APRIL 2012
UCCC changes to IBC Seismic Provisions

As of March 2012, the Uniform Construction Code Council has filed an emergency rule, to be followed by the permanent rule, changing the International Building Code provisions statewide.
ICC Announces Availability of New Green Code 
A new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council. Read More


Celebrate National Architecture Week with AIA 
 From April 8th through the 14th, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be hosting National Architecture Week in an effort to increase public awareness on the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public's appreciation of design. With a theme of "Design Connects", the AIA encourages you to join in an online national conversation. Read more
How much do you know about the materials that you're using?
Louis Kahn famously asked what a brick wanted, but it might better serve us if we know what the brick was in the first place. 
The building industry's pivotal role in global greening underscores the need for information transparency. Billions and billions of tons of material in the global economy are tied directly to the manufacturing of building products. Yet the identity of these materials remains a mystery throughout much of the supply chain to most consumers. Reliable data at all levels of production and consumption are essential to improving their performance. Read More
ADA-ABA Code Seminar
AIA Louisiana, The Fire Marshal Association of Louisiana and the Office of the State Fire Marshal 
Shreveport, LA            April 16, 2012
Alexandria, LA            April 17, 2012



2012 NCARB Practice Analysis of Architecture
You Love Architecture
NCARB is surveying architects, interns and educators across the country. The Survey content addresses specific tasks and knowledge/skills related to pre-design, design, project management, and practice management, as well as general knowledge and skills. The collected data will be used to identify the tasks and knowledge/skills necessary for nonindependent practice of architecture. 
AIA Louisiana and the Louisiana State Board would like to encourage all to participate in the 2012 Practice Analysis survey. It's an important way to give back to the profession and influence it's future.  For more information please visit NCARB's website . To participate in the survey click the orange "You Love Architecture" button above. 
Architecture's Afterlife  
Earn 1 HSW/SD CEH for reading this article and successfully completing the quiz.     

We recycle everything from newspapers to automobiles, and yet we continue to pile obsolete building materials into landfills. Recent national and grassroots initiatives open the door for reuse to have a greater role in sustainable design.  Read more
 U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S

October 26-28, 2012 : AIA Baton Rouge : ARE Structures Seminar with David Thaddeus (more information coming soon)
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