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January 16, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Survey points to 2013 as possible recovery year for industry
    This year could show "tentative recovery" in the building sector, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, cosponsored by Computer Guidance Corp. About 1,300 AGC-member firms were surveyed, and many were "cautiously optimistic." This piece looks at which sectors might grow, where the work is and what challenges are ahead. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 IN THIS ISSUE
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Japanese Tecorep system keeps demolition work neat, quiet  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Would you eat your office building?  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  3 ways to become a better communicator 

News from CSI:  FREE CSI Certification Webinars  (More stories below ...)


  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Japanese Tecorep system keeps demolition work neat, quiet
      
    Source: YouTube/The Japan Times
    A demolition system developed by Japan's Taisei Corp., called the Taisei Ecological Reproduction System, or Tecorep, turns demo work into a relatively clean and quiet affair. Work begins at the top -- on the inside of the building -- and as floors and walls are removed, the building becomes less tall. "It's kind of like having a disassembly factory on top of the building and putting a big hat there, and then the building shrinks," said one Taisei engineer. The Atlantic Cities (1/10), The Japan Times (1/8), YouTube/The Japan Times (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Would you eat your office building?
    Intelligent buildings were the topic of a recent British Council for Offices conference. From sensors embedded in walls, to nano-coatings and self-healing concrete, the idea is to create buildings designed to be more responsive to the needs of its inhabitants. It's not just a building's interior that's intelligent; it's the exterior as well. Installing plants on a building's exterior can provide produce, and algae -- which can absorb carbon dioxide and be recycled for energy -- can also be grown on the outside of buildings. BBC (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to retrofit a building to make it net zero energy
    Designing a net zero energy building from the outset is easier than retrofitting an existing building, according to this article, but retrofits are indeed possible. It looks at four buildings that were retrofitted to become net zero energy. "Retrofitting existing buildings can be expensive, but the price is worth it to achieve sustainability," Kristen Avis writes. "New buildings can be strategically designed to achieve zero energy status without being extremely expensive. Both are a smart investment for the future of the planet." DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • 3 ways to become a better communicator
    Modern technology is great, but sometimes all the tweeting, e-mailing and social networking can get in the way of effective communication, writes Anthony Tjan of Cue Ball. You can address this problem by engaging in face-to-face conversations where appropriate and by creating new content and experiences. "[T]he stakes may feel higher because things are more open than ever for public scrutiny, but for creators with some humility and thick-enough skin, they are also as open as ever for mutual collaboration and positive interactivity," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • FREE CSI Certification Webinars
    If you're considering taking a CSI Certification exam, or want to know how to prepare for an exam, CSI will offer FREE webinars to help you learn about CSI’s Certification Program. Have your certification exam questions answered during one of the following FREE webinars:
    • CDT 101 -- Jan. 16
    The CDT 101 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Construction Documents Technologist certificate. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
    • CCCA 201 -- Jan. 29
    The CCCA 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Contract Administrator certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
    • CCPR 201 -- Jan. 31
    The CCPR 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Product Representative certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
    • CCS 201 -- Feb. 7
    The CCS 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now!
    Exams will be offered April 1-27. The early registration deadline is Jan. 31. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDT Bootcamp early registration deadline is Jan. 31
    CDT Bootcamp March 1 in Dallas
    Credit: 7.0 AIA CEHs, 7.0 PDHs


    Instructor Marc Chavez, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, SCIP assoc, will prepare you for the Construction Documents Technology Exam in this fast-paced, intensive, one-day seminar. This seminar will examine the use of construction documents from conception, through design and constructionand facility management. You will review the primary documents used for the exam and the fundamental knowledge they contain. Participants will also review some of the latest trends in construction including sustainability, Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery.

    The early registration deadline is Jan. 31 and the final registration deadline is Feb. 15. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
If you can't write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don't have a clear idea."
--David Belasco,
American theatrical producer, director and playwright


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