: Will we see easier mortgage lending in 2014?
Question #9 for 2014: How much will housing inventory increase in 2014?
Question #10 for 2014: Downside Risks

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for claims to be unchanged at 338 thousand.

• At 9:00 AM, the Markit US PMI Manufacturing Index for December. The consensus is for an decrease to 54.5 from 54.7 in November.

• At 10:00 AM, the ISM Manufacturing Index for December. The consensus is for a decrease to 57.0 from 57.3 in November. The ISM manufacturing index indicated expansion in November at 57.3%. The employment index was at 56.5%, and the new orders index was at 63.6%.

• Also at 10:00 AM, Construction Spending for November. The consensus is for a 1.0% increase in November construction spending.

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