10 megatrends shaping the future of green building

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Headquarters, San Diego. Photo: Rick Naystatt, U.S. Navy

Green | November 30, 2015 | Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, Contributing Editor

Increased competition among green building rating systems, the rise of net-zero buildings, and a sharper focus on existing structures are among the trends that will drive sustainability through 2020, according to author and green building expert Jerry Yudelson.

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Multifamily Housing | August 25, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

Multifamily housing starts reached 358,000 in 2014, a 16 percent increase over 2013 and the highest total since 2007...

A fully restored St. Patrick’s Cathedral awaits the Pope’s arrival

Images courtesy Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects 

Religious Facilities | August 25, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The three-year reconstruction project included more than 30,000 preservations and repairs. 

British company OpenDesk offers open-sourced office furniture

By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of opendesk.cc/designs

Office Building Design | August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.

Morton Buildings is notorious for its status as a titan in the American construction community. That status was not lost on the ownership of an exclusive country club, when it decided to choose Morton to spearhead a complete overhaul of its facilities.

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Google Develops Google Maps for Solar Energy

Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.

Energy Efficiency | August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the total sunlight a roof...

Green Bay Packers to start construction on a business district near Lambeau Field this fall

Image: Titletown District, all renderings courtesy Green Bay Packers (via Green Bay Press Gazette)

Sports and Recreational Facilities | August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Flush with cash, the NFL team is kicking in about half of the $130 million for the 20-acre project’s first phase.

Of Sky Garages and Dezervators:  Porsche Design Tower sets a new standard of cool with the help of fire rated glass

To meet the code requirements of the elevator enclosure and ensure that the ocean views were available, SAFTI FIRST supplied SuperLite II-XL 120 with GPX Curtain Wall Framing for the 2-hour segmented wall starting from the lobby. Renderings courtesy of Metrostudio.com.  

Fire-Rated Products | August 24, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The 60-story, 132-residence luxury Porsche Design Tower designed by Sieger Suarez Architects promises to deliver a ne...

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Drones are starting to fill the sky, and the whoosh of their propellers is more popular on construction sites than ever before.  Look up, and meet the future.

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North America’s real estate market Is close to stabilization In cap rate pricing

Cincinnati Federated Building, Derek Jensen/Wikimedia Commons

Office Building Design | August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest CBRE survey, covering the first half of the year, finds retail and hotel sectors experiencing the greatest...

Photo: Panama Canal Gatun Locks, Stan Shebs/Wikimedia Commons

Projects | August 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An April 2016 opening is scheduled, which will allow bigger-capacity ships to traverse between the Atlantic and Pacif...

Rauner, bill, codes, condo, chicago

Photo: RiverView Condominiums and Townhomes in Chicago, Jeramey Jannene/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Bill would have made it harder to sue for building flaws

Post-Katrina roofing codes creating more resilient buildings on Gulf Coast

Photo: New Orleans in 2005/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ten years after storm, notable progress on stronger roofs, IBHS says

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers plan to strengthen codes for disaster resilience

Photo: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, accarrino/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Some states losing ground on resilience, group says

After disease outbreak, ASHRAE legionella standard adopted in New York

CDC Public Health Image Library/Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City Council acts after 12 die of legionellosis

BIM and Information Technology | August 20, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

Having the right counsel on your team can be the difference between long drawn-out negotiations and breaking new grou...

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Bring a project to life with color
Coatings | August 20, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The use of color in a building can influence the desired response.

Understanding the values and aspirations of millennials

Only 28 percent of millennials believe that their organization is taking full advantage of their skills, research from Deloitte revealed.

Building Team | August 20, 2015 | Steven Burns |

A recent LinkedIn workplace survey revealed that millennials (defined as individuals aged 18–24) are quite different...

FMI's Nonresidential Construction Index Report: Construction recovery continues despite slow down

Photo: Dan DeLuca/Creative Commons

Contractors | August 19, 2015 | FMI

The Q3 NRCI dropped to 63.6 from the previous reading of 64.9 in Q2, painting a mixed picture of the state of the non...

Proposed “High Line” in Mexico City pays homage to Aztec aqueduct

According to Architizer, references to the region’s aqueous heritage will be made with fountains and a waterfall. Renderings courtesy of FR-EE Fernando Romero Enterprise.

Cultural Facilities | August 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Plans for Mexico City’s elevated park include an amphitheatre and al fresco cafés.

Good design can combat open-office issues

Photo: GS&P-designed Jackson Development Zone in East Lansing, Michigan, courtesy GS&P

Office Building Design | August 19, 2015 | GS&P Dialogue | Jack E. Weber

Three tricks to maintain privacy and worker production in a cube-less world, according to GS&P's Jack E. Weber ...

5 brand-building strategies in the outpatient environment

Image: University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, courtesy CannonDesign

Healthcare Facilities | August 19, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Jocelyn Stroupe

No longer coasting off of reputation, leading organizations are using new ambulatory care centers to re-brand for the...

Plan to demolish historic Riviera Hotel & Casino approved by Las Vegas tourism board

Photo: Alex Proimos/Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Facilities | August 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is the first step toward a $2.3 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Despite dip, ABI remains strong

Photo: King of Prussia Mall in Lafayette Park, Penn. Montgomery County Planning Commission/Creative Commons.

Architects | August 19, 2015 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 54.7, down a point from a mark of 55.7 in...

BIG crowdfunds steam ring prototype for Amager Bakke project

For every ton of CO2 produced, the smokestack will release a ring of steam. Rendering courtesy BIG

Industrial Facility | August 18, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The unusual power plant/ski slope project in Copenhagen will feature a smokestack tha...

Image: Steelcase Ology, courtesy VOA Associates

August 18, 2015 | VOA Blog | Lauren Andrysiak, VOA Associates

Sit-to-stand work surfaces were all the rage this year, according to VOA Associates' Lauren Andrysiak.

Boone Pickens Stadium, Oklahoma State University

Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University (OSU), one of the largest building projects in recent NCAA history.

Plumbing | August 18, 2015 | Charlotte Pipe

​Getting the PVC vs. Cast Iron choice right

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Image: Ryan Gobuty, courtesy GenslerOn

Healthcare Facilities | August 18, 2015 | GenslerOn | Tama Duffy Day, GenslerOn

Flip the Clinic is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project invented to transform the patient-clinician experience. I...

Glass and Glazing | August 17, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

Tempered glass is an excellent choice for large expanses of glass that maximize clear views while providing significa...

Reimagined cursors can change digital imaging

Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube

BIM and Information Technology | August 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world.

Installing Viega Climate Mat® for BBARWA

Industrial Facility | August 17, 2015 | Viega

The Big Bear Area Regional Wstewater Agency tried several different methods to dry the sludge with only marginal succ...

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Mosaic of desert tones converges on ASU Campus
August 17, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The campus building serves as a striking addition to downtown Phoenix

Leo A. Daly transforms Owatonna power plant after 2010 flood

Images courtesy Leo A. Daly

Architects | August 17, 2015 | Leo A. Daly

A landmark power plant in Owatonna, Minn., damaged in a 2010 flood has new life as the headquarters of Owatonna Publi...

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