How To Pick A Structured Cabling Contractor

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Creating a Request for Proposal

The process of hiring the best structured cabling contractor for the job will usually involve issuing what is known as a Request for Proposal or RFP. RFP’s are simply documents that let potential bidders know exactly what you want and provide them with the chance to convince you that they are the best choice for the job. As a bonus, RFPs also help you to organize your thoughts in terms of what type of voice and data applications you want included in the cabling system.

All sorts of information can be included in an RFP. An overview of the project itself is a good idea, since bidders will want to know if the system is intended for a hospital versus an office building or school. Breaking the document down into sections with specific questions related to each communication application you need in the network will also be helpful. Make it clear you want the proposal to follow the same general format of the RFP. Doing so will make it much easier to compare each of the proposals point by point and identify who is providing answers with solid information.

A crucial element of the RFP is a breakdown of the costs associated with designing and installing the structured cabling system. Ideally, you want quotes and estimates for each of the components necessary to build the right type of system. Data cabling contractors are used to providing this type of detail, so don’t hesitate to ask for the breakdown to be included in the proposal. Keep in mind those estimates and quotes can be included as an attachment to the main proposal, or you can opt to have the costs associated with each section, with the total cost included as a final section in the document.

Due Dates

Always include a due date with every RFP you send to project bidders. Make it clear that any proposals received after the due date will not be considered – no exceptions. This will make it much easier for you to settle down with all the structured cabling bids at one time, go through all of them in a logical and orderly manner, and determine which proposal reflects the best combination of price and expertise.

Keep in mind that once you’ve gone through all the voice and data cabling bids and made your selection, notify your first choice and make plans to enter into a formal contract. At the same time, notify the other contractors who submitted proposals of your decision and thank them for their submissions. This will help to maintain good will and increase the chances that they will be willing to work with you if your first choice doesn’t work out for some reason.

Benefits Of Residential Vinyl Siding

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Residential vinyl siding has many benefits for the homeowner. If you are looking to replace the exterior surfaces of your home, vinyl is well worth considering. Here are some of the features and qualities that make vinyl siding a favorable choice.

1. Low Maintenance

Residential vinyl siding is advertised to be maintenance free, and in some cases that is true. Even if you have minor problems with your siding that need to be fixed, it is very easy to do the repairs yourself if you have the right tools and instructions. Vinyl siding does not have to be scraped and painted or have holes filled in like other types of exteriors do.

2. High Resistance to Impact

You will find that residential vinyl siding has a high resistance to impacts such as sports balls thrown or kicked against it, rolled up newspapers hitting it, or animal damage. It does not dent when struck by flying objects. It also has high wind resistance in the case of storms.

3. No Grounding Required

Since residential vinyl siding does not conduct electricity, there is no need for grounding it. It is safe and impervious to lightning strikes. You do not have to worry about your house burning down in an electrical storm because of a stray lightning bolt coming near the siding.

4. Does Not Corrode

There is no corrosion with residential vinyl siding. The vinyl does not rust, and it withstands moisture with no problem as long as it is installed properly. It does not flake or peel as paint on metal or wood siding does, because it is made of one solid piece rather than a coating applied after it is manufactured. If you get good quality residential vinyl siding, it will also not fade in the sun.

5. Inexpensive

Residential vinyl siding is certainly one of the least expensive of house exteriors. Even the most premium quality vinyl siding is reasonably priced and not a drain on your budget. Installation is also less expensive than with products that are more difficult to put onto your home.

6. Green

The newer residential vinyl siding is very environmentally friendly. Insulated vinyl siding increases the R-value of your home, so it is more energy efficient. There is little waste in the manufacturing and installation of vinyl siding as well. Vinyl siding is not hazardous to your health, and since it is lightweight compared to some other forms of siding, it requires less fuel for transportation. These advantages of residential vinyl siding make it a good option for your exterior walls.

World Architecture Festival 2013 – a report

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By Team IAnD Photography: Courtesy WAF’13

October 2 -4 2013 saw three busy days of ideation, discussion and critiques on global architecture and design at the World Architecture Festival held at Moshe Safdie designed Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – a venue as awe inspiring as the projects that unfolded within its festive panorama-

The World Architecture Festival opened to enormous numbers (reportedly the biggest yet) with the theme of 2013 bring -Value and values’, -to examine the relationship between perceptions of financial value and the values that architects typically hold about their work.-

Director of WAF’13, Paul Finch commenting on the sheer quality and diversity of the projects entered into the festival, and shortlisted for the final round of awards, said that the array of projects demonstrated the increasingly global nature of the event.

