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Construction problems at prison spur support to quash non-traditional project delivery in Iowa

The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are...

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AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

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March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....

Louisiana officials critical of stricter building standards in flood-prone areas

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February 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Buildings would have to be built either two or three feet above the base flood elevation for a 10...

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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

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

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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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An Illinois law took effect on Jan. 1 that requires all new and remodeled schools to have storm s...

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Gundersen's 500,000-sf expansion will features a geothermal system. Rendering: A
January 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Gundersen Health System, a network of hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes in Wisconsin,...

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December 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The company aims to build 100 new DD Green-certified restaurants by the end of 2016.

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December 05, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Recent airport designs are bigger and much more efficient, based on a look at recent projects in...

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November 24, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new standard contract provides a contractual vehicle for owners to save significant money fro...

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November 24, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An independent review panel of military specialists met with healthcare leaders Nov. 12 to consid...

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November 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This document provides a guide for manufacturers, architects/specifiers, contractors, and buildin...

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525kW BIPV CoolPly commercial roofing system which provides clean energy to the
November 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

National Roofing Contractors Association has released LEED v4: Roofing-related Provisions, a docu...

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November 14, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S Army's ambitious net-zero initiative has had several successful pilot trials, and planner...

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The projected 506 students will be distributed between three classroom wings, tw
November 06, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The design of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School on the site of the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school...

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October 30, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Extending the deadline gives LEED users additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest versio...

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The Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commo
October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The least energy efficient multifamily property may be spending $165,000 more in annual energy co...

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Byron G. Rogers U.S. Courthouse, Denver. Photo: courtesy GSA
October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED Silver may be used, and in some instances, the Green Globes program may be substituted, acco...

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October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 includes tripling the amount...

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October 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Among the challenges the armed forces may face is rising sea levels that could put Navy docks and...

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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

Fannie Mae’s new report on energy usage in the multifamily sector found that affordable propertie...

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The agency intends to use BIM as a life cycle tool where the models are maintain
September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command will begin its Building Information Management and...

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