How To Get Aqualane Shores Naples Real Estate

There is a location adjacent to Port Royal, as well as the Royal Harbor, called Aqualine Shores. It is positioned right on the Gulf of Mexico. It is just south of the Naples Zoo, and North West of the Naples botanical garden. It is perfectly positioned for people that like to have access to the water. In some of these homes, you will be able to bring your boat right up to the side of where you live and go out on the water every day. According to historical records, this is one of the first locations where housing developments began, paving the way for the million dollar homes that are currently available. If you would like to search homes in Naples , here is an overview of this community.

Why You Would Want To Own A Home There

The homes that are in Aqualane Shores are extremely beautiful. It’s not just how they look, but the amenities that come with them. You are very close to the water, and you also can go out into the Royal Harbor. It is because of this that many people have decided that this is where they want to live. When people think of Naples, they typically think about golf courses. They also understand that this is an affluent community. However, this is taking it to an entirely different level with homes that give you access to the water. If you have the means to purchase a home there, and you also have a boat that you would like to take out on the water every day, this is the place for you.

How To Find A Realtor That Can Lead You To A Good Home

You can find a realtor very quickly that will introduce a couple of properties that are currently for sale. As mentioned before, if you have the means to afford a multimillion dollar home, this should not be a problem. This is simply something that you have to consider. When you have access to the water, and you have such luxury built into the homes, they are going to be expensive. The waterfront aspect of this location is why it is in high demand. Realtors will be able to set appointments so that you can look at the homes that are currently on the market. From there, you can decide what to do. Make sure to ask questions for realtors in order to get the right property for you.

Will It Take Long To Close Escrow?

The length of time that escrow will be is dependent upon the buyer. If you decide to get one, you can close in a week, or perhaps you need a month to get your financing. If you are independently wealthy, a short escrow is probably the best thing to do. This is especially true if the house is vacant and ready to purchase. Just be sure that it is in an area of this community that you prefer. The closer you are to the harbor, the more expensive it is going to be. With that in mind, also consider convenience, and also whether or not you truly like the home you are going to purchase and not just the location.

If you have never lived in a home that is right on the water, you should begin with this community. It is one of the nicest in Naples for this very reason Aqualane Shores in Naples is a place that you should consider living. Whether you have a small family, or if you are a retiree, there is no better place to be. Your realtor will be able to help you by constantly telling you about new homes that come on the market. You will eventually find one that you can buy. It will be a unique experience, one that may motivate you to stay for many years, simply because of the beautiful homes and your access to the water.

Charter School Improves Indoor Quality; Reduces Energy Costs with Triple Pane Windows

Capital City Public Charter School reaches LEED Gold Standard and becomes the first Charter School in US to use super energy efficient triple pane windows. School is currently saving close to $50,000 annually because of improved energy performance. Significantly improved indoor air quality and more comfortable learning spaces are also due to implementation of triple pane high performance windows.

Originally, organizations involved in the project intended to install traditional double-glazed aluminum windows in the Columbia Heights based project in Washington, D.C. The project had to reach LEED Gold Standards and become certified Green School. General Contractor MCN Build and Architectural Design firm Shinberg.Levinas partnered up with Intus Windows to help with renovation of Capital City Public Charter School.

Considering Capital City Public Charter School’s constrained budget, windows replacement portion had to be done with minimum resources. “Understanding the value of triple pane energy efficient windows and remembering my previous experiences about high performance building products, I didn’t think these windows could fit our budget,” said COO of Capital City Public Charter School. After pricing Intus Windows products myth about overpriced triple pane energy efficient windows was denied. The u-PVC Eforte assemblies had the best balance in terms of price and performance.

The low solar heat gain coefficient of Intus Windows Eforte glazing combined with the low U-values, reduced heating and cooling demands significantly. According to the MCN Build, the cost of the Intus Windows uPVC Eforte system proved to be 30% less than the otherwise installed aluminum double-paned system; thus saving both the builder, and even more important, Capital City Public Charter school, as much as $300,000.00 dollars. Installed Intus Windows products further improved annual energy consumption of the school for years to come, totaling to $50,000.00 estimated savings per year.

