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Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:29

Eco-Innovation.. The Next Business Megatrend

Corporate sustainability is gathering momentum in North America. Companies like Wal-Mart and GE are indisputably proving the business case for efficiency with an environmental slant, and unprecedented numbers of corporations are jumping on the eco-efficiency bandwagon. Although it is still early days, indicators are that this trend could become a megatrend, influencing not only our economy, but our perspective on how companies should behave... View Full Article. Share &/or Comment Γû║
The 2010 North American Frost and Sullivan Award* for New Product Innovation of the Year has been awarded to Canadian company Solegear, for its 100 percent biobased Polysole plastic. According to Solegear, although many of today's biopolymers come from a natural feedstock, they are compounded using synthetic additives. Polysole, however, utilizes proprietary additives that are entirely natural and organic.

The non-toxic plastic has high impact and tensile strength, and can be efficiently processed using conventional techniques such as extrusion, blow molding and injection molding. Its biodegradation point can also reportedly be tweaked, so it can maintain its molecular integrity until product-specific compost conditions are met.

Besides being completely biobased, Solegear's polymer utilizes proprietary additives that are entirely natural and organic. The company has, thus, ensured that the there is no compromise on the renewable content of the material due to its compounding... View Full Article. Share &/or Comment Γû║

Print in the Mix: A Clearinghouse of Research on Print Media Effectiveness brings together valuable information and research from a wide-range of credible sources on the role and effectiveness of print in the marketing media mix. Covering all areas of print, including direct mail, magazines, custom publishing, newspapers, and more, Print in the Mix's concise facts and top-line research summaries demonstrate print's effectiveness and role in generating return on investment -- alone and working synergistically with other media to drive results.

Here are just some of the ways companies are putting Print in the Mix's fact-based information to use:

  • We use Print in the Mix research to shape company media and marketing materials and presentations and sharpen focus on specific customer issues.
  • Print in the Mix has improved the content of our customer newsletter.
  • Because Print in the Mix's information is fact-based, our reps are able to talk specifics during the sales process.┬á This has been very helpful in addressing client concerns about the value of the print option and ROI.
  • We feature Print in the Mix research in our direct mail and email blasts to keep our customers in the loop.> Facts and figuresrather than opinion and anecdotal informationhelps solidify us as subject matter experts and a trusted source of industry information."
  • We've put your fast facts on our website.Put Print in the Mix's fact-based research to work for you. More. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 15:59

Vancouver's.. Brave New Architecture

The acting director of UBC's school of architecture, Chris Macdonald, measures his words carefully. Ask him about the quality of contemporary building design in Vancouver, and the tall, blondish academic pauses for nearly half a minute before responding. And even then, his answer is somewhat oblique.

One of the things that's difficult for many contemporary architects is Vancouver had a moment of inventive brilliance after the[Second World] war, and in particular through the persona of Arthur Erickson, Macdonald responds during an interview at the Georgia Straight office. So there was this frisson, of a sort, of unprecedented brilliance in architectural design that happened.

Macdonald explains that Erickson's most celebrated projects, including the MacMillan Bloedel Building (1075 West Georgia Street)and the Simon Fraser University campus on Burnaby Mountain, were built in a different era. In the 1960s, strong-willed clients ofErickson's, such as timber baron H.R. MacMillan and former SFU chancellor Gordon Shrum, could focus on a design effort without facing interference from government panels demanding changes to the design to suit their tastes.

This city's history…had these emphatic moments of real accomplishment that could be measured against anything that was happening anywhere in the world, and certainly in North America, Macdonald says. Read The Full Story. Share &/or Comment ►

As we begin to forge our way out of this recession, the AEC industry will be faced with many new growth challenges. Providing the industry with a comprehensive and affordable online plan room is our part in helping you to face the challenges ahead. Plans and specs are not the only types of information critical to a successful Project. DFS is much more than just a plan room. Learn More or call us at 604.681.7504 to arrange a no obligation demo. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:27

BIM.. Here To Stay

If you've been fence sitting on the BIM Standard, perhaps it's time to play some catch up. The existence of the standard is a strong indication of the rapidly maturing nature of BIM processes and policies (refer to NBIM). Their vision is for an improved planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance process by using a standardized machine-readable information model for each facility, new or old, which contains all appropriate information created or gathered about that facility in a format useable throughout its life-cycle by all. To learn more see BIM ThinkSpace. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Digital technology is changing the face of direct mail marketing. It's making printing faster, easier to produce, and much more flexible, transforming it from a mass medium into a mass-customized one. One-to-One marketing or Variable Data Printing, the blending of digital printing technology with electronic customer databases, allows you to create personalized promotions that not only call each member of your audience by name, but also reflect their personal characteristics, lifestyles, or tastes. VDP provides a powerful new tool to win the attention of your audience, one person at a time, and frequently, capture higher sales too. Click Here for 3 easy steps to get started. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 13:20

BC's... Green Economy Projected to Boom

BC's 'Green Economy' is responsible for over 117,000 direct full time jobs and over $15 billion of provincial GDP according to a new report by the GLOBE Foundation. By 2020, B.C.'s green economy could account for over 14 percent of the province's GDP and could provide full time employment for over 225,000 people. The report confirms the enormous economic benefits of a low-carbon future for the province. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:38

Vancouver.. Urban Agriculture

What do you expect Vancouver to look like in coming years with regard to urban agriculture space? Peter Ladner: I think we're going to see everything from more people with tomatoes on their balconies right through to commercial enterprises in unused or under-used lots around the city. Before too long you will not want to put in a new development without some kind of community garden attached to it because there's such a demand for that space. I think you're going to see people supplementing their income selling at the farmers market or selling over the back fence. There's going to be a commercial element that's going to get into this more! Share &/or Comment Γû║
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:37

Vertical Farming.. Grows Up

Discovery's Matt Danzico investigates vertical farming, an agricultural concept aimed at growing food and raising animals in skyscrapers in city centers. And it's not so far off as small scale projects have started popping up everywhere. Watch this video to discover more about how you too can profit from the vertical farm concept and the expanding green economy! Share &/or Comment ►
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