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How do wetlands protect land and water?

Swamps and other wetlands get a bad rap. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) September 15 Soils Matter blog explains why these natural features are important–and worth saving. “Wetlands provide flood control, improve water quality, and are a vital habitat for wildlife,” says blogger Rachel K. Owen, a University of Missouri soil science doctoral candidate.

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AAMA and IGMA release resource for understanding glass standards

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) jointly released a series of web pages providing a general overview of the standards, specifications and test methods used in the window, door and skylight industry related to glass and glazing systems.

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New Transportation Guide Launched by ASLA

Transportation infrastructure is a significant component of the public realm, but we can do better than build yet another car-centric landscape, according to a new guide on transportation launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The ASLA guide provides in-depth solutions and case studies to help communities create transportation systems that foster safe, equitable and resilient ways of getting around.

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ASID Announces Premier Partnership with Sherwin-Williams

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce and welcome Sherwin-Williams back as an ASID Premier Partner. The Society is thrilled to have the support of Sherwin-Williams as it showcases the impact of design on the human experience and celebrates the value interior designers provide.

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Leading sustainability firm Verdani Partners Pursues Groundbreaking Fitwel Certifications with Clarion Partners

Leveraging Fitwel’s global certification system focused on promoting human health through evidence-based design strategies, Clarion will implement Fitwel’s health and well-being roadmap in five new residential properties in the fall of 2018. This will be the largest portfolio with submissions for multifamily residential properties to date for Fitwel. Verdani secured its first Fitwel certification through another long-time client, CommonWealth Partners, at 560 Mission in San Francisco, CA earlier this year.

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Steven Saffell joins AAMA staff as technical director

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces the hiring of Steven Saffell as technical director effective Aug. 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing, and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.

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Projections reveal nonresidential construction spending to grow

Spending on nonresidential buildings nationally increased only modestly last year, barely outpacing inflation in building costs. Halfway through the seventh year of continuous growth for the cyclical construction industry, 2018 might have looked to be the year that the industry would enter another recession. However, when polled at the beginning of this year, the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel—consisting of leading economic forecasters— instead saw an acceleration in activity, projecting 4.0 percent growth in 2018 and a nearly equal 3.9 percent in 2019.

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The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

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