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Research Looks at Buildings' Tornado Resistance

A civil engineering professor from Ontario’s Western University, who has been studying the effects of high winds on buildings since 1997, is now saying that research could lead to the develo...


CA Mandates Solar Panels for New Homes

California’s Building Standards Commission gave the final approval last week that mandates the requirement for solar panels on new homes, slated to take effect in 2020, making it the first s...


Elon Musk Files Permits for CA Brick Store

Billionaire Elon Musk is officially moving forward with his plans to sell bricks made from tunnel waste, a byproduct of one of his other ventures, The Boring Company, which will be celebrati...


New Vegas Stadium Hitting Schedule, Hiring Goals

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority released a report from a recent meeting that details the progress of the $1.8 million National Football League Las Vegas Raiders stadium project.


Grenfell Inquiry Taps New Architect Expert

The Grenfell Inquiry—a public investigation into the fatal fire that occurred at London’s Grenfell Tower in June 2017 that killed more than 70 people—has appointed a new architectural expert...


WI Bucks Arena Dubbed 'Bird Friendly'

The new Milwaukee Bucks Arena—the Fiserv Forum—has been dubbed the first-ever bird-friendly arena.


UK Hands out Funds to Replace Cladding

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed last week that it has released 248 million pounds (roughly $319 million), the first round of funding, for...


Corrosion-Resistant Finishes for High-Traffic Projects

When choosing finishes for a building envelope’s architectural aluminum products, the risk of corrosion should be a key consideration. Regardless of the project’s proximity to the ocean’s co...


$1.2B Vegas Stadium Ready for Trusses

Construction is about to go vertical at the future home of the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders in Clark County, Nevada.


UK Government Announces Cladding Ban

Government officials in the United Kingdom officially announced earlier this week a ban on combustible materials in the exterior walls of new residential buildings that are 18 meters and tal...


New Single-Ply Roof Systems Unveiled

Materials company Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance announced on Monday that it has added two new products to its TremPly line.


New Pitch Pan, Sealant Released

Roofing industry company Mule-Hide Products Co. recently announced a new line of products that are meant to aid in low-slope roofing jobs.


Firm Aims to Free Building Design via Elevators

A London architecture firm is researching ways to bend the rules when it comes to the structure of a skyscraper. The piece of the puzzle keeping innovation flatlined? Elevators.


CRRC Talks Ins, Outs of Rated Products Directory

Twenty years have passed since the Cool Roof Rating Council was first established through a partnership between roofing manufacturers, government, national laboratories, utilities and non-pr...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: NJ Luxury High-Rise

With just a few weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (June 15) with featured selections of this ye...


Designs Revealed for Turkish Stadium Revamp

United Kingdom-based design firm AFL Architects has recently released design renderings for its renovation of Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium, part of a 10-stadium commission to get Turkey ready ...


Final UK Building Review Released

The highly anticipated government review of building regulations in the United Kingdom was released late last week by Dame Judith Hackitt, who said that industry indifference and ignorance l...


UK Will Pay for Recladding of Public High-Rises

Eleven months after London’s tragic Grenfell Tower fire, Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the government will fund the cladding replacements for all social high-rises, a project t...


Report: Better Cladding Originally Slated for Grenfell

A recent report has revealed that nonflammable aluminum panels had been proposed for the cladding of London’s Grenfell Tower—the site of a deadly fire last June that killed at least 70 peopl...


CA Officials Pass Solar Panel Mandate

Last week, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a mandate that will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels, making it the first state in the nation to have such...


Tweaks Proposed to CO Green Roof Mandate

During the most recent election cycle, Denver joined San Francisco with strict mandates on the city’s roofs, pushing for more buildings to be outfitted with green roofs in an effort to comba...


$200M MN Soccer Stadium Hits Halfway Mark

Despite the Minnesota weather, crews at M.A. Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) recently confirmed that the $200 million Allianz Field project in St. Paul is still on schedule and on budge...


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 2

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 1

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


New Multi-Use Air Barrier Unveiled

Building materials company Sto Corp. recently released a new barrier that it says can bridge cracks and seams without tearing or compromising.


Waterproofing Florida's Frost Museum of Science

The $305 million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science at Miami’s Museum Park features an open-air atrium and, among other wonders, a 550,000-gallon aquarium that stretches three floo...


Report: Grenfell Refurb Added Fuel to Fire

As the hearings for the public inquiry into London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire draw near, a 210-page report on the incident blaming the 2014-16 refurbishment for the fatal blaze has surfaced...


Renderings Revealed for $860M Vegas Center

Preliminary designs were recently released for the new Las Vegas Convention Center, an $860 million expansion design that’s part of a bigger $1.4 billion overhaul project.


New Roofing Solutions Products Released

A handful of new products have been released with the goal of offering solutions to roofing system problems.


7th ABAA Show will Offer 2 Tracks

The Air Barrier Association of America is gearing up for its seventh annual conference and trade show, scheduled for May 8-9 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.


Understanding Performance at Air, Water Barrier Penetrations

Air and water barriers require continuity to perform successfully. Therefore, consideration of the specific detailing requirements at penetrations is necessary.


Video: Progress Made on Shanghai Planetarium

The superstructure is complete for Shanghai’s new planetarium, a 38,000-square-meter (nearly 125,000-square-foot) structure that will become the astronomical branch for the Shanghai Science ...


Honeycomb Tower Gets Restoration Job

London’s iconic Centre Point Tower was recently unveiled as the completion nears of a restoration and redesign that converted the honeycomb building from commercial to residential.


Living Architecture Tool Now in Pilot Phase

The Green Infrastructure Foundation announced on Monday the release of its new Living Architecture Performance Tool, which it says will aid projects that involve green roofs and walls.


Design, Final Cost Revealed for Vegas Stadium

Design elements for the new Las Vegas stadium were released late last week while the final costs for the project were cemented at $1.8 billion.


Broom-Clad Office Offers Secret Garden Space

Nottingham, England-based architecture firm 2hD Workshop had a noise problem it needed to clean up in its home office. The solution: A small, satellite office space outside in the garden—wit...


Commercial-Grade Sealant Line Introduced

Liquid-applied roofing and waterproofing systems company Kemper System America Inc. has released a collection of commercial-grade construction sealants aimed at addressing a variety of appli...


A Facility Manager’s Guide to Flooring Issues and Solutions

Managing an industrial facility requires one to wear many hats. Everyone from the company president to the forklift operator regularly highlights areas where repairs or improvements are need...


Rain-Resistant Air Barrier System Launched

GCP Applied Technologies Inc. recently announced the launch of a new permeable, liquid-applied air barrier that features a chemical formula that, according to the company, does not wash off ...


UK Officials Issued Fire Safety Memo

A United Kingdom official has released a memo to council chiefs that highlights their fire safety responsibilities in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report that was released in De...


New Tool Helps ID Combustible Facades

On Monday, the National Fire Protection Association announced the creation of EFFECT—an Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool, which can be used by building owners, facility manage...


Darkest Building on Earth Opens at Olympics

London-based architect Asif Khan has unveiled his latest creation: the darkest building on Earth. The “Hyundai Pavilion,” designed for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea, is...


Largest Timber U.S. Office Building Slated for NJ

Renderings for the largest mass timber office building in the United States have just been released by New York-based developer Lotus Equity Group and Vancouver firm Michael Green Architectu...


Metal Panels with Halogen-Free Cores Unveiled

Pennsylvania-based construction products manufacturer Centria recently announced a sustainability enhancement for its Formawall line of insulated metal panels, which reportedly eliminated th...


Adding Value to Your Roof Coating Program

If you’re a building owner, facility manager or service provider with an active roof coatings program, you have already determined that roof coatings add value to your commercial roofing sys...


WI Arena Nears 80% Mark, Exterior Finishes

News outlets out of Wisconsin are reporting that the $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena is nearing 80 percent completion, with its target of opening in the fall still in sight.


Non-Fireproof Cladding Found on UK Apartment

In a mandated safety review of buildings conducted as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire, cladding panels labeled “non-fire retardant” were discovered in the Chips apartment block, located ...


2 Products for Exterior Protection, Repairs Unveiled

Baltimore-based construction product company DAP recently released two products that aim to make weather production and outdoor repairs easier.


China Boasts World's Tallest Ice Structure

China is now home to the world’s tallest ice shell structure. Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the Harbin Institute of Technology have worked to erect the 100.1-fe...


Firms Hired for Obama Center, Renderings Released

An updated design for the Obama Presidential Center was released late last week, arriving on the heels of the announcement that a collective of diverse construction firms had been hired to t...


Winthrop Tower Height Reduced Again

Millennium Partners, the developer behind Boston’s to-be Winthrop Square Tower, has once again cut down the height of the proposed structure, in a move to appease both regulators and critics...


Bucks Arena Construction Continues Rapid Pace

In a race against the clock set for the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season, work on the Milwaukee Bucks arena is continuing at a rapid pace—going from a lattice of structural steel to a com...


Seattle Tower Could Be Seismic Game-Changer

The design of a new “proof of concept” tower in Seattle could change the game for towers’ seismic and wind resistance, experts say.


Designer Puts (Literal) Twist on PA Addition

When New York-based designer Tom Givone was approached about an extension on an old farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania, he had a unique request on his hands.


Grenfell Inquiry: Industry Rules Dangerously Lax

The interim report from the building regulations review that was order after London’s Grenfell Tower fire has found that the system is “not fit for purpose” and left the conductor of the rev...


3-D Printing Method Increases Steel Strength, Ductility

University researchers in the United Kingdom say they have identified a method of 3-D printing that creates stronger, more ductile stainless-steel parts than other printing methods have prov...


Crews Manning Structural Steel in NYC Get Boost

Workers tasked with erecting the structural steel for the nearly 70-story One Manhattan West in New York City are getting a little bit of a boost.


London's Grenfell Public Inquiry Hearings Begin

London’s inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people in June has begun its procedural hearings and is streaming them live on YouTube.


NLT Guides Released for Canada, US

The Binational Softwood Lumber Council recently released the Nail-Laminated Timber Canadian Design and Construction Guide, co-edited by architecture firm Perkins+Will and structural engineer...


MI Silverdome Implodes After Second Attempt

Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome was a topic of discussion Monday morning (Dec. 4) after it failed to implode the day before—that is, a topic of discussion for everyone except the officials res...


Mercedes-Benz Stadium Officially Achieves LEED Platinum

On Sunday, the project team for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium was presented with its LEED Platinum plaque, officially cementing the structure’s status as the first LEED Platinum sports sta...


