Category: Industry News

“Get Back to Nature.”

The realization that humans have a physical and mental need to be exposed to nature is something that provides designers a reason to do what’s right for the people occupying their spaces.  This exposure to nature or things that remind us of nature provide ways for people to balance the needs that their bodies have to reduce non-productive stress, and really enjoy these spaces.

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UL and CLEB combine to provide best in class building science services

Today, UL announces the acquisition of CLEB, the leading Canadian Building Science and Building Envelope service provider. CLEB, a Montreal-based company, is a privately-owned business. CLEB provides a wide range of building science services, including building envelope testing services, building forensic services, and field testing and building system commissioning services for architects, building owners, manufacturers and others in the building construction markets across North America.

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In celebration of Earth Day 2017, new research shows that green buildings contribute to a more productive workforce

RBC and the NRC were able to determine the human resources benefits of building green by analyzing anonymous data on more than 40,000 RBC employees against information on more than 70 RBC office buildings. The results show that overall, green buildings have statistically higher employee job satisfaction, higher employee engagement and organizational commitment, and higher management-assessed performance.

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UL introduces SPOT™ online database – the largest credible product sustainability information tool

UL introduced SPOT™, a web-based product sustainability information tool that will facilitate the selection of credible green products and enable the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. Currently featuring more than 40,000 products, SPOT database will be a first of its kind tool for architects, designers and specifiers to identify products by sustainable attributes, MasterFormat product codes and building rating system credits such as LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard™. To enhance the mobile experience, UL’s SPOT app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Additionally, UL is...

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Energy efficient intelligent building technologies and services are foundational to the Building2Grid concept

A new white paper from Navigant Research analyzes survey results from 202 respondents on the proliferation of energy efficient and intelligent building technologies in the commercial segment, providing insight into the customer point of view. The proliferation of sensing, automation, and control devices, as well as software and services, underscores the transition in commercial building management toward more strategic decision-making around cost containment, energy efficiency, sustainability, and occupant satisfaction. These technologies are also driving the importance of Building2Grid, a concept offering the potential to unlock two-way power flows and bundle non-energy related services in commercial buildings. According to a...

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Prospect Silicon Valley looking for building tech Innovators

Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) is looking for innovative energy startups for two exciting new projects that will shape the way we use and operate buildings in the future. Promising submissions will receive visibility among world-class designers who are developing a suite of new technologies to achieve Zero Net Energy (ZNE) for the San Francisco-based retrofits, funded by two $3M grants from the California Energy Commission. Interested applicants may download the Request for Information at The MarketZero project will convert a Whole Foods Market to ZNE and showcase advanced strategies in energy efficiency. The project will include pre-commercial technologies and will serve as a case study for grocery stores throughout California. The ZNE benefits for the store range from lower operating costs to greater reliability and energy security. The Whole Foods Market that will receive the upgrade is located at 3950 24th street in San Francisco. Project partners include: Whole Foods Market, Arup, SF Environment and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The InnovateNetZero project will retrofit a historic building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, which houses ninety-one, low-income residents and is owned and operated by the Chinatown Community Development Center. The project will apply the same cost cutting strategies that high-end commercial buildings use, while at the same time passing those savings to the nonprofit that runs this housing facility. Project partners include Chinatown Community Development Center, RMW Architects, Integral Group, National Renewables and Energy Laboratory...

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Anti-corrosion coating market worth $30.04 billion by 2021

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Anti-Corrosion Coating Market – Global Forecast to 2021” report to their offering. The market size of anti-corrosion coating is expected to reach USD 30.04 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 5.1% between 2016 and 2021. The growth is primarily triggered by its huge demand from the Asia-Pacific region and the growing end-use industries such as marine, oil & gas, infrastructure, industrial, power generation, and automotive & transportation. Liberalization of foreign trade & investments and change in industrial policies has led to rapid industrialization in China for the past three...

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Canadians are demanding safer, healthier and more accessible construction

Canadians are demanding safer, healthier and more accessible construction where they live, work and play. To address these demands, approximately 600 changes were introduced in the National Model Construction Codes, now known as Codes Canada. The 2015 editions of the Codes respond to the changing needs of Canadians and to new technologies, materials, and research. All buildings in Canada will now be designed for earthquake forces regardless of the level of hazard New design requirements will improve accessibility of stairs and washrooms Increased run dimension of steps inside houses from the current minimum of 210 mm to a new...

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Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C. Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

Photo above: Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C. Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential.

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