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What do Hybrid Cars and Metal Roofing have in common?

Is there ever any sort of healthy co-existence between making money and preserving our environment? It is true that everybody always cares about money, but it does not mean that the environment has to suffer. Oftentimes, unfortunately it seems to be the case, but it does not have to be that way. One is not mutually exclusive of the other.

My point of contention is that we can combine the economic prosperity with the betterment of our environment. – This is where some real green living awareness on an individual level can make a difference.

Allow me to illustrate my point with two examples that are very concurrent and relevant to understanding the current state of affairs in the U.S and learning from the mistakes of the not so distant past.

Death of the electric vehicle or GM kills the electric vehicle… Why?

Whose fault was it that GM was to0 busy worrying about the price of its stock, and making money by producing fuel hungry cars and SUVs, and suing the state of California, while Toyota and Honda were developing energy efficient hybrids vehicles.

And what happened when the electric vehicle program, although expensive at the time proved to be a success? What did GM do? They decided to kill the electric vehicle program altogether, although there were many people willing to buy those electric cars in the state of California. That was wrong on the part of GM, and displays a clear lock of corporate social responsibility. Not to mention, their greed and obsession with price of the stock is responsible for the current state of affairs of auto-making industry in the U.S today. I am not even going to mention their current stock situation, and the governmental bailouts that we are paying for?


So was it excessive corporate greed, lack of foresight, or a little bit of both?

Now GM is losing all the money because of its greed and lack of foresight, in the past. Toyota and Honda on the other hand, are ripping the benefits for investing and building the hybrid vehicles. Toyota and Honda are making money, but also helping the environment by propagating the idea of clean air, ultra low emissions, reduced carbon footprint, low fuel consumption and energy efficiency. It is a win win example of money working to better the environment.

Connection between Crude oil, Environment and, Surprisingly, Roofs over our heads

It is not just about ultra low emission cars. In fact, it is about something as mundane as residential building materials that go into the houses we live in. For instance, asphalt shingle roofs are petroleum based products that are heavily marketed by money hungry asphalt shingle roofing manufacturers. Asphalt shingle roof averages a lifespan of only 17 years, then comes the inevitable demise when it gets torn off and dumped into our landfills.

So what is the alternative you may ask, or is there any alternative? Yes there is, and it has been here all along!

Using the types of roofing materials that are environmentally friendly. Tamko, a heavy weight asphalt shingles roofing manufacturer, has made a switch by buying out Metal Works, a specialty manufacturer of steel shingles roofing, which is an energy efficient and environmentally safe building material. Metal roofing is fully recyclable, and lasts three times as long as asphalt shingle roofs.

Certainteed roofing, another heavy weight of the roofing industry, on the other hand keeps pushing its line of asphalt shingle roofing products despite the fact that they are bad for the environment. And who is there to rebuke them? Who is doing public education and spreading sustainable building awareness?

The U.S green building council is a not-profit body committed to sustainable building design and green construction practices, but how come their scope of influence is limited to mostly commercial construction? Why do we not hear more about it? What about EPA, and Energy Star? Why aren’t they doing public education campaigns to influence the corporate giants? Somebody has to do it. A lot of it is about awareness, and PR pressures, so spread the awareness and understanding, really. Can you do your part? Sure can, do not buy asphalt shingle roofs, nor fuel hungry SUVs. Think green and act upon it!  Somebody’s quote comes to mind here… Yes we can! …. So can we really?

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Cement Mixers – Buying and Usage Guide

A cement mixer can be used to prepare concrete or cement for building. You can mix cement, sand, gravel and water. The mixer drum is filled with the materials that need to be combined. When the cement mixer is switched on, it will turn and mix the cement.

A cement mixer can be a useful tool for both professional and amateur builders. Using a cement mixer rather than mixing your cement manually can make construction work a lot quicker and easier. If you have a cement mixer, then you will be able to leave all of the hard work to the machine. This will help reduce the amount of physical exertion that is required to complete your building project, saving your back and muscles from the strain. A cement mixer can also save you a lot of time since it will be able to mix your cement much faster than you would be able to do by hand and because you can leave the machine working as you work on another part of your project. Using a cement mixer can also improve the quality of your cement, by helping to make it more homogeneous than you would be able to when mixing manually.

Four wheel cement mixer

It is possible to rent a cement mixer for a specific construction project, but buying one can be a much better choice if you are going to need your cement mixer for a long project or if you are likely to need it for multiple projects in the future. The cost of cement mixers has decreased significantly in recent times and with the many portable mixers that are designed for small scale construction projects, it can be worthwhile investing in a cement mixer even if you only want to use it for construction projects around the home.

Sizes

When you are choosing a cement mixer, it is essential to ensure that you find a mixer of the right size for your needs. You need to find a mixer that will be able to produce large enough batches of cement for the work that you need to do. However, you should avoid purchasing a mixer that is too large for you since it will be less efficient at mixing small loads. When you are choosing a Belle cement mixer, you should find out what size batches it is able to produce. The company produces a rage of different mixers in different sizes, some of which are ideal for small DIY jobs and others which are intended for large scale professional jobs.

Power Supplies

Cement mixers may be powered either by gas or by electricity. It can be a good idea to choose a gas powered mixer if you are going to need to use your mixer in a location where you will not be able to access an electricity supply. An electrical concrete mixer can be a sensible choice if you will only need to use it in places where you can be sure there will be a suitable power supply since you will not need to worry about buying fuel.

Construction Costs – State of the Remodeling Industry

From the point of view of construction and remodeling industry the biggest irony of the housing bubble collapse and economic downturn that followed it, is that both commercial construction and residential remodeling companies which used to rip great profits during the housing boom, suffered immensely once the housing market collapsed. “The recent remodeling downturn was the most severe in the last 25 years, with a 12.5% decline in remodeling spending from 2007 to 2009”. (Citation: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/economic-conditions/state-of-the-nations-housing-remodeling-industry-poised-for-growth.aspx)

While it is true that every segment of the industry has suffered the consequences of the economic recession, commercial construction companies and businesses that are dependent upon the overall health of the construction and remodeling industry (Building material suppliers, and manufacturers) were among the ones most affected by the turmoil of global recession and global economic downturn.


Cost-to-Value, Remodeling Costs Recouped as a percentage of resale value

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