NASA: Robots to Build Homes on Mars

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says it plans to use 3-D printing robots to create homes for future astronauts on Mars and other planets—but first, the agency needs ideas f...


Swiss Researchers Develop Ultra-Thin Concrete Roof

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH) have developed a new form of curved, thin roofing that can produce solar power.


Denver Passes Strict Green Roof Mandate

Voters in Denver passed a measure last week that will give the city the strictest green roof mandate in the country and some officials are saying legal action to combat the vote is still on ...


Self-Sustaining Underwater City Proposed

A new proposal for cities that could be taken over by changing water levels is a real example of thinking outside the box.


MIT Students Use Plastic For Stronger Concrete

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun testing the impact of adding bits of irradiated plastic into cement. What they found could hold up to competition.


Researchers Develop Seismic-Resistant Concrete

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say that they have engineered a new seismic-resistant, fiber-reinforced concrete that is set to begin use in retrofitting projects.


ARMA Converts Roofing Guide to eBook

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association is taking steps to make accessing information while on the jobsite more convenient.


New Liquid-Applied Air Barrier Now Offered

Coatings and sealants manufacturer Karnak recently launched its new high-performance vapor-permeable air barrier for above-grade application.


Bjarke Ingels Tapped for Mars City Design

For scientists, going to Mars might soon be as simple as visiting the Middle East. The government of Dubai recently released plans for the Mars Science City project, tapping the Bjarke Ingel...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on cool-roof coatings, waterborne UV wood coatings and popularity of EIFS, is now available online.


Firm Experiments with Concrete Layers

Founders of South Korean architecture firm STPMJ have taken the process of altering the constituents of concrete and turning the results into an exterior design.


Data, Communication Stressed at Conference

At Durability + Design’s inaugural Material Selection Conference on Tuesday (Sept. 26), common themes throughout the day were data collection and communication.


Association Formed for Underlayment Standardization

Four roofing companies have come together to create the Asphalt Underlayment Council, which supports the standardization of the quality of underlayment products.


Last Chance to Register for Material Selection Conference

On Tuesday, Durability + Design is devoting a full day to helping professionals stay on top of issues relating to an understanding of hygrothermics, exterior wall coatings and fluid-applied ...


Mercedes-Benz Stadium Opens Roof for First Time

After a construction schedule that put crews right up against the stadium’s opening on Aug. 26, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosted its first events with its roof open last weekend.


Grenfell Public Inquiry Details Released

The public inquiry into the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower opened late last week, with officials announcing timeline goals for the investigation.


FAA Recommends Chop for Boston Tower

Boston’s proposed Winthrop Square tower, which has been taking criticism for nearly a year over its 775-foot-tall plans, is getting a little taken off the top.


New Roof Product for Air Flow, Aesthetic

Keene Building Products has unveiled a new roofing product aimed at serving function and aesthetic.


Stone-Inspired Skyscrapers Take Shape in Beijing

Beijing’s Chaoyang Park Plaza is nearly complete after the environment-inspired structure topped out more than two years ago.


VIDEO: Roof Completed at Madrid Stadium

Madrid’s new soccer stadium, which is slated to open in a few weeks, now has a completed roof as shown by time lapse video released by the construction company on the project.


Material Selection Conference Profile: David de Sola

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Researchers Eye Fungus for Concrete Fixes

Rutgers University researchers think they have found a way to use the moisture that intrudes into concrete to an advantage, citing fungus spores as a way to fix a problem before it even occu...


Vapor Barrier Made for Brownfield Sites

Designed for use in brownfield sites, W.R. Meadows' new Perminator Evoh is a seven-layer vapor barrier that resists gas transmissions.


Jenga Tower Reshaping Austin Skyline

A project billed as “the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi” is taking shape and slowly impacting the skyline of Austin, Texas.


Shards Fall From Award-Winning UK Building

A report of falling debris from the United Kingdom’s largest glass curtain wall has surfaced, though a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice maintains that the cantilevered structure is s...


Preview Released for CA (W)rapper Tower

A new video has been released detailing the long-anticipated commercial high-rise in Los Angeles that was first conceived in 1999.


ACM System Passes UK Fire Safety Tests

The fourth in a line of six expanded tests to evaluate the fire safety of cladding systems in the United Kingdom has found an aluminum composite panel system that complies with safety codes,...


New Acrylic Air Barrier Now Offered

A new acrylic air barrier system that is reportedly “100 times better” than the ASTM E2357 test requirement is now available, the manufacturer says.


SSPC Issues Moisture Determination Standard

Moisture determination methods for concrete and masonry walls is the topic of a new standard issued by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, which also recently revised another standard...


Crumbling Granite Closes Downtown Streets

Streets are still closed in Pittsburgh after a large chunk of granite broke free from a historic building’s cornice and plummeted into the crosswalk below last week, and officials say they c...


Solar Energy Storage Product Unveiled

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has unveiled a battery-storage solution to accompany its solar panel line, a move that it estimates will save customers 70 percent on their electric bills.


Material Selection Conference: Panel Discussion No. 2

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Dubai's Torch Tower Burns a Second Time

Fire broke out at 1 a.m. local time in the 87-story, 1,100-foot tall residential skyscraper known as Torch Tower in Dubai early Friday (Aug. 4).


ICC Completes Mass Timber Fire Safety Tests

The International Code Council Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings has completed five full-scale mass timber fire tests as research that will inform code changes to tall wood buildings, ...


$500M WI Arena Half Done, Ready for Roof

Milwaukee’s $525 million arena is on budget and at the halfway mark of completion, meaning it’s well on its way to being ready for the National Basketball Association’s 2018-19 season.


Material Selection Conference: Air Barriers

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Cladding Systems Fail New Tests, UK to Review

After more than 80 towers failed revamped fire tests in the United Kingdom, officials say they’re going to review building regulations and fire safety.


Atlanta Stadium Roof Won't Be Ready for Kickoff

The one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Atlanta’s new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not be ready for the facility’s kickoff next month.


Material Selection Conference: Energy Savings

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Free Webinar: Designing Robust Details

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Thursday (July 27) entitled: “Designing Robust Details for Resilient Buildings.” Dow Corning High Performance Building’s Andrea Wagner Watts w...


Grenfell Tower Panels Found in US Structures

Brochures from Pittsburgh-based manufacturer Arconic reveal that the same panels used on London’s Grenfell Tower have been used on U.S. structures, such as a professional sports stadium and ...


Floor System Boasts Moisture, Impact Protection

Schluter Systems recently unveiled its DITRA-HEAT-DUO floor system, which the company says is the first system to not only serve as a protective moisture membrane, but also as impact insulat...


Plans Released for Stone Structure in London

More plans have been released detailing the proposal of a load-bearing stone structure in London’s Hampstead neighborhood.


New Bentonite-Based Waterproofing Released

W.R. Meadows Inc. has released a new dual-layer waterproofing membrane designed for below-grade use.


Material Selection Conference: The Effect of Permeance

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Net-Zero Goals Spark Curtain Wall Development

Ontario’s Mohawk College is on course to open a new facility in the fall of 2018 that will be the first net-zero institutional building in the region.


New Apple Store Gets 'MacBook Roof'

Eagle-eyed Chicago residents recently got a glimpse of the final touches on the new Apple store’s roof—and it looked familiar.


Charges Considered in Grenfell Tower Fire

The Metropolitan Police Service announced late last week that a criminal investigation has been opened regarding the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower.


Mushrooms Pop Back Up As Sustainable Building Material

A student at Brunel University London has brought using mushrooms in construction materials back to the surface for the university’s Made in Brunel exhibition.


Cladding in Fatal London Tower Fire ID'd

A deeper look into the Glenfell Tower’s 2016 renovation has unveiled that officials decided to use Reynobond PE (polyethylene) panels instead of Reynobond (FR) fire-resistant ones in the hig...


$4B World Trade Center Oculus is Still Leaking

The World Trade Center’s transportation hub—known as the Oculus—is reportedly still leaking and no one is taking the blame.


Experts Look At Cladding After Fatal London Fire

A cloud of speculation surrounds the cause of the fatal fire that tore through a London high-rise early Wednesday morning.


Quebec Theatre To Get 'Glass Cocoon'

A preservation project for Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec is underway. However, instead of renovating the 1970s brutalist concrete, designers decided to go a much more transparent route—en...


The House That Hemp Built: Alt-Concrete Studied

Tel Aviv-based architecture firm Tav Group has given new meaning to the term “green building" with a private residence it designed in the northern Israeli city of Ein Hod.


1,000-Foot Skinny Skyscraper Slotted for NYC

Moscow-based architecture firm Meganom is taking its first dive into U.S. territory by pairing up with New York-based Five Points Development. The project? A 1,001-foot “skinny” skyscraper o...


Berkeley Lab Delves into Zero Net Energy

In an effort to help California meet its zero net energy goals, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—with $2 million in funding from the California Energy Commiss...


Adhesives Firm Bostik Acquires Flooring Company

Specialty chemicals and advanced materials company Arkema (Colombes, France) announced that its subsidiary, adhesives firm Bostik (Milwaukee) has acquired CMP Specialty Products—a floor prep...


Exhibits, Events Salute Wright's 150th Birthday

A series of special events, exhibits and tours will be held worldwide as celebrations mark the sesquicentennial of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.


Facade Fashioned from Black Plastic Chairs

A Czech architecture studio devised a novel way to supply the cladding for a repurposed car showroom.


Loose Panels, Leaks Plague Minneapolis Stadium

Construction-related flaws at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis continue to arise, as crews addressing one issue on the building’s exterior discovered another that needed repair.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Radius at the Banks

Durability + Design is continuing to provide a glimpse into the competition of our inaugural Elevation Awards, an event developed to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractor...


Luxury Towers Boast Eco-Friendly Design

A new residential development from London-based Zaha Hadid Architects melds luxury living with an environmentally friendly design.


Sprawling NYC Project Features Interactive 'Vessel'

Needing a landmark to punctuate the sprawl of the biggest private real-estate project ever conceived, London-based Heatherwick Studio created a structure that its architects envisioned as “a...


Rain Causes One-Year Delay for CA Stadium

The opening for the new home of the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, California, has been pushed back one year because rain has wreaked havoc on the con...


TX Skyscraper Turns Out Lights for Birds

On the night of May 4, nearly 400 birds were killed after colliding with a skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Now, owners of the American National Insurance Company’s 23-story building say they...


