2011 Earth Day Electronics Recycling Event

Created by Phil Wonders on 04/15/2011 08:00 am

For those of you with old, unused, broken electronics that need to get out of your garage, check out THE 2011 EARTH DAY ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT being held at Cal Expo and put together by SIMS RECYCLING SOLUTIONS.

You will be helping generate a donation to the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.

Where: Cal Expo

1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

When: Earth Day, April 22nd;

6:00AM - 7:00PM

Items Accepted: TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, printers, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDA's, radios, stereos, MP3 players, DVD/CD players, VCR, cell phones, CPUs, servers, and hard drives

Items Not Accepted: No household appliances, batteries, microwaves, toner/ink cartridges, cans, and bottles.


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Comments (1) Tags: Green, Recycling

Shining a Light on North Korea

Created by Robert Boucher on 04/06/2011 10:32 am

This is an excellent book and it really opened my eyes to some of what goes on under the rule of Kim Jong-Il. I strongly recommend it. Here's a review from Publishers Weekly:

Starred Review. A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea, in which Demick, an L.A. Times staffer and former Seoul bureau chief, draws out details of daily life that would not otherwise be known to Western eyes because of the near-complete media censorship north of the arbitrary border drawn after Japan's surrender ending WWII. As she reveals, ordinary life in North Korea by the 1990s became a parade of horrors, where famine killed millions, manufacturing and trade virtually ceased, salaries went unpaid, medical care failed, and people became accustomed to stepping over dead bodies lying in the streets. Her terrifying depiction of North Korea from the night sky, where the entire area is blacked out from failure of the electrical grid, contrasts vividly with the propaganda on the ground below urging the country's worker-citizens to believe that they are the envy of the world. Thorough interviews recall the tremendous difficulty of daily life under the regime, as these six characters reveal the emotional and cultural turmoil that finally caused each to make the dangerous choice to leave. As Demick weaves their stories together with the hidden history of the country's descent into chaos, she skillfully re-creates these captivating and moving personal journeys. (Jan.)
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Comments (0) Tags: books, korea

Let's Help Miyamoto International Help The People of Japan

Created by Robert Boucher on 04/22/2011 09:00 am

Kit Miyamoto unveils a new nonprofit organization to help save lives before and after disasters worldwide. Learn more about the upcoming event here.

First hand view of a tragedy

Created by Kit Miyamoto on 04/21/2011 08:00 am

Kit Miyamoto, Principal at Miyamoto international shares his first hand and very personal observations from Sendai, Japan.  If the news stories were not enough, take a few minutes as Kit describes the impacts on the people of Sendai and a once familiar landscape.

We wish all the best to Kit and to the people of Japan...

Kit's blog from March 16th

Kit's blog from March 18th

Kit's blog from March 22nd

It's Not Easy Being Green

Created by Tyler on 04/01/2011 10:00 am

Ascent Builders had the pleasure of being educated on the new 2010 California Green Building Standards Code by Air Systems' Scott Burrill, Jim Meurer, & Allen Crosby.

California's standard building codes have been revised to mimic some of the LEED requirements for building certifications. Unfortunately, it can be quite a task to keep up with all the changes. Fortunately, the gentlemen of Air Systems came by with sandwiches to highlight some of the major mechanical changes.

Plumbing Impacts:

  • Water Use Reduction - Allowable plumbing fixture flow rates were reduced.
  • Water Metering - Buildings with 50,000 sf or greater are now required to have independent metering for any tenant using more than 100 gal/day. Some occupancies are automatically required to have independent metering, such as laundromats, restaurants, medical/dental offices, labs, & salons.

HVAC Impacts:

  • All projects will now require capped and protected duct at fabrication and covered ends at installation.
  • A minimum of MERV 8 filtration is required for all equipment.
  • Adhesive VOC limits.
  • Commissioning Requirements - All projects 10,000 sf and larger must have commissioning roughly equal to LEED fundamental commissioning. Projects under 10,000 sf also have commissioning requirements, although they are much less stringent.   

The folks at Air Systems were highlighting the mechanical changes. However, for a quick cheat sheet of all the new mandatory requirements, download the Non-Residential Checklist here. 

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