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Current Builders Announces New Affordable Senior Housing Project in Manatee County

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Current Builders today announced their newest project Reef at Riviera, located in Manatee County, Florida. The general contractor has formed a joint venture with the developer Dominium Inc., based in Plymouth, Minnesota, to build a new affordable senior housing project in the City of Palmetto.

The architecture firm is the Bessolo Design Group. Construction recently began on the $33 million, 5-story, 224-unit multifamily housing project, and anticipated completion is late Fall 2021.

"We are honored to be partnering with Dominium on this project," said Chip Angenendt, Current Builders' VP West Coast Division. "This is a great project for our company because it provides a valuable service to the residents of the City of Palmetto. We look forward to building a successful relationship with one of our country's premier leaders in the affordable housing arena."

The main building will feature one-two-and three-bedroom units. Current Builders will also be constructing the ancillary site structures including a 1-story detached garage (with 10 stalls) and a small 1-story maintenance building. The scope also includes all the site-work, site lighting, paving, drainage, underground utilities, landscaping, and infrastructure improvements required for the complete turnkey construction of this project. Reef at Riviera will be an age and income restricted property.

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About Current Builders:

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues in excess of $250 million. The firm specializes in multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

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Despite Uncertain Times, Avatar Construction Continues to Thrive with Rapid Expansion of Commercial Construction Services Across Northeast

BOSTON, Mass. -- Avatar Construction, Inc. announces continued expansion and record-breaking growth in 2020. While most companies have experienced a drop in business due to current events, Avatar has experienced a massive increase in both new projects and revenue. Avatar has quickly become one of the most sought-after contractors in the Northeast with its comprehensive service and client focused approach.

Avatar Construction is a forward-thinking commercial general contractor that has developed a proven formula responsible for its rapid growth. "We have always set ourselves apart from what clients have come to expect from a general contractor," said Nazar Vincent, Avatar's President. "Our commitment to providing value over success has proven immensely beneficial for both our clients and Avatar Construction. By building and maintaining a team-oriented relationship between Avatar, the client and all subcontractors involved in each project, the Avatar Team can focus efforts directly on delivering a high-quality product on time and on budget."

The Greater Boston corporate office specializes in private and public sector projects and is on pace to close fiscal year 2020 with over $20M in revenue. Future projections set Avatar on a clear path to exceed $100M by fiscal year 2025. "I attribute our continued growth to our client over company philosophy paired with our obsession to be the best in the industry," said Vincent. "We are always laser focused on giving our clients exactly what they need and more."

About Avatar Construction

Avatar Construction is an award-winning commercial general contractor providing comprehensive design-build construction management services for clients in various markets across the Northeastern United States. Founded in 1999, Avatar is a privately held employee-owned company that has quickly grown into a multi-million-dollar organization, known for its innovation and commitment to providing value over success.

Avatar Construction, Inc. is headquartered in Waltham Massachusetts and can be reached by calling (617) 714-5773 or through the corporate website.

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Green Buildings Are Not Sustainable, says Janis Birkeland

MELBOURNE, Australia -- According to Dr Janis Birkeland, the originator of net-positive design, while sustainable 'green' buildings are making great strides, they still do more damage than no building at all.

"Each green building increases the problem," she says. "Even though there are numerous sustainable building initiatives and processes that purport to contribute to sustainability, the industry is still analyzing and assessing all the wrong things in the wrong ways. For example, there are dozens of things fundamentally wrong with green building rating tools."

However, Birkeland also says that construction, which causes so much environmental destruction, could actually save nature and deliver social and environmental justice.

"True sustainability is possible and affordable, but not if we use the same strategies."

Dr Birkeland's new book, "Net-Positive Design and Sustainable Urban Development" (ISBN 9780367258566), explains why current theories and practices are not effective. It systematically dissects these failings and reverses their underlying concepts.

The book builds on this critique to show how urban development can give back more than it takes over its lifecycle. It provides examples to show that development can increase - rather than just repair, restore or regenerate - overall social, ecological and economic sustainability.

"Technically speaking, in a net-positive city, nature's 'positive' ecological footprint would exceed humanity's 'negative' ecological footprint, relative to pre-urban conditions.

"Positive Development theory has led to new methods, strategies and tools that enable professionals and students to design (and assess) net-positive buildings and environments that increase the natural and social life support systems," said Dr Birkeland.