Apple's Glass Spaceship Has Landed

Apple’s new headquarters—Apple Park—started filling up with the first of its 12,000 employees last month, and the Cupertino, California, “spaceship” is officially open.


Museum Made of 1.5M Plastic Bottles Still Going Strong

A three-story exhibition hall that’s made of 1.5 million plastic bottles is holding strong in Taipei, Taiwan.


Tesla Taking Orders for Rooftop Solar Tiles

Seven months after electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced its plan to enter the home solar market, the Palo Alto, California-based firm opened online pre-ordering for its rooftop s...


Fire Again Ravages CA Construction Site

An early-morning fire on Saturday destroyed an under-construction, 105-unit housing project near the Oakland, California, border—the second time the site has burned to the ground in the past...


Companies Partner for Wall Systems Line

Cladding, air barrier and panelization company Sto Corp. (Atlanta) has announced that it is pairing with two insulation suppliers to give customers some wall system flexibility.


Framing Method Eschews Construction Trappings

A framing method developed by the Clemson University School of Architecture in South Carolina has spurred construction projects that don’t require skilled labor, power tools or nails.


Largest Engineered Wood Building in Region Opens

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst unveiled its new Design Building last month--one of the first institutional buildings in the Northeast U.S. made out of engineered timber.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Soccer Stadium Exterior

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline by featuring a select nomination each day, giving you a...


Obama Complex Boasts Library, Other Amenities

Saying he wants his presidential library to be part of a “living thing,” former President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a three-building complex in Chicago, Illinois.


First Truss Placed at WI Arena

The construction of a new arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, continues apace, as workers placed the first truss on the anchor structure of the $524 million complex.


Designers Propose Skyscrapers Nestled Inside Sequoias

A quartet of South Korean designers hopes to carve out a niche in the architectural realm with a proposal that combines technological know-how with nature.


Building Materials Blamed in Apartment Fire

Materials used in the ongoing construction of an apartment building in College Park, Maryland, have been suspected as a possible cause in a five-alarm fire on April 24 that caused $39 millio...


Finnish Architects Draft Beer

A group of Finnish architects, acknowledging the need for the perfect elixir after a tough day in pursuit of the ultimate design, came up with a solution for what “ales” them.


Russian Scientists Develop Nanostructured Concrete

A professor and graduate student at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University have developed several building blocks for construction based on nanostructured concrete.


Facade Restoration Introduced for Metal Structures

APV Engineered Coatings has launched a new line of primer and topcoat systems for the restoration of metal structures.


Oslo Airport Blends Function, Energy Efficiency

When Nordic Architecture began plotting a near-total redesign of Oslo Airport in Norway, it focused on expanding the complex while embracing the tenets of energy efficiency.


Geneva Office Building Features Distinctive Facade

The vision for Giovanni Vaccarini Architects’ latest project was clear, even if the view of the facade enveloping the group’s newest building isn’t.


Atlanta Stadium Construction Racing Toward New Deadline

Days after the opening of Atlanta’s $1.5 billion, LEED Platinum designed, Mercedes-Benz Stadium was delayed for a third time, a stadium official says workers are hastening their efforts in a...


A'17 Kicks Off 3-Day Event

A’17, the American Institute of Architects’ Conference on Architecture, is underway at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and will go through Saturday (April 29).


Software Tools for Architects Get Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Labs announced they have released updated versions of the EnergyPlus engine and the OpenStudio software development kit and application.


Asteroid-Tethered Structure Is Ultimate High-Rise

You would have to buy a spacesuit, because your residence would be at an elevation of 32,000 meters (105.000 feet). Step outside, and you would be in a near-vacuum. The temperature would be ...


Builders Turning to Faster, Cheaper Robot Labor

Construction’s goals mirror most industries: find ways to professionally, quickly and safely complete projects while keeping costs down.


Dubai Developer Offers Underwater Villas

For the prospective homeowner whose finances are going swimmingly, a Dubai developer is offering villas that offer a decidedly different perspective.


Throwing Shade: Boston Mayor Pushes for New Tower

Officials in Boston have begun pushing for the construction of a proposed 775-foot tower in Winthrop Square. Their opposition? The state’s shade laws.


Stadium's Roof Issues May Push Third Delay

The opening of Atlanta’s $1.5 billion, LEED Platinum designed, Mercedes-Benz Stadium could be delayed for a third time because of the project’s one-of-a-kind retractable roof, officials say.


Firestone Completes Gaco Deal

Less than two months after first announcing its plan to acquire Gaco Western, Firestone Building Products Company LLC has completed the deal.


D+D Launches Materials Conference

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Materials Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh...


Study: Bigger is Better in Green Building

Green building certification programs are having a significant impact on large-scale Class A buildings, however effectiveness of these programs flounders as buildings decrease in size.


Scientists Knit Together a Tower

Researchers from Copenhagen, Denmark, have made the case that strong architectural structures do not have to be made out of hard materials such as concrete or steel.


Painter Electrocuted in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts man died Tuesday (March 21) afternoon while he was painting the exterior of Fire Department Engine House 5 in Salem.


Tall Order: First 3-D-Printed Skyscraper Confirmed

Dubai-based and Silicon Valley-born construction firm Cazza Technologies has announced plans to build the world’s first 3-D-printed skyscraper.


Firestone Launches Polyiso Formula

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has introduced a new formulation of polyiso insulation.


Engineers Develop New Cooling Material

A team of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have invented a scalable metamaterial, which can cool objects that are under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.


Study Tallies Bird Deaths at Glass Stadium

A new informal study conducted by three conservation groups has found that the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is as deadly to birds as people feared.


Flashless Metal Edge Unveiled

Garland (Cleveland, Ohio) has launched R-Mer Force, a new edge metal system made for roofs.


Covestro to Sell SPF Unit

Covestro LLC has agreed to sell its North American spray polyurethane foam business to Accella Polyurethane Systems.


Firestone to Buy Gaco Western

In a move aimed to increase its foothold in the building envelope industry, Firestone Building Products Company LLC says it reached an agreement to acquire Gaco Western, a manufacturer of si...


China Next Up in Vertical Forest Trend

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has been giving new meaning to the phrase “concrete jungle” for years, and he just added a new destination to his list of cities destined for vertical forestr...


GCP Touts New 'Primer-less' Air Barrier

GCP Applied Technologies has launched a new take on the traditional air barrier membrane.


Building Air Tightness in Focus at ABAA

Design professionals, contractors and others interested in air barrier technologies are invited to attend the Air Barrier Association of America’s sixth annual conference to be held April 18...


Liquid Moisture Barrier Debuts

An Illinois manufacturer of products to protect buildings from moisture infiltration has introduced a new single-component, vapor-permeable, thin-film liquid membrane for new construction an...


Building Enclosure System Earns Innovation Award

An innovative system made to protect the building envelope was recently recognized by the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.


Dryvit Debuts a Brick Alternative

Dryvit Systems Inc. has launched a new brick product billed as a game-changer when it comes to installation productivity and design options for multi-story buildings.


Wall System to Aid in Seismic Safety

A BASF Construction Chemicals company has unveiled a high performance exterior/interior vertical wall expansion system joint reportedly capable of accommodating large, multi-directional ther...


University to Revamp Roof of Gehry Building

After nearly 20 years of service, the iconic Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies on the University of Cincinnati campus will undergo a $17 million facelift, which will include build...


Thermal Barrier Guide Gets Update

A new technical guide from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association addresses the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems.


DAP Acquires Touch ‘N Foam

RPM International Inc.’s DAP business has added polyurethane foam brand Touch 'N Foam to its expanding portfolio of offerings.


RM Lucas Introduces Single-Ply Sealant

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker RM Lucas has launched a new semi-self-leveling sealant made to seal and repair single-ply membrane roofs at any slope.


Sika to Buy Roof and Wall Systems Maker

Sika has announced the planned acquisition of Rmax Operating LLC, a U.S.-based company that manufactures polyiso insulation products for the building envelope.


Dubai to Address Fire Safety in Lab

Officials in Dubai have announced plans for a new laboratory designed to test and certify the fire-resistance of materials and products used in buildings throughout the United Arab Emirates,...


Feds: Multifamily Production Plunges

Residential construction starts in the U.S. were down 18.7 percent in November after hitting a nine-year high in October, with multifamily starts taking an especially big hit, according to C...


Kemper System Buys STS Coatings

Seneca, NY-based waterproofing and roofing product manufacturer Kemper System America Inc. has acquired STS Coatings Inc., of Comfort, TX, and its four brands.


Green School Razed Due to Leaks

A U.K. school lauded as a “sustainable” specimen at the time of its completion in 2010 has been demolished just six years later due to pervasive roof leak issues.


Team Envisions Roofing Made of Coconut

The quest to find sustainable roofing materials has led a team of researchers in Mexico to the coconut.


Air Barrier Goes on with a Trowel

A new air barrier product from Sto Corp. is a trowelable version of the company’s established StoGuard Gold Coat air barrier membrane.


New Coating to Protect from Water, UV

Lapolla Industries Inc. (Houston) has introduced a new exterior elastomeric wall coating for waterproofing commercial structures.


Case Hits Builder in Fatal Balcony Collapse

State contractor licensing regulators in California want to suspend or revoke the license of a general contractor linked to the deadly collapse of a Berkeley apartment building balcony in Ju...


Canadian Firm to Market ‘IKEA Box’ Houses

While tiny houses have become a ubiquitous trend in recent years, a Canadian architecture firm is promising to take the idea to the next level this coming year, with a model house kit that c...


Spray Foam Uses Hybrid-Cell Technology

A new spray polyurethane foam insulation product from Rhino Linings uses hybrid-cell technology to create a strong and semi-rigid layer, without some of the problems presented by closed-cell...


Liquid Flashing Made for Detail Areas

A newly released liquid flashing from GCP Applied Technologies Inc. is made to take care of difficult detail areas, and make the application of flashing more efficient.


Millions at Stake in Leaky Cladding Case

More than 1,000 property owners in New Zealand are getting their day in court as a $250 million ($176 million USD) class action suit moves forward against international building products man...


Leaks, Mold Mar Disney-Built ‘Utopia’ Town

Celebration, FL, was built by Disney 20 years ago in the shadow of its Magic Kingdom theme park, but based on residents’ complaints about the condition of their homes, the town may be far fr...


GSA Leasing Program Adopts Green Globes

The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification system will be an accepted standard for new construction and interior upgrades to federal leased building spaces, according to the ...


Buildings Damaged, at Risk After Quake

A nine-story building in central Wellington was at risk of collapse Tuesday (Nov. 15) in the wake of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand early Monday.


