Category: Interface Highlight

How to Give Owners What They Want Through Performance Specifications

May 01, 2021

By Melissa I. Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT There are numerous sources of potential building enclosure failures. These failures have caused building repairs and litigations to become a billion-dollar annual industry and are one of the main reasons why the industry needs performance specifications. This article will explain building owners’ directives and discuss properly executing the […]

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Planning Ahead for Climate Change With The Global Resiliency Dialogue

May 01, 2021

As climate change makes it impossible for code developers to rely entirely on historical data, code creators and researchers are looking elsewhere in an effort to keep looking forward. The Global Resiliency Dialogue is a joint initiative “to inform the development of building codes that draw on  both building science and climate science to improve […]

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JetBrains’ Green New Office

May 01, 2021

Czech software development company JetBrains had a clear concept for their new offices, revolving around being connective, comfortable, and versatile. The green campus overlooks the Gulf of Finland, and the building’s shape is designed to offer beautiful views from many vantage points. One such vantage point is the generous interior atrium, which sports live greenery […]

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OSHA Says: Vaccinated Employees Should Still Mask Up

April 01, 2021

As more and more essential workers receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, many are starting to question whether it is still necessary for them to continue to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing a mask, washing hands, and staying six feet apart. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), […]

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Opportunities for Women in Construction Perceived to Be Increasing

April 01, 2021

In a workforce survey of over 700 women in construction, 71% of respondents felt that job opportunities for women in construction were increasing, while 28% felt that opportunities were about the same. The survey was released by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Safe Site Check In. NAWIC Executive Director Crissy Ingram […]

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Copper Kills Germs— Potentially Including SARS-CoV-2

April 01, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased awareness to a number of factors for germ transmission. One of them is the surfaces we touch and what material they’re composed of. Dr. Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, has recently conducted studies to gauge contamination levels on high-touch surfaces such as gas pump […]

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The Biden Administration and Construction

April 01, 2021

In his first few days in office, President Joe Biden made several executive orders related to the construction industry, many of them simply revoking executive orders created by his predecessor. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of them. Paris Climate Agreement: President Joe Biden signed an executive order beginning the 30-day process for the […]

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