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“So now, instead of just having lines on a computer that you can print out and use as a floor plan, we have entities built into the drawing, little pieces of metadata, that provide a whole new level of information.”


 


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TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION UPDATE
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ENTER THIS MONTH’S GIVEAWAY...........4


2011 TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION UPDATE...........8


Overview: Visualizing the Future...........10
Once more, we explore both the amazing potential and disappointing shortcomings of the latest innovations in housing, communication, energy, transportation, and other aspects of modern life. As a species, we’re still trashing the planet at an accelerating pace. But new technology—combined with meaningful changes in behavior—just might help us achieve a natural balance.


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The Future of Housing...........16
The built environment accounts for a third of energy use in the world. Better technology is here. But are we ready to change our evil ways? By Linda L. Leake


The Future of Energy...........26
New reports show that conversion to greener, cleaner energy sources is essential, and the building industry will play a leading role. By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett


The Future of Green Product Branding and Design...........36
It’s not enough to stamp a green label on a product and call it eco-friendly. Green products of the future will have to prove their worth. By Charlie Wardell


The Future of Jobsite Communication and Electronics...........44
The age of integrating CAD with energy management is coming. In the meantime, many other digital tools for the jobsite are already here. By Dan McCue


The Future of Transportation...........52
The environmental and social costs of combustion vehicles keep escalating. Which new and old technologies offer the sanest solutions? By Matthew Power


FROM THE TAILGATE...........64
New offerings for the sustainable minded.


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