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Chesapeake, Va., looks forward to an economic boost from the new development of downtown residences and a high-rise office tower.

Summit Pointe Realty LLC plans for the continued development of Summit Pointe, the newest, largest and tallest urban lifestyle community in Chesapeake, Va. Representing a projected investment of more than $300 million of development in multiple phases, this first phase will emphasize urban living, workplace solutions, entertainment and shopping options.

Homebuilders

One firm is bringing virtual reality to architecture and luxury housing. 

LA-based architecture firm IR Architects launched its AVR (Architectural Virtual Reality) Studio, a VR studio specializing in architecture in February. Led by CEO Ignacio Rodriguez and a team of professional VR developers, architects and interior designers, AVR will produce interactive VR walkthroughs of real-estate properties, ranging from concepts to in-progress previews. The virtual renderings also will incorporate detailed interior designs, allowing clients to experience a property prior to breaking construction ground. This facilitates approvals and revisions, ultimately saving out-of-pocket costs and time.

IntDesign

A Junior League showhouse mixes antiques with contemporary design to great effect.

By Gabrielle O’Quinn

Designers will breathe new life into a historic estate.

The Junior League of Miami selected the historic Deering Estate, bordering the waters of Biscayne Bay for the 2018 Showhouse. Like many things in Miami, this event breaks the mold of the traditional Showhouse – an event typically held in a private home temporarily open to the public, then whitewashed and returned to the owner, with the beautiful designs never to be experienced again.

Industry

Trump’s presidency has impacted the housing industry.

By Steven Cvitanovic

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised he would eliminate excessive regulations, pull out of trade agreements that were “bad deals,” and slow or eliminate illegal immigration to protect American workers. Trump has been able to fulfil his promises through Executive Orders, at least temporarily, but has the flurry of Executive Orders had any impact?  Yes, they have, but it is not all good.

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) estimates that nearly 25 percent of the cost of a new home is due to governmental regulations. Trump himself has referred to this estimate and promised “a temporary pause on new regulations and a review of previous regulations to see which need to be scrapped.”  So, let’s look at three of the noteworthy regulations that Mr. Trump has targeted.

Legal

Take a proactive approach to sexual harassment policies.

By Brett Schneider and Michael Kantor

Unless you have been living under a rock the last few months, you have no doubt heard about the allegations of sexual harassment made against many high profile personalities, including Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K.

However, Hollywood doesn’t have a monopoly on sexual harassment, and lawsuits have arisen in every industry. As more and more women enter previously male-dominated industries such as construction, employers must be very proactive to protect themselves from liability for employee claims of sexual harassment.

There are three steps that can help construction companies reduce workplace harassment – make a plan, communicate the plan and make the plan work.

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EPA provides guidance for federal purchasing and overall industry assistance when finding sustainable flooring options. 

GreenCircle Certified LLC's Certified Environmental Facts (CEF) multi-attribute label for flooring products has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program as a recommended ecolabel for sustainable federal purchasing. The EPA EPP Program provides recommendations of specifications, standards and ecolabels to help federal purchasers identify and specify environmentally sustainable products and services.

DesignTrends

New Technology Enables Boomers to Age in Place in Forever Homes

By Lisa Cini, ASID

Is it a housing boom or Baby Boom? Modern homebuilders and designers are now faced with the reality that boomers want homes that they can age in place without ever having to move to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Builders all over the world are offering unprecedented opportunities for single and multi-generational families who can now provide their clients the peace of mind and flexibility to live in a new environment that supports and enables them to thrive as they age.

The interior environment of a modern “forever home” allows clients to live their best without compromising on great design. Senior living is in a state of transformation as technology and design are integrated to give decades of flexibility and freedom.

Homebuilders

The Gary Sinise Foundation and Elan came together to create a custom home for a military veteran in need. 

On April 24, 2012, U.S. Army SSG Christopher Walker lost his left leg and both of his arms after being struck by an IED in Afghanistan. Walker was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in May 2012, where he remained for more than two years. When the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program learned about Walker’s bravery, it honored him as the recipient of a fully customized specially adapted smart home.

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