Net-Positive Design presents game-changing sustainable planning analyses, a collaborative design process and a free STARfish computer app. The STARfish enables designers to go beyond zero (or recycling systems) to create designs that yield net-positive environments. It defines new criteria and benchmarks based on fixed, objective biophysical conditions, rather than relative to conventional (unsustainable) buildings or current conditions.

"The new approach not only up-ends building assessment tools, it integrates assessment and measurement with design. It synthesises the 'hard' technical and 'soft' creative dimensions in planning, decision making and design."

Creating and measuring 'beyond zero' cumulative impacts is no easy task but, thanks to Dr Birkeland's insights and dedication to sustainable development, it has now been done and is available around the world for educators and professionals alike.

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Authoritative comments about Net-Positive Design:

"From the author who developed Positive Development theory comes another tour de force - a delightful guide for those of us disappointed with the direction of conventional approaches to wicked problems." - Mirek Dymitrow, Lund University and University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

"By re-engineering our approach to urban development, Birkeland reveals how cities could become our most powerful resource in reversing the trends associated with climate change...Essential reading for all decision makers." - Dr Kathi Holt, architect and strategic urban designer.

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Hardback: ISBN 9780367258559

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Dr Janis Birkeland was an architect, city planner and attorney in San Francisco before entering academia. Dr Birkeland has devoted her working life to sustainable development, originating many increasingly familiar sustainable design concepts. She is presently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, having been a Professor of sustainable architecture in Australia and New Zealand. Her books include Design for Sustainability (2002) and Positive Development (2008).

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New Rug Website Makes Finding a Specific Rug Size a Breeze

WESTPORT, Conn. -- It's a common problem for consumers - finding just the right size area rug to fit a specific space. A new website,, launched by GetBySize, LLC, solves this problem by aggregating multiple retailers all in one place. Consumers no longer have to visit different retailers to find what they're looking for. This new website is basically one-stop-rug shopping and consumers only need to give a few clicks of the mouse.

The site currently features more than 20 retailers all in one place and includes top retailers such as Bloomingdales, Sotheby's Home, One Kings Lane, Loomy Home and more. Inventory is impressive with more than 400,000 rugs from which to choose and more are being added all the time.

RugsBySize is a helpful resource for not just individual consumers, but busy interior designers, architects and other design professionals. Time is money, so a site like RugsBySize can help boost a business's bottom line.

On the flip side, rug and carpet retailers who partner with RugsBySize increase access to more sales. They get more exposure because consumers have access to more products at a glance.

The website is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Main search criteria are size and price and searches can be narrowed by store, style and brand too.

RugsBySize gives consumers access to just about any style rug - Persian rugs, Oriental rugs, Turkish rugs, luxury rugs, modern rugs, cowhide rugs, wool rugs, hand-tufted rugs, hand-knotted rugs and kids rugs.

With RugsBySize, searching for a rug is no longer frustrating or futile. RugsBySize delivers just what the consumer needs - the perfect size rug in less time and with better results.

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Northern White Sand Consortium: Rystad Energy Study Links Sand Proppant Type to Decreased Oil and Gas Production and Profitability

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Northern White Sand Consortium (NWSC), a subgroup of industry participants, formed under the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, announced today that a report by Rystad Energy examining 800 Shale Oil wells completed using in-basin sand, across 7 operators in the Permian basin, indicates close to 50% have seen a negative economic impact compared to wells completed using Northern White Sand (NWS).

Up to 85% are nearing negative impact in less than 1 year of production. Upfront savings doesn't appear to offset the impact in just the first year of the well's life.

The impact is not limited to investors, continued short-term economic thinking will affect long-term energy independence, American jobs, and billions of dollars for investors & mineral rights holders.

Accelerating decline rates in shale wells have drawn attention. Many theories have been posed such as well spacing, reservoir pressure drawdowns etc., but one clear potential cause has been virtually ignored since the hydraulic fracturing revolution began, Proppant Type.

Over the past several years, industry observers have recognized well production decline rates are accelerating at a higher rate than ever. The quickening decline rates have occurred simultaneously with the migration away from higher quality proppants. (A Proppant is a granular solid material, typically sand, intended to keep well fractures open.)

