PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment
Conventional building materials like concrete, masonry and steel have long been the go-to materials for residential, commercial and institutional construction projects. But, there’s another option that should be considered. One that offers a more sustainable, highly durable alternative: timber.
Timber construction offers several advantages to the building industry, including:
- Sustainability – timber is a renewable and naturally regenerating resource
- Structural Versatility – timber offers strength and durability
- Visual Appeal – timber delivers an aesthetically pleasing, natural beauty
This unique combination of advantages makes timber construction a popular alternative for use in a range of residential to commercial and institutional building applications, including the construction of homes, offices, schools, churches, sports complexes, towers, bridges and more.
Two commonly found types of prefabricated, engineered wood products are glued laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.
Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population, according to a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). Respiratory (lung, mesothelioma), GI (oral cavity, esophageal, large intestine), and kidney cancers account for much of the higher risk.
According to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, some fire departments are addressing higher than average occupational cancer rates. For example, 32 percent of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s (MDFR) active members were diagnosed with cancer or receiving treatment between 2008 and 2010.
In 2016, cancer caused 70% of career firefighter line-of-duty deaths, according International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). While firefighters used to be diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, they are now at a 129% increased risk of dying from cancers like mesothelioma than the public.
The higher incidence of cancer among firefighters is due in part to the contents commonly found in our homes and businesses. More specifically, the raw materials used to manufacture furnishings, flooring, wall coverings, and even packaging for the food in our cupboards, are made of synthetic chemicals and plastics, which, when burned, emit fine particulates that become airborne. Read more
THE ECONOMICS OF BIOPHILIA
The Economics of Biophilia: Introduction
Humans have traditionally improved the places in which we live and work to increase our comfort and productivity. These improvements have often been based on technological advancements that enhanced the health and welfare of building occupants, but have paid little attention to our more subtle physiological needs. Recent advancement in our understanding of natural systems, coupled with a growing awareness of the subtle neurological and physiological functions associated with contact with nature, have increased our ability to identify appropriate strategies for increasing economic gains, improving productivity, and strengthening the social fabric of communities. Read more
The Economics of Biophilia: Workplace
In the last twenty years, studies examining the human attraction to nature have yielded convincing evidence that link interactions with nature with positive gains in productivity, increased healing rates, and even enhanced learning comprehension. These investments in health and productivity may affect more sectors than initially anticipated. The monetary gains from providing people access to biophilic design range from increased retail sales and improved cognitive development in students, to savings associated with safer urban communities. Read more
by PRISM | May 22, 2018
Designed by Minneapolis-based Studio BV, the new office pays homage to Field Nation’s work in tech with bold colors, modern furnishings and design elements that incorporate key tenets of the company’s mission and brand. As Field Nation’s product platform connects people to opportunities and empowers success, the space encourages collaboration and creativity with an open-floor plan and numerous conference and meeting rooms. The designated work areas throughout the office are also open, with executives positioned amongst the teams they oversee.Read More
by PRISM | May 17, 2018
Sherwin-Williams is embracing the transformative power of paint and color by refreshing more than 200 community spaces across North America this month alone. It’s all part of Sherwin-Williams seventh annual National Painting Week, May 25-June 4. The company is donating paint and supplies, and thousands of local employees are volunteering their time and expertise to transform community centers, schools, historic landmarks and more.Read More
by PRISM | May 14, 2018
Seaside fuses rustic with contemporary by adding texture and character to traditional shiplap, delivering coastal comfort to interior design. A 100% wood product, Seaside is produced from Ponderosa Pine and recommended for interior wall and ceiling applications. Seaside will leverage interior design trends through its proprietary multilayer finishing process, delivering an unparalleled and sophisticated addition to any environment.Read More
May 25, 2018
The clubhouse designed by J. Banks Design, is anchored by a sculptural tabby fireplace layered with driftwood and made out of a mixture of sand, lime, water and oyster shells. Tabby, a building material in the South Carolina low country for generations, respects the history of Kiawah Island while synchronizing land and sea. The clubhouse incorporates warmth from the oak floors while also bringing in a world of blues and a sophisticated nautical vibe.Read More
May 24, 2018
The Rec Center is a high-performance facility. Generously sized windows, open floorplans and volume spaces allow for energy-saving “daylighting” throughout much of the complex. The three pavilions’ roofs are sloped for optimal efficiency and shade. All the roofs are photovoltaic-ready. And with three separate pavilions, individual spaces can be shut down into “sleep mode” when not in use.Read More
Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Start of Construction on $1 Billion Alameda Mixed-Use Waterfront Development on Former Naval Air Station
May 24, 2018
The City of Alameda and its private partner, Alameda Point Partners, LLC, today celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of the $1 billion mixed-use, transit-oriented waterfront development at the gateway to Alameda Point, called Site A. The 68-acre Site A development is located on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which closed over 20 years ago. Alameda Point Partners (APP) is a joint venture led by Managing Partner Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), a division of Dallas-based Crow Holdings, and also includes commercial developer srmERNST Development Partners, affordable non-profit housing developer Eden Housing, retail landlord Madison Marquette, and financial partner Cypress Equity Investments.Read More
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