Among various stalwarts from various quarters of the world, Mumbai’s Ar. Sanjay Puri’s corporate project in Jaipur -72 Screens’, was also shortlisted for the awards.

A vibrant, thought-provoking three-day session of presentations of various projects by the architects, seminars and talks on diverse issues that touch and plague the building industry were discussed and debated. Noted international speakers, project critiques and appreciations apart, everyone waited with baited breath as the ultimate honour – the winner of the World Building of the Year 2013 award was announced and granted to the Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in New Zealand by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

The four main award winners including World Building of the Year Award were Botanical Garden Australia designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and plant expert Paul Thompson for Landscape of the Year; National Maritime Museum of China designed by Cox Rayner Architects for Future Project of the Year; and Barcelona Apartment by David Kohn Architects for World Interior of the Year.

As part of INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors, an event held in conjunction with the WAF’13 with a concentration on interior projects, shortlisted 59 outstanding interior projects across the 12 award categories, Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops, and Transport. For the complete list of awardees, do check out:

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Brazilian Real Estate Market Investment Opportunities

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With breaking news emerging that major airline, Etihad Airways, will be offering direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Sao Paulo from 2013, Brazilian Housetech Development companies have identified the UAE as a target for potential investors to invest in the Brazilian Real Estate Market.

The Brazilian Real Estate Market has opened its doors to the world in recent months as Brazil property investment opportunities continue to soar with the nation witnessing large scale growth. At present, Brazil has one of the most attractive property markets in the world with a number of experts identifying that house price growth in the country currently stands at 23.5%.

Sao Paulo alone is witnessing property prices growing at a rate of 18.7% on a yearly basis and with the news that a major UAE airline has seen the benefits of offering direct flights to Brazil, savvy Brazilian Housetech Development companies are looking to cash in on investors who will undoubtedly take advantage of better access to Brazil because of direct flights into the country.

Waseem Saddique comments: With the world in such a state of economic turmoil its difficult for todays investor to know where to buy real estate. However, Brazil still retains the highly desired imbalance between supply and demand combined with affordable land prices and a domestically-driven economy. Investors, wherever they are in the world, especially the Middle East recognise this and are committing to projects such as Palm Springs, Natal.

Palm Springs already boasts 70% of its land plots sold, having been snapped up by a number of Brazilian middle and upper class nationals and presents itself as one of the most attractive Brazil property investment opportunities available.

Palm Springs is well renowned for its beautiful natural beaches and is ideally located just 20 minutes away from the location of the new international airport that is set to be built in nearby Natal.

In contrast to other Housetech Developments taking place across the area, much of the essential infrastructure is already in place and is approximately 60% complete. Land plots in the area are currently available at very affordable prices and Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) approved investment opportunities are very financially viable.

The area also offers a range of 2 and 3 bedroom luxury villas that can be bought at very low prices, which represent excellent value for money for any UAE investor looking to take advantage of the current state of the Brazil property market.

Top Three Living Room Design Themes

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From family gatherings to watching the television to entertaining gueststhe living room is a place where every person in the house gathers as well as guests. Thats why it can be a tough place to decorate because everyone has different tastes. Use one of these three living room design themes to get the perfect living room everyone will enjoy. Once youve selected a suitable design theme, sketch up a design and start collecting metal wall art for a stress-free way of redesigning your living room.

The modern living room

Modernism uses a combination of minimalistic dcor and unique, stand out and shout colorful accent furnitures. White and bright background colors punctuated with bold and brash accent colors create a modern day living room design that everyone can enjoy. Modernist art like home dcor/a> and framed iconic images tread on wall coverings lightly. Geometric shapes tend to dominate furniture, wall coverings and carpets. Dark colors can be supplemented for light colors to create a contrasting modernist color scheme in many different shades and colors.

Modernist design tip: Metal, metal and more metal. Bright and shiny, dull and dingy, metal artistic pieces can bring a modernistic living room to life.

