Why Should I Learn Self-Defense?

On: August 22, 2017
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  1. Improve Your Awareness
    Self-defense will teach you to read your surroundings. After completing a self-defense course, you will be more apt to spot and avoid areas where attackers could hide or you would be unable to escape.
  2. Improve Your Reflexes
    Even if you already understand self-defense and have a good sense of your surroundings, practice will improve your form and reflexes.  Once your reflexes are honed you will know where to step and throw your punch without thinking about it, saving precious time you do not have in an attack situation.
  3. Build Self-Esteem
    Individuals familiar with self-defense tactics often report heightened self-esteem. The ability to protect yourself and feel safe in most situations can do wonders for anxiety or low self-esteem.
  4. Get in Shape
    This one is a no brainer. Practicing self-defense is a terrific way to lose weight and gain muscle while learning valuable, life-saving skills.
  5. Protect Yourself
    Last and certainly not least, practicing self-defense and personal protection techniques will give you the skills to fend off attackers and avoid personal harm.

Self-defense is an important skill for everyone to have. Certified Training Institute offers online personal safety and self-defense courses in an easy-to-use, HD video format.

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Plumbing Manufacturers International Calls for WaterSense Authorization

On: August 22, 2017
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Plumbing Manufacturers International, a not-for-profit international industry association of plumbing product manufacturers, has expressed strong support for the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017 introduced by Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). This legislation would authorize the EPA’s WaterSense program, which encourages the voluntary use of water-efficient plumbing products, services, and practices by individuals and businesses. The program has saved over 2.1 trillion gallons of water and $46.3 billion in water and energy bills.

WaterSense labels are placed on products that meet high-performance standards and are at least 20% more water efficient than other products meeting federal standards. So far, the program includes more than 21,000 products. The CEO of Plumbing Manufacturers International, Kerry Stackpole, calls WaterSense a “win-win-win – for water savings, for consumers, and for manufacturers.”


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Next Step In Shipping Container Homes : Drones

On: August 22, 2017
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Shipping container homes are an affordable, customizable trend that is sweeping the globe. While many people use shipping containers as their main residence an increasing number are interested in building these homes in remote locations as second homes leaving contractors with an interesting problem: how to get shipping containers to remote locations not easily accessible by large trucks? A Canadian designer, Charles Bombardier, may have the answer, drones. Of course, these drones would be considerably larger than the drones currently used for shipping materials.

The prospective delivery drone is called Shango is designed to shipping containers full of goods to remote locations around the world, using less fuel and resources than traditional shipping methods. Creators imagine it will become a staple in green living. Contractors are imagining this drone as an all-in-one supply and home shipping method. Shipping containers can be filled with building supplies and brought to remote locations without damaging the wilderness with temporary construction roads.


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Back to School Special – 4 Hour Self-Defense Class in HD Video

On: August 18, 2017

It’s  back to school time! Have you considered getting your college student the gift of self-defense? Colleges have a high rate of property crime, theft, violent crime, and assault, making it very important for students to have the skills to defend themselves and their possessions. This is especially true for those leaving home for the first time as they may not have the skills or awareness to protect themselves in unfamiliar situations. In short, back to school is the perfect time to invest in self-defense for your college student.

Certified Training Institute has created a 4-hour course that can be completed at your own pace. This class is specifically designed to teach individuals ground avoidance and ground defense tactics. Class instructor, Preston L. Taylor “PT”, has been in law enforcement for 25 years and began his martial arts training at 13. As a law enforcement officer, one of PT’s main duties is teaching defense and personal safety tactics to fellow officers and civilians alike. 


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New Legislation for Florida Contractors

On: August 15, 2017
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Florida recently adopted two changes to their building code. The first is a revised Coastal Construction Control Line Requirement. Coastal Construction Control Line pertains to beaches and dune systems that experience severe fluctuations based on 100-year old storm events. The Florida Building Commission and Florida Division of Emergency Management recommended changes be made to high hazard coastal areas. These changes are designed to eliminate confusing and conflicting requirements making it easier to prepare designs that meet CCL and flood requirements. These changes will yield cost savings for home owners. Details can be found here.

Flood regulation is also being updated because hurricanes and other storms cause billions of dollars in damage annually. Any owner or developer who constructs or does maintenance on buildings in flood hazard areas must meet state mandated requirements to minimize potential flood damage. Florida Building Code flood regulations are designed to safeguard public health, safety, and welfare, as well as meet National Flood Insurance Program requirements. More information is available here.


