Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This month in the news: engineering and architecture firms are likely going to see a rise in hotel construction, sustainability and LEED projects remain at the forefront and AIA, International Code Council reach collaborative agreement on building codes.
It has been projected that hotel construction will continue to grow in years to come thanks to a resurgence in both business and leisure travel. From reconstruction to new buildings, this could have an impact on engineers and architects, who will be asked to keep designs brand consistent while giving it an updated and more efficient feel. Top markets include New York City, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Miami.
Sustainability solutions remains a priority as the Top 10 Countries for LEED for 2015 have been announced, excluding The United States who remains the top country for LEED projects. With LEED projects stretching in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except Antarctica, LEED is helping demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The International Code Council (ICC) have reached a formal agreement to collaborate across a wide range of initiatives including code development, compliance, sustainability, energy conservation, and increasing building code knowledge among architects. The five- year pact will allow both the AIA and ICC to work more closely to achieve their goals.