Monthly Archives: November 2014

Market Expectations

As the end of the year draws near, many people take the time to reflect upon the last 12 months and form New Year's resolutions for the coming year. Similarly, this time of year brings about reports and predictions as to what next year will bring about in the construction and design industry.

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WELL Building Standard and LEED

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) recently launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium in New Orleans. Considered the world's first building standard to focus on enhancing people's health and wellbeing through the built environment, the WELL Building Standard is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research. It was developed over seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists and industry professionals, and sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The standard also underwent a two-year pilot program and a three-phase expert Peer Review process that encompassed a scientific, practitioner and medical review.

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Resilient Design

In the architecture and construction industry, it seems that "resilient design" is the current buzzword.

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From Metal to Green

October was a very busy month, with METALCON and Greenbuild within weeks of each other.  A lot happened at Greenbuild, with a few major announcements and metal playing a role in two projects that will be donated to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.

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