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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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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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