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"Cash for Caulkers": Potentially Good News for Construction Pros

The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, often referred to as the "Cash for Caulkers" rebate program, was approved by the House in May. If passed by the Senate, construction pros will benefit from a new round of tax-reducing incentives for their customers. 
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Helping Construction Pros Navigate In a Digital World

Not long ago, most professionals belonged to their national, state or local association. Or they belonged to a peer group, civic club, or some organization that exposed them to new ideas, skills, and tools, all while networking with other pros.
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Taking the Measure of the Cloud

Is rising interest a sign of things to come?
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Data Centers Will Soon be in the Public Eye

The industry is achieving a new prominence
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Last chance for intelligent buildings research

CABA's Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Counci is reporting that time is running out to participate in its collaborative North American Intelligent Buildings Roadmap research project. Organizations participating in the research
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What's Happening in Energy

Is there anything new under the sun?


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World Cup Stadium Construction Is Breathtaking, But What's Hiding in South Africa's Shadows?

Apparently, there’s a little soccer tournament starting today called the “2010 FIFA World Cup”. I understand it will attract hundreds of millions of viewers from around the globe.
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Here's a New Trade Show Everyone Can Attend

I’ve always been baffled by the low turnout for many construction-related trade shows. Even when the number of attendees reaches record levels, the total represents a fraction of the universe of contractors, engineers, architects, wholesalers, and maintenance pros who should be attending. 
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Hurricanes. Bad Weather Do Not Always Mean Downtime

SunGard, Eaton provide tips on dealing with storms and other tricky situations
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MOE Signed Between ASRHAE and JSRAE

ASHRAE is reporting a memorandum of understanding was signed between the society and the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (JSRAE). The two groups agreed “to advance and promote
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