General News

Investing in Resilience Pays Off More Than Thought, New NIBS Study Finds

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report” calculates benefit–cost ratios of 4:1 up to 11:1 for investing in higher quality buildings that meet contemporary codes and standards.

Investing more upfront in hopes of securing a better return pays off when it comes to resilient design and infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). During NIBS’ seventh annual Building Innovation conference last week, the nonprofit NGO released “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report,” which highlights […]

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Material Science

Material Trends to Watch in 2019

Innovative products and systems that aim to reduce our carbon footprint are sure to make headlines this year.

As concerns about climate change and humanity’s environmental footprint increase, carbon reduction will doubtless remain a prominent topic in 2019. Thankfully, certain scientists, manufacturers, and designers have acknowledged the problem, and many are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with their products and research materials or methods. The following list includes several recent material […]

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What the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Means for Your Practice

Online resource facilitates understanding of landmark changes to the EPA’s chemical risk review There are few responsibilities more important to an architect or interior designer than specifying building and construction materials. The materials you specify are central to a building’s sustainability, operational performance, occupant comfort, and resilience. Likewise, the chemical products which make up those […]

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Embracing Transparency

How Covestro, Legrand, and Thread International Help Architects Advance Sustainability in Innovative Ways

The business of building is booming – the U.S. Census Bureau reports the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of U.S. construction spending now tops $1.3 trillion, a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase (September 2017 to September 2018). This remarkable growth is spurring building materials selection decisions across tens of thousands of residential and commercial construction projects. The process […]

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Case Studies

What It Takes to Go Net-Zero

Architects share their experiences in net-zero building, from persuading uncertain clients to dealing with extreme weather.

At this point, the technology exists for buildings to produce all the energy they need—and that needs to be the norm. Don’t worry: It’s not as hard as it sounds. William Maclay, FAIA, has a mission: to make net-zero-energy buildings the new normal. “We have the technology, tools, and knowledge we need to do this […]

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Making Use of Every Molecule

Chemistry and interior design share common goals for high-performing, sustainable products that advance the professions.

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Energy Efficiency

How to Convince a Client to Go Green

Architects discuss techniques for promoting sustainability and building performance in a project.

Architects shouldn’t get discouraged from pursuing sustainability measures in projects because their clients assume that going green will be too costly or express little interest. Here are some strategies to help make the case for high-performance design.

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How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 16 Notable Examples

Recycled materials from mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs and recycled waste can create stunning architecture.

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Energy Efficiency

ENR 2018 Top 100 Green Building Design Firms and Contractors

The market growth for green design and construction can be seen from the results of the ENR Top Green Buildings survey.

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Case Studies

Dreaming Big in South Carolina: A School Model for the 21st Century

The efficiency of this South Carolina building’s envelope is just one element of a wider sustainability program, driven in part by innovations in chemistry.

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