LEED Platinum, from Philly to East Asia

first_imgWe were reminded of LEED for Homes’ geographic reach when projects half a world apart announced this month that they had earned Platinum ratings. Postgreen, the developer of a 1,150-sq.-ft. townhome called the 100k House and a 1,270-sq.-ft. home called the 120K House, both in the East Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, announced the achievement this week. The other project recently granted the Platimum rating, the Green Tomorrow house, is a 4,550-sq.-ft. showcase home built by Samsung C&T Corp. in South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province.As we mentioned last spring, the 100k House was Philadelphia-based Postgreen’s attempt to build a green home, on an infill lot in the city, for $100,000 or less in construction costs. The project in fact came in at slightly less than $100 a square foot. Construction costs were comparable for the 120k House, which sold a year ago for $225,000.Postgreen marketing chief Eric Darling notes in a recent blog that he and the company’s president, Chad Ludeman, learned plenty from their venture into cost-contained construction.“While we have slightly increased our construction budget for future homes, we see this success as a key foundation of our long-term goals,” Darling wrote. “Did we make mistakes? Of course. Are there things we intend to do better/differently in the future? Naturally. … This milestone does not mark the end of the 100k project. We are currently gathering utility data and other long-term project results that we will be sharing in the near future. We continue to learn from this project as we move forward with our construction efforts, and we will use the lessons to constantly improve our building methods.”Postgreen also is building a two-unit, two-story townhome to Passive House standards – 1,296 sq. ft. of interior space for each unit – which would be the first Passive House residence in the city. Click here for background on that project.A prototype in South KoreaDesign for the Green Tomorrow house – with a considerably larger footprint than what many green builders consider ideal – was led by Samoo Architects and its principal LEED consultant on the project, London-based Arup, which says Green Tomorrow operates at net zero energy and is the first home in East Asia to earn a Platinum rating.The project clearly is designed as a high-profile forum for Samsung C&T green-home technologies and a lab for its other residential properties, whose energy use the company aims to reduce by 50% by 2013.Arup says Green Tomorrow has 68 green features for zero-energy, zero-emission, and green IT, including a high-performance facade, daylight sensors, ground-source heat pumps, a radiant floor heating system, and a high-efficiency lighting system. Combined, these systems reduce energy consumption by 56%, Arup says. The other 44% of energy is provided a solar power system with a 1,753-sq.-ft. array. To help meet sustainability criteria, the company adds, 54.8% of the project’s construction waste was recycled, more than 20% of the materials used were from recycled sources, and more than 25% were sourced locally.last_img read more

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10 Things You Don’t Know Success Demands of You

first_imgThere are likely some things you don’t know about success. In your pursuit of success (whatever that means to you, and however you define it) it is harmful to your effort to be ignorant of these things. The following list of 10 things you don’t know about success will provide you with a more precise and more certain path to finding it.It Makes DemandsSuccess is demanding. It requires that you recognize and meet those demands, many of which you will find on this page. It might look like some people have a level of success having met success’s requirements, but that is an illusion. It is not a real success, and that success will eventually be revealed to have been a facade, and the person less successful than you imagined. Success avoids many because they avoid its demands.It Requires Payment in FullSuccess requires payment in full and in advance. Without making the full payment, success will avoid you and your attempts to possess it. It also isn’t willing to allow you to possess it and then pay for it later. All attempts to cheat success of what it demands only pushes success further away from you. It doesn’t acknowledge shortcuts, and it cannot be fooled into giving itself to someone who tries to steal success by avoiding paying the price.It Believes You Need to GrowSuccess believes you are too small. It doesn’t think you’re big enough to possess it. Instead, it thinks you need to grow before you can possess it. If you were capable of generating the success you want as you are right now, success would already be yours. Success is waiting for the future you to show up, and there is no future you if you don’t do the hard work of transformation, shedding all the limiting beliefs and behaviors and replacing them with better, stronger ones. You must outgrow who you are now to become the person that comes after this one, the person who can create that success.It Believes You Are Not Trying Hard EnoughSuccess is an auditor. It measures your results as well as your effort. Success knows you hit the snooze button three times this morning, preferring 27 more minutes in your warm, comfortable mountain of blankets and pillows. Success thinks you are softer than those blankets and pillows. It is also very well aware of the time you spend on social media sites, playing video games, or wasting time on things that have nothing to do with what you profess to want. Success doesn’t acknowledge “wanting.” It only looks for the effort that produces results.It Avoids You for Being InconsistentYou did excellent work today, the kind of work that success truly appreciates. But success is not so easily convinced by a single event, regardless of how well you performed and how spectacular the results. It’s looking for the disciplined action consistently exerted over time. When you finally start, success notices. But because you stop a day later, success turns its back on you and briskly walks away. It has seen too many people who are motivated for a few hours, only to go back to their non-success-producing beliefs and behaviors less than 24 hours later. You will never have success when you are inconsistent.It Gives Up on Those Who Give UpSuccess gives up on people who give up on themselves. If you aren’t willing to pursue what you want with an insatiable and unquenchable desire, success isn’t willing to show itself to you. Other people may have given up on you in the past, and some may give up on you in the future. Success cares nothing about their opinion. It only cares whether or not you give up on yourself. As long as you believe in yourself strongly enough to never give up, that is the factor success will measure.It Will Continually Test YouYou are going to come very close to success, so close in fact, that you will believe you have obtained it. When you are near, success will test you. It will give you an obstacle you didn’t expect, and one you are not prepared to overcome. It will move the goalpost just out of your reach, testing your will, and challenging your resolve. Success may check you by allowing you to come close, only to let you see what it requires of you. It may also test you to see what level of success you want and if you are capable of possessing it. Be sure that success will test you.It Doesn’t Care About Your PreferencesYou may have a particular set of preferences that are out of step with what success demands. You might believe that you should be able to have the success you want at work without having to give yourself over to the work. You might also think you can have success in your personal life without hustling as hard at creating the relationships and experience you want for the people you love. You might prefer some strategy or another because you believe it should bring you success. Success, however, is utterly unconcerned by what you think you should have to do. It demands you do what it commands, or it walks.It Degrades Over TimeSuccess isn’t an event. It is a level of experience. It requires care and feeding and routine maintenance. You have no doubt seen a person capture what looks like success only to implode a short time later. Success requires you maintain it. It is demanding, requiring you to keep working for it, and requiring more of you for every incremental increase.Success Will Show You Greater SuccessWhen you reach a certain level of success, success will show you a higher level of success. Like climbing a mountain, the higher your vantage point, the more you can see. Because you have grown to the point you have a certain level of success, you are now ready to pursue an even higher level of success. The process of obtaining success only to see something more is an upward spiral, a virtuous cycle that allows you to continue to improve throughout your life. And since no human being is capable of reaching their full potential, this process is one without end.It may also help to know that your watch is not evidence of success. However, what you do with your time may be a more accurate indicator. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Micromax launches X44 Bling in India at Rs 3000