The incentive for the switch is understandable since proppant sand cost usually makes up 10% of the completion costs of a horizontal well. High quality Northern White Sand (NWS) is often railed or barged to the play. By avoiding these shipping costs, operators can save $300-$500k per well initially, (around 3-5% inclusive of drilling costs).

According to findings in the Rystad Energy study, what looked like a good business decision may have ended up causing significant negative impact on outcomes, should well productivity rates continue to rapidly decline. NWSC believes this indicates that the fundamental impact that proppants have on hydrocarbon flow and production are the single most significant factor.

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Last Week to Nominate for a Free Roof – Open to Travis County Residents

AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin Roofing and Construction has been giving away free roofs since 2015. Roofing damage does not discriminate and we have had some bad storms this year.

If you know a homeowner who has found themselves in dire straits and in need of a roof, or if that homeowner is you, please nominate at 512-629-4949 or

Nominations are being taken through the month of June with the recipient being released on July 15, 2020. Work will be completed within the following few weeks. All nominations will receive consideration for their property's needs. Christine has already recommended 2 nominees to Rebuilding Together Austin which remodels the exterior and interior of homes, especially making them handicapped accessible.

This program is run by Cindy Spackman; it helps seniors, the disabled and veterans to stay in their homes. This amazing organization is just one of the partners that Austin Roofing has fostered to best assist our community in every way they can.

Tim was born in Texas, he found Christine in Colorado and in 2012 they moved to Austin with their 2 sons. Austin Roofing and Construction started in their South Austin master bedroom in 2013. Tim comes from a construction background where Christine was trained in hospitality. Combining their training produced a company with strong professional knowledge delivered with world class customer service.

Texas style they decided to set the bar high, aiming to change the industry, and to be the kind of contractor you actually want to call. Creating a culture that provides great experiences for clients & also for their teams, they believe in paid time off & benefits, items almost unheard of for a residential roofing salesperson. World class customer service experiences start with a work culture that cares for its team.

World Class Customer Service Experiences Start with a Work Culture that Cares for Its Team

Tim & Christine found a passion in helping to house the homeless in Austin through a partnership with Community First! Village, a small-house community in East Austin, for the formerly homeless. They gave back over $35K in 2019, donating 11 metal roofs in the new construction phase which is building 300 more small houses for the future "formerly homeless" over the next few years.

"Helping some of our most vulnerable citizens create a new life with purpose and meaning makes our everyday work worthwhile," said Tim Bowen, President of Austin Roofing and Construction.

If you do own your home you know that home-life can be pretty peaceful, that is until something puts a hole in the roof. Home improvement needs can come out of seemingly nowhere, so to assist more broadly in these times, they have increased access to home improvement financing. They are able to fund the highest amount of financing requests due to funding scores as low as 500 with many lenders. These loans have interest rates as low as 4.99%, terms of 2 - 12 years and fund as fast as 24 hours. Keeping your home safe & secure while keeping the budget intact. Wanting everyone to have a healthy and safe place to shelter, especially right now.

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ACE Home Services Honors Our Warriors by Providing a New AC to Military Member this July 4, 2020

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- ACE Home Services is a top HVAC and Plumbing company servicing the Phoenix Metro area. For years since it was founded, they have provided homes with quality AC and Heating facility maintenance, equipment installation, and repair, ensuring smooth operation in homes. This veteran owned and operated company is proud to support and hire military members for over 25 years.

In keeping with esprit de corps, the company announced they will be taking nominations from the Phoenix Metro community to select a military member, who will be the recipient of a new air conditioning unit. ACE Home Services will pay for the cost of the unit and provide the equipment installation. Throughout the month of June and up until July 3, 2020, submissions for nominations can be made online at - or by calling 602-943-2000.

The announcement of the selected military member will take place Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Veterans, active duty and reserve military members are eligible to be nominated. The selected individual must be a homeowner that resides within the Phoenix Metro area. One unit will be replaced for a single household. Additional work, such as duct modifications, are not included.

This July 4th, ACE Home Services would like to take the opportunity to honor veterans and families in the surrounding community. It is a chance for all of us to thank and be mindful of those who serve or have served our country.

The Owner and CEO, Kwan Jin, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In addition to actively hiring veterans of all military branches, ACE Home Services also gives additional discounts to all military members and first responders.

