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As with every industry, the architecture and construction industry is constantly changing. Whether it's a new product introduction or a new regulation passed by a local government, it's important to be on top of everything that's going on in the industry.

Last year, the International Code Council released the International Green Construction Code, which is aimed at helping state and local governments provide direction and oversight of green design and construction. While there are currently only a handful of states and local jurisdictions that have adopted the IgCC, it is something that architects will need to understand. To help our readers navigate the IgCC, Metal Architecture spoke to Allan Bilka, RA, senior staff architect with the ICC, and Stephanie Spear, Esq., manager, building codes policy with AIA. Click here to learn more.

Also in this issue, we take a look at how metal is used to convey both the strength and fragility of the first responders who train at the new Safety Training Center in Carlsbad, Calif. Designed by RRM Design Group, San Clemente, Calif., the building design features a monochromatic palette of materials. Metal panels from CENTRIA, Moon Township, Pa., and RHEINZINK America Inc., Woburn, Mass., provided different types of texture and reflectivity. Perforated metal panels from Hendricks Manufacturing, Carbondale, Pa., act as a policeman's shield that protects the building from its southern exposure.

In Green Scene, Associate Editor Patricia Brehm takes a look at how an old warehouse was repurposed to become the corporate headquarters for Rechler Equity Partners in Plainview, N.Y. Architects Arrowstreet Inc., Somerville, Mass. created an iconic building that celebrates the company's history while looking towards the future. Check out the story here.

As we head into Denver this month for the AIA National Convention, be sure to check out our list of metal construction-related exhibitors, and be sure to stop by our booth, #364, to say hi.

See you there.

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