USGBC: Report Says Cities Can Save Billions With Sustainable Surfaces

Smart surface technologies would also cut greenhouse gasses while achieving transformative benefits like making cities cooler, more resilient, healthier and more equitable. A new report released Tuesday, Delivering Urban Resilience, authored by Capital-E, quantifies the range of...
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Material Trends to Watch in 2018

From algae-derived plastics to biomimetic insulation, these materials will likely make a splash in design and construction this year. By Blaine Brownell “Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species,” writes biologist E.O. Wilson in The Origins of Creativity...
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Top Building Product Brands Specified by Architects

A survey conducted by ARCHITECT’s publisher, Hanley Wood, reveals the most popular brands used by architects—and why. By Selin Ashaboglu In an industry brimming with products, architects have a wealth of manufacturers and brands to specify in their projects. How do design...
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How mass timber could transform our cities (really). Recreation of Maison Dom-Ino in wood at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Courtesy Ventana blog)

How mass timber could transform our cities (really) – Archpaper.com

By Matt Shaw This is a preview of our special November timber issue. Mass timber is having its Maison Dom-Ino moment. At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, a curious structure sat on the grass near the international pavilion in the Giardini. It was an engineered timber...
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Satoshi Kina Las Olas Boulevard, Miami, during Hurricane Irma

Building Codes that Promote Resilient Design Still Get a Mixed Reception | Architect Magazine

Five years after Hurricane Sandy—and in the wake of a brutal hurricane season—architects face both forward and backward momentum in their efforts to champion resilient design standards. By Mary Catherine O’Connor Just days before Hurricane Irma made landfall, Michael...
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An Unexpected Ally of Gender-Neutral Restrooms: Building Codes | Architect Magazine

The 2018 International Plumbing Code will update signage requirements for single-user restrooms while some local jurisdictions are taking their own initiative to promote inclusiveness. By Ian Spula Behind the rancorous debate over gender inclusivity in restrooms, an upheaval is...
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Stricter building codes apparently passed Irma’s test

Florida has one of the nation’s strongest building codes, patterned after the code Miami-Dade County enacted after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 Mike Seemuth As Floridians recover from Hurricane Irma, preliminary evidence shows that homes built in compliance with the state’s...
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The AIA Urges Lawmakers to Support Strong Building Codes | Architect Magazine

AIA president Thomas Vonier implores legislators to keep an eye on the long game regarding design and construction regulations. By Wanda Lau With hurricanes Harvey and Irma behind us—and the long roads to recovery and rebuilding ahead of us—the AIA issued a statement today asking...
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Building Materials From Carbon Dioxide Emissions | Architect Magazine

Mineral Carbonation International and the University of Newcastle have developed a way to turn carbon emissions into a solid material that can be used in green construction materials. By Selin Ashaboglu Australian company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has unveiled a...
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Tall Timber Construction Code is Still Thinking Small | Architect Magazine

With improved fire safety and proven superior energy performance, tall timber is growing in popularity, but can construction codes keep up? By Ian Spula Mass timber has been on the move in Europe and Canada for some time, where the intersection of energy savings and renewable...
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