Today’s lesson: How to heat water on the roof

A new community center in the Northside section of Richmond will feature three kinds of solar roof panels that will heat 85 percent of the building’s hot water and generate 15 percent of its electricity. It will also have heat radiant flooring.

The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Round Up for 1.28.10

Thalhimer reports the following deal: Stratford University leased 52,020 square feet in the former S&K headquarters property at 11100 West Broad Street in Henrico. Grubb & Ellis | Harrison & Bates reports the following deals: Triple Play Services leased 85,420 square feet at 4810 Eubank Road in Henrico. French Development LLC leased 15,000 square feet… Read more »

Um, did I just see you on a billboard?

Debra Ruh has been on the cover of Virginia Business magazine, and she’s been written up in Fortune. But now Ruh’s face is on the side of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and she appears on the Dell homepage.

Va. film industry might get new script

It might be a Hollywood ending after all. The Virginia film industry, along with the state’s film office, has been lobbying the General Assembly for years to increase the incentives available to production companies. This year, their wish might finally come true.

Monday Q&A: Get out of jail (not for) free

We’ve covered lots of former Circuit City employees as they venture off into the world of entrepreneurship. But it’s going to be hard to top the copy writer-turned-bail-bondsman we chatted with for this week’s Q&A.

City launches new website

The City of Richmond has launched a much-improved website. BizSense took it for a test drive, finding some neat ways it can help businesses and save time finding and completing required forms.

Rain delay for storm water rules

New rules on how builders must account for runoff that eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay will have to go through another comments period. The development community has resisted the new standards, which they say will make costs prohibitive just as the industry is trying to recover from the recession. The rules are intended to reduce pollution in the Bay.