Arranging the Perfect At-Home Workspace

As Americans wrap up summer vacation season, many seek more effective work areas for returning students and adults alike. Help buyers weigh whether a listing offers suitable space for everyone to get down to business.

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The telecommuting population is growing: Some 30 million people work from home at least once a week, and that number is expected to increase by 63 percent in the next five years, according to a study by theTelework Research Network. At least 3 million Americans never step foot in an office outside their home.

But as our tools shrink in size, the “home office” concept is changing. Laptops can be as small as 10 inches and weigh just 2 1/2 pounds. Monitors have become shallower. And some traditional office equipment — such as copy and fax machines and large file cabinets — has receded into the background.

Once they’ve found the right space, help clients personalize it with this checklist of essentials for working productively. You may also want to suggest a professional organizer or designer or an online resource such as The True Cost Guide:

  • Work surface. How clients prefer to work will help determine the size of a work surface. If they like to spread out papers, a longer, wider area may be best. Many furnishings now have specialized designs to accommodate and organize wires and accessories, as well as designated spots for charging stations, says Dave Jacobs with BDI, a high-end entertainment and office manufacturer. Within the work area, Norris suggests setting up activity centers according to how often equipment is used. “If you use your printer every day, place it within easy reach. If it’s once a week or less, get it out of the way to make room for things used daily,” she says. It may help to think of the desk surface as a runway where papers take off and land, some sooner than others. Most of all, prioritize usefulness over aesthetics, she says.
  • Seating. Consider height, back support, armrests, and mobility for comfort and productivity. Some may want a second chair to stretch out in, read, or unwind, maybe with a footrest.
  • Lighting. Natural light is best but not always available, which is why adequate artificial light is so important. The activity (working on a computer versus reading a book), time of day, and user’s eyesight will dictate how much is needed, says Joe Rey-Barreau, director of education for the American Lighting Association. He favors efficient, long-lasting LEDs, a dimmer switch to control levels, and careful placement to cut glare.
  • Outlets. The more power the better, but it’s also important to consider the varied heights at which they’re needed. Also have extra power strips that can accommodate multiprong plugs. And advise buyers to be sure the home’s wiring is up to code and all outlets are grounded, especially for computers and external hard drives.
  • Storage. The paperless office is still an idealized state for many who rely on hard copies. “Most people don’t have adequate filing drawers for work and personal needs,” Norris says. But even the biggest fans of paper should have backup storage for computer files. While the cloud is popular, clients might consider an extra backup via external hard drive.
  • Odds and ends. All the little extras that companies stock in a supply room should be kept on hand to avoid mad dashes to the store. Tell clients to be sure they store supplies neatly, too, or they’ll waste time trying to locate essentials. Retailers like The Container Store have carved out a niche with an array of options to make organizing work-from-home space more fun.

A challenge for potential buyers is visualizing where they’ll set up shop when walking through a listing, since many homes don’t have dedicated office space. And even when an area looks promising, it may not prove ideal once parents or kids start their work, so flexibility is paramount.

Debbie Bolduc, owner of BizzBuzz Marketing Partners in Laconia, N.H., thought she had found the perfect private office — part of her detached garage. But she discovered it was inconvenient not having a bathroom or running water at hand. “I carried my computer back and forth at the end of the day, power supply cable and all,” she says. In winter, she gingerly negotiated icy steps with a coffee cup in hand. She eventually moved her office into her college-bound son’s vacated bedroom, which had a treasured feature beyond indoor plumbing proximity — a door. “Family members still pop in to chat, but I close the door to indicate when I’m not to be interrupted,” she says.

