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EPA Kicks Off Green Building Design Challenge


December 23, 2008
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 EPA Kicks Off Green Building Design Challenge
The “Lifecycle Building Challenge 3”—co-sponsored by the EPA, the American Institute of Architects, West Coast Green, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, StopWaste.Org, and WasteCap Wisconsin—invites professionals and students nationwide to submit innovative designs that minimize waste, reuse materials, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

 AIA Survey Shows Strong Gains in Compensation for Architects
Prior to the recent downturn in construction activity that is adversely affecting some architecture firms, the nonresidential construction sector had been expanding rapidly in recent years. This helped fuel a nearly 6 percent annual increase in average compensation for architecture positions between 2005 and 2008, the strongest period of growth since the American Institute of Architects began collecting compensation information in 1990.

 ECORE Products Awarded FloorScore Certification
ECORE International has earned FloorScore certification for its ECOsurfaces commercial flooring, Everlast sports surfacing, PlayGuard playground safety surfacing, and QT sound insulation products.

 A&D Professionals Take Part in Annual Gingerbuild Competition
When architects and designers are tasked to design with gingerbread and frosting, anything is possible. Imagine a three-foot replica of Chicago’s Federal Building adorned with chocolate windowpanes, or a traditional pagoda, beside a melted blue cough drop lake. These were just some of the edible masterpieces unveiled at Gingerbuild, Allsteel’s third annual challenge for Chicago’s architectural and design community.


 Design Collaborative: A Natural Classic

By Janet Wiens

Todd Bracher's design of the T-No.1 table for Fritz Hansen respects the beauty and tradition of Danish design, making it an instant classic.

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