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Sustainability

Utilities rolling out more grid-interactive efficient building programs

December 10, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

More U.S. utilities are adopting programs to promote grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). GEBS will be critical to the grid of the future, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Some programs focus on energy savings and […]


Sustainability

Green means go: Sustainable construction is driving the industry forward

December 5, 2019

Via: Construction Global

Each year, the global construction industry uses three billion tonnes of materials. And worldwide, this sector is responsible for 23% of all CO2emissions. Little wonder then, that public and investor demand for green construction projects is growing. Between 2018 and […]


Sustainability

This world-first facility will turn human remains into soil

December 3, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Olson Kundig recently unveiled the design of the world’s first facility for “natural organic reduction,” a process that gently converts human remains into soil in about 30 days. The project was designed in partnership with, and for, Recompose, the company […]


Construction Processes, Design, Sustainability

Updated ASHRAE standards focused on ventilation design, air quality in residential applications

November 26, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

ASHRAE has released updated editions of its standards for ventilation system design and acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ). ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, specifies minimum ventilation rates and other measures for new and existing buildings to […]


Sustainability

Lack of Vocational Training Leads to Construction Labor Shortage

November 26, 2019

Via: ConstructConnect

As this next generation of children begins to reach adulthood, the push to get a four year college degree is seen as the only solution to achieve career success. Any other direction is frowned upon by parents and society. Unfortunately, […]


Sustainability

Redefining lost urban spaces: 5 ways to turn a laneway into a “lanescape”

November 21, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Have you ever noticed a laneway that wasn’t living up to its potential? Does a laneway in your neighborhood mainly serve delivery trucks, parked cars, and dumpsters, instead of acting as a place for community activity? Whenever we walk past […]


Sustainability

Cambridge, Mass., teams up with utility on energy retrofit program

November 18, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

The City of Cambridge, Mass., and electric utility Eversource have teamed up on a building energy retrofit program to spur more energy retrofits. The program targets buildings that are more than 25,000 sf or 50 units for energy-saving improvements. The […]


Sustainability

Visualizing heat flow in bamboo could help design more energy-efficient and fire-safe buildings

November 13, 2019

Via: Construction News ScienceDaily

Modified natural materials will be an essential component of a sustainable future, but first a detailed understanding of their properties is needed. The way heat flows across bamboo cell walls has been mapped using advanced scanning thermal microscopy, providing a […]


Sustainability

New material points toward highly efficient solar cells

November 12, 2019

Via: Construction News ScienceDaily

Solar cells, incorporating the mineral perovskite, have been the focus of attention since the material was first shown to work in 2009. Solar cells that are built using this material are more efficient than current solar panels. Current solar panels […]


Sustainability

Get them while they’re young: programs that promote the construction industry target students

October 24, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Talk to contractors in just about any town in the country, and the topic of labor shortages inevitably comes up. Many contractors see the problem as being chronic with no end in sight, at least while the economy remains strong. […]