You can help buyers who work from home decide if a layout offers adequate possibilities based on the size of the work surface they envision, the seating needs, and storage systems, says former real estate sales associate Vicki Norris, founder of the professional organizing firm Restoring Order, based in Portland, Ore. But also advise them that finding the right space is less about square footage and more about how they like to hunker down, she says. “Even if the home has a basement that might work, not everyone wants to — or will — head down and use it,” she says. And where they situate an office may not be where they end up doing most of their work, says designer Marianne Cusato, author of The Just Right Home (Workman, 2015). “It often turns out to be two different places — one for keeping equipment and supplies and another where you do most of your actual work, spread out papers, or read and write in my case,” says Cusato.

Ask potential buyers these questions when they have a home-based work area on their wish list:

1. Do you need a private, dedicated space? If work requires quiet or confidentiality, they may want a door and location away from the main activity hub of the home. See if there’s an extra bedroom, which is what Corrie Shanahan did when she started her organizational effectiveness and leadership consulting practice, The Beara Group LLC, from her Washington, D.C. home. “I’m most productive when I can focus on the task at hand. I also wanted to keep confidential, sensitive files in locked file cabinets,” she says. Other possibilities include converting an attic or basement, depending on condition and costs. Either space may require better ventilation, lighting, insulation, flooring, and walls. A basement may also require significant waterproofing.

2. Can you share? With more couples working from home, finding available space for two can be challenging. Ebony Grimsley-Vaz, owner of a digital marketing and public relations company, and husband Ron Vaz, a photographer, decided to convert one of their Tampa, Fla., home’s three bedrooms into a shared office so they could keep the other extra bedroom for frequent guests. They set up small desks in opposite corners, found space for printers, and placed a futon in the center for sitting or taking a break. They also installed an outlet in their screened porch as a secondary workspace.

3. Do you prefer having others around? Working from home can feel isolating, and some get their adrenalin going by being smack in the center of activity. They can block out noise and remain focused without jumping into every conversation. In such a case, a corner of a family room, kitchen, dining room, or large hallway may work, as long as there’s enough space for all the necessary paraphernalia.

4. Is your bedroom a possibility? Modern bedrooms often are large enough to locate a desk, bookshelves, and other essentials. For children, this location may be more effective than for parents, who want to get away from work at night. To help kids, watch how they work rather than interviewing them, Norris says. “If they prefer being nomadic, offer them multiple places in the house,” she says.

But the right student workstation depends a great deal on age. For young children, it may mean a big table for crafts, projects, and experiments. Also, make sure there’s enough room for a child and parent to work together, as well as a place to keep supplies, says Norris. “Children should learn from an early age about keeping order and putting things away,” she says. When they get older, their work area will function more like an adult’s, with the need for document storage and a computer station. At any age, experts recommend turning off screens at least an hour before going to bed to give the brain a chance to unwind.

5. Do you need multiple options? While it’s best to have a designated headquarters as central command, some prefer more choices. Social worker and therapist Melissa McCool moved her office into her Encinitas, Calif., home after 14 years because it was more convenient for family life. Her husband designed a small office between the living and dining room, but she’s found she prefers to start work at the kitchen table before anyone else rises. Then, after the children are off to school, she and the family dog shift to her bedroom. “I know you’re not supposed to do that, but I find that I’ve been productive this way,” she says. Cusato recently moved into a new apartment in Indianapolis with an extra bedroom that became her official office. But she’s found she works mostly at the dining room table. “It’s a more comfortable, nicer room. If I’m writing, all I need is my computer and immediate stack of papers,” she says.

6. Do you have a back-up choice in case the first one doesn’t work? Buyers who aren’t ready to commit to a space may need a home that offers a few usable areas, so they can figure out what works best in practice. And a perk of working from home is workers don’t have to consult the boss to make that change. Author Jill Vanderwood, in Salt Lake City, moved her workspace from the family basement to the kitchen at her husband’s urging. But she became frustrated. “The TV was in the same room, the family was in and out, and I was so distracted that I wasn’t getting my work done. The kitchen chair also was uncomfortable, and having my papers all around didn’t allow room for the family to eat,” she says. She moved her office back to the quiet, roomier basement.

