Northwestern Now: New tool to guide sustainable building design and construction

Northwestern Now: New tool to guide sustainable building design and construction. “Originally created for disaster recovery and reconstruction guidance, the Building Material Selection and Use: An Environmental Guide (BMEG) examines environmental impacts, material alternatives, and design and construction best practices. WWF first created the tool in the wake of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, which severely damaged the country’s infrastructure and placed a high demand on resources. The BMEG provided a guidebook of sound practices to minimize likelihood of future disasters caused by deforestation, erosion landslides and floods.”

PRNewswire: California Builder Services Launches DREPublicReports .com (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: California Builder Services Launches DREPublicReports .com (PRESS RELEASE). “The site, maintained by California Builder Services, offers a simple search function to pull up 590,000 reports (and counting) archived over the past few decades. This includes subdivisions and developments in the state of California and developments completed by builders from California. Accessing the records is crucial when conducting research, whether its real estate brokers checking if disclosures are signed to builders researching regions or competitors.” The site is free to access.

Habitat: A New Digital Tool to Help Co-ops and Condos Cut Carbon Emissions

Habitat: A New Digital Tool to Help Co-ops and Condos Cut Carbon Emissions. “The website features maps that allow the public to see the location of all 40,000 buildings in the five boroughs that must meet new emission limits, as well as the energy-efficiency letter grades of buildings that are required to provide benchmarking information on their annual energy and water consumption. The annual letter grades were inaugurated last year. The website also answers frequently asked questions and shares resources to help with building retrofits, including information about compliance metrics, adjustment programs and financial assistance.”

The First News (Poland): Delightful ‘little corset’ tiles showcase rescued fragments of Warsaw architecture

The First News (Poland): Delightful ‘little corset’ tiles showcase rescued fragments of Warsaw architecture. “An Archive of Warsaw Detail has been launched to showcase rescued fragments of the Polish capital’s architecture. The online museum brings together architectural bits and pieces collected during renovation works – both inside buildings and on their façades.”

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: To Make a Building Healthier, Stop Sanitizing Everything

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: To Make a Building Healthier, Stop Sanitizing Everything. “In the Western world, humans spend 90% of their time indoors. The average American spends even more than that—93%—inside buildings or cars. For years scientists have sounded the alarm that our disconnect from the outdoors is linked to a host of chronic health problems, including allergies, asthma, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and obesity. More recently, experts in various fields have begun studying why buildings, even those designed to be as germ-free as possible, are vectors for disease, not the least Covid-19.”

Facilities Management Journal: UKGBC launches catalogue of net zero case studies

Facilities Management Journal: UKGBC launches catalogue of net zero case studies. UKGBC is the UK Green Building Council.. “The catalogue aims to provide organisations with practical examples of the methods needed to encourage and deliver a net zero carbon built environment, across a wide variety of building types. The projects featured demonstrate innovative approaches to addressing specific elements of the framework, such as minimising in-use energy performance or whole life carbon, alongside a range of advanced technologies.”

Tubefilter: China’s New Digital Stars Are Construction Vehicles–And They Have 40 Million Viewers

Tubefilter: China’s New Digital Stars Are Construction Vehicles–And They Have 40 Million Viewers. “The respiratory illness has sickened nearly 10,000 and killed 213, and with cases presenting in all areas of China, transportation across the country has been suspended, and people have been urged to isolate themselves in their homes to prevent further spread. Stuck there, they’ve been keeping themselves busy by tuning in to digital livestreams–which, obviously, isn’t so unusual. What is unusual is the subjects of these livestreams: two currently-under-construction hospitals, and the people and vehicles building them.”

Perkins+Will: Perkins+Will Launches Revamped Material Transparency Website and ‘Precautionary List’ of Hazardous Building Materials

Perkins+Will: Perkins+Will Launches Revamped Material Transparency Website and ‘Precautionary List’ of Hazardous Building Materials. “Perkins+Will, the global architecture and design firm that ignited the industry movement toward healthier building materials with its 2008 Precautionary List and 2011 Transparency website, unveiled today updated and improved versions of both tools. The enhanced Precautionary List—a compilation of the most prolific and problematic substances that people encounter every day in the built environment—now functions more like a user-friendly digital database than a static list. It allows design professionals to search for key substances and chemicals of concern using filters like project type, product type, and health and environmental impacts.”

Builder: New Database Tracks Healthy, Efficient Building Products

Builder: New Database Tracks Healthy, Efficient Building Products. “Building Clean offers an easy-to-use interface that includes information about appliances, heating and air conditioning equipment, insulation, lighting, plumbing, roofing, sealants, and water filtration. Building Clean can be used to search for products with third-party health certifications and services that promote transparency about the chemicals contained in the products. The site can also be a resource for businesses looking to break into the energy-efficient product supply chain.”

Japan Working on a Database of Construction Workers

In response to shortages, the government of Japan is working on a database of construction workers. “The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry intends to create a database in which workers can register their skills qualifications or employment records to establish their work history. Construction companies will be able to make use of the information provided to improve working conditions on the ground. The idea is to alleviate the shortage of construction workers by making it easier to muster human resources.”

Digital Archive for Architectural Students’ Work Underway

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will create a digital archive for its Student Work collection. “The Institutes of Museum and Library Services grant will allow the archive to organize, catalog, and digitize more than 30,000 works, including 4,000 student projects dating back to the 1930s, blueprints, photographs, drawings, and small and large-scale models.”