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Product Announcement: Sustainable Design Concept Addresses Developer Challenges

Product Announcement: Sustainable Design Concept Addresses Developer Challenges

A new sustainable design concept – developed and patented to address challenges developers face when it comes to building and financing cost-effective apartments – is now available to urban developers from architectural firm Newman Garrison + Partners. New Block is an architectural design concept that targets two acre urban infill … Read more »

CO Health Foundation Nabs Both LEED and WELL Gold for Construction & Design

CO Health Foundation Nabs Both LEED and WELL Gold for Construction & Design

The Colorado Health Foundation’s new headquarters in Denver is the first in the US to receive both the LEED v4 Gold Certification and WELL Gold Certification for design and construction, according to Saunders Construction. The three-story building features a “health-positive” design and development standards that aim to improve the health … Read more »

Five Sustainability Pre-Construction Tips

Five Sustainability Pre-Construction Tips

Thanks to a vibrant economy, many building developers, owners, and managers are investing funds into new construction projects as well as renovations. This makes this a perfect time for developers, owners, and managers to start thinking about sustainability, according to Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, and an advocate for … Read more »

Cement Industry Lags on Emissions Reductions, CDP Report Finds

Cement Industry Lags on Emissions Reductions, CDP Report Finds

Cement companies need to more than double their emissions reductions or risk missing global climate goals a new CDP report found. Marco Kisic, a senior analyst with CDP Investor Research, discusses what the findings mean for corporate leaders.

EPA Memorandum Clarifies New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting

EPA Memorandum Clarifies New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting

On March 13, 2018, EPA administrator issued a memorandum titled Project Emissions Accounting Under the New Source Review (NSR) Preconstruction Permitting Program. This memorandum discusses an assessment the EPA has undertaken of the NSR program regarding interpretation and implementation of the preconstruction permitting requirements under the NSR provisions of the Clean Air Act. This guidance memorandum is the result of the current legislature’s priorities for

Owners of Older Concrete Buildings in LA Must Start Planning Seismic Retrofits

Owners of Older Concrete Buildings in LA Must Start Planning Seismic Retrofits

In Los Angeles, the owners of older non-ductile concrete buildings have known about a law requiring seismic retrofits for two years. Now, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety is sending them compliance notifications, Engineering News-Record reported. Owners must get the compliance ball rolling with engineers within three years. … Read more »

3D-Printed Structures Get Larger, Fuel Sustainable Construction Debate

3D-Printed Structures Get Larger, Fuel Sustainable Construction Debate

As the debate about the environmental implications of 3D printing continues, businesses are pushing the boundaries of what the technology can do. The Danish company 3D Printhuset recently completed the printed office-hotel structure for a site in Copenhagen, but the race to create Europe’s first inhabitable 3D-printed building didn’t quite … Read more »

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Electric Propulsion Thruster Requires 25% Less Installed Power

Switzerland-based ABB has introduced Azipod D to its Azipod electric propulsion line. The Azipod D requires up to 25 percent less installed power, in part because it incorporates hybrid cooling, which increases the performance of the electric motor by up to 45 percent. Azipod D’s propulsion power ranges from 1.6 … Read more »

Building Info Modeling Adoption Surges

Building Info Modeling Adoption Surges

The adoption of building information modeling in North American construction industry has increased from 28 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2012, according to research by McGraw Hill. BIM is a digital representation of a planned building’s physical and functional characteristics. Using BIM allows architects, engineers, contractors and other construction professionals involved … Read more »

US Retrofits Worth $1tn Savings Over 10 Years, Report Says

US Retrofits Worth $1tn Savings Over 10 Years, Report Says

U.S. retrofits could yield $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years, equivalent to savings of about 30 percent of the country’s annual electricity spend, according to a report by Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors and The Rockefeller Foundation. To achieve the savings, $279 billion would need to be invested in … Read more »

Report: Retrofits ‘More Green’ than New-Builds

Report: Retrofits ‘More Green’ than New-Builds

Renovating old buildings is better for the environment than building new structures, according to a report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. According to The Greenest building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, renovating an existing historic office building in Chicago reduces the building’s impact on climate change … Read more »

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