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Concrete legacy book available

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has released A Concrete Legacy: The Past, Present, and Future of the American Concrete Pavement Association, a limited edition publication showcasing the industry’s changes spanning decades. Of interest to those in the transportation and construction industries, the book begins in 1784 and includes photographs, fast facts, and vignette articles throughout. Produced in commemoration of the organization’s 50th anniversary, it can be ordered at

Water specification information expanded

The SpecText master guide by ARCOM has been expanded to include water and wastewater specification sections. Now, the Water/Wastewater Utilities Library features 101 sections, while the Water/Wastewater Equipment Library has 129. This is a 40 per cent increase from the beginning of this year. The new sections include Liquid Acids Piping, Bolted Steel Tanks, Vertical Turbine Flocculation Equipment, and Disc Cloth Filters. These standards are able to offer engineers and water/wastewater infrastructure designers critical information for their projects. For more information, visit

Wood design nominees sought


Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects’ design of the Anderson Japanese Gardens Visitors’ Center (with engineering by T.E. Meyer & Associates) includes a low sloping roof with long overhangs and copper roofing. The post-and-beam timber structure, common to Japanese architecture, is expressed on both the exterior and throughout the interior. Douglas-fir was used for all of the wood components, including columns and beams, glued-laminated timber (glulam) structural deck, trim, and Shoji panels. The Rockford, Illinois, project was awarded by WoodWorks last year. Photo © Daniel G. Saavedra

WoodWorks, a division of the Wood Products Council, is now accepting nominations for its awards program celebrating the design, engineering, and construction of non-residential and multi-family buildings.

For the awards program, which has no nomination fees, special consideration is given to recently completed buildings, projects employing wood as a structural element, and designs exemplifying new opportunities for wood construction.

“The Wood Design Awards provide an opportunity for architects and engineers to showcase cutting edge projects that leverage wood’s beauty and versatility,” said WoodWorks executive director Jennifer Cover, PE. “What sets a project apart is its ability to demonstrate ingenuity and the unique attributes of using wood in design, such as cost savings, sustainability and structural performance.”

Specific categories range from education buildings and commercial design to government projects and innovative engineering. Entrants across these categories will also be selected to receive regional excellence awards. The deadline for nominations is September 30. For more information, visit

USGBC launches international market briefs

Tallest Tower in Taiwan

Taipei 101 in Taiwan: one of the world’s tallest buildings to hold Platinum under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Photo © BigStockPhoto/ How Chua

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has expanded its online data visualization resources, allowing access to aggregated green building project information in more than 150 countries.

Following on the U.S. state market briefs launched in the spring, the international market briefs detail Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects by owner sector, rating system, and space type for all countries, along with in-market LEED credentialed professionals and USGBC members.

“LEED is driving innovation and sustainable development across the globe,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC chief operating officer. “These market briefs offer a global view, country by country, simultaneously representing the international demand for LEED and our commitment to making the story and the data behind it transparent.”

The gross commercial square footage certified by the Green Building Certification Institute outside the U.S. rose from 156 to 176 million square feet in a single year (2012-2013). Currently, more than 648 million square feet of commercial space is LEED certified outside the United States, including new buildings in Venezuela and Kuwait, along with Canada, India, China, and throughout Europe.

The international market briefs can be downloaded either as a visualization or as a raw data file at

ASTM presenting EIFS symposium

ASTM International will be exploring the topic of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) in a two-day series of talks this fall. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Lee Barnwell

This October, ASTM International is sponsoring a symposium on exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).

Entitled “Performance, Progress, and Innovation” the event will be held October 5 and 6 at the Sheraton New Orleans, coinciding with standards development meetings for Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.

Papers will be presented in the following topic areas:
● continuous insulation (ci);
● energy codes and efficiency;
● sustainability and durability;
● fire performance;
● maintenance and façade inspection;
● code language and standards;
● Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research;
● fluid-applied air/water-resistive barriers;
● decorative shapes;
● sealants;
● finishes and coatings; and
● future technologies/practices.

The symposium is directed at those professionals who primarily make their livelihood in the EIFS industry, and who depend on ASTM standards that govern this industry. This includes manufacturers, designers, architects, applicators, consultants, inspectors, and building owners.

For registration fees and additional information, visit