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As the U.S. economy continues to recover, the construction industry has been a big beneficiary. Overall construction spending in the United States jumped 2.2 percent in April to an annual rate of $1 trillion—the highest level since November 2008. The Department of Commerce recently announced construction spending (both private and public) in May rose 8.2 percent from the year before—for an estimated $1,035.8 billion annual rate.

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Are We Thinking About Daylighting All Wrong?

The daylighting advantages for this Manassas Park classroom go far beyond reducing reliance on electrical utilities—there is much to be said about natural light’s benefits in health and productivity. Photo © Sam Kittner Photography

Daylighting is an integral part of architectural design. After all, building occupants want a physical and psychological connection to the outside world. We evolved under sunlight; our Circadian rhythms—governing daily living cycles, influencing our mood, and controlling our sleep patterns—developed in response to a connection to the outdoors. Unfortunately, how many design/construction professionals approach daylighting can be problematic.

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Holcim awards the best in international 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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CAD in the Cloud: How will it change the construction industry?

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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