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Don’t let a green building ‘LEED’ to disputes (access required)

In the 20-plus years since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard was introduced, the construction industry has fundamentally changed. With owners and tenants willing to pay a premium for LEED certification, a once nonexistent niche, green building now ...

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Brexit supporters might as well cheer at their own funeral

The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union came as a shock to the markets even as it was known that the margin go or remain was razor thin. What began as an experiment after the Second World War has ...

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Green building is an opportunity for industrial builders (access required)

When you think of industrial manufacturing facilities, like food-processing plants or large-scale bakeries, sustainability and resource efficiency might not immediately come to mind. These workhorse facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, distribution centers and industrial campuses, are designed for maximum ...

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A bicycling mea culpa

Drivers don’t really know the rules regarding bicycles; this I’ve always known. Many will considerately but mistakenly come to a halt on a busy street to let the bicyclist cross, even if the bicyclist is waiting at a stop sign ...

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New hotels make Boise more marketable

Boise is riding a tidal wave of interest that has not only fueled housing development but is impacting tourism and travel — best demonstrated by three new hotels rising up downtown. Several factors are driving the development, including demand from ...

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Business attraction now includes talent attraction

Jan Rogers moved to Twin Falls in 1999 to help market the area to businesses. Working with city officials from several areas of the Magic Valley, Rogers, as executive director of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, presided over some ...

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Considering sufficiency and the need for affordable housing

One of us recently participated in an international conference on law, property and society. Among the topics discussed was that of sufficiency – at what point do we have too much “stuff” so that additional accumulation is unnecessary and done ...

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Rules protect workers who enter confined spaces

The dangers of working in confined spaces have been well known and documented for over 2000 years. During the rule of the Roman emperor Trajan (53-117 AD), physicians of the day wrote of the ill effects suffered by convicts forced ...

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Employee recognition? Jeanne Huff gets it

Employee recognition has spawned a cottage industry of books, articles and seminars. Even as we hurtle toward mind-boggling structural change at work and elsewhere, one conundrum sticks around: How do business leaders show their best employees that their hard work ...

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Putting data security to the test (access required)

Earlier this spring, we learned one of the largest reported data breaches happened not to a government agency, large retailer or multinational corporation, but to an obscure Panamanian law firm. This should come as no surprise, given what we know ...

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