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ICC Evaluation Service and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council sign a historic agreement

Today the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council (ITC-CNR) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding at the University of Miami’s Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. This agreement will help streamline evaluation processes for manufacturers in the U.S. and Italy, save time and money, reduce barriers to trade, and improve market access for safe and compliant building materials.

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Zaria Forman, Renowned Climate Change Artist, to Deliver Keynote at U.S. Green Building Council’s IMPACT Conference and Green Schools Conference & Expo

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Zaria Forman will deliver the opening plenary for its annual IMPACT green building conference. IMPACT is the Midwest’s green building event of the year and will be co-located with USGBC’s Green Schools Conference & Expo 2019 (GSCE). IMPACT + GSCE will be held in St. Paul, Minn., from April 8-9, 2019.

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Steve Del Guercio named Kalwall® Salesman of the Year

Steve Del Guercio’s long history of industry excellence was recognized again when he was named the 2018 Salesman of the Year by Kalwall Corporation. It was the ninth time he has been honored as the top sales producer for the industry leader in diffuse natural daylighting solutions.

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American Concrete Institute to launch a new Concrete Repair Subscription & Joint ACI/ASCC Contractor’s Guide

The American Concrete Institute (ACI), an organization whose mission it is to develop and disseminate consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses, will be conducting a Press Conference at World of Concrete on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, to announce important news regarding a Concrete Repair Subscription, and Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 4th edition, published jointly by ACI and the American Society of Concrete Contractors.

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THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA

"The Economics of Biophilia" is a six-part republication of “The Economics of Biophilic Design" by Terrapin Bright Green.  As a series, each section explores one of five economic indicators as it relates to biophilic design: workplace, health care, education, retail, and community.

In today’s society, sectors across industry are reaping the economic benefits of biophilic design. By examining five of these sectors—workplaces, healthcare, retail stores, schools, and communities—we can begin to understand the fiscal implications of biophilic design across the economy. The numbers and percentages presented reflect powerful evidence that design and planning strategies informed by nature can lead to positive impacts on human health, child development, community safety, and worker satisfaction. These effects translate directly to increased profits.

The Economics of Biophilia: Introduction
Part 1: The Economics of Biophilia: Workplace
Part 2: The Economics of Biophilia: Schools
Part 3: The Economics of Biophilia: Healthcare
Part 4: The Economics of Biophilia: Retail
Part 5: The Economics of Biophilia: Communities

 

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Humber College transform’s its Centre for Entrepreneurship into energy-efficient, bird-friendly building

Functionality of the glass configuration was a key consideration, said Adrienne Tam, associate, Moriyama & Teshima. “We were on a quest for a bird-friendly glass treatment that would allow the low-e coating to be applied to Surface #2.” The acid-etched pattern “was integral to the glass, and unlike other products, not a separate material bound to the glass that is then exposed to the environment,” she added.

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ICC Evaluation Service and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council sign a historic agreement

Today the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council (ITC-CNR) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding at the University of Miami’s Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. This agreement will help streamline evaluation processes for manufacturers in the U.S. and Italy, save time and money, reduce barriers to trade, and improve market access for safe and compliant building materials.

ICC Evaluation Service and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council sign a historic agreement

Today the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the Construction Technologies Institute of the Italian National Research Council (ITC-CNR) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding at the University of Miami’s Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. This agreement will help streamline evaluation processes for manufacturers in the U.S. and Italy, save time and money, reduce barriers to trade, and improve market access for safe and compliant building materials.

Zaria Forman, Renowned Climate Change Artist, to Deliver Keynote at U.S. Green Building Council’s IMPACT Conference and Green Schools Conference & Expo

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Zaria Forman will deliver the opening plenary for its annual IMPACT green building conference. IMPACT is the Midwest’s green building event of the year and will be co-located with USGBC’s Green Schools Conference & Expo 2019 (GSCE). IMPACT + GSCE will be held in St. Paul, Minn., from April 8-9, 2019.

Designing healthcare spaces for kids: Infusing a sense of exploration and curiosity

What’s it like to design a healthcare space for children? Is it possible to infuse that space with imagination and whimsy, while simultaneously following the practical rules of a healthcare setting, such as infection control, times of operation, and safety? Two of members of the PlayPark design team—Laurena Clark and Olivera Sipka—sat down to discuss their approach and provide advice for others designing similar spaces.

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Sherwin-Williams reveals 2019 market-specific color trend collections

Influenced by everything from the latest fashion trends to the surrounding environment, color trends are always changing. Inspired by these trends and the 2019 Colormix® Color Forecast, Sherwin-Williams has created 23 new palettes to help professionals transform their clients’ spaces with the power of color. These palettes were created for the Healthcare,  Commercial, Education, Multifamily,  Hospitality, New Residential and Home Owners Association markets.

