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The WELL Conference to make its debut in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2020

The WELL Conference is the first major gathering to focus solely on the health and well-being of people and how better buildings, communities, organizations, products and technologies help all of us connect and thrive.  Designed to offer a richly immersive experience for attendees across multiple sectors, the goal is to present a conference experience that is health-centric and mentally stimulating, setting the platform for a strong sense of community for all attendees. 

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Danni Washington, TV Host and Ocean Explorer, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Green Schools Conference & Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that TV personality and science communicator Danni Washington will keynote the annual Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE), taking place March 2-4, 2020, at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Ore. GSCE is the only national event to bring together people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. GSCE will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. Registration is currently open.

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Nov. 12 AAMA webinar to provide update from Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar on Nov. 12 offering an update on the Texas Department of Insurance’s (TDI) Windstorm Program requirements for fenestration products. Dr. Paul Bove will provide an overview of the windstorm program, as well as relevant building code requirements, requirements for fenestration products, relevant products’ submittal requirements, the product evaluation process and common issues associated with submittals and evaluation.

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U.S. House of Representatives passes bill requiring disaster recovery funds adhere to latest codes

The International Code Council announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act (H.R. 3702), requiring that new construction and rehabilitation funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery program (CDBG-DR) adhere to the latest building codes.

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Architects Foundation now accepting applications for scholarship programs

The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), is now accepting applications for five scholarships supporting students pursuing architecture degrees. The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship is a $10,000 award toward tuition and fees supporting a woman studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. The awardee will also receive a senior mentor from Payette for the scholarship year.

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October construction starts fall 11 percent

Dodge Data & Analytics announced today that new construction starts declined 11% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $696.3 billion. This is the third consecutive monthly drop in construction starts activity. “Concern over the health of the U.S. economy continues to play a key role in the pullback in starts over the past few months,” stated Richard Branch, Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “However, solid real estate fundamentals (such as vacancy rates) in addition to stable public funding will continue to support a modest level of construction activity across both public and private projects.”

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ASID announces opening of awards programs for 2020

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has opened four of its leading awards programs for submissions. Encompassing projects and people, these honors highlight the value of interior design and shine a spotlight on those promoting the impact of design in their practice and work. The awards launched include: ASID National Awards, ASID Fellowship, ASID Ones to Watch, and the ASID Outcome of Design Awards.

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The WELL Conference to make its debut in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2020

The WELL Conference is the first major gathering to focus solely on the health and well-being of people and how better buildings, communities, organizations, products and technologies help all of us connect and thrive.  Designed to offer a richly immersive experience for attendees across multiple sectors, the goal is to present a conference experience that is health-centric and mentally stimulating, setting the platform for a strong sense of community for all attendees. 

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Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in October

Dodge Momentum Index October’s increase was due entirely to a recovery in institutional planning projects, which had stepped back over the previous few months. Institutional planning moved 22.8% higher in the month while commercial planning lost 0.5%. 

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Danni Washington, TV Host and Ocean Explorer, Announced as Keynote Speaker for Green Schools Conference & Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that TV personality and science communicator Danni Washington will keynote the annual Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE), taking place March 2-4, 2020, at the Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Ore. GSCE is the only national event to bring together people who lead, operate, build and teach in U.S. schools. GSCE will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. Registration is currently open.

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