Permits for Palo Alto Window Replacement

The city of Palo Alto, nestled in the heart of Santa Clara County’s “Silicon Valley”, is well known for being the home of Stanford University and dozens of high profile tech companies like Xerox, VMware, Hewlett-Packard, and Tesla Motors. Just like all the other surrounding communities in the Bay Area, if you want to make

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Understanding San Francisco Window Permit Guidelines

As a city that finds itself on the cutting edge, whether in business, technology, or architecture, San Francisco recognizes that while growth and change is inevitable, steps should be taken to try to maintain the city’s classic beauty. This is no more apparent than in the San Francisco window permit and replacement rules mandated by

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EPA Update Energy Star Most Efficient Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently updated and released the Energy Star Most Efficient criteria for 2013 and a proposed version of it for 2014. The Energy Star Most Efficient will cover 11 products categories including residential windows. For window replacements to be eligible for Energy Star label, residential replacement windows must be

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In a previous blog post, “‘Many San Francisco Buildings with Large Windows are at Risk of Being “Soft Story,”‘ we cover the hazards of old San Francisco buildings due to large windows or openings on the ground floor.  A recent article from PBS MediaShift called, “San Francisco, a City That Knows Its Faults”, address the

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted a survey among home buyers on the type of window features they look for in their ideal homes. In the survey, participants were asked to rank a number of window characteristics according to “not important” or “essential”. The study concluded that there is a steady growth for

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After six years of RFPs deliberation, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved the construction of the Transbay Tower won by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architecture and partner, Hines. The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, a public entity that permits the development of new transits and buildings in the city of San Francisco, sponsored a competition to build

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