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AIA releases latest 2030 Commitment results

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today that architects and engineers participating in the AIA’s 2030 Commitment are reporting the greatest reduction in predicted energy use (pEUI) in the program’s 10-year history. The report—2030 by the Numbers: The 2019 Summary of the AIA 2030 Commitment—amalgamates predicted energy use data in buildings from 311 companies participating in the 2030 Commitment and analyzes design phase data from more than 20,300 projects.

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International WELL Building Institute formally launches WELL v2

Following two years of extensive development, in-use application and review, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) last week formally launched the latest version of the WELL Building Standard – WELL v2. WELL v2 is a vehicle for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that contribute to improved human health and well-being. It includes a set of strategies that aim to enhance human health through design interventions, operational protocols and policies and a commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being.

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Construction starts post solid gain in August

Total construction starts rose 19% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $793.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Gains were seen in all three major building sectors: nonresidential building starts rose 16% and residential building climbed 12%, while nonbuilding construction jumped 40% over the month. While large projects certainly influenced the August gains, removing those projects would still have resulted in a gain for the month.

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AIA to launch new program to advance leadership pathways for Ethnically Diverse Women

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is launching a new program to promote ethnically diverse women into leadership positions within the AIA. Next2Lead was initiated by AIA Resolution 18-3 which was intended to ensure that the AIA is developing education, systems and processes that are inclusive for the short and long term. Within the AIA, ethnically diverse women make up only five percent of the total membership and 0.4 percent of the entire profession in the U.S.

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Dodge Momentum Index inches up in August

Dodge Data & Analytics reports that the Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.8% in August. The commercial component rose 3.3%, while the institutional component moved 1.2% lower. The August increase in the overall Momentum Index is the second consecutive rise and a further sign that the construction sector continues to post a modest recovery following the large declines in April and June. This recovery, though, is uneven.

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Design Museum’s new virtual exhibit emphasizes the need for racial and gender diversity in design

Bringing the transformative power of design to the forefront, Design Museum Everywhere goes virtual with its groundbreaking exhibition, We Design: People. Practice. Progress.  Highlighting the lack of racial and gender diversity in the design field first and foremost, We Design demands change in the industry and encourages the next generation of designers to make an impact through design. We Design begins with the words of Marian Wright Edleman, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”

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FGIA updates Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a document intended to help one understand the value and effective application of plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing in a building design as well as the features and benefits of different plastic glazing materials. This is the second update to AAMA PSSG-20, “Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing,” originally published in 2016.

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FGIA updates Fenestration Sealants Guide

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a technical document intended to aid in the selection, use and application of sealants commonly used in fenestration systems. AAMA 851, “Fenestration Sealants Guide for Windows, Window Walls and Curtain Walls,” an FGIA standard, is the first update to this document, originally published in 2009.

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July architectural billings remained stalled

Architectural billings failed to show any progress during July, and business conditions continued to be soft at firms, according to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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