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Nine states pledge to transition to heat pumps for residential HVAC and water heating

Nine states have signed a joint agreement to accelerate the transition to residential building electrification by significantly expanding heat pump sales to meet heating, cooling, and water heating demand. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by directors of environmental agencies from California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. 

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Multifamily Housing | Mar 27, 2015

Bathroom fixtures get a starchitect makeover by Bjarke Ingels

This Danish starchitect elevates the toilet paper holder (and other bathroom accessories).

Walls and Partitions | Mar 25, 2015

Metl-Span systems meet design needs in cost effective manner

The goal from the beginning was to construct an energy efficient building with insulated metal panels.

BIM and Information Technology | Feb 10, 2015

Google's 3D scanning camera leaves the lab

Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release sometime this year.

Brick and Masonry | Feb 5, 2015

3D-printed 'cool brick' may provide cooling solution for arid locations

Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. The bricks absorb water, which cools the air as it passes through the unit.

Products and Materials | Jeff Alexander | Feb 2, 2015

What should you consider when reviewing paint warranties?

Warranties can appear to be the same, but as a starting point, you should find out what paint technology your warranty is based on—polyester, silicon-modified polyester or PVDF. Once you’ve established an “apples to apples” comparison with the technologies, you must consider the color palette and its impact on warranty longevity. Review this with your builder, manufacturer or paint company representative. 

Nov 21, 2014

Must see: Furniture designer recreates Koolhaas' CCTV Headquarters in wood for storage cabinet line

For her latest addition to the I Am a Monument furniture series, designer and architect Naihan Li recreated, in meticulous detail, the OMA-designed Chinese Central Television Tower Headquarters located in Beijing. 

Oct 16, 2014

Perkins+Will white paper examines alternatives to flame retardant building materials

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and household products, 50 found in the indoor environment, and 33 in human blood, milk, and tissues.

Oct 13, 2014

Liberty Utilities protects installers with Viega MegaPress

Liberty Utilities of New Hampshire wanted a way to keep its installers safe without compromising the quality of their installations, which is why the utility provider decided to start installing Viega MegaPress. SPONSORED CONTENT

May 15, 2014

Paints, coatings, and sealants: 10 new ways to seal the deal

Color-shifting finishes, dry-erase surfaces, and stain-blocking paints are highlighted in this round up of new offerings in paints, coatings, sealants, and finishes. 

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