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All Current Initiatives

Current US building codes for rebar strength were last updated in the late 1960's based on 50's and 60's era research. These codes limit rebar strength to 60 ksi. US rebar mills can now produce suitable rebar up to 100 ksi. In many parts of the world, rebar strengths of 100 ksi and above are…

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Significant advances in performance-based seismic engineering have transformed tall building design, resulting in safer, more reliable, and more economical buildings. Now, CPF is spearheading performance-based design advances and industry transformation for wind engineering. Structural and cladding system performance and reliability will be improved through analytical studies and physical testing. This initiative will result in design…

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CPF recognized early on that Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers an invaluable platform for industry collaboration and improved design and construction. Through its grantmaking, CPF continues to make this powerful tool more accessible and useful. BIM Execution Planning Guide (BxP Guide) (2018) Evaluating the Impact of BIM on Project Performance (U. Florida) (2018) Evaluating the Impact…

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Current prescriptive fire protection building codes are outdated, restrictive, and result in inconsistent levels of protection. CPF has assembled a team to apply a performance-based design approach to fire engineering. This initiative will rigorously and quantifiably assess predicted fire loads and structural response while, allowing safe occupant egress and overall structural frame stability. Through this…

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The most precious resource on our planet continues to be poorly managed. In the built-environment, the archaic approach which allocates rain water, waste water, potable and non-potable water into different "silos" is wasteful and unnecessary. CPF assembled a team to develop the Onsite Non-Potable Water Reuse Practice Guide to address scope definition, design, system specification,…

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Over the past decade, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has emerged as an important alternative to traditional forms of project delivery. Its adherents have reported improvements in cost, schedule, and quality, achieved in an atmosphere that is less adversarial and more collaborative. CPF sponsored Integrated Project Delivery: An Action Guide for Leaders  to serve as a…

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When performing Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyses, building industry professionals find the data and methods used to track carbon emissions and embodied carbon in building materials inaccessible and/or difficult to implement. CPF recognizes the impact that buildings have on the environment and is focused on sustainability and resource conservation in buildings. Integrating carbon assessment into…

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