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October 4, 2012
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News about architecture and design for A/E/C professionals in the buildings industry

  Architecture Update 
  • Have you considered concrete bollards for lighting needs?
    Florida-based Stonelight makes precast concrete bollards for lighting needs -- an inspiration that came to founder Dick Metchear after he saw a sprinkler's water corroding metal poles. The company also makes bollards with an amber-LED light for use near beaches that go beyond Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission standards. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainable Design 
  • Forecast: Green building to be a $280B industry by decade's end
    When the U.S. Green Building Council introduced its LEED rating system 12 years ago, its global relevance made it a worldwide phenomenon. "Green building is not a curiosity anymore -- it's a huge market," said Aditya Ranade, senior analyst with Lux Research. "The green building sector will be a $280 billion global industry by the end of the decade. LEED is dominant around the world, but there are other standards." LEED v4 was released Tuesday, and public comments can be made through Dec. 10. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Trends and Research 
  • BIM to become a "necessity" in the AEC industry
    BIM will become a must-have tool in the future, providing "significant advantage in the tight economic conditions" for architecture, engineering and construction firms who adopt the technologies, according to Pike Research. "As BIM tools and processes are adopted by more and more firms in the industry, and the advantages of these tools and processes will begin to be realized through higher quality and more reliable deliverables, BIM adoption will become a necessity for competing effectively in the market," said Eric Bloom, Pike Research senior research analyst. Constructech (free registration) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from PCI 
  • Earn CE credits with free webinar on sustainable, high-performance precast school design
    Join PCI for our next free webinar, "Safe, Sustainable, High Performance Precast School Design," taking place on Oct. 16 at noon in the Central and Pacific time zones, and Oct. 18 at noon in the Eastern and Mountain time zones. This webinar will explore safety, security, thermal and acoustical properties and other high performance characteristics of schools built with architectural, structurally composite, insulated, load-bearing wall systems and double tees. Case studies from several school districts will be discussed. For registration information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCI Design Award winners announced
    The 2012 PCI Design Awards winners website is now available! Three juries selected 24 winners and 8 honorable mentions for the PCI Design Awards program’s 50th anniversary. View the winning projects, as well as details and photos. The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to utilize precast/prestressed concrete components to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects. Along with a number of best-in-class awards, recognition is also given for industry advancement, sustainable design, and the best all-precast concrete structure or solution. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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