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Small Housing Markets Continue to Drive Market Growth

The NAHB's Leading Markets Index, which measures economic and housing growth in metropolitan areas nationwide, added two markets in January but maintained December's overall reading of .86, meaning that the overall housing market is running at just 86 percent of normal activity levels. Smaller metros lead the index in states boosted by energy-related growth, such as Wyoming, North Dakota and Texas.
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Wishing Well in the Berkshires

Homeowners in Great Barrington, Mass., wanted a naturalistic design for their private retreat, blending a new pool, spa and water features with an expanded plant palette, new hardscape, outdoor furniture and kitchen elements.
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Why Wooden You?

The owner of this residence in Sherman Oaks, Calif., needed a fence to replace one in poor condition and provide privacy from the neighboring property. A crew of two from Garden By Design installed the structure and panels in one day. It took two days to construct the lattice, which was done off site, and half of a day to install it on top of the fence. Staining the fence and lattice with a Penifin Oil clear coat was done in a day and a half.
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Revitalizing the Old Vegas Downtown: Container Park a Boon to Local Entrepreneurs

Container Park on West Freemont Street in downtown Las Vegas has repurposed shipping containers as instant stores for local entrepreneurs. The idea derived from the Downtown Project, headed by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.
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Home Sales Contracts Falter in November

The National Association of Realtors' (NAR) index measuring pending contracts for home sales increased just 0.2 percent from October to November and fell 1.6 percent year-over-year. Industry analysts expect higher mortgage rates and tightening lending standards in 2014 to weaken the housing industry, which is expected to finish 2013 with the best sales totals in seven years.
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OSHA Proposal Could Change The Way Employers Manage Workplace Safety

A proposed revision to OSHA's recordkeeping rules could require employers with multiple worksites to collect injury and illness information from each site for the regulatory agency. While the current law requires each worksite to collect its own data and submit it to OSHA as requested, the company-wide mandate would improve employer awareness oversight of workplace safety, the agency said.
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San Francisco Sewage and Stormwater Plan Incorporates Green Infrastructure

Multiple projects to improve and secure the long-term future of San Francisco's century-old combined sewer system are nearing the construction phase after a lengthy design and public review process. The new developments will include multiple installations of permeable pavers, rain gardens and additional green infrastructure.
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Obama Initiative to Fund ''Promise Zones'' - L.A. Could Receive As Much As Half a Billion Dollars

The Los Angeles 2020 Commission's first report, released Dec. 2013, notes L.A. community plans are many decades old and hopelessly out of date, and dramatic underinvesting in three of L.A.'s greatest assets: the Port of Los Angeles, L.A. International Airport and the Department of Water and Power. Pictured is Wilmington Park, a green space created to buffer residents from the Port of Los Angeles.
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PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced its 2014 Calendar of Events.
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Parker Lumber Wins Entrepreneur Award

With 22 stores in Texas and California, Parker Lumber has been in business for over 80 years. The locations also include four Builders' Supply stores in Southern California.
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Lions at the Gates
At the "Lions' Gate" residence in the St. Louis metro area, the path south from the kitchen garden terrace leads to the pool and pool house. The perimeter of the kitchen garden includes teak benches and planting beds of woody plants and perennials, as well as areas for growing cut flowers.
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Support for Texas Trees
These trees were planted within a system of Silva Cells that will not only nurture them but provide stormwater management as well. The catchment area on this project is over 15,000 feet. The average soil volume per tree is 500 cubic feet.
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California School's New Stormwater System Drains by Gravity

Acacia Middle School, located in Hemet, Calif., chose to make extensive improvements to the west side of its campus, including a new driveway and parking lot, classroom modernization and construction of a new gymnasium. Included in the renovations were the design and installation of an entirely new underground stormwater management system featuring CULTEC chambers that drain largely by gravity.
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New Groundskeepers Hall of Famers

To be considered for induction to the MLB Groundskeepers Hall of Fame, a candidate must have ceased to be employed full-time in the profession for at least five years and have made a significant contribution to groundskeeping and the sports turf industry at the Major League level. An individual's impact on the community is also considered.
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$3 Billion Available for Sandy Damage

The FTA has announced the availability of $3 billion to support transit systems damaged by hurricane Sandy.
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Big Cedars Get New Home in Washington State
Big Trees Inc., a tree nursery located near Seattle in the town of Snohomish, Wash., reports that they have 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties, and can provide mature trees in a wide range of sizes like this 18-foot-tall Excelsa cedar. The company also offers tree transplant services, including moving trees to save them from construction damage.
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OPEI Explores Battery/Electric Products

The OPEI, a non-profit trade association that represents manufacturers and their suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment, has announced the development and regulatory initiatives for battery/electric products.
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Stormwater Management Seminar Track

This year LA Expo hosts 30+ CEU approved seminars and workshops in six different seminar tracks, including a stormwater management track, which will educate attendees on erosion control, rain garden design, PICP design and more. Click here to view a list of stormwater seminars. Seats are limited so sign up today!

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2013 ASLA Class of Fellows
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As the only landscape architect at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, where he has led and taught for 36 years, Professor Emeritus Douglas Allen has influenced an entire generation of architects and city planners. He makes clear that each designer's work is part of a greater context, a message he frequently shares with the public.
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What Are Chip on Board LEDs?

LED Bishops Crook Series has Chip on Board LEDs. At the heart of the Bishops Crook LED luminaire is Sentry Products directional optics, which work in tandem with the refractive globe to optimize light distribution while providing comfortable, pleasing illumination.
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Most Automakers on Board with E15

Market penetration of E15 and higher-level ethanol blends is crucial to the government's near- and long-term commitment to biofuels.
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Cub Cadet Launches Electric Zero-Turn Riding Mower

The International Consumer Electronics show honored the Cub Cadet zero-turn riding mower with an Innovations in Design & Engineering award. The show recognized its technology for powering the future of lawn care.
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Introducing Lavender Phenomenal

Growers and consumers rave about this hardy and consistent lavender. Lavandula x intermedia 'Niko' PPAF needs to be located in full sunlight within Zones 5-10. Its height is 3- to 4-feet, its width is 2- to 3-feet, and it produces vibrant purple flowers.
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Project EverGreen Student Art Contest
Project EverGreen, a national non-profit organization that preserves and enhances green spaces, has announced a student art contest that will begin February 1.
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Duradek Reaches its Fabulous 40s!

Duradek's waterproof vinyl roof and walking deck membrane system provides permanent waterproof protection for sundecks, roofdecks, balconies and other areas; it's available in many stylish colors, patterns and textures and comes with a 10-year warranty.
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South Florida Water District Grows Restoration Project

With the land exchange, Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West (STA-1W), just west of Wellington, Fla., will grow from 6,700 acres to 11,300 acres, giving the South Florida Water Management District an expanded stormwater treatment area for aquatic plants to remove phosphorus and other nutrients from water flowing south into the Everglades. The project is one of 10 components in the state's restoration strategies plan to improve Everglades water quality.
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