first_imgPhone maker Micromax has recently launched X44 Bling in India at Rs 3000. The dual-SIM phone is made using Swarovski ‘Zirconia’ diamonds.According to reports, the new Bling X44 features a 2MP camera, 2.2-inch QVGA screen, FM radio and Bluetooth. It also has 256MB RAM, 512MB internal storage memory that can be enhanced to 8GB with a microSD card.This bar style phone is powered by a 950mAh Li-ion battery that offers standby time of 248 hours and talk time of 8 hours. Users can also access Mi Zone and Mi Store for Micromax apps and content.Earlier adding it to its Superfone lineup, Micromax has launched Android-based A80 Infinity. Priced at Rs 8,490, the smartphone is a dual-SIM (GSM + CDMA) touch phone.According to reports, the A80 Infinity runs on an 800 MHz processor, sported by a 3.6 inch display and carries an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)OS. It sports a 3.75 inch TFT touchscreen, 5MP camera with Flash and 0.3 MP front facing camera.Its voice recognition tool AISHA performs variety of functions including, social networking sites update, phone status, operate functions of the device, find locations, language translations, inquire date and time, weather conditions, and pose knowledge questions.last_img read more

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MHI Lowers Full Year Earnings Forecast

first_imgzoom Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has revised the estimates of its consolidated financial results, saying that it now expects an operating income of JPY 150 billion (USD 1.3 billion) for the fiscal year 2016. The expected operating income is 37.5 percent lower than the earlier estimated JPY 240 billion revealed in early February, data provided by MHI shows.Additionally, the company said that it has decreased its ordinary income forecast for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 by 33.3 percent to JPY 120 billion from the earlier expected JPY 180 billion.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries lowered its full-year operating and ordinary income forecasts due to decreased sales of thermal power generation systems business from the Energy & Environment domain, as well as cost deterioration in commercial shipbuilding and increased development costs for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet).“Profit attributable to owners of parent is also now expected to fall short of the previous projection, primarily owing to a decrease in operating and ordinary income forecasts,” according to MHI.The profit is expected to reach JPY 90 billion, 10 percent less than the earlier expected JPY 100 billion.The latest net sales forecast was also revised by 2.5 percent to JPY 3.9 trillion from JPY 4 trillion, in reflection of an anticipated decrease in sales in the Energy & Environment domain, MHI said, adding that there is no change to the year-end dividend of JPY 6 per share.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ operating income for the fiscal year 2015 was at JPY 309.5 billion, while its ordinary income stood at JPY 272.5 billion. The company’s net sales were at JPY 4.04 trillion for the 2015 fiscal year, while profit attributable to owners of parent reached JPY 63.8 billion.last_img read more

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