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Housing Mess = Pent-Up Demand For Your Services

Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department released October stats indicating that new home and apartment construction have dropped to an annual rate of 791,000 units, a 4.5% decrease from September. Certain to receive unwanted focus is the fact that this total is the lowest national annualized rate since 1959, or nearly a half-century.
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One Man's Thoughts on Women in Public Restrooms

As I was waiting for my wife after a show recently, I gave the “nod” to several other guys, also waiting, and wondered about the woman experience in public restrooms. I never knew, after being together for more than 25 years, that one of my wife’s horrors in life is the road trip and the dreaded required trips to the public rest rooms.
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Eat or Be Eaten

In business, I subscribe to the theory that you provide the best products and services and let the market dictate who wins or loses. But it’s also wise to know your competition in order to articulate your advantages to the market.
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California Dreaming "

When I took my first trip to California in 1982, the state’s sunny skies, palm trees and ocean views entranced me. With the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming” playing in my head, I understood why people were moving there in droves. For many in the construction trades, California has indeed been a dream location.
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Finding Hidden Treasure

Who wouldn’t love to discover hidden treasure? Personally, I dream of appearing on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow with my grandfather’s coin collection and hearing the expert say: “Mr. Fausch, this is a stunning collection, filled with the rarest pennies ever assembled. It’s easily worth $5 million.”


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Green Gold

It’s been fascinating watching the world turn green, i.e. “environmentally sensitive.” Because BNP Media has published Environmental Design + Construction magazine since 1997, we’ve been able to watch the recent “green rush” from a position of insight.
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One Head Is Not Enough

New Jersey recently turned down a request to require the retrofit installation of fire sprinkler systems in existing high-rise buildings. My concern is that in the spirit of compromise, NJ is considering requiring the installation of sprinklers in common areas, with one head in each apartment, as an alternative to a completely sprinklered building. In my humble opinion, one sprinkler head in an apartment provides little, if any, help.
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That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

I just returned from Atlanta where a gas shortage is creating havoc. At one point I became mired in a line of cars when I simply attempted to turn into my hotel parking lot. My path was blocked by a horde of aggressive, petrol-starved motorists, all emotionally invested in reaching the corner gas station. From the perspective of someone from Michigan, where gas is still plentiful, I found the shortage scary.
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