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Report: 32 U.S. buildings have been verified as net-zero energy performers

Growth in numbers, locations, types and sizes all mark progress on the state of commercial zero net energy (ZNE) buildings—ultra-efficient buildings that generate as much power from onsite renewable energy sources as they consume in a year, according to a report from New Buildings Institute (NBI).

Of buildings surveyed across North America, the report finds the number of buildings achieving or pursuing ZNE have more than doubled since the last study was released in 2012.

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The New Buildings Institute's 2014 Getting to Zero Status report includes an interactive map detailing the net-zero energy buildings that have been verified by NBI. 

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The New Buildings Institute's 2014 Getting to Zero Status report includes an interactive map detailing the net-zero energy buildings that have been verified by NBI. 

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Wed, 2014-01-15 10:11
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The Center for Energy Efficient Design, an award-winning ZNE learning laboratory
The Center for Energy Efficient Design, an award-winning ZNE learning laboratory for middle school students in Rocky Mount, Va., is one of the 32 buildings verified by NBI.
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The New Buildings Institute's 2014 Getting to Zero Status report includes an interactive map detailing the net-zero energy buildings that have been verified by NBI. 

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China's wild circular skyscraper opens in Guangzhou [slideshow]

Much like OMA's daring design scheme for the CCTV Headquarters building, China's latest skyscraper, Guanghzou Circle, is meant to break away from the traditional skyscraper design ethos of the west—and it does so in dramatic fashion. 

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The 33-story Guanghzou Circle takes the shape of a giant ribbon spool, with the floor space housed in a series of boxes suspended between two massive "wheels." 

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The 33-story Guanghzou Circle takes the shape of a giant ribbon spool, with the floor space housed in a series of boxes suspended between two massive "wheels." 

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Tue, 2014-01-14 12:57
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All photos courtesy Joseph di Pasquale Architect
All photos courtesy Joseph di Pasquale Architect
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The 33-story Guanghzou Circle takes the shape of a giant ribbon spool, with the floor space housed in a series of boxes suspended between two massive "wheels." 

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AEC professionals weigh in on school security

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An exclusive survey reveals that Building Teams are doing their part to make the nation’s schools safer in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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An exclusive survey reveals that Building Teams are doing their part to make the nation’s schools safer in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Mon, 2014-01-13 20:56
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An exclusive survey reveals that Building Teams are doing their part to make the nation’s schools safer in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

(Editor's Note: This article is the third in BD+C's five-part special report on security design for K-12 school projects. Read the full report.)

 

 

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Custom exterior fabricator A. Zahner unveils free façade design software for architects

Zahner announces its first venture into web-based software. The free software platform called ShopFloor, launched earlier today, contains a suite of intuitive tools for building complex architecture. 

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The web-based tool uses the company's factory floor like "a massive rapid prototype machine,” allowing designers to manipulate designs on the fly based on cost and other factors, according to CEO/President Bill Zahner.

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The web-based tool uses the company's factory floor like "a massive rapid prototype machine,” allowing designers to manipulate designs on the fly based on cost and other factors, according to CEO/President Bill Zahner.

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Mon, 2014-01-13 21:48
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Zahner ShopFloor Engineer Craig Long demonstrates one of the ShopFloor design to
Zahner ShopFloor Engineer Craig Long demonstrates one of the ShopFloor design tools. Photo © A. Zahner Company
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The web-based tool uses the company's factory floor like "a massive rapid prototype machine,” allowing designers to manipulate designs on the fly based on cost and other factors, according to CEO/President Bill Zahner.

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6 legislative actions to ignite the construction economy

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced its “punch list” for Congress that, if completed, will ignite the construction economy by spurring much needed improvements in energy efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency and create jobs for small business

“America needs to create more jobs, to strengthen communities, and find help for millions of young people to succeed in the new economy,” said Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, "so we've created a punch list—a term that enumerates unfinished items in a construction contract."

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AIA submits its key legislative priorities for Congress, with a focus on jobs, energy efficiency, and growing the economy.  

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The American Institute of Architects announced its “punch list” for Congress that, if completed, will ignite the construction economy by spurring much needed improvements in energy efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency, and create jobs for small business.

