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Buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes

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February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthqua...

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USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

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February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...

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ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

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February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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ASHRAE, IAQA approve consolidation

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February 08, 2015 | ASHRAE

Under the consolidation, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its...

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Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation fo...

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ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

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February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...

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AGC working with EPA on website to help with environmental rule compliance

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn h...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York State’s building code is outdated and is hampering the recruitment of high-tech employer...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal, among other things, would impose a rental registration program and fee targeted at...

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November 26, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The outcome-based approach requires the building owner to provide the building’s utility bills fo...

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November 14, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is today focused on making new construction in China...

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November 06, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Demountable structural steel assemblies would be a greener way to make use of steel in the constr...

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October 30, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The reorganized document is organized from an engineer’s perspective. The requirements flow more...

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The buildings design was made possible by Seattles Deep Green Pilot Program th
October 27, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Bullitt Center in Seattle, which some say is the world's most efficient office building is no...

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October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Labour announced that they will start using drones to help...

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October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The California Energy Commission launched the upgrade process to Title 24, the state energy code,...

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October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Urban Land Institute held brainstorming sessions over the last several months involving more...

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October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Los Angeles reversed course last month on a regulation that had barred skyscrapers from having sl...

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September 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The report contains 12 case studies of cities around the world that have applied advanced flood m...

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September 11, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Earlier this year, New York City's Department of Buildings began auditing thousands of architectu...

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September 04, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A key change is a requirement that buildings over 75 feet tall have sprinkler systems throughout...

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In May, Facebook broke ground on an expansion to its data center campus in Lule
August 04, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Less than a year after opening its ultra-green, hydropowered data center facility in Luleå, Swede...

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July 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The U.S. Geological Service recently released an update of U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps that...

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July 16, 2014 | BD+C Staff

An analysis of tidal levels and flood data by the news organization Reuters concludes that floodi...

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July 08, 2014 | BD+C Staff

After being criticized for the cost and size of her stadium design for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo...

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June 30, 2014 | Design-Build Institute of America

New research findings indicate that for the first time more than half of projects above $10 milli...

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June 26, 2014 | AIA

The Studio is the first to be launched as part of the AIA Foundation’s National Resilience Progra...

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Tornado damage in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Photo: Thilo Parg via Wikimedia Commons; Lice
May 29, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Architect Butch Grimes, who examined the wreckage after a half-mile tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Al...

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May 13, 2014 | AIA

The industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, h...

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