I recently started studying Sustainable Environmental Systems at Pratt Institute. One of my classes focused on climate change and its social effects across the world. I started to connect the dots backward and question the impact of our work in facades and fenestration on our local communities.
I remember taking a career test when I was in middle school. The outcome? I had a supposed interest in becoming a forest ranger. This seemed odd to me--in that I lived in a large metropolitan city and had never been in a forest.
Prior to the summer of 2020 many people and organizations in the architecture/design industry spent time calling attention to the lack of diversity. While we are aware it affects many industries, I can only write and speak with accuracy to what happens in the industry I work in.
This newsletter is different from what you usually expect from SKINS. We are talking about human connection, communication, language, and broadening our understanding of how we move through the world and evolve with the new information we receive. How do these aspects relate to the AECO Industry?
In architecture, the façade is often the defining aspect of a building’s appearance, establishing the building’s public persona. From an engineering perspective, the façade is an assembly of building components with a critical impact on a range of performative metrics.
What environmental impact does one object have on the world? This is the question at the core of life cycle assessments (LCA); the embodied carbon lens. ...the current architectural practice rarely provides enough time to explore this type of examination.
Precast Concrete Enclosures is an elective course taught by Assistant Professor Pablo Moyano Fernandez at Washington University in St. Louis. The primary goal of the course is to enable students to envision and materialize full-scale building envelopes using precast concrete.
There is a growing awareness and interest in understanding the carbon footprint of material manufacturing, opening doors to new opportunities in facade design and manufacturing innovation. There are steps and decisions we can make today to help fight climate change.
The focus of this issue of SKINS is on embodied carbon -- the carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle of a building or infrastructure.
This article explores the need for measurement and verification of building envelope and mechanical systems.
Ever-increasing performance requirements in the latest version of the energy codes are compelling project teams to consider the thermal performance of the building envelope more rigorously than ever before.
...the design and construction industries are notoriously resistant to change, putting them on a collision course with the many cities, states, and provinces that are moving ahead of national standards in keeping with declared intentions to dramatically cut their carbon emissions this decade.
This year's World Congress was presented online through a virtual platform providing a unique forum for a diverse cross section of the design and real estate communities to discuss the innovations and advancements revolutionizing the design and delivery of the building skin.
GlassBuild America is the largest annual gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in the Americas. Produced by the National Glass Association, GlassBuild America is where buyers and sellers meet and learn how to solve their most pressing challenges.
High Performance Façades: Delivering Better Thermal, Safety, and Acoustical Performance, Presented by the Facade Tectonics Institute
College of Fellows Keynote: ‘Things That Should Look Permanent Forever’: The Challenges of Preserving the Washington Metro
The Glass Performance Days (GPD) event in 2022 will celebrate its 29th year of service to the glass industry.
The leading and largest construction & design show for New York and the Tri-state area.