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    LEED "Innovation in Design" Credit Catalog from USGBC

    The U.S. Green Building Council issued this document about projects that have received points for "innovative performance." Currently, projects pursuing LEED Certification have the opportunity to earn up to four points for two types of credits in the Innovation & Design Process (ID) category: exemplary performance related to existing LEED credits and innovative performance.

    This document pertains to innovative performance, and is a catalog of ID credits submitted by projects before the summer of 2007. It is a work in progress and is meant as a brainstorming tool to assist project teams in the development of new ID credits. It does not set any precedent to be upheld during a LEED Certification Review. The information found here is a staff summary of information provided by review teams and should not be considered a detailed or comprehensive portrayal of the original credit submittal.


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    iLevel® Shear Brace Specifier's Guide

    Structural wall bracing helps protect life and property against damage from the lateral forces of high winds and earthquakes. Currently, a significant number of municipalities are enforcing International Residential Code (IRC) requirements for wall bracing.

    This download will help architects, specifiers, and builders meet these requirements. The guide offers an overview of both prescriptive specifications and engineered design for wall bracing. The material includes instructions on how to specify braced panels and portals, and includes examples, diagrams, load requirements, and anchorage details for using the iLevel® Shear Brace, a prefabricated, field-adjustable engineered-wood panel.


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    Sustainable Product Design Guidelines

    "The Designer's Field Guide to Sustainability" is an overview of key considerations for sustainable product development and the product life cycle. Four recommendations for the product design process are: 1) examine the premise of the design, 2) choose materials to increase recycling options and decrease manufacturing energy, 3) consider the importance of durable, multi-use products, and 4) make products modular for easy repair, and maximize renewable and biodegradable materials. Concepts useful for interior, architectural, graphic, and engineering designers. Read more at the "Lunar Elements" blog from industrial design company Lunar Design. Download a PDF with examples of sustainable solutions to product design challenges.


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    ParaCloud Modeler

    ParaCloud introduces a software solution that converts Microsoft Excel(TM) spreadsheets into a powerful generative and associative modeling and analysis application, featuring a unique "Scripting without Scripting" approach that makes design computation approachable. ParaCloud extends common CAD software capabilities and defines a new way of communication that replaces the import/ export approach. Driving and interoperating with Rhino 3.0, Rhino 4.0, MicroStation V8/XM, Autodesk Maya, DXF, and VRML output, ParaCloud Modeler offers generative design capabilities for fabrication, construction, and performance studies, providing tools for behavior modeling, surface and rib unfolding, parametric components population, and performance driven design. Register to request beta version download.


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    Architect's Guide to Home Automation

    AVD Australia and Project Connection are sponsoring the 'Architect's Guide to Home Automation' white paper, which provides a seven-step solution for architects who are undertaking home automation projects and creating intelligent environments in new homes. By designing and implementing an infrastructure that can be readily upgraded, designers can ensure that a smart home will keep pace with advances in technology. This free download offers clear and concise advice about what to look for when partnering with a home-automation designer and when hiring an electrical contractor.


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    Energy-Efficient Design Briefs from the California Energy Commission

    Learn more about the latest technologies, trends, and resources in energy-efficient design with concise technical briefs from the California Energy Commission. The briefs are designed to help architects, builders, and designers implement the most cost-effective solutions to common problems. Topics include lighting, HVAC, commissioning and design, and more. Register at E Source, then download free design briefs...


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    White Paper from Walker Glass for Specifying Acid-Etched Glass and Mirror

    When considering acid-etched glass or mirror for exterior or interior applications, writing appropriate specifications is a critical exercise to make sure the right product is used. Walker Glass Co. Ltd. has published a white paper entitled "The Top Five Issues to Consider when Writing Acid-etched Glass or Mirror Specifications" to help you avoid costly pitfalls.



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