Children’s Hospital of Alabama Case Study

    Powering the blueprint of the future for sustainable hospitals Emphasizing the need to be good stewards of financial donations, the Children’s of Alabama sought a partnership to find innovative solutions to drive maximum efficiency of operations, lower energy costs, reduce risk of failure, and provide guaranteed outcomes. The hospital looked to Johnson Controls to design, build, operate and maintain its new central utility plant (CUP) through a 25-year contract where Johnson Controls operates and holds all the risk for building… Read More »Children’s Hospital of Alabama Case Study


      Outlook for Sustainable Products and Services Is in the Green

      By Scott Shurtleff The outlook for future demand of green building products and services is very promising, according to data gained from an extensive survey by Dodge Data & Analytics in partnership with Carrier, Autodesk, USGBC and AIA. The 80-page report details the expected demand of green products in home, municipal and commercial structures over the next 15 years. The report suggests that both the building performance AND the construction of the building need to be addressed with equal fervor… Read More »Outlook for Sustainable Products and Services Is in the Green

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        Is It Time to Step Up Cybersecurity?

        By Donna Laquidara-Carr, Ph.D., LEED AP The following article originally appeared on New technologies for use on construction projects have the potential to help contractors deliver better projects on schedule, on budget and more safely. However, that new technology also brings new risks into the construction industry.  Like every other major industry across the globe, contractors need to be concerned about cybersecurity, especially as they shift to more data-driven approaches to managing their projects.  But how prepared is the… Read More »Is It Time to Step Up Cybersecurity?

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          The New 2022 Big Ass Fans Lookbook

          Inside you’ll find exclusive profiles of projects where Big Ass fans have provided the perfect solution for architects, designers, and engineers. See form and function working hand-in-hand, every step of the way. The 2022 Big Ass Fans Lookbook showcases over 100 pages of case studies, designer profiles, stunning design in various real world settings, and more. Learn more about what Big Ass Fans has accomplished and what they can do for you.

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            Business Conditions for Civil Contractors Remain Positive

            Each issue of the Dodge publication Civil Quarterly surveys civil engineers to track a variety of business conditions. One useful indicator measures contractors’ backlog—more specifically the ratio between their ideal amount of backlog to the current reality. According to the most recent survey, backlogs remained strong throughout 2021, with most civil contractors reporting close to their ideal backlog. No consistent pattern of change has emerged, with backlog ratios increasing or decreasing, but always remaining at 80 or above.

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              Demographic Growth Slows, Population Shifts: What They Mean for Your Business

              By Richard Branch, Chief Economist One of the biggest concerns facing the construction sector is “people.” For most of us in the industry, that concern is centered on the acute lack of skilled labor facing the sector.  I think, though, the “people” concern goes deeper than that. At the end of the day, what we do is build things for people: homes, roads, schools, etc. However, population growth in the U.S. is slowing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, total… Read More »Demographic Growth Slows, Population Shifts: What They Mean for Your Business

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                Reality Capture: Helping to Increase Safety and Productivity in Civil Construction

                Of all the new technology available to improve construction projects, reality capture perhaps holds the greatest promise. It covers a broad span of technology, from sophisticated laser scanning devices to the cameras on phones and the apps designed to better utilize the images they capture. New research conducted in the Civil Quarterly reveals the degree to which contractors have already embraced these technologies, the benefits they experience from their use and the promise they see in it for future improvements. Join Dr.… Read More »Reality Capture: Helping to Increase Safety and Productivity in Civil Construction

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                  Window and door manufacturer Andersen Corporation is doubling down on solar power with an investment in Ubiquitous Energy, a company whose transparent photovoltaic technology converts light into electricity using semiconductor materials while maintaining visual transparency. Ubiquitous Energy’s UE Power™ technology is the only patented photovoltaic glass coating that harnesses solar power to generate electricity, while remaining almost indistinguishable from traditional windows. The renewable energy generation can be used for self-contained, on-board power and smart-home functionality, or to offset energy consumption elsewhere.… Read More »ANDERSEN INVESTS IN SOLAR TECH

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                    Managing Through the Cycle for Construction Success With Steel

                    Is uncertainty making it hard to plan for the future? Tabitha S. Stine, the director of construction solutions services at the steel and steel products company Nucor, has a strong sense of what the construction industry can expect. In her presentation for Outlook 2022, she draws connections between COVID-19, supply chain disruptions, the price of steel, and near- and mid-term prospects for the construction industry and the economy writ large. In the long-term, material prices continue to rise: From Jan.… Read More »Managing Through the Cycle for Construction Success With Steel

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                      Emerging Green Building Trends in the U.S.

                      By Donna Laquidara-Carr, Industry Insights Research Director With the impacts of climate change becoming more apparent in our everyday lives and having an increased impact on the built environment, the drive for green and resilient building has never been stronger in the U.S. While energy conservation continues to be a top approach to building green and use of renewable energy sources are a well-known strategy, in the past decade several new approaches to building green offer potential to improve the… Read More »Emerging Green Building Trends in the U.S.

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