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US home remodeling industry could see resurgence in 2011
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As the home mortgage market for new homes continues to be strained, a new report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University is predicting home improvement in 2011 to start on a new bull run. The report notes that remodeling expenditures will shift from high-end, discretionary projects to replacements and systems upgrades. As Baby Boomers age, remodeling and upgrading existing housing inventory may make more economic sense than trying to downsize depending on circumstances. More

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ASID Foundation Announces Winner of $100,000 Research Grant
Healthy Building Network awarded for their Materials Research Collaborative


The ASID Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the Materials Research Collaborative, a two-year project of the Healthy Building Network (HBN). The Foundation received proposals from more than 60 interior designers, scientists and educators for projects focusing on how interior design improves human behavior.

A central element of the partnership between HBN and BuildingGreen, The Materials Research Collaborative operates with the purpose of enabling the interior design community to more proactively participate in reducing the use of building products that are hazardous to human health while stimulating market demand for healthier building products. The project will provide interior designers with an improved level of independently-verified information that can be applied to avoid using these materials. This information will be presented for use via the Pharos online database and analysis system, a project of HBN that has established itself as the industry leader in transparent access to chemical and material properties of building products. To learn more, go to www.healthybuilding.net.



Consumers experiencing green fatigue
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According to a new Harris Poll, adults in the United States are now less likely to engage in green behaviors in their daily life than they were in the summer of 2009, including making efforts to use less water, purchase locally grown produce and locally manufactured products, purchase Energy Star appliances, and compost organic waste. Only 36 percent of adults in the poll said they are concerned about the planet they are leaving behind for future generations, compared to 43 percent who said so in 2009. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.
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Architecture billings remain strong in December
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Business conditions at architecture firms continued to show signs of improvement in December, as the AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained above 50 for the second month in a row with a score of 54.2. This marks the first time in three years that there have been two consecutive months with more firms reporting increasing firm billings than reporting declining firm billings. However, cautious optimism remains the watchword, as activity levels may remain volatile during the first half of 2011. More



Chinese consumers developing a taste for interior design
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Changes in affluence and lifestyle are increasing Chinese consumers' interest in interior design. Despite the small size of families, demand for bigger houses will rise as people get richer. At the same time changing tastes will lead to more demand for everything, from better quality fittings to cleaner and greener housing developments. More



For designers who like to read
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A new website, Designers & Books, is scheduled to launch next week, on Feb. 1. The site's mission is to publish lists of books that esteemed members of the design community identify as personally important, meaningful, and formative. These are books that have shaped the designers' values, their worldview, and also their ideas about design. The inaugural list includes over 675 titles. More

Elegant, Unique Laser Cutting

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New association focuses on nurses' role in healthcare design
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The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD) was recently launched as a not-for-profit nursing association to educate and inspire nurse leaders about their role in healthcare design and construction. The concept for the institute began in 2005, when NIHD president Debbie Gregory, RN, BSN recognized the need for more collaboration and education between the design and construction community and the clinical community. More



Office plants have hidden benefits
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Studies have shown that office plants may help improve indoor air quality, but new research suggests they may have other benefits as well. In a study conducted in Norway, the researchers determined that cognitive performance is better in offices with plants than without plants, even when the offices included desks next to a window that looked out over a natural landscape. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking

Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system.  more


Outdoor kitchen trends in 2011
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Recently, a group of design pros, appliance dealers and manufacturers were asked to look into their crystal balls and share their thoughts on what trends they see developing for outdoor kitchens in 2011. While interest in outdoor kitchens declined in 2010, these experts believe it will revive in 2011. More



Waiting rooms getting a face lift
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Until recently, physician practices had little motivation to focus on the waiting room; quality of care was the highest priority. Today's consumers expect more than just competency. Medical practitioners are beginning to act like retailers, which invest heavily in store design to influence consumer attitudes and behavior. Long a neglected stepchild of medical office design, the waiting room is receiving overdue attention. More

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Chair made of 8,000 chopsticks unfolds into sofa
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Spacehacking is a common craft among urban dwellers who want to make the most out of their less-than-generous floor plans. From Japanese-born, German-based designer Yuya Ushida comes Sofa_XXXX, an ingenious chair that expands into a 3-person couch. Made of biodegradable materials and remarkably space-efficient, the sofa is a pinnacle of design ingenuity and a clever solution for the spatially challenged urbanite. More


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Award-winning manufacturer of individually handcrafted tubs, shower bases, shower enclosures, sinks and bath furniture. More


Design that Makes a Statement

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Design, sustainability, creativity and emotions are aspects that play increasingly important roles in the consumer goods sector. The Ambiente trade show in Frankfurt, Germany spotlights these subjects with trend shows, design presentations, exhibitions and awards ceremonies. Furthermore, the 'Talents' promotional program is now an established career launching pad for the designer scene. For more information visit us online.
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