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January 3, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Experts share 10 sustainable design forecasts in 2013
    This year marks another opportunity to push the envelope in sustainable design, writes Diane Pham, and 10 of the world's experts share their predictions for this year's green design sector. Their forecasts include topics such as designing with climate change in mind and how best to help cities grow. Inhabitat (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Products, Innovation & Technology:  3D laser scans aid preservation, road building  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Buffett firm to spend $2B-$2.5B for 2 Calif. solar projects  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  2 simple steps to greater productivity  (More stories below ...)


  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • 3D laser scans aid preservation, road building
    Technology from nonprofit CyArk has helped preserve the deteriorating basilica roof at the Mission San Juan Bautista in California. The 3D technology uses laser beams to scan and make virtual models of historical structures so they can be recreated in the event of a disaster. The scans revealed that the wooden beams of the roof had weakened, and the measurements from the scans were used to make steel braces that fit the structure correctly. It's expected that the technology will also help road builders and architects. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 WTC Tower moves a bit closer to construction
    Tower 3 at the World Trade Center in New York City is a bit closer to construction now that "advanced" talks with a possible tenant are going on, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Developer Larry Silverstein hopes to build the 80-story tower by 2015. However, plans for Tower 2 are still "way down the road," the mayor said. New York Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Buffett firm to spend $2B-$2.5B for 2 Calif. solar projects
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., a company owned by Warren Buffett, is paying between $2 billion and $2.5 billion for two planned solar projects in California. SunPower Corp., the seller, will build, operate and maintain the facility, which is expected to generate about 650 construction jobs. Bloomberg (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • 2 simple steps to greater productivity
    If you want to be as productive as possible, it's important to take on a limited number of tasks and to set constraints that define how you are going to get your work done, Josh Long writes. "Effective productivity happens when we align our passions with purpose, and we are concrete about removing interruption," he writes. Lifehacker (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Well done is better than well said."
--Benjamin Franklin,
American inventor and statesman


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