Green Buildings Alive – Podcast

While it might seem that less people working in a commercial building means less energy used, data gathered by Investa Sustainability Institute, based in Sydney, Australia, shows that buildings actually perform better at full occupancy.  We talk with Beck Dawson, Sustainability Manager with the Institute, who tells us how this counterintuitive study works, and about a webs

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Counterintuitive Link to Building Occupancy, Energy Use

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Q&A: Erin Rae Hoffer, Autodesk Manager

HofferBuilding information modeling, a technology that allows architects, engineers and contractors to create integrated, three-dimensional digital design documents, is at once a catalyst for tremendous change within the design/construction community and a source of confusion among design professionals and project owners.

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Design Considerations Balance Sustainability, Safety Needs

The following article is based on an excerpt from “Security Design for Sustainable Buildings and Campuses,” a book released this year by security consulting firm Applied Risk Management. It outlines several areas where sustainability and security collide, and solutions for both areas of facility management.

Outdoor Lighting

With respect to security, the more outdoor lighting a building has, the better. Lighting is considered a deterrent to crime because criminals prefer to carry out their activities under the cover of darkness.

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2009 Modular Building Awards

Every year the Modular Building Institute sponsors an awards program that recognizes the best projects in commercial modular building design and construction.

The ceremony to present the awards was held earlier this year during MBI’s annual convention and tradeshow in Las Vegas. Each entry was reviewed by a panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals.

A full list of awards and case studies are available at:

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Q&A: Rachel Gutter, USGBC


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