Codes & Planning

  • Brave New Codes

    Promoted by New Urbanists, form-based codes are gaining in popularity around the country. What do they mean for architects?

  • Taking the Lead In Government Relationships

    Lucia Athens, former manager of the City of Seattle Green Building Program, explains how architects and designers can foster relationships with their local governments to promote sustainable building.

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    The Evolving Debate Over Smart Growth

    Jeff Speck, co-author of the recently published "Smart Growth Manual," dissects New Urbanism's critics.

  • No-Burns No-Burn Plus system has the required ignition barrier rating for code compliance under applicable sections of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). The tests were conducted on No-Burn intumescent coating over spray polyurethane foam plastic insulation manufactured by BASF Polyurethane Foam Enterprises. The coating is accepted for use over BASFs Enertite semi-rigid, open-cell polyurethane foam plastic insulation in attics and crawl spaces without a prescriptive ignition barrier per ACC-377 test results. No-Burn can reduce toxic smoke by as much as 80%, carries a Class A fire rating, and is nontoxic and noncarcinogenic.

    No-Burn Plus

    A coating that carries a Class A fire rating and can reduce toxic smoke by 80 percent.

  • Carrier Corp. AquaForce 30XW Chiller

    Carrier Corp.’s new system, the AquaForce 30XW water-cooled screw chiller, produces hot water at a controlled temperature to maximize heat recovery and increase the overall system efficiency, says the company.

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    New Old New York

    A pragmatic plan by Cooper Ekstut for Battery Park CIty's 92 acres of landfill proposed incremental development that is just now being completed.

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    Book: 'Visual Planning and the Picturesque,' by Nikolaus Pevsner

    An unfinished 1940s manuscript by historian Nikolaus Pevsner finally sees publication.

  • Tarco LeakBarrier PS200MU

    Tarco’s LeakBarrier PS200MU Ice and Water Armor is a self-adhesive, glass fiber reinforced, modified, bituminous underlayment designed specifically for metal roofing.

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    GIS and Data-Enriched Design

    Long a favorite tool of planners, GIS technology holds exciting possibilities for architects, as well.

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    Architecture for Humanity's Recovery Roadmap for Haiti

    Published just days after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, "A Plan for Reconstruction" offers 11 actions that will assist the island nation.



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