Category: Interface Highlight

ORNL and FEMP Build Smart Walls

November 01, 2020

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Department of Energy’s Federal Emergency Management Program (FEMP) have partnered to create a prototype wall named “EMPOWER.” This “smart” wall is 3-D printed using a manufacturing system called SkyBAAM, which prints concrete. SkyBAAM constructs walls without the use of a gantry system, and it reportedly can be set […]

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IIBEC Holds 2020 Awards Ceremony Online

October 21, 2020

By Katherine Springle Lempka On October 7, 2020, IIBEC hosted a virtual awards ceremony to honor the year’s recipients. This would usually take place as a luncheon at IIBEC’s International Convention and Trade Show, which was also held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Immediate Past President Bob Card welcomed everyone to the Awards Ceremony, […]

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Anatomy of Construction Litigation:Part IV – Expert Testimony

October 01, 2020

By Derek A. Hodgin, RBEC, RRO, PE, CCCA EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part four of a four-part series about construction litigation. For purposes of completeness, and so that each part can make sense individually, the disclaimer and a large portion of the background are repeated. Please see the August 2019 issue of IIBEC Interface to […]

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Europe’s Largest Green Façade Completed in Düsseldorf

October 01, 2020

Nearly 30,000 hornbeam hedges form the “cladding” for Kö-Bogen II, a new building in Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz (plaza), Düsseldorf, Germany. Ingenhoven Architects, the project’s designer, said they didn’t want the new structure to compete with the existing buildings in the plaza, so it had to be completely different. Beneath the greenery lies 450,000 sq. ft. of office […]

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Traditional Clay Bricks Could Store Energy

October 01, 2020

One of the biggest barriers to solar energy becoming cheap and ubiquitous as an alternative and/or supplement to “the grid” is the expense and inconvenience of installing a battery storage. A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, is investigating a solution to allow traditional clay-fired bricks to store energy.  although the […]

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Updated Guidance for the UK

October 01, 2020

Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), a nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom, has published an updated guide on handover and O&M manuals. The guide, BG 79/2020, covers the process of handing over a building from the construction team to the end client and building operators, including the suggested documentation to include. The guide […]

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NCARB/NOMA Study Finds Architectural Field Lacks Diversity

September 01, 2020

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA) partnered to collect data on equity in the process of becoming an architect. The study found that a person of color is 7% more likely to drop out of the path to licensure than a white person on the […]

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Public Works Building Uses Roads as Design Motif

September 01, 2020

A public works department in Bexar County, San Antonio, TX, has a unique approach to the design of various aspects of their new building. They’ve created a motif using “an abstracted map of the  major county roads,” which is repeated in various locations throughout the building. The motif appears on a perforated screen on the […]

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