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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The Architectural Team redesigned old textile factory for multifamily use

Counting House Lofts still has its history on display. Images courtesy The Architectural Team.

Multifamily Housing | October 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Counting House Lofts is a 200-year-old building that still has its train tracks, exterior train bay doors, and a...

Anchorage, Alaska, is considering the relaxation of parking and landscaping requirements and the height limits of tall buildings. Photo: Frank K./Wikimedia Commons.

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

Controversial measure is part of plan to spur development.

Thousands of Los Angeles buildings with soft-first-stories need retrofits.

Thousands of Los Angeles buildings with soft-first-stories need retrofits. Photo: Britta Gustafson/Creative Commons.

Seismic Design | October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Thousands of wood, concrete apartments subject to costly renovations.

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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ASHRAE released a guide on how to deal with designing, operating and maintaining buildings in cold climates

ASHRAE released a guide on how to deal with designing, operating and maintaining buildings in cold climates. Photo: John W. Iwanski/Creative Commons.

Building Materials | October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cold, remoteness, limited utilities, and permafrost addressed.

The EPA had expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the act to include smaller streams and other bodies of water. Photo: GinaD/Wikimedia Commons.

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

New EPA rule suspended until court cases settled.

Cosntruction in Houston. Photo: Patrick Feller/Creative Commons.

Contractors | October 16, 2015 | ABC

In the first half, sales expectations and profit margin expectations rose while staffing level intentions dipped slig...

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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Montreal apartment is world’s largest residential cross-laminated timber project

The project will have 434 condominiums and rental units combined. Renderings courtesy of LSR Gesdev Inc.

Multifamily Housing | October 15, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

 Its 434 condo, townhouse, and rental units in three eight-story buildings are made from sustainably harvested wood t...

Apartment takes progressive turn in architecturally traditional D.C.

Lyric 440, Washington D.C., Alpolic/fr in MFS Mica Silver, SBP Dragonfly Prismatic, BNT Bone White Solid Finishes

Multifamily Housing | October 15, 2015 | ALPOLIC

The new Lyric 440K Apartments is a 14-story structure housing 234 one- and two-bedroom units in the heart of D.C.'s u...

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High-rise, green village, vertical, Amsterdam, Zuidas, Netherlands, MVRDV

Of the design, Klaas de Boer, a member of the Amsterdam City Council said “With this project we wanted to introduce an innovative building into what is becoming an increasingly popular district of Amsterdam.” Renderings courtesy of OVG Real Estate.

October 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The building’s green spaces—at ground level, rooftop, and everywhere in between—is designed for public use

Architects Foundation expands National Resilience Initiative

The NRI is a network of resilient design studios that help communities become more resilient to natural disasters and climate change. Photo: International Disaster Volunteers/Creative Commons.

Architects | October 13, 2015 | Architects Foundation

The group is launching a search for three more NRI members.

Azerbaijan Tower tops list of 10 tallest buildings coming soon

The Azerbaijan Tower is scheduled to be completed by 2019. Rendering courtesy Avesta

High-rise Construction | October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Along with the central Asian nation, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates all hav...

Santiago Calatrava announced as winner of European Prize for Architecture

Santiago Calatrava's L'Hemisfèric at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. Photo: Diliff/Wikimedia Commons.

Architects | October 13, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The award honors those who "forward the principles of European humanism."

Texas church modernizes with metal wall panels

The flush faced metal panels were installed next to18-foot glass curtain walls to create a warm and open environment full of natural light.

Metals | October 13, 2015 | MBCI

The church's pastor felt it was important to reconstruct their facility and update their image to appeal to up and co...

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5 breakthrough applications in vertical transportation

Shanghai New World Daimaru Store. Photo: © Ffang, Dreamstime.com

Vertical Transportation | October 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From towering spiral escalators to solar-powered elevators, check out these innovations in vertical transportation....

Fire rated glass brings whimsical and reliable protection at children’s hospital

2-hour stairwell re-imagined as a tree house using SuperLite II-XL 120 with digital printed glass in GPX Architectural Series Framing by SAFTI FIRST.

