General contractors, engineers, technology, security and architectural firms watch school bond elections carefully because the bond packages represent upcoming opportunities worth billions of dollars. One must wonder why thousands of other types of firms are not watching bond elections as diligently also.

An acute skills shortage in the construction supply chain is impacting both budgets and the quality of projects. A new survey from the Scape Group has highlighted the impact of the skills shortage in the UK construction industry. The 'Sustainability in the Supply Chain' report surveyed over 150 contractors, subcontractors and senior managers at public sector organisations.

The Baltimore City Circuit Court has asked a state agency to seek bids from private developers for new courthouse facilities, in an effort to finally jump start the long-discussed project to repair or replace its crowded, dilapidated buildings.

There's been a lot of discussion over the last decade about skyrocketing housing costs in Silicon Valley and then in San Francisco proper.

London, and the UK in general, are witnessing an increased interest in popular debates around the recent spurt in high-rise buildings.

New LEED pilot credits focused on resiliency are expected to influence future building designs. One new pilot credit, the Passive Survivability design credit, is aimed at preparing building designs for functionality during emergencies. The building team would have to design a structure that meets at least two of these three standards: livable conditions after a disaster; backup power; and access to potable water.

Intended for building owners and leasing, finance, and insurance industry. The U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) has unveiled the USRC Earthquake Building Rating System. This first-of-its-kind performance rating is based on decades of earthquake engineering research and observations of earthquake damage, the USRC says.

Building owners are realizing that the metrics they use to evaluate the assets in their portfolios are changing. Shifting customer demands, climate change mitigation and sustainability goals, power reliability and resiliency concerns, and budget constraints are driving demand for intelligent building solutions.

Smart cities have often been envisioned as connected urban environments with everything working automatically and seamlessly. The reality is a little less high-tech. Some cities are able to boast widespread WiFi and smart bins but little else.

The think tank's goal is to stress public spaces, urban economies, and inclusive growth in city building. Brookings Institution announced Thursday the establishment of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking. It is a collaboration between the Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces.

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