Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This month in the news: technology advancements in design and construction are on the verge on transforming how firms show the upcoming project to clients, Google launches Project Sunroof, and APIC releases a manual for construction, renovation projects in healthcare facilities.
Three Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps for Design and Construction
The days of walking a client through a project by paper, physical models, field visits, and digital tools, may become outdated. Software developers in the AEC space are evolving digital modeling with the development of AR and virtual reality platforms that allow project teams to use mobile phones, tablets, and headsets to immerse themselves along with the client in the forthcoming building.
Deciding to Opt for Solar Energy
Google recently launched Project Sunroof, a new tool that utilizes aerial maps for users to see an estimate of how much sunlight a rooftop receives year-round. Useful for commercial projects, this tool can help the doubtful better understand if they will be able to realize big savings if they convert to solar energy. Users can learn how much they can expect to save and even evaluate different financing plans.
NAFA Announces Clear Air Award Winners
The National Air Filtration Association has announced its recipients of the Clean Air Awards for 2015. The Clean Air Award is presented to building owners and managers that take steps to significantly improve the quality of their indoor air by increasing the level or efficiency of their HVAC air filtration system in 10 specific categories. In order to maintain the NAFA Clean Air Award, the winning buildings must maintain IAQ diligence and submit inspection data each year.
APIC Releases Manual for Construction, Renovation Projects in Healthcare Facilities
For healthcare facilities, any project–whether new construction or renovation–can have infection implications. Therefore, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has released the Infection Prevention Manual for Construction & Renovation, a resource to serve as a blueprint for healthcare facility construction and renovation projects. The manual, useful for infection prevention, provides policies and procedures, resources, models, examples and educational material for all patient populations. It is intended to be used as both a sample of how other facilities have developed their infection control programs during construction, and as templates to adapt to their facilities.