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Friday, September 5, 2008
If the candidates can stop just long enough to stop slinging mud we could maybe get back to the issues on everyones minds. For me the environment ranks at the top as I believe it drives the economy. Case in point look at the effect of higher gas. That being said I found this article very interesting. The most telling stat "Sen. Joe Biden, whose rating by the League of Conservation Voters is identical to Obama's: both voted for the environment 67 percent of the time in 2007. McCain's rating by the league is zero for last year"
Posted by Nic Stover at 9/5/2008 11:01:00 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Some of you may be familar with a plan by oil baron T. Boone Pickens to increase wind production to remove the need for natural gas as a source of electricity. The question is will he get the support, and does it make sense?
Posted by Nic Stover at 7/23/2008 3:41:00 PM
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Some big retailers are promoting compact fluorescent light bulbs as a way to save energy. But improper disposal of the bulbs creates a hazard, because they contain small amounts of mercury.
Posted by Nic Stover at 7/15/2008 3:36:00 PM
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Oil is set to hit eclipse $150 a barrel. The New York Times reported yesterday that Natural Gas is set for a 40% spike. How will this affect where we live and how we live?
Posted by Nic Stover at 7/3/2008 4:42:00 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
As a builder I cant help but be impacted by the constant deluge of bad news. Crude oil increases impact our business from the materials that we use to the transportation of people to jobs. Declines in housing starts and house values decrease margins and economies of scale. Is there a bright side? Certainly.
Posted by Nic Stover at 6/24/2008 5:48:00 PM
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Crude oil jumped over $10 a barrel yesterday. The corresponding effect is expected to be $.50cents at the pumps 4 weeks from now. What people aren't noticing is that Natural Gas is increasing along the same lines.
Posted by Nic Stover at 6/7/2008 3:43:00 PM
Monday, May 5, 2008
Previously we discussed improving your health and reducing your environmental impact as 2 of the reasons, now let's look at saving money on your utility bills and ensuring the highest quality construction.
Posted by Nic Stover at 5/5/2008 2:43:00 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sorry for not blogging earlier on this. Not an event to be missed. William McDonough Time Hero for the planet in 1999 and author of Cradle to Cradle April 17, 7 p.m. Morrison Center Free Entry
Posted by Nic Stover at 4/16/2008 9:37:00 PM
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Pilot builder I have the opportunity to communicate openly with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) about the trends seen around the nation in regards to green construction. Yesterday I was part of a Webinar about Green Marketing and I wanted to share some insights from that.
Posted by Nic Stover at 4/15/2008 2:45:00 PM
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
These components individually do not necessarily mean greater efficiency, BUT when you combine these factors together the process improves DRAMATICALLY.
Posted by Nic Stover at 4/8/2008 3:15:00 PM
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
As you are starting to become more familiar with the Systems Built Construction method let's take the time to look at why I have selected it as my method of choice in constructing my high performance (green) homes and projects and also what are the standard features of that go into these homes.
Posted by Nic Stover at 4/1/2008 2:15:00 PM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
As I have said before Systems Built Construction is not the be all/end all solution to all products for all buyers but there are some key elements that stand out for me as obvious benefits to this method of construction:
Posted by Nic Stover at 3/25/2008 3:08:00 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2008

So lets talk about just what Systems Built Construction is and what some of the key features that distinguish this method from previous generations of factory construction and other methods of construction like traditional stick building.

Posted by Nic Stover at 3/15/2008 9:49:00 PM
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
With all that is out there in regards to building green and some of the "hurdles" that need to be overcome let's look at some of the things that make a home green or high performance?
Posted by Nic Stover at 2/27/2008 3:14:00 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2008
With all that is circulating in regards to Green/LEED/Sustainablity/Eco-Friendly what does it really mean? Most consumers are probably aware or will be aware of LEED. But what is it really?
Posted by Nic Stover at 2/4/2008 1:02:00 AM
Monday, January 21, 2008
Are you considering a home and weighing the merits of Energy Star? Is it really worth the extra expense?
Posted by Nic Stover at 1/21/2008 4:33:00 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
With all that is circulating out there in regards to Green Trends and sustainability how do you really know what is best? While I am still learning I can offer some suggestions of 1) What to ask and 2) What are some of the things that go into the LEED process.
Posted by Nic Stover at 1/13/2008 3:55:00 PM
Sunday, December 9, 2007
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
Posted by Nic Stover at 12/9/2007 9:45:00 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Many of you are still wondering . . . okay what are the differences?
Posted by Nic Stover at 11/29/2007 2:29:00 PM
Monday, November 19, 2007
For many of you, the thought of constructing in McCall or Cascade at this time of year seems crazy.
Posted by Nic Stover at 11/19/2007 2:13:00 PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
We all know there are plenty of negatives but how about some of the positives:
Posted by Nic Stover at 11/7/2007 2:28:00 PM
Monday, October 29, 2007
Existing-home sales fell to a nearly 10-year low last month, and major builders are reporting big losses. But a small group of wealthy people unfazed by the downturn are paying big premiums to have houses erected in record time.
Posted by Nic Stover at 10/29/2007 10:13:00 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
Systems Built Contruction is a method for building a home in a climate-controlled factory, on a large assembly-line. Some of you had wondered . . .
Posted by Nic Stover at 10/26/2007 3:40:00 PM
Monday, October 15, 2007

As a new blogger my goal is to take the time to tell you about Systems Built Construction. I served as the Vice President of Construction for Tamarack Resort for close to 4 years before coming over to the Systems Built Construction world.  I chose Systems Built Construction after being stuck with poor quality at a high price and knowing there had to be a better way.  

I intend to talk about Systems Built Construction, the pros and cons along with my insights along the way. I intend to respond to comments and look forward to sharing what I have learned. 

Posted by Nic Stover at 10/15/2007 11:46:00 PM
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