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USGBC to Adopt RELi Building Standard

4 December 2017 — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced at Greenbuild 2017 that it will formally adopt RELi, a resilient construction standard developed in 2012 by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, Perkins + Will and others. Like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, RELi uses a point system…

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From the Editor: After the Storms

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. No, these are not random names. They are the hurricanes on record while we were preparing this issue of Masonry Design. Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Harvey and Irma, two large hurricanes which brought about incredible destruction in the Southeast United States in August and September — destruction to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in Houston, Texas, and all across the state of Florida.…

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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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The Greenest Buildings: What Architects Should Know About Masonry Restoration and Preservation

Nothing says sustainability more than preserving, restoring and repurposing existing buildings. The greenest buildings today are those already built. Masonry is a sustainable, resilient material that can survive floods and fires. It is the oldest and most permanent building material, exuding a sense of permanence, longevity, quality, reliability and familiarity, yet it is forgiving and flexible. Many brick buildings that were built more than 100 years ago are continuing to fulfill their original purposes, while others have been adapted for new purposes.…

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Comfort Block: 90-Year-Old Maine Company Creates High-Performing Green Masonry Product

Masonry, one of the oldest and most beautiful trades, has been on a steady decline since the 1960s. Due to dramatic changes in the way today’s homes, chimneys, foundations and steps are being constructed, the industry is at its lowest point in 80 years. The average age of masonry professionals is increasing and the number entering apprenticeships is declining. In the northeast corner of the U.S., a Maine-based masonry company is quietly working to revive the declining industry through new product development and innovation.…

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Call for Entries: 2017 Beyond Green™ Award

Update: The extended deadline to apply for the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards is Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET. But don’t wait. This is your last chance to recognize a deserving high-performance project for a 2017 award. Designers, builders, owners, government agencies, manufacturers and others often go beyond the status quo to achieve…

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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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Owens Corning Introduces Thermafiber Formaldehyde-Free Mineral Wool Insulation

During the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida, Owens Corning introduced formaldehyde-free Thermafiber® light-density mineral wool insulation solutions. As the first and only formaldehyde-free mineral wool insulation in North America, Thermafiber mineral wool insulation solutions represent a breakthrough for architects, specifiers and contractors interested in achieving green building standards. Thermafiber SAFB™ (Sound Attenuation Fire…

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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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