Green roof industry grows by 10% in 2013

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association announces a 10 percent growth rate for green roofs in 2013 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. The Washington DC Metropolitan Region saw the installation of 2,164,926 square feet of green roofs in 2013. Washington has adopted public policies and programs […]

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Webcast forecasts growth in nonresidential construction

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A recent webcast featuring economists from Reed Construction Data, American Institute of Architects and the Association of General Contractors of America outlined the economic state of the construction industry in the U.S. They addressed key business opportunities, target growth markets, and the impact of market conditions on the performance of different construction sectors. During the webcast, […]

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IP video raises awareness of wildlife conservation through education, entertainment and endowment

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“Critter cams,” using Axis Communications IP cameras let viewers share in the daily lives of animals usually hidden in forests, groves or high atop trees. The high-quality streams, often running 24/7 in HDTV-quality, are an important educational tool to protect, preserve and promote awareness of wild animals and the threats they face in a changing […]

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Ask Questions, Then Design Lighting

Cheryl Ford, marketing manager for OSRAM Sylvania, Danvers, MA.

Lighting design should be part of the initial facility design phase to ensure effective illumination and energy savings. The intended use for a building and the owner’s design goals not only affect the layout, finishes, and furnishings, but have a significant impact on lighting needs and energy costs. Unfortunately, lighting often is not discussed in […]

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Precast concrete rings create artificial reef structures

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Wayfarer Environmental Technologies’ OysterBreak artificial reef structures use strategically placed submerged precast concrete rings which employ the oyster’s inherent nature of clustering to fill in the gaps, creating an artificial reef. The system uses stacks of specially designed concrete rings similar in size, shape, and weight to spacer rings used on manhole risers, but featuring […]

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Load Share to Heat Pools, Water

Instead of exhausting building heat generated during daily activity, a thermal-load-sharing system can direct that heat to pools, spas, and water heaters. Spring is here, and the cooling season is quickly approaching. Pools around the country that have been decommissioned during the winter are likely to stay that way well into June, unless some type […]

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Contractors add 19,000 jobs in March, jobless rate lowest in seven years

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Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that the pool of […]

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Walk-in baths earn Arthritis Foundation award

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American Standard’s line of walk-in baths ― designed for accessible and safe bathing for users with limited mobility ― has received the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation. This award recognizes products that make life easier for people with arthritis and other physical limitations. Products undergo a multi-step testing process conducted by an independent lab of experts […]

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Webinar to address building safety

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Keith A. Porter, PE, PhD, a research professor with the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Principal with SPA Risk LLC, will deliver the first in a series of webinars to be held by the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC). Entitled, “Safe Enough? How the Building Code Protects Our Lives […]

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Sealy to Receive Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award

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National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Past Chairman Jimmy W. Sealy, FAIA, has been selected by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee to be the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Sealy will be honored by members of the U.S. standards and conformance community during the U.S. […]

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