7. Do you want to be able to write this space off your taxes? You can help work-from-home clients mitigate the cost of upgrading their space by reminding them of the IRS’s rules for a home-office deduction, which applies if their main place of business is used exclusively for work, says Cynthia Turoski, a certified financial planner and public accountant with Bonadio Wealth Advisors in Albany, N.Y. “You can’t play video games at the desk and deduct it,” she says. This might also take the kitchen island off the table, so to speak. If this is an interest for them, suggest that they consult a tax professional.

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The Easy, Fun Way to Spring Clean Your Deck or Patio

 

The spring cleaning chore with the most fun potential is prepping your deck or patio for spring. Here’s how to do it with a touch of fun.

Your patio and deck missed you all winter and are craving attention.

So pull on your wellies, and have a little fun in the sun with the water toy of your choice to get the job done:

Water toy #1: A pressure washer

If you don’t have a pressure washer in your tool shed, you’re missing out. Spring is a good time to add one to your arsenal of lean, green cleaning machines. They blast away dirt mostly without harsh chemicals, which is good for the planet and your deck and patio plants.

Plus, they’ve come down in price, and are easier to manage than they used to be, making pressure washing your deck and patio much more fun and much less hassle.

A 1,500 to 2,000 PSI machine, gas or electric ($90-$300), will take care of most outdoor spring cleaning chores — decks, patio furniture, umbrellas, flagstone.

Most models have a detergent chamber or two, so you can add a little earth-friendly soap if you need more cleaning macho.

You also can rent one for $40-$75 a day.

Tip: Don’t rent one heavier than you can handle. That will take all the fun out of it. It’s tempting to go for power, but your deck and patio shouldn’t need the heavy hitter unless you’ve become an expert at deferred maintenance.

Once you start playing with a power washer, you might find yourself looking for more to clean, like your siding.

Water toy #2: Standard garden hose

If you’re not the power washer sort (maybe you don’t like the noise), arm yourself with a hose. It’ll still be fun. Just pretend you’re a kid again and launch an attack on an unsuspecting family member or neighbor. Before you know it, everything will have a good soaking.

Now that you’ve got your water tool of choice, here are some tips to make the job go easier:

Patio umbrella: When you open your patio umbrella for the first time in spring, don’t be surprised to see spiders and moth cocoons. Blast them off with your garden hose. Scrub fabric with a gentle water-and-dish-detergent mixture to avoid stripping the umbrella’s water-resistant coating. When you place the umbrella back into its stand, don’t forget to tighten stand screws.

Outdoor furniture: Heloise, our favorite cleaning tipster, says a scrubbing solution of ¾ cup beach and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent mixed into 1 gallon of warm water will brighten dingy resin lawn chairs. Vacuum wicker furniture with an upholstery attachment.

Patio paversScrub with a bleach solution (1 part bleach, 10 parts water), which will get rid of stains. More stubborn stains may require treatment with muriatic acid, which is best left to professionals. To prevent future stains, lay outdoor mats on stain-prone areas, like under the grill or patio table.

Grills: The best time to clean baked on gunk is to scrub when the grill is still warm — not hot! — which is nature’s way of softening grease and crunchies. Use a wire brush with scraper to strip off charred food. Or, soak grates in soapy water for 30 minutes, then scour with steel wool. Don’t forget to clean drip pans and ash collectors, too. To keep grills clean, spray on cooking oil before lighting, which keeps food from sticking and makes cleanup faster.

Another tip: Cut an onion in half and rub it on a warm grill either before or after you grill to keep the grill clean.

Water features: Scrub scum from your birdbaths and fountains. Mix a 1:10 bleach:water solution to kill algae, but make sure you rinse thoroughly until the water stops foaming. Use a water wiggler to keep water moving and discourage breeding mosquitoes.

Have fun and be sure to get a little wet.

lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordonis an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL. Follow Lisa on Google+.