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Mon, 2014-01-13 10:39
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The American Institute of Architects announced its “punch list” for Congress that, if completed, will ignite the construction economy by spurring much needed improvements in energy efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency, and create jobs for small business.

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16 recommendations on security technology to take to your K-12 clients

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From facial recognition cameras to IP-based door hardware, here are key technology-related considerations you should discuss with your school district clients.

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From facial recognition cameras to IP-based door hardware, here are key technology-related considerations you should discuss with your school district clients.

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Thu, 2014-01-09 21:11
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Collin County Sheriff Deputy George White checks a hallway in one of Anna (Texas) ISD’s buildings while monitoring two others on his iPad and Galaxy S4 smartphone. For more, see sidebar below.
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From facial recognition cameras to IP-based door hardware, here are key technology-related considerations you should discuss with your school district clients.

(Editor's Note: This article is the second in BD+C's five-part special report on security design for K-12 school projects. Read the full report.)

 

 

"Will a camera stop crime? No, but it can be a deterrent,” says Pat Lamb, School Safety Director, Irving (Texas) Independent School District. Technology is an important component of school security, but it is no panacea.

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Special report: Can design prevent another Sandy Hook?

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Our experts say no, but it could save lives. In this report, they offer recommendations on security design you can bring to your K-12 clients to prevent, or at least mitigate, a Sandy Hook on their turf.

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Our experts say no, but it could save lives. In this report, they offer recommendations on security design you can bring to your K-12 clients to prevent, or at least mitigate, a Sandy Hook on their turf.

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Thu, 2014-01-09 08:50
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Our experts say no, but it could save lives. In this report, they offer recommendations on security design you can bring to your K-12 clients to prevent, or at least mitigate, a Sandy Hook on their turf.

(Editor's Note: This article is the first in BD+C's five-part special report on security design for K-12 school projects. Read the full report.)

 

 

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2014 Building Team Awards - Call for Entries

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Entries due Friday, March 14, 2014. Winners will be featured in the May 2014 issue of BD+C.

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BD+C's Building Team Awards is the industry's only recognition program to honor projects that achieve excellence in both design/construction and collaboration of the AEC/O team. Submissions are due March 14.

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Mon, 2014-01-20 09:44
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BD+C's Building Team Awards is the industry's only recognition program to honor projects that achieve excellence in both design/construction and collaboration of the AEC/O team. Submissions are due March 14.

Building Design+Construction's Building Team Awards recognize newly built (opened or occupied January 1, 2013 or later) projects that best exemplify the collaboration between owner, architect, engineer, and contractor to produce buildings that exhibit architectural and construction excellence. 

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Concrete solutions: 9 innovations for a construction essential

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BD+C editors offer a roundup of new products and case studies that represent the latest breakthroughs in concrete technology. 

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BD+C editors offer a roundup of new products and case studies that represent the latest breakthroughs in concrete technology.

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Tue, 2014-01-07 15:39
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BD+C editors offer a roundup of new products and case studies that represent the latest breakthroughs in concrete technology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. UNDERLAYMENT SYSTEM DESIGNED TO SAVE TIME, MONEY ON SLAB WORK

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Richard Meier unveils 'urban courtyard' scheme for Mexico City towers

A grand atrium, reaching some 30 stories, highlights the contemporary, bright-white design scheme unveiled this week by Richard Meier & Partners for a new mixed-use development in Mexico City. 

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The mixed-use project, Reforma Towers, calls for high-end offices, retail, restaurants, parking, a fitness center, and a hotel in two high-rise buildings.

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A grand atrium, reaching some 30 stories, highlights the contemporary, bright-white design scheme unveiled this week by Richard Meier & Partners for a new mixed-use development in Mexico City. 

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Wed, 2014-01-29 20:09
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The Reforma Towers plan calls for two towers—a 27-story luxury hotel and a 40-story mixed-use building—adjoined at the base by a podium structure. All renderings: Richard Meier & Partners
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A grand atrium, reaching some 30 stories, highlights the contemporary, bright-white design scheme unveiled this week by Richard Meier & Partners for a new mixed-use development in Mexico City. 

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