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August 2010
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Office Space

In a world where image is important, first impressions can make or break a contract bid. We rely on the active perception of our clients to progress our businesses. On the same note, our employees, th...
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State of the Market

How Construction Costs Affect Property Values

What has become clear is that there is a great variance across the region in terms of construction costs and subsequent rental and sales values. A pattern ...
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Upwards and Onwards

Upwards and Onwards

When the progressive firm of Roger Downing & Partners Co. Ltd expanded beyond the capacity of the modest single level offices in downtown Road Town, RDP responded with an open ...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

For years, Property Guide has included a Green Living article in our magazine to suggest ways to protect and conserve the natural beauty of the BVI. As recently as April, for Earth Day, we published an entire green issue. Lately we’ve noticed that more and more of our articles, either from our expert contributors or our own staff, tend to focus on the need for increased environmentally frien...
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Property Law
Good Fences

It goes without saying that a good relationship with one’s neighbours is the ideal situation for any proprietor. After all, you share a space or a boundary with them. It is therefore the sensible approach to avoid fostering any ill-will with them.

As a proprietor, you have the right to deal with your property however you choose within the confines of the law. This includes erecting fencing o...
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Overhead Lighting
Overhead Lighting!

Office lighting is not the most exciting topic to write about, but I did find out some interesting facts when researching for this month’s Property Guide. First of all, I learned that overhead lighting, which most people think is energy efficient because of its prevalence, is actually a huge drain of electricity. “Overhead lighting,” according to the July 2009 issue of Inc. magaz...
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A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember

Civil servants take the gloves off over sustainability.

Candid, passionate—these aren't terms usually associated with civil servants, but that was the flavour of the recent seminar on Sustainable Development sponsored by the Ministry of Finance's Project Support Services Unit (PSSU).

Moderated by Ms. Shaina Smith of the PSSU along with her co-moderator, Mr. Bennet Smith, the seminar w...
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Desalination
Take Me to the Water

Recent controversy over the Bi-Water/Ocean Conversion water supply contracts has shone a light on one of the most important aspects of island life today—the increasing demand for water and the resulting difficulty in providing and maintaining supply.

This problem is not unique to the BVI. Neighbouring islands such as Antigua, St Martin and the US Virgin Islands all experience immense difficu...
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Green Living
Green Living

As the keynote speaker of the inaugural BVI Go Green Festival, Angela Burnett Penn outlined simple practices that the BVI can adopt in order to become more environmentally proactive. Her recommendations included steps that individuals can take as well as measures that the BVI government should instil.

Angela Burnett Penn kicks off the Go Green Festival with a keynote speech and panel discussion.

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