The MCN Build’s decision to use Intus Windows triple pane energy efficient windows was not only fiscally beneficial, it also ended up saving the school thousands in energy costs over the lifetime of the building. As auditory comfort is often overlooked in commercial design, it is great to see this as an unintended but beneficial consequence. “This feature will ensure a quiet and productive classroom experience for a school buried in a loud and bustling community,” said Joseph Khoury from MCN Build. Triple pane Eforte windows feature superb sounds insulation properties, making them a perfect fit for urban environment buildings.

Renovating windows helped the Capital City Public Charter School not only to improve the indoor air quality, sound insulation, learning conditions but also helped to reduce heating and cooling energy consumption. “With a help of energy efficient triple pane windows we are experiencing much more productive and much more comfortable working and learning environment,” said COO of Capital City Public Charter School.

6 Things You Do (Or Don’t Do) That Make Employees Feel Unloved

Of course your employees matter. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t hire them, trust them to do important work, or keep paying them week after week. And if you think about it at all (which you probably don’t), you assume they realize that. It’s only logical. But according to Christine Comaford, you may inadvertently do and say things that make them feel otherwise—and it has little to do with logic.

“Mattering is one of the three most primal human needs, along with safety and belonging,” asserts Comaford, author of the New York Times best seller SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together (Portfolio/Penguin, June 2013, ISBN: 978-1-5918464-8-2, $26.95, www.SmartTribesBook.com). “When employees are made to feel that they don’t matter, it happens on an emotional level, not an intellectual one. And we now know that emotions, not intellect, drive 90 percent of human behavior.

“The really bad news for leaders is that when employees feel they don’t matter, they simply cannot function at their highest level of performance,” she adds.

When leaders say or do something that makes employees feel insignificant (and/or frightened or isolated; the three tend to work together), they revert to the fight/flight/freeze part of the brain—falling into what Comaford calls the “Critter State.” Once in this state, all innovation and collaboration skills fall by the wayside, and every decision boils down to a single question: What will keep me safe right now?

Comaford trains and coaches leaders at midsized and Fortune 1000 companies in neuroscience techniques that get people out of their Critter State and into their Smart State, where they have full access to their creativity, problem-solving ability, collaboration, and emotional engagement. Under her guidance, clients often see their revenues and profits increase by up to 21 percent annually. Furthermore, 33-42 percent of the entire employee base takes on increased levels of responsibility—without asking for more pay.

So what might you be doing that makes employees feel they don’t matter? Comaford reveals six of the top offenders:

• You don’t respond to their emails. Sure, you’re busy, and sure, your employees know that—but the Critter State doesn’t spring from the rational part of the brain. Instead of thinking,Oh, the boss will get back to me when she has a moment, they think, She doesn’t like my idea. She doesn’t like me. I feel rejected. I don’t matter.

“When an employee emails the boss, especially when that email asks for your approval or contains sensitive content, she’s putting herself out there,” says Comaford. “Always respond—even if it’s just to say, ‘I need a little time to think about that but I’ll get back to you in a day or two.’”

• You don’t give them feedback—positive or negative. When people matter to us, we want them to know they’ve done a good job. If they haven’t done a good job, we want them to know that too, so they can improve. To the employee’s Critter Brain, silence means we don’t care enough to let them know either way.

“Hopefully you’re giving feedback in performance evaluations, but give it informally as well,” advises Comaford. “A simple ‘Good job writing that proposal’ means a lot. And while it’s less fun to hear ‘You need to work on the close to your sales pitch,’ when your employee starts getting better results, he’ll know you cared enough to speak up.

“It feels un-PC to make this comparison, but consider how well children respond to being consistently held accountable,” she adds. “Rules and boundaries make people feel loved. It’s true for employees and leaders too. In the Critter Brain, we’re all two-year-olds.”

• You acknowledge people ONLY when they make mistakes. This makes them feel like a faulty cog that must be repaired to keep the company machine running smoothly. To let them know they matter, make a positive personal connection with employees as often as possible. Be specific about what you like and let them know their unique contribution makes a real difference to the company.

