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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Vertical urban greenhouses will feed import-reliant Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The garden will occupy a vacant lot next to a parking lot that is only one-tenth of an acre. Renderings courtesy Vertical Harvest Jackson Hole

Green | March 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A Jackson Hole, Wyo., start up aims to reduce the city’s susceptibility to food deficits by building vertical greenho...

 Healthcare design partnership asks: What about the doctor?

Image courtesy of Joel Worthington/HDR.

Healthcare Facilities | March 18, 2015 | HDR BLiNK | Abbie Clary

HDR's Abbie Clary discusses the design of healthcare facilities and how they affect doctors.

The new Vo-Tech: transforming vocational workshops into 21st century learning labs

Image courtesy Perkins+Will

K-12 Schools | March 18, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Patrick Glenn

It’s no secret: the way students learn today is different. But facilities are adapting to the increasing demands of t...

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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Boston Living with Water selects finalists in resiliency design competition

High Street City: (Gradually) Living with Water was selected as one of six finalists.

Architects | March 18, 2015 | Sasaki Ideas |

The competition asks for creative approaches for planning for a not-so-distant future Boston where higher sea levels...

Academic incubators: Garage innovation meets higher education

Houston’s TMCx links students and researchers at The Texas Medical Center campus to bio-tech start-ups and their investors. Image © Gensler

University Buildings | March 18, 2015 | GenslerOn | Jill Goebel and Christine Durman

Gensler's Jill Goebel and Christine Durman discuss the role of design in academic incubators, and why many universiti...

The High Line’s co-designer wins contract for The Underline in Miami

The proposed 10-mile Underline park. Courtesy Anna Baez/Underline

Cultural Facilities | March 17, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

James Corner Field Operations will design the master plan for this 10-mile restoration project. 

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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Are face-to-face meetings still important?

It’s particularly important for sensitive communication, when having tone and body language for context makes a difference.

March 17, 2015 | Steven Burns |

One CEO looks pass convenience and advocates for old school, in-person meetings.

Berkeley researchers develop 3D-printable concrete powder

A team from the university constructed the Bloom pavilion out of the 3D-printed material, which will go on tour around the world. Screenshot from UC Berkeley Campus Life on Youtube.

BIM and Information Technology | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The technique allows teams to create more complex and precisely finished structures, with reduced weight and waste....

California Cuts its Carbon Footprint with Solar

Photo courtesy of Panasonic

Energy Efficiency | March 16, 2015 | Panasonic

Spanning four locations in Central Valley, the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff projects pack a lot of power...

Modular Space Showcase: Helping BP take command in the Gulf of Mexico
Modular Building | March 16, 2015 | Williams Scotsman |

Immediate emergency response to minimize and remedy environmental damage called for temporary, modular spaces.

One of London’s new skyscrapers will be shadowless

The architects designed this particular concept as a potential pair of towers in Greenwich, England. Renderings courtesy NBBJ

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

A team of architects from the London branch of NBBJ used computer algorithms to generate a dual-tower design that max...

New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

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

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively transferred the agency...

San Jose adopts bird-friendly building standard

Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

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

The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding fritting.

Healthcare planning in a post-ACA world: 3 strategies for success

An intended outcome of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce overall inpatient activity by managing health, reducing average length of stay, reducing readmissions, and generally moving toward a holistic approach of population health rather than an acute, episodic approach. Photo: Ralf/Flickr 

Healthcare Facilities | March 16, 2015 | Curtis Skolnick, CBRE Healthcare

Healthcare providers are seeking direction on how to plan for a value-based world while still very much operating in...

Top FAQs for Metal Building Insulation
Metals | March 16, 2015 | Jim Place |

Here are some of the most important issues for keeping fiberglass insulation working at its maximum.

Mexican Museum tower caught in turmoil to break ground this summer

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the Mexican Museum this summer. Renderings courtesy Handel Architects

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

Millennium Partners said it will break ground on the 53-story residential and museum tower while the lawsuits go thro...

