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Building bonds: The role of “Trusted Advisor” is earned not acquired

Equal parts colleague and confidant, the trusted advisor is a valuable asset in the world of business. Particularly in the demanding realm of architecture, engineering, and construction industries, a person who brings a high level of professional expertise and personal empathy to the team can play a major role—albeit one that’s typically behind the scenes—in shaping a successful practice and project.






Freddie Mac extends efforts to fund multifamily energy/water efficiency projects

Real estate financing agency Freddie Mac expanded its efforts to foster the greening up of old buildings with its new Multifamily Green Advantage suite of offerings.

The new programs are available with most Freddie Mac multifamily loan products. Borrowers can choose either Green Up or Green Up Plus to get better pricing and increase their Freddie Mac loan amounts to finance energy and water efficiency improvements.






FAQ on fire rated glazing applications

Between regular updates to fire rated code requirements in the IBC and several fire rated glazing product choices, choosing the correct and code approved fire rated glazing product can be confusing.  This why over the years, we’ve come up with several articles, newsletters, technical bulletins and case studies on several topics ranging from IBC upda






Advancements in Coatings Technology Provide Breakthroughs for Customers

The coatings industry has been working toward creating products that have low- to no-VOC formulas, solid longevity, and that maximize performance. Those that solve particular issues, have easy application, and are durable and easy to maintain are driving the market today.






Colorado’s largest charter school opens

In 1994, a group of parents founded Stargate School in Thornton, Colo., 10 miles northeast of Denver. And for more than two decades, Stargate has served gifted and talented students from kindergarten through 8th grade.

Last year, Stargate rented space from a nearby church in order to expand its educational services to 9th graders. But that move betrayed Stargate’s need for a much bigger facility to realize its goal of becoming a K-12 learning center.






Weak building codes no match for recent natural disasters, say industry experts

A group of construction industry experts that met in Calgary, Alberta called for more disaster-resilient infrastructure, citing recent floods and wildfires in Alberta.

The province experienced two of the worst natural disasters in its history in recent years. In 2013, a flood ravaged southern Alberta, and fires struck the area around Fort McMurray earlier this year. Both events caused billions of dollars of damage. 






World Trade Center contractor found guilty of minority-owned business fraud

A Manhattan federal jury found a Canadian contractor guilty of defrauding a program to promote minority- and woman-owned businesses in the construction of the World Trade Center. 






GBBN designers take on wellness research

The term wellness has been kicked around a lot in healthcare design circles lately. But what precisely do we mean by wellness? And, assuming wellness is a good thing, how can designers create healthcare facilities that enhance wellness?

Responses to those questions are embedded in a rigorous case study on “salutogenesis”—“the origin of health,” a term developed by Israeli American medical sociologist Aaron Antonovsky in his 1979 book, Health, Stress and Coping.






Visual energy model database demystifies net-zero design

Designers with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSA) view building design and performance much like a physician views patient health: tracking the vital signs is key to developing the proper diagnosis or optimal solution. 






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