Conversions: 1954 bank into 2012 advertising agency

Originally built in 1954, the former American National Bank building in Austin, Texas, had become a long-vacant relic of an earlier age, landing in the crosshairs for demolition and earning an unenviable spot on Preservation Texas’s list of ‘Most Endangered’ buildings. Despite these challenges, there were reasons aplenty to save the structure—including its central location, […] Read more

Bene launches an international restructuring programme

After the presentation of the disappointing Q3 results, and the consequent replacing of its entire Board of Directors in December of last year, Austrian professional furniture maker BENE today announced the immediate launch of a comprehensive international restructuring programme to bring sustainable improvements to the profit situation. In the course of this process, turnover volume […] Read more

The first zero carbon building in Hong Kong

ZCB (Zero Carbon Building) is the first zero carbon building in Hong Kong. Designed by Ronald Lu & Partners, the building takes advantage of passive design strategies to minimize energy use. It features a tight thermal envelope, the ability to naturally ventilate, waste-to-energy bio-diesel creation, rainwater collection and a photovoltaic roof. An advanced building monitoring […] Read more

LEED per resident per U.S. State

The U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC, has issued its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, accompanied by an infographic. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional buildings certified under LEED, through which approximately 2.2 billion square feet (204,386,688 square meter) […] Read more

#SMAf | And the winner of the Social Media Award Facilitair 2013 is…

The clear winner of the Social Media Award Facilitair 2013 #SMAf competition is Watercompany. Watercompany is a Dutch company specialising in mains fed water dispensers. Watercompany is part of the Waterlogic Division of the British PHS Group. Here’s the winning picture and tagline: Runners up in the #SMAf competition were Markant together with Intenz, Receptel, […] Read more

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