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| Aug 11, 2010

ULI: 'Old Normal' will not be a part of the housing recovery

As the U.S. economy recovers, emerging trends in demographics and consumer behavior will become major drivers of new housing opportunities, resulting in a residential market vastly different from the one that existed prior to the recession, according to Housing in America: The Next Decade, a new research paper authored by John K. McIlwain, senior resident fellow, Urban Land Institute/J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair for Housing.
| Aug 11, 2010

Zero Energy Buildings + Homes'  Call for Editorial Contributions & Contributors

BD+C will publish its 8th Annual White Paper on Green Buildings, "Zero Energy Buildings + Homes," in November-and you can contribute to it. We're looking for highly qualified experts (or teams of experts) to write individual chapters (about 2,000-3,000 words). We've started the outline here, but we'd like your suggestions about additional chapters. What did we miss? Help us shape this important report.
| Aug 11, 2010

Billings increase less than a point in December, still in negative territory

The American Institute of Architects reported the December Architecture Billings Index rating was 43.4, up slightly from 42.8 in November. The score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker said the inability to get financing is still the main roadblock to recovery.
| Aug 11, 2010

FMI: 2009 was the bottom for residential, non-residential construction still in freefall

While 2009 was likely the bottom in terms of percentage decline, 2010 will be the bottom in terms of dollar volume for non-residential construction, according to market analysts at consulting firm FMI. Residential construction is expected to begin recovering in 2010. The economy may show some signs of improving, but it is just the beginning of the downfall for nonresidential construction.
| Aug 11, 2010

Another steep decline in nonresidential construction activity projected for 2010

Despite signs that the overall U.S. economy is beginning to improve, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 13.4% in 2010 with a marginal increase of 1.8% in 2011 in inflation adjusted terms, according the American Institute of Architects' Consensus Construction Forecast. Commercial and industrial projects will continue to see the most significant decrease in activity. Thanks, in part, to federal stimulus spending, institutional building categories will fare better over the new year. BD+C, January 6
| Aug 11, 2010

Report: Most data centers are too cold

A recent study (PDF) by server and computing giants shows that data centers are wasting energy-and money-by over-cooling their servers, according to a story in The Register.
| Aug 11, 2010

Sustainable Buildings as Teaching Tools: 4 Strategies for Integrating Buildings into Experiential Learning

4 Strategies for Integrating Buildings into Experiential Learning
| Aug 11, 2010

Las Vegas announces Green Building Rebate Program

The city of Las Vegas announced it will begin a Green Building Rebate Program to stimulate new green building construction and provide energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings. The green building program provides rebates for new construction and existing commercial and residential retrofits for buildings who construct buildings or projects to green building program standards.
| Aug 11, 2010

PSMJ releases 2009 Architect/Engineer Fees and Pricing Survey

Most of the hourly billing rates have increased again in 2009. This year’s results indicate that…
| Aug 11, 2010

Bovis Lend Lease, Webcor among nation's largest multifamily contractors, according to BD+C's Giants 300 report

A ranking of the Top 50 Multifamily Contractors based on Building Design+Construction's 2009 Giants 300 survey. For more Giants 300 rankings, visit http://www.BDCnetwork.com/Giants
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