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DCD E•News

Volume 3 - Number 12

  December 2008


Cost Trends

Nov/Dec Cost Trends for 2008
Sep/Oct Cost Trends for 2008
July/Aug Cost Trends for 2008
May/Jun Cost Trends for 2008
Mar/Apr Cost Trends for 2008
Jan/Feb Cost Trends for 2008

Cost Guides

LEED Square Foot Cost Guide
Metal Construction Cost Guide
Commercial & Ind Cost Guide
Building Sq Foot Cost Guide
Medical Building Cost Guide
Educational Building Cost Guide

New Releases

Just Released!

DCD Green Library

   A comprehensive project library on CD-ROM of LEED® and Sustainable Building Costs is now available from Design Cost Data magazine. The DCD Green Library includes 59 projects along with informative articles & DCD cost guides on Green Building. Projects are organized by building type and escalated to January 2009 and January 2010.
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Happy Holidays to DCD Readers!

    DCD magazine is now digital! We are happy to announce our new digital version starting with the November/December issue. Featured at the right, please open the issue by clicking on the rotating pages. We are very excited to offer this new edition to our readers and to the visitors of DCD.COM. Each issue will be featured on the home page of DCD.COM for easy access. 
    Thank you for being a reader of DCD. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous 2009.

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U.S. Architects Report Increased Adoption of Green Building

     Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have announced the results of the 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA members are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. This year’s index shows an increase in the implementation of sustainable design practices from architects and building owners. In addition, it shows that architects’ clients have experienced a doubling in the market demand for green buildings over the past year as well as positive shifts in architects’ attitudes toward their ability to impact climate change.
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Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces a New Economical Moment Frame Solution: the Strong Frame Ordinary Moment Frame

    For many years moment frames have been a typical method of providing high lateral-force resistance for residential and commercial construction. Stronger than site-built or factory-built shearwalls, moment frames allow larger openings and smaller wall sections in buildings while offering the high load values that structural designers and builders need. In the past, however, they have been time intensive to design and labor intensive to install. Simpson Strong-Tie has simplified both by developing a revolutionary alternative to traditional moment frames the Strong Frame ordinary moment frame.
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Neighborhood Design Preferences Shifting to Infill Housing Locations and Access to Public Transit

    Due to the prolonged decline in housing construction and increasing commuting costs, consumer preferences for community design is shifting away from areas removed from metropolitan hubs and towards infill sites that have greater access to public transportation options. Traditional neighborhood design with homes close to the street, sidewalks and smaller lots is being replaced by developments focused around denser areas. With the struggles in the overall economy ongoing, households are also placing a higher emphasis on simpler exterior furnishings, with durability a chief consideration.
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McGraw-Hill Construction BIM Report Shows Growing Demand for Digital Models, Training

    McGraw-Hill Construction today released the Building Information Modeling (BIM) SmartMarket Report together with premier sponsor Autodesk at Autodesk University 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. The report shows growing enthusiasm for BIM among architects, engineers, contractors, and owners, and usage is expected to grow rapidly in the coming year, despite the economic recession. Users plan to significantly increase their investment in BIM in 2009 to realize greater productivity, improved communications, and a competitive edge.
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CSI Introduces GreenFormat™

• New CSI Format for critical building product sustainability information
• Web-based green product information saves designers and constructors time
• Results are organized by MasterFormat and spec-friendly
• CSI is offering manufacturers free on-line product listings for a limited time

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) unveiled GreenFormat™, a Web-based database of green product information, at the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. CSI demonstrated the new resource, accessible at, during the conference, drawing interest from manufacturers, designers, specifiers and other construction professionals who make product choices in construction.
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Fabral Enhances Architectural Product Offering

Fabral, the premier supplier of metal roofing and wall panel systems, announces the enhancement of three product lines – Mitered Corners, Edge Metals and Roof Drainage Products. Fabral is continually striving to exceed their customers’ needs by offering accessory lines that complement and complete their architectural designs.
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