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California’s Title 24 promises to reshape the construction industry

California’s recent revisions to Title 24 contain ambitious performance goals: all residential buildings must be Zero Net Energy by 2020 and commercial buildings must reach that standard by 2030. The code also applies to certain renovation projects. These changes are likely to reshape the construction industry in significant ways nationwide by:

1. Driving adoption of building energy codes.As the AEC industry works to meet California’s challenge, it will be able to translate its achievements to other regions.

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Net zero requirements expected to drive innovation, ensure demand for greener building features

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California’s recent revisions to Title 24 contain ambitious performance goals: all residential buildings must be Zero Net Energy by 2020 and commercial buildings must reach that standard by 2030.

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Sat, 2014-05-03 15:34
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California’s recent revisions to Title 24 contain ambitious performance goals: all residential buildings must be Zero Net Energy by 2020 and commercial buildings must reach that standard by 2030.

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Controversy rages over cost, benefits of proposed OSHA silica dust rule

OSHA’s proposal to beef up regulations on workers’ exposure to silica dust is generating a lot of controversy. The agency says current rules are outdated, difficult to understand, and inconsistent across industries.

Introduced in August 2013, the proposal would lower allowable levels of crystalline silica in all workplaces, standardize how the dust is calculated, and require medical monitoring for employees exposed to high levels.

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Opponents say new regulations would cost too much and that agency should focus on enforcement of existing rules

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Introduced in August 2013, the proposal would lower allowable levels of crystalline silica in all workplaces, standardize how the dust is calculated, and require medical monitoring for employees exposed to high levels.

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Sat, 2014-05-03 15:40
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Introduced in August 2013, the proposal would lower allowable levels of crystalline silica in all workplaces, standardize how the dust is calculated, and require medical monitoring for employees exposed to high levels. 

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Toronto residential tower to feature drawer-like facade scheme

Phase Three of the River City development, or RC3, is now under construction in Toronto. Both RC1 and RC2 are already well under way, headed by the real estate firm Urban Capital. The complex, designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architects, will have 930 units available when RC3 is completed.

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Some of the apartments in the new River City development will protrude from the building at different lengths, creating a drawer-like "push-pull" effect.

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Some of the apartments in the new River City development will protrude from the building at different lengths, creating a drawer-like "push-pull" effect.
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Mon, 2014-05-05 14:45
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Phase Three of the River City development, or RC3, is now under construction in Toronto. Renderings courtesy of Urban Toronto and Urban Capital.
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Some of the apartments in the new River City development will protrude from the building at different lengths, creating a drawer-like "push-pull" effect.

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8 modern trends in student dining

Creating a dining experience for the modern millennial requires not only a deep knowledge of good design, but also an understanding of what makes today’s students tick.

KSQ Architects dining specialist Juana Gomez, as well as culinary designers and consultants from Bakergroup and Ricca Newmark, recently provided insights into what trends are transforming the campus table.

 

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Communal dining, retail-heavy experiences, and plug-in environments are among the top trends identified by culinary designers and consultants.

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Creating a dining experience for the modern millennial requires not only a deep knowledge of good design, but also an understanding of what makes today’s students tick. Culinary designers and consultants provide insights into what trends are transforming the campus table.

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Tue, 2014-05-06 08:10
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Creating a dining experience for the modern millennial requires not only a deep knowledge of good design, but also an understanding of what makes today’s students tick. Culinary designers and consultants provide insights into what trends are transforming the campus table.

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'Ugliest building in New Jersey' finally getting facelift

A long-awaited and contentious project in Meadowlands, N.J., may finally be on the way to completion.

Developer Triple Five Group has signed an agreement with the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council for the construction (or shall we say, "reconstruction") of the American Dream mall, the planned cost of which is about $2 billion.

In the end, the development is set to include a water park, an indoor ski slope, and a retail complex.

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After a decade of false starts and mishaps, the American Dream mall in the Meadowlands may finally get built.

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After a decade of false starts and mishaps, the American Dream mall in the Meadowlands may finally get built.

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Tue, 2014-05-06 13:30
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The Triple Five Group has now signed an agreement with the Bergen County Buildin
The Triple Five Group has now signed an agreement with the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council for the complex's construction. Rendering courtesy of Triple Five Group.
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After a decade of false starts and mishaps, the American Dream mall in the Meadowlands may finally get built.