 

When to Repair or Replace Your Appliance

Consider age, repair cost, pricing, energy efficiency, and whether to modify your kitchen to accommodate a new unit.

reparacionenseresWhen an appliance is old and isn’t working efficiently, it’s easy to decide to replace rather than repair the machine — may it rest in peace.
But appliances often break before their time, making the repair-or-replace decision harder.

If money is tight, you may have to repair the appliance and hope for the best. But if you’ve got some coin, then replacing with a new, energy-efficient model often is the better way to go.

That’s a lot of ifs, and the repair-or-replace dilemma often is hard to resolve. Here are some guidelines that will help you decide.

Is It Really Broken?

When appliances stop working, we get so rattled that the obvious escapes us. Before you panic, make sure:

  • The appliance is plugged in.
  • Circuit breakers haven’t tripped. (I once replaced a blender only to discover that the circuit needed resetting.)
  • Flooring hasn’t become uneven, which can stop some appliances from turning on.
  • Vents and filters aren’t clogged with lint and dust.

Related: How to Help Your Appliances Last Longer

Is It Still Under Warranty?

Check your owner’s manual or records to see if the sick appliance is still under warranty. Most warranties on major appliances cover labor and parts for a year; some extend coverage of parts for two years. If it’s still covered, schedule a service call.

Related: Is an Extended Warranty Right for You?

Is It Truly at the End of Its Useful Life?

Appliances have an average useful life — the typical lifespan after which the machine is running on borrowed time. The closer your appliance is to its hypothetical past due date, the wiser it is to replace, rather than repair.

Here are the typical lifespans of major appliances.

Appliance Average Lifespan (Years)
Compactor 6
Dishwasher 9
Disposal 12
Dryer 13
Exhaust Fan 10
Freezer 11
Microwave 9
Range, electric 13
Range, gas 15
Range/oven hood 14
Refrigerator 13
Washer 10

How to Follow the 50% Rule

In 2014, the average cost to repair an appliance was $254 to $275. Should you pay it?

If an appliance is more than 50% through its lifespan, and if the cost of one repair is more than 50% of the cost of buying new, then you should replace rather than repair.

To do the math, you’ll have to know the typical lifespan (see above), and get a repair estimate. Most service companies charge a “trip charge” to diagnose the problem. These charges vary widely, so be sure to ask when you arrange the appointment.  If the company repairs the appliance, the trip charge typically is waived.

DIY Whenever Possible

If you know your way around a socket wrench, you may be able to make simple appliance repairs yourself and save labor fees. YouTube has lots of DIY repair videos, and user manuals can help you troubleshoot.

Can’t find your manual? Search online for “manual” along with your appliance brand and model number. Most manufacturers provide free downloadable PDFs of appliance manuals, and there are several online sites that specialize in nothing but manuals.

However, there is a downside to repairing appliances yourself.

  • Many electrical replacement parts are non-refundable, so if you misdiagnose the problem, you’ve wasted money.
  • Large appliances are heavy and bulky. You risk injury if you don’t know how to move, open, and lift the machine property.
  • Some appliance warranties are voided when you mess with the machine yourself.
  • If you forget to unplug the machine before making repairs, you can electrocute yourself (making the money you save a moot point).

How to Calculate Whether Energy Efficiency is Cost Effective

New water-saving and energy-efficient appliances can be cost effective: A modern refrigerator, for instance, uses roughly half the electricity of one built 20 years ago.

But replacing energy clunkers that still have miles left on them may not be a money-wise move. You might spend thousands on an appliance in order to save hundreds (if you’re lucky) on your energy bill.

Jill A. Notini of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers says if you’re planning on staying in your home for 10 to 15 years, upgrading appliances is a good idea. However, if you’re planning on moving soon, you’ll save money by keeping your older appliances, and letting the new owners upgrade to energy-efficient models.

Are There Hidden Costs When Replacing Old Appliances?

The cost of replacing an appliance may include more than just the price of the machine. In fact, the price tag could be the least of the money you’ll spend to upgrade an appliance.

