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The TMT Route to Sustainability

Designers want to have their design decisions valued, especially when it comes to the rather uncharted waters of sustainability and enhanced building performance.

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Quality Assurance: Bring It On

Today's buyer's market for construction services is not such a bad thing, as customers demand more quality assurance and lower operating costs.

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Helping Contractors "Get" Green

[gallery] The LEED rating system has changed the way a building is delivered. It draws together more of the construction and design team from the very beginning, and encourages an integrated design.

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Bricklayer, or "Building Envelope Specialist"?

Today's building envelope systems are more complex than ever. Sustainability and energy issues are requiring more sophisticated building envelopes that can manage air flow, moisture migration, vapor...

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A Language Barrier for Air Barriers

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Restoration Takes Communication

[gallery] Restoration work has been active in the Washington DC area in recent years, particularly with the economy's chilling effect on new construction. So it's a good time to ask, how well do all...

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The Future of AAC Might Be Here

We just came back from a very educational trip to Xella’s autoclaved aerated concrete plant in Georgia, where they make blocks, panels, cladding and more. The company bills itself as the world’s...

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CMs Look for the Green Label

Practitioners of sustainable design and construction have enough to figure out without wondering if their subcontractors are ready, too. Now, with the nation’s first sustainable certification program...

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How do you spell "green"? T-E-A-M

Perhaps the most important question when talking about green design is not what materials you choose or where they come from, but rather how you are using them and how they are installed.

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A Bright Future for School Construction

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