International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Now in the Works
from Architectural Record
Code officials could see a new universal regulatory framework to guide the design and construction of green commercial buildings by the end of next year. On June 29, the American Institute of Architects, along with the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), announced their intent to create an International Green Construction Code (IGCC). More.
Facilities America to be Held Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2009 - Register Today!
AFE will present Facilities America, a comprehensive conference program on the latest in facilities management topics being held in conjunction with the Carolina Industrial & Facility Maintenance Show October 29 – November 1 in Greenville, SC. Click here for more information and to register.
Obama, Chu Roll Out New Lighting Rules and $346 Million for Energy Efficient Buildings
from Greener Buildings
With Energy Secretary Steven Chu by his side, U.S. President Barack Obama detailed stricter new lighting standards and promised the swift release of $346 million in Recovery Act funds to boost energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings and homes. More
Invisibility Cloaks May Shield Buildings from Earthquakes
We all know that invisibility cloaks can protect Harry Potter from Filch and his cat Mrs. Norris, but now physicists in France and the U.K. say they may be used to hide buildings from the devastating effects of earthquakes as well. Sound like fiction? It’s not! Stefan Enoch and his team at the Fresnel Institute in Marseilles, France have been studying other applications for the physics behind invisibility cloaks. The result of their research is an “earthquake cloak” that could render objects “invisible” to shocks, storm waves or tsunamis. More
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Sears Tower to Be Revamped to Produce Most of Its Own Power
from The New York Times
The Sears Tower, that bronze-black monument that forms the 110-story peak of the skyline here and stands as the tallest office building in the Western Hemisphere, will soon have another unique feature: wind turbines sprouting from its recessed rooftops high in the sky. More
Hard Rock Plans Europe's Biggest Casino in Hungary
Hard Rock International and two Austrian companies are to build a huge five-billion-euro casino complex in Hungary. Once completed, the complex will ultimately have 1,264 hotel rooms, 6,000 slot machines, 400 gaming tables, two 20-table poker rooms and two sports betting shops, making it the biggest casino in Europe. More