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Construction Processes, Design

What is Passive House?

January 9, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

People have been implementing passive design elements since the construction of the earliest built shelters, but the passive house concept in sustainable building design is a much more recent innovation. Since its origin in Europe during the late 1980s, the […]


Construction Processes, Legal

First state law banning gas in new buildings likely to pass in New York

May 1, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

After Berkeley, California, became the nation’s first city to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings in 2019, dozens of local governments followed suit, including New York City in 2021. At the state level, Washington state and California have encouraged […]


News

Overcoming risk and unforeseen circumstances when constructing seismic retrofits

March 20, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

Many buildings within seismic zones are not built to withstand the impacts of earthquakes. Legislators in seismic regions across the U.S. have updated building codes and regulations to better handle seismic events for new construction and have put legislation in […]


News

What is Urban Gamification?

September 26, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

Everyone’s experience of a city is unique. Whether one is visiting a place for the first time or has lived there all their life, their experiences are shaped by their personal interactions with the built environment. Buildings, landscapes, and streets […]


Construction Processes, Design

Repurposing Existing Buildings into Residential Projects by Innovating with Materials

September 15, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

Considering the time, energy, and environmental impact of a construction process, architecture must explore different methodologies that work with the existing built environment. For example: how to give life to a forgotten building? Adaptive reuse gives new opportunities to abandoned […]


Sustainability

Grand-Scale Concrete Sustainability for Buildings Is a Big Production

September 14, 2022

Via: ENR

Looking back 35 years to his job in Northern Virginia as an American Concrete Institute testing technician responsible for the quality of concrete delivered to building jobsites, civil engineer Rick Bohan recalls that concrete was called “mud.” “Contractors would ask, […]


Construction Techniques

How the Latest Construction Technology is Giving Us Better Buildings

August 12, 2022

Via: gb&d magazine

Even in times of pandemic and uncertainty, construction continues to be big business. In 2021, new constructions in the US were valued at almost $1.6 trillion, and data shows it’s forecast to reach over $2 trillion in 2025. Construction spending […]


News

In Praise of 5-Over-1 Buildings

March 11, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

A recent spate of articles bemoaning the proliferation of 5-over-1 apartment buildings caught my attention. Outlets such as Bloomberg, Common Edge, Crosscut, and Curbed have all commented on the building type, the common thread being a reproach for their ubiquity, […]


News

Architecture without Architects? Campanópolis, the Small Medieval Village Born from Recycling in Buenos Aires

March 8, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

Nowadays, the role of architects exceeds the limits of construction, reaching fields that are often unthinkable, but which nonetheless demonstrate a close relationship with the profession. If we go back in time, the fact is that many buildings, houses, monuments […]


News

New York City Council Passes Natural Gas Ban in New Buildings

December 17, 2021

Via: ENR

New York City officials passed a bill that would ban natural gas use in most new buildings under seven stories, as soon as 2024. The City Council passed the bill by a 40-7 vote on Dec. 15 that directs the […]


News

New Report Reveals Extensive Public Support for Building Renovation

November 12, 2021

Via: gb&d magazine

A new report released today by ROCKWOOL Group and Cambridge Econometrics maps a clear path to greener buildings and shows strong support from the public to renovate their homes, if adequate financial and administrative support is available. Including data from […]


Construction Site Safety, Regulations

Spurred by Collapse, Group Calls For Recertification of Florida’s Existing Buildings

October 28, 2021

Via: ENR

To help avoid another building disaster, such as the June 24 partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South residential condominium in Surfside, Florida legislators should establish statewide mandatory structural recertification inspections and whole-building safety inspections for most existing buildings of […]


News

Passive House standards proving their worth in multifamily sector

June 1, 2021

Via: Building Design + Construction

A recent study from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Community Preservation Corp., BrightPower and Steven Winter Associates, found that multifamily dwellings built to Passive House standards significantly outperformed conventionally built buildings in energy efficiency. […]


Construction Site Safety, News, Regulations

How a Maryland County Created the Gold Standard for Building Emission Standards

May 21, 2021

Via: ENR

Montgomery County, Md. is generating significant buzz among U.S. jurisdictions interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with buildings. After tightening eligibility requirements for an over-subscribed green building tax credit in September 2020, the Montgomery County council upped the ante […]


News

Vertical Urbanization As Seen From Above

March 4, 2021

Via: ArchDaily

Because of the decrease in the availability of land area and the ever-increasing price per square meter, cities often tend to grow vertically. When we picture large metropolitan areas, we almost always imagine high-rise buildings, and the recognizable skyline becomes […]


Sustainability

Top 5 Coolest Buildings of 2020

December 14, 2020

Via: ConstructConnect

It’s time once again to unveil ConstructConnect’s Top 5 Coolest Buildings of the Year. Each year it gets harder and harder to narrow down our picks to just five buildings. In a normal year, we typically see a few of […]


Sustainability

Zero energy buildings can be constructed with no added upfront cost

September 17, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Many types of zero energy (ZE) buildings can be constructed with no added upfront cost, and some commercial buildings can see return on investment in as little as one year, according to a report by U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

Report explores potential for rope-less and multidirectional elevators in tall buildings

June 13, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

A new report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) investigates the potential for rope-less and multidirectional elevator cabins for high-rise buildings. The technology runs on a series of seamless loops, powered by magnetic levitation. These rope-less […]


Construction Techniques

US military set on 3D-printing more bridges, buildings

May 1, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The DIU’s mission is to expedite the use of commercial technology within the military. In November, for instance, the DIU put out a solicitation for inexpensive drones — costing less than $6,000 for a complete system — that could be […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

The basics of building commissioning

February 12, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Commissioning isn’t a new concept. The term actually dates back to shipbuilding; a commissioned ship is one that’s deemed ready for service. However, a ship must pass several milestones before setting sail. The equipment has to be installed and tested, […]