Tankless water heaters vs. conventional storage tank systems

This seems to be one of the hot topics we always address when working on mechanical designs.

Hot water is a hot issue for builders, architects, and remodelers these days.  Why?   Many current buyers are interested in homes that are energy efficient and economical to operate, which are factors that can be dramatically affected by a home's hot water usage.  According to the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, water heating is the third-largest expense in most homes, accounting for 14% to 25% of a home's expenses. In some cases, that percentage may even be higher, which means energy-conserving hot water solutions also could result in big cost savings for homeowners in this difficult economy.

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New Montana Contract Law to take effect Oct 1, 2009

Long overdue is the standardization for permits, contracts, inspections and licensing in the Montana Building Industry.  The new contract laws are a small step forward in a very needed update.

A new Montana law that requires contracts between builders and customers goes into effect October 1, 2009.    The law, which looks to add a bit of standardization to the building process, will benefit both the consumer and the reputation of the building industry.

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Black Bull Clubhouse

 The Clubhouse at Black Bull, like the golf course, is designed by one of the country's premier practitioners of his trade-architect Jerry Locati.  Jerry has created a "rustically-elegant" Clubhouse that embodies upscale-yet-casual Western living. As the centerpiece of Black Bull, the Clubhouse will be a tastefully commanding presence, featuring timber and stone accents, and expansive picture windows that enhance the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Gallatin Valley and surrounding Rocky Mountains. The Corral, Black Bull's temporary clubhouse, is open for members and features men's and women's locker rooms, shoeshine area, golf shop, restaurant and bar, and has direct access to the pool and hot tub. Professional-grade tennis courts have been designed to take advantage of the panoramic views that define the community. View a photo gallery Read the rest of entry »