Toward a Green Future: Sustainable Architecture

Sustainability has become an essential part of almost every industry because of increasing consciousness about climate change, aggravated water and air pollution, and depletion of natural resources. In construction and architectural design, sustainability is also integral, with buildings and infrastructure focused on minimizing ecosystem deterioration, maximizing human comfort, and maintaining a livable environment for future generations.

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Some of the elements of environmentally sustainable architecture are the following:

Energy efficiency
Renewable energy generation technologies are constantly being developed to help a house or building limit its fossil fuel consumption. Solar panels can be installed to harness the power of the sun and convert sunlight into energy, while wind turbine systems are also being used in strategic areas.

There are design elements that can promote energy efficiency, as well, such as insulation technology, roof vents that permit hot air to flow out, increasing the size or darkening the shades of windows, and others.

Water heating
By installing a solar water heating or an electric heat pump hot water system, a home can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 80 percent. The former is also a cost-effective means of producing hot water as it uses a free source of energy – sunshine.

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Sustainable materials
Sustainable architecture involves the use of environment-friendly components or appropriate, recycled materials, including reclaimed lumber and recycled copper, among others. It is also needed to limit on-site construction wastes that could be harmful to nature.

As the CEO of a real estate development firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Sassan Kimiavi has extensive knowledge on the design and construction of houses. For more about his work, follow this Twitter page.

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The Real Estate Industry May Need To Setup Its Own Parameters For Total Quality Management (Tqm)

Advocates of total quality management (TQM) believe in the myriad advantages a commercial undertaking would earn from its implementation. Among these gains on the corporate balance sheet are enhanced long-term business linkages, balanced and well-coordinated units, improved discipline and professionalism as well as upgraded skills in all facets of the business. Total quality management boosts openness in communications from top management down to the lowest tier in the organizational set-up, facilitating achievement of targets and objectives.

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On the other hand, making TQM operational in service industries, particularly in real estate development, presents more challenges owing to the peculiarity of the product in every project cycle and short-term organizational structure that oversees the execution of a single process endeavor. A short-term bureaucracy, staffed by a transient manpower complement engaged through contracted labor dispersed in various locales, adds to the uniqueness of real estate business and makes TQM difficult to handle. Every project takes a diverse form, does not follow a typical administrative system, and has to be adjusted along with several factors affecting efficiency of completion, such as weather conditions.

Real estate development encompasses several phases, each undertaken under different schemes and stakeholders, such as agent services, brokers and contractors, complicating further total quality management supervision.

Such array of intricacies, however, does not denote impossibility in the utilization of TQM approach in real estate development. Experts in the field such as the Alta Development LLC may design novel parameters as well as modify several criteria and standards adapted to the nuances of the business.

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Dr. Sassan Kimiavi, a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, is a seasoned serial entrepreneur and technical professional. Discover his company’s real estate projects on this website.

Fast-forward to 2017: Top home design trends to watch out for

Make 2017 the year to do some home improvement, especially if you have been putting it off for quite a while now. Home improvement doesn’t have to be grand. It can be as simple as changing that couch, ditching that décor, or repainting the living room. Below are some of the trends for the home to consider next year:

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Warm is cool

The days of white paint and cool-toned neutrals are over. In 2017, terracotta is forecasted as the color to go for. This color will add coziness to the home. But, keeping it matte is highly recommended.

Pastel and soft silhouettes

Pastels will continue its reign next year, as follow through to this year’s Pantone colors. Spring colors like blush and lavender are set to take center stage in interior design, matched with soft silhouettes and feminine patterns.

Revamped vintage pieces and repurposed items

Interiorzine.com shares that furniture pieces from the ‘60s will resurface, but will be tweaked for a modernized appeal. The retro vibe will not only manifest in chairs, but also in lighting fixtures and even in beds. Those fancy beds that you see in old movies, with velvet headboard, are going back in style.

Meanwhile, repurposed items are also seen to make it big in 2017. Furnishings will have a combination of organic and contemporary touches.

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More about interior design and other home-related topics can be read on this blog for Sassan Kimiavi of Bethesda, Maryland.

Capital Formation: Helping Firms Grow with Startup Investing

Granting startups seed funding for enterprise survival and growth entails risk, but it can be rewarding. Startup investing means being involved in a company that could contribute to movement in the economy. Startup investing also offers employment opportunities.

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The company’s business plan is rigorously studied before it becomes beneficiary of the belief and financial support of investors. When the startup eventually thrives and prospers, the initial investment could be multiplied five or a thousand times over in terms of returns. Thus, startup investing potentially strengthens the investment portfolio and generates oversized investment returns for retirement and other purposes.

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According to the JOBS Act, startup investing need not be limited to extremely wealthy investors. All accredited investors qualify, and there are various channels for doing so: venture investing platforms, joining pitch events, investing through IRA or 401k, or through personal connections with trusted entrepreneurs. Investment can also be made in person or through an online platform.

One of the key selling points startup investors look for is the growth that a business model can attain over time. Investors should immediately see the founding team’s comprehensive vision towards profitability. Investors also analyze if the company has a competitive advantage over others already in the market.

There are multiple criteria for determining the viability of a startup, and its worth in investments. Investors should learn to anticipate risk and not invest more than what they are willing to lose. It can take years to master the mechanics of startup investing but a winning investment rewards exponentially.

Dr. Sassan Kimiavi of Bethesda of Maryland is a Principal Investor at Blu Venture Investors, LLC, a venture capital investment firm that focuses on technology companies. Along with other principal investors, he invests in startups and early stage firms. Follow this Twitter account to read more about his work.

Rising High: The State Of The Luxury Residential Property Markets

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RRThe market for luxury real estate varies across the world, with sales volume for such properties in well-known markets, like New York, London and Hong Kong, plateauing these past few months. But even so, luxury properties have seen an uptrend in the market, particularly in the USA.

Plenty of less prominent luxury markets have emerged and are continually growing after taking time to recover from the latest global recession. Other previously stagnant or declining markets, meanwhile, have been enjoying an era of positive development fueled by economic and industrial growth.

Current economic stability or volatility, exchange rates, and other financial and political concerns are affecting the international market for luxury residential properties. But as a stable asset class, coupled with the lifestyle appeal and financial advantages, luxury real estate continues to draw the world’s most affluent individuals, who are still purchasing properties and having their homes developed.

ALTA Development is a trusted real estate development firm headed by CEO Dr. Sassan Kimiavi of Bethesda, Maryland, an experienced Entrepreneur and Business Professional. Dr. Kimiavi has immersed himself in the field by working side-by-side with the project’s architect and construction manager.

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His firsthand knowledge of the construction processes, augmented by his experience as the founder and CEO of a successful and reputable technology contractor, has enabled him to manage a quality-focused real estate development firm. He has seen how the culture of luxury quickly bounces back from global recessions, and how high net worth individuals will not shy from quality focused Real Estate.

Know more about the services and capabilities of ALTA Development by visiting its official website.