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Is your property ready for 5G?

Mobile data traffic is growing exponentially – in fact, Cisco predicts that traffic will increase sevenfold by 2022. From smartwatches to smart HVAC systems, trends in IoT, BYOD and building automation are making the battle for wireless bandwidth very real. With the dawn of 5G, it’s more important than ever for commercial and residential real estate properties to ensure they’re ready for the increasing onslaught of mobile data.

Tool helps cities develop framework for life-cycle energy policies and track progress

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) developed a new tool to help cities devise a framework for life-cycle energy policies and track their progress toward efficiency goals.

AEC firms go outside the box

Who’d have thought that the file cabinet would make a comeback in the digital world?

Want evidence? Just listen to how two developers describe their recently released software products:

“It’s almost like a file cabinet in the cloud,” says George Pontikes, CEO of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, about Assemble Systems, whose platform helps users manage bids, estimate costs, and plan and run projects and BIM across a project’s network of people and work.

Construction contractors regain confidence in January 2019

Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding the nonresidential construction sector’s prospects during January 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index recently released by 

Fire performance of Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs)

In recent years, a handful of high-profile building fires have caused renewed scrutiny of using cladding systems with combustible content in multi-story buildings. Although these fires have not occurred in the U.S., and our building code is different than those used in the U.K. and elsewhere, the loss of life and property damage that have occurred has prompted our building officials to take a second look at how these products are evaluated for use here under the International Building Code (IBC).

5 ways designers and builders can use business intelligence with data they already have

Business intelligence (BI) – technologies used for data analysis and reporting – has been a trending topic in our recent work. Nearly all areas of our consulting service make use of one form of BI or another and Nate’s previous blog post highlights a few of these uses. Organizations are seeking insight about what they’re good at – or not so good at – in order to make improvements to their own processes.

Billings moderate in February following robust New Year

Architecture firm billings growth softened in February but remained positive, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

 AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for February was 50.3, down from 55.3 in January. Indicators of work in the pipeline, including inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts remained positive. 

New York City contractors adding 5% to 10% to construction costs due to trade war

The U.S. trade war with China is having a significant impact on the cost of building materials, as reported in a new study by Turner & Townsend.

First photos inside the nearly completed Jewel Changi Airport addition

With features like an indoor forest, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, treetop walking trails, retail (a retail galleria will feature more than 280 retail and food and beverage outlets and a 130-room hotel), and gathering spaces, the 1.4 million-sf Jewel Changi Airport addition will create a new model for airports as a destination for community activity, entertainment, and shopping.

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