Industry News

Skyscraper Completions Take Hit From COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

Jan 12th, 2021

The number of completed buildings taller than 656 feet (200 meters) in 2020 was 106, 20% lower than 2019 when 133 were completed. The last time this few tall buildings were completed was in 2014, when 105 were constructed. The trend was analyzed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in its […]

Dodge Momentum Index Ends 2020 on a High Note

Jan 12th, 2021

The Dodge Momentum Index jumped 9.2% in December to 134.6 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised November reading of 123.3. The commercial component of the Momentum Index rose 14%, while the institutional component rose by 0.3%. The gain in the commercial component of the Momentum Index was heartening even though the increase was […]

Vitro Glass Introduces New Tinted Glass Kit

Dec 17th, 2020

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has introduced a new Tinted Glass Kit featuring a range of uncoated blue, green, gray and bronze glasses. The foam-free package contains 4- by 6-inch uncoated samples of Solexia, Atlantica, Azuria, Solarblue, Pacifica, Optigray, Solargray, Graylite II and Solarbronze glasses. The samples are packaged in a compact box that […]

November a Mixed Month for Construction Starts

Dec 17th, 2020

Total construction starts fell 2% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.5 billion following a strong gain in October. Residential starts fell 7% during the month, while nonbuilding starts dropped 14%. Nonresidential building construction starts, however, rose 19% in November. Total construction starts fell in three regions, the South Atlantic, West and […]

Architecture Billings Lose Ground in November

Dec 16th, 2020

Architecture firm billing activity is contracting once again after two months of a slowing decline, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The pace of decline during November accelerated from October, posting an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 46.3 from 47.5 (any score below 50 indicates a decline in […]

Dodge Momentum Index Dips in October

Nov 12th, 2020

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 1.8% in October to 127.5 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised September reading of 129.8. The commercial component of the Momentum Index lost 4.4% over the month, but the institutional component gained 3.3%. The Momentum Index has struggled to make consistent gains since passing its post-pandemic low in […]

FGIA Explains History and Usage of Curtainwall Manual

Nov 12th, 2020

AAMA CWM-19, Curtain Wall Manual, was published in July 2019 and addresses many aspects of curtainwall design, specification, testing and installation. To explain the document’s history, target audience and to give an overview of how it can be used, the Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) hosted a webinar titled, “An Introduction to the Curtain […]

Architectural Billings Slowdown Moderated in September

Oct 21st, 2020

A slight improvement in business conditions has led to fewer architecture firms reporting declining billings, according to a new report today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s ABI score for September was 47.0 compared to 40.0 in August (any score below 50 indicates a decline in firm billings). Last month’s score indicates overall […]

Solar Innovations Releases Course on Mixed-Mode Ventilation

Oct 20th, 2020

Solar Innovations has released its fourth AIA Continuing Education course with AEC Daily. This course, “Benefiting from Mixed-Mode Ventilation with Operable Skylights, Windows, and Doors,” explores mixed-mode (hybrid) ventilation systems and addresses the issues of building and occupant health by improving the amount of fresh air introduced into buildings. Including design guidance and illustrative case […]

Construction Starts Step Back in September

Oct 19th, 2020

Total construction starts dipped 18% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $667.7 billion, essentially taking back August’s gain. While some of this decline is certainly payback from several large projects entering start in August, the drop in activity brought total construction starts below levels seen in June and July. Nonresidential starts fell […]

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