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USGBC rolls out LEED v4
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The U.S. Green Building Council has officially launched LEED v4, the newest iteration of the LEED green building benchmark system. LEED v4 targets better building performance through tools and criteria that are universally understood, accepted and accessible.
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Coworking: Our window to the workplace of the future?
WorkDesign Magazine
Coworking has grown at a rapid rate, with the number of facilities almost doubling each year since 2006. Coworking facilities are a cost-effective workspace option for start-ups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and the self-employed.
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Modular vs. raised floor: Which data center design is better?
Buildings
Nonstop cooling needs and heavy-duty computing equipment are obvious contributors to data center energy needs, but did you know the design of the center itself can account for a significant energy expense?
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The leisure principle: BDRC Hotels Insight Forum 2013
Boutique Hotel News
The recent BDRC Continental Hotels Insight Forum 2013 focused on the leisure hotel guest's habits, preferences and choices. Matt Costin and Cris Tarrant translate that data into trends for hospitality designers in the coming year.
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Designer Dialog: New series debuts
IIDA
Go in-depth and behind the scenes of winning IIDA competition projects with the new IIDA Designer Dialog Series, featuring the designer or design team narrating and showcasing concepts, space plans and photographic images of their award-winning IIDA competition project. The first installment of the IIDA Designer Dialog Series showcases RTKL Associates, Best of Competition winner of the 2013 IIDA HealthCare Interior Design Competition.
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The polls are open: Vote for Student Sustainable Design People's Choice
IIDA
Vote now through Thursday, Dec. 12, for your favorite Student Sustainable Design Competition entries. You can vote once every 24 hours! The project with the most votes wins the People's Choice Award.
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Announcing the 18th Annual Showcase issue of Environments for Aging
IIDA with Vendome Group, SAGE and CHD
Vendome Group, publishers of Long-Term Living and HEALTHCARE DESIGN magazines, the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, The Center for Health Design and The International Association of Interior Designers will be reviewing projects from across the nation and selecting those that address design issues and trends related to the needs of the entire aging population — from nursing home residents to active seniors. Reservation forms are due Dec. 6.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Interior Design to induct new hall of famers, host "Best of Year"
The Editor at Large
Interior Design magazine is closing out the year with the 29th annual Hall of Fame awards and "Best of Year" awards in early December. This year marks a banner year for competition, magazine executives said.

Editor's note: IIDA congratulates Collin Burry, FIIDA, of Gensler, who is among this year's Hall of Fame inductees.

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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Don't be too quick to demonize the open-plan office
Office Insight
"Open plan" has become a dirty word in the workplace, and the national press are leading the mob in vilifying this so-called scourge. Let's take a deep breath and look at the facts presented in a little more detail.
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'Tis the season: Ethics guidance to keep in mind for the holidays
Lexology
Planning to invite guests to your company's holiday reception? Thinking about sending fruitcakes to your professional contacts? Although it's easy to get caught up in the spirit of giving, it is important to keep ethics in mind during the holidays. This is particularly true if there are any federal, state or local officials or employees on your holiday party guest list or holiday gift list.
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