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2013's Housing & Economic Outlook
David Crowe, chief economist at NAHB said he expects to see 949,000 total housing starts in 2013, of which 299,000 will be multifamily units.

Remodeling Forecast for 2013

A panel of leading remodelers and industry experts discussed current remodeling market conditions and the outlook for this sector. Local and national remodeling market data and trends were highlighted at the National Association of Home Builders' Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 22.

Multifamily Market on the Upswing
The multifamily market has recovered substantially since the end of 2010, and now stands at about 70 percent of the way back to a sustainable level. Now that the single-family market is starting to make its turnaround, will that hurt the multifamily market? Is there a multifamily bubble on the horizon?

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The Top LEED States
California amassed 54,252,993 sq. feet of LEED certified space certified in 2012. The Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose, Calif. was among the LEED certified projects in the Golden State in 2012.

Sustainable Landscaping Workshop
Washington state-area landscape contractors interested in learning about sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance can increase their knowledge by attending a ...

Milwaukee ordered to provide 'green infrastructure' for storm water

More rooftops in the Milwaukee area will be enlisted to grow grasses, flowers and other plants now that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has been given the nation's first wastewater discharge permit mandating "green infrastructure" to collect and absorb storm water. Green roofs offer a growing opportunity for qualified landscape contractors. Shown here is a greenroof using Skyland product.

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PLANET at Auburn University

PLANET is a national trade association that represents landscape industry companies, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces.

Peel and Stick Solar

Stanford scientists report manufacturing ''peel and stick'' thin-film solar cells (TFSC) with the efficiency of traditional solar cells.

It's in the Details
We all forget things, or, on occasion, neglect a detail. Sometimes that detail is inconsequential; other times it can bite you in the butt. Witness Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach, Fla. The Palm Beach Post explains the village's new park was supposed to open July 4, 2012, but was delayed to Dec. 1, then delayed again. Landscaping, irrigation and signage still need to be done. The general contractor is being fined $1,000 day for the overrun. The charges have accumulated to $78,000 as of Jan. 22.

Causal Link to Dying Ash Trees and Human Mortality Rates?

Researches say their study suggests that the widespread death of ash trees from the emerald ash borer has lead to an increase in cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract mortality across the 15 states in the study area.

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Rooftop Healing Garden Debuts in St. Paul

The St. Paul Children's Hospital's new rooftop healing garden includes a fish fountain (Cre8Play), which shoots water the length of the fountain from the fish's mouth when children push a button. Other features include plantings, a labyrinth, seating and other custom animal and nature-based features.

Gray Water For Irrigation A Coming Reality?
The Tucson City Council voted unanimously recently to explore all options in regard to water conservation, including the use of gray water for irrigation in residential homes.

New Home Builds Up, Builder Confidence Flat
Builders started construction on new homes in December at the fastest pace since June 2008, though confidence in future growth within the industry remains elusive.

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Cedar Forest Products Co.
This timeless design of the Open Timber Truss has sheltered many special ...
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Century Products
ISA-arborist endorsed dual purpose root and water barrier rolls feature root deflecting ...
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Cole Lighting
L600 Series - Directional LED Steplight for walkways and area lighting. Four Sizes ...

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We have commercial quality log splitters including a 20 ton, horizontal two-way model ...
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Recently approved Acelepryn(TM) insecticide has been proven by independent university ...
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Halco Lighting Technologies
ProLED(R) MR16 lamps pair with Sollos Landscape Lighting(R) products to offer various ...

Occupational Accidents
The Tree Care Industry Association develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms.

NPMA Legislative Day

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry.

GCSAA Superintendent Awarded

The GCSAA is a leading golf course management organization, which provides education, information and representation to 19,000 members in more than 72 countries.

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Amish Country Gazebo
A cemetery or a city park can be made more functional and beautiful with the ...
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Aqua Control
Water features lighting offers brilliant lighting for its 1/2 to 40 HP aerators and ...
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An APA Award Winner for "Excellence in ...

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Offering superior quality site furnishings in classic precast or lightweight Glass ...
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Barreto Manufacturing
This self-propelled hydraulic 912Mmini trencher saves on space without ...
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Brandon Industries
We're celebrating 25 years of excellent service, your best source for beautiful ...

Construction Materials Price Index Ends 2012 Quietly
Prices for construction materials inched down in December, closing out a year of subdued changes in materials costs and bid prices as the industry struggled to create and sustain growth.

ASCA: Report Writing

The American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) is the industry's professional association, which focuses solely on arboricultural consulting.

ASLA Joins the RainWorks Challenge

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is jointly holding a green infrastructure design competition at colleges and universities with the EPA's Office of Water (Environmental Protection Agency), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Tailgate Spreader for Harsh Winters

Crysteel Manufacturing's new tailgate spreader, patent pending, has innovative design features and stainless steel construction. It was designed to meet demands for efficient performance and dependability all winter long.

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Oops, I mean, Zut Alors!
The Chateau de Bellevue, built in the 18th century, had a grand hall that could accommodate 200 guests.

Belden Brick Receives Safety Award

Belden Brick received a safety award from no lost time due to employee accidents. Its Crestline Pavers provide a unique old world look with their new Dutch Chamfered Edge. Available in nine different colors including reds, pinks, tans and burgundy shades.

Keeping Playground Equipment Green

This TimberForm play structure has a 31' x 31' play area, and features an accessible transfer station with an 8-inch riser; a chime wall, multiple climbers and a ladder; a curved slide chute; a 12-foot wheel beam and a wood clatter bridge with baluster walls. TimberForm uses a playground equipment-grade coastal Douglas fir, a tough and durable structural species ideally suited to playground use.

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Plant Connection Unveils Largest Living Wall in Maryland
A more than 2,000 square-foot exterior G-O2 living wall was recently installed on the building fa?ade of One East Pratt Street in Baltimore, making it the largest living wall in Maryland. The new living wall in Baltimore will help the surrounding environment in the popular Inner Harbor region by reducing pollution and smog, mitigating urban heat island effect, and increasing biodiversity in the downtown area.

Choosing The Right Grass Trimmer

There are several factors to address when buying a commercial trimmer: Engine type (2-cycle vs. 4-cycle), straight or curved shaft, comfort level and string trimmer style.

Concrete Advantages Found in Jute Fibers

Researchers noted that interest in reinforcing cement compositions with economical, sustainable natural fibers instead of steel or synthetics is surging. Previous research showed that jute works as a reinforcement fiber, making cement compositions stronger and more resistant to cracks.

Interest Grows in California Native Grasses

All Delta Bluegrass California native blends, once established, will require about 50 percent less water compared to traditional sod varieties. Urban landscape areas have been cultivated to become the first native lawns available that can withstand mowing. Suggested mowing height ranges from 2 to 6 inches.

Permaloc Featured on Award Winning Poolscape

CleanLine edging is used to form smooth curves of the landscape bed areas, while PermaStrip is used for the sharp parallel lines of the rock beds surrounding the pool.

Tsunami Wall Mount Illuminates Building Facades as Uplight or Downlight

Tsunami Wall Mount is manufactured from heavy wall low copper cast aluminum and has integral cooling fins surrounding the electrical compartment to create texture and form.

Save the Birds!
FeedSavr(TM) comes in three sturdy, light weight, aluminum sections. It has a rope and pulley system, a carriage, three feeder support rods a PVC ground sleeve (for mounting the pole in your yard) and assembly instructions. Total assembly is less than 10 minutes.

The Digital Issues are Available
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''Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.''

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