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This tool is designed to estimate the carbon benefits of wood buildings, versus steel and concrete.
This tool is designed to estimate the carbon benefits of wood buildings, versus steel and concrete.


Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Construction articles below.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Carbon Calculator by WoodWorks

This tool is designed to estimate the carbon benefits of wood buildings, versus steel and concrete.

Commercial Sector Expected to Lead Real Estate Recovery

Slight increase in nonresidential construction spending expected in 2012 with substantial growth projected for 2013.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Spare Parts Expense Allocation

What is the standard practice of budget allocation towards spare parts expenses?


Every year, architects and engineers compete to see which team can build the most spectacular structure using little more than cans of food. After the competition is over, the cans are donated to a charitable food bank.

Supporting Joplin’s Extreme Makeover

More than 140 pieces of construction equipment were delivered to seven construction sites in the city destroyed by a tornado earlier this year.

ABI Turns Positive after Four Straight Monthly Declines

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.

Question Of The Week: Cost To Build Out Raw Space

How do facility managers weigh a general contractor's proposal if they are not sure of the exact costs?

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Building Energy Calculator From Guardian

Users can compare energy costs for multiple glazing options in prototypical buildings based on multiple variables.

OSHA Offers Equipment Safety Guide To Small Businesses

OSHA has issued Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help businesses comply with the recently published Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule.

AIA Database Of Stalled Construction Projects

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.

Maryland Adopts International Green Construction Code

Maryland’s adoption of the IGCC, effective in March 2012, will apply to all commercial buildings as well as residential properties more than three stories high.

ABI Unchanged For First Quarter

The March ABI score was 50.5, a negligible decrease from a reading of 50.6 the previous month. This score reflects a modest increase in demand for design services. The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, up significantly from a mark of 56.4 in February.

Revisions To MasterFormat Announced

CSI and CSC have announced the 2011 updates to MasterFormat®, the tool used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada.

Architecture Billings Index Continues Positive Momentum

On the heels of its highest mark since 2007, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) jumped more than two points in December.

Haiti Repeat Avoidable With Enforced Building Codes

Richard P. Weiland of ICC stresses the importance of enforceable building codes in light of the one year anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Election Means Changes, Challenges For Construction Industry

Following an election that brought sweeping changes and switched the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, construction industry observers foresee changes in policies impacting this sector.

Comments Needed: Workplace Noise Exposure Controls

OSHA is proposing to issue an interpretation of the term “feasible administrative or engineering controls” as used in the general industry and construction occupational noise exposure standards and to amend its current enforcement policy to reflect the interpretation. Comments are due 12/20/10.

Lighting Systems Index Indicates Brighter Times Ahead

The end of the tunnel appears to be about nine or so months away. The light there is, thankfully, not from an oncoming train. Or so it seems.

Museum Marks 10th Year Of Transforming Addition

Since its Quadracci Pavilion opened in 2010, the Milwaukee Art Museum has seen attendance more than double.

ABI Reverts Back into Negative Territory

Following the first positive reading since January 2008, the ABI dropped nearly two points in October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.

Building Codes Council Votes To Up Efficiency By 30%

Building officials from across the nation voted to support gains in the energy efficiency of building energy codes at the Final Action Hearings for the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Rhode Island First State To Adopt Green Construction Code

The IGCC applies to new and existing, traditional and high-performance commercial buildings in the Ocean State. It includes ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a jurisdictional compliance option.

Modest Improvement in AIA Architecture Billings Index

The AIA reported the August ABI score was 48.2, up slightly from a reading of 47.9 the previous month.

CA Buildings Going For Zero Net Energy

the state’s Action Plan for Buildings provides a roadmap to transform five billion square feet of commercial space to “net zero” energy users by 2030.

New ANSI-Approved Retail Measurement Standard

BOMA's standard is designed to serve the interests of building owners, managers, and occupants as well as facility managers, brokers, appraisers, assessors, lenders, insurers, developers, construction and design professionals, and others.

Still Showing Weakness, ABI Increases Slightly

Following a two-month soft patch, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose almost two full points in July.

Local Firms Build Youth Facility In Anaheim

The 25,000 square foot "Dreamscape" will serve area children through the GOALS (Growth Opportunities through Athletics, Learning and Service) program.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Sleep In, Or Ship Out

The 120 room Travelodge has been built from 86 high strength steel containers which were constructed and fitted with the hotel room's fixture and fittings in Shenzen, China. Transported to England by boat, they were then put on a truck and fitted together like giant Lego blocks.

AIA Consensus Construction Forecast

Even with modest improvements in the overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by more than 20% in 2010 with a marginal increase of 3.1% in 2011 in inflation adjusted terms.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Photo Index Of Maintenance & Renovations has introduced a photo indexing service geared to facility management work.

Revised U.S. Forest Management Standard

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) recently announced revisions to its Forest Management Standard for the contiguous U.S.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LEED Calculator

The online calculator is aimed at determining how the company's products may contribute to LEED credits.

Dennis J. Hall to Take Office of CSI President

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has announced that Dennis J. Hall, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, FAIA, SCIP, will assume presidency of the organization on July 1.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Gen 7 Modular Classroom

American Modular Systems manufactures these environmentally friendly, low maintenance environments with a variety of features.

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