Two recent events—the release of a U.S. Green Building Council report on PVC, and the involvement of two high-profile environmental groups in the proposed purchase of energy giant TXU Corp.—spell big news for those...

August 11, 2010

In a decision with significant implications for property owners and developers, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that governmental agencies are not required to provide compensation when moratoriums they enact prevent...

August 11, 2010

In just one decade, "sustainability" has grown from a concept that had almost no credibility, to one that has captured the imagination of forward-thinking building owners, developers, Federal and state agencies,...

August 11, 2010

Years ago, the poet and essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) would treat readers of the now defunct Saturday Review to a one- or two-page reconsideration of a literary classic — everything from The Epic of Gilgamesh...

August 11, 2010

On July 17, 1981, a tragedy that was to have a profound impact on the construction industry occurred in Kansas City. Two walkways at the 1-year-old Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed, killing 114 people attending a tea...

August 11, 2010

The Construction Management Association of America recently presented the results of a survey of more than 120 public- and private-sector owners. The chief conclusion: In the typical construction project, the most...

August 11, 2010

The construction industry dumps 164 billion tons of waste a year into America's solid waste stream, 25-40% of the total, according to the latest figures (2003) from the Whole Building Design Guide. Demolition...

August 11, 2010

Almost all construction projects are faced with changes after contracts are signed and work is begun. That there are few change orders on a project is a true testament to the thought and care expended at the front...

August 11, 2010

At its second annual World Press Days event in San Francisco, Autodesk presented nearly 150 assembled journalists with a vision of how its 2009 AEC software will help AEC professionals meet the challenges of...

August 11, 2010

Autodesk unveiled new products and announced renamed Autodesk applications last month in San Francisco. Much of the two-day media event revolved around news of specialized features in the software manufacturer's...

August 11, 2010