3M, EPD Tout Window Film

A new window film technology helps to regulate building temperature, reducing heat loss by up to 38 percent, reports product manufacturer 3M and distributor Energy Products Distribution.


Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded

Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100...


Tesla Unveils Solar Roof Tile Plans

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors is diving into the home solar market with a splash, announcing a new initiative to bring to market solar roof tiles that look like traditional roofing ...


Upcoming Webinar Explains Metal Composites

Painted finish of aluminum composite materials and metal composite materials will be the topic of a free webinar from Durability + Design next Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m.-noon Eastern (8...


$6.5M Available for Building Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $6.5 million is up for grabs through its Building Technologies Office for partners who are working to put building efficiency programs into p...


Roofing Adhesive Designed for Cold Days

A new polyurethane adhesive from Soprema (Wadsworth, OH) is touted by the company as a higher-performing update to its Duotack product, capable of application at especially low temperatures.


Door System Built for Efficiency

A new steel door system from Assa Abloy is built to meet strict regulations regarding air leakage in commercial buildings.


Performance Considerations of Silicon Aerogel Insulation

Silica-based aerogel insulation is the topic of a free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Pigment, Building Envelope Firms Ink Deals

New York-based private equity firm American Securities LLC recently announced the acquisitions of two architectural coatings industry players.


Feds Seek New Efficient Technologies

Know exactly how to cut costs by improving building energy efficiency? The U.S. government wants to hear from you.


Roofing Underlayments Add to Line

GCP Applied Technologies, formerly part of the W.R. Grace & Co. group, has introduced its first synthetic roofing underlayments under the new brand.


Expert: ‘Leaning’ Tower Earthquake-Safe

Engineers retained by the owners of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower have issued a report reinforcing that the luxury condo high-rise is earthquake-safe, despite reports that the building ha...


Construction Spending Remains Flat

U.S. construction spending was down ever so slightly in August, according to new data released by the Department of Commerce, which also revised its July numbers to reflect a slight downward...


Garland Rolls Out Roof Membrane

The Garland Company Inc. has launched a new roofing thermoplastic membrane reportedly built to "lead the industry in UV and aging performance."


Pitch Pan Line Expands

R.M. Lucas Co. has added a new offering to its line of roofing pitch pan products.


Lapolla Bows Energy-Saving SPF

Spray foam and roof coatings manufacturer Lapolla Industries Inc.has introduced a new open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation designed for use without an ignition barrier.


Metal Panels Built for Distinct Designs

A California-based architectural steel manufacturer has introduced a new line of metal wall panels designed to deliver on performance and design flexibility.


'Sinking' Tower Fix: Let It Be?

The Millennium Tower of San Francisco has been sparking debate all over since it was reported in August that it’s been sinking and tilting at a rate greater than ever expected. But one profe...


SPF to Seal, Repair Commercial Roofs

ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. (Norton, OH) has announced it will unveil a new low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam for commercial roofs at the Polyurethane Technical Conferenc...


Lab Snags $4M for Efficiency Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be stepping up research on energy efficiency in buildings thanks to grants of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


NJ Architect Killed in Fall

Federal and local authorities are investigating the falling death of a New Jersey architect in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday (Sept. 15) afternoon.


French Firm Touts Passive ‘Lego Homes’

A French company looking to make homebuilding quick, easy and eco-friendly has begun to expand internationally, building what some are calling a “real-life Lego home” in Spain.


Agency Seeks Living Building Ideas

Surfaces that don’t fade or flake; roofing that “breathes” to control airflow; and building materials that heal themselves after damage are just a few of the technologies that could be furth...


RPM Faces SEC Fraud Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged RPM International Inc. and its general counsel with disclosure and accounting fraud stemming from a Department of Justice investigatio...


NJ Court: Insurance Pays for Subs’ Flubs

New Jersey’s highest court has ruled in case stemming from water infiltration and leaks that reportedly plagued a Hoboken condominium complex.


Coatings Maker Names President

Gaco Western, a Seattle-based manufacturer of elastomeric coatings and polyurethane spray foam, has named Chuck Skalski as president after 25 years with the company.


Additives Made for Stronger Cement

Coatings and adhesives manufacturer MAPEI has announced it is introducing its C-ADD cement additives division to the North American market.


LA Architect Takes on Detroit Hut Job

A Los Angeles architect is taking on a new project that might seem unexpected coming from a former Frank Gehry partner: Filling a largely vacant sector of Detroit with corrugated-steel “huts...


Campaign Promotes Building with Concrete

As some campaign to broaden the use of materials like wood in commercial and residential building, an industry group is touting the benefits of an old standby: concrete.


NYC Supertall Moves Forward After Suit

Plans for a new skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan are moving forward after spending nearly a year in legal limbo.


Probe Launched in Coil Coater’s Death

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a worker at a coil coating plant in Denver.


Metal Wrap Series Expands

Architectural metal wall system manufacturer Centria (Moon Township, PA) has added insulated composite backup panel options with the introduction of the MetalWrap Integrated Series and Long ...


California Luxury Condo Tower Sinking

It’s only eight years old, and home to some very wealthy and noted San Franciscans—and the Millennium Tower, sources say, is sinking faster than was ever anticipated.


Industry Group Updates Sealant Standard

A fenestration industry group has released a new document detailing best practices with regard to sealants.


Lab Developing Efficient New Window Coating

Liquid crystals are responsible for many flat-screen TVs and other displays, but researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing a way for the same technology to make win...


New Green Standard Tackles Insulation

Environmental certification group Green Seal has announced a new standard to help consumers determine what architectural insulation products are best for the environment.


Design Standards Spark Suit

An Indiana city’s attempt at standardizing architecture within its limits has sparked a lawsuit—the outcome of which could have far-reaching implications, reports say.


Webinar to Address Fenestration Specs

Writing specifications for fenestration finishing is the topic of a free webinar to be offered by Durability + Design this Thursday (August 4).


Solar Reflective Coatings Guide Revised

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has released a new edition of its document on the testing and performance of solar reflective coatings.


‘Pole’ Slashed by 54 Stories

What once was planned as a 72-story high-rise that would pierce the skyline west of Central London is looking more like an 18-story “floating cube” according to new, revised plans from archi...


Feds Invest $19M in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $19 million investment in energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings, money that will fund building envelope research and develo...


Cool Roofs Project in Philly

To kick off its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference this week in Philadelphia, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) will participate in a large volunteer cool...


Global Green Group: Net Zero by 2050

The World Green Building Council has unveiled an ambitious plan to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” in terms of energy consumption in the next 35 years.


RPM Inks Australian Waterproofing Deal

Seeking to widen their footprint in the Australian market, RPM and its Tremco Group have announced the acquisition of New South Wales-based Duram Industries Pty Ltd., a manufacturer of comme...


Extrusion Plant Blast Injures 5

An explosion injured five workers in the casting area of an aluminum extrusion plant in Georgia.


Concrete Repair Line Subtracts Silica

A new line of waterproof concrete repair products from Formulators (Santa Ana, CA) is touted as being free of respirable crystalline silica, the subject of a recent OSHA rule aimed at limiti...


Casino, Builder Settle Defect Case

A five-year lawsuit over allegations of shoddy work at a casino project in Colusa, CA, has ended in a $20 million settlement.


Passive House Reaches New Heights

When students move into the apartment housing at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City next year, some will find themselves in a trendsetting structure: The world’s tallest...


Henry Debuts Roof Coatings to Restore

Henry Company has introduced a line of liquid-applied roofing systems designed to help extend the life cycle of existing roof membranes, without the expense of removing and installing a new ...


Spiral Towers Set to Soar

The Zhejiang Gate Towers, under initial construction now, will eventually not only be the tallest skyscrapers in Hangzhou, China; they’ll be a couple of very tall examples of sustainable des...


BASF Launches Liquid Flashing

BASF Wall Systems has introduced Maxflash, a new liquid flashing membrane designed with restoration, air barrier and wall systems’ contractors in mind.


Bamboo: Nature’s Ideal Building Material?

Sometimes, the best materials in the built environment come from the natural environment. Kent Harries, of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, thinks bamboo certain...


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

Five contractors face a total of $115,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards at a troubled student housing construction project in Lincoln, NE.


Air Barrier Group Taps New Leader

A building science expert with 20 years of experience in construction has been named president of the Air Barrier Association of America.


Roof Coatings Made to Cool, Protect

Rhino Linings Corp. (San Diego) has introduced a cool roof system made to improve building energy efficiency and extend the service life of new and existing roofs.


Contractor Eyed in Hong Kong Roof Collapse

Contractors and university staff are on the hot seat weeks after a green roof collapsed, injuring three, at City University of Hong Kong.


Construction, Fenestration Numbers Rise

Residential construction was on the uptick in the U.S. in 2015, bringing numbers in the windows and doors industry up with it, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manuf...


Air Barriers Get Revamp

New formulations of two air and waterproof barriers mean easier application, according to the products’ manufacturer.


Algae in the Walls Down Under

There are green buildings, and then there are slimy, green buildings: A team of researchers and architects in Australia are hoping that soon, buildings constructed with algae will be a reali...


Dubai 3-D Prints First Office Building

Dubai, working to establish itself as a global hub for 3-D printing, unveiled what it called the world’s first 3-D printed office building this week.


Top Builder to Pay for Condo Defects

A Florida jury has ordered America’s largest homebuilder to pony up $9.6 million to remove and replace defective stucco, roofs and windows in a 240-unit complex in Jacksonville.


DOE Funds Window Coatings

The federal government is investing $31 million in 14 window coating and windowpane research and development projects.


Webinar Covers ‘Chasing Air’

An infrared thermographer with 13 years of experience will dive into a discussion of air barrier science in the next free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Building a Village with Bottles

Plastic drink bottles are ubiquitous in many of our lives—but in one spot in Panama, they’ll soon make up an entire village.


Roof Offers Peel-Away Protection

A new TPO roofing system aims to cut down on the cost and bother of cleaning the roof surface after installation by providing a protective film that can simply be peeled away at the finish o...


Roofing Angled for Global Growth

The global roofing market is back on the rise, with increasing demand in the United States and other developed regions expected to offset some deceleration in the massive Chinese market.


Public, Private Groups Focus on Resilience

The White House this week announced new public and private measures to boost community resilience at its Conference on Resilient Building Codes.


Liquid Flashing Line Gets Expansion

Prosoco has released a new roller-grade version of its R-Guard FastFlash fluid-applied flashing membrane.


