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The Benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

December 29th, 2018 Posted by Architecture, Environment, Green Construction No Comment yet

Between architects, engineers, and construction companies (AEC), the process of erecting a building is filled with opportunities for miscommunication, mismeasuring, and misfortune. Luckily for those in the field of construction, technology has now caught up to meet their needs with one incredibly useful tool: BIM.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an exciting opportunity for AEC businesses across the globe that are planning new construction projects. The goal of BIM is to take data from architects and engineers and produce a thorough representation of the structure that will be referenced throughout the development process.

Benefits of BIM

While physical blueprints are always vulnerable to human error and miscommunication between architect and building crews, BIM provides a 3D model that provides an in-depth analysis of the structure’s functionality, as well as constant contact between all parties involved in its development. If any user changes the designs to better fit their needs, the changes are also applied to all views for all parties.

BIM isn’t just useful as a producer of structure models and project plans, it also delivers key information for ongoing maintenance of the building. Maintenance data displayed by BIM includes heatmaps for tracking energy distribution in buildings as well as areas of high pressure where future repairs may be needed.

BIM vs. CAD

Computer Aided Design (CAD) does work when drafting basic home structures, but is incredibly limited due to its lack of parameters. BIM possesses a vast catalogue of supplies and building materials, creating a true-to-life depiction of your project and presenting the practical effect of your choices and plans. Unlike CAD, BIM is also used for civil and road engineering as well as urban infrastructure design.

With the new developments taking place in South Los Angeles, there has never been a better time for AEC companies to join the construction revolution. Call us today at (877) 810-7473 or visit us online to find out how BIM technologies can work for you.

Top 3 Smart City Trends for 2019

December 22nd, 2018 Posted by City Planners in Los Angeles, Green Construction, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

Did you know that cities can improve the efficiency of their energy, transportation, and utilities services; reduce consumption, waste, and other costs; and enhance the quality of life of their residents with one single premise?

It’s true.

US cities that incorporate information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve citizen well-being, enhance sustainability, and boost economic development can become designated smart cities.

Here are a few ways that smart cities will evolve in 2019:

Gamification

AT&T, one of the largest telcos in the US, is no stranger to smart technology and its President of IoT Solutions, Chris Penrose, is already predicting the changes ahead. He estimates that network technology will engage people like never before, encouraging them to become more responsible citizens. By paying their utility bills on time, making an effort to recycle, and using public transportation, individuals could earn ‘points’ to redeem for discounts or event passes. Through gamification, the entire city can benefit and improve the quality of life of all of its residents.

5G Implementation

Now that our lives are becoming increasingly connected, from our phones to our homes and soon our cars too, we have more data than ever. In order to share it, though, we need more bandwidth and the technology to make it happen. That’s where 5G comes in, according to Verizon. With it, cities will see improvements in public safety, transit, utilities, public Wi-Fi, and emergency preparedness. Who knew 5G could improve our morning commutes?

Energy Efficient Buildings

It’s no surprise that smart cities would host energy efficient buildings, and changes in technology and construction techniques are making it easier than ever to build them. Eco-friendly HVAC systems, efficient lighting, and improved insulation are all trends that are paving the way for smart cities in 2019.We can’t wait to see how smart cities help us reduce our carbon footprint and work towards net-zero energy buildings in 2019.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

The Environmental and Cultural Benefits of Ecotourism

December 12th, 2018 Posted by Environment, Environmental News No Comment yet

Global tourism is one of the largest economic generators in the world, with the tourism industry generating over $7.5 trillion in 2014 alone. Although more people than ever are packing their bags and heading to the airport, few consider the environmental and cultural impact of their journeys. As more communities are opening up to visits from foreign travellers, a new consciousness is also growing amongst backpackers in the form of “ecotourism”.

What is Ecotourism?

Ecotourism is, at its core, a respect for local communities and environments while travelling through them. It includes travelling to and learning about ecosystems and communities not normally considered tourism hubs. The idea of ecotourism began in the 1980’s as travellers became more familiar with the diverse cultures and the precarious ecosystems they were visiting.

As the years passed, ecotourism has slowly entered the public conscience and is recognized in most countries globally. In fact, 11.4% of all consumer spending was estimated to be on ecotourism and 2017 was declared the International Year of Sustainable Development by the United Nations.

The Benefits of Ecotourism

Because these destinations are not normally chosen sites for travellers, ecotourism provides a much needed economic boost to local communities. Employment in these areas is able to grow due to new industries that cater to travellers, meaning that your money stays in the community and supports updates in local infrastructure.

In a time where the environment is constantly under threat, ecotourism also allows communities to take ownership of their natural environment and maintain its beauty by controlling tourism avenues. Ecotourism is also important to the travellers themselves, as visiting these regions and learning about communities can provide a more holistic view of the world and the importance of preserving the environment.

At Creed LA, our goal is to combine environmental restoration with economic expansion, a goal that fits perfectly with the ideals of ecotourism. Call us today at (877) 810-7473 or check us out online to find out more about our mission.

3 Benefits of Retrofitting Buildings

December 5th, 2018 Posted by Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

Do you know the benefits of retrofitting buildings?

