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FORWARD THINKING: VIRTUAL REALITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Virtual Reality (VR) was born as a tool for gaming. It enables people to immerse into a new dimension while playing their favourite games. The extraordinary characteristics of VR give users the chance to get thrown into a new, digitally … Continue reading

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ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME DESIGN IN 2018 & BEYOND

From PANTONE’s 2018 Color of the Year (we’re looking at you Ultra Violet) to brass accents in the kitchen and bathroom, you’ve got plenty to choose from when it comes to this year’s home design trends. But there’s another design … Continue reading

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HOW ENERGY EFFICIENCY CAN IMPROVE PEOPLE’S HEALTH

Energy efficiency can improve public health through weatherization of homes, reducing pollution, and making people’s homes safer. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a new Health & Environment program that is doing pioneering research to document how … Continue reading

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LUTRON CASETA LIGHT SWITCHES MADE #2 ON THE WASHINGTON POST’S SMART GADGET LIST

Newport is proud to see the Lutron Caseta Light Switches make the news in the top smart gadgets to buy this year. We were a part of this cutting edge smart lighting technology from Lutron Electronics before the system was even … Continue reading

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Builder Spotlight: Passive Dwellings

  Passive Dwellings creates net zero energy buildings that provide exceptional comfort and will survive for multiple generations. Typical American buildings use wood as their basic building material. Most wood-based structures exist for a relatively short period of time because … Continue reading

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The New and Improved Photovoltaics

Photovoltaic efficiency keeps improving. SunPower recently achieved 24 percent efficiency with its panels, delivering 70% more electricity than conventional solar panels from the same space over 25 years. So, you are thinking of building a new home, and you want … Continue reading

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FIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY HOUSES ARE BUILT

There are innovative, new technologies that are poised to influence the building industry according to John Ellis, a managing director of Ellis & Associates, a management consulting firm that serves clients in the automotive, consumer, connectivity, and software fields. These influential … Continue reading

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