Building Team Blog

Since 2009, the Building Team Blog has served as the primary platform for BD+C's editorial team to opine about all things related to the AEC market, from the latest design tools to green building trends. Building Team Bloggers include Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director (rcassidy@sgcmail.com), David Barista, Editor-in-Chief (dbarista@sgcmail.com), and Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor (jhigginbotham@sgcmail.com).
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Posted on January 13, 2011 By Jay Schneider
Multifamily projects were a hot topic at the 67th International Builders’ Conference in Orlando this week. The majority of people seem bullish on the multifamily market, but the majority also say the market is changing in some pretty dramatic ways. What’s different: demographics, the...
Posted on January 07, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
There is a growing sense among those who take sustainable design and construction to heart that building green buildings alone is not enough. We have to take their location into account, too.If you stick a LEED Platinum building out in the middle of nowhere, the building itself may be an energy...
Posted on January 04, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Few aspects of building design can benefit from a 3D building information model more than building envelope design. Building envelopes are responsible for structural integrity, moisture control, temperature/thermal control, and control of air pressure boundaries to create a continuous barrier...
Posted on December 15, 2010 By Jeff Yoders
In Las Vegas, a group of the most demanding clients in the world spend billions setting the latest trends in hospitality and resort design.  Delivering cutting edge designs for clients such as Sheldon Adelson, Steve Wynn, MGM/Mirage and Harrah’s Inc. is the just-off-the-strip...
Posted on December 07, 2010 By Rob Cassidy
The Urban Land Institute says the real estate world is about to enter an “Era of Less” in 2011, characterized by “a shrunken industry, lower return expectations, restrained development prospects, reduced credit availability, and crimped profits.” Yet there are a few glimmers...
Posted on December 01, 2010 By Jeff Yoders
Las Vegas – AEC software giant Autodesk announced several new products in the opening day of Autodesk University 2010, including an updated version including an updated version of AutoCAD WS for the iPhone and iPad. AutoCAD WS is a free web application that uses cloud computing to enable AutoCAD...
Posted on November 19, 2010 By Jeff Yoders
Northbrook, Ill.-based Underwriters’ Laboratories Environment announced the publication of one its first green building product standards, ULE ISR 100, a standard for gypsum wall board and panels. USG was the first company to earn Gold level certification under ULE ISR 100 for its Sheetrock...
Posted on November 12, 2010 By Rob Cassidy
The years 2000-2010 will be remembered as the Green Decade, when the green building movement, led by the U.S. Green Building Council, took root in the nation’s consciousness. Building Design+Construction has, through our annual White Papers on Green Building, advocated for a number of crucial...
Posted on November 12, 2010 By Jeff Yoders
Launched last year on Autodesk Labs, Autodesk Project Bluestreak is a Building Team-centric, cloud-based collaboration utility that helps distributed AEC teams communicate informally and coordinate their work more efficiently.  Bluestreak consolidates the information silos used in AEC...
Posted on October 27, 2010 By Jeff Yoders
Although the theme of the Fall BIM Forum held October 13-15 at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta was “Evidence-Based BIM” almost all of the presenters repeated a call to use building information modeling and its supporting technologies to simply do more.“BIM must be situated within a...