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Category: Resilient Design

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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Leers Weinzapfel Associates completes sustainable Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences

Intended to be a visible demonstration of sustainable design, the Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences incorporates enhanced metering for the Institute’s use and student demonstration. The project exceeds the City of Boston’s requirements of sustainability with a highly-efficient thermal envelope, including sun shading on the east, south and west facades, as well as mechanical equipment designed for maximum efficiency including low-flow fume hoods. As the campus is vulnerable to flooding, resilience measures included raising the ground floor two feet above current grade and minimizing systems equipment in the basement. The building is designed to be LEED Silver Certifiable under LEED v.4.

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New National Institute of Building Sciences study finds that modern, regularly updated building codes mitigate costly damage

“Disasters are only expected to increase in frequency and severity, so as an industry we need to work collaboratively on how to adapt the built environment to face even greater challenges,” said the Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.  “The findings of this report offer encouragement that our work, slow and steady as it may be, is well worth the effort. The Code Council has a long and close partnership with NIBS, and we look forward to continued engagement with the Institute on these important issues.”

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Climate change: How our industry can make change

The industry’s role in creating buildings designed not only to withstand the elements, but also to be manufactured sustainably and perform with higher efficiency long into the future is critical. What can we as an industry be doing better to manufacture products and create efficient buildings that will help shape the future in a more sustainable way?

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New publication addresses the urgent need for community resilience in the face of repeated major disasters

The International Code Council and the Alliance for National and Community Resiliency (ANCR) released a new publication on resilience, Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes. Intended for use by policymakers and government administrators, this unique publication is an approachable compendium of information, graphics, photos and statistics related to community resilience and the building codes.

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No More Wasted Space: How Universities Can Prevent Obsolete Buildings in the Future

The perpetual evolution of educational, technological and cultural standards has radically altered campus landscapes. Because of these rapid changes, campuses are grappling with aging, outdated buildings that no longer meet student and faculty needs or expectations. As design styles advance and campus facilities are built or reconstructed, designers must consider how to prevent structures from becoming low-functioning or obsolete in the future.

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DXA studio’s 100 Barclay wins best Restoration and Preservation in the 2018 Architect’s Newspaper Awards

“We are drawn to the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings,” said DXA Studio Partner, Wayne Norbeck. “Respecting the building’s history, while adding modern elements and creating spaces for both commercial and residential tenants has been an exciting challenge for us and it’s an honor to receive recognition for those achievements.”

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PS Flood Barriers™ introduces new HydroDefense™ Flood Plank Wall System

PS Flood Barriers™ recently added a new HydroDefense™ Flood Plank Wall System (FP-535) to its line of flood protection barriers. Specifically engineered to protect extra-large openings such as loading docks, storefronts, retaining walls and full-building perimeters, this watertight flood wall system is custom-built using PS Flood Barriers’ proprietary flood planks, also known as stop logs, to address distinct flood vulnerabilities.

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Independent Evaluation Finds 100 Resilient Cities Moving Transformation in Cities Across the Globe

The Urban Institute, with financial support from The Rockefeller Foundation, today released an independent report of midterm findings showing that 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) , in the five years since its creation, is making important progress in helping urban areas around the world institutionalize and build resilience to a wide range of shocks and stresses.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

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. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. 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. The system’s continuous runs accommodate panels up to 54 feet long, and provide daylighting, UV screening and impact resistance without leak prone intermediate horizontal mullions. Optional coatings for the glazing panels enhance solar heat gain management and diffuse lighting without glare. Its durable framing system uses recycled aluminum as standard and, after its useful life as part of a canopy, the metal is 100 percent recyclable. Photo by Cory Klein

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus.

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