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CREATIVE CONCRETE

When we think of sustainability, images of solar panels, thick insulation, and rainwater cisterns might come to mind. But Canadian architect and researcher Mark West is rethinking the bones of concrete structures to find ways to make them as efficient as possible.

West is director of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST), where the research revolves around fabric-formed concrete. The process uses pliable fabric to make innovative, efficient structural shapes.

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Spaceloft® insulation from Aspen Aerogels is a flexible, nanoporous blanket insulation that combines a silica aerogel with reinforcing fibers. It offers extremely low thermal conductivity, with R-values of up to 10.0 per inch. The insulation is hydrophobic yet breathable, and is suitable for use in interior and exterior walls, floors, and roofs. The leading application is the internal retrofit of solid masonry walls in older buildings. The insulation can be applied directly to existing walls and covered with standard drywall. ...  Sponsored section.

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SUSTAINABLE BY BIM: TWO CASE STUDIES

This pair of case studies explores the use of building information modeling (BIM) in small-scale sustainable design projects. —Editor

Ross Street House, Madison, Wisconsin, designed by Richard Wittschiebe Hand
Hadlow College Rural Regeneration Centre, Tonbridge, England, designed by Eurobuild

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DOWNLOAD CENTER

The ArchitectureWeek Download Center provides direct access to dozens of free architectural downloads, from software to white papers.  Sponsored section.

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This comprehensive, inspiring online guide to thousands of architectural and construction products, and hundreds of leading building product manufacturers, is provided in ArchitectureWeek as a joint production with DesignGuide. The Products Guide is continuously updated.  Sponsored section.

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