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Council updates ranking of states by LEED-certified space

Illinois tops the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) list as measured by building square footage certified under the green building rating system. As the number one state in 2018, the Land of Lincoln certified 172 projects equating to 5.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. The list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2018. USGBC does not include Washington, D.C. in the state ranking, but notes that the District is far and away the leader in terms of 61.74 gross sq. ft. per capita, based on 145 buildings certified in 2018 and spanning 37.2 million gross sq. ft.

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Philadelphia stakeholders join Build with Strength coalition

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-aligned Build with Strength coalition has enlisted International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291 and Mayfair Civic Association as its newest members. The Philadelphia groups join civic organizations, fire service professionals, architects, engineers and industry experts who are committed to a) enacting safer and more sustainable building standards; and, b) closely tracking an increase in fires damaging or destroying low- to mid-rise buildings designed with combustible materials.

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Cemex Ventures opens third competition for funding-worthy startups

“Apply. Grow. Make Your Mark.” is the theme of Cemex Ventures’ Construction Startup Competition 2019, aimed at identifying entrepreneurs and entities whose business plans or vision align with six areas of opportunity: intelligent buildings and cities; optimization of supply chain management; construction with innovative materials and methods; and optimization of the productivity, efficiency, and quality of the daily management of work on site.

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Transparency Catalog assists green building practice

Sustainable Minds, Cambridge, Mass.-based specialist in product and material sustainability references, has published Transparency Catalog v2.0, continuing what editors note is a commitment to delivering simple, easy to use and powerful tools. MasterFormat number filtering, aligned with MasterSpec sections, enables architect, engineer, contractor and owner users to find the brands, products and transparency disclosures, by division and section, to meet project and green building rating system requirements.

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Laser scan data crunching speeds slab flatness/levelness measurements

Updated software generates floor flatness and levelness figures from laser scan data, and visualizes wet or hardening concrete slabs’ high or low areas with elevation or deviation heatmaps, contours and grids. The new Rithm for Autodesk Navisworks version promptly delivers analysis reports compliant with ASTM E1155, Standard Test Method for Determining FF Floor Flatness and FL Floor Levelness Numbers. In contrast to the multiple-day process typical of current FF/FL measurement practice, developers cite the program’s capacity to reveal E1155 numbers in under 15 minutes.

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