Building Better with Better Materials

On Aug. 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted 69-30 to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), bipartisan legislation to invest in the nation's infrastructure, including funding for roads and bridges, rail, transit, ports, airports, electric grid, water systems, broadband, and other priorities. The legislation provides $944 billion in total spending over five years, totaling $550 billion in new spending.

Development Plans Unveiled for Specs Tool

Construction enterprises are expected to benefit from a partnership initiative to yield time and money savings—and increase accuracy and completeness of specifications—following finalization of a joint development agreement to develop a product offering to launch at the AIA 2015 conference in Atlanta.

New Documents for Builders

Technology is providing easier access to documents beneficial to contractors and architects. The AIA (American Institute of Architects), www.aia.org, Washington, D.C., says...

Modeling Goes Green

Understanding the energy consumption of a new structure in the early design phases can help make the building more energy efficient in the long run.

Architects and Contractors Team Up

The transition from traditional, linear design-build contracts to more integrated initiatives such as IPD (integrated project delivery) is causing a shift in the construction industry.

Create and Share Contracts Online

The Web is changing the way business is done. For construction companies looking for an easy way to draft and share contract documents, the AIA (American Institute of Architects), www.aia.org, Washington, D.C., continues to develop new ways for users to share and access its AIA Contract Documents.