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Bright lights in smart cities

Smart web-based street lighting monitoring and management control solutions provide a two-way flow of information to aid efficiency and maintenance for cities across the world. Photo BigStockPhoto

Lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the country’s energy usage, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Choosing the right lighting system is crucial when it comes to saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint of a building or campus. Thus, there has been a shift in developing technology that can integrate into the infrastructure of both ‘smart buildings’ and ‘smart cities.’

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A faster, simpler way to a Level 5 finish

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Drywall is often misperceived as a building material that does not demand the skillful manipulation of a traditional construction material. However, anyone who has worked with drywall knows the product is not so cooperative.

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Heat-tracing Solutions With BIM: Optimizing efficiency and reducing costs

Building information modeling (BIM) is having a dramatic impact on all aspects of the design/construction world, from project team collaborations to more specific niches—such as the way heat-tracing systems are specified. All photos courtesy Pentair Thermal Building Solutions

Building information modeling (BIM) is opening up new opportunities for the construction industry. Its adoption differs across various regions, but architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors are realizing the benefits of this new, collaborative way of designing, constructing, and maintaining a building. Heat-tracing systems are one building component taking advantage of BIM. As a solution that ensures comfort and contributes to life safety, it requires special attention.

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How a Denver development took flight

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The Stapleton Redevelopment project near Denver—a 16-year, $200-million endeavor—is still undergoing its transformation from an international airport to a thriving residential and mixed-use community. As the Colorado project progresses, final phases of asbestos abatement, demolition, and soil remediation are well underway.

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Get a grip on stainless steel railing finishes

When choosing a stainless steel railing, finishes must be taken into account to ensure long-term success. Photo © BigStockPhoto

Stainless steel is often used as a railing material, especially where corrosion resistance is a major concern. However, many design/construction professionals may be unaware of the finer nuances of selecting the right type of material. Having a better understanding of finishes is critical.

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Recreation centers and building codes: Then and now

Intumescent coating in the Marshall University Recreation Center. All photos © Hastings+Chivetta Architects/Sam Fentress Photography

Over the past two decades, the design of recreation and assembly buildings has undergone numerous changes, brought about by everything from aesthetic trends and technology advances to demographic shifts and new understanding about occupant comfort and user experience. Another major factor has been ever-evolving building codes.

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