5 Hurricane Katrina Lessons: 10 Years Later

The death and destruction from Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast ten years ago today continues to affect us. Did you learn any of these lessons?

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Making Your Life Easier: Your Back-to-School Homework

It’s the time of year when children return to school. Big changes in routines can highlight the need for significant changes in our homes and the way we use them.

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Using Passive Systems In Your Home to Reduce Your Expenses All Day, Every Day

It’s important for homeowners to understand the difference between active and passive systems. One can save you a huge amount of money on the other!

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Summer Rates: Why One Third of Your Power Bill Costs Twice as Much

Your air conditioner may not be the only reason your power bills are higher in the summer. Does your power company have seasonal rates for electricity?

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You Buy Them Every Month But Can You Explain Them?

Many of us don’t pay attention to our power bills – we just look at the total rather than the details. Could you explain what you’re buying from the power company to another person?

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Are You Paying To Cool Absolutely Nothing?

This is so common, it demands its own blog post. Are you, or do you live with one of “those people”?

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The Lasting Neighborhood Benefit of Blighted Property Litigation May Surprise You

The City of Atlanta has taken a real estate investor to court over his failure to clean-up blighted properties. The lasting benefit of this litigation for neighborhoods may surprise you.

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Federal Mortgage Insurance Threatened in 14 States

The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be the new baseline for FHA/HUD insured financing. That threatens federal mortgage insurance in 14 states.

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What the Phase Out of R-22 Refrigerant Means for Homeowners

The U.S. Federal Government is phasing out the R-22 refrigerant used in many residential air conditioners. What does that mean for home owners?

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Notes from “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes”

Ryan Taylor and Mike Barcik of the Southface Energy Institute are looking forward to presenting, “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes” at the 2015 AIA National Convention.

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Georgia’s HB 255 Outlaws LEED Green Building Standard for State Properties

House Bill (HB) 255 passed through the Georgia General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session. Though HB 255 is probably unknown to most citizens, the precedent it creates deserves our attention.

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Are You Ready for Carpenter Bees?

They’re back! Warm weather brings carpenter bees. Get ready for battle with these simple steps to protect your property…

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Are You Looking for the Safer Choice Label?

The Safer Choice label identifies household cleaning and home products that meet stringent health and environmental safety standards. This is particularly important for children and pets.

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How Will New Water Heater Efficiency Standards Affect Home Owners?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has increased efficiency standards for tank and tankless water heaters. The new standards take effect on April 16, 2015.

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RTA Acquires Gulfstream G650ER to Expand Service Area

Ryan Taylor Architects LLC, a small Atlanta architecture firm focused on residential projects, is pleased to announce it has acquired a Gulfstream G650ER to expand its service area.

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