  • A new refrigerator may not fit in the old spot. You could have to modify cabinetry to fit the new appliance (be sure to measure accurately).
  • Gas ovens and ranges will save money only if your home already has gas connections. If not, you could spend thousands bringing a gas line into your home or hundreds rerouting the lines you already have.
  • Upgrading from a simple gas range to one with all the bells and whistles may require upgrading or adding electrical wiring and circuits.

Douglas Trattnerhas covered home improvement for HGTV.com, DIYNetworks, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He lives in a 1925 Colonial.

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

You ight want to take a closer look at your listing’s curb appeal: Upgrading a home’s landscape from average to excellent can raise its overall value by 10 percent to 12 percent, according toresearch from Virginia Tech.

Up Your Curb Appeal

landscapingResearcher Alex X. Niemiera with the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech found that a $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants.

The value of landscaping differed greatly from state to state. For example, the change in value from a home with no landscape to well-landscaped ranged from 5.5 percent in Louisiana to 11.4 percent in South Carolina. Michigan homes saw the biggest difference in landscaping appeal, with a home’s value being increased by 12.7 percent.

“The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape,” according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

The following landscape elements were found to be most important to survey respondents:

  • Design sophistication
  • Plant size
  • Diversity of plant material type

“Survey results showed that relatively large landscape expenditures significantly increase perceived home value and will result in a higher selling price than homes with a minimal landscape,” Niemiera writes in the paper. “Design sophistication and plant size were the landscape factors that most affected value. The resulting increase in ‘curb appeal’ of the property may also help differentiate a home in a subdivision where house styles are similar and thereby attract potential buyers into a home. This advantage is especially important in a competitive housing market.”

Source: “Does Landscaping Increase Your Homes Value?” Realty Times (Oct. 13, 2014)

Siguen cobrando auge los paneles solares

Por: Sofía Muñoz Puig / Especial para Construcción
El ahorro puede llegar hasta un 100% con los paneles solares versus la AEE.

Cada vez son más los consumidores que descartan la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) y optan por energía solar como el medio para generar electricidad en sus residencias y comercios. Y es que convertir la energía solar a energía de consumo resulta en una manera limpia, silenciosa y que no altera el medioambiente y, muy importante, repercuta en grandes ahorros para el bolsillo.

¿Cómo se convierte? Mediante un sistema de paneles solares compuesto por módulos fotovoltaicos, inversor, dispositivos de seguridad y un sistema de “racks” para instalación. La proliferación de compañías dedicadas a la venta e instalación de paneles solares y de consumidores ansiosos por cambiar a estos sistemas parece ser la orden del día.

Según el ingeniero  Franklin Fuster, presidente de Sun Pro Puerto Rico, Inc., compañía  que    ofrece  productos de energía renovable a nivel residencial, comercial e industrial. el costo de instalación de estos sistemas depende de cada caso en particular.

“Todo depende del presupuesto y consumo eléctrico del cliente. Los precios fluctúan entre $10,000 a $20,000 para familias promedio. Esto es sin los incentivos del gobierno, que pagan un 40% del costo del proyecto”.

Qué establece la Ley 114 con la AEE 

“Esta ley ordena y autoriza a la AEE a establecer un programa de Medición Neta que permita la interconexión de los sistemas solares y molinos a su sistema de transmisión y distribución eléctrica y la retroalimentación de electricidad a los clientes que hayan instalado un equipo solar eléctrico, molino de viento o cualquier otra fuente de energía renovable capaz de producir energía eléctrica. Con esta ley  se le concede al cliente un crédito en su factura de luz por la electricidad generada por estos equipos y se le compensa monetariamente por el sobrante de exceso de energía generada por el sistema solar. En un programa de Medición Neta, la AEE permite que el contador del cliente retroceda si la electricidad que el cliente genera es mayor a la que consume”.

¿Cuánto podría implicar el ahorro en la factura? 

