Layering security controls for healthcare projects

Looking down a hospital hall way lights

It is not difficult to imagine the need for security in healthcare environments. Where are the eyes and ears ensuring the safety of a newborn transported from labor and delivery? Can family members visiting a sick relative be confident their valuables are safe at bedside if they leave to grab a snack? What security precautions are taken when a rear exterior door to the hospital is propped open so staff can take a break?

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HVLS Fans: Not Just for the Cool Factor – Free eBook


Why specify high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans for your next project? Cooling and comfort are just the beginning. Operating at an optimized low speed, large HVLS fans pull air from above and push it down in a conical shape to the floor below—moving the most air over the largest area at the lowest cost.

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AIA announces top ten green projects of 2016

Projects exemplifying sustainable architecture were selected by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE) for its Top Ten Green Projects of 2016 award, including the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego. 
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The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected 10 projects exemplifying sustainable architecture and ecological design. The ‘Top 10 Green Projects’ program celebrates buildings with an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

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GSA adopts land development and management rating system

Land development and management rating system SITES has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for its capital construction program. 

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. SITES is the most comprehensive program from sustainable land development and management and is used by landscape architects, engineers, developers, and policy-makers to align land development with innovative sustainable design.

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ASHRAE updates IAQ standard

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently updated its standard, 62.1-2016, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. 
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Requirements regarding multi-family residential dwellings, environmental tobacco smoke, and operation and maintenance, are among the changes to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) newly published indoor air quality (IAQ) standard.

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So far, architecture billings experiencing upswing

Architecture billings in March rose from the previous month, according to the American Institute of Architecture’s (AIA’s) Architecture Billings Index (ABI). 
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the Architectural Billings Index (ABI) for March was 51.9, which is up from 50.3 in February. ABI reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms; the approximate nine-to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

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