Giancarlo Zema Design Group unveils plans for Qatar resort

The design for a semi-submerged resort in Qatar includes luxury hotels, office buildings, and access to an activity zone in a marine park. Renderings courtesy Giancarlo Zema Design Group

Resort Design | March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The resort will have four semi-submerged hotels that look similar to super-yachts,...

Building tech breakthrough: Vacuum insulated panels keep University of Alaska students cozy in sub-zero temps

Students cozy up to the windows for the first time, thanks to innovations in curtain wall technology that allows for high-performance insulation. Images: Perkins+Will

Glass and Glazing | March 15, 2015 | Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings | Carsten Stinn and Devin Kleiner

In a first-of-its-kind curtain wall installation, triple-pane VIP glass panels provide an astonishing R-40 insulation...

Dubai Announces Construction of Aladdin City

A scene from a sci-fi movie? No, these are the official renderings of the planned Aladdin City in Dubai. Renderings courtesy Dubai Media Office

Mixed-Use | March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Planned on 4,000 acres in the Dubai Creek area, the ...

Construction materials prices rise for first time in six months

"This rise is the first monthly gain since April 2014 and the eighth consecutive month in which petroleum prices were down on a year-over-year basis." said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Photo: Tosirog via Wikimedia Commons

Contractors | March 13, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The largest monthly gain in petroleum prices in over three years caused construction materials prices to expand 0.4%...

Huddleston Hall on the UNH campus.

Huddleston Hall on the UNH campus. Photo: Viega

Plumbing | March 13, 2015 | Viega

One of the oldest buildings on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus, Huddleston Hall is a multipurpose facili...

New Orleans' Tricentennial Tower design features gondola ride

Tricentennial Tower is expected to open in time for the New Orleans' 300th anniversary celebration, in 2018. Renderings courtesy US Thrill Rides

Cultural Facilities | March 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tricentennial Tower will take visitors on a 300-year journey through the city's history before landing them at the to...

Developers confirm Renzo Piano’s contribution in Sydney harbor overhaul

Based on information from an animated preview of the master plan, Renzo Piano's residential towers are the second and third ones from the left.

High-rise Construction | March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

If the entire development is approved, One Sydney Harbour will be Piano’s second project in Australia.

Foster and Partners design The One in Toronto

Developer Sam Mizrahi unveiled plans for a new skyscraper in Toronto called The One. Renderings courtesy of Foster and Partners.

High-rise Construction | March 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Developer Sam Mizrahi worked with Foster and Partners and Core Architects to design Toronto's tallest skyscraper asid...

Construction Demand Exploding in 2015, But Costs Complicate Recovery

While the overall market is recovering, it’s not an even recovery, says JLL. 

Contractors | March 12, 2015 | JLL

Raw materials and labor costs temper expectations for soaring profits.

Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

Codes and Standards | March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Multifamily construction has been a boon to L.A.’s economy

Last year, 10,200 rental apartments came online in Los Angeles, and another 8,500 could be added in 2015. Pictured: Bryson Apartment Hotel, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Multifamily Housing | March 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new study finds that nearly one-quarter of Los Angeles’ population lived in rental homes and apartments in 2013, a...

Google plans to use robots, cranes to manipulate modular offices at its new HQ

Rendering courtesy Google

BIM and Information Technology | March 11, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its visions of “crabots” accentuate the search-engine giant’s recent fascination with robotics and automation.

Foster + Partners wins bid for 2022 World Cup centerpiece stadium in Qatar

The winning design was first proposed in 2010 with the help of Arup and Populous. Renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Norman Foster described the design as “an exciting step forward in stadium design—it will be the first to break the m...

Firm proposes skyscraper with a ‘twist’ in downtown Tulsa

Though still an early concept, the architects are confident it would become a reality. Renderings courtesy Kinslow, Keith & Todd. 

High-rise Construction | March 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Tulsa, Okla.-based architecture practice Kinslow, Keith & Todd released r...

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