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Buildings Wrapped in High-Efficiency, Flexible Solar Cells? It Could Happen

February 22, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Energy, Renewables

A patented breakthrough by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology improves the efficiency of organic photovoltaic cells by 50 percent, and could someday provide a huge boost for the viability of solar power as a major source of energy.…

Pioneering Experimental Buildings of Werner Sobek Exposed

February 22, 2016 - in Buildings, Design/Engineering, Energy

A new book presents a comprehensive look at the pioneering experimental buildings that Werner Sobek has designed since the turn of the century. For more…

Supply Cost Comparisons Can Lead to Supply Cost Reductions

Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 16, 2016—Facility owners and managers are advised that they should consider comparing their supply costs with similar sized facilities…

Siemens to Introduce New Version of its Desigo CC Building Management Platform

February 5, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Energy, Sensors

Frankfurt, Feb. 5, 2016—Under the motto "Make your building more livable," Siemens will show at the light+building trade fair from March 13 to 18, 2016 how commercial buildings can be comfortable while also offering economical operation. One of the highlights…

Converting Point Data Into Geometry Quickly and Efficiently

January 25, 2016 - in Corporate, Modeling, Surveying/Mapping

Austin, Texas-based Lanmar Services creates clarity from chaos, literally connecting the dots for clients, using laser scanners to record and translate 3D structural data from existing buildings into functional, precise 2D CAD or 3D building information models…

Material May Offer Cheaper Alternative to Smart Windows

January 25, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Design/Engineering

If you've ever blown up a balloon or pulled at a pair of pantyhose, you may have noticed that the more the material stretches, the more transparent it becomes. It's a simple enough observation: the thinner a material, the more light shines through. Now MIT…

North American Precast Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations

January 13, 2016 - in Buildings

Chicago, Ill.; Ottawa, Ont., Canada; Carmel, Ind., Jan. 12, 2016—The North American Precast Concrete industry is pleased to announce the release of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories. The EPDs will…

New Standard Supports High-Tech Management of Facility Assets

January 5, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Maintenance, Sensors

ASTM International has published a new standard to help identify and classify building systems, components, sub-components and their attributes. The new standard (E3035, Classification for Facility Asset Component Tracking System (FACTS)) will optimize how…

CartoConsult Partners with Proteus to Harness the Power of New Laser Scanning Technology

December 15, 2015 - in Buildings, Corporate, Sensors

Swindon, UK, Dec. 15, 2015—CartoConsult has signed a joint venture agreement with Proteus to develop and promote the use of the latest laser scanning technology. As new systems are launched to market, such as handheld mobile mappers, UAV mounted sensors…

U.S. Green Building Council Commits to Scaling LEED Green Buildings to More Than 5 Billion Square Feet Over Next Five Years

December 3, 2015 - in Buildings, Corporate, Energy, Environment

PARIS, Dec. 3, 2015—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will commit to scaling green buildings to more than 5 billion square feet (478 million square meters) over the next five years through the LEED and EDGE green building rating…