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 John Caulfield, Senior Editor (jcaulfield@sgcmail.com).
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Posted on January 06, 2014 By Rob Cassidy
Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, has been named President of the Green Building Initiative and the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating program. BD+C's Robert Cassidy talks with Yudelson about his appointment and the future of Green Globes. BD+C: What are your...
Posted on December 09, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest hockey player ever, once said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Wouldn’t it be grand if AEC firms could apply the Great One’s predictive skill to the real estate market? Then you’d know exactly where to deploy your resources,...
Posted on December 05, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting of 20 second-grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn.  An exclusive survey of 462 architects, engineers, and contractors by Building Design+Construction shows that more than 60% said their firms experienced...
Posted on November 27, 2013 By Julie S. Higginbotham
The retail construction category, long in the doldrums, is roaring back to life. Consumer confidence and economic recovery are showing considerable regional variation, with urban cores expected to exhibit the best growth in the sector according to recent research by Jones Lang LaSalle. ...
Posted on November 25, 2013 By Rob Cassidy
We just posted the Entry Form for our 9th Annual BD+C "40 Under 40" competition. Frankly, the Entry Form is just the basic data. The real meat of your entry is your Personal Statement - the written document that tells the judges why you should be picked as a "40 Under 40" superstar. So, get started...
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....