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SMART and Mount Kilimanjaro

Anne Lorimor has the record of being the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  Anne was 89 when she reached the peak on July 18th, 2019.  She loves hiking and she didn’t start with Kilamanjaro.  It started walking on streets

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ASHRAE Issues Statements on Relationship Between COVID-19 and HVAC in Buildings

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published two statements to define guidance on managing the spread of SARS–CoV–2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus) with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating

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New Post-Tensioned Structural Concrete Code

I know….you’re asking “What is post-tensioning and why is it important to SMART?” Post-tensioning is adding plastic sleeved steel cables to a concrete slab before the slab is poured to give the slab extra strength.  When the slab is poured,

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Universities, Colleges and School buildings are going green

The U.K. is home to some of the world’s oldest — and most prestigious — universities.  And while these may be centers of excellence for learning, many institutions’ buildings were built centuries ago and are in need of refurbishment or,

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Chicago office building constructed with Coronavirus-fighting features

A $26 million Chicago office building will be one of the first in the country to boast features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns. The 90,000-square-foot Fulton East, which was under construction when the outbreak hit, has been engineered for

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ACEEE adopting building performance standards

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a white paper in June calling on jurisdictions globally to explore mandatory building energy performance standards to meet long-term climate goals, energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.  The white paper can

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Multidiscipline Building Design Software

The software the student teams use in the competition is provided by Bentley Systems (  It represents the best design tool suite available to architects and engineering professionals worldwide. OpenBuildings Designer enables the teams to be as creative and imaginative

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Designing Buildings and Public Spaces for Social Distancing

COVID-19 has created building and facility use challenges.  Design requirements that solve the physical or social distancing requirements are going to dominate design thinking for years to come. The Bentley software used in the SMART Competition will enable student design

What is the Competition Schedule?

One of the first questions we’re typically asked by teams planning to register for the SMART Competition is “What is the competition schedule?”.  The normal answer is that the competition begins in August/September and the final judging is in April/May. 

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AIA List of Best Sustainable Buildings

Buildings generate nearly 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions—and since two-thirds of the buildings that exist today will still be around by the middle of the century, architects need to rethink their design now to have a chance of meeting