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January 28, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Calif. 49ers stadium to be net-zero energy facility
    Several types of solar technology will be installed at the $1.2 billion new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Enough will be installed to make the stadium "the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy performance," according to the team. Plumbing will focus on water efficiency, and recycled materials are being used to build the stadium. American City Business Journals/San Jose, Calif. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New "internally cured" concrete could help bridges last longer
    A new "internally cured," high-performance concrete has been developed by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana. Testing indicates that the concrete is "less prone to cracking and damage caused by deicing salt," a factor that could extend the lifespan of bridges made with the concrete and reduce maintenance costs. A bridge on State Road 933 in St. Joseph County in Indiana will be the first to use the concrete. WISH-TV (Indianapolis)/The Associated Press (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. utility proposes $1B plan to protect equipment from storms
    If regulators approve a request by Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, the utility will spend $1 billion over four years to make its equipment better able to withstand severe storms. A rate increase was also requested. Work would include "strategic undergrounding and flood protection projects, including building flood walls for certain electric and steam equipment, raising critical equipment, upgrading gas system equipment and accelerating installation of submersible equipment." SNL Financial (free content) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • NREL and energy efficiency: A successful venture others emulate
    Although private-sector obstacles to net-zero energy buildings exist, lessons can be learned from what the Research Support Facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is doing. RSF, constructed for the same price as a far less energy-efficient building, is a net-zero building that uses rooftop photovoltaics. This article details how the building's success has inspired cities, states and private companies to develop similar projects. CleanTechnica (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Italcementi's concrete research lab in Italy earns LEED Platinum
    Italcementi's i.Lab in Bergamo, Italy, is one of the first buildings in the country to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Among its features are a "curtain wall of concrete louvers" and a facade made from the company's own product, white TX Active concrete, which breaks down pollutants when it reacts to ultraviolet rays and stays white because it has "self-cleaning properties." Inhabitat (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Skilled workers seek greener grass as economy improves
    As the recovering economy gives the U.S. labor force greater confidence, highly skilled workers are leaving the safety of their jobs to search for better opportunities. In a 2012 survey, 40% of employers said they were having trouble keeping workers with critical skills, up from 36% in 2011 and 16% in 2009. The Washington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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