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USGBC releases the top 10 states for LEED

As USGBC continues to advance green buildings, cities and communities through the adoption of LEED and the latest version of the rating system, LEED v4.1, the organization is also considering a future that is focused on a more regenerative approach. In November 2019 at the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, USGBC introduced LEED Positive – a roadmap that will lay the foundation for a future of LEED that transitions away from strategies that only reduce harm and instead focus on those that help repair and restore.

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Call for entries for ASLA 2020 Professional and Student Awards Program

ASLA Awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the profession of landscape architecture. They honor the best and most innovative landscape architecture projects from around the globe and give a glimpse into the future of the profession. This year, a new award category, Urban Design, will recognize projects that activate networks of spaces that mediate between social equity, economic viability, infrastructure, environmental stewardship, and place-making in the public and private realm.

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Local governments vote resoundingly for improved efficiency in national model energy code

Voting results on the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are in, and the approved proposals will bring an estimated 10% or more efficiency improvement for both residential and commercial buildings that follow the IECC. The IECC is a model energy code that sets minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings related to walls, floors, ceilings, lighting, windows, doors, duct leakage, air leakage, etc. It serves as the go-to basis for states and some cities that can control their building codes to develop local requirements.

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Architecture Billings Index ends year on positive note

Demand for design services in December increased for the third month in a row, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). “Despite the ongoing slowdown in billings in the Northeast, balanced growth across sectors and regions looks more positive for the coming year,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Factors outside of the construction sector, such as trade policy and international events, could still impact demand for design services, however recent fears about a downturn in construction activity have largely subsided.”

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ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council to host Technology Forum

The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC) will host its Technology Forum 47, in Charleston, S.C., February 11-13, 2020. The main Forum program will include a panel presentation moderated by Dr. Lawrence Sutter “What the New Durability Code Will Mean to You.” Subject matter experts on durability and global codes will share their knowledge and highlight the ACI durability code from the viewpoints of owner, designer, contractor and researcher.

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Brick Industry Association names new chairman

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has elected General Shale CEO Charles Smith as chairman effective January 1. Smith succeeds Brick Industry Association chairman Davis Henry, president, Henry Brick, Co, Selma, Alabama, who will remain as past chair. BIA’s membership also elected Joe Rice, CEO of Belden Tri-State Building Materials, New York, New York as vice chair; Jim Stradley, president of Cincinnati-based Division 4, Inc. as treasure; and Mark Ellenor, president of Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, PA as new secretary.

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INSTALL to present at World of Concrete 2020 and DOMOTEX USA 2020

INSTALL Executive Director John T. McGrath Jr. will present “Understanding & Choosing Reliable Concrete Polishing Training & Certification” at World of Concrete 2020. Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council Representative Daniel Hicks will discuss “Solutions to the Labor Crisis, Keys to Reliable Labor – Recruiting, Training and Retaining” at DOMOTEX USA 2020. Each presentation highlights major trends effecting the floorcovering installation industry. In addition, each will discuss key concepts influencing INSTALL’s growth and educational/training developments over the next several years.

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ACEC California announces 2020 Engineering Excellence Awards

“California’s private sector engineers deliver strategic investments that are crucial to the state’s health,” said Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California. “This year’s awards go to both public and private projects that embody accomplishment in net zero energy building, levee improvements, reducing roadway congestion, among many others. These firms’ partnerships with their private and public sector clients produce projects that help the people of California thrive.”

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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

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TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

TGI®-Spacer M is a warm edge plastic hybrid stainless steel spacer which improves thermal performance and condensation resistance of an insulating glass unit. It also provides structural performance and IG seal durability. It allows for more glazing without taking an energy, comfort or indoor air quality penalty. 6 color choices are available, and can be used in bent glass and radius shapes. It reduces the overall fenestration u-value, which increases the energy efficiency for the lifecycle of the building. It received the Cradle to Cradle Institute’s Platinum Level Material Health Certificate. Find out more about how to specify at www.spectheedge.com

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