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Humber College transform’s its Centre for Entrepreneurship into energy-efficient, bird-friendly building

Functionality of the glass configuration was a key consideration, said Adrienne Tam, associate, Moriyama & Teshima. “We were on a quest for a bird-friendly glass treatment that would allow the low-e coating to be applied to Surface #2.” The acid-etched pattern “was integral to the glass, and unlike other products, not a separate material bound to the glass that is then exposed to the environment,” she added.

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Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates-designed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery in London receives AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award

Architects Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA—VSBA founding principals—sought to relate the new wing to the National Gallery while maintaining the wing’s own identity as a work of modern architecture. A play on Italian Mannerism, the Sainsbury Wing demonstrates the architects’ sophisticated but ironic acknowledgement of modern conditions while thoroughly exploring classical architecture’s conventions.

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The Economics of Biophilia: Communities

Integration of green space into urban design cultivates a society that is more aware and invested in a long-term shift toward generations that are healthier, more productive, and more connected to nature. Recognizing the premiums that green properties generate could change building codes and best practices in construction in the long run, resulting in urban areas that move towards reconnecting with the native landscape.

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New publication addresses the urgent need for community resilience in the face of repeated major disasters

The International Code Council and the Alliance for National and Community Resiliency (ANCR) released a new publication on resilience, Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes. Intended for use by policymakers and government administrators, this unique publication is an approachable compendium of information, graphics, photos and statistics related to community resilience and the building codes.

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ASLA Statement on the Fourth National Climate Assessment

The climate assessment report is a clarion call to action, challenging those who plan and design within built and natural environments to “mainstream adaptation and mitigation into land-use, hazard mitigation, development, and capital investment planning.” We couldn’t agree more. Landscape architects are ready and eager to contribute their wide-ranging skills and problem-solving talents to meet the many challenges brought on by climate change while improving the quality of life in communities everywhere.

Eye on Pittsburgh - PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment

Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University Establishes a New Staging Ground for Cultural Development

A 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Playhouse features a total of 91 rooms including a magnificent lobby with a three story wide-open space with a grand staircase and tucked-in spaces for students to gather;  550-seat PNC Theatre whose backstage is visible from the street, offering a glimpse into performing arts classes; main floor which includes a paint shop, 2,738-square-foot sound stage three stories high, 15-foot-high catwalk and 24-foot-high ceilings to provide professional-level learning opportunities to students in multiple disciplines, including cinematography, audio work, lighting work and aesthetics.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • January 16

    Facades+ Atlanta

    Facades+ NY

    The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Atlanta. These well-rounded, expert dialogues will inform and inspire. The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all ...

  • January 23 - January 25

    The International Surface Event (TISE) 2019

    The International Surface Event (TISE)

    Comprised of three world-class tradeshows: SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomac, and TileExpo events, The International Surface Event (TISE) is the largest North American floor covering, stone, and tile industry event and is THE premier, global reaching industry marketplace for buyers, specifiers, and influe...

  • February 11 - February 14

    SSPC 2019 COATINGS+

    SSPC is one of the only industry providers focused on technical education for coatings industry professionals. Our annual conference and training programs provide topics that include surface preparation, coatings and application, project management, research, testing and technology.

  • February 11 - February 13

    2019 International Roofing Expo®

    The 2018 IRE spanned 137,480 net sq. ft., the largest in the show’s history, and attracted 10,076 roofing professionals from 62 countries. 467 companies exhibited at the event. IRE attendees represent both residential and commercial contractors, subcontractors, remodelers, distributors, estimators...

  • February 25 - February 28

    2019 AAMA 82nd Annual Conference

    The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced future 2019 and 2020 conference dates and locations, currently available on the AAMA Events web page. Early bird registration is now open for February’s AAMA 2019 Annual Conference in Indian Wells (Palm Springs), CA, but AAMA ev...

  • March 19 - March 21

    International Mass Timber Conference 2019

    The Mass Timber Conference attracts professionals from across the forest, manufacturing, design, development, and construction industries. The International Mass Timber Conference is the largest gathering of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber experts in the world, with a special focus on m...

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Fired-clay brick exteriors and pavers allow virtually unlimited design freedom with earth-friendly sustainability. Brick’s tested superior durability, moisture resistance, seismic strength and performance in extreme weather offers a minimum one-hour fire rating by itself. Made from abundant natural clay and shale, fired-clay brick is available in many colors that do not fade, does not off-gas volatile organize compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials with a 100-year lifespan.

Fired-clay brick exteriors and pavers allow virtually unlimited design freedom with earth-friendly sustainability. Brick’s tested superior durability, moisture resistance, seismic strength and performance in extreme weather offers a minimum one-hour fire rating by itself. Made from abundant natural clay and shale, fired-clay brick is available in many colors that do not fade, does not off-gas volatile organize compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials with a 100-year lifespan.

Upcoming Events

  1. Facades+ Atlanta

    January 16
  2. World of Concrete 2018

    World of Concrete 2019

    January 21 - January 25
  3. The International Surface Event (TISE) 2019

    January 23 - January 25
  4. SSPC 2019 COATINGS+

    February 11 - February 14
  5. 2019 International Roofing Expo®

    February 11 - February 13

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