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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Photos courtesy Sundt Construction.

Contractors | November 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Skilled workers will learn their trade at Phoenix’s Center for Craft Excellence.

New wireless technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

How Li-Fi works. Photo: Alejosemejiagp/Wikimedia Commons.

BIM and Information Technology | November 30, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Li-Fi, which reaches speeds of 224 gigabits per second, is being tested in Estonia.

Washington Monument restored after rare East Coast earthquake

An earthquake and Hurricane Irene caused damage to the Washington Monument in 2011. Photos courtesy Hill International

Reconstruction Awards | November 30, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

This restoration and repair project, which was completed under budget and eight days early (despite several setbacks)...

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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Denver's 107-year-old seminary campus modernized  St. John Vianney Theological Seminary

Photos: David Stevens.

Reconstruction Awards | November 30, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The scope of the project included the seminary dorms, library, and chapel, all of which posed their own set of obstac...

Federal agencies aim for major reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Photo: Ian Britton/Creative Commons.

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

A 42% cut to come from buildings, vehicles, supply chain.

New neighborhoods in Hamburg, Germany resilient to flooding, carbon neutral

Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Bastian Sander/Creative Commons.

Smart and Resilient Cities | November 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Mixed-use areas built on brownfields and derelict districts.

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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Leadership or limbo: Moving to building green’s next level

3 PNC Plaza. Photo: John Marino via flickr Creative Commons

Green | November 29, 2015 | John Caulfield |

After interviewing more than 50 AEC firms for our Greenbuild Report in the November issue, I wonder if the sustainabi...

Anorexic skyscrapers keep popping up in Manhattan

The ODA Architecture-designed tower at 303-305 E. 44th Street in New York City will be only 47 feet wide. Renderings courtesy ODA

High-rise Construction | November 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One project slated to begin construction next spring is designed to be only 47 feet wide.

BD+C’s GreenZone demonstration project takes center stage at Greenbuild

Following the show, the 588-sf modular structure was trucked 39 miles to Baltimore, where it awaits placement in its final destination, on the site of the new headquarters for the Parks & People Foundation. All photos: BD+C staff

GreenZone | November 24, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Parks & People Green Workforce Development Center draws more than 1,200 AEC professionals during the two-day...

Fire rated doors: standards, testing and glazing requirements

Today’s fire rated doors frequently incorporate glazing to enable vision and transparency that maximize natural or shared lighting.

November 24, 2015 | Bill O'Keeffe |

There are several safe and economical alternatives to traditional wired glass for 20-45 minute vision lites

FMI survey: Millennials in construction industry are loyal, hard-working

Photo: Atomische * Tom Giebel/Creative Commons.

Contractors | November 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

While the stigma exists that Millennials are entitled, disloyal, and lazy, it appears that this is not true, accordin...

John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Dozens of AEC tech experts, including Nathan Miller, Founder of Proving Ground, gathered recently for Thornton Tomasetti’s AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon. Images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti

BIM and Information Technology | November 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a recent Thornton Tomasetti symposium, experts showed how designs and projects can be improved by granular informa...

Center of I.M. Pei-designed plaza part of Washington redevelopment

Photo: Judy Davis, Hoachlander Davis Photography.

Reconstruction Awards | November 24, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The L’Enfant Plaza, a three-story below-grade mall, was renovated to include a new glass atrium pavilion and a 40-foo...

Adaptive reuse utilized to build Manhattan's first freestanding emergency department

Chris Cooper Photography/Courtesy Perkins Eastman.

Reconstruction Awards | November 24, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The Lenox Hill Healthplex, a restoration of the Curran O’Toole Building, has glass-block walls and a carefully preser...

2015 Code Conforming Wood Design publication now available

Photo: CBS Napa/Creative Commons.

Wood | November 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Summarizes provisions in the 2015 International Building Code.

Gypsum Association releases guidance document on abuse resistant and impact-resistant panels

Photo: Findoutwhy/Wikimedia Commons.

Walls and Partitions | November 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Products are designed for high-traffic areas.

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, has a white concrete exterior that references the local materials of the city. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

Museums | November 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Located in the national capital of Vilnius, the Modern Art Center will be home to 4,000 works of Lithuanian art.

Top 10 green building products for 2016

Duo-Gard bike storage. Photo: Ferut Architects (via BuildingGreen)

Green | November 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A hybrid urinal, ventless dryer, and a chair made of mushroom roots are among the new green products to make Building...

London approves designs for a 62-story tower

A rendering of 22 Bishopsgate standing near Richard Rogers' Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) and Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin). Renderings courtesy PLP Architecture

High-rise Construction | November 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Scheduled to start construction next year and open in 2019, the structure will be London’s second tallest, after the...

BIG plans for Pittsburgh: Lower Hill District master plan evokes hilly topography

The master plan will rejuvenate the former site of the Pittsburgh Penguins' arena. Renderings courtesy BIG

Cultural Facilities | November 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Paths will be carved to create a dialogue between Pittsburgh’s urbanscape and its hilly surroundings.

Dewberry acquires Houston’s Wilson Architectural Group

Items in Wilson Architectural Group's portfolio include Houston's Methodist Hospital. Photo: TMHJPL/Wikimedia Commons

Architects | November 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Now known as Dewberry | Wilson, the firm will have access to more MEP, technology design, site/civil, and land develo...

Green construction doubling every three years

Construction in Raleigh, N.C. Photo: James Willamor/Creative Commons.

Green | November 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Clients and tenants increasingly value sustainability.

Farming in a flatpack: Copenhagen designer offers an assembly kit for a two-story hydroponic urban farm.

Photos courtesy Human Habitat.

Green | November 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

Founders of Human Habitat believe their Impact Farm could grow up to six tons of produce per year.

A century-old furniture factory gets a living wall biofilter for better air
Green | November 20, 2015 | Nedlaw

During renovations, the team integrated the biofilter into the new HVAC system to provide clean air directly to the o...

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Schooling the visitor

The large CLT roof overhang is supported in part by 15-foot-tall concrete letters spelling “W-S-U” just outside of the high-ceilinged pavilion.

November 20, 2015 | Mark Halverson |

Exposed glulam and other engineered wood products help WSU tell its technology story

Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific architecture tips.

Courtesy Laurence King

Architects | November 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific arch...

Renderings via Dezeen

Multifamily Housing | November 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 160 Leroy building will have 49 luxury homes, along with a white concrete façade covered with large windows.

USGBC names 2016 board of directors and advisory council

Photo: Jordan Dawe/Creative Commons.

Green | November 19, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New governance structure will have two leadership bodies.

Nave restored at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library

Yale's Sterling Memorial Library. Photo: Brian Rose.

Reconstruction Awards | November 19, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Turner Construction and Helpern Architects revived the 150-foot-long nave, which was embellished with stained glass w...

Infinite Chicago redevelopment bridges past to present

The project repurposed the 16-story Gibbons Building and the 19-story Steger Building into 124 student living units with 409 beds. Photo courtesy Papageorge Haymes Partners

Reconstruction Awards | November 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The renovation of three historic downtown buildings—the Gibbons and Steger Buildings and Pickwick Stables—includes a...

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