Standards

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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Photo: Charles Powell, FEMA

Photo: Charles Powell, FEMA

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

Gundersen's 500,000-sf expansion will features a geothermal system. Rendering: AECOM

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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Photo courtesy Anthony92931/Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy Anthony92931/Wikimedia Commons

December 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

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

Photo: Panek via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Panek via Wikimedia Commons

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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Photo: stockimages via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo: stockimages via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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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Photo: U.S. Army

Photo: U.S. Army

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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Photo: AAMA

Photo: AAMA

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

525kW BIPV CoolPly commercial roofing system which provides clean energy to the Patriots Place Complex adjacent to the Gillette

November 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

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

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Map: U.S. Army

Map: U.S. Army

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

Design firm Svigals + Partners used various measures to tighten security while avoiding heavy-handed features.

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

The Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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

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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Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

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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Photo: Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, United States Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Lance Cpl. Casey Jones, United States Marine Corps via Wikimedia Commons

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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Photo: Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons

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

Top Level Facility Life Cycle Process MapThe agency intends to use BIM as a life cycle tool where the models are maintained and

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

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

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One Sansome Street, San Francisco. Photo: Minesweeper via Wikimedia Commons

One Sansome Street, San Francisco. Photo: Minesweeper via Wikimedia Commons

September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

One Sansome Street, San Francisco is the first building in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum v4 c...

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September 30, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A new report from the World Green Building Council finds “overwhelming evidence” to support offic...

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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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