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GRAPHISOFT releases new BIM software for architects and designers

GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its BIM software solution for architects and designers.
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ArchiCAD 18 offers industry-first, real-time BIM collaboration regardless of the size, location or setup of the collaborating team. 

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GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its BIM software solution for architects and designers. ArchiCAD 18 now has CineRender, a render engine with high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities.

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Wed, 2014-05-07 12:13
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GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its BIM software solution for architects and designers. Photo credit: GRAPHISOFT
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GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its BIM software solution for architects and designers. ArchiCAD 18 now has CineRender, a render engine with high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities.

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Design competition: $900,000 on the line in Las Vegas revitalization challenge

In Las Vegas, the concept of awarding significant cash prizes for innovative and effective economic development solutions makes sense. The city recently launched its Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge to do just that: tap the global design, architecture, land planning, and economic development community for the best economic development ideas.

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wants your economic development ideas for remaking four areas within the city, including the Cashman Center and the Las Vegas Medical District.

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wants your economic development ideas for remaking four areas within the city, including the Cashman Center and the Las Vegas Medical District.

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Wed, 2014-05-07 15:15
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Winning plans must match Las Vegas’s needs, offer a feasible roadmap toward implementation, and represent innovative perspectives on economic development.
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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wants your economic development ideas for remaking four areas within the city, including the Cashman Center and the Las Vegas Medical District.

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Report: Top storm-resilient cities have high adaptive capacity

The most resilient cities in the world, including six in the U.S., have attributes that would enable them to recover better than others from devastating natural disasters.

A report by Grosvenor examined 50 major cities around the world and ranked them on their vulnerability and adaptive capacity in terms of their infrastructure, community, resources, environment, and climate.

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Adaptability centers on infrastructure, resources to bounce back from disasters

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The most resilient cities in the world, including five in the U.S., have attributes that would enable them to recover better than others from devastating natural disasters.

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Thu, 2014-05-08 15:04
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Six of the world's 10 most resilient cities are from the U.S., led by Chicago and Pittsburgh (pictured). Photo: Matthiasb via Wikimedia Commons
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The most resilient cities in the world, including five in the U.S., have attributes that would enable them to recover better than others from devastating natural disasters.

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Door knob code revisions generating controversy

The City of Vancouver’s ban on doorknobs in all new buildings, which went into effect last month, has drawn a strong reaction from the public and heated debate across Canada as other jurisdictions consider the measure. The code revision, which substitutes door levers for knobs, is part of a broader campaign to make buildings more accessible to the elderly and disabled.

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Changes intended to aid elderly and disabled could provoke bear intrusions, critics charge

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The City of Vancouver’s ban on doorknobs in all new buildings, which went into effect last month, has drawn a strong reaction from the public and heated debate across Canada as other jurisdictions consider the measure.

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Thu, 2014-05-08 15:14
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The City of Vancouver’s ban on doorknobs in all new buildings, which went into effect last month, has drawn a strong reaction from the public and heated debate across Canada as other jurisdictions consider the measure.

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Perfecting prefab: 8 tips for healthcare construction projects

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Leading AEC firms offer helpful advice for using BIM to pull off prefab for everything from MEP infrastructure to whole bathrooms. 

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Leading AEC firms offer helpful advice for using BIM to pull off prefab for everything from MEP infrastructure to whole bathrooms. 

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Thu, 2014-05-08 21:08
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By employing advanced prefabrication techniques, the Building Team for the 840,0
By employing advanced prefabrication techniques, the Building Team for the 840,000-sf, $625 million Exempla St. Joseph Heritage Hospital in Denver was able to compress the project’s original construction schedule by nearly six months. More than 160 overhead multi-trade racks were assembled by subcontractors in a local warehouse, shipped to the site, and hoisted into place. The method shaved a month off the project schedule. Courtesy Mortenson Construction
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Leading AEC firms offer helpful advice for using BIM to pull off prefab for everything from MEP infrastructure to whole bathrooms. 

Nick Pfenning thought he knew what fast track was before joining the Exempla St. Joseph Heritage Hospital project in Denver. As an eight-year construction management veteran with Mortenson Construction, Pfenning has worked on several tightly scheduled healthcare projects, including the 376,000-sf, $150 million Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, built in just 30 months.

But those efforts pale in comparison to what the Building Team is attempting with the St. Joseph’s project: 840,000 sf of program space, worth some $625 million, in less than 31 months. 

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