Holcim (US) programs Masonry App

Source: Holcim (US) Inc., Waltham, Mass.

The company will introduce its Rainbow Masonry Designer App at this year’s World of Concrete tradeshow, Feb. 5-8 in Las Vegas. The iPad application will allow architects to collaborate in real time with building owners and/or construction companies to visually select brick facades that reflect a project’s vision.

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D.C., Virginia tops in LEED-certified building square footage

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP

With some of the country’s priciest land and deep-pocketed building owners, the District of Columbia remains far and away number one on USGBC’s 2012 list of the top 10 states for LEED project certifications. The per-capita list factors 2010 U.S. Census data and commercial and institutional buildings certified under the LEED green building rating system.

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Taxpayer group probes feds’ alliance with LEED developer

Source: Taxpayer Protection Alliance (TPA), Alexandria, Va.

Through three Freedom of Information Act requests, TPA is continuing to examine General Services Administration adoption of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system. GSA has mandated LEED Gold-level standards for all new federal buildings since 2010.

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