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Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

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The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, a design competition spanning the last three years, has announced its global winners. The competition, an initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, is open to all countries and focuses on pioneering novel and future-oriented, building projects. The competition, an initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, is open to all countries and focuses on pioneering novel and future-oriented, building projects. The 15 winners from the previous five regional Holcim Awards competitions (Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa Middle East, Asia Pacific) were selected to compete in the international competition. The three respective winners from the global pool were projects from Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

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Xypex: Concrete Waterproofing with Crystalline Technology

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Crystalline waterproofing improves concrete durability, lowers maintenance costs, and extends building lifecycles From building foundations, elevator pits, floor slabs, and exterior precast panels to water treatment facilities and underground urban infrastructure, concrete is the most commonly used construction material.

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CAD in the Cloud

Digital devices onsite are changing both the capabilities and needs of computer-aided design (CAD). Running high-tech programs from the Cloud can make things easier. Photo © BigStockPhoto

Enabling any computer-assisting design (CAD) software to be delivered from the Cloud to a browser on any device anywhere brings down a huge barrier to making digital design tools accessible to everyone involved in a construction project. Perhaps even more importantly, this model opens up a whole new way for team members to collaborate very closely with one another

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Solving window wall problems by eliminating causes

Some windows walls  employ designs that include exposed slab edges, but these can lead to potential problems. Rethinking the basic design concepts could have important benefits. All images courtesy Raymond Ting

Window walls eventually fail under repeated occurrences of causes like loads, movement, stress fatigue, and the degradation of material properties due to aging. How can one simply anticipate the ‘causes’ and then design to eliminate them in the first place? A rethinking of traditional glazing design is in order.

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