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Got RECs?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

We do! Or, more precisely we did until we sold them this week. Back in 2010 Spiezle installed a roof full of little crystalline generators (AKA solar panels) that work all day to generate electricity with renewable energy attributes. These attributes take the form of Renewable Energy Credits (RECS, get it?). In our case they are SRECs. Continue Reading

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Optics and Outcomes

Posted by: Steve Leone

If it looks like a house and smells like a house, is it a home? In designing long-term care environments, or as we used to call them, nursing homes, we take great pains to re-create places that look just like the ones we came from. They may have peaks or porches, kitchens or dens, laundries or gardens but they all try to replicate home. It’s natural of course since we work so hard to make our homes just right; comfortable, warm, and above all, ours. Continue Reading

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Upping the Impact of Trade Shows

Posted by: Brian Duke

Trade shows are what many in the professional services industry refer to as “challenging to be differentiated” among the sea of other vendors, and in particular your competitors. Yes, it is true that the trade show floor is crowded, and it can be hard to distinguish decision-makers from non-decision makers or even other vendors – they never print those titles and company names in large enough print on the badges. But, an eye-catching display and, most importantly, engaging and message-educated staff manning the booth make all of the difference in making a trade show a success. Continue Reading

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Getting Personal about Climate Change

Posted by: Scott Downie

Planning for the future is hard work. Let’s face it, the demands of today can make even the day after today a challenge but we plow through. We persevere because as humans we possess a fierce natural drive, an innate need to create our future, not just experience it. We are not lemmings. On the whole, we are creative, driven and inspired to make things happen. Or so I like to think. Continue Reading

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Art & Architecture

Posted by: Scott Downie

We see use of the words Art & Architecture in many varieties and combinations. Whether in the context of a travel guide for historic cities or the curriculum for university programs the two are seen and felt to be linked even by association. It is a compliment to both as the “Art of Architecture” or “Architecture as Art” elevates both to a level the words themselves imply. Continue Reading

Let there be (the right) light

Posted by: Paul Gibeault

What type of lighting is ‘right’ for a senior living space? Answering that question involves understanding many variables affecting the quality of light including but not limited to brightness, contrast, glare and color temperature. Keeping up with technology advancements and building code changes adds yet another layer of complexity. Overlay these variables with the continual desire to recreate home-like environments for senior living while also delivering regulated health care services at times and you have a complex and nuanced formula to calculate in trying to answer the question. Continue Reading

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Dangers in the Darkness

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Severe Weather Can Disrupt Your Operations. Will You Be Ready? 715,000 customers lost power this winter in the Philadelphia region, caused by the latest in a string of severe weather events that have disrupted service. Prolonged power outages are more than an annoyance, they can be life threatening. Continue Reading

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The Only Constant Is (Culture) Change

Posted by: Steve Leone

The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. — Isaac Asimov Continue Reading