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Builder Confidence Grows For Fourth Straight Month, Nears Eight-Year High

The NAHB's homebuilder confidence index, which measures builder expectations for the single-family home market, added three points in August for a composite score of 59. The index has reflected a positive outlook (a score of 50 or higher) since June, and has increased by 19 points since April.

Illinois Approves Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

A new Illinois law has expanded the stormwater management tools available to cities and municipalities in the state, which have been battered by flooding since April. Sustainable practices like rain gardens, bioswales and porous pavement should alleviate the damage stemming from the stormwater systems in place, which are overloaded. Porous pavers have already been added to the Orland Park, Ill., police station's parking lot (pictured), earning the site a LEED Gold certification.

Teaming Up to Turn Heads

A year and a half of hardscape work by a number of outfits completely transformed this Park City, Utah, mountainside residence. Dennis Loomis Construction handled the excavation and the structural concrete. Greg Gust Concrete did all of the flatwork including the recessed driveway. Rose Concrete Coatings saw-cut the design in the driveway and then acid stained it. C & R Stone did most of the stonework including the patio floor, the retaining walls and the columns. The floor is mortar-set cut red and blonde sandstone. The stone columns with custom-designed hood lights and the walls are veneered with Heber red flagstone matched to the existing flagstone facing on the columns supporting the residence's second floor deck. The large boulders were placed with a crane.

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Residential Patio Support and Insert in Colorado

A homeowner in Boulder, Colo., put a nice twist on a patio design: embedding flagstone pavers inside a Gravelpave2. This unique system makes for a beautiful and durable patio.

Iowa State University LA Students Help Master Plan & Construct Outdoor Spaces for Women's Prison

The master plan for the outdoor spaces at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville includes: 1. Restoration Park 2. Decompression Deck 3. Visitor Courtyard 4. Overlook 5. Outdoor Classrooms 6. Parkway
7. Community & Production Garden 8. Greenhouses 9. Recreation Courts
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Herbicide Approved for Spot Treatment in California

Golf courses in California have a new weapon against weeds. A previously unavailable herbicide, also approved for spot treatment on residential lawns and professionally managed sports turf, has been successfully registered in the Golden State.

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Urban Farming

The Pasona Group, housed in a nine-story office in Tokyo, has a fa?ade of 200 plants growing in three-foot deep balconies. Inside, 20 percent of the building is given over to soil-based and hydroponic farming. The main entrance has a rice paddy. There are even vegetable vines wrapping around the staircases.

Single-Family Home Builds Sluggish Despite July Housing Growth
The rate of construction starts on new homes increased by 5.9 percent from June to July, despite a decline in the single-family housing sector that set a low for the year. Multi-family unit starts, which were responsible for the overall increase, have increased by 33.6 percent since July 2012, while single-family starts added 15.4 percent over the same period.

Congressional E-Verify Bills Update
If enacted, federal E-Verify bills would preempt state and local laws, including criminal or civil penalties related to hiring, continued employment, and immigration status verification.

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14th Street Redevelopment: Downtown Denver's ''Ambassador'' Street

Denver firm studioINSITE led a $14 million transformation of the Mile High City's 14th Street, a dozen blocks of downtown corridor from Colfax Avenue to Market Street that the city considers its ''ambassador'' to new arrivals. Stone pavers (Lyons red sandstone, black and red granite), modern 21-watt LED luminaires ('Olivio Candelabra' on 'Rotterdam' poles, both from Selux) and six LED illuminated wayfinding kiosks on granite bases are just the introduction to the transformed streetscape.

GCSAA Disburses Grants

The GCSAA, a leading golf course management association, has disbursed its collegiate Garske grants.

Torn . . . Confused . . .
I recently received a letter from a guy in Minnesota who disagreed with my comments . . . Okay, I admit it wasn't the only time someone didn't quite agree with me, but for this one, I wasn't sure why he disagreed. At least to begin with . . .

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Quality of Life Green Award
Landscape architect Dick Glanville of Glanville and Associates received the Quality of Life Green Award from the San Anselmo Town Council on August 5, 2013 for volunteering his professional services to San Anselmo, Calif., on and off since 1999.

Double-Digit Drop Stifles
July New Home Sales

Single-family home sales declined by 13.4 percent from June to July to a 394,000-unit annual rate. Economists expected some summer softening after sales maintained an average pace of about 448,000 units over the first six months of 2013, though few predicted such a sizable slip. Despite the monthly decline, the sales rate has improved by 6.8 percent since July 2012.

PLANET Safety Recognition Awards

PLANET, the national trade association that represents landscape industry companies, has announced its Safety Recognition Award recipients.

SITES Certifies Eight More Landscape Projects

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility in Golden, Colo., is one of the eight landscape projects that SITES certified. This federal research laboratory, a former National Guard training facility, consists of a 327-acre government research campus. It achieved LEED Platinum certification for its innovative building design.

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Where Playground and Waste Water Treatment Comingle

The Juan Solomon Park playground in Indianapolis features interlocking vandal resistant safety surfacing tiles (SofSURFACES). The sloped green roof of the community room/lift station building has a mix of native perennials, including sedum, 'Green Mantle', 'Dragon's Blood', red oak, bottlebrush sedge, 'Great Blue Lobelia', purple coneflower and prairie dropseed.

LED Product Report Released by DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has published the evaluation report from a Gateway demonstration of LED street lighting in Kansas City, Mo., conducted in support of DOE's Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC). Nine different LED products were installed in February 2011 as replacements for incumbent high-pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires.

First Formal ARCSA Award Announced

ARCSA, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable rainwater harvesting practices, has announced their first formal project awards program.

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A Quicker Fix

Spare parts such as belts, blades, oil filters, spindles, deck wheels and clutches are essential components at most landscape businesses.

Wind Turbines to Sprout in
Five Iowa Counties

MidAmerican utility officials have not announced specific locations for the next installation of wind turbines, but have indicated the sites would be in northwest Iowa and south of Interstate Highway 80 in western Iowa.

Tree Care/Ornamental Seminar Track

This year TLE hosts nearly 40 CEU approved seminars and workshops in seven different seminar tracks, including tree care, which will educate attendees on treating invasive pests, wind throw, safety and more. Seats are limited so sign up today!

How to Thrive in a Drought with Subsurface Drip Irrigation
Toro has released new Subsurface Drip Irrigation research. The report dives into each grower's experience and identifies the benefits specific to SDI.

Going Green with Propane Mowers

Forest Preserves of Cook County, Ill., is going green with new propane powered mowers. To fuel the mowers, Forest Preserves is constructing nine fueling stations. The propane supplier, AmeriGas, will cover the entire cost of the propane tanks and related equipment.

Grouser Products Launches Pivoting V3Flex Plane

Grouser Products' V3 FlexPlane is offered in five models of varying length. The contractor-grade attachments are available in sizes 72-, 78-, 84-, 89-, and 96-inch.

Flowers: Up Close and Personal

A newly released book showcases photographs of flowers from around the world.

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