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 November 25, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
"Operational stray" occurs when a building’s mechanical, electrical, or plumbing systems don’t work the way they should. As we’ll see, even the most well-designed and constructed building can stray from perfection—and that can cost the owner a ton in unnecessary utility costs. But help is on the...
Posted on November 25, 2013 By David Barista
Once again, the U.S. Green Building Council is driving change in the construction industry with its LEED rating system. One of the dramatic shifts LEED v4 is likely to spark is greater demand for transparency from building product manufacturers. In short, Building Teams want to see an ingredients...
Posted on November 17, 2013 By David Barista
To all our friends in the AEC industry, you are cordially invited to join the BD+C team at several fun events during the Greenbuild show this week. No RSVP required. Just show up and enjoy.  First, make sure to stop by and take a tour of our Pedia-Pod modular pediatric patient unit at our...
Posted on November 11, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
In the November issue of BD+C, you'll see our report on "Pedia-Pod," the modular pediatric patient unit we've helped design, outfit, and build at Greenbuild. Here's how it was developed. As you may know, BD+C has a tradition of building modular "demonstration" buildings for Greenbuild: a classroom...
Posted on October 22, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Last year, there were 775 fatalities among U.S. construction workers: 133 among those in the construction of buildings, 169 in heavy/civil engineering projects, and 456 involving workers in specialty trades. Those 775 deaths are up from 738 in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics....
Posted on October 20, 2013 By David Barista
Not able to attend the inaugural BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland conference and expo this week? Don't worry. The BD+C editorial team has you covered. We attended nearly all 72 education sessions, as well as the expo and networking events, to bring you an in-depth, three-day report from the...
Posted on October 10, 2013 By David Barista
M. Arthur Gensler, Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, founder of the world’s largest architecture firm, Gensler, offered important advice to more than 65 young AEC stars attending BD+C's Under 40 Leadership Summit in San Francisco, which kicked off last night at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.  Gensler...
Posted on September 30, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
BD+C's 3rd Annual Under40 Leadership Summit is just days away (Oct 9-11), and we'd like to make this great career development and learning opportunity available to a few more worthy young (under age 40) superstars in the design and construction industry. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors -...
Posted on September 19, 2013 By David Barista
If you're an up-and-coming leader at your AEC firm and are interested in advancing your career, join the BD+C editorial team at our 3rd Annual Under 40 Leadership Summit, Oct. 9-11 in San Francisco.  Each year, BD+C convenes 100 or so young AEC stars for a few days of leadership development,...
Posted on September 05, 2013 By David Barista
Next month's Under 40 Leadership Summit (October 9-11 in San Francisco) is your place to shine.  This leadership development and networking event for young AEC professionals will feature an XPrize-type competition, called Vision U40, that will reward (with praise and cash) the U40 Summit...