Retrofitting involves making a few modifications to commercial buildings that create significant benefits like improved energy efficiency and decreased energy demand. As you might be aware, renovations are costly and time-consuming, but they can be worthwhile in the long run. Here are three reasons why retrofitting buildings is a smart idea:

Increased Energy Performance

As the U.S. Department of Energy states, energy-efficiency retrofits can decrease energy demand and, consequently, lower your power bill. This is especially true for old buildings that are equipped with old HVAC systems because the newer ones are more cost-effective. Lighting fixtures, wall insulation, and roofing materials can also contribute to increasing your building’s energy efficiency.

Productivity Boost

It goes without saying that happier employees tend to be more productive. When you make renovations that reduce moisture, improve indoor air quality, and prevent mold growth, you’re contributing to a healthier lifestyle, which increases productivity. While retrofitting might sound like an unnecessary expense, it can actually help improve your cash flow.

Protect the Environment

If you care about sustainability—and you should—retrofitting a building is one of the best things your company could do for the environment. With buildings consuming around 40% of generated energy, they account for a large portion of the carbon emissions in the planet. Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Invest in retrofits to reduce your energy expenditure.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

Understanding the US Housing Crisis

November 30th, 2018 Posted by Environmental News, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

According to the National Association of Realtors, sales of newly built, single-family homes dropped to an annual rate of 544,000 units in October. That’s the lowest pace since March 2016, and it happens at a time when a housing-shortage issue is slowing down the US housing market. In March, Business Insider reported that existing home sales were 4.5% below the market potential. Here’s what you need to know to understand the problem:

What is Causing It?

The law of supply and demand is one of the most well-known economics principles. In a nutshell, low supply and high demand increase price whereas high supply and low demand lower price.

Right now, the US housing market is experiencing a lack of supply and robust demand, which is upping the prices for existing homes. Higher prices mean that fewer people can afford these houses, which slow down sales.

That’s not the only cause of the problem, though.

Mortgage rates are rising, and existing homeowners that have mortgages with low rates don’t want to sell their homes and lose their prime rates. Consequently, it’s causing a housing-shortage issue in the United States.

Consequences 

Also, keep in mind that the home seller is also a home buyer. Think about it: People don’t sell their house to become homeless, they sell it to buy another one. If they can’t sell, they can’t buy and, therefore, someone else won’t be able to sell their house, too.

While the shrinking number of homes available keeps pushing up prices, the inventory is slowly rising again in the biggest markets.

Let’s keep an eye on what is going to happen in 2019. Here’s hoping for a recovery!

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

How Circular Construction Is Reshaping the Industry

November 21st, 2018 Posted by Green Construction No Comment yet

According to the World Economic Forum, the construction industry is the largest global consumer of resources and raw materials. On the other hand, a significant portion of these materials are not used effectively. For example, in the United States, about 40% of solid waste comes from construction and demolition, which directly contradicts global efforts to create a sustainable world.

The good news is that circular construction is slowly reshaping the construction industry with sustainable practices that benefit the environment, improve people’s quality of life, and add a new stream of revenue for construction companies. Do you want to know how it works?

What is Circular Construction?

Before we talk about circular construction, we have to understand the concept of circular economies. The World Economic Forum defines a circular economy as “an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design”. In a nutshell, circular economies are very connected to the idea of sustainability and the 4 R’s: reduction, reuse, recycling, and recovery.

Circular construction is committed to reducing waste and maximizing the value of materials used in each step of a project. There are countries already discussing strategies to avoid disposal of resources that still have some utility and value.

The European Union is debating a goal to recycle 70% of all municipal waste by 2030, and to make it illegal to send recyclable materials to landfills by 2025. Construction companies will have to adapt to these new laws if they pass.

Benefits of Circular Construction

While circular construction is a radical change for the industry, it comes with a few benefits. Besides protecting the environment by reducing waste, it can help construction companies make extra cash. For example, rock and brick can be used for gravel or erosion control, and hardwood can be recycled as long as it stays dry. If construction companies find a way to make circular construction viable, they’re not only helping the environment but also increasing their revenue.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

The Risks of Natural Resource Depletion

November 14th, 2018 Posted by Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

The world population’s growth, which leads to overconsumption, pollution, and deforestation, is depleting the planet’s natural resources. Unless we make a change, we’ll run into serious problems like water and oil shortage, affecting both developed and developing countries. When it comes to achieving a more sustainable world, natural resource depletion is a big issue.

What Causes Natural Resource Depletion?

Some people think that the Earth provides us with unlimited natural resources. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be more wrong.

Most natural resources are finite, and even the ones that are renewable can’t meet the ever-growing human demand. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the demand for water is expected to rise by 50% over the next 30 years even though many African countries are already suffering from water shortages.

Urbanization and overdevelopment also play a role in depleting natural resources. As cities grow and expand, fields are sacrificed to leave space for buildings, reducing green areas and destroying the habitat for many species. 

If the planet can meet the needs of 7 billion people, what can we do to prevent a catastrophic future?

Earth Overshoot Day

The Earth Overshoot Day was an initiative created in 2006 to raise awareness about the risks of natural resource depletion. The date falls on a different day each year, and it marks the point when humanity consumes more natural resources than our planet can renew.