Fungus Could Keep Out the Cold

An Alaska researcher may have developed a sustainable way to insulate buildings and infrastructure from the state’s icy permafrost—using a mushroom.


Dubai Clicks Print on New Buildings

A quarter of all new buildings in Dubai will be 3-D printed by 2030 under a new plan unveiled by the United Arab Emirates ruler.


National Labs Call for Building Ideas

The Energy Department says it is ramping up its crowdsourcing efforts, seeking innovative ideas for the building envelope, lighting, heating and cooling systems and more.


Concrete Institute Names President, VP

Michael J. Schneider of Baker Concrete Construction (Monroe, OH) has been elected president of the American Concrete Institute for 2016-17, the organization has announced.


See-Through Wood to Brighten Buildings

Buildings of the future may utilize a material capable of providing interior spaces with ample amounts of daylighting. Hint: It’s not glass.


Officials Target Berkeley Balcony Firms

Five contractors that worked on a balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, CA, last year could face suspension or revocation of their contractors licenses, according to state licensing officials ...


Soprema Offers New Liquid Air Barriers

The Sopraseal LM line reportedly offers ease of application and cleanup, and can be applied at cold temperatures.


Waterproofing Market to Hit $9.5B by 2022

The global demand for waterproofing membrane is expected to reach $9.5 billion by 2022, a new market forecast suggests


Soprema Acquires Sealants Maker

Global roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering product maker SOPREMA has announced the acquisition of Chem Link.


RCI Names Document Winners, New Board

The professional association for roofing, waterproofing and building envelope consultants has named winners of its annual document competition as well as members of its 2016-17 board of dire...


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


Roofing Membrane Made to Seal, Protect

Roofing products manufacturer Mule-Hide Products Co. has introduced a new air and vapor barrier made for use with a variety of roofing systems.


No Charges Filed in Fatal Balcony Collapse

The contractors, building owner and property manager have escaped criminal prosecution in the apartment balcony collapse in Berkeley, CA, that killed six Irish citizens and seriously injured...


Cladding Eyed as Culprit in High-Rise Fire

A massive fire that engulfed at least three residential high-rise buildings Monday (March 28) in Ajman, near Dubai, has sparked new concern over a cladding material widely used in the region...


New Products Made for Building Envelope

A Washington-based developer of breathable membrane systems for walls and roofs has announced the addition of two new accessories designed to provide superior building envelope ventilation a...


Dow Updates Facer for Rainscreen Systems

Dow Building Solutions has introduced a dark exterior facer to optimize its THERMAX XARMOR (ci) Exterior Insulation for rainscreen applications in North America.


Accella Expands Spray Foam Business

In its quest to be the leading polyurethane systems powerhouse in North America, Accella Performance Materials has added Quadrant Urethane Technologies’ spray foam division, Quadrant Spray F...


Barrier System to Reduce Install Time

PROSOCO Inc. has teamed up with Georgia-Pacific Gypsum to offer a new, patent-pending sheathing barrier system developed to reduce the time it takes to weatherize buildings.


‘Cool Roof’ Made to Boost Energy Efficiency

The new Kemperol Reflect 2K FR cool roof system is said to dramatically reduce the impact of infrared rays, while improving building energy efficiency.


Below-Grade Waterproofing Line Bows

Global coatings and waterproofing product manufacturer MAPEI has introduced a below-grade waterproofing product line to the North American construction market.


Roof Coatings Database Made Public

Non-members as well as members of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association are now able to use the group's enhanced database on nation-wide reflective roof incentives.


No Grid Needed: Wall that Heats, Cools

A researcher from the Lund University in Sweden says she has adapted a 19th century construction technique that can reportedly heat and cool buildings, while drastically reducing associated ...


New Binder for EIFS Applications

Synthomer has added a water-based binder for use in EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing system) or ETICS (external thermal insulation composite systems) applications.


Dryvit’s Mike Murphy to Lead EIMA

The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) has elected Mike Murphy, of Dryvit Systems Inc., as its new president.


Green Seals Seeks Input on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking stakeholder input on its proposed Environmental Leadership Standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54).


Insulation Panels Made for Sidewalls

GAF has introduced ThermaCal Wall - Exterior Wall Insulation Panels, constructed to meet the need for increased R-value in building construction.


PROSOCO Bows New Flashing Material

A Kansas-based manufacturer of concrete maintenance and building envelope products has released a new product in its line of flashing materials for residential and commercial applications.


Judge: Ark Builders Get Tax Break

Calling it a victory for freedom of religion, a creationist group in Kentucky is celebrating a judge’s decision that the state cannot prevent the group from collecting sales tax incentives j...


Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in t...


GAF to Buy Roofing Co. for $1.1B

In a move to become the largest manufacturer in the global roofing industry, GAF has announced a deal to purchase its Danish peer, Icopal A/S, for €1 billion ($1.08 billion).


Sessions, Experts Lined Up for RCMA 2016

Cool roof technology updates, sustainability challenges, and application issues are among the topics on the agenda for the annual roof coatings conference in Philadelphia.


Second-Tallest Building Made Sustainable

Described as “more than a landmark” with some of the most sustainable features across the globe, construction is complete on the second-tallest building in the world.


Study: Heat Improves Cool Roof Effect

A recent study suggests that white roofs can decrease the amount of urban heat island effect during a heat wave, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Aim of Design to Dignify War Casualties

Described by its designer as a “place of remembrance,” the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages is nearing the end of its construction phases.


Roof Coatings Group Reports Success

With 2015 having come to a close, the association that represents roof coatings manufacturers has announced that it achieved five strategic goals and a successful merger with another associa...


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


Up to $8M Available for Energy Ideas

Are you a building science expert interested in efficiency innovation? If so, the Energy Department wants to send you money.


Accessories Made to Enhance Walls

Sto Corp. has recently introduced two new accessory products that the company says enhance the quality of wall systems.


Insulation Company Closes Ninth Deal

Installed Building Products Inc., a national insulation and building products installation company, has acquired a North Carolina-based residential spray polyurethane foam insulation install...


Flashing Standards Get Code Expansion

Two standards addressing flashing systems, both self-adhered and liquid applied, are now integral to the commercially oriented International Building Code.


Roof Coatings for LEED v4 Explored

To help stakeholders understand the cost contributions of roof coatings and the environmental benefits of using LEED v4 specifications, the Roof Coatings Manufacturing Association has create...


Catalyst Helps Rigid Polyurethane Foams

Air Products has introduced a non-emissive catalyst that the company says is designed to help polyurethane foam producers maximize foam performance in “next generation” hydrofluoroolefin (HF...


Wailing Building Irks Brit Neighbors

It howls, it hums, it screams, and it’s been said to be “annoying the heck” out of the people who live near it.


Berkeley Lab to Build Tropical Test Bed

A Singapore rooftop is being transformed into a lab for building materials so that researchers can learn more about how to design greener buildings in the tropics.


Rio Olympic Buildings Make Progress

With just 250 days until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, construction on several of the Brazilian venues that will host the summer games have been completed.


Free Webinar Covers Water Woes

Roofing maintenance programs and common deficiencies that allow moisture penetration and paint failures to occur will be discussed in an upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Caulking Guns for Contractors Debut

RM Lucas has introduced three caulking guns that the company says are of high-quality standard for professional contractors.


NYC: Engineer Lied on Inspection Report

An engineer who declared a building’s façade was "safe" prior to part of that façade falling off and killing a toddler has been charged with allegedly filing a false report.


‘Ark’ Theme Park to Teach Creationism

Families looking for a Biblical-based vacation experience might consider a new theme park that teaches lessons on creationism—and is prepared for a major flood.


Permits Strong in Mixed Housing Report

More single-family home construction permits were issued in October than in any month in the past eight years, according to new home construction data released Wednesday (Nov. 18).


Greenbuild Opens with Call to Action

“There is work to be done, so we do it.” That’s the key message Rick Fedrizzi, the U.S. Green Building Council co-founder and CEO, delivered to a crowd of 10,000 during the opening address W...


Air Barrier System Made for Easy Install

VaproShield has developed a new two-component air barrier system made with contractors and installers in mind.


Seal-Krete President Byron Lapin Dies

Byron Lapin believed in his father’s idea of “convenience in a can.”


Waterproofing System Made for Longevity

Soprema Inc. has developed a waterproofing system for new construction and renovation projects.


Suits Filed in Deadly Balcony Collapse

Managers of an apartment building in Berkeley, CA, knew mushrooms were growing in a rotten apartment deck weeks before it collapsed and killed six students, according to lawsuits filed Thurs...


DOE Projects Focus on Building Science

Building envelope and ventilation technologies are at the center of five new U.S. Department of Energy funded projects in development.


SPF Insulation to Offer Smooth Finish

A San Diego-based manufacturer of protective coatings and linings has introduced a closed-cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial applications.


‘House of Energy’ Earns Premium Status

A mixed-use building in Kaufbeuren, Germany, uses so little energy that it has been certified as the first Passive House Premium in the world.


Consumers Get Payday in Supplier Scam

An Arizona building materials supplier will pay thousands of dollars in restitution after 15 consumers complained that the company failed to deliver materials as promised.


Metal Panels Made for Flexible Designs

Centria has introduced nine interchangeable rainscreen panels to its Profile Series Cascade line of metal wall systems.


OSHA Cites Roofers for Asbestos

Federal workplace safety authorities have cited two Chicago area contractors for exposing workers to dangerous asbestos hazards.


Study: Buyers Pay More for Green Homes

A new study suggests that homebuyers are willing to pay more for a home if that home includes green design features.


Firm Apologizes for Tilting Condos

A Japanese construction supply company has apologized for supplying faulty pilings for a major condominium complex that is tilting just 10 years after it was built.


Obama, Partners Plan to Emission Cuts

What do Dow Chemical, Fomo Products, Lapolla Industries and NCFI Polyurethanes have in common?


Huntsman Debuts Polyol for SPF

Huntsman Corp.’s Polyurethanes Division has introduced a new aromatic polyester polyol formulated for rigid foam systems, particularly spray polyurethane foam.


SURE House Shines in Solar Contest

Students from the Stevens Institute of Technology are basking in the glow of top honors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 after designing, building and operating “a coast...


New Standard to Focus on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is developing a new standard aimed at helping purchasers identify and choose environmentally preferable architectural insulation materials.


Duct, Building Envelope Sealer Debut

An Ohio-based company recently introduced two new building envelope sealing systems.


