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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Big Data is About to Change the Value of Your Home

Even if you’re not planning to sell, big data is about to change the value of your home. The collection and publication of data is going to make a big difference for all of us.

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2015 NGBS is Open for Public Comment!

The 2015 National Green Building Standard is open for public comment. What could possibly be more exciting than commenting on a sustainable building standard?

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When To Open Your Windows + Doors for Fresh Air?

You know how this blog is always going on about only opening the windows when conditions are favorable? You won’t often find more favorable conditions than this beautiful Atlanta afternoon!

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2015 AIA Convention Early-Bird Rates End Wednesday!

If you’re thinking about attending the 2015 American Institute of Architects national convention in Atlanta, you need to sign up now. Early-bird rates end this Wednesday!

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