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February 6, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Nanoparticle product cleanses pollutants from stormwater runoff
    A nanoparticle sponge developed by an ABSMaterials chemist soaks up 90% to 100% of the pollutants in stormwater runoff, then releases them slowly enough into the soil that plants and microbes can biodegrade the chemicals safely. "We can't build a pipe to every parking lot and agricultural field, but if we can take a small amount of space and turn it into green infrastructure, we can treat the water on site and percolate it into groundwater cleanly," said Paul Edmiston, the sponge's developer. PopularMechanics.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Products, Innovation & Technology:  Engineer discusses "internally cured" concrete  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Report: Ore. needs infrastructure improvements amid quake risk 

Advancing Your Career:  Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  FREE CSI Webinar: CCS 201  (More stories below ...)


  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Report: Ore. needs infrastructure improvements amid quake risk
    The Cascadia subduction zone off Oregon's coast could trigger an earthquake and tsunami resulting in $32 billion or more in economic losses and thousands of deaths, according to a draft report from the state's earthquake commission. Oregon needs to pursue 50 years of seismic upgrades for schools, hospitals and major infrastructure to reduce the impact of such an earthquake, the report said. "[W]e can choose either a future in which the earthquake results in grim damage and losses and a society diminished for a generation, or a future in which the earthquake is a manageable disaster without lasting impact," the report says. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, Dov Seidman writes. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach who listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. Time.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aim for the stars -- but keep an eye on the road ahead
      
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    It's fine to have sky-high ambitions, but you should make sure your hopes and dreams don't distract you from the banal but vital process of running a business, says John Baldoni. "Aspiration is a process of reaching for the stars. But before you can reach for the stars, you check the ground upon which you are standing," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  News from CSI 
  • FREE CSI Webinar: CCS 201
    Thursday, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Lee Orosco, FCSI, CCS

    Still debating taking the Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) certification exam? Participate in a FREE Webinar on the CCS certification Thursday, at 2 p.m. ET. The CCS 201 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Certified Construction Specifier certification. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FREE CSI Webinar: CDT 101
    Feb. 21, 2 p.m. ET
    Speaker: Lee Orosco, FCSI, CCS, and Andrea Zawodny, CSI, CCS

    Still debating taking the Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) Certificate exam? Participate in a FREE Webinar on the CDT Certificate Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. ET. The CDT 101 webinar is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of CSI's Construction Document Technology certificate. The webinar will cover the requirements and resources needed for successful exam preparation and study. Register nowLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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