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One of the largest PV installations in the country, thin-film solar laminate pan
Nov 17, 2014
This course, worth 1.0 AIA HSW learning unit, provides expert advice on how to make a roof last as long as possible, and how to properly retrofit or reroof when the roof has run its course.
On the Kunming Junfa Dongfeng Square project in Kunming City, China, architects
Nov 17, 2014
By harnessing natural ventilation, Building Teams can achieve a tremendous reduction in energy use and increase in occupant comfort. Engineers from SOM offer lessons from the firm’s recent work.
Water infiltration testing of an installed window prior to installation of adjac
Nov 16, 2014
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger's Emily Hopps and Peter Babaian offer strategies to help Building Teams sort through the various building enclosure commissioning guidelines and use BECx in a logical and cost-effective way.
A student bedroom at the College of Wooster (Ohio) capitalizes on 12-foot-high c
Nov 14, 2014
In a recent workshop with 62 college students, architects from Little explored the changing habits and preferences of today's students, and how those changes affect their living spaces.
At Coastline Community College’s Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
Nov 10, 2014
Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s interior designs. This course is worth 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.
While the exposed ceiling look is popular in today’s commercial office spaces, s
Nov 10, 2014
Although architecturally appealing, exposed ceilings can create unwanted drafts and airflow problems if not engineered correctly. McGuire Engineers' Bill Stangeland offers tips for avoiding airflow issues on these projects.
The exterior design of the 21-story, LEED Silver MassArt “Tree House” was sugges
Nov 7, 2014
Many states have cut back funding for higher education in recent years, and securing money for new housing has been tougher than ever for many colleges and universities. A recent residence hall project in Boston involving three colleges...
Precast units from Coreslab Structures (left) being put in place at Valparaiso (
Nov 7, 2014
Few colleges or universities have embraced prefabrication more wholeheartedly than Valparaiso (Ind.) University. The Lutheran-based institution completed a $27 million residence hall this past summer in which the structural elements were...
Students chill in a lounge at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The $
Nov 7, 2014
University students want more in a residence hall than just a place to sleep. They want a space that reflects their style of living and learning.
Thornton Tomasetti’s computational modeling and R&D incubator, CORE Studio, has
Nov 5, 2014
Without a common language linking BIM/VDC software platforms, firms seek out interoperability solutions to assist with the data transfer between design tools.
Illustration: KONE
Nov 3, 2014
The JumpLift system from KONE uses a mobile machine room that moves upward as the construction progresses, speeding construction of tall towers. 
Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons
Nov 2, 2014
M+W Group's David Gibney offers his top lessons learned from coordinating dozens of large LEED projects during the past 13 years.
The LEED Gold Evie Garret Dennis E-12 Campus supports 1,600 Pre-K through 12th-g
Oct 26, 2014
A study by DLR Group and Colorado State University attempts to quantify the student performance benefits of green schools.
The EVEN Hotels wellness brand by InterContinental Hotels Group provides exercis
Oct 26, 2014
These days, hotels are promoting health and wellness programs that go beyond the typical fitness center or spa.
With 57 units in Phase 1 of the project, Orchards at Orenco in Hillsboro, Ore.,
Oct 21, 2014
Passive House, an ultra-efficient building standard that originated in Germany, has been used for single-family homes since its inception in 1990. Only recently has the concept made its way into the U.S. commercial buildings market.