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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 »

DuPont Business Innovations Achieves Zero to Landfill Status

Chemical sciences firm DuPont has achieved zero to landfill status in its Building Innovations arm. After three years of effort, the “Drive to Zero” program has reduced the Business Innovations arm’s environmental footprint from 81 million pounds of landfill waste annually to zero, DuPont says. Materials that previously may have … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Chemical Safety Board, New Mexico Waste Pit Rule, ISO 50001

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reiterated its call for the creation of a national fire code for hazardous waste facilities following a deadly chemical fire in December. CSB had issued recommendations to the Environmental Technology Council (ETC), including the recommendation to petition the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to issue … Read more »

GE Leads Funding for Pre-Fab Commercial Eco Buildings

GE Energy Financial Services has led a $22 million investment round for Project Frog, a venture selling pre-fabricated, energy efficient commercial building kits. The round, joined by other investors including Claremont Creek Ventures, Greener Capital Partners and RockPort Capital Partners, aims to help Project Frog expand its sales pipeline and … Read more »

Supply Chain Link in Low Carb Construction

In the last Low Carb Construction piece, I end with a statement intended to evoke the mental image of the treadmill of business operations. As businesses grow and the climate in which we all work shifts, a company has to allow itself the flexibility of shifting right along with it. … Read more »

EPA Proposes Stormwater Permit for Construction Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft permit for public comment aimed at regulating the discharge of stormwater from construction sites. Stormwater discharges during construction activities can contain sediment and pollutants that harm aquatic ecosystems, increase drinking water treatment costs and pollute waters that people use for … Read more »