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Want a healthy building? Follow this primer on two new wellness standards

While our industry’s focus on wellness may seem like just the latest trend, occupant health has been an important goal of the built environment for centuries. In the 1800s, urban infrastructure allowing access to fresh water, natural light, and clean air significantly reduced the number of deaths from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, cholera, and yellow fever. Additionally, in the 1900s, doctors consulted on the design of school gymnasiums, advising on how the environment could help support human health.






These are the recipients of the AIA’s 2017 Small Project Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 recipients for the 2017 Small Project Awards. The AIA Small Project Awards Program, now in its 14th year, was established to recognize small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small-project design. This award program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope.

Award recipients are categorized into two groups:






After testing, seven tower blocks found to have similar cladding as Grenfell Tower

After the tragic fire that swept through London’s Grenfell Tower on June 14, killing an estimated 79 people, the British government ordered tests to be carried out on buildings across England with similar cladding.

Information is still coming out about what caused the fire and why it spread so quickly, but the initial belief is that cladding added during a recent refurbishment may have played a large role in causing the fire to spread. An ongoing criminal investigation will determine if the cladding complied with the relevant fire and building regulations.






ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator rebounds in 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose to 9 months during the first quarter of 2017, up 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.  CBI is up by 0.4 months, or 4 percent, on a year-over-year basis.






Seven lessons learned on commissioning projects

Commissioning helps projects achieve greater occupant comfort and satisfaction, higher building energy efficiency, and ensures ease of maintenance for the building engineering staff.

Ultimately, commissioning is where the rubber meets the road in terms of building design. Commissioning a building is how an owner is able to have full confidence that the building is operating as designed and that we aren’t wasting a single dollar on inefficient systems.






Multifamily AMENITIES – BD+C’s Editors would like your Professional Input

The Editors of BD+C and our new sibling publication, Multifamily Design + Construction, want to tap your expertise.

As an professional involved in the design and construction of apartments and condominiums, you’re well aware there’s a war going on —

“The Amenities War”

Bark parks. Bicycle kitchens. Boulder walls. Package centers.

The stakes keep going up and up.

The Editors of Multifamily Design + Construction — the #1 publication in the multifamily sector (circulation: 44,213) — want to know:






Hurricane resistant, energy-efficient Viracon Glass turns Florida office building into modern business destination

Emerald Hills Executive Plaza One (now known as Ganot Plaza), located in Hollywood, Florida, was in desperate need of an overhaul. The 40-year-old building was encased with glass that used an inconsistent film, which struggled to keep sunlight out. In a highly competitive market, the property owner desired an upgrade to improve not only the building’s looks, but its comfort and performance, which resulted in faster leasing rates for the investment.






World Green Building Council: All buildings must be net zero by 2050 to avert 2°C rise

In order to keep the global temperature from rising above pre-industrial levels by 2°C, all the world’s buildings must reach net zero carbon by 2050, according to a report by the World Green Building Council.






Foster + Partners unveils design for the Ourense FFCC Station in Galicia, Spain

Foster + Partners’ plan for the Ourense FFCC Station in Galicia, Spain is to bring together high-speed rail and bus stations in a major urban intervention. This will open pedestrian links between the districts on either side of the tracks and create a new public plaza for the city.






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