The southwestern living room

You dont have to live in the desert to enjoy this southwestern styled living room design theme. Rich, deep hues of earthy tones dominate walls and floor coverings. Reds, yellows and green are used as accents to this amazing living room theme. Adobe is used on many western themed dcor materials and animal figurines are common table decorations that permeate the display areas. Diamond, square and oval mirrors are used to reflect light back onto the dark colored living room design.

Southwestern design tip: Native American art work can really set off this design theme. Cant afford the real thing? Making your own is easy with acrylic paints and a canvas.

Country cottage

A classic design for any room, the country cottage theme goes perfect in the living room design. White and bright colors dominate walls, furniture and floor coverings. Accent colors are simple contrasts to white like cream eggshell and moderate grey. The minty fresh look and crisp clean lines are accented by antique furnitures and crackled paints that denote age while still being brand new. Fireplaces and mantle pieces are great additions to this design theme. Decorated with favorite pictures, decorative clocks and your credentials or accomplishments, the country cottage design is meant to be a cozy place where family can kick back, be comfortable and enjoy each others company.

Country cottage design tip: Aging and antiquing new furniture works just fine, but wouldnt you rather have the real thing? Peruse garage sales and the internet for sweet deals on outdated country cottage classics.

Storytelling through Architecture

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By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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Real Estate In India Booming Again

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The Indian real estate and Indian properties play a vital role in the economy of the country. It contributed heavily gross domestic product which is the GDP and is considered to be the second largest generation of employment after agriculture. India has become a preferred investment destination pertaining to the country economic stability. India is moving at a rapid pace towards fast growing economies as it is driven and influenced by many factor like robust economy-changing demographics, multinational entrepreneurialism, buoyant local stock markets and the overall emergence of India on the global stage. The demand for Indian properties both on the home front and commercial front has increased rapidly which has given the companies of the real estate to set up their strong footage in the country and add a new page to their success stories as well. Large scale real estate projects were launched in the country to meet with the demand and thus molded the real estate business into one of the most lucrative sectors prevailing in the country. The sector has attracted funds from overseas, private equity funds, public domestic funds and venture capital. However with the global melt down in 2008, Indian real estate was also engulfed in it, but is now believed to have broken the barriers and is moving rapidly up the stairs.

Though the whole country is witnessing coming up of residential and commercial projects, but the cheery of the cake grabbing all the attention is properties Kolkata, properties Mumbai and properties Chennai. As due to their developing nature and demand for growth of industries, real estate companies have started off with some tremendous projects in these cities. It can be assured that projects when finished will be one of kind on the global front. The properties are characterized with lush green environment, hi storied buildings, hi tech facilities, lots of extra planned facilities like shopping malls, swimming pool, laundry services, sports room etc will make the individuals on the seventh cloud. These projects will make the individuals reside in their own unique mini world and eliminate the need of wandering outside the complex.

The competition in the real estate sector is at its peak. Following cut throat competition between the companies, the consumer is the main beneficiary as he has got the best features and services at his disposal. Moreover if an individual is planning to make any sort of investment, the best offer id to invest in property Kolkata, property Chennai or property Mumbai. You can be assured that you shall never regret this decision of yours in your whole life and in fact will be proud to have made this. One should not delay as more than 80% of the ownership flats have already been sold and very few are left for those lucky chaps to come up.

Spacebats Minimal House Music Free Download

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Music is an essential part of humans in our everyday life. When you walk down a normal street and you will hear all kinds of music before you have walked even a few blocks down. Almost everyday new genres of music spring up having its own listeners and artists. Electronic music is a very popular genre from a very long time in the history and it has become infused with other genres like pop, rock and roll, rap, R&B, etc… House music had begun in Chicago. House music is pot luck puree of different genres mixed with pop samples, instrumentation, and synthesizer effects and reverb-enhanced. House music has had a huge influence in clubs, discotheques and rave parties.

In today’s contemporary world the internet is the biggest platform available to share information, multimedia and ideas. It is like a vast library of the world. You can download books, movies and music. You can share your personal life online with people you choose to. Technological advancement has enabled everyone on this world to stay in touch with music from all over the world. Now, people don’t have to wait for artists to launch their music cd’s in their part of the world to get it. They can simply go online and get it. It has made listening to music a lot simpler for music enthusiasts and easier for artists to release their music.

