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Nonresidential Lending Ramps Up – Construction Market: Better Than You Thought?

The construction market – and thus the commissioning profession – is reputedly slower since the onset of COVID-19. But in the second quarter, U.S. banks had $380.61 billion in total construction loans on their books, according to regulatory filings, up 2.9% from the first quarter. Banks’ construction loans as a percentage of total loans and […]

“Deep Green” Gets New Green Light – Healthy Buildings for People and Planet

On July 16, Canada Green Building Council launched a new initiative designed to rally support for a green recovery that includes green building. Industry leaders have lent their support to encourage government decision-makers to direct stimulus spending toward green building initiatives. According to CaGBC, research shows that stimulus spending on green building and progressive policies […]

Up in the Air – OCx and COVID-19

Energy efficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions. Indoor air. Outdoor air. Systems, metrics and benchmarks…Local Law 97 is complicated. New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act LL97 requires buildings of more than 25,000 square feet to meet the first set of mandated energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals by 2024, or face major incremental fines every year. The […]

Returning to the Workplace – A Phased Approach

Control Engineering magazine outlines a three-phased approach to return to the workplace: restricted phase, controlled phase and finally the unrestricted phase. The article, including layouts and diagrams, outlines a 7-step approach to the restricted phase. Here’s how: Establish a multidisciplinary re-entry task force. When establishing your team, considering creating a task force to develop the […]

What’s in a Post-Pandemic Office Building? Design Modified to Respond During Construction

When it opens later this summer, The 90,000-square-foot Fulton East Chicago office building will be one of the first in the country with features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns. It was under construction when the outbreak hit, and has been engineered for maximum social distancing, touch-free operation, and air and surface sanitization. Redesigned details […]

Re-Occupancy Assessment – AIA Risk Management Plan for Buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a seven-step risk management plan to assist design teams and clients when re-occupying buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan assists with assessing hazards, applying architectural or engineering strategies, and reducing risk. It uses an evidence-based design approach, documents design decisions, and functions as a repository for […]

Workplace Considerations – The Built Environment and COVID-19 Transmission

An article appeared on April 7th, in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, focused on guidance to decision makers for the built environment —owners, facility managers, building operators, and occupants attempting to minimize infectious disease transmission through environmentally mediated pathways. The paper, based on research at the University of Oregon and University of […]