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The ACI Concrete Convention moves forward as planned in Raleigh, N.C.

This year’s ACI Concrete Convention will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh Marriott, and Raleigh Sheraton, Raleigh, NC, USA, October 25-29, 2020, where attendees will collaborate on concrete codes, specifications, and practices. Technical and educational sessions will provide attendees with the latest research, case studies, best practices, and the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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International WELL Building Institute launches WELL Health-Safety Rating for all building and facility types

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) announced yesterday the launch of the WELL Health-Safety Rating for all building and facility types, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols and design strategies to address a post COVID-19 environment. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is one of the earliest outcomes of IWBI’s Task Force on COVID-19, a group of nearly 600 public health experts, virologists, government officials, academics, business leaders, architects, designers, building scientists and real estate professionals, which was established in late March to help guide IWBI’s response to the pandemic.

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AIA issues three new and enhanced tools for reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission in buildings

As communities across the US initiate phased reopening plans, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced Monday that it has released new resources to support employers, public officials and design professionals with re-occupying buildings more safely. AIA’s initiative included a team of architects, public health experts, engineers, and facility managers who developed strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in buildings, promote social distancing standards, and enhance wellbeing in communities transitioning to new lifestyle norms. A comprehensive report of the initiative is available on AIA’s website.

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International WELL Building Institute launches WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management of Sports and Entertainment Venues

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), announced Friday the launch of the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating focusing on operational policies, cleaning protocols and design strategies to address a post COVID-19 environment. An advisory of industry leaders from sports and entertainment will advance the completion of the WELL Health-Safety Rating specific to these venues.

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AIA releases new and updated sustainable project documents

With the AIA’s focus on environmental stewardship, the new and updated AIA Sustainable Project documents provide a roadmap to integrate sustainability into design and construction projects, as well as ensure less confusion when green project discussions begin. While there are already four versions of AIA sustainable project exhibits that attach to standard contracts, this update includes the new C204™-2020, Sustainability Consultant Scope of Services and the updated D503™-2020, Guide for Sustainable Projects.  

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U.S. Green Building Council launches global economic recovery strategy

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced a new strategy, Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy, intended to leverage LEED and the community implementing the rating system to support buildings and communities in a post-pandemic world. The strategy is guided by the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. A series of actions are underway, including launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.

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UL/CLEB shares Canadian codes and standards requirements for fenestration product installation at FGIA Annual Conference

A sponsored seminar at the 2020 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Annual Conference covered codes and standards requirements pertaining to installing fenestration products in Canada. Robert Jutras, principal engineer for UL/CLEB, led a presentation on these requirements with a focus on CSA A440.4, a National Standard of Canada covering window, door and skylight installation.

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AISI publishes two new cold-formed steel framing test standards

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced February 20 that it has published two new cold-formed steel test standards: 1) “AISI S921-19, Test Standard for Determining the Strength and Stiffness of Cold-Formed Steel Truss Assemblies and Components,” and 2) “AISI S922-19, Test Standard for Determining the Strength and Stiffness of Bearing-Friction Interference Connector Assemblies in Profiled Steel Panels.”

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