Only a decade ago, sustainable building techniques were fairly rare, a fringe culture on the periphery of mainstream architecture. But with Stephen Colbert interviewing radically green architects like Mitchell Joachim and Passive House buildings popping up in New York City, that's all changing very quickly.
For concrete evidence of the shift, look no further than this year's Top Ten Green Buildings, an annual list chosen by the American Institute of Architects. A few years ago, this list was full of single-family homes commissioned by clients with a special interest in sustainability. Lately, it's full of schools, government buildings, and commercial developments.
And while it's tough to sum up complex buildings in just a sentence or two, there are a few fascinating details from this year's crop that stand out.
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The reality of an expedited schedule and lower costs has made offsite construction a valued building solution for decades. With curiosity about this process at an all-time high, developers are turning to this method with growing enthusiasm.
AGC Lean Construction Forum - AGC's Lean Construction Forum began to create an online community to share information and best practices, ask questions, and participate in discussions on lean concepts and processes within the construction industry.
The building industry is cutting costs and shedding jobs amid predictions construction in Australia faces permanent structural change brought about by the strong local dollar and greater number of apartment developments.
"The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers have found. The tail's flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymer, which could be used in medical devices, underwater exploration and unmanned bomb detection and detonation."
Neil Thompson, deputy chair of the CIC BIM2050 group and Principal BIM Integrator for Balfour Beatty, introduces research on where building information resides in the digital and physical states of building design and construction.
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the acquisition of FE-DESIGN Group, a leader in design optimization for...
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