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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Haeahn Architecture wins design competition for Seoul work and press center

Renderings sourtesy Haeahn Architecture and H Architecture, via ArchDaily

Architects | September 11, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor 

Building will have low roofs, open courtyard, and media facilities

Health Product Declaration Collaborative releases updated HPD Open Standard – Version 2.0

Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Photo: Royalbroil/Wikimedia Commons

Healthcare Facilities | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Advances transparent disclosure of building product contents

California Legislature expands design-build for schools

Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, Calif. Photo: Carol Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons

School Construction | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Also okays design-build for public works projects over $1 million

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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Lighting and climate zone changes proposed for ASHRAE/IES energy standard

Blue LED lights above the High Trestle Trail Bridge in Madrid, Iowa. Photo: Phil Roeder/Creative Commons

Lighting | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Twenty-three items open for public review through Oct. 4

The University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building is the first academic building in Texas to receive LEED Platinum status.

Green | September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Revised ANSI standard open for review through Oct. 26


Harvard launches Master in Design Engineering program

Gund Hall, the home of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Photo: Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikimedia Commons

Designers | September 10, 2015 | Harvard University

Schools of Design, Engineering collaborate on innovative two-year program.

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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New London Underground plan from NBBJ consists of moving walkway

Renderings courtesy NBBJ (via Dezeen)

Transit Facilities | September 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

For once, walking can be faster than taking a train.

Renderings via New York Yimby

High-rise Construction | September 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This building, the tallest under development at the moment, is the latest manifestation of the city’s luxury resident...

INDUSTRIAL SECTOR GIANTS: Stantec, Turner, Jacobs among top industrial AEC firms

Sainsbury's distribution center in Waltham Point, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Photo: Nick Saltmarsh via flickr.com/Wikimedia Commons

Giants 300 | September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest industrial sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Gian...

MILITARY SECTOR GIANTS: Clark Group, HDR, Fluor top ranking of nation's largest military sector AEC firms

Photo: United States Navy

Giants 300 | September 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest military sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants...

New York's  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Photo: Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons

Glass and Glazing | September 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Manufacturers are frantically restarting plants they mothballed during the economic downturn.

Young & Ayata's Bauhaus Museum Dessau design. Rendering courtesy Young & Ayata, via Dezeen

Museums | September 09, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The German museum chose one sleek, no-nonsense concept and one colorful, complex entry.

Photo: cegoh/Pixabay

Contractors | September 09, 2015 | Associated Builders and Contractors

The backlog indicator is up 1% to 8.5 months during the second quarter of 2015.

Fire-rated stairwell features custom angles

Glass and Glazing | September 09, 2015 | Technical Glass Products

Fire-rated glazing can help turn a frequently traversed fire-rated stairwell into a central design element.

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How is data changing the nature of design?

This visualization of residential unit types shows how different sizes and types of bedrooms are stacked and positioned within the building. 3D model courtesy Kyle Martin

BIM and Information Technology | September 09, 2015 | Kyle Martin

Advances in building information modeling allow for more thorough project documentation, but don't get lost in the wh...

Local San Antonio artist Ansen Seale created You Activate this Space as an interactive LED light installation for hospital employees. Photos by Ansen Seale

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Metals | September 08, 2015 | Cary Barger |

Building owners worry that a problem will occur and no responsible party will fix it. This is when your choice of bui...

RETAIL SECTOR GIANTS: Callison RTKL, PCL Construction, Jacobs among top  retail sector AEC firms

Strategically placed illuminated LED panels produce a shimmering glow on the exterior of the newly renovated Bloomingdales at the Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif. On the Building Team: Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (AE), Kevin Kennon Architects (designer), and C.W. Driver (GC). Photo: Cristi D. Costea Photography, courtesy Hixson

Giants 300 | September 08, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest retail sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Giants 3...

EverBlock bricks make modular building a snap

Modular wall system. Photos courtesy EverBlock (via Gizmag)

Modular Building | September 08, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Life-size EverBlocks can be used to build actual furniture, dividing walls, and free-standing shelters.

Thornton Tomasetti adds depth by merging with Weidlinger Associates

A key component of this merger will be the formation of an R&D holding company to develop innovative products and services for the company, as well as for other firms. 

Engineers | September 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A quest for innovation and growth drove the two engineering firms together.

The power of data: How AEC firms and owners are using analytics to transform design and construction

Courtesy Foursquare

BIM and Information Technology | September 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can inform design and extend...

Seattle releases affordable housing ‘grand bargain’ between developers, advocates

Seattle's Sunset Electric Apartments. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

Multifamily Housing | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes linkage fee to further goal of constructing 6,000 new affordable units.

ASHRAE proposes standardization of global rating systems

The LEED sign at the Crystals at the CityCenter development in Las Vegas. Photo: Cygnusloop99/Wikimedia Commons

Green Specifications | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to ensure users are aware of factors that impact their ratings.


AAMA releases new comparison of condensation ratings systems for fenestration

Condensation on a window. Photo: Arron T. Williams/DeviantArt

Fenestration and Glazing | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Document compares three ratings systems.

New York City allots $100 million for storm resiliency infrastructure in lower Manhattan

Manhattan during a storm. Photo: Chris Buecheler/Wikimedia Commons

Smart and Resilient Cities | September 04, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Part of $20 billion plan for the city.

Architects | September 04, 2015 | BQE ArchiOffice

ArchiOffice enables the firm to spend less time on managing projects by providing relevant information in one place....

DATA CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Beck Group, Fluor, Holder Construction among top data center AEC firms

Photo: Global Access Point via Wikimedia Commons

Industrial Facility | September 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest data center sector design and construction firms, as reported in the 2015 Gia...

Rafael Viñoly's Walkie-Talkie named U.K.'s worst new building

London's 'Walkie-Talkie.' Photo: Garry Knight/Creative Commons

High-rise Construction | September 03, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The curved, glass tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has been known to reflect intense heat onto the streets belo...

Nashville officials and residents weigh the pros and cons of taller, thinner skyscrapers

The 38-story tower proposed for downtown Nashville. Image courtesy Buckingham Cos.

High-rise Construction | September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One developer proposes building a 38-story tower on a half-acre of land. 

Google's driverless car. Photo: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

Education Facility | September 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The University of Michigan’s Mcity is a public-private partnership interested in overcoming unpredictable obstacles t...

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