The internet has millions of free mp3 download websites. There are a lot of websites offering minimal house music free download. There of thousands of tracks of funky house downloads songs. These free MP3 music websites prove to be a great platform for upcoming artists and musicians. The can upload their music and get reviews from people who listen to their music. This helps them to iron out their faults and shortcomings. Ultimately it helps them land contracts with huge recording companies if they become popular and good enough.There are a lot of websites which offer legal MP3 music downloads. You can search for these sites by going to websites which review and rate websites offering legal MP3 music downloads. The plus side of legal funky house downloads music is you get better quality and quite a few freebies. You can start you own collection and create playlists of house music for parties you host by going to websites which offer minimal house music free download.

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Housing Grants for Single Mothers

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Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states that in order to survive there are four basic needs that all human beings need for developing healthy psychologically; food, water, warmth, and shelter. For a single mother, these four things can be hard to provide when dealing with a struggling economy. That is why there are ways to help single mothers like yourself get the help you need in providing adequate shelter for your family. No one should worry about where there next bed will be and if they’ll have shelter before the next storm. >

Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity is a form of a housing grant for single mothers. Unlike usual grants it is not in the form of money. Instead it is in the form of a home that is built by a group of volunteers and the family who will use the home. To qualify for this form of housing assistance you must meet certain financial criteria. You must also be willing to volunteer to help build a future Habitat for Humanity home for another needy family or single parent in the future. Contact your local housing authority or the department of social services for more information on the Habitat for Humanity program.

The Family Unification Program

Sometimes families become separated due to the inability of the single mother to provide adequate and safe housing for her children. This doesn’t mean that the children have been taken away only that they may be staying with relatives temporarily. The Family Unification Program provides a grant voucher to parents who are in need of help in purchasing or renting safe housing for themselves and their family. This program is available through HUD, or the Housing and Urban Development Association. The program is only available to people whom the department of social services have deemed in great need of safe housing. A lack of safe housing must be the only reason preventing the parent from having their child or children living with them.

Housing Choice Vouchers

Although these vouchers are not technically grants they work in the same way. As a federal program, the Housing Choice Voucher provides assistance to single mothers as well as low-income families to help with acquiring affordable housing grants for single mothers. With this program a landlord is paid a subsidy of the rent for the mother. The rest is paid for by the mother.

Affordable housing shouldn’t be stressful. Providing a home should be something everyone can do.

Stacy Montes is a single mom of 3 who writes for the website, Single Mom Financial Help. On the website there are many articles and resources for single mothers, such as how to get grants for single mothers.

Benefits Of Custom Real Estate Website Design

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Your best advertising tool to get your real estate property sold or rented fast, just might be to create your own custom real estate website design. Your real estate website design must be inviting, professional and easy to use if you want your Web traffic to turn into clients. Developing your Web site is one of the most important aspects of your online marketing campaign and if it is not designed properly, can have very negative results. Not only can poor real estate website design drive away potential clients, but poor design can cost you money. There are many websites that offer free website building and hosting. These websites also make it easy to make a free custom website yourself. You do not have to know how to write in complicated html code or learn new website editing software. If you can attach a picture to an e-mail then you should be able to make your own website that looks good and that will impress your potential buyer or tenant.

Keep in mind, having your own custom real estate website design will enable you to write a shorter description for your local newspaper classifieds and save you money. In addition, adding your website address to your newspaper add will give people the opportunity to see all the information and pictures of your real estate in an appealing format. Buyers and renters will have all there question answered, instead of you getting phone calls with inquiries about price, room dimensions, pet policy, school districts, amenities, etc. By having your own custom real estate website design, you should get more phone calls to set up appointments to walk through your real estate property. Also, with your own free website, you can add as many pictures as you want as well as a video to make the most impact. A video tour can be narrated and can point out the various features of the real estate that a casual observer might not realize. A video tour at the property is like always having your agent present at all showings to -sell- your real estate. A narrated video tour guarantees that your property is being shown in a proactive manner. Another advantage of a real estate video tour is that you can include community information. The city or town where a home is listed is an important consideration for a homebuyer. It’s always a good idea to also make sure that a buyer is aware of the benefits of a particular community.

The overall vision of your real estate website design should match the vision of your company. If you already have print materials and print ads for your business, you will want to continue that theme on your Web site.

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