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March 7, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Architects emerge as champions of "good design" for public housing
    The pressing issue of how best to design large-scale public housing has prompted architects to provide solutions through "good design," writes Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record's chief editor. Architects have started collaborating with social scientists and government and banking officials to arrive at new interpretations of what is needed. "Whether bringing good design to large-scale public housing or devising incremental interventions in the world's most challenged settlements, these architects are making a difference every day." Architectural Record magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Building system said to protect concrete buildings from earthquakes  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Health-measurement tool guides redesign of Denver neighborhood  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  The most underrated job skill  (More stories below ...)

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

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Building system said to protect concrete buildings from earthquakes
    The Carmelo Group of Puerto Rico says its GCT Insulated Concrete Panel Building System for concrete buildings offers a fast and efficient way to build. In addition, it is "energy efficient, soundproof and resistant to termites and floods." It is also resistant to earthquakes of up to magnitude 8.5 and to winds of up to 250 mph. In a video taken at the World of Concrete, Edgar Figaro explains how the system works. (Canada) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Health-measurement tool guides redesign of Denver neighborhood
    A health-impact assessment tool was used by the Denver Housing authority in one of its largest neighborhoods. Residents were asked how their quality of life could be improved, and those answers helped shape how the buildings and surroundings could be redeveloped. "[E]cologically advanced construction materials and practices" and geothermal and solar power were incorporated. Such assessments are "ideally suited to guide transit-oriented developments, infrastructure improvements and urban redevelopment in low-income neighborhoods," writes Joe Gose. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India's "clasped hands" tower designed to be green
    The Namaste Tower, under construction in Mumbai, India, has a design inspired by a traditional Indian greeting where the hands are clasped together. The 62-story tower designed by WS Atkins will be clad in fritted glass that doubles as a sunscreen to minimize solar gain within the building. It will also have canopies that include solar thermal collectors to produce 12% of the building's hot water needs. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • The most underrated job skill
    Your emotional intelligence is one of the most powerful factors determining whether you will be successful, Amanda Ebokosia writes. To enhance it, you should focus on five areas, including your motivation. Create notes for yourself describing what drives you so that you won't lose sight of your goals, Ebokosia suggests. Black Enterprise (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Turn off the noise, Carlos Santana says
    Business leaders can tap into the power of their imagination, but they need to turn off the noise first, says music legend Carlos Santana. That means turning off electronics -- even your stereo -- and simply stopping to think and dream. "[Y]our imagination is like a muscle. If you take the time to just sit down and just close your eyes and imagine things, it's like a muscle you develop," Santana explains. Forbes (3/4) 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
  • CSI On-Demand Webinars
    CSI On-Demand Webinars are educational sessions that provide convenient, quality learning at an affordable price -- you will be able to see materials, hear an instructor and earn continuing education credit. Courses qualify for CSI Professional Development Hours and AIA Continuing Education Hours. Check the course descriptions for details. On-Demand Webinars are designed with the individual in mind and as such only a single person may take the quiz and obtain continuing education credit. The cost per webinar is $55 for CSI members, or $75 for non-members. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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