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South Florida population hits 6 million for first time

1. The tri-county region (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) is 8th most populous in the U.S.

2. Most of the population growth comes from outside United States

3. Miami-Dade’s population has grown 7.8 percent within the last 5 years

Miami Herald
Charles Rabin
24 March 2016

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Lego-Style Home

1. This Lego-style home can be built in a few weeks with just a screwdriver.

Tech Insider 14
February 2016

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Li-Fi (Light Fidelity): Transmission of data using light

1. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.
2. Li-Fi will not entirely replace Wi-Fi since light waves cannot travel through walls. It also doesn’t work outdoors with direct sunlight.
3. pureLiFi co-founder estimates that the technology will be ready for public use within the next two to three years.

Quartz
Anne Quito
28 November 2015

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5 VA Home Buying Benefits Under-used

1. Less-than-Perfect Credit: OK

2. Lower Rates

3. Closing Cost Reduction

4. No Mortgage Insurance

5. No Down Payment

Full Breaker, Inc.
2 February 2016

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Port Saint Lucie Seen As Affordable Housing Option

1. An additional 100,000 people are expected to move to Port St. Lucie in the coming years.

2. 11,615 workers commute from homes in St. Lucie County to jobs in Palm Beach County.

3. The median price of a newly built home in St. Lucie County is $182,000, compared with $526,100 for a new home in Palm Beach County.

4. The price gap creates opportunities for Palm Beach County workers who don’t mind driving because the median household income in Palm Beach County is $66,000, well above the $53,300 median for the Port St. Lucie metro area.

Palm Beach Post
Jeff Ostrowski
12 January 2016

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HVAC Ducts in Conditioned Space

1. The best opportunity to minimize costs is during the design phase.

2. Even in conditioned space, ducts should be insulated to reduce the risk of condensation and mold. They should be tightly sealed and tested for leakage.

3. Strict attention should be paid to eliminating air leakage pathways in the space around the ducts.

4. Electric and plumbing chases should be properly sealed and pressure-isolated from the HVAC chase.

5. Adequate return-air pathways must be provided.

6. New research is exploring techniques for burying ducts in attic insulation in some climates with similar performance results to fully locating them in conditioned space

US Department of Energy
Building Technologies Program
January 2013

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HVAC Ducts in Conditioned Space: Case Study

1. Team meetings on-site after the home has been “dried in” with the objective of minimizing the need to alter or redo work due to lack of knowledge of the requirements are very important to insure quality work from all involved sub-contractors.

2. Constant vigilance is needed by job-site supervisor to insure proper implantation of system.

3. There are additional costs for materials, or additional framing and drywall.

4. Payback is impacted by other efficiency improvements, depending on the expense of the method employed.

 

US Department of Energy
Building Technologies Program
July 2013

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Global home automation market expected to grow from $32.11B in 2015 to $78.27B by 2022

Growth attributed to factors such as:

1. Significantly growing IoT market.

2. Cost reduction measures enabled by home automation systems.

3. Large number of manufacturers expanding their product portfolios.

4. Increasing importance of home monitoring from remote locations.

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