Design-build usage on the rise

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A study for the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) finds the delivery method’s overall usage for non-residential buildings is nearly 40 percent. RSMeans Analytics conducted “Design-Build Project Delivery Market Share and Market Size Report” by analyzing data on more than 640,000 non-residential construction projects.

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CSI events in Silicon Valley and Manhattan

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Two CSI events happening this fall include CSI Santa Clara Valley’s Silicon Valley Construction Expo and CSI Metropolitan New York’s 2015 Tradeshow and seminars. On September 16, CSI Santa Clara Valley will host its expo at Levi’s Stadium. Reservations for exhibitors and sponsors are now being accepted.

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Nine schools get top marks from AIA

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the nine schools selected for its 2015 Education Facility Design Awards. The awards program, spearheaded by AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE), honors educational facilities the jury believes should serve as examples of high-quality places to learn that further the client’s missions, goals, and educational programs while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

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Price of wind energy decreasing rapidly

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report that found the price of wind energy is at an all-time low averaging under 2.5 cents per kWh. “Wind Technologies Market Report,” prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found wind to be a credible source of new electricity generation, with the decline in prices improving its economic competitiveness.

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UL announces new testing services for building envelopes

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL) launched new curtain wall mockup and field testing capabilities for building envelopes. The global safety science organization’s services provide performance testing to determine the rate of air infiltration, water penetration, structural, impact, and cyclical performance for windows, doors, and curtain walls.

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