“Better yet, make a point of praising them publicly,” says Comaford. “Social rewards are extremely powerful—far more powerful than cash rewards, in fact.”

• You don’t celebrate victories. No, just getting paid isn’t reward enough for doing a great job. (Again, a paycheck can feel like oil for the cog—necessary, but not meaningful.) When your team has an especially significant win, make a point to order in a special lunch and celebrate the team company-wide.

“Team victory celebrations foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie—which go hand in hand with mattering,” notes Comaford.

• You inadvertently show favoritism. In many companies, there are certain team members who are perceived as “above the law” or in the “in crowd.” These people tend not to be held accountable for their lack of performance, and they often get the lion’s share of raises, promotions, or perks, even if they don’t deserve them. And yes, says Comaford, other employees notice.

“People think lovability isn’t an issue in business, but I’m here to tell you it is,” she says. “Feeling that others are more ‘loved’ triggers safety, belonging, and mattering issues in those on the outside. Absolute equality may not be possible in an imperfect world, but it’s critical to aim for it.”

• You burn them out. Do your employees slog away like slaves, working looong hours and completing one high-stress task after another, day after day after day? Not only will they feel that you don’t care about their well-being, they’ll burn out. Yes, from time to time we all have to exert extra effort…but no one can sustain such a pace forever.

Comaford points out that this dynamic starts when leaders “self-sacrifice.” Even if you don’t tell employees they have to work until 8 p.m. every night, they see you do it and feel that they’re expected to do so as well. This isn’t good for you or for them.

“Sustainability is about creating win-win agreements with ourselves and others,” she asserts. “We all need a good blend of people, activities, and things that excite and energize us in order to balance out those (inevitable) things that drain us. If your employees matter to you, you’ll help them strike that balance.”

To many leaders, paying so much attention to what goes on inside employees’ heads is a foreign notion. But Comaford says that when her clients see the astonishing results, they are more than willing to change the way they lead.

“When we’re able to break the mental patterns that hold us—and those around us—back, we can reach heights of performance we never thought possible,” she says. “And the best part is, it’s more rewarding for everyone. It can take work from being drudgery to being fun and exciting and meaningful.”

Christine Comaford is a global thought leader who helps mid-sized and Fortune 1000 companies navigate growth and change, an expert in human behavior and applied neuroscience, and the bestselling author of Rules for Renegades. Her latest book, New York Times best seller SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together, was released in June 2013. She is best known for helping CEOs, boards, and investors create predictable revenue, deeply engaged and passionate teams, and highly profitable growth. Her coaching, consulting, and strategies center on increased accountability, communication, and execution. The results? Hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue and value for her clients. Under her guidance, clients often see their revenues increase by 30-110 percent annually, profits increase by 17-200 percent annually, and sales close 50 percent faster.

BuildingLink.com Launches Handheld Solution for Property Management Professionals

BuildingLink.com, a market leader in the design of innovative web-based systems for managing the communications, operations, and day-to-day activities for occupants and staff in residential buildings, is announcing the launch of a revolutionary new mobile building management solution called BuildingLink Geo™ (Geo).

Designed to improve efficiency for building management professionals, the state-of-the-art Geo solution represents a quantum leap forward in real estate technology. Using an iPhone or iPod touch – and powered by the Geo app available for download from the online Apple store – Geo seamlessly accesses a property’s online BuildingLink database through an authentication key, and allows staff to remotely complete tasks typically done on a stationary PC, including visitor management and security, maintenance operations, and front desk activities.

“This is a game-changer for property managers and staff,” says Jerry Kestenbaum, CEO of BuildingLink.com. “Imagine authorizing entry to a vendor right at the service entrance … or accessing a resident’s emergency contact info from anywhere … or viewing the history of a maintenance issue during the repair without interrupting your work. It’s all possible now through Geo — the days of being tied down to a desk staring endlessly at a browser screen are over.”

