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In the face of extreme weather, facilities housing mission critical resources seek increased resilience. From the September 2013 issue.
The course provides an overview of the features and use of the newly released version of Green Globes for New Construction (NC), which is based on an ANSI Standard (ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings).
The book was developed by a committee representing a diverse group of energy professionals drawn from ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Projects that receive Designed to Earn the Energy Star certification are estimated to be nearly 40% more energy efficient than typical buildings.
The International Green Construction Code has been designed and released as the path to safe, sustainable, economical construction.
Slight increase in nonresidential construction spending expected in 2012 with substantial growth projected for 2013.
AIA reported the August ABI score was 51.4, following a very weak score of 45.1 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services.
The new projects inquiry index was 53.7, a considerable slowdown from a reading of 58.1 in June.
According to the latest AIA semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decline for the remainder of 2011; modest growth is projected for 2012.
The AIA will establish a new survey that will begin to identify and analyze stalled projects from around the country that could be moved forward on almost any front but for the lack of financing.