D.C. Council passes bill to reduce number of blighted properties

The Washington D.C. Council recently passed legislation that will make it more expensive for owners to hold vacant or blighted property.

These are the top 10 tile trends to keep an eye on in 2017

Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, was held in Bologna, Italy this past September and, now, Ceramics of Italy has taken what they saw on display at the show and created a list of the top 10 tile trends to watch as we head into 2017. The diverse list includes a multitude of colors, textures, and finishes. Scroll down to view the complete list.

Against the grain


Nonresidential construction spending gains momentum

Nonresidential construction spending totaled $699.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in October, a 0.3 percent decrease from September’s significantly upwardly revised total, but an increase of 2.6 percent year-over-year according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

Agora Garden, a twisting, plant-filled tower in Taipei, will absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide annually once completed

A twisted tower is a dramatic addition to any skyline and doesn’t require much else to catch the eye of anyone whose sightline it may come into. But a new twisted tower from Vincent Callebaut Architectures will add a metaphorical twist on top of the literal 90-degree twist its recently topped out Agora Garden skyscraper already has. The new building will be packed with plants, vegetable gardens, and trees on each of its 22 floors, turning it into, what the architect calls, a vertical farm.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities becomes first real estate investment trust to be named a First-in-Class Fitwel Champion

In addition to being the first company to receive Fitwel certifications for its buildings, Alexandria Real Estate Equities recently announced it has become the first and only real estate investment trust to be named a First-in-Class Fitwell Champion. Among the company’s buildings that have received Fitwel certifications, five have earned a three-star Fitwel rating, the highest rating achievable.

The evolution of codes

A half-century ago, building codes were simpler. 

Monumental museum features Fluropon to highlight heritage and high-esteem

When President Obama gives the groundbreaking speech for a new project, it’s bound to be an important building. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located on Constitution Avenue, adjacent to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument.

Passive House standard gaining influence in commercial sector

The Passive House standard will become the base building code for commercial construction, and is having influence in the residential arena, according to some industry observers. 

Unlocking innovation in the government workplace

Gensler’s 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey identified elements of workplace design that foster innovation. Digging into the data, Gensler researchers were able to determine which industry sectors have workplace designs that most foster innovation and which have workplaces that inhibit it.

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