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Category: Specification software

New CSI and Collectus integration means advanced Revit standards in the Collectus platform, galvanized by CSI’s Crosswalk

CDV Systems (CDV) and The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) have announced a product integration connecting CSI’s widely-adopted construction industry organizing principles with cloud-based BIM libraries. CDV Systems and 26 Degrees Software created Collectus®, a remote BIM management product providing architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) firms and institutions a complete and fully functioning Autodesk® Revit® standards library accessible in the cloud.

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INSTALL launches specification resource for floorcovering installations

INSTALL, training and certification for the floorcovering industry and an association of flooring professionals, announces a new resource for specifiers. Designed to provide downloadable specifications for a wide range of applications, INSTALL is now offering a one-stop shop that allows users to insert trustworthy flooring specs into overall building specifications.

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Considering building performance during conceptual design

“Specifying the right materials can be challenging but it is crucial for several reasons. Building materials have a great impact on both capital and operational costs, as well as overall energy and thermal performance. Early-stage analysis tools greatly support the specification process by allowing architects to test and compare material variables for different building elements with incredible speed. By providing insights into the impact of material properties such as glass U-values, roof R-values, insulation and construction type, early-stage analysis tools empower designers to specify the right materials,” states Sumele Aruofor, RIBA Associate, Strategic Manager of Architecture & Sustainability at Trimble, SketchUp, in her article “Considering building performance during conceptual design.”

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BSD growth prompts relocation to Alpharetta’s Tech Hub

Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD), a leading provider of master guide specification content and software for the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner sectors, announced today the relocation of company headquarters to Alpharetta, Georgia. BSD moved its offices from Atlanta’s Piedmont Center to North Point Parkway in Alpharetta on Monday, March 16.

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UL and AVAIL partner to improve delivery of sustainability information to the AEC industry

UL, the developer of SPOT®, today announced a partnership with AVAIL, an enterprise content management solution for design teams. AVAIL improves productivity of industry professionals by providing access to the vast amounts of digital content across an architecture engineering and construction (AEC) design firm’s network. This integrated approach for product sustainability data will enable users to access and manage product- and manufacturer- specific digital content, such as sustainability certifications, directly from UL’s SPOT integration with the AVAIL Marketplace.

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MiTek® launches the “Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame™ Design Manager,” the latest shear wall design software from Hardy Frame®

MiTek USA’s Hardy Frame® brand has just launched its Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame Design Manager, a web-based software program that is the latest in a long line of shear-wall system solutions from MiTek. The new “Design Manager” supports the Hardy Frame CFS Moment Frame, the industry’s first cold-formed steel moment frame. Access the “Design Manager” at this link.

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Sustainable Minds announces Transparency Catalog v2.0: Powerful MasterFormat® filtering and every Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) in North America

Sustainable Minds® (SM), recognized leaders in customer-centered product sustainability cloud solutions, today announced the availability of the Transparency Catalog v2.0, continuing the company’s commitment to deliver simple, easy to use and powerful tools. Flexible MasterFormat® number filtering, aligned with MasterSpec® sections, enables AECOs to find exactly the brands, products and transparency disclosures, in each division and section, to meet project and green building rating system requirements.

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

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.