Fire and Life Safety | October 13, 2015 |

Highlights of the addition included 50 private patient rooms, family sleep and dining as well as playrooms, and a fam...

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Rotterdam’s ‘ugliest building’ turns into sleek McDonald’s branch

The design team wanted to reactivate the building's function as a hub by increasing transparency in its design using glass and perforated panels. Photos via Google Maps.

Retail Centers | October 12, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Since the 1960s, residents of the Dutch city of Rotterdam have been bugged by an unsightly cigar shop on Coolsingel,...

Renewables surging in mix of U.S. energy generation

Power County Wind Farm in Idaho. From 2000 to 2014, wind power production grew 33 fold. Photo: Energy.gov/Creative Commons

Energy Efficiency | October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

‘Tectonic Shift’ as coal use plummets; wind and solar rise.

NIBS launches effort to develop BIM guideline for owners

Digital model of California's National Ignition Facility. 

BIM and Information Technology | October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aim is to provide uniformity in the delivery of BIM projects.

2015 IECC Code recognizes benefits of high-speed doors

High-speed doors demonstrate superior overall energy efficiency. Photo: O'Brien Installations Limited/Creative Commons.

Windows and Doors | October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New code includes maximum air leakage requirement.


New apartment under construction. Places like Long Island, N.Y., are seeing a rise in construction jobs because of demand for multifamily housing. Photo: Sonia Sevilla/Wikimedia Commons.

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

Vacancy rates and rent growth are “converging” in most markets.

VR for all: How AEC teams are benefiting from the commercialization of virtual reality tools

Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.

BIM and Information Technology | October 11, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clients, end users, and...

New California law means commercial building benchmarking program will be implemented

Pioneer Building Loft Apartments in San Diego. The state's benchmarking program will be expanded to cover large multifamily housing. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

Codes and Standards | October 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Multifamily housing to be included, a first for a U.S. state.

Coatings | October 09, 2015 | Jeff Alexander |

The extensive Valspar palette is available for architectural, commercial, residential and industrial projects, bringi...

Porsche Luxury Meets Viega Innovations

Viega ProPress used in the Porsche Design Tower

Plumbing | October 09, 2015 | Viega

Occupants of the Porsche Design Tower on the shoreline of Florida’s Sunny Isles Beach will experience the best view i...

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How To Identify A Metal Building
Metals | October 09, 2015 | Jeff Koos |

The metal buildings of yesteryear were drab and largely windowless. Now, an application that depends on big, beautifu...

Sanaa-designed cultural center opens at Connecticut’s Grace Farms

The River, designed by Sanaa, lets guests see the surrounding nature reserve. Photos courtesy Grace Farms (via Dezeen)

Cultural Facilities | October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 83,000-sf The River is five pavillions with space for a sanctuary, library, and gym.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design new University of Chicago building

The University of Chicago is adding a new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, that will hold plenty of meeting space. Photo: Luiz Gadelha Jr./Creative Commons

Higher Education | October 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The David M. Rubenstein Forum will be both formal and informal, and will host lectures, workshops, and conferences....

Forest City, N.C. data center facebook

Facebook's data center in Forest City, N.C. The social media giant is investing $200 million to expand the campus with a third, 480,000-sf building. Photos courtesy Facebook.

BIM and Information Technology | October 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cities are now vying for these facilities with sizable tax incentives.

Brookings Announces the Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking

Rendering of a placemaking project in Chicago. Photo: Steven Vance/Creative Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | October 08, 2015 | Brookings Institution

The think tank's goal is to stress public spaces, urban economies, and inclusive growth in city building.

The 75 tallest observation decks in the world

Visitors step out onto the Skydeck at Chicago's Willis Tower. The building's observation deck is on the 103rd floor, which is 1,387 feet from ground level. Photo: David Fulmer/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | October 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Chicago's Willis Tower cracks the top 20 as the Middle East and China dominate the rest of the list compiled by the C...

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