Thursday, December 10, 2009

eBook Update

by C. Sherman Henes and Cassi Henes

There have been tons of great resources created about selling homes, buying news, or how to get the most equity. We have guides to building decks, wiring for ceiling fans, and decorating a home.

What about helping people with foundation concerns? It was virtually impossible to find a guide that covered possible causes, as well as solutions in a way that didn’t take a engineering degree to decipher! So, we decided to write one.

Peak Structural is proud to announce a fabulous new resource that’s just a click away: the Foundation Technology eBook! This ebook has sections outlining the unique soil conditions in our area, signs of problems, comprehensive solutions, help on selecting service professionals, and more!

This book has been electronically formatted to conserve our precious natural resources.

After determining that it would take 24 trees to print our first 100 Foundation Technology books and dump approximately 740 different chemicals into environment throughout the printing and binding process, we decided that something had to change. Cassi Sherman Henes discovered the Uniflip company out of Denmark, who would create a “flipable” electronic book that includes a search function. We have saved 196 trees by utilizing the eBook technology.

It has been direct printed with low VOC, water based ink to eliminate harmful chemicals and adhesives. We all have a responsibility to color the future—we choose to color green.

Some of the most harmful chemicals to local groundwater can be found in the metallic pigments and bleaching components utilized during the printing and binding process of book production. That’s why our company began using a direct printing technology on the face of our CDs. This technology never requires caustic processes.

eBook Premier During Education Classes at the Denver Home Show
Foundation Technology, Your Guide to What Goes On Under Your Feet made its first public appearance during homeowner education classes at the recent Denver Home Show in March. Our C.E. Educators gave comprehensive sessions outlining the causes and solutions to foundation issues, then answered homeowner questions. Many of the questions that were asked regarded bowing walls and cracking foundations. Peak was pleased to have interactive, moving displays built by Paul Sutton, which helped illustrate the problems and solutions discussed in the ebook.

After completing the Foundation Technology eBook, Cassi Sherman Henes was invited to become one of the Continuing Education Class Educators at Peak Companies. She’ll be undergoing a 2 month intensive training course during which she’ll be working with Paul Sutton, the developer of the 2 credit class that Peak offers to Real Estate Agents and Home Inspectors.

“It’s my pleasure to introduce my new ebook to the world. It’s called Foundation Technology—Your Guide to What Goes on Under Your Feet, but it’s so much more than just a collection of facts. This eBook represents over three months of research and interviews with geotechnical engineers, industry professionals, and more. I hope you learn as much about soils and foundations as I have!” ~Cassi Sherman Henes

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