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March 13, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Concrete Canvas Shelter has "far-reaching" implications
    Source: YouTube/National Geographic
    Take some concrete canvas -- that contains all the elements of concrete -- shape it into the structure you want, wet it, inflate it and watch it harden into a concrete structure within a day. The Concrete Canvas Shelter, created by British firm PSFK, has far-reaching implications. "[I]t's going to allow people to build permanent structures in a fraction of the time that it would have taken using traditional building techniques," its developers say. (3/11), YouTube/National Geographic (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Products, Innovation & Technology:  Slide show: Tour of U.K.'s $22B Crossrail project  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Work continues on Abu Dhabi's sustainable Masdar City  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  The power of treating people with respect 

News from CSI:  2-part CSI Webinar: IECC Envelope Provisions for Commercial Building  (More stories below ...)

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  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Slide show: Tour of U.K.'s $22B Crossrail project
    Five massive tunnel-boring machines are at work underneath the streets of London to build the $22 billion Crossrail line, the largest construction project in Europe. The job calls for a 73-mile rail line and eight underground stations. This article includes a slide show giving a glimpse of the project's progress from various vantage points. The Huffington Post/U.K. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seattle 3D model provides example to build sustainable projects
    The continued use and expansion of the three-dimensional model of the city of Seattle has evolved into a model for sustainable development, this article notes. The model of the city leverages many modeling and design tools, including Autodesk's AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil3D, in addition to GIS, laser data and images of exterior structures. "As traditional BIM has done for individual buildings, comprehensive 3D city modeling can now do for the larger urban landscape," Tom Schueneman writes. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Work continues on Abu Dhabi's sustainable Masdar City
    Now home to a campus for 120 students, Masdar City is again at work building a "futuristic environmentally friendly" city in Abu Dhabi. Global financial conditions have pushed the anticipated completion date back to 2025. The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology has completed its second construction phase, and buildings for General Electric and Siemens are being planned. "[T]he challenge is not to have Masdar or several Masdars, but to have the traditional infrastructure change and transform, and actual cities transform," said Laurence Tubiana of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Green buildings offer a wide range of benefits
    Green buildings can offer benefits to a wide array of stakeholders throughout their life cycle, according to a report released by the World Green Building Council. "From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature," said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC. Daily Commercial News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • The power of treating people with respect
    Leaders who focus more on "why people can't be trusted" than communicating openly risk turning off team members who can be trusted and care about doing a good job, Karin Hurt writes. "In fact, the more you treat others with deep respect, the more likely the team will work to reject any member acting inappropriately," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • 2-part CSI Webinar: IECC Envelope Provisions for Commercial Building
    March 14 and 21
    Through a better understanding of energy code provisions there is an increased ability to design and specify commercial building thermal envelopes that meet or exceed energy codes as designed and constructed. Learn what new codes have been adopted and where and whether they apply to your new and upcoming projects. This two-part presentation from the DOE Building Energy Codes Program will provide an overview of the criteria in energy codes that apply to the building thermal envelope of commercial buildings. Information on ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-10, which is adopted by reference in the 2012 IECC, will also be included. Learn more, and register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Increase your technical knowledge with CSI Webinars
    Train your entire team with one registration fee and earn continuing education credits! CSI Webinars are 90-minute interactive telephone/Internet education sessions -- you’ll be able to see materials, hear an instructor and ask questions in real time. Participants are charged by site, which means you can invite colleagues to attend the session with you and share the cost! CSI is a Registered Provider of the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and United States Green Building Council Education Provider Network. The cost per webinar site is $80 for CSI members or $100 for non-members. See upcoming CSI webinars. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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