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Landscape architects LEEDⓇ by example

The ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. was officially awarded LEED PlatinumⓇ certification. Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council presented the certification to ASLA President Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA and ASLA CEO and Executive Vice President Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, during a reception for the ASLA Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council.

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ASID announces 2019 College of Fellows inductees

ASID’s 2019 College of Fellows inductees are: Brynell D’Mello (executive director: Interior Design Continuing Education Council, Inc.), Curt Sherman (Interior Design educator, Author: CSID), Janine Benyus (biologist, co-founder: Biomimicry 3.8), Jessica Feggestad, M.S.Ed., ASID, IDEC (instructor and program director: Madison Area Technical College), John Cialone, ASID (partner and vice president: Tom Stringer Design Partners), Jon Blunt, ASID (Interior Designer: Luken Interiors), Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, NCIDQ, NYSCID (owner: Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC), Susan Ray-Degges, Ph.D., CID-MN (professor and Interior Program coordinator: North Dakota State University), Robert W. Smith, ASID (owner: Robert W. Smith Interiors), Sarah Colandro, ASID, LEED AP ID+C (director of Interior Design: Fawley Bryant Architecture), Suzanne Carney, ASID, LEED AP, CAPS (owner: Suzanne Carney Interior Design).

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2019 ASID National Awards honors designers making an impact within industry

The American Society of Interior Designers ​(ASID) National Awards recognize design professionals who have shown immense dedication and commitment to enhancing the industry and have created a significant, impactful body of work throughout the course of their careers. The winners of the 2019 ASID National Awards are: ​Primo Orpilla​, co-founder of Studio O+A (Designer of Distinction); ​Healthy Building Network (Design for Humanity), Rosalyn​ Cama,​ FASID, EDAC, president of Cama, Inc. (Design Innovation), and Stephanie​ Clemons,​ Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, professor and coordinator of the Interior Architecture + Design Program at Colorado State University (​Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit).

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Conference to highlight the future of architecture

Everyone’s getting ready for North America’s largest “can’t miss” annual gathering of architects and design professionals — The AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 (A’19). A’19 is designed around the theme “Blueprint for a Better Future,” recognizing the critical challenges facing the world’s communities today, and bringing awareness to the future of architecture and the profession. Programming will address topics including, sustainability; equity, diversity and inclusion; affordable housing; biophilic design; building energy performance; and revitalization.

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AIA awards four projects with research grants

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced recipients of its Upjohn Research Initiative grants. Four projects will each receive up to $30,000 in grants for research that will advance the future of architectural design and practice. The AIA Upjohn Research Initiative supports applied research projects that enhance the value of design and professional practice knowledge.

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ACI Foundation funds research projects

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) has selected six research projects to receive grants this year. These projects include Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool, An Innovative Approach to Concrete Confinement Reinforcement, Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA) for Concrete Applications, and more.

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The Portland Cement Association releases new report on the value of resilient design and construction

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America’s cement manufacturers, released a new report focused on resiliency titled The Real Value of Resilient Construction. The report demonstrates through historical data, evidence from external sources, and comparisons of building materials that resilient design and construction built with concrete leads to longer lasting buildings due to concrete’s ability to stand up to normal wear and tear and resistance to extreme weather events.  

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HPD Open Standard Version 2.2 released

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative has released HPD Open Standard Version 2.2, the latest update to its industry-leading open standard for transparency and reporting for building product contents and associated health information.  This update introduces a major new feature – the Supplier HPD, a specification and methodology for enabling standard-based ingredient reporting and transparency throughout the building product supply chain. Using the HPD Open Standard, manufacturers are able to provide accurate, reliable and consistent information to decision makers – architects, designers, building owners – to enable the selection of products featuring transparency and healthier building materials.

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Dodge Momentum Index dips in April

The overall Dodge Momentum Index is down 8.5% since April 2018, with the commercial component 4.7% lower and the institutional component 13.9% lower. However, over the past several months the Momentum Index has moved in a crablike fashion with neither strong gains or losses. This suggests that there continues to be a reasonably healthy number of projects in the planning pipeline to support a moderate level of construction activity in the coming months.

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The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

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