The Director of Marketing, James Sesay, is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Regarding the overall goal of the campaign, James says "Too often many of us take the sacrifices that led to our independence and current freedoms for granted. This year, as a company, we want to go above and beyond the normal discounts and appreciations. This year, we want to truly give back to those that serve our country."

About ACE Home Services

With an A+ rating from the BBB, ACE Home Services provides support for businesses and homes in more than 28 cities. They offer air-conditioning installation, maintenance and repair, heating equipment placement, bathroom remodeling, water softeners and heaters, water leak protection, heating replacement, and so on. They are fast, efficient, reliable, experienced, highly reliable, and they always put the customers first in all they do. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Bedrock Orlando is Open and Following CDC Recommended COVID-19 Policies

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bedrock Orlando is happy to announce that they are open during their regular business hours - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday-during the COVID-19 outbreak. "We are 100% open for business, and we have enacted several new policies in accordance with CDC guidelines in response to the COVID-19 outbreak," says Gonzalo Callao, General Manager of Bedrock Orlando.

Bedrock Orlando has enacted the following policies to ensure the safety of our customers, employees, suppliers, and their families:
* Implement a schedule to clean and sanitize all work surfaces, equipment, and vehicles periodically throughout the workday to reduce the spread of the virus.
* Monitor all employees, vendors, and customers for visible symptoms of COVID-19 as well as take the temperature of all employees before starting each work shift.
* Limit access to the Bedrock Orlando showroom, offices, and facilities to all non-essential employees, vendors, and other visitors during the outbreak.
* Encourage all employees follow social distancing practices to keep all workers at least six feet apart to the extent possible.
* Highly recommend that all customers, employees, and suppliers wear face masks when at Bedrock Orlando offices and worksites.

"At this time, no Bedrock Orlando employees have tested positive for COVID-19," says Callao. "We understand the need for caution during this difficult time, but we also understand the desire to order brick, concrete paving stones, and other masonry supplies to work on projects during the quarantine. We are doing everything possible to deliver these products while keeping our customers and employees safe." If you have any further questions about Bedrock Orlando's COVID-19 policies, please call (407) 859-1300.


Bedrock Industries, an American owned company, started in 2001 as a ready-mix concrete supplier. Since that time our vision to become a full-service masonry supply house has been fulfilled. We now manufacture concrete block, concrete brick, decorative concrete pavers and retaining wall in our new block manufacturing facility.

We have added additional product lines including clay brick, clay pavers, natural stone and manufactured stone. As your full masonry supply house, we have everything you need for your masonry and Orlando paver project, for both the contractor and DIYer.

Our company's biggest assets are our helpful and courteous employees. We work hard to deliver the best products and service possible. Customers are welcome to tour our plant and we are always open to addressing your questions or concerns. At Bedrock, quality, integrity and on-time service are commitments we take very seriously.

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SunBug Solar Celebrates the Milestone of Serving 2000 Customers

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- SunBug Solar, a Massachusetts solar energy provider with offices in Westfield and Arlington Mass., is pleased to announce the installation of its 2,000th customer. John Hoogstraten and Eileen Keegan, a couple residing in Williamsburg, Mass., are SunBug's 2,000th clients, having gone solar not once, but twice.

Hoogstraten,​ a semi-retired contractor, was skeptical at first when first introduced to photovoltaic (PV) solar through the Solarize Mass program in 2014. The program, run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, helps municipalities design, promote, and execute limited- time group programs that educate residents on the benefits of green energy while offering them discounts on installations. Keegan encouraged her husband to overcome that initial skepticism and look into the matter further.

"I figured there was no harm in learning more, so I went to one of their information sessions," said Hoogstraten. "I signed up for a site assessment and we ran the numbers."

When John and Eileen realized that the system would pay for itself in about seven years, they began the process to have his first solar energy system installed. They chose to invest in a plan that would deliver just enough energy to meet their home's consumption.

The system proved profitable for the energy needs of their home, but only when supplemented with the firewood John chops himself. Because John and Eileen plan to age-in-place, and are looking toward a time when chopping wood is no longer feasible nor desirable. Their plan to add air source heat pumps (ASHPs) for heating meant their electric load would increase, and wanted to add additional PV so as to avoid as much fossil fuel use as possible.

