Architecture billings index sending most positive signals in over a year Building Design & Construction Share Amidst a continued high level of inquiries for possible new projects, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached its highest mark since August 2008, just before the serious credit problems emerged in our economy. As an economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the
approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. "This news could prove to be an early signal towards a recovery for the design and construction industry," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. More
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Hot, cold, and filtered water. ROHL's new Integrated Faucet Filtration Solution represents a major paradigm shift in the way designers and consumers think about filtered water.
This innovative system eliminates a separate filter faucet, has a clean installation, and includes an optional sidespray--providing beauty and functionality in one space-saving design. Filtered water saves you money and protects the environment. More infoMORE
Art of Living goes inside private spaces of renowned artists Fast Company Share Twenty-five internationally known artists, architects and designers—including Andres Serrano, Vivienne Tam, Ellsworth Kelly and Catherine Malandrino—invited Barbel Miebach to photograph their unique private spaces for a new book, The Art of Living. Fast Company magazine shows off eight of their favorites.More
IRC fire sprinkler requirement survives NAHB objection Custom Home Online Share During the International Code Council's (ICC) Code Development Hearings in Baltimore last month, the ICC's Residential Building and Energy Committee voted to retain a new mandate for
residential fire sprinklers that was approved for the 2009 and 2012 versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) in September 2008. The vote shot down a proposal by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to strike the fire sprinkler mandate from the IRC. The mandate, which will require fire sprinklers to be installed in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses, is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, unless it is rejected in a final vote during the ICC's conference in
May 2010. More
Triangle Stores Discounts to the trade since 1978. The Triangle Stores are the designer professional's first choice for high end pool tables, and complete gamerooms. We feature Brunswick pool tables.MORE
Multifamily to lag in slow, lengthy housing recovery Nation's Building News Share The multifamily sector will lag behind all other housing segments in what is expected to be a slow, lengthy recovery, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said during a recent webinar on the state of
multifamily housing last week. Crowe told participants not to believe the conventional wisdom surrounding past recoveries that “the steeper the fall, the quicker the rise” would hold true with this recovery. That’s not what we are seeing now. He said single-family starts have bottomed out, “but multifamily is not so fortunate.” He expected that multifamily starts would decline further before they begin to improve. More
Sleep Box offers airport isolation PSFK Share Offering solace to weary
travelers, the Russian architects at Arch Group have designed the Sleep Box concept for use in airports, where privacy is seldom found. Along with wifi connectivity, the interiors feature space for laptops, luggage and mobile devices. To maintain a sanitary environment, the beds use a system that changes the sheets automatically.More
honors minimalist designer Frank Globe Spotters Share Many argue that with his keen eye, Jean-Michel Frank laid the foundation for what we today consider contemporary interior design, all the while reinventing what classicism meant in a Europe caught between two world wars. The show runs through Jan. 3, 2010 at Fondation Pierre Bergé
Yves Saint Laurent. More
Top considerations for today's law firms AIA Share Historically, management consulting firms have been on the leading edge of adapting to the
evolving business environment and client demands, which have space-planning repercussions. To survive in today’s economy, many organizations have adopted the forward-thinking concepts developed by management consultants. Law firms are no exception. More
Fifty percent increase in green building programs since 2007, report finds Facilities Net Share More than one in five U.S. cities with populations greater than 50,000 surveyed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report having a policy to promote green buildings, affecting more
than 53 million people. The new report, Green Building Policy in a Changing Economic Environment, is an inventory of policies and best practices intended to help policymakers advance a more sustainable legislative agenda for growth and development. The study found 138 cities have green building programs, compared with 92 cities in 2007—an increase of 50 percent. More
NightOrbs™ A distinctive new concept in landscape illumination. Beautiful, durable hand-blown glass that adds enchanting, color-filled light to any outdoor environmentMORE
The Vinyl Institute Vinyl in Design is an education outreach program to familiarize architects and designers with the range of solutions vinyl provides for today's design chalenges.MORE
Hästens, the renowned Swedish bed maker, has been handcrafting luxurious beds since 1852, including the legendary VIVIDUS, Hästens’ top-of-the-line bed that is culmination of over 150
years of experience. Made entirely by hand of all-natural materials, including horsehair, wool, cotton and flax, the VIVIDUS is truly the bed of one’s dreams. www.hastens.com.
Visions of tomorrow. Find yourself surrounded by young talents and famous designers at Ambiente 2010. Be inspired! Show highlights include the "Trend Forum," "Design Plus" and "German Design Award." The "Talents" area emphasizes interior design, gifts and personal accessories. Visit the world’s most
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ECO™ by Cosentino announces it has been awarded National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Certification, now approved and recommended for use in hospitals, restaurants, schools, hotels and more. ECO™ by Cosentino is an innovative new line of eco-friendly countertop and surfacing material composed of 75% recycled material. For more information visit: www.ecobycosentino.com
I am very excited to be your new Partners IN Design director. In my 13 year tenure with Boyles Furniture, I have had the opportunity to work with many of you. I know the value that you place on service to your clients. For over 60 years, Boyles has been known for its selection of quality manufacturers and superior customer service. To help with the logistics side of your business, we offer a state of the art warehousing facility and the
original white glove, red carpet, nationwide delivery service. I would like to invite you on a personal tour of all that we have to offer an independent designer like yourself. I look forward to meeting with you, as we continue to expand the PID Program. Please call: Carolyn Carlile (828)455-1983 or please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.