Monday, December 28, 2009

Autodesk's New Headquarters and The Future of Construction

Below is a link to an article in that show cases AutoDesk's new headquarters of its largest division along with a link to a video on Autodesk's website. The article is very interesting and informative about some of the new things occurring in construction that have a major impact on performance, waste reduction and cost savings.

The article talks about Building Information Modeling (BIM)and integrated-project delivery (IPD)and how they are being used today. Ultimately these things contribute to the overall sense of environmentally consciousness by taking a new and innovate approach to design and building.

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autodesk article and video

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Defining Success - BIM, Design-Build and LEED

Following the link below to read the definitions for BIM, Design-Build and LEED in a recent article in

"Defining Success" article

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Coca-Cola Company to Replace Landmark Outdoor Neon Sign at Historic Location in Downtown San Francisco

How many people have been to San Francisco and seen the Coca Cola Sign? A new sign is scheduled to be installed by years end and will be 80% more energy efficient and powered by 100% sustainable and certified "green" energy.

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The Coca-Cola Company to Replace Landmark Outdoor Neon Sign at Historic Location in Downtown San Francisco

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Stone Source Green Products

Stone Source has a complete line of unique sustainable and green products from Vegas Stone to Ribbon Glass. Most of their products have recycled content or in the case of Textured Reclaimed Wood, have been salvaged from a deconstructed building.

A couple of products to note -

Vegas Rock - a natural stone which produces no waste during the manufacturing process and has earned the Silver Cradle to Cradle certification
Textured Reclaimed Wood - these wood panels are salvaged from deconstructed buildings and are available in seven different wood species
Ribbon Glass - made from 30% recycled glass left over from various other fabrication jobs which created unique bands of color

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Platinum and Green Education | SignWeb |

By now we all know that signage can play a very small role if any on a LEED project. Below is a link to an article on that talks about how cut letters with recycled content helped Macalester College achieve a LEED Platinum rating. We know that sign components alone cannot add enough value to qualify for points but they can contribute and possibly tip the scale....even if this technically isn't true because the value of the sign components is so small, it's still a good story for signage.

A Platinum and Green Education SignWeb

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

GreenSource Products

Every month GreenSource publishes a magazine for the the building industry that focuses on green issues. There is a product section that highlights new materials and products for the building industry. Each month there are several products that vary in application and most months you will find substrates that can be incorporated into signage and EGD applications.

The November issue highlights a solid surface material called Eco by Cosentino which is composed of 75% recycled material, including glass, mirrors, porcelain and stone scrap and is bound by an environmentally friendly resin which comes in part from corn oil.

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