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Planning for Change

Leading designers share how they’re rethinking space design and product specification amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pittsburgh Combats Affordable Housing Shortage with Modular, Factory-Built Homes

Pittsburgh lost much of its population when the steel industry declined, and saw thousands of homes demolished over the past several decades. A local start-up modular design and development company saw the vacant lots as an opportunity to address Pittsburgh’s need for affordable, turnkey housing.

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Award: Stereoform Slab’s Optimized Structure Reduces Embodied Concrete

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill developed an undulating “smart band beam” to support a concrete slab at half the thickness of a typical flat plate.

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Indoor Air Quality Becomes a Bigger Issue

Filters have become technologically advanced, just like everything else. A new system from Filtrete, a division of 3M, matches a sensor onto a furnace filter, and homeowners or building owners can check the condition of the filter via a smart phone app.

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New Canadian Version of Online Health & Safety Training Program for Spray Polyurethane Foam Users Now Available

ACC’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) released the Canadian version of its online chemical health and safety training program designed to provide information about the safe use, handling and disposal of high-pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF).

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The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design Lives Up to its Name

The Living Building Challenge is the world’s most ambitious green building program and requires that projects meet 20 rigorous performance requirements throughout the construction process and for a full year after completion. The new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is the first academic and research building in the Southeast U.S. to attempt this certification and is designed to use one-third the energy of a comparable building.

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A net-zero, cross-laminated timber apartment complex in Boston

Thanks to support from the U.S. Forest Service and the Softwood Lumber Board, developer Placetailor and Boston-based architecture firm Generate have collaborated to design a carbon-neutral apartment block in Roxbury, a neighborhood in the south end of Boston.

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Why Sustainability Professionals Need Chemists

Chemistry may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of sustainability, but it has a big role to play, particularly in a circular economy. We caught up with Christoph Jäkel, BASF’s Head of Sustainability Strategy, to learn more about how BASF is working to improve our everyday lives.

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A Catalyst for Innovation

The Chemours Discovery Hub will foster ideation and ultimately solutions to meet the needs of a world that demands more.

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The paints that eat pollutants and heat homes

Applying a coat of paint on the walls of a house may soon help to heat it, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. It could also clean the air that we breathe, breaking down chemicals and pollutants, and eliminating harmful pathogens.

Read more at Nanowerk »