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Mass Moca Building 6: The Robert W. Wilson Building

The Arnold Print works, a textile-dyeing mill in North Adams, Mass., dates to the 1860s. In 1942, it was converted to make electrical parts for the war effort. It closed in 1986.

In the late ’80s, community leaders reimagined the 17-acre campus as a showcase for large-scale minimalist art. Building 6 is the final piece of a 25-year, three-phase master plan funded by public and private capital. Its chief goal: to make MASS MoCA and western Massachusetts a multi-day visitor destination.

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2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey: More than half of global organizations plan to increase energy efficiency spending in next 12 months

Today, Johnson Controls, a global leader in creating smart cities, unveiled the findings from its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey, revealing that U.S. organizations are planning to increase investments in smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures.

2018 International Green Construction Code released

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018 IgCC) has been released.

The 2018 IgCC is a joint initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). It aligns the technical requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES 189.1-2017-Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings with ICC’s multi-stakeholder IgCC.

Google files patent for VR shoes that let you walk limitlessly in a small space

Virtual reality is all about immersion. It’s purpose, as its name would suggest, is to create a completely new reality in a virtual space. For the AEC industry, this means VR allows architects, contractors, engineers, and clients to “walk” through a building before construction has even begun.

Charles L. Tutt Library, Colorado College: Net-zero in the Rockies

The expansion of colorado college’s Tutt Library doubled its size to 94,000 sf, making it likely to be named the nation’s largest 24/7 net-zero academic library. The project reinforces the college’s commitment to achieving campus-wide carbon neutrality by 2020.

Designed in Brutalist style by Chicago architect Walter Netsch (1920–2008), Tutt Library opened in 1961. Aligning the floors of the two new additions with those of the existing concrete structure and accommodating new systems—HVAC, sprinklers, lighting—proved to be the most nettlesome problem for the project team. 

New versions of DOE’s EnergyPlus engine and the OpenStudio software development kit released

The U.S. Department of Energy and the national labs have released updated versions of their open-source, whole-building energy modeling tools: the EnergyPlus engine and the OpenStudio software development kit (SDK) and Application.

EnergyPlus 9.0.1 is a traditional update that resolves over 70 bugs and issues, while adding new features. The new features include:

· WinCalc engine integration

· ASHRAE Fan Energy Index (FEI) calculations

· Inclusion of fan heat in cooling coil sizing calculations

Architecture firm billings continue to slow, but remain positive in October

Architecture firm billings growth softened in October but remained positive for the thirteenth consecutive month, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

“The effects of the 2018 hurricane season are the probable cause of the temporary contraction in billings in the Southern region,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “This decrease in demand for design services is limited, and the region should rebound over the next several months.”

USGBC launches LEED Zero, to address net zero carbon operations and resources in LEED green building projects

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings.

Monitor these 9 vital signs to avoid widespread mold & moisture problems in your building

Unique vital signs can help determine the health of a building as it relates to a mold and moisture problem, similar to measuring the health of a human body by taking vitals. This analogy is applicable to many different building types and construction phases. This kind of analysis can help locate the hidden risks of a mold and moisture problem and can also be beneficial when planning a renovation by bringing awareness to potential moisture-related problems, allowing owners to course-correct, budget, and plan accordingly.

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