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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RIBA Releases Statement on Fire-Safety Design Following Grenfell Tower Tragedy | Architect Magazine

The statement includes commentary on regulatory information, guidance for fire safety, and recommendations for the government. By Katharine Keane The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) released a statement on fire-safety design following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in...
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Construction spending in South Florida skyrockets in April

Commercial construction tripled compared to April of last year By Amanda Rabines Construction spending was up 80 percent in South Florida in April compared to the previous year, according to the latest report from Dodge Data & Analytics. Residential construction experienced a...
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Drones will bring “profound change” change to architecture and cities, says Mark Dytham – Dezeen

Marcus Fairs Drones will transform the way buildings are designed, the way they look and the way they are used, according to architect Mark Dytham.Dytham, co-founder of Tokyo-based studio Klein Dytham Architecture, said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would soon replace road...
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A Secret Of Gothic Architecture Could Revolutionize Buildings Today

By Diana Budds Concrete is typically the default building material for tall structures, thanks to its strength and cost-effectiveness. But there’s one big trade-off: Heft. Conventional concrete construction requires significant mass and steel reinforcement, which takes up space...
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Improving Building Performance Through Initiatives, Incentives, and Mandates | Architect Magazine

Several U.S. cities offer design- and code-related programs and services to encourage architects and developers to pursue sustainability more vigorously. By Ian Spula Buildings account for 40 percent of all energy consumption and about one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the...
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South Beach wants to save Art Deco gems before the seas rise. One solution: Jack them up | Miami Herald

By Andres Viglucci and Joey Flechas Decades after preservationists saved Miami Beach’s treasure-trove of Art Deco architecture from developers and politicians looking to tear it all down, they’re confronting a dire new menace: The relentless rise of the oceans that threatens to...
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Tesla’s new solar panels blend right into existing roofs – Curbed

The company is now taking custom quote requests by Jenny Xie Tesla’s potentially game-changing solar roof tiles have captured a lot of attention recently, but the company has just quietly debuted a solar option that could be a lot more practical for homeowners not looking to...
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Fire Resistive, Blast-Rated Glass Walls Provide Vision, Transparency and Protection to High-Security Facilities | Architect Magazine

Fire Resistive, Blast-Rated Glass Walls Provide Vision, Transparency and Protection to High-Security Facilities Building designs are influenced by the function it performs and threats it may face. Brought to you by SAFTIFIRST A building’s design is very much influenced by the...
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Concrete as a Carbon Sink? | Architect Magazine

The popular building material might not be as detrimental to the environment as once believed. By BLAINE BROWNELL As the world’s most popular building material, concrete comprises a significant portion of our built environment, with some 10 cubic kilometers (about 13 trillion...
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