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Lochinvar® introduces the Strato-Therm+ Solar Thermal Storage Tank, a space-saving unit that also serves as an indirect water heater and a hydronic buffer tank. It takes advantage of the natural buoyancy of heated water to efficiently stratify hydronic heating water. Solar thermal energy is introduced to the storage tank via the adjacent copper-tube spherical heat exchanger. Potable water is drawn through the corrugated stainless steel coil in the tank, where it is indirectly heated on demand for domestic use. ...  Sponsored section.


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Walker Glass just released a new White Paper about the anti-slip acid-etched glass titled "What Specifiers Should Know About Acid-etched Glass for Walkways".

This White Paper will be beneficial to inform architects, designers and structural engineers on the properties of anti-slip acid-etched glass. The White Paper discusses issues such as surface finish consistency, surface hardness, durability, and strength of the anti-slip glass which are critical in creating the desired design and to appropriately assess constructability. ...  Sponsored section.


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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.   Published 2012.0328


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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

  Published 2012.0229


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Creative Concrete — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0327

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Design Tools Around the Web

Autodesk Expert Discusses Sustainable Technologies in Qatar's Construction Industry — Zawya, 2012.0403

Dassault SystèMes Introduces SolidWorks Plastics Software — SolidWorks Press Release, 2012.0402

Vectorworks Cloud Services Provides Added Computing Power and Design Freedom — Vectorworks Press Release, 2012.0402

3D Planning Tool for the City of Tomorrow — Physorg, 2012.0402

SmartGeometry 2012: Radical Collaboration, Conversation, and Computation — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0329

Adobe's Latest Critical Security Update Pushes Scareware — ZDNet, 2012.0329

Adobe's Latest Critical Security Update Pushes Scareware — ZDNet, 2012.0329

The New Materials User Interface in Revit 2013 — AECbytes, 2012.0328

Review: AutoCAD 2013 — Cadalyst, 2012.0327

Long Range Laser Scanning & BIM Help Safely Move Massive Equipment into Fortune 100 Energy Facility — 3D Scan, 2012.0327

BIM Advances Regulatory Code Compliance — Constructech Magazine, 2012.0327

Autodesk Brings More Sustainable Design Tools into the Cloud — GreenBiz, 2012.0327

Google Doodle Honors German Architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe — PCMag, 2012.0327

Share and Sync 3D Models and Other Assets with Buzzsaw for Android — Plain Dealer, 2012.0326

Taking Another Look at 3D — Cadalyst, 2012.0322

Luxology Launches Modo 601 and New CAD Loaders — Cadalyst, 2012.0322

iTech Uses BIM Bang-Whizzery at Al Mafraq Hospital — ConstructionWeek Online, 2012.0322

How Much RAM Should You Buy for a CAD Workstation? — CAD Speed, 2012.0320

SolidWorks Software Inventor Creates CAD Innovations — Boston Globe, 2012.0320

Projectmates Project Management Software Named Constructech Top Product — Systemates Press Release, 2012.0320

Australia's UTS Partners with Autodesk for ICE Studio — TenLinks, 2012.0320

Project LOD for BIM — Applying Technology to Architecture, 2012.0319

Tekla Structures 18 Takes BIM from Design to Reality — AECCafe Press Release, 2012.0316

Employee Buy-in Is Key to a Successful BIM Transition — Cadalyst, 2012.0315

A Mobile CAD Reality Check (Part 2) — Cadalyst, 2012.0314

Prioritize Your CAD Crises — Cadalyst, 2012.0314

What the New iPad Means for CAD Developers — WorldCAD Access, 2012.0308

iPad App to Replace Printed Blueprints? — Construction Digital, 2012.0308

The Unavoidable Cost of Computation Revealed — Nature, 2012.0307

BIM Cloud Riverbed Solution — BIM Boom, 2012.0307

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