Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / The Key Elements of ‘Green’ Home Improvements Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Subscribe Previous: Report Reveals Credit Tightening for Some Homebuyers Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Ocwen, RoundPoint, and More Share Save Tagged with: Appraisal Buyers Home Homeowners Real Estate Agents REO Value The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago October 4, 2018 1,655 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha The Key Elements of ‘Green’ Home Improvements Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Appraisal Buyers Home Homeowners Real Estate Agents REO Value 2018-10-04 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News What is the biggest difference between a truly green home and a property with eco-friendly features? The answer lies in the value of the home. According to the Appraisal Institute homeowners looking to increase the value of their home must look at making six key elements of their property truly energy-efficient. They include site; water efficiency; energy efficiency; indoor air quality; materials; and operations and maintenance.“The latest research shows that green and energy-efficient home improvements have the potential to pay dividends for buyers and sellers,” said James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, President of the Appraisal Institute. “However, it depends on the improvements made. Some green renovations, such as adding Energy Star appliances and extra insulation, are likely to pay the homeowner back in lowered utility bills relatively quickly.”Homeowners looking to save on taxes can also look at installing renewable energy systems in their homes to become eligible for federal tax credits, according to Murrett, who cited the guidelines by the Environment Protection Agency that has extended tax credits for all residential renewable energy products through December 31, 2021 and features a gradual step down in the credit value.To get a true appraisal value for their homes, Murrett advised that homeowners should keep all new construction documents that outline the energy-efficient home improvements for appraisers and potential buyers. For homebuyers, looking for energy efficient homes he advised to choose a lender who ” has knowledge of high-performance homes and will make the right choice for an appraiser.”“Builders and homeowners should collect and share with appraisers data about cost and benefits of green building materials and energy-efficient features to establish historical data regarding return on investment of green construction,” Murrett said.In its guide to the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum released earlier this year, the Appraisal Institute aimed to explain how each high performance or energy-efficient feature of a home applied to the valuation and marketing of a property.To read the Institute’s book on Residential Green Valuation Tools, click here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
The LeMay Group of Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula, is a Mesozoic accretionary prism that was constructed during subduction of Pacific and proto-Pacific oceanic crust. In central Alexander Island, several distinct lithologic associations can be identified, including two interpreted as underplated units: (i) a sandstone-mudstone association, consisting of thin- to medium-bedded non-channelled turbidite deposits, representing probable trench fill, and (ii) a basalt-chert association, representing oceanic crustal rocks, and its siliceous sedimentary cover. These two units are complexly deformed by dominantly westward-(oceanward-) directed thrusting. Structural relief introduced by later faulting reveals a wide range of structural styles and metamorphic grades representing different levels within the progressively deforming underplated units. Deformation ranges from thrust-related stratal disruption of poorly-lithified clastic sediment, achieved by independent particulate flow and cataclasis, through solution-dominated processes in clastic and siliceous rocks, to the development of pervasive cleavage fabrics at green-schist and transitional blueschist facies, with local crystal-plastic deformation. Later deformation (crenulation fabrics and isolated zones of folding) is of uncertain origin but probably resulted from further accretionary adjustments within the underplated units. The deepest levels may have been partially exhumed by syn-accretionary backthrusting or by transpression within a strike-parallel zone related to oblique convergence. Microstructural evidence reveals the importance of fluids in controlling deformation. Fluids were introduced with the underthrusting sediment and/or were generated during diageneis and metamorphism. In particular, evidence for locally elevated pore-fluid pressures is consistent with the rapid tectonic burial of a lithologically heterogeneous sequence and its subsequent evolution in a semi-closed system, with only limited fluid escape. Such microstructural criteria may be crucial to the identification of underplated units in other ancient accretionary prisms where the overall large-scale structural geometry cannot be reconstructed from fragmentary exposures.
The University of Oxford this week agreed to pay all direct employees a living wage with immediate effect. This move means an increase in the salaries of all the Universities’ lowest paid direct employees, both casual and full-time, to £7.45 an hour.This decision represents a substantial victory for the Living Wage Campaign which has been in operation since 2006. The campaign has gained support from University staff and students as well as other universities up and down the country. The campaign has fought to increase the wages of those on the bottom rung of the University’s payroll.The figure of £7.45, which comprises the ‘living wage’, is calculated by taking into account the basic rate of living, which is higher than the current government-implemented minimum wage of £6.31. This figure rises to £8.55 for those employed in London.Daniel Turner, press officer for the Oxford University Labour Club, told Cherwell “We’re naturally very pleased that the University has agreed to pay all direct employees a living wage. OULC members have worked hard alongside the Living Wage Campaign, and we will continue to agitate for fairer pay for college staff and for those employed indirectly by the university.“The Labour-controlled City Council is a living wage employer, and Labour’s 2013 manifesto for Oxfordshire calls for the County Council to do the same. Our work is part of a broader movement in Labour Students to spread the living wage in Britain’s universities, with several major successes so far.”Sarah Santhosham, OUSU charities chair told Cherwell, “For many years the OUSU Living Wage Campaign has been pressing for staff employed by the University and its Colleges to be paid an amount that they can afford to live on, in collaboration with many student groups, community groups, the Council and most importantly the workers themselves.“It is a very welcome development that all directly employed staff are now being paid a Living but the problem of poverty pay still persists for the hundreds of contracted workers at the University and much remains to be done. The OUSU campaign will keep on fighting for these changes, while actively continuing to support campaigns run by studentsacross the Colleges.”The university’s recent decision does not affect those indirectly working for them, such as the employees of contractors. In a document published on the 15th March by the university’s personnel services it was stated that “The Personnel Committee has made no commitments relating to future increases in the Living Wage or to employees of contractors who are working on university premises. A working party will be set up to consider how to assist departments who wish to pay the Living Wage to the employees of university contractors.”The document went on to state that “A working group is being set up to consider how best to assist departments who wish to ensure that staff of contractors working on university premises are paid at the Living Wage. More information on this will be available in due course.”
Philly funk and soul powerhouse Swift Technique has been a steady player on the Northeast scene over the past decade. With vocalist Chelsea ViaCava leading charge, the band is headed to New York City for their first headlining performance at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, November 8th. To spice things up, Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman will be joining them, along with support from NYC-based world beat fusion act Drumadics and rock act Denizen (purchase tickets here).The group recently released the video for their original song “Annawanna,” highlighting their seamlessly blended brand of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop. Swift Technique has been making the rounds on a busy Fall tour, recently coming off a summer full of performances and festival appearances that saw the group share the stage with acts such as Orgone, The Fritz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, and more. If you are a viewer of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, you may have even caught the band performing on the show in the season finale back in 2016.“Annawanna”:[via Swift Technique]Straight from the underground of the NYC streets, 5-piece beat-n-brass band Drumadics, led by percussionist William B. Johnson, have performed down in the subways to international clubs, for the New York Knicks, the U.S. Open, SuperBowl 48 and Cirque du Soleil, and have even opened for such artists as Eve, Raphael Saadiq, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz and Janelle Monáe. The accomplished act plays everything from their own original to unique covers of artists such as Curtis Mayfield to Kanye West. They even were called upon to lay down the beat for the most recent World Baseball Classic in 2017.34th Street Underground NYC:[via Drumadics Beat-n-Brass Band]With two EPs under their belt and a full-length album scheduled for release in 2019, New York rockers Denizen have paid their dues as an everyday touring American rock band, and are poised to take their road show beyond the East Coast.“Carried Away”:[via Am Media Group]Tickets for Swift Technique’s performance at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom with Denizen and Drumadics on Thursday, November 8th are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page.