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Natural Stone Council (NSC) updates sustainability standard to align with evolving green building programs

“The heart of ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone is continuous improvement,” says Kathy Spanier, Marketing Director of Coldspring and Chair of the Natural Stone Council (NSC)’s Sustainability Committee. “With the standard being in the market for about five years, we took feedback from certified companies as well as input from key green building programs to make necessary updates and ensure relevance.”

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A healthy future for mass timber in medical facilities

Contributing author Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering at Stantec, takes a comprehensive look at the use of mass timber as a design element and as an advanced building material in the construction of medical facilities. Flynn shares his expertise citing research on positive health outcomes; the types and key elements of mass timber; benefits including infection control and ease of mass timber construction; safety concerns; and future changes in the International Building Code which will introduce three new construction types enabling the consideration of mass timber for larger facilities.

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Doors & Codes 101: Specifying the Right Rolling Door or Grille for the Right Project

Specifications are an essential part of the design process, but not the most glamorous. It was said by Charles Eames that “the details are not the details, they make the design.” If the specification is unclear or lacking detail, it will often result in the wrong product being installed. In the case of high-performance rolling doors and grilles, this can cost a company both time and money. When specifying rolling doors and grilles, there is additional pressure to select products that balance form and function while meeting a litany of stringent building codes. From saving lives during a tornado to halting the spread of smoke during a fire to meeting ADA requirements for parking facilities, the right closure solution plays a critical role in the success, and legality, of a building’s design and usage.

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Interior designers grow company talent with living green wall branding and biophilia

When designing a space to advance the objectives of a corporate client, living green walls are a sustainable option with the flexibility to meet the specific demands of any indoor space or corporate imagination. Perhaps the most telling endorsement of the living green wall as a Millennial magnet comes from technology corporations, including digital first companies like Etsy, Mashable, and AWeber. Microsoft, Google, Twitter and others have a Versa Wall® by GSky®.

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Natural Stone Council (NSC) updates sustainability standard to align with evolving green building programs

“The heart of ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone is continuous improvement,” says Kathy Spanier, Marketing Director of Coldspring and Chair of the Natural Stone Council (NSC)’s Sustainability Committee. “With the standard being in the market for about five years, we took feedback from certified companies as well as input from key green building programs to make necessary updates and ensure relevance.”

Washington Monument welcomes back visitors through new Beyer Blinder Belle-designed facility

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners' contemporary design of the Washington Monument simultaneously meets long-term security, preservation, and operational requirements. It utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system to minimize the visual presence of equipment. As a result, the glazed and transparent envelope affords views of the 555-foot-tall obelisk.

FXCollaborative designs new, expanded facility for non-profit Covenant House

“Covenant House New York’s new purpose-built facility supports their mission of providing homeless youth with shelter and access to support services, giving the residents opportunities to work toward stable, re-engaged lives,” said Heidi Blau, FXCollaborative’s Partner-in-Charge of the project.

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ICC-ES receives accreditation to conduct formaldehyde emission listing

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) has received accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to provide third-party certification services to manufacturers of composite wood products.

Studios435 named a finalist for “People’s Choice Orchid Award”

Studios435, San Diego’s first micro-apartment community, has been named a finalist for the People’s Choice Orchid Award in the Orchids & Onions program.  Sponsored by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, Orchids & Onions recognizes environments that make our city better (or worse).  A final vote from the community will determine the People’s Choice Orchid winner, to be honored at this year’s ceremony on October 3 at the US Grant Hotel.

TPG Architecture designs Booking.com’s new office in downtown Manhattan

TPG Architecture was tapped to create a design concept that embodies the Booking.com mission to connect people and provide them with convenient ways to get around and the best things to do all over the world. TPG Architecture designed with the goal of creating an open environment that promotes mobility, and encourages employees to move freely through the space. The company drew inspiration for the design from the cultural vibrancy and local, gritty atmosphere of New York City.

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PPG survey reveals 97% of respondents find classroom color, design positively affect student engagement

Nearly 900 teachers, parents and educational administrators across the U.S. completed the online PPG survey, with 97% of participants saying colors and décor are meaningful to positively affecting student engagement. “Paint colors are a powerful tool for impacting the aesthetic of a space, but they also have the potential to impact the emotions or experience one has within the space,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, architectural coatings. “We found this to be particularly true in educational settings, where color can stimulate learning, promote imagination and encourage creative thinking.”

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Transformation of Portland Playhouse

Portland Playhouse involved the transformation of a late 19th-century church into a home for a non-profit theater company in Portland, Oregon. SERA partnered with the Playhouse on a multi-phased project that identified programmatic requirements, functional needs, aesthetic preferences, and growth strategies for the organization. The results of that planning included a substantial renovation of the former church building, the addition of a 1,500-square-foot dedicated rehearsal and community space, and concept design for an outdoor component to be added at a later date.

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Seattle Landmark Fire Station 5 receives seismic upgrade

Renovated Fire Station 5 designed by Bassetti Architects has been designated a Seattle Landmark. Originally built in 1963, the fire station was in need of significant up-grades to meet many current seismic, safety, and accessibility codes as well as provide improvements to crew, administrative, and support facilities. Bassetti provided comprehensive renovation to the building and pier structure, including seismic reinforcement, building systems renovation, and sustainability improvements.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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