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Baxt Ingui, a New York City architecture and interior design firm, achieved a few modest (wink) goals so far: The first certified passive house in a landmark district, the first certified passive house in Manhattan (also LEED Platinum), and the first Passive Plus house in the United States.
These projects, and several others shown on their website, highlight their commitment to retrofit existing houses to “use a fraction of the energy that a typical residence consumes, have better air quality, and [be] more comfortable to live in.”
Check out the entire gallery on their website: https://www.baxtingui.com/passive-house/
We are almost through Q2 for 2019
and we can tell you that there is a definite trend afoot in the real estate
industry. In the last six months, we’ve seen a surge in “system selection”
projects. These are not small ancillary system projects, these are ERP projects
all across the industry – including land developers, home builders and
property/asset management companies.
Why this sudden movement? If
you’ve been around as long as the Cornerstone team, you can recall how Y2K forced
so many of us to upgrade our back-office systems. For many companies, that was
the last time they took a hard look at the future of their systems. Folks, that
was 19 years ago. To be fair, some companies did make changes in the last ten
years, but that window is also aging out.
None of us want to upgrade or
change systems. Yet, technology is moving so fast that many of those aging systems
are leaving us. For example, if you are on SAP you will soon need to move to
their new platform SAP S4/HANA. That will mean almost a full re-implementation
for you. If you find yourself in that situation, facing full implementation
costs and changes, it is incumbent on you to do your due diligence and include
a comparison of alternative solutions in your analysis.
Many other real estate products
have been on minimal support and don’t seem to be upgrading; some products have
only one or two sources left supporting them. If this is the case with your
system, you really need to look forward. Yep, pull your head out of the sand. Or,
if you feel you are already above the ground, look around you…are you painting
the organization in a corner because you’re waiting to address what you already
know is coming?
Some of the products that we see
as the “senior” of the “senior citizens” include not only the old SAP, but JDE
One World, FAST, Trueline, a version of Builder MT and more. These products
have served us well, but if your organization is counting on them, you need to
take a serious look at “how much longer?” Not only are you missing out on new
technology, features, and tools, but eventually something is going to give. For
example, if you are on a product utilizing the AS400 and the hardware goes
down, you will need to upgrade to expensive new hardware just to be able to hold
on until you can complete a new system selection and implementation.
Don’t drag your company down into
defensive mode, go beyond offensive mode and move into pro-active mode. Ask
yourself the hard questions and start prepping your management and co-workers
for change. Get on the next budget cycle early and make a solid case for
necessary expenditures. Assemble teams and include a wide range of departments
to build requirements, foster buy in, and ensure your selection is the best one
for your entire company. And feel free to give us a call for help; as
Cornerstone has done many, many of these projects (= we have the templates!)
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.
“We need more cities to address the shortage of new homes being built at the entry level. That will take forward thinking at the city level to address the lack of new development at the affordable end.”
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:
A new generation of prefabricated housing that bears little resemblance to the modular homes of old is among several technologies homebuilders are embracing to cope with the worker shortage. They’re also starting to deploy bricklaying robots and software programs that allow them to avoid miscommunication and delays.
Management software connects contractors and subcontractors to the same schedule, says Felix Vasquez, CEO of Hyphen Solutions… read more at USAToday.com