We grieve: the California wildfires

We reach out with our hearts again this year to the victims of the recent wildfires in California. With so many still missing and camping out in makeshift tents, the need for assistance hasn’t ever been greater. Join us in giving to any of the following organizations, who have been confirmed to be providing near to 100% of your contribution towards helping victims.

CA Fire Foundation

http://www.cafirefoundation.org/programs/supplying-aid-to-victims-of-emergency/

Caring Choices

http://www.caring-choices.org/home.html

Humane Society of Ventura County

If you donate to the HSVC, 100 percent of your proceeds will go toward serving the animals in their care.

https://www.hsvc.org/donate

Charity Navigator

The highly-rated organizations listed on this page have received 3- and 4-stars and are confirmed to be working to provide relief to the individuals and communities affected by the devastating fires in Southern and Northern California. Donors may be able to designate their donations to the specific cause they wish by going to the organizations’ websites directly.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5456

Cresleigh: Changing Points of View

When a major builder, Cresleigh Homes, recently proposed a high-rise housing project at 16th and N streets, officials discovered the state’s protection act map included that site and precluded developer’s from going more than 10 stories high, even though the site is a half-mile from the Capitol dome.

“It seemed to be an anomaly, given how far it was away from the Capitol,” city community development director Ryan DeVore said.

Read more at Sacbee.com

Amazon invests in prefab startup focused on smart home tech

Today’s announcement of Amazon’s investment in Plant Prefab, a startup based in Rialto, California, comes on the heels of the company’s announcement of a new line of Alexa-enabled smart home devices, suggesting a potential new avenue of smart home development, experimentation, and expansion.

The new $6.7 million Series A funding round, which also includes investments from Obvious Ventures and other private investors, will support expansion and talent acquisition for the company, including senior hires and new factories operating on the company’s patented Plant Building System. The company current operates out of a 62,000-square-foot facility in Rialto.

Read more at Curbed.com

Housing Starts Rise Amid Ongoing Affordability Concerns

The August reading of 1.28 million is the number of housing units builders would start if they maintained this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, single-family starts increased 1.9 percent to 876,000 units. Meanwhile, the multifamily sector—which includes apartment buildings and condos—increased 29.3 percent to a total of 408,000.

Read more at NAHB.org

For different types of work, people want different spaces

“Work is increasingly more fluid today,” says Christian Beaudoin, research director for JLL in Chicago. “People work from home, work from third places. Offices today are changing to meet those needs, so workplaces are necessarily becoming more fluid.”

JLL’s “2018 U.S and Canada Fit Out Guide” defines and examines three prominent styles of office space across the U.S. and Canada, compiled from data from more than 2,800 projects it managed. These styles are progressive, moderate, and traditional.

Progressive office space, which JLL calls the leading-edge office space, has an open floor plan, 100 percent of desk space outfitted as bench-style furniture, no enclosed offices, and numerous varieties of collaboration and conference spaces.

Moderate office space has 10 percent of the area allotted to private offices; the remaining space may be open with work stations, along with some conference rooms and several collaboration or multiuse spaces.

Traditional plans have 30 percent of space devoted to enclosed offices; the remainder includes an open floor plan and eight-foot workspaces, several conference rooms, and nominal collaboration spaces.

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10 Hurricane-Ready Windows, Doors, & Locking Systems

Manufacturers have developed and expanded their hurricane-rated options up to the level of “Miami-Dade certified,” or approved under the country’s strictest standards for use in Florida’s High Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ), which cover Miami-Dade County and Broward County. The following cover a mix of options for hurricane-ready homes, including Miami-Dade certified products, products in testing, and products that meet other regional standards:

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