“El ahorro puede llegar hasta un 100% con los paneles solares versus la AEE. Todo depende del espacio donde se puedan instalar los paneles y la inversión que quiera realizar el cliente. Por ejemplo, si un cliente residencial o comercial consume x kilovatios de luz (esto se determina en la factura de luz de la AEE) necesita x cantidad de paneles solares para ahorrarse un 100%. Pero, si su techo no tiene el espacio para todos paneles y solo para la mitad de paneles, se ahorra la mitad del consumo eléctrico y, por consiguiente, si el cliente tiene espacio en el techo para todos los paneles y desea pagar la inversión, ahorra el 100% de la energía eléctrica”.

Si la residencia es pequeña, ¿también se puede hacer la conversión a paneles solares? 

“Sí, cualquier tamaño de casa puede hacer la conversión de paneles solares”.

¿Qué   necesita para hacer la conversión a paneles solares? 

“1. Espacio disponible para los paneles solares en residencia o comercio sin obstrucción de sombra por árboles o estructuras;

2. Capital/dinero;

3. Deseo de ahorro energético;

4. Visión de ver los paneles solares como una inversión (de cinco a seis años los sistemas se pagan) y valorización de la propiedad (aumenta el valor a la propiedad);

5. Ganas de contribuir al medio ambiente.

¿Cómo es la conexión con la AEE y el pago que se hace?

“Luego que el cliente somete los debidos documentos ante la AEE, el sistema solar se interconecta con la red eléctrica de la AEE.  Si se diseñó un sistema de ahorro de 100% del consumo del cliente, solo se le pagará a la AEE una cantidad mínima de aproximadamente $3 por concepto de interconexión”.

¿Qué tipo de mantenimiento requieren los paneles?

“Mantenimiento mínimo. Limpieza de placas con agua y jabón, algo que el mismo cliente puede hacer, y se recomienda realizarse dos veces al año, mínimo”.

¿Cuánto tiempo duran? 

“Las placas tienen garantía de 20 años y duran aproximadamente hasta 30 años”.

Algunos beneficios de la energía renovable  incluyen mejoras al  clima, salud y economía. Ayuda a la reducción de contaminación de dióxido de carbono, que es muy dañino para el planeta y la salud de los seres humanos.

Para más información,  consulte a     Sun Pro Puerto Rico, Inc., al  787-774-7974 o acceda a  www.sunproductspr.com.

Vendiendo mi casa…¿cómo hacer que el comprador se enamore?

02-agosto-2014
 
Si usted está vendiendo su casa, aquí algunos factores que le ayudarán a revisar e inspeccionar cada área de su propiedad antes de recibir a un potencial cliente.
 

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Por Julio A. Irizarry / Especial para Construcción

Cada familia o persona tiene diferentes gustos y necesidades. Por lo tanto, es importante que cuando una persona está en proceso de comprar su tan soñado hogar buscará satisfacer esos gustos o necesidades que tanto ha soñado.

Si usted está vendiendo su casa, es muy probable que no conozca los gustos y necesidades de ese potencial cliente, pero debe lograr que el comprador se sienta como en su casa. Un corredor de bienes raíces jugará un papel muy importante en este proceso. No solo le ayudará a conseguir el mejor comprador, también le ayudará a preparar la propiedad para enamorar a ese cliente y le ayudará con los trámites posteriores para que la venta se lleve a cabo. Continue reading

Feria Verde: promueve la educación ambiental

22-marzo-2014

Feria Verde Puerto Rico se celebrará el 5 y 6 de abril, de 10:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m., en el Parque Central de San Juan.

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Frey Vielma y Gerardo Bosch, productores del evento Feria Verde Puerto Rico. (Foto por Gabriel López Albarrán / GFR Media)

Por Maricarmen Reguero / Especial para Construcción

Inspirado en las Ferias Verdes que se llevan a cabo en países como México, España, Costa Rica y Chile, Feria Verde Puerto Rico se celebrará el 5 y 6 de abril, de 10:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m., en el Parque Central de San Juan.

