Greetings One & All!
Past News Letters
What a Month!
Calgary to Boston, to New York to Washington to Toronto to
Niagara Falls to Toronto to Kingston to Kitchener to Toronto to
Calgary...it was great meeting all the new faces and seeing old
On October 5th
Dan Holohan, John Barba and yours truly,
along with Joe W from JV Mechanical, the folks
from the Portland Group and a room full of great contractors
raised $20,000 for the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.
Thanks Mr. Tim Doran from Wirsbo for coming up
with the idea.
Way to go guys!
Click Here to See What's New With Barbara.
"The hospital's physician CEO, Dr. Steven M.
Altschuler, wanted to create an environment that would provide
an ideal patient experience," says project manager and
Karlsberger architect John Plappert. "So all of the drivers for
this project were oriented toward creating welcoming, healing
spaces that would support such an experience." excerpt from
By Jean Nayar, Contract News Letter, © 2005 VNU eMedia Inc., All
"It was really nice to attend your seminar in
Kingston. As always, very informative and very enjoyable. I was
just reflecting on the 166,000 sensors embedded in the skin and
when I looked up the list price for a floor sensor, it priced
out at $51.00 each. That's a whopping $8,466,000 or $423,300 per
166,000 thermal sensors covering a nominal 20
sf of skin surface area.
That's why we can't emphasis enough that we do
not condition buildings
we condition people ...
hmm healing spaces ...
Dr. Steven M. Altschuler understands.
designer Rosalyn Cama,
Seniors get it.
How about you?
Talk with us at our online forum.
October/November 2005 News Letter
down for all the latest including an article from Mark
Eatherton one the most
recognized industry specialist here to share his first of
several bits of wisdom.
Web Stuff: The Nuts and Bolts of Indoor Environmental Quality. We
have started to add content to the Nuts & Bolts section of
our website. This material is for those who have zippy
machines connected to high speed servers who love the
technical aspects of design.
Click Here (Caution: Patience is required for the file
loads ( 20 to 60 seconds ) so grab a cup a coffee or a tea and sit back and enjoy).
Thanks again to our contributors who have been helping out
with great advice to our visitors. Were up to 165 plus
registered users. Right now our own Geoff McDonell, P.Eng.
is working with contractor extraordinaire Mike Lamkin on
using radiant with high velocity air systems.
150 Year Old Civil War
Radiant System In
Survival of the Fittest
The Energy Pig Will Make
The Benefits of Radiant
in a Natural Disaster
Trust the students and
teachers when it comes
Just a short note...
Sounds Perfect Radiant Royals
Builders Using Radiant
Feature: Barbara Kennedy, founder and President of
Changing Gears Inc., spent six weeks traveling between
Vancouver, B.C. and Oakville, Ontario organizing her 86 year
old mother's affairs...read her story here:Personal
experience set wheels in motion for Changing Gears by
a Halton Media Group Article
...of recent note:
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to advise
you that at
a board meeting last night, your joining the Advisory
approved! We are very excited to have you as part of our
Canadians for Properly Built Homes (CPBH)
CPBH was established to effect necessary and meaningful
positive change to the building and renovation industries in
....and I look forward to serving along with Karen
and the fine folks at
Karen has a message for all readers at the forum.
New Guest Contributor
A Consumers Guide to
Purchasing Radiant Heating
New Special Report
by Jeffrey C. May,
The Little Girl and Her Couch
New Coast2Coast Article by Geoff McDonell,
P.Eng., LEED AP
Complete Comfort System
New Article by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the U.S.
Green Building Council
Home, Solar Home
Inspecting Hydronics Heating Systems
The Role of Interior Design on Indoor Comfort Quality
Heat Loss to Head Loss, A 12 Step Process for Designing
Dave Yates and Gary
Hayden will be back in the New Year with more fun
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Seniors Housing Council Is Now the 50+ Housing Council
The NAHB Seniors Housing Council is changing its name
to the 50+ Housing Council to better reflect the
council's membership and the wide range of housing types
currently being built.
This new, inclusive name mirrors the diverse
membership the council serves, including active adult,
assisted living, independent living, continuing care
retirement communities and other seniors housing. It
also will position the council, which has nearly 1,200
local and at-large members across the country and
abroad, for continued growth in the future.
"Today’s mature home buyers simply don’t identify
themselves as ‘seniors,’ and the 50+ Housing Council
wants to be in touch with our members and the dynamic
consumers they serve," said Randy Rinehart, CBG, CAPS,
chairman of the 50+ Housing Council and a custom builder
from Charlottesville, Va. "The new name is more
marketable and will allow the Council to reach builders,
developers and other professionals involved in the 50+
The NAHB Board of Directors approved the name change
during the Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Reno, Nev.
While the grand unveiling and launch of the new name
will not occur until the 2006 International Builders’
Show in January in Orlando, Fla., the new name and logo
is popping up on the NAHB Web site, in marketing
material and here in Nation’s Building News.
In addition, Seniors' Housing News will relaunch as
50+ Housing Magazine with its Winter 2006 issue and
Seniors Housing e/Source, the council’s e-newsletter,
will soon reach desktops as 50+ Council e/Source.
The new name is only part of the effort to increase
value and benefits for members, including the new online
membership directory and research exclusive to 50+
Housing Council members only.
For more information about the name change and
council benefits, visit
on the NAHB Web site.
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