Rethinking the things we thought about wood

A recent article from David Roberts on Vox resurfaces the benefits of using mass timber (aka, “cross- laminated timber” (CLT)). Over the last century, the design and construction industry has leaned away from wood, especially for non-residential construction, and moved toward more manufactured materials, such as steel, concrete, and iron, in the name of safety.... Continue Reading →

New Proving Grounds for Energy Efficiency

New developments in the energy efficiency arena are happening all the time. From new products meant to increase efficiency and lower life-cycle costs to new design paradigms that weave new technologies and procedures with traditional building methods, green design has become commonplace in the market. However, the best-laid plans do not always delivery the best... Continue Reading →

Reducing carbon emissions through smart design

A recent study performed by the University of Cambridge suggests that the construction industry could reduce its carbon emissions by up to 50 percent by optimizing the design of new buildings to use less steel. Currently, the UK study purports, the design of buildings calls for double the amount of steel and concrete required by... Continue Reading →

State-Funded Projects and LEED v4

As reported by EcoBuildingPulse a few weeks ago, Indiana Governor Mike Pence decided to neither sign nor veto a new bill that will put an end to the state’s energy efficiency program. The decision was controversial and met with criticism since an alternative measure has not been proposed as of yet. Several environmental groups have... Continue Reading →

A European Look at Sustainable Façade Products

Sustainability is growing, and product image is important when it comes to architects specifying products and materials. A recent Arch-Vision study asked architects in Europe what the most and least sustainable façade materials/products are, in their view. The results showed that bricks, wood, and stone are currently thought of as the most sustainable products to... Continue Reading →

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