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PCA earns 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America’s cement manufacturers, is proud to announce that it has received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding collaboration with the ENERGY STAR program and promotion of ENERGY STAR tools.

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2019 Brick in Architecture Awards honor dynamic design

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) announces recipients of the 2019 Brick in Architecture Awards, celebrating 30 years as the nation’s premier design competition featuring clay brick. “These architects maximize brick’s virtually unlimited aesthetic freedom and its integral role in sustainable design,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s President, CEO and CFO.  

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AIA praises Congress for advancing desperately needed COVID-19 relief

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) praises approval of the third economic relief package passed by the Senate last night, which will provide significant financial support to businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill on Friday and President Trump has already said he will sign the legislation.

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April 14 FGIA webinar to clarify new California data law

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar explaining a new California data privacy law that could impact businesses’ interactions with customers and prospects. At 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Tues., April 14, participate in “Understanding How California’s New Law and Other Data Privacy Regulations May Impact Your Business.” This session will be led by Kathy Krafka Harkema, FGIA U.S. Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager.

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International Code Council welcomes new regional director to lead Dubai office

The International Code Council welcomes Mohamed Ahmed Amer who joins the association as the Regional Director of Operations in the Middle East. “Construction and the use of innovative building materials and practices is a huge area of opportunity in the region and having effective building codes and standards is critical in ensuring safe and resilient growth,” said Amer. “Having witnessed first-hand the impact and importance of the Code Council’s work, I’m excited to be joining the team, especially as the organization expands its on-the-ground operations overseas.”

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IWBI assembles Task Force on role buildings can play in reducing health burden of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced yesterday that it is setting up a Task Force on reducing the enormous health burden from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Its goal is to define the critical role buildings, organizations and communities play in prevention and preparedness, resilience and recovery. The Task Force’s work will take a broad approach, considering both new and recurring infectious agents that can affect large populations.

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Construction workers speak out: Fear of being left behind by Congress as COVID-19 grinds industry to a halt

“Millions of construction workers and their families are getting totally wiped out, and Congress is doing very little about it,” fumed Ken Rigmaiden, General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), which represents more than a hundred thousand building trade workers. “If construction workers don’t work, they don’t get paid. They can’t work remotely. They don’t receive furloughs, or paid leave. But not one Congressional COVID-19 bill grants real relief to this vulnerable workforce.”

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Design services saw increase in February however economic footings are rapidly shifting

“Business conditions at architecture firms have been surprisingly positive so far this year. However, firms were just beginning to feel the impact of the dramatic slowdown caused by COVID-19 as this survey was being conducted in early March.” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The rapid pull-back in activity throughout the economy will obviously be felt in the design and construction sector, and architecture firms will be one of the first to see how these events play out.”

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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

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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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.