Again, through MassCEC they learned about the Solar Access Program, an effort to help homeowners install ASHPs in conjunction with solar. While they did not initially qualify, Dan Britton, a member of the residential solar design team at SunBug's Westfield location encouraged them to not give up. They might qualify in the next calendar year.

"They mentioned they were entering semi-retirement and expected their 2019 income might qualify, so I suggested they can re-apply after they file their 2019 taxes," said Britton.

By March of this year, John and Eileen confirmed their eligibility and the conversation with SunBug continued.

In the end, they opted for an additional 2.5 kW of roof mounted solar and a Tesla Powerwall battery for backup for when the grid goes down. SunBug system designer Dan Britton said it was a clear choice. "We decided to add a battery backup because all of the stars were in alignment: they have a dry, clean basement with space for a battery adjacent to their electric panel, they can include the battery system in the Mass Solar Loan to get additional income-based loan support, they can take advantage of the adder for batteries in the state's SMART solar incentive, and they can opt in to the utility's Connected Solutions program to get additional revenue to offset the battery cost."

SunBug is thrilled to be able to count such committed renewable energy enthusiasts at their 2000th customer, and as a show of appreciation is happily discounting the ​couple​ $2000 off their new solar electric system. ​"That discount will be an enormous help to us as we implement these enhancements to our home and quality of life," said Hoogstraten. "We are thrilled to be doing business with SunBug, tickled to find ourselves in the position of being your 2000th customer, and deeply grateful for this gesture."

"Congratulations to SunBug Solar on their 2000th installation," said MassCEC CEO Steve Pike. "MassCEC is pleased to partner with John Hoogstraten and Eileen Keegan, and 5,500 other Massachusetts residents who have accessed clean, renewable solar power through the Mass Solar Loan program."

About SunBug Solar:

SunBug Solar is a local, Massachusetts owned-and-operated solar energy consulting and installation company with offices in Arlington and Westfield, MA. SunBug Solar creates positive environmental and social impact by exemplifying our core values of responsiveness, resourcefulness, and reliability with our customers, within our industry, and among our teammates. Founded in 2009 and a Certified B Corporation since 2018, SunBug has clients across Massachusetts from Great Barrington to Cape Cod. We design and build all types of solar systems, ranging in size from 1kW to over 1MW, including residential, commercial, carports, and ground-mounts. Our integrated approach - from initial education through consultative design to quality installation and ongoing support - has earned SunBug the highest reputation for customer service, and a host of satisfied residential and commercial customers.

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Charging Full-Speed Ahead into Expanded Services, Rhino Launches Rhino Exterior Solutions

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. -- A year ago, Joe Austin proudly announced the opening of Rhino Waterproofing Solutions, a premier waterproofing company providing state-of-the-art, high-quality basement waterproofing and mold remediation services. Twelve months later and Austin is proudly charging full-speed ahead into an expansion of his services -- Rhino Exterior Solutions, which offers home services such as roofing, stucco remediation, and installation and upgrades for siding, windows, and doors.

According to Austin, this expansion was a no-brainer. He has collected more than 20 years of experience in the industry and is dedicated to offering premier quality services and materials for each and every homeowner.

"When I launched my business, I started with waterproofing solutions because I knew the quality of existing waterproofing solutions had a lot to be desired and I knew there was a better way. However, I also knew that I would continue my mission to help homeowners maximize their homes and get high-quality work they could trust that went beyond waterproofing, mold remediation, and structural repairs. So through careful planning, here we are and I am very excited to bring these expanded exterior solutions to our existing and new customers."

Rhino continues to operate safely and effectively through the pandemic. Their employees are safe and educated on best practices for operating in this environment and are helping homeowners with emergency situations, repairs, and other solutions.

In addition to their solutions, Rhino Waterproofing and Exterior Solutions offer customers a lifetime warranty, quick response time, 24/7 service, and expertly-trained, certified technicians.

About Rhino Waterproofing and Exterior Solutions

With over 20 years of combined experience in the home improvement industry, Rhino is a fully-licensed, insured company. Committed to protecting the homes and families of Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, Philadelphia County, and the surrounding areas, Rhino provides its customers with the best home repair and upgrade experience from start to finish. From basement waterproofing, mold remediation, foundation, and structural repairs, to roofs, stucco remediation, and windows, siding, and doors, Rhino Waterproofing and Exterior Solutions specialize in protecting homes inside and out.

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