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In harnessing solar energy, the usual approach is to bolt an array of panels onto the roof of a building and plug it in. But recent advances such as building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) allow designers to incorporate solar cells seamlessly into a building's exterior.

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One aspect of civilization that the Romans got right was the tiled bath. Since then, Europeans have built tiled bathrooms that present no distinction between the shower and the rest of the room.

This success of this design depends on lots of tile and a mortar substrate that slopes to a strategically placed floor drain. A lack of thresholds also makes this kind of bathroom perfect for wheelchair access.   Published 2012.0411

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Architectural Products Around the Web

Green Builders Rate Straw as the Ultimate Insulator — DesignBuild Source, 2012.0615

BenQ Solar Showcases Integrated Residential PV Solution — Market Watch, 2012.0612

Straw Gets High-Tech Touch as a Green Building Material — ThomasNet, 2012.0611

Corning Museum of Glass Unveils Plans for $64 Million Expansion — Glass on the Web, 2012.0611

Exceptional Lighting Turns a Library inside Out | Library by Design — Library Journal, 2012.0611

A Solar Sandwich to Power Future Buildings — Physorg, 2012.0608

Innovative Glass Applications Secure International Recognition — Architecture & Design (Australia), 2012.0608

Artificial Turf Designed for Residential Use — DigTriad, 2012.0607

Fire Resistance Glass – Museumpark in Rotterdam, Netherlands — Glass on the Web, 2012.0606

Home Depot and Whirlpool Face Class Action for "Fraudulent" Energy Star Appliance — Green Building Law Blog, 2012.0602

SoCalGas Tests Unusual Solar Air Conditioner — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0525

Martin Marietta and Vulcan Materials Upgraded — BusinessWeek, 2012.0521

Philips Has LED Flood Light — Jetson Green, 2012.0521

US Imposes 31% Duty on Chinese Solar Panels — Environmental Leader, 2012.0518

Weyerhaeuser Offering Rebates on OSB Building Products — Weyerhaeuser Press Release, 2012.0518

Stuff You See at an Architects Convention — Washington City Paper, 2012.0518

LG Announces More Efficient HVAC Products — LG Press Release, 2012.0517

Solar Paint Technology May Revolutionize the Renewable Energy Industry — Global Warming is Real, 2012.0517

Welcome to Hemp House? — Santa Maria Sun, 2012.0516

Custom Concrete Building Components from Digital Designs — Product Design & Development, 2012.0516

Guardian Industries and Soladigm to Jointly Deliver the Soladigm Dynamic Glass — AZo Build, 2012.0514

Fire-Rated Cladding Key to Safe Buildings — Gulf News, 2012.0514

Design for Durability and Maintenance: We Have a Problem — Core77, 2012.0511

Rise in Residential Investment May Help Home Depot-Lowe’S — Bloomberg, 2012.0510

Lighting Science Group Announces New LED Lighting Products — Lighting Science Group Press Release, 2012.0510

Empire State Building Transitioning to LED Lighting — Sustainable Business, 2012.0509

The Challenges of Building-Integrated Photovoltaics — Renewable Energy World, 2012.0508

Wienerberger Brick Award 2012 — Building Products, 2012.0508

Shaping the Future of Building Design — WAN Press Release, 2012.0430

Free Fire Door Seminar at the Building Centre, London — Building Products, 2012.0430

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Design Tools Around the Web

Gigapixel Camera Catches the Smallest Details — Nature, 2012.0620

Autodesk 2013 Educational Offerings Include Cloud Computing — Autodesk Press Release, 2012.0619

Autodesk Brings Cloud-Based BIM to AEC, Civil Engineering Workflows — Cadalyst, 2012.0619

ZWCAD+ Beta Now Available — ZWCAD Press Release, 2012.0618

Benchmarking Rendering: Desktop Vs Cloud — UpFront Ezine, 2012.0618

Frame Miter Cuts in BOM and Parts List — Autodesk Inventor Blog, 2012.0618

Sharing Autodesk Materials Throughout an Organization — AEC TechTalk, 2012.0615

Review: TurboCAD Pro 19 — CAD Digest, 2012.0615

Why Solid Edge Matters, Part 1 — 3D CAD Tips, 2012.0614

Vectorworks SP4 Released — Architosh, 2012.0614

Intel’S Ivy Bridge Processors Hit the CAD Workstations — CAD Speed, 2012.0613

Convincing the "It'll Never Work" User — Cadalyst, 2012.0613

AutoCAD 2013 Wipeout Bug — JTB World, 2012.0612

The Revit 2013 Structure API — Autodesk Building Coder Blog, 2012.0612

Nvidia Spans the Continuum from Handheld to Cinema — Graphic Speak, 2012.0612

IES Acquires Assets of BVM Engineering, Opens Atlanta Office — IES Press Release, 2012.0611

Autodesk Makes Vela Systems Buy — PE Hub, 2012.0611

Going Mobile — Cadalyst, 2012.0610

Creating Stained Glass Using in 3D Studio Max — CG Tuts+, 2012.0609

REVIT Architecture: Hand Drafting for 3D — Autodesk User Group International, 2012.0608

ANSYS Plans to Expand into Application Lifecycle — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0608

OrthoGraph Architect 3D Launched for iPad — Orthograph Press Release, 2012.0608

Rethinking Workstation Design — AEC Magazine, 2012.0604

HP Unveils Its New Z-Series Workstations. — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0601

Tips and Tricks Learned During Chamfer Fillet for Revit PIOTM Development — AEC DevBlog, 2012.0601

3D Printers: Go Pro for Less Dough — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0601

AutoCAD 2013 Review — Desktop Engineering, 2012.0601

Create Structural Plan View — Revit Building Coder Blog, 2012.0601

Changing the LineSpacingFactor for an Aligned Dimension — AutoCAD DevBlog, 2012.0601

An Interview with Autodesk’S Ananda Arasu — Autodesk User Group International, 2012.0601

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