Sealer Made for Asphalt Roof Staining

Gaco Western has developed a single-component, water-based sealer that the company says protects silicone roofs from asphalt bleed-through.


NAHB Decries Joint Employer Change

Stating that a new rule regarding joint employer relationships would hurt housing affordability and small businesses, a Texas home builder also told Congress this week that the standard is “...


DOE Awards Window Installation Concept

A novel approach to installing building envelope components is among the innovations recently recognized by the Department of Energy.


Study: 90% of Homes Under Insulated

Only 10 percent of U.S. homes are thought to be insulated adequately, according to new research.


Roof System Mixes Asphalt, Polyurethane

The Garland Company Inc. has introduced a new commercial roofing system designed to increase its resiliency as it ages.


Federal Contractor Wages Going Up

Construction workers who perform work as contractors or subcontractors of the federal government are about to get a raise in their minimum wage.


App Teaches Kids About Construction

A concrete company has launched a game app that it hopes will steer kids toward careers in construction.


Professor Patents Bio-Panel System

Paper, weeds, industrial hemp and discarded forest products are among the waste materials a University of Colorado architecture professor and former graduate student are using to produce bui...


Fiber Mesh for Stucco Walls Debuts

BASF Corp. has created a mesh that the company says is designed to provide crack suppression and isolation in stucco wall systems.


Study: What’s 'Green' to Home Buyers

What is it about a “green home” that makes a potential home buyer want to spend green?


ZHA Bows Out of Olympic Stadium Bid

Zaha Hadid has given up her quest to design the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Stadium.


Wall Made to Control Heat, Moisture

BASF Corp. has developed a single integrated wall-enclosure system designed to deliver control of heat, air and moisture as well as increased structural integrity.


Input Invited on Infiltration Tech

The federal government is seeking information on building envelope infiltration diagnostic technologies.


Oldcastle Buys Glazing Leader for $1.3B

Hoping to expand its reach in the glazing market, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope has announced a binding agreement to acquire C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), of Los Angeles.


AAMA Compares Condensation Ratings

In a new guidance document, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association compares three common rating systems for condensation on interior surfaces of fenestration products.


ISIS Destroys Ancient Syrian Temple

One of the most significant First Century religious structures is no longer standing due to bombing in Palmyra, Syria.


GAF Acquires Roof Coatings Company

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF, has acquired roof coatings supplier Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.


Insulation Firm Inks 6th Acquisition

In a move it says will increase its footprint in New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area and Texas, Installed Building Products Inc. has acquired Eastern Contractor Services.


Green Group Expands Certifications

An apartment building in Europe has become the first to be certified under a new classification of energy-efficiency that has a rigorous performance-based standard.


Silicone Roof Coating Made to Restore

National Coatings Corp. has introduced a low-VOC silicone roof coating designed to restore and repair existing roofs.


Students Push the Solar Envelope

While most of the students who were accepted to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 are putting finishing touches on energy-efficient homes, one team is using the c...


Study: All Insulation Performs Equally

A recent study of several insulation types suggests that no single type of insulation offers better performance than others when all are properly installed.


GAF to Buy Quest Construction Products

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF, has agreed to acquire roof coatings supplier Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.


Talks Ongoing in Building Envelope Suit

Settlement negotiations continue in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in May that pits a leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products against a magazine publi...


Robot Prints Houses One Wall at a Time

Billed as the world’s biggest free-form 3D printer, the machine can build walls like the body builds bones, is "prettier" than previous attempts at printing 10 houses in one day and is “more...


Weather Study to Aid Building Design

What may be the longest-range weather forecast ever predicted will be used to help building designers better create structures that are able to withstand Mother Nature’s fluctuating changes.


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

Two construction supervisors and their employers have been charged in connection with a trench collapse that killed a 22-year-old worker this spring at a retail project site in New York.


New Air Barrier System Debuts

Two building product manufacturers have teamed up to introduce the first integrated gypsum sheathing panel with a factory-applied fluid air-barrier membrane.


Senate Approves Roth to Lead GSA

The U.S. Senate has named Denise Turner Roth as the administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


Elastomer Roofing Sealant Debuts

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker R.M. Lucas Co. has rolled out a new thermoplastic elastomer-based roofing sealant.


Garland Raises $68K for At-Risk Youth

Employees of a Cleveland-based building-envelope product manufacturer have raised more than $68,000 to support an organization that aims to inspire at-risk youth.


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


New Building Envelope Testing Offered

An independent, third-party safety testing and certification provider has launched new testing services for the building envelope.


Reflective Roof Coating to Save Energy

GAF has introduced a water-based acrylic roof coating billed as a durable, protective weathering layer for low-slope roofs.


London Building Faces Wind, Design Woes

Two years after its facade produced a light reflection strong enough to sizzle parked cars nearby, a new London skyscraper is once again at the center of controversy.


College to Get Building Envelope Center

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA—A Canadian college plans to establish a building envelope performance center thanks to a grant of $1.75 million.


Tremco Buys Canadian Sealants Business

BEACHWOOD, OH--Tremco Group has acquired certain assets of Chemtron Manufacturing Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of construction adhesives, sealants and tapes for residential, commercial and ...


Judge Denies Request in Balcony Collapse

BERKELEY, CA--The contractor that built the apartment where six students were killed in June has been denied access to building components removed as part of the criminal probe.


Paris OKs 1st Skyscraper in 40 Years

PARIS--It took two votes, including one in private, but the French capital is about to get its first skyscraper in four decades.


Steel Yourself for a Well-Contained Home

DETROIT--Seeking a home that withstands hurricanes and boasts walls that "have a story to tell?"


Roofer to Pay $1.6M in Wage Case

MILWAUKEE--A Wisconsin roofing contractor will pay $1.6 million in restitution and damages after underpaying workers on federally funded housing projects, according to authorities.


Fedrizzi to Leave USGBC

WASHINGTON--Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman of the world's best-known green-building rating system, has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of 2016.


Roof Collapse Smashes Luxury Cars

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND--Authorities are trying to determine what caused the roof of a new Audi dealership to collapse, damaging 34 luxury vehicles.


'Rot and Decay' Seen in Doomed Balcony

BERKELEY, CA--Confirming earlier suspicions, city building inspectors have reported severe dry rot in the balcony that tore loose from an apartment building in California, killing six studen...


Water Eyed in Fatal Balcony Collapse

BERKELEY, CA--Moisture and wood rot are the early suspects in the devastating collapse of an apartment balcony that killed six and injured seven in Berkeley, CA.


Oldcastle Files ‘Building Envelope’ Case

DALLAS--A leading supplier of walls, windows and other building-envelope products has filed suit to protect its company name, which is built on the common term for architectural enclosures.


Roof System Adds Low-Solids Option

BROOKFIELD, WI—Volatile Free Inc. has introduced a new 70 percent solids silicone coating formulated to protect roofs from water damage and UV deterioration.


Roofer Cited in Skylight Death

JACKSONVILLE, FL—A Florida roofing contractor with a history of federal safety violations is now facing $154,000 in new fines stemming from a 24-foot fall that killed a worker.


Rhino Linings Buys Spray Foam Maker

SAN DIEGO—Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a Missouri-based spray foam insulation manufacturer, broadening its reach into the building products market.


Barriers Flex Building Protection

CLEVELAND, Ohio—The Garland Co. has rolled out a line of permeable air and water barriers designed to provide a "flexible blanket" that controls air movement through the building envelope.


Wall Foam Made to Lay It on Thick

SEATTLE, WA—Specialty coatings and insulation producer Gaco Western has introduced a closed-cell wall foam insulation designed to lay down four inches in a single pass.


Aging Roofs 3 Years in 3 Days

BERKELEY, CA—A “cool roof time machine” developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory could help dramatically speed the spread of cool-roof technology worldwide.


Wood Industry Builds a Fire-Safe Future

WASHINGTON, DC—Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States? The American Wood Council thinks so, and is partnering with the nation's leadi...


From NRCA, Roofing Savvy by the Box

ROSEMONT, IL—Keeping the industry up to date on roofing's changing technologies, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Sy...


Underlayment Protects in 1 Layer

INDIANAPOLIS—Firestone Building Products Company has introduced what it calls "the only self-adhered, waterproof, UL Class A underlayment" on the market.


Roofers Face $300K after 3 Workers Fall

ANDOVER, MA—Two Massachusetts-based roofing contractors are jointly facing federal fines of nearly $300,000 after three workers were injured in a two-story fall.


From Montana, Home Sweet Container

Montana-based builder Montainer has put out the welcome mat on a 192-square-foot prefab home made from a shipping container that can be delivered to your door.


‘Smart’ Building Envelope Shields Sun

Facade modules that bloom open when the sun pours in may drastically reduce energy consumption in glass-fronted buildings, the system's developers say.


Roofer Fined in Electrocution

Three days after an employee was fatally electrocuted on a roofing job, his boss sent another employee to finish the work under the same conditions, federal authorities report.


China Challenged on Steel Dumping, Lead

Churning out half of the Earth's steel under little oversight, Chinese manufacturers are flooding the globe with substandard, lead-heavy products that threaten both end projects and the mark...


France Decrees Green Rooftops

The roofs of new commercial buildings in France must henceforth be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law just approved by the French Parliament.


Contractor Gets 11th OSHA Case

A nationwide roofing contractor with a history of safety violations now faces two new cases alleging continued lack of fall protection, federal authorities say.


Energy Cuts Try, Try, Try, Try Again

For the fourth time in five years, a bipartisan bill that aims to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings has been proposed in the U.S. Senate.


Secret Service Wants White House Model

Building an $8 million fake White House would help the beleaguered Secret Service better protect the real thing, the agency's director says.


Energy Retrofit Standard Gets Revamp

Processes and procedures for retrofitting residential and commercial structures to improve energy efficiency is the focus of a newly revised joint standard.


Fruity Fiber Muffles Gypsum Alternative

The task of pruning orange trees won't end out in the field if Dr. Jésus Alba has his way.


AEP Span Expands Wall Panel Options

Steel roof and siding supplier AEP Span has introduced an architectural metal wall panel with trapezoid shape and a wide range of colors, prints and textures.


Saint-Gobain, Sika Clash on Takeover

Europe’s biggest supplier of building materials is encountering strong resistance in its $3 billion bid to acquire a controlling interest in a Swiss specialty chemical company.


Painter Not Liable in Worker Death

An Ohio painting firm is not responsible for an employee's fatal fall, despite violating federal fall protection regulations, an appellate court has ruled.


Spray Foam Carries Greenguard Approval

Gaco Western has introduced GacoProFill System, an open-cell polyurethane spray-foam insulation designed for new construction and retrofits.


