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Prediction: Building products will soon be sold as 3-D blueprints, not physical objects
3BL Media
Within a few years, most faucets, sinks and other building products will likely be downloaded, not shipped. "We saw this coming, yes, but had no idea how quickly it would take shape," says Green Builder Editor-In-Chief Matt Power, author of the future-focused "Celestia Project." "It's sort of a ninja attack on the manufacturing industry, one that I don't think most of them yet see coming." Power notes that the media is distracted by stories of 3-D printers being used to print whole houses, and that's not the most obvious and practical use for personal 3-D printers, he says.
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2015 uniform plumbing code released
Phc News
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has released the hard copy and digital versions of its 2015 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code. Both the hard copy and e-book versions, viewable on computers, tablets and smartphones, can be purchased and downloaded via the IAPMO Web store at www.iapmo.org.
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Which type of roof is best in cold climates: solar, white or green?
Treehugger
There are a variety of ways to make your building more sustainable and energy efficient, but the most discussed area to improve is the roof. For years, we've heard about the benefits of white roofs, green roofs and roofs covered in solar panels, but depending on the building and where it's located, one of these types may make a bigger impact than another.
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2015 guide to high-efficiency air conditioning
Contracting Business
Contracting Business offers this guide each year to give HVAC contractors an easy-to-use comparison of the newest models by the leading brands. This year, they've grouped mini-splits together, for an easy look at this growing category.
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5 tips for an occupant-friendly facility
BUILDINGS
Everyone knows that the condition of your restrooms speak volumes about your facility, but you might not be aware of how crucial this single area can be for maintaining occupant morale. Up to 93 percent of people believe that the condition of workplace restrooms is a strong indicator of how much a company values its employees, so don't give the wrong impression.
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Is your property prepared for a tornado?
Property Management Insider
Spring hardly came in like a lion as far as tornadoes go. Until damaging twisters hit Oklahoma and Arkansas in late March, one of the historically heaviest months for spawning tornadoes was meek as a lamb. None had developed in the first three weeks, and only four warnings were issued nationwide. However, the season is far from done. April and May are prime times when twisters turn sunny spring days into rolling balls of destruction in communities across the country.
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The challenges of security in office environments
BUILDINGS
2014 might very well go down in history as the "Year of Data Breaches," with millions of consumers affected by high-profile personal data losses that made worldwide news headlines – think Target, The Home Depot and Sony Entertainment Pictures. The average cost of a data breach has increased from $5.4 million to $5.9 million since 2013 – not exactly chump change for the average organization. It's further impacting businesses in other ways.
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Building smart in healthcare
Healthcare Design Magazine
Embarking on a new healthcare construction project or retrofitting an existing facility is, in a word, complex. There's simply no room for error. And yet, thanks to new trends in healthcare — the shift to outpatient services, an aging population in need of greater care, limited funding, etc. — project owners are issuing new demands to contractors and designers.
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