Government

Tiny Houses, a Festival and the Homeless

Tiny houses or a tiny house community may be coming to your area sooner than you think.… Read more

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8 Challenges of the Tiny House

Last week, Tiny House Atlanta and Southface hosted a room full of tiny house enthusiasts. Even if you don’t think you want a tiny house, you should give some thought to the idea.… Read more

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Does Your City Have a CHaRM? It should.

Atlanta’s CHaRM is making it easier for city residents to deal with household chemicals, paint and other materials that are a challenge to dispose of properly.… Read more

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Will This Record Storm Leave a Lasting Effect?

Hurricane Patricia is now the strongest Pacific Ocean hurricane to make landfall in Mexico. What do Patricia’s record wind speeds mean for our safety and the way we build?… Read more

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An Exclusively Capitalist Reason to Recycle?

Some writers compare environmentalism to a religion. As with most issues, if we look close enough, there’s a lot of middle ground to be shared.… Read more

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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?… Read more

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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.… Read more

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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.… Read more

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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?… Read more

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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.… Read more

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

RTAblog_2013_0211_GeorgiaCapitolHouse 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.… Read more

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Are You Looking for the Safer Choice Label?

RTAblog_2015_0414_SaferChoiceLabelThe 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.… Read more

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How Will New Water Heater Efficiency Standards Affect Home Owners?

RTAblg_2015_0407The 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.… Read more

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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.… Read more

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2015 NGBS is Open for Public Comment!

RTAblog_2014_1007_2015NGBSThe 2015 National Green Building Standard is open for public comment. What could possibly be more exciting than commenting on a sustainable building standard?… Read more

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