In 2018, the day fell on August 1st, which means that by November we had already used the equivalent natural resources of 1.7 Earths. In 2017, the Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 2nd, which was great progress in comparison to 2016, when the date fell on August 6th.

The really cool thing about the project is that it tries to move the date to create a sustainable future. The website lists a few steps to achieve the goal and provides a footprint calculator to help people change their habits.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

What Are Net Zero Energy Buildings?

November 7th, 2018 Posted by Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

A net-zero building is designed to produce enough renewable energy to meet its energy consumption requirements. These buildings are revolutionizing the construction sector because they push the industry towards sustainable development. Why is this so important? Energy use in buildings accounts for roughly 40% of our carbon footprint, thus reducing it would be incredibly beneficial for the environment.

“Achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal”, explains the U.S. Department of Energy. Although it’s not easy to create buildings that rely entirely on renewable energy generation, today’s new technology and construction techniques make it more achievable than it was a decade ago.

With almost 48% of the energy in the U.S. going to residential and commercial buildings, zero energy buildings can lower environmental impacts, reduce costs, and improve quality of life. Many states and local governments are already discussing target goals for net-zero buildings.

While integrated design and energy efficiency retrofits are all valid ways to reduce energy consumption, people still need to change their habits if they want to contribute to a sustainable world. Energy conservation programs can be used to incentivize reduced energy consumption.

Most net-zero buildings do more than just produce renewable energy: They store energy surplus, too. That’s how these buildings remain sustainable even during peak times, when residents tend to consume more energy than the building’s generation capacity. Isn’t that cool?

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

The Importance of Habitat Conservation

September 30th, 2018 Posted by Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

In the history of the planet, several species went extinct naturally. According to one study, it would cost $76 billion a year to preserve threatened land animals. So, why should we bother with habitat conservation and the preservation of endangered species?

Why Habitat Conservation Matters

Whether you find animals cute or not, there are many good reasons to protect them. “All living things are part of a complex, often delicately balanced network called the biosphere”, explains the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The extinction of a species could potentially set off a chain reaction that ends up affecting humans. Also, biodiversity is very beneficial for agriculture because some animals and insects can prey on crop pests. Even some tree species are fundamental for our well-being because they act as environmental quality indicators, helping scientists measure air pollution and the amount of contaminants present in the soil. 

The Endangered Species Act

The creation of the Endangered Species Act, in 1973, was one of the U.S. most significant steps to contribute to habitat preservation. Today, almost 50 years later, it is still one of our nation’s most important environmental laws to prevent the extinction of any species. There are over 1,600 species of animals and plants that are either endangered or threatened in the United States alone. Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, many recovery plans have been created to protect these species and their habitat. For example, the recovery plan for the California Condor recommends the development of captive-breeding facilities and further research on suspected environmental contaminants.

Habitat Conservation Plan

According to the section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, everyone applying for an incidental take permit must present a habitat conservation plan (HCP). An incidental take permit is required for activities that could potentially harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any threatened or endangered species. For example, this type of permit is mandatory if your construction project will result in habitat modification that affects nesting or reproduction. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lists HCPs that are either completed or under development, so you can use those as a reference. 

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

Examining Right to Light Laws Worldwide

September 23rd, 2018 Posted by Environment, Environmental News No Comment yet

Whether it’s peaking over the horizon on a clear autumn morning or shining through a window on a summer afternoon, there is something truly special about sunlight. In addition to providing the energy for the earth and all living things on it, sunlight is something to be enjoyed by all, regardless of whether they are spending time inside or outside.

When it comes to architectural design and construction, natural light is often incorporated into a building’s design for aesthetic as well as functional purposes. The question, then, becomes: does one have a right to light? Believe it or not, this is an age-old question when it comes to property.

What Is “Right to Light”?

“Right to light” refers to a building owner’s right to receive sunlight through windows, skylights, and other openings. Laws and regulations vary worldwide, but they typically apply to longstanding buildings that have maintained a certain level of illumination for many years. These laws often prevent new construction that would interfere with the amount of light entering a building with an established right to light.

Right to Light Laws Around the World

The right to light is an easement under English law. However, where you are in the world will define how the right to light question is answered. In England, you may even still see “Ancient Lights” signs marking points where the light may not be infringed upon. In Tokyo, sunshine has been deemed by courts to be “essential to a comfortable life.” In Denmark, their light laws have even impacted how windows are designed.

Right to Light in the United States

Within the United States, the question of right to light is addressed in more ways than we can count. Originally, the English law was adopted. However, in 1959, a Florida court struck down the right to light law.

Since then, each jurisdiction has adopted their own way of dealing with this issue. Some deal with it in terms of an easement. Others deal with it in terms of a legal nuisance. Since the photovoltaics of solar are so dependent upon proper lighting, some states use solar easements and solar rights to help define the issue.

Finding a Solution

In most instances, a proper balance can be found through a coordinated effort among the land developer, community, and individual parties involved. Even the trees need sunlight and must be factored into this equation.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard-working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA online or at (877) 810-7473.

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