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Drones in Agriculture FAQ

On: August 15, 2017
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Q: How high should I fly?
A: This will depend on the size of your crop. Flying higher will allow you to cover more ground in less time while using less battery. However, if you fly your drone too high you will not get as detailed of results as you would flying at a lower altitude. If you are using your drone to look for variability in a mature crop you will not need a detailed result and can thus fly your drone up to 400 ft high (per FAA regulations). On the other hand, if you are looking for new growth in a large field you will want to fly lower and gain a more detailed picture of your crops.

Q: Can I use my drone to determine plant health?
A: Drones can be used to create NDVI maps that show an infrared image of your crop. Healthy plants reflect a lot of green light and absorb red light and unhealthy pants do the opposite. To create a true NDVI map you must own an NIR camera. However, even without a Near Infrared (NIR) camera, you will be able to use a vegetation index to show variables in plant health.

Q: How can I map large areas offline?
A: Make your flight plans ahead of time on your computer, then while still connected to the internet, open your mapping app on your mobile device and sync the plans. Once plans are synced you can fly with no cell or wifi connection. 
NOTE: Bring extra batteries when mapping large areas (over 100 acres). 

Q: Can I use a drone to apply pesticides to my crops?
A: Yes, drones are useful for detecting and spraying areas affected by insects. Since drones are a precision tool, this method requires less pesticide, man power, and funding than aircraft spray.

Q: Are there any regulations I must follow to use a drone?
A: All drones used for commercial purposes must be operated by an individual who is a certified Remote Pilot in Command

Q: How do I obtain a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate?
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2:  Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13

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MA Complete 12-Hour Architect Renewal Package

On: August 15, 2017
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 Massachusetts architects must complete 12-hours of continuing education every year to renew their license by the August 31st deadline. The state does not require proof of education to be completed at the time of renewal, however, licensees must keep certificates for two years in the case of an audit. Architects Training Institute will store your certificates for up to 6 years at no extra cost.

Architects Training Institute is pleased to offer a Massachusetts approved online 12-hour continuing education package and individual continuing education courses.   Architects Training Institute also provides an 18-hour package that fulfills Massachusetts and AIA requirements. Classes are available 24/7 on any internet capable device with the benefit of our friendly support staff to guide you through your renewal process.

 


 

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Denver’s Apartment Mania is Ending

On: August 15, 2017
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Denver economists expect the surge in apartment construction to slow down over the next year as demand and financing wane. Renters have already begun to respond to rising prices and banks are beginning to look for new investment projects. Many millennials are giving up their downtown rentals in favor of housing on the outskirts of the city, where they can afford larger homes and more land.

In spite of these changes in the housing market, almost 25% of units under construction this summer were downtown in high-end neighborhoods. Most individuals in the industry agree that this has oversaturated the high-end apartment market in Denver. In other words, the city has an influx of expensive buildings in expensive neighborhoods do not suit the majority of people moving to the city. 

As demand continues to drop many builders are moving their efforts to Denver city borders where land is cheaper and less financing is required.


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Nationwide Plumber Shortage

On: August 14, 2017
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Contractors across the country are experiencing a major plumber shortage. Demand is continuously rising but many have retired or left the industry during the recession. It will take more than 100,000 new plumbers to meet current demands.

Plumbing is generally a well-paying career with several states reporting a median income between 59,000 and 72,000. Even with the allure of decent pay and increasing job opportunities, many areas are having a tough time finding enough plumbers to meet demand.

To combat this problem, several high schools are introducing pre-apprenticeship programs and stressing the importance of skilled trades. The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association is also reaching out to young adults by providing classroom programs and hands-on learning opportunities. These measures are increasingly important as the number of plumbers needed is expected to rise 12% by 2024.


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New Policy Allows Military Bases To Shoot Down Drones

On: August 11, 2017

 The Pentagon recently signed a new policy that will allow military bases to shoot, disable, or track commercial and private drones operating over private military bases. This may cause confusion in areas where the military rents land from private homeowners. For example, in North Dakota, the military leases land from local farmers. While the air base itself may be considered restricted, the farmers that own the land often use drones to survey their crops and livestock. It is unclear what this policy will mean for them.

As of now, the full policy is classified so it is hard to say what this change will mean for the average drone user. Geofencing technologies may help avoid accidental flights over military bases but the technology is still far from perfect. 


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