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    February To-Do List: Pruning

    Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee predicted an early spring this Groundhog Day, and spring gardening draws closer day by day. The first step: pruning, which allows us to get rid of any diseased or dying plant parts in order for nutrients to travel more efficiently to parts that are alive. We also prune to shape plant

    • January

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    Dodging the draft with energy-efficient windows

    Dodging the draft with energy-efficient windows

    Windows are the eyes of your home, providing sunlight and hopefully spectacular views. But if your windows are not very energy-efficient, the heat loss from them may be costing you in utility bills, besides feeling the uncomfortable chill of sitting beside such windows on a cold winter day. But not to worry – with emerging

    • April

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    5 Renovations to Make Your House Greener (Without Green Paint)

    hese days it seems that everyone trying to be greener. As people become more and more aware of their impact on the environment, the demand for more environmentally friendly products has risen. This is certainly the case in regards to home construction and renovation. Here are five renovations that can help make your home a bit more efficient and green, none of which involve painting your house green!

    Insulation

    A good place to start when……………

    • December

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    When Should Your Replace Your Windows.

    Given the considerable enhancements in window technology over the past years, determining whether to replace, repair or renew windows can be as hard as making a decision on whether to replace or repair an aging car engine or go for a brand new car.

    As with the car comparison, there are a number of aspects to think about when deciding the future of aging windows. This contains comfort, energy consumption, acoustics, aesthetics and function.

    Discomfort related with old or insufficiently performing windows is a general criticism among building owners, managers and tenants. Windows that let a lot of heat inside during summer times or are cold in winter not only bring about

    • December

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    BEopt, Quick & Free Energy Modeling Software From DOE

    BEopt is an energy modeling software that measures the expected annual energy consumption for any type of home design, and it is also an optimization software that finds the least expensive way to build the envelope of a net-zero energy home. The program has a list of user- adjustable construction cost statistics. This characteristic enables BEopt to verify (i.e) whether a house with 3-inch-thick foam sheathing, 2×6 walls, and triple-glazed windows will cost more or less than a house with 10-inch-thick double-stud walls and double-glazed windows. It will also conclude which of these selections will execute a better result.

    BEopt guides designers of zero-energy homes how to have a better envelope specifications, and allows them identify the right place to quit making envelope enhancements.

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    City Of Atl Proposed Stormwater Requirements

    The City of Atlanta is required by the state and federal government to manage stormwater runoff that enters the City’s combined sewer system and neighboring waterways. The City’s proposed stormwater Management Ordinance applies for development actions including new impervious areas (surfaces that do not let water to soak into the ground like concrete and asphalt), construction of new buildings or additions, pools, patios or decks. If the project is greater than 1,000 sq. ft. of new impervious surface, a specialized drainage plan arranged by an engineer or landscape architect is required to decrease the all stormwater flows by 50 percent. (Thus if you add an averaged size pool to your home, you will have to retrofit your entire home with a system)

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