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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Stop the Endless Debate to Nowhere – It’s Time to Measure Workplace Performance

Cannon Design used strategic solutions when developing the new Zurich North America headquarters. Image courtesy CannonDesign

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog | Meg Osman

Rather than be confused by the constant stream of opinions, leadership teams contemplating workplace investments shou...

Software shouldn't dictate process

"It’s time for a project management solution as unique as your project," writes Gensler's Mark Thole. Illustration: Christine Maurer, courtesy Gensler

BIM and Information Technology | April 21, 2015 | GenslerOn | Mark Thole

With over 200 solutions on the market, construction software is one of the most complex and fragmented markets, write...

Trends driving airport construction

To deliver a replacement terminal at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Skanska developed a multi-phased approach centered on taking as few of the existing aircraft gates out of service as possible. Image courtesy Skanska

Airports | April 21, 2015 | Constructive Thinking Blog | MacAdam Glinn, LEED AP

Upgrades to aviation infrastructure have not kept pace with the increase in airport traffic or even at a level suffic...

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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Nichiha adds distinctive edge to Atlanta luxury apartment building

The use of gray and white colors enhance the warmth of the Nichiha wood-look panels and the building’s contemporary design.

Cladding and Facade Systems | April 21, 2015 | Nichiha

The apartment building features a contemporary high-end design that meshes well with neighboring buildings and the co...

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How to create an 'emotionally intelligent' workplace

A 2012 study by Ipsos found that while 91% of supervisors agreed that emotional intelligence is important, 75% of them were not strong in any of the four key areas of emotional intelligence. Image courtesy HOK

Office Building Design | April 21, 2015 | Life at HOK | Sofia Fonseca

Emotional intelligence is the leading predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadershi...

Exterior of West Los Angeles College, California

Coatings | April 20, 2015 | powered by Valspar

Color’s prominent role in wayfinding has become a focus in architecture, as color association is strong and memorable...

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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Jean Nouvel loses court battle against Philharmonie de Paris over alleged design ‘sabotage’

Nouvel accused project managers of cutting corners to save money during the hall’s completion. Photo: Copyleft via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Facilities | April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Nouvel boycotted the January opening of the facility and asked for his name to be removed from all references to the...

MBCI coated roof and wall panels virtually graffiti proof

Every year American cities spend an estimated $12 billion on graffiti removal.

April 20, 2015 | Ken Buchinger |

A new effective solution that is biodegradable and water-soluble can help building owners and municipalities save mil...

USGBC opens public comment period on LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings

Image: Morgue File/midvaleapartments

Green | April 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new LEED Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily program will offer solutions for existing multifamily projects w...

Too many construction projects still don’t meet owners’ expectations: KPMG report

KPMG International's Global Construction Survery 2015 reported that 53% of owners say they suffered one or more underperforming projects in the previous year. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | April 20, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Causes for delays, overruns, and underperformance include project management talent shortages, distrust between owner...

Goettsch Partners unveils designs for Nanning China Resources Center Tower

The massing of the building steps and tapers to accommodate the changing floor plates of the various program types to offer a form that is efficient and identifiable. Renderings courtesy Goettsch Partners

High-rise Construction | April 17, 2015 | Goettsch Partners

The tower's design is derived from its multiple uses, which include 170,000 sm of Class A office space, 5,000 sm of b...

Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park visitor center will be ‘off-the-grid’

Restrictions on park land mean the building's enclosed space cannot be larger than 2,500 sf. Rendering courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects

Cultural Facilities | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans also include a built-in wastewater treatment system and rainwater collection.

SANAA and Snøhetta tie at first place for Budapest museum bid

In Snøhetta's design, a sloping roof doubles as a grand terrace, which Dezeen likens to the firm's Oslo Opera House design. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta and SANAA

Museums | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The two firms submitted designs for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, one of five planned museums to be con...

3 award-winning affordable multifamily developments

The three winners in the Multifamily Housing category in AIA's Housing Awards are affordable living developments. Pictured: The North Parker in San Diego, designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA. Image: Matthew Segal

Multifamily Housing | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

San Francisco's Bayview Hill Gardens and the Broadway Affordable Housing complex in Santa Monica, Calif., are among t...

Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

Multifamily Housing | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more expensive to build...

Passive House Institute introduces new categories for building certification

The new categories are called Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium. Image: Essential Habitat

Green | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new evaluation procedure considers the building in an environment where only renewable energy is used. Sun and wi...

New version of Building Energy Data Exchange Specification launched

The U.S. Energy Department launched the new version of Building Energy Data Exchange Speficiation. Image: Morgue File/DuBoix

Green | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

BEDES is a dictionary that facilitates consistent exchange of building characteristics and energy use data between to...

New York tops U.S. cities in walkability

New York is the most walkable city in the U.S. Image: Redfin

Codes and Standards | April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Revitalization pushes Detroit and New Orleans up the rankings

Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

High-rise Construction | April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaking ceremony seven mo...

Curved metal panels give roof over community college expansion
Roofing | April 15, 2015 | MBCI

A new campus was needed to support an Ohio community college's expanding population

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Prices for construction materials rise in March

Image: Taliesin/Morgue File

Building Materials | April 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that prices for construction materials rose 0.8% in March, the lar...

Participants for Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Announced

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is one of the venues that will exhibit some of the pavilions. Photo: Headsillroll/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | April 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Some big names include Bjarke Ingels Group and Studio Gang Architects

French firm proposes sand and bacteria as building material in the Sahara

Paris-based XTU Architects presented the idea as a way to construct a city in the mostly inhospitable Sahara desert. Renderings courtesy XTU Architects

Building Materials | April 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Deserts are already abundant with sand, so why not construct buildings out of it? This was the thought behind Flohara...

Fire resistive curtain wall brings maximum light, views and safety to Aspen Art Museum

With sections of the glass curtain wall also functioning as an elevator enclosure, it had to meet the fire resistive wall criteria ASTM E-119 for 2 hours.  

Fire-Rated Products | April 14, 2015 | SaftiFirst

The curtain wall used for the Shigeru Ban-designed museum provides maximum daylight while protecting the art from fir...

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USGBC will recognize energy and water standards for the Living Building Challenge
Green | April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be consid...

New York City preparing new codes for evacuation elevators

Rookery Building, Chicago. Photo: Velvet via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments in New York are writing rules to govern occupant-evacu...

Winning design for Toronto ferry dock poised to be city’s new living room

“The primary purpose is to make a public gathering place,” KPMB principal Bruce Kuwabara told the Toronto Star. Renderings courtesy West 8/KPMB Architects/Ken Greenberg Consultants

Transit Facilities | April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The winning submission features a spacious complex under a green roof, and is designed to attract all types of visito...

Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

Hotel Facilities | April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

Graffiti vandalism is on the rise

Valspar offers built-in graffiti resistance in all its building products coatings, at no additional cost. This protection includes both existing buildings and new construction, allowing your projects to be resistant to all the elements.

Coatings | April 13, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

Graffiti is the most common form of vandalism, and its cleanup is burdening businesses and property owners.

USTA breaks ground on what will be the country’s largest tennis complex

With 106 courts and 270,000 sf, the USTA National Campus will be the largest tennis complex in the U.S. Rendering: Michel Borg, HKS

Sports and Recreational Facilities | April 13, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 63-acre facility is being positioned as a cornerstone for a sports innovation and performance district in Lake No...

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