Geo’s local database allows it to roam where the Internet doesn’t, enabling access to a building database from outside of the property walls. Specific examples of Geo’s uses include:

Visitor Management and Security: Geo enables users to sign-in vendors at service entrances, check guest permission instructions, and capture photos from anywhere in the building through the built-in camera.
Maintenance Operations: Geo permits users to create and close maintenance requests, update notes about a maintenance issue on-site and in real time, and document work through photo capture.
Front Desk: Geo extends the “front desk” so staff can record inbound packages held at the receiving area, as well as capture resident signatures right at the apartment door.
Geo’s optional hardware component (the Geo cradle) is a sleek black casing that weighs less than 8 ounces and features a laser barcode scanner and a magnetic stripe reader for scanning credit cards.

Through only a grassroots following, there are currently 391 Geo users nationwide (monthly average) and a total of 10,000 app log-ins. “Our staff recently began using Geo and it is now an integral part of our day-to-day operations,” said Mike Pistilli, property manager of Pistilli Realty Group. “It allows access to all the tools and information we need anytime and anywhere, right at our fingertips. Geo is so hands-on, you have everything in your phone in real time without even going to the computer. Our building is running more efficiently than ever thanks to Geo.”

Geo’s potential for greater productivity with less effort is consistent with the company’s history of innovation in building management technology. “Our goal with any product we design is to harness technology to make life easier for both staff and tenants,” continues Kestenbaum. “Geo introduces a little bit of magic to property management.”

A Bright Future for Schools Turning to Solar Energy

Government budget cuts and the economic crunch limiting families’ ability to pay tuition costs is causing public and private schools to re-examine their finances. With electricity being a large percentage of a school’s annual budget and traditional energy costs continuing to rise, schools throughout the country are turning to solar energy.

With the current government and state solar energy incentive programs available, including grants and funding specifically targeting schools, savvy educational administrators are finding solar energy systems to be a cost-effective solution. In addition to the incentives, schools have access to a variety of financing options such as leasing and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Due in part to these cost savings financial products Conergy has seen an increase in demand for solar energy among schools across the country.

Conergy has been supporting the education community for years and continued this tradition throughout 2012 by engineering, equipping, securing financing and managing the completion of solar energy systems for more than 15 different school sites across the country. Most recently, Conergy helped school districts Lemoore and Central Union in California equip seven schools in their districts with more than 1.2MW of solar energy. Conergy provided the districts with a total of seven turn-key solar energy systems and acted as the engineering, procurement and construction firm for all seven projects. The Conergy installations feature 4,776 solar modules and 16,809 feet of Conergy Mounting System rail.

Producing 1,854,929 kWh annually, the installations will prevent the release of more than thirty-six thousand tons of harmful CO2 greenhouse gas per year, reduce energy consumption, and save approximately 95% of the electricity costs for the school districts. Conergy is also working with the state Department of Education in Hawaii, on the islands of Oahu and Kauai, to install approximately 3MW of clean solar energy for their local schools. Working with local partners, Conergy will be supplying equipment to the projects. Eight schools on Oahu have already been completed and construction in Kauai is slated to begin early 2013.

Reducing harmful emissions is just one of the reasons schools are turning to solar energy. In 2011, Conergy supplied Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico, a nationally recognized independent school, with 1.14MW of solar energy, producing over 2,000 MWh per year, providing for one quarter of the school’s electricity needs. Using a PPA, offered by Conergy’s Solar Project Finance Services, the Albuquerque Academy was able to achieve 20% savings from its annual utility bill, without any upfront costs. The PPA allowed Albuquerque Academy to lock in current energy rates for up to twenty years and therefore hedge against exponentially rising utility electric rates. Again, in 2011, Conergy developed 400 kW of solar energy at three sites for the Muroc Unified School District in California, which provides 80% of the school district’s energy consumption and reduces their utility bill by 95%. Conergy also developed a 300kW system for Bishop Elementary Schools, a public school facing $1.2 million budget cuts for the 2011/12 school year. With a $178,000 annual rebate and electricity savings of $80,000 per year, the benefit is equivalent to retaining 3-4 entry level teachers.

In Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, Conergy supplied 1.2MW of equipment and secured the financing for solar installations at eight local schools; each installation totalling 125kW. The project was financed using a PPA developed by the Conergy Solar Project Finance Services and RC Energy to finance its solar energy system. The PPA enables organizations to purchase electricity produced by a solar energy system at a fixed rate, which is lower and more stable than utility rates, with no upfront costs. In addition, the PPA offers the opportunity to purchase the system as soon seven years into the contract term. Once the system is paid for, every watt of energy produced is essentially free.

While the schools are able to receive financial benefits from the solar energy systems, faculty and administrators are quick to point out the additional advantages that the students receive. “By creating their own energy, students and staff become more aware of their energy use and are inspired to use energy wisely. This helps to encourage ‘green learning’, by producing clean energy and using less energy whenever possible.” said Conergy Project Developer, David Vincent. He also emphasized the solar energy systems ability strengthen student’s appreciation for the world and support the sustainability projects that inspire students to rethink energy production.

Conergy delivers solar energy systems from a single source. As a system supplier, Conergy produces all components for a solar installation and offers all services under one roof. With its modules, inverters and mounting systems, the solar expert creates Conergy System Technology, which is efficient solar energy systems for private or commercial rooftops, as well as for multi-Megawatt Parks. Conergy System Services deliver a “Worry-Free Package” for Conergy solar installations – from “A“ for architectural planning to “Y“ for yield insurance and “Z“ for zero trouble. Conergy’s experts not only install on-site turn-key solar projects, but they also manage the planning and financing, project implementation, system monitoring, operation and on-going maintenance of the project for maximum performance. With this comprehensive technology and service package, Conergy offers yield insurance for its installations. Conergy System Sales brings Conergy premium products to nearly 40 countries. From “A” for Australia to “T” for Tunisia – the solar expert supports homeowners, installers, wholesalers and investors in their efforts to “go solar”. With sales activities on five continents, Conergy has close relationships with all its customers. In 2010, more than half of Conergy’s sales were generated outside of Germany.

Preventing Slips and Falls

If you’re not more careful in preventing tripping hazards in your home, slips and falls can seriously injure you or a loved one. It can also impact a visitor to your home and have you end up in court.

Want to minimize injuries at your home? It all begins with being more proactive in preventing falls before they occur and incorporating some simple universal design features.

Maintain your property. Make sure you’re always maintaining the property and that there is not a dangerous condition present. You can hire a contractor to come in and inspect your premises. But there are also many things you can do yourself to make your home as safe as possible. For instance, if you have a loose floor board or a wet floor, be sure to mop up the floor or put a nail in that floor board.

Level flooring. While you may do your best to make sure your floor is dry or there are no loose floor boards, there are some common overlooked areas that present a tripping hazard for your employees and patients. The mis-elevation between one floor level and another is often a cause for trips. A change of elevation as much as 3/4 of an inch can be a tripping hazard for some people. Leveling them can prevent future accidents.

Zero step entry. Whether you are a senior who has arthritic knees, a child with a physical disability, or even a young mother pushing her baby in a stroller, creating at least one zero step entry makes it easier and safer to go in and out of the house. At least one no-step entry to the house either through the front, back, or garage door is recommended.

Doormats and carpeting. Examine the door mats or carpeting around the doorways. Are any of them turned up or folded in a way that can trip up a patient?

Sliding doors. Sliding doors can also present a problem. If the door slams on someone’s shoulders as they are walking through, it can cause some people, particularly elderly people, to fall. Take the time to inspect these items and other places in your home that can be a potential tripping or slipping hazard on a regular basis.

Wider Doorways. Entryway doors should be at least 32 inches wide and interior doors at least 30 inches wide to allow for ample room for anyone to pass through.

Lever-Style Door Handles. These handles will make it easier for anyone to open and shut your front or back door because it doesn’t require any grasping or twisting to operate.

Covered Entryway. Not only will a covering help protect the porch from precipitation, but yourself as well from rain and snow, preventing potential slips and falls.

Safe Stairs. If you have steps leading up to one of your entryways, and you do not want a zero step entry, at least make sure your handrails are sturdy and in good shape to make it easier for you to climb up and down.