Worker Killed on Arena Roof Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a New York construction worker who was crushed by steel beams Tuesday (Feb. 24) while installing a green roof at the Barclays Center Arena in Brook...


Tower Fire Rekindles Cladding Concern

A massive blaze in Dubai at one of the world’s tallest residential towers has reignited a debate over cladding used on high-rise structures in the region.


Thermal Spacers Fill Envelope Gaps

Metal buildings can make code with a continuous insulation system that includes new SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed "N" Safe, the Utah manufacturer says.


First Straw Houses Hit the Market

Despite their bad rap from the Big Bad Wolf, straw houses cannot be huffed and puffed and blown out of existence.


3D Printing Pops Out Apartment, Villa

A Chinese engineering firm is claiming two firsts in the global race to master 3D-printed construction: the first mansion and the tallest building.


Silicone Roof Coating Debuts

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker R.M. Lucas Co. has rolled out a silicone coating designed for flat roofs that retain water.


Green Materials Poised for Growth

North America leads the world in the demand for green building materials, a market projected to expand 12.5 percent annually, to reach $234.77 billion by 2019, according to a new market stud...


Coatings Groups to Share One Roof

Aiming to strengthen the voice of the roof coatings industry, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) and the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) have merged.


Green Building Market Powers Up

The $307.3 billion global market for commercial energy-efficient buildings will more than double in the next several years, a new report projects.


Green Building Design Standard Unveiled

Building envelope technologies and construction site contaminants are among the topics addressed in a recently updated standard.


Home Maintenance? Not Here

It took only two weeks and one tool to build a home that won't need maintenance for at least 50 years.


New Underlayment for Tile, Metal Roofs

Atlas Roofing has introduced a roof underlayment designed for tile, slate and metal applications.


Cement Shortage Hits Midwest

Factors beyond their control have created a cement shortage that is now pushing back numerous projects across the Midwest, contractors say.


Liquid Flashing Boasts 'Armor' Finish

Dow Building Solutions has introduced a patented liquid-applied flashing product designed to provide advanced moisture- and air-sealing protection to commercial buildings.


Commercial Panels Tout Designer Look

The Laminex Group has introduced an interior wall lining system that boasts "simple installation and stunning outcomes" in commercial and retail environments.


System Rethinks Walls, Water Tanks

An Arizona master auto mechanic says he has developed a concrete wall system that holds water.


Fatal Mall Collapse Laid to Human Error

Engineers, owners and public officials all share the blame for a fatal mall collapse in Ontario in 2012, a judicial inquiry has determined.


New Cladding for Modern Looks

Kingspan has added two cladding options to its line of engineered facade systems.


New Kit to Seam Metal Roofs

Developmental Industries Inc. has introduced a roof seamer tooling kit designed to fit most types of metal roofing panels.


Incan Techniques Inspire Safer Columns

Taking a cue from ancient masons, an architectural design duo has turned out an ultra-modern column that is both seismically stable and 3D-printed.


LP Spray Foam Touts HP Performance

Dow Building Solutions has unveiled a low-pressure (LP) spray foam system designed to provide the same performance as high-pressure (HP) drum foam insulation, but without the need for large ...


GSA Chooses Green Tech, Asks for More

The General Services Administration has announced its 2014 list of green building technologies it will evaluate for possible use in federal buildings across the U.S., and is looking for more...


Grants Address Modern Architecture

With its sights set on conserving iconic 20th century architecture, the Getty Foundation says it will award a series of grants to preserve the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jørn Utzon, amo...


New Leaders, Conference for EIFS Industry

On the eve of a rare high-profile symposium, the Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) industry has elected a new president and slate of directors.


Glossmeter Made for Speed, Data Loads

Elcometer has rolled out a hand-held gloss measurement tool that is designed for speed and can store up to 40,000 readings.


Hemp Humps in the Building Arena

The sturdy fiber long confused with its Cannabis cousin has cast off its stoner reputation and is finding a new home in the building industry.


Webinar Offers TLC for Roof Coatings

Maintenance that protects the integrity and durability of coatings for today’s popular metal roofs is the focus of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Frank Lloyd Wright School Faces Closure

An architecture school founded by the godfather of American architecture is facing a choice irony: Break ties with its foundation benefactor, or lose its accreditation and face closure.


New Flashing Membrane Resists Water

Henry Company has introduced a new elastomeric liquid-applied, seamless flashing membrane.


Zero Energy Poised for Mega Growth

With energy efficiency consuming a larger share of building mandates, global revenues from the Zero Energy Building market are expected to more than double in the next generation.


New Blocks Halve Cement Content

Watershed Materials has introduced a sustainable masonry building block with half the cement of traditional concrete blocks.


Ceiling Market Sports High Hopes

Rebounding nonresidential construction will fuel a $2.5 billion annual market for ceiling products both fancy and functional by 2018, according to a new report.


Building Efficiency to Boom in Europe

Energy efficiency will sweep across Europe’s buildings to the tune of nearly $800 billion in the years ahead, a new report forecasts.


SolarWorld Checking 1.5M Panel Parts

The largest solar manufacturer in the United States is checking more than 1.5 million solar systems throughout North America because of a potential fire hazard.


Chemical Makers Ally with LEED Group

The U.S. chemical industry has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, to bring "technical and science-based approaches" to the LEED program.


Smart Brick Has a Leg Up on LEGO

Lighter, tighter, stronger buildings could be on the way if a LEGO look-alike brick receives funding for full-scale production.


Membrane Offers Slabs 7-Ply Protection

W.R. Meadows has introduced a seven-ply vapor and waterproof membrane designed to stop moisture migration in floors.


Architectural Billings Hit 7-Year High

Billings at U.S. architecture firms rose in July to their highest level since 2007, according to the American Institute of Architects.


Demolition Ordered to Restore Skyline

Istanbul will recapture its old, majestic look, now that the government has ordered the demolition of new skyscrapers that sully the city’s historic views.


UK Builder is a Bee’s Best Friend

With bee populations declining worldwide, one UK homebuilder has a honey of an idea: a design contest to build the best “bee hotel.”


Building Health Gets a Makeover

A new, first-of-its-kind building standard tackles the built environment inside and out to ensure the holistic health of both the structure and the people who spend their time in it.


Subway Work Blamed for Sinkholes

Sinkholes that are erupting in Seoul, South Korea, may be coming from construction below the ground, not above it, city officials now say.


Unsung, Rebels Architect Solutions

The words rebel and architect aren’t often paired, but a new documentary series showcases seven such individuals—including Pakistan’s first female architect—who are rethinking ...


Buildings Meet Healthy Skepticism

Green building is a fixture of our times, but the correlation between buildings and occupant health has proved a tougher sell—especially among the influential medical community, according to...


Wall Board Made to Fight Fire

JetProducts has introduced a building product that purports to deliver eight times the fire-suppressing power of drywall, garnering the nickname "fireman in a wall.”


Feds Ban Builder for Wage Violations

A Detroit-based contractor has been barred from bidding on federal contracts for up to three years after investigators found that the firm had failed to pay $415,000 in wages.


DIY Goes GIY with Mushrooms

Architects, designers and other innovators will be able to grow their own bio-based products and building materials under a new offering by Ecovative.


New ‘Bamboo’ Steel Boasts Flex Appeal

Scientists have found a way to manipulate several kinds of metal to mirror the characteristics of bamboo, thus making it stronger and more flexible.


Report: Home, Sweet Green Home

Green building of single- and multi-family residential construction has been booming and shows no sign of slowing, a new report says.


Vegetative Roof Options Grow

Firestone Building Products Co. has expanded its vegetative roof system offerings to give architects a wider range of design possibilities.


Building System Touts Airtight Barrier

Pecora Corp. has introduced a building envelope barrier system designed to create an airtight membrane when applied.


Drywall to Make a Global Splash

Having survived a global recession and now gaining favor in developing countries, the global drywall market is in for a robust run in the next several years, a new forecast shows.


RCMA Brings Experts Together

Cool roofs, hot technologies and other building science updates filled the agenda at this year's roof coatings conference in Baltimore.


Germany Tops in Energy Efficiency

A U.S.-commissioned study of national energy-efficiency trends returned embarrassing news for the U.S.: The country did not even make the Top 10.


Experts Raise the Roofing Outlook

After years in the basement, the global roofing market is back on the rise, with the United States and China expected to lead the resurgence over the next five years.


Honoring Reinvention in Architecture

Steel origami shelters, foundation greenhouses, stronger-than-steel fibers, and a 21st-century phone booth top the newly crowned best and brightest in architectural R&D.


Designing an End to ‘Global Boredom’

Architecture may mean more work than play, but a global competition has found a way to combine the two while transforming neglected public spaces.


NY City Council Approves ‘Poor Door’

A controversial plan to install separate entrances and elevators for affordable-housing and luxury-condo residents in the same building has gained approval in New York City.


8 Companies Cited after Fatality

Eight Texas contractors face $53,480 in combined federal fines after a worker died from a 29-foot fall on a construction site in Canyon Lake, TX.


Scotland Touts Steel Steeds

Standing nearly 100 feet tall and weighing 300 tons a piece, “The Kelpies” are one of the largest equine sculptures in the world and are the largest public artworks in Scotland.


Dubai to Retrofit 100k Buildings

One of the most lavish places in the world is getting ready to go green.


Alliance Takes Global Tack on Indoor Air

Indoor environmental quality has become so important that a newly formed alliance hopes to serve as a global source of information on the topic.


Many Purposes for 1-Part Sealant

W. R. Meadows has unveiled Pourthane SL, an elastic, one-component, self-leveling, multi-purpose horizontal joint sealant.


Takeover Creates Materials Leader

The $2.7 billion merger of two producers of cement, concrete and aggregates has launched a new top dog in U.S. production of heavy building materials, the companies have announced.


Survey Reveals Cell Tower Turn Off

No matter how commonplace mobile phones are in society, the towers used to keep them connected are less than desirable when it comes to buying or renting property, a new survey finds.


FL Contractor Faces $228K in Fines

A Florida carpentry company faces $228,690 in proposed penalties for failing to provide fall protection at four work sites, according to federal regulators.


New Collapse Claims 11 in India

One day after recovery work ended at a building collapse that killed 61 construction workers, another collapse in the same Indian city killed 11 more workers and family members.


Global Housing to Grow through 2018

Swelling urban populations, despite an overall population decline, will keep the world housing market hot through 2018, a new market forecast reports.


