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Call for Entries: 2017 Beyond Green™ Award

Designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others often go beyond the status quo to achieve high-performing, resilient buildings and communities. The National Institute of Building Sciences offers a way to show off advancements and gain recognition for those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and…

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Virtual Reality: VR Is the Future of AEC

Virtual reality (VR) may seem like a new concept, but it’s been around since the 1950s. You may only know it as the weird headset that everyone crowds around in tech stores, but industries have been using VR for quite some time. NASA has been using it for years, and most recently had some of their astronauts take a trip to Mars using virtual reality. The VR movement has been made easier to attain with the release of headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The simplicity of use is what has made it the new trend in architecture and construction. …

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Firestone Building Products Introduces Green Polyiso Insulation

Firestone Building Products Company LLC, a manufacturer and supplier of high-performing building product solutions, featured its newest formulation of polyiso insulation at the AIA Conference on Architecture April 27-29, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The new formulation is equipped with the highest R-value per-inch in cold temperatures. Firestone polyiso outperforms mineral wool and competing polyiso boards, and offers…

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Ozinga Awarded for Green Building Innovation With CarbonCure

April 19, 2017 — Ozinga and CarbonCure Technologies announced that Ozinga has been named the winner of the 12th Annual Illinois Emerald Award for Green Building Innovation for its work with CarbonCure. The U.S. Green Building Council–Illinois (USGBC-Illinois) announced the winners of the Emerald Awards, which showcase the best and brightest contributors to a more…

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Arriscraft Launches Upgraded Website, Releases New Consumer Video

April 10, 2017 — Arriscraft, manufacturer of naturally made products that emulate quarried stone, has released a comprehensive, consumer-focused video and launched a newly redesigned website, providing consumers, homebuilders and commercial customers with improved access to the product line and its unique benefits. “Our new site has been redesigned to be more intuitive and mobile…

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New ASTM Guide Helps Predict Performance, Lifespan of Building Sealants

April 5, 2017 — A new guide will soon be published that can help predict how building sealant systems will perform over time using accelerated testing methods. The standard, C1850, Guide for Improved Laboratory Accelerated Tests to Predict the Weathering and for Developing Methods to Predict the Design Life of Building Sealant Systems, was developed by ASTM International’s committee on building seals…

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Age-Old Tuck-Pointing Technique Restores New Glory

With building restoration projects, you have few or no options other than to use existing materials to replicate an old building back to its former glory. But that is not always easy to do. Some buildings have major problems, from correcting structural issues to matching the aesthetic appeal of its original design. This work is not for the faint hearted because many times you won’t know what damage lies beneath the surface. …

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Industry Outlook: Between A Rock And A Dollar Sign

There are many reasons to use masonry in building. The single most commonly used reason not to use masonry is cost. Wood, steel, plastic, and glass are all cheaper cladding. Even CMU’s and brick are pricier than most other options.

But cost is always relative in construction. What seems cheap when installed can be pretty expensive if it needs replacement in the short term—and chronic maintenance of any building component is painful beyond the dollars-and-cents cost.…

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Estimation: Preventative Maintenance for Building Exteriors a Must

All matter breaks down over time. The structures that surround us today are no exception to that law of physics. Some building materials are more durable than others, but unfortunately the days of structures surviving thousands of years, like the Egyptian pyramids and Roman cathedrals, is over. Most of the structures erected today have a life expectancy of less than 100 years. Therefore, preventive maintenance of building exteriors has become more important than ever.…

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Iredale Mineral Cosmetics International Headquarters

Our firm, Croxton Collaborative Architects (CCA), a founder of the modern sustainability movement, recently completed the 21,000-square-foot international headquarters for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics (IMC)—manufacturers of jane iredale—in Great Barrington, Mass. A replacement for the company’s smaller home base nearby, the new structure represents the rehabilitation of the abandoned 1889 William Cullen Bryant School building (and its early 1900s addition), a Massachusetts Cultural Resource, as a 21st century center of operations.…

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