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Industry Outlook: New Software Aids in Green Building and Roofing Practices

It’s no secret that green building is growing in the United States — a practice where the structure and application of processes are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle. Specifically, the North American green roof industry experienced an estimated 10.3 percent increase in 2016 over 2015, recording 889 projects in 40 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces (2016 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey).…

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Reducing the Impact of Building Envelopes

Lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) are the two largest uses of energy throughout the commercial building sector. In fact, lighting alone accounts for nearly 35–50 percent of total electricity consumption. Within the building envelope, however, lies the opportunity to reduce the energy being consumed and decrease a building’s overall carbon footprint. Achieving sustainability within the building envelope starts with specifying the right products. Choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t just ensure lower energy costs; it can enhance occupant health and reduce any negative impact on the building itself, as well as the environment. …

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ASLA Convenes Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change

16 September 2017 — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is convening a blue ribbon panel to make comprehensive public-policy recommendations for mitigating and adapting to climate change through resilient design. Composed of 11 experts from across various disciplines, the panel will make recommendations that will ultimately save lives and affordably protect cities from future natural…

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Call for Entries: Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Design Competition

Imagine the Future of Masonry Design and Construction $30,000 in Prizes • Open to architects, engineers, A/E firms and students Register by November 15, 2017 • Enter by November 30, 2017 The inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Design Competition challenges architects, engineers, students, and firms to imagine the future of masonry design. Participants should…

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Vectorworks Releases Version 2018

16 September 2017 — Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has announced the English-version release of its 2018 Vectorworks software. The release includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals, as well as Vision. New this year is BraceworksTM, a structural load analysis add-on module targeted to designers and riggers working on temporary…

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Register Now for the Strength Design of Masonry Webinar

The Masonry Society (TMS) will present “Strength Design of Masonry,” the first of its webinar series, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1–2 p.m. ET. The series will include a new webinar on the second Thursday of each month. Strength design was added to the TMS 402 Building Code for Masonry Structures in 2002. However, most masonry…

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Think Brick Awards: Best Designs of 2017

13 August 2017 — The 2017 Think Brick Award winners showcase the most innovative and creative uses of clay bricks, concrete masonry and roof tiles in Australian contemporary architecture for 2017. From hundreds of entrants, this year’s five category winners were awarded the top honors based on the imaginative, creative and innovative ways in which…

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Open for Public Comment: Direct Design Masonry Handbook Revision

13 August 2017 — The Masonry Society’s Design Practices Committee has incorporated numerous revisions to the Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures (TMS 403) from its previous version published in 2013. As part of the review and approval process, TMS 403 is provided for public review and comment. View the Direct Design Handbook Draft (Revised…

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