RPM Acquires Krud Kutter

RPM International’s Rust-Oleum Group has acquired environmentally friendly cleaner company Krud Kutter Inc., the company reports.


6 Arrested in Indian Building Collapse

Six builders are under arrest, dozens of construction workers are dead, and others remain missing after the catastrophic collapse of a building under construction in Chennai, India.


LEED Homes Grow Worldwide

The world continues to go green with its living spaces, according to a new report by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Experts Raise the Roof Technology

Cool roofs, green materials and power pigments top a new series of expert presentations now available for free viewing from Durability + Design.


Waterproofing Contractor Fined $66K

A New York masonry and waterproofing contractor faces $66,600 in proposed fines for more than a dozen serious safety violations at a residential project, according to federal regulators.


Roof Tile Coating Slashes Smog

Twenty-one tons of nitrogen oxides per day could be eliminated if tiles on one million roofs were coated with a titanium dioxide mixture now in development, say the engineering students behi...


Sto Adds 1-Component Barrier Sealer

Sto Corp. has expanded its StoGuard air- and moisture-barrier line with RapidFill, a one-component material designed to seal sheathing joints, seams, cracks, and transitions in above-grade w...


RPM Buys Brazilian-Based Waterproofer

Seeking to expand its waterproofing footprint in South America, RPM International Inc. has acquired Brazilian manufacturer Betumat Quimica Ltda.


EPA Touts Flame-Retardant Options

Federal regulators have identified safer alternatives to flame-retardant chemicals used in building insulation and products containing flexible polyurethane foam.


Builder Jailed for Fatally Flawed Roof

A UK developer will serve a year in prison for supplying used asbestos roofing materials that collapsed, dropping a worker to his death.


Green Challenge: Making People Care

New ideas to generate public interest in green building could be worth $10,000 and hold the seeds of a new global strategy.


Brick Billed as Carbon-Neutral First

Australia’s largest brick producer has unveiled what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick—thanks, in large part, to a novel use for local sawdust.


Cladding Panels Meet Fire Standard

A new, ultra-lightweight cladding panel system combines fire safety with the design versatility of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), the manufacturer says.


Making the Grade against Disaster

School districts across the country are showing a new silhouette on their facilities, opting for more dome-shaped designs rather than those of traditional buildings, experts say.


Garland Bows Roof Restoring Coating

The Garland Company has introduced a highly reflective, low-odor, rubber coating designed to waterproof and restore metal roof and wall panels.


Metal Wall Systems Offer Custom Look

Metal wall and roof system manufacturer Centria has introduced two architectural panel systems for exterior cladding projects focused on aesthetics.


Webinar Tackles Wall Systems that Work

Overcoming product compatibility challenges to produce a functional masonry wall design is the focus of an upcoming free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Sounding a Smart Note in Cincy

CINCINNATI—Attention, architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors who do stupid things: Stay away from Joe Lstiburek. That goes double for the buildings you design and construct. Espec...


New Air Barrier System Debuts

Duro-Last Inc. has introduced Duro-Guard Sopravap’r, a vapor retarder and air-barrier membrane designed to address the movement of air in roofing assemblies.


High R-Value Spray-Foam Debuts

Icynene has launched Classic Plus, a 100 percent water-blown, low-density open-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation for residential and commercial building projects.


Cities to Compete for $5M Energy Prize

From Providence, RI, to Fairbanks, AK, communities across the U.S. have accepted an energy challenge for a chance to win $5 million.


New Concrete Waterproofer Bows

W.R. Meadows has introduced Hydralastic 836 waterproofing for interior and exterior concrete and asphalt surfaces, including plaza decks, planter boxes and sealing parapets.


Roof Barrier Offers DTM Application

Carlisle SynTec Systems has introduce VapAir Seal MD, an air and vapor barrier for direct-to-metal-deck applications.


DOE Seeks Green Building Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking market-ready technologies to help stanch the annual hemorrhaging of billions of BTUs by the nation's commercial buildings.


CA Targeting Spray PU Foam Chemical

The spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry has mobilized quickly against a plan by California regulators to target a toxic chemical often used to make SPF products.


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

German researchers say they have developed a greener alternative to using petrochemical plastics for building insulation.


Building Plastics Market Powers Up

Global demand for building and construction plastics is poised to grow at a 7 percent annual clip in the coming years, reaching $57.5 billion in 2019, a new market forecast suggests.


Building Show Hosts Student Contest

A novel student architecture contest inspired by one of Cincinnati’s most important Modernist buildings will highlight the first D+D 2014 Conference and Exhibition.


Cool Concrete ‘Behaves Differently’

Cool-Crete Technology Group’s new signature product is designed to eliminate the harmful effects of hydration, extending service life and averting the need for unattractive expansion cuts.


Construction Cited in Fatal Gym Cave-in

Flawed design, shoddy construction and inadequate building management are being blamed for the collapse of an auditorium roof that killed 10 people and injured 103 in South Korea.


Low-Slope Line Touts High Performance

Building products maker National Gypsum has introduced a new line of high-performance roof boards for commercial roofing systems.


Global Team Pursues Safer Structures

Mindful of a rash of recent structural failures worldwide, engineers from three countries are teaming up to develop a real-time monitoring system that could sense serious structural weakness...


Coatings to Energize the Future

Talk about a bright future: The global market for smart coatings for solar panels is expected to increase twenty-fold in the next six years.


Sinkhole Swallows Corvettes at Museum

Engineers are working to secure the building and recover eight pricey Corvettes from the depths of a massive sinkhole that has opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, K...


Teams Get their Turn in the Sun

Student teams from Italy, Singapore and California will go head-to-head against competitors from colleges and universities worldwide in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015.


Polymer Made for Building Envelope Uses

Raw-material producer Mallard Creek Polymers Inc. has introduced BarrierPro 4551, a performance emulsion polymer designed for use in waterproofing, moisture-vapor and air-barrier-coatings fo...


Icynene Offers New Spray Foam Insulation

Spray-foam manufacturer Icynene has introduced ProSeal, a closed-cell, medium-density, spray-foam insulation for commercial and residential applications.


Study: White Roof Beats Green, Black

When it comes to roofing types, white wins. White roofs are more cost-effective over a 50-year period than green (vegetated) or black roofs, according to a new study.


DOE Seeks Building-Envelope Innovations

Uncle Sam is ready to spend up to $14 million to advance innovative, energy-efficient technologies and design tools for commercial and/or residential buildings.


Silicone Air-Barrier System Bows

Dow Corning Corp. says it set out to “build a better barrier” with its latest collection of silicone technologies formulated to protect the building envelope.


Garland Launches New Barrier Suite

Cleveland-based Garland has developed a new line of products designed to prevent unwanted air, vapor and water from penetrating the building envelope.


New Spray Foam Seals in One Step

Gaco Western has introduced GacoFireStop2, billed as the first one-step, open-cell polyurethane foam insulation of its kind that requires no additional ignition barrier.


Foam Market to Spring Forward

“Particularly robust growth” in U.S. construction will bring “significant opportunities” for foam insulation and other products made from plastic foams in the years ahead, a new market forec...


Historic Courthouse Wins Energy Contest

Slashing $40,000 from its utility costs in one year, an 80-year-old U.S. Courthouse and former Post Office in Wichita, KS, has captured the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award.


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


Rhino Expands with Stucco Acquisition

Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a San Diego, CA-based, 84-year-old stucco product manufacturer in an effort to expand its building product footprint.


6 Building Technology Projects Honored

A large net zero energy commercial building in California, a railroad car facility turned office building in Washington, and a ranch home in Nebraska are among the projects recognized as out...


Firestone Acquisition Expands Roofing

Firestone Building Products has announced that it will acquire its first overseas manufacturing facility, expanding its roofing products portfolio.


NIBS Seeks Input on Building Workforce

Facility managers, building operations workers, and other professionals are needed to participate in a nationwide effort to improve the quality of the commercial building workforce.


NewLook Admixture Stops Efflorescence

An end to efflorescence in concrete and masonry is the claim of NewLook International's new admixture, called EffLock.


Free Webinar to Focus on Commissioning

Building commissioning and its application to coatings will be the topic of a free upcoming D+D Education Series Webinar.


New Continuous Insulation Suite Offered

Firestone Building Products has launched a new line of building envelope products formulated to improve thermal performance and prevent thermal bridging in commercial buildings.


Insulated Panels Now HFR-Free

Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America has introduced a high-endurance, high-thermal-efficiency foam insulation material for the building envelope without halogenated flame retardants (HF...


Device Exposes Building Envelope Leaks

DeFelsko has introduced a portable device that detects air leakage in building envelopes and rigid air-barrier systems in the field.


Home Wrap Breathes, Provides Barrier

DuPont Building Innovations has introduced a home building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.


New Cladding Finishes Shift Color

Alcoa Architectural Products has introduced a series of nine architectural coatings that shift color under different lights when used on the company's Reynobond and Reynolux cladding materia...


Icynene Bows 100% Water-blown SPF

Icynene has introduced ProSeal Eco, a 100 percent water-blown, medium-density closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation, for use in commercial and residential projects.


DOE Honors Housing Leaders

Dozens of contractors, researchers, national laboratories and building science organizations across America have been awarded Housing Innovation Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy for a...


DOE Energy Efficiency Program Revamped

Designers looking to effectively integrate energy-efficient technologies into their projects may benefit from a newly upgraded simulation program from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Fighting Disease, Wall by Wall

A new bio-inspired surface that denies a foothold to cockroaches and ants joins other recent materials advances aimed at reducing pest-borne disease worldwide.


$20M Inquiry into Fatal Collapse Ends

Tales of owner neglect, failed waterproofing, poor design, missing specifications and numerous other problems highlighted the 117-day, $20 million public inquiry into the deadly collapse of ...


Free Roof Efficiency Calculator Updated

The National Roofing Contractors Association has revised its online EnergyWise Roof Calculator to incorporate updates of key international construction codes and add selected insulation data...


Metal Builders Show Their Mettle

An Arizona college, Illinois medical center, New York fireboat facility and Texas headquarters are among a dozen structures nationwide showcasing excellence in metal construction products an...


More Roofing Training Headed to College

Roofing-specific education will become a larger part of the curriculum in construction management programs at several U.S. universities, under a new educational partnership between the indus...


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


CA to Review Flame Retardants

The days of using hazardous flame-retardant chemicals in building foam insulation may be numbered in California, under a new law that will take a closer look at those chemicals.


Rooftop Coating Targets Bacteria

Garland Roofing has launched Clear-Shield Rