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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Parsons Brinckerhoff and former CEO partner to solve the “brain drain” challenge
Building Team | April 29, 2015 | Sasha Reed |

For firms large and small, hiring is always a balancing act between keeping the business moving forward and being pat...

Minimal growth in domestic energy consumption projects over the next 25 years

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its annual energy outlook for 2015 that the U.S. may become a main exporter of natural gas within two years. Image courtesy Pixabay/Magnascan

Building Owner | April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The U.S. Energy Information Administration foresees the U.S. becoming a net exporter of natural gas in the next two y...

Masdar City: Construction on sustainable residential complex begins

The residential development will have 500 units of one- and two-bedroom apartments. All material construction will be verified sustainable materials. Rendering courtesy Masdar Corporation

Multifamily Housing | April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The planned city’s new residences will help support Abu Dhabi’s rapid population growth.

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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Mace and Make work on London 40-story residential tower

View from the Atlas on City Road, an area with the recently earned nickname "Silicon Roundabout district." Renderings courtesy Rocket Investments

Multifamily Housing | April 28, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The tower is one of six residential high-rises planned near London’s City Road, which is undergoing a mini constructi...

Creating an environment where students want to succeed

Four panelists discussed how the decline of motivation in many of the country's education systems affects students. Image: Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | April 28, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Tinka Rogic

According to a 2014 Gallup poll, our school system not only kills children’s creativity, but also takes its toll on t...

10 things about Ebola from the infectious disease colloquium

Image courtesy HDR/Dan Schwalm

Healthcare Facilities | April 28, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Ellen Randall

Research institutions know how to handle life-threatening, highly contagious diseases like Ebola in the lab, but how...

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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Graffiti-Resistant Coatings To Keep Projects Looking Their Best

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating system and an associated chemical graffiti remover.

Coatings | April 27, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating sys...

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Qatar unveils fifth World Cup Stadium, Al Rayyan

The façade features abstract patterns that echo decorative motifs in Islamic architecture. Renderings courtesy Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

After the World Cup, part of the stadium’s seating will be donated to other countries.

Architects, tap into the expertise of your metal roof manufacturer

There are a number of things a roof manufacturer can do to help the architect make sure the finished roof is properly designed. Photo courtesy of MBCI.

Metals | April 27, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

Architects are not only expected to be experts in every field, they must also be part lawyer, arbitrator and magician...

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Finalists’ designs for Guggenheim Helsinki competition released

The team behind this design, which is still hidden from the public, says, "The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city." Renderings courtesy Guggeinheim Helsinki

Museums | April 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A custom-developed App engages an international public in the selection process.

The construction industry isn't rushing to hop onto the cloud: study

Illustration: FutUndBeidl / flickr

BIM and Information Technology | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new poll finds that nearly half of companies aren't planning to shift to cloud-based software to collaborate any ti...

The empire strikes back: George Lucas proposes new affordable housing complex he'll finance alone

Filmmaker George Lucas plans to build an affordable housing community on his Grady Ranch property, and will finance it himself. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest plans are seen by some as payback for community opposition to his past real estate ventures.

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around t...

Are Metal Roofs Lightning Magnets?

A metal building system, with a conductive metal roof and a conductive metal structural frame, gives lightning a low-resistance path to the earth. Photo: David Selby/Wikimedia Commons.

Metals | April 24, 2015 | Bryan Arlington |

According to The Metal Construction Assocition, a metal roof will not make lightning more likely to strike, but it ma...

HOK unveils renderings and video of new St. Louis NFL stadium

A view of the stadium's south entrance. Renderings courtesy HOK

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Retractable seating in the corners will allow the stadium to be used for FIFA or Major League Soccer matches, as it e...

Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum by Safdie Architects unveiled

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure wil be 128 feet high. Renderings courtesy Safdie Architects

Museums | April 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new museum near Charleston, S.C., will...

3 winners take top prizes in 2015 Global Holcim Awards

Three projects from around the world were selected as winners of the 2015 Holcim Awards. All renderings courtesy: Holcim Foundation

Green | April 23, 2015 | Holcim Foundation

Projects from Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. were chosen by the Holcim Foundation for the impact the projects have...

Leopardo releases 2015 Construction Economics Outlook

Leopardo's 2015 Construction Economics Outlook highlights the shortages currently being faced in the industry. Image: Morgue File/Alvimann

Contractors | April 23, 2015 | Leopardo Companies, Inc.

Low oil prices have reduced the cost of construction, but not enough to offset the rise in labor costs, according to...

Size matters in NYC, where several projects vie for the city’s tallest building honor

With a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, Nordstrom Tower would be one foot shorter than One World Trade Center. Rendering via New York Yimby

High-rise Construction | April 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest renderings of 217 West 57th Street show a tower that would rise higher than the World Trade Center’s pinna...

Condo developers covet churches for conversions

A Boston developer is proposing to build an eight-story residential building along the existing wall of a former 19th-Century church, which has been vacant for five years. Rendering courtesy Finegold Alexander Architects

Multifamily Housing | April 22, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Former churches, many of which are sitting on prime urban real estate, are being converted into libraries, restaurant...

New York State renews design-build authority

The state first approved design-build in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts in the interim. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Five state agencies are allowed to use design-build on certain projects.

OSHA’s estimated cost of silica rule said to underestimate impact by $4.5 billion annually

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Image: Morgue File/PenMac

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged the federal agency to...

2016 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings draft available for public review

Image: Wikimedia Commons/Bill Bobzien

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The comment period is open until May 29.

GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services.

Architects propose sustainable ‘vertical city’ in Sahara

Agriculture will be planted in a central tower inside the main structure, so that produce is protected from the harsh desert conditions. Renderings courtesy OXO Architectes

High-rise Construction | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers aim to make the 1,476-foot tower sustainable, relying on rainwater collection, solar power, and geothermal...

Architecture Billings Index accelerates in March

Pictured: New York Times Building under construction. Photo courtesy Hu Totya via Wikimedia Commons

Architects | April 22, 2015 | AIA

For the second consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index indicated a modest increase in design activity in M...

Check out Ralph Johnson's stunning nature-inspired Shanghai museum

The building's shell shaped has earned it the nickname "Green Spiral" by the Chinese. All photos ©Steinkamp Photography, courtesy Perkins+Will

Museums | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The newly opened Shanghai Natural History Museum, designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Director Ralph Johnson, mi...

AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

Green | April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

GSA's Federal Center South Building honored with AIA Top Ten Plus Award for 'verified' sustainable performance

Following a one-year measurement and verification period, it was established that the building’s energy performance is meeting the goal of more than 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1. All photos: Benjamin Benschneider / courtesy AIA

Green | April 22, 2015 | AIA

The annual award recognizes green building projects that have quantifiable metrics demonstrating the performance and...

27 mega trends shaping commercial building design

Future law offices will be smaller, adaptable, more collaborative, and technology-rich, as evidenced in “Redesign Law,” Gensler’s exhibit for the 2014 Association of Legal Administrators Conference. For more, visit: www.redesign-law.com. Pictured: Morrison Foerster law office, New York, courtesy Gensler

Architects | April 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gensler’s 2015 Design Forecast focuses on how changes in demographics, workplace preferences, and technology are affe...

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