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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DBIA announces 2015 Project of the Year

The Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building in Miramar, Fla., was named DBIA 2015 Project of the Year. Rendering courtesy Krueck + Sexton; other images courtesy DBIA.

Designers | November 04, 2015 | DBIA

This year, 26 projects in 10 categories were awarded National Awards of Merit. One project in each of the 10 categori...

ABC, AIA & NAHB: Residential and nonresidential construction growth expected in 2016

Homes under construction in Solano, Calif. Photo: Robert Couse-Baker/Creative Commons.

Contractors | November 03, 2015 | ABC

Economists from the three trade associations discussed several indicators for sector performance in a joint web confe...

Emotional intelligence and design

Image courtesy VOA Blog

Office Building Design | November 03, 2015 | VOA Blog | Angie Lee, FAIA, NCARB, IIDA, LEED AP

In a world in which technology and its skills are constantly changing, good people skills are becoming more important...

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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How virtual and augmented reality can shape architecture and design

Virtual reality—devices that block out the external world and present the user with a wholly fabricated visual experience—can be useful to architects and designers. Photo: Nan Palmero/Creative Commons

BIM and Information Technology | November 03, 2015 | GenslerOn | Alan Robles

Gensler's Alan Robles examines a few ways VR and AR could create value for architecture and design professionals.


Aldana Ferrer Garcia Hopper Niche concept. The window is part of the More Sky system. Images and video courtesy Aldana Ferrer Garcia

Windows and Doors | November 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Windows in the More Sky system jut out the side of the building and fan out like an accordion.

MJA Studio proposes to turn old Australian stadium into a complex with giant surf pool

The 107-year-old Subiaco Oval could be transformed into a man-made lake meant for surfing. Renderings courtesy MJA Studio, via Inhabitat. Video from SubiSurf Park.

Sports and Recreational Facilities | November 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Subiaco Oval, which was built in 1908, could become the Subi Surf Park, a complex with apartments, stores, and a...

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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NCARB: Interactive tool helps aspiring architects prep for exam

The tool will help architects with the ARE, a multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking architectural registration in the United States.

Architects | November 02, 2015 | NCARB

The Transition Calculator for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will help licensure candidates transition...

ABC: September's nonresidential spending slip no cause for concern

Roadway under construction near Medina, Wash. Highway and street-related construction spending increased 0.3% in September. Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation/Creative Commons

Contractors | November 02, 2015 | ABC

Despite the monthly drop, September's year-over-year increase is largest in seven years. Seven of 16 nonresidential c...

Final funding comes through to complete over-budget and behind-schedule Denver VA Medical Center

Denver VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. Photo: Department of Veterans Affairs (via Stars and Stripes).

Healthcare Facilities | November 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Department of Veterans Affairs, cited for its mismanagement, is stripped of control over future major constructio...

Building Team | November 02, 2015 | Steven Burns |

Hiring for culture fit doesn’t mean hiring people who are all the same

Energy Department’s Building Technology Office seeks public input

Solar panels on a roof. Photo: Jon Callas/Creative Commons.

Energy-Efficient Design | November 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Draft Multi-Year Program Plan available for review.

China Accord: Design firms sign pledge to tackle climate change

An oil refinery in Qixia, Nanjing, China. Photo: Vmenkov/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | November 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

52 companies will collaborate to reduce carbon emissions.

In it for the long run – Why comprehensive O&M services are a must

Macerich – Twenty Ninth Street Mall – Boulder, CO

M/E/P Systems | October 30, 2015 | Panasonic

With the sun shining and solar providing clean, cost-efficient energy, what’s the worry?

HOK designs new terminal for Salt Lake City International Airport

The new terminal will have 1.7 million sf of space that can serve up to 23 million people a year. Renderings courtesy HOK

Airports | October 30, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The $1.8 billion building will have floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious central "Canyon," and energy-efficient syste...

ABC: Economic growth stronger than headline GDP figure suggests

Photo: Bill Jacobus/Creative Commons.

Contractors | October 30, 2015 | ABC

GDP expanded 1.5% during the third quarter while nonresidential fixed investment expanded by 2.1% during that period....

First WELL-certified city district to be built in Tampa

Tampa is planning a $2 billion, 40-acre urban mixed-use development. All buildings within the city district will pursue WELL Certification. Rendering courtesy Delos and Strategic Property Partners

Green | October 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The plan calls for the construction of a $2 billion, 40-acre urban mixed-use development, where all buildings will pu...

New study supports connection between worker cognition and indoor air quality

Washington University at St. Louis tested whether newly-built office spaces could improve employees’ physical well being and promote worker collaboration. Photo: Fabio Comparelli/Creative Commons

Interior Architecture | October 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The study found that, on average, participants’ cognitive scores were 101% higher when the air ventilation was highes...

Boston’s energy reporting law shows older buildings more efficient than post-1950 structures

Photo: Adavyd/Wikimedia Commons.

Energy Efficiency | October 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First year of reporting tracks 45% of commercial building space.

MIT develops ‘river of 3-D pixels’ to assemble objects

The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group

BIM and Information Technology | October 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.

New office space core and shell construction costs are highest in the two coastal cities.

Contractors | October 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A CBRE report found that New York’s construction costs are more than $500 per sf. San Francisco isn’t too far behind....

Six new towers to be added will make the cathedral Europe's tallest religious building.

Religious Facilities | October 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Six new towers to be added will make the cathedral Europe's tallest religious building.

New York City’s underground green space enters the testing phase Lowline

The Lowline would create a vibrant public space in one of the city’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Renderings courtesy Kibum Park/Raad Designs/Flickr

Cultural Facilities | October 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

If realized, The Lowline would provide 1.5 acres of green space for the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

WeatherXL™ crinkle finish brings visual depth to projects
Roofing | October 28, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

A textured finish enhances visual depth and adds a richness to color

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San Antonio launches river barge design competition

San Antonio is redesigning its river barges. Photo: Mike Whaling/Creative Commons.

Designers | October 28, 2015 | AIA

Winning concepts will incorporate innovative new materials while remaining buildable and economically feasible.

San Francisco energy consumption benchmarking ordinance bears fruit

Commercial properties in San Francisco have been more energy-efficient since 2011. Photo: Kitchen from San Francisco/Wikimedia Commons

Energy Efficiency | October 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Efficiency has improved since 2011 law initiated.

Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

Architects | October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibition of ceramic tile...

Magic Leap's augmented reality project continues to generate support

Screenshot of a Magic Leap demonstation video

BIM and Information Technology | October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The company is developing the Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal. It projects images onto the retina, giving users a...

Multifamily building in downtown Montreal is being built from the roof down

According to Upbrealla Construction President Joël Larouche, the approach is the future for projects on small lots.

Multifamily Housing | October 27, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The method eliminates the need for scaffolding and cranes.

Buildings could install glass that doubles as solar panels, if a Michigan State research group's innovation catches on.

Glass Technology | October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The transparent luminescent solar concentrator device could be used on buildings or mobile devices.

Architecture at Zero 2015 design competition names award winners

Conspicuous Consumption, by Weber Thompson Architects, was an honor award winner at the the Architecture at Zero 2015 competition. Rendering courtesy UCSF and Weber Thompson

Architects | October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Entrants created family-style student residential plans for the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay c...

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