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March 11, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Engineering professor develops "self-healing asphalt"
    Erik Schlangen, an engineering professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has developed a new kind of porous asphalt made with steel-wool fibers, which, when cracked, can be "healed" when heated with induction. The new asphalt has a lifespan twice that of regular porous asphalt and becomes "stronger after being heated." Mashable (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Products, Innovation & Technology:  "TRex" to test soil around quake-hit New Zealand city  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Coiled skyscraper is wrapped in vertical gardens 

Advancing Your Career:  This question will make you more productive at everything  (More stories below ...)

Hot Topics:  3D printing adds a fourth dimension  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  Local CSI chapter education programs  (More stories below ...)

Give a Salute to Air Barrier Excellence: March 26-28, 2013
Come learn about recent code changes and how they affect you! The top consultants in the Air Barrier Industry will present over 40 compelling sessions & workshops during three exciting days. Earn AIA HSW Credits while attending the Conference that brings you the largest variety of Air Barrier Industry resources, all located in one place! Don't miss this one!
  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • "TRex" to test soil around quake-hit New Zealand city
    "TRex," the world's largest seismic vibration truck at approximately 32 tons, will start testing soil in Christchurch, New Zealand, a city devastated by an earthquake in 2011. Using large hydraulics, the truck will "shake the ground" and analyze soil properties at up to an 850-foot depth. By "[u]sing state of the art information on soil properties ... we can begin to link cause and effect and better understand where such effects will occur elsewhere during future earthquakes worldwide," said University of Canterbury earthquake engineer Dr. Brendon Bradley. The New Zealand Herald (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prefab construction gains popularity for building projects in NYC
    Modular construction is becoming more popular among architecture, engineering and construction firms doing projects in New York City. Among the projects that helped boost its appeal is Forest City Ratner's Altantic Yards. Prefabrication used to be looked down on, "but there has been a sea change, and now there is much less of a distinction over whether a building has been assembled off-site or on-site," said David Burney, commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deck is placed on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
    California's San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project reached a major milestone when crews spent nine hours on Saturday placing 1,220 cubic yards of concrete for the final deck section of the eastern span of the bridge. The new bridge, "designed to withstand the strongest possible ground motion involved with a seismic event within a 1,500-year period," is slated to open to traffic in September. KTVU-TV (Oakland, Calif.) (3/9), KPIX-TV (San Francisco) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Coiled skyscraper is wrapped in vertical gardens
    The Agora Garden, a 90-degree twisted skyscraper wrapped in vertical gardens designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, is being built in Taipei, Taiwan. The structure, "inspired by two encircling hands clasped together and the helical structure of DNA," will feature nanotechnologies, wide planted balconies and a rainwater capture system. It will also have a solar roof to produce energy, and low E glass to reduce excess solar gain and avert thermal loss. Inhabitat (3/10), World Architecture News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Local CSI chapter education programs
    Each CSI chapter generally holds an education program each month that qualifies for continuing education credit. Guests are welcome! Just contact a chapter’s leaders and tell them you’d like to attend. Here are a few sessions happening over the next few weeks in CSI’s chapters:
    • Portland, Ore., March 12 -- Building Information Modeling/ Management Plan 
    • Las Vegas, March 12 -- Construction Products Fair 
    • Metro New York, March 13 -- Relationship Advice for Reps and Architects 
    • Boston, March 13 -- Building Enclosure Commissioning
    • Sterling, Va., March 13 -- Building Envelope Commissioning 
    • Ft. Myers, Fla., March 14 -- Vertical Transportation: "A Step by Step Approach" 
    Learn more or find your local chapter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
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