Feria Verde, un evento familiar abierto al público en general, busca concienciar acerca de la importancia del cuidado del medio ambiente a través de la exposición de productos dirigidos a la conservación de los recursos naturales, la ecosustentabilidad, energías renovables y ahorro de energía y agua, entre otros temas relacionados, además de conferencias impartidas por expertos en estas ramas.

Esta es la primera feria ecosustentable que impactará tanto al sector público como el privado, buscando resultados alentadores que motiven a todo público a la búsqueda de soluciones saludables para el medio ambiente, a través de la presentación de un espacio de exhibición y diálogo donde se presentan iniciativas de negocio, comercio, inversión y tecnología en la lucha contra el cambio climático.

ESPACIO PARA LA CONSTRUCCIÓN SUSTENTABLE 

En Feria Verde también habrá exposición para la construcción sustentable, una que ha ido ganando espacio en el mercado y así lo seguirá haciendo, ya que la preocupación por el medio ambiente es una prioridad a nivel global, por lo que resulta importante que las empresas dedicadas a la construcción tradicional colaboren cada vez más con aquellas que trabajan con materiales sostenibles, por lo que en este evento se ha buscado que se conozcan entre sí y así dar a conocer las propuestas de todas las empresas. De hecho, el 40% de todas las emisiones de bióxido de carbono (CO2), que ocasionan el cambio climático, provienen del diseño, construcción, operación y mantenimiento de edificios.

“Feria Verde Puerto Rico nace para responder a la necesidad que hay en el país de desarrollar e implantar proyectos a largo plazo que impacten positivamente nuestra sociedad y promuevan una vida balanceada y saludable. Proponemos acercar tanto a ciudadanos como visitantes a la ecología, el reciclaje, la vida saludable y las energías renovables, concientizando sobre cómo promover el bienestar. En Feria Verde se proveerán herramientas que buscan ayudar a modificar hábitos y tendencias y proveeremos soluciones específicas a los retos en defensa al medio ambiente. Como un beneficio secundario, pero muy importante, está el ahorro de dinero por parte de empresas y familias a través de la consevación de energía, algo muy útil en los tiempos que estamos viviendo”, indicó Frey Vielma, propulsora del evento.

ACTIVIDADES PARA TODA LA FAMILIA

Los asistentes a Feria Verde Puerto Rico podrán aprovecharse de una gran gama de charlas educativas con temas dirigidos en su mayoría al mejoramiento del planeta Tierra y el ahorro de energía, por ejemplo: el cambio climático, reciclaje, manejo de residuos, uso de composta y huertos caseros, entre otros. Las agencias gubernamentales encargadas de la protección del medio ambiente de la Isla también jugarán un papel importante en el evento, ya que impartirán charlas y orientarán a los visitantes de forma amena, con juegos para niños dirigidos al reciclaje y la conservación y recorridos por el mini bosque con especies de árboles y animales puertorriqueños.

“Comprometidos con nuestro nombre, durante el evento los visitantes tendrán la oportunidad de llevar sus desperdicios reciclables a las diferentes estaciones que se ubicarán en el Parque, igualmente intentando que toda la basura generada durante el evento se recicle”, añadió Vielma. Se espera que alrededor de 15,000 personas visiten la feria.

De la misma forma, Feria Verde busca crear un balance entre entretenimiento, educación y exposición de productos, por lo que contará con presentaciones musicales a cargo de Roy Brown, un espectáculo ecológico con los Ecoquids, creación de huertos caseros con Douglas Candelario, charlas sobre la importancia de la reforestación y conservación de los recursos naturales, lectura de cuentos para niños, juegos, manualidades, clases de yoga, zumba, X-co, aeróbicos y clínicas de salud y nutrición.

Para más información puede llamar al 787-793-8282 o al 939-243-4610. Feria Verde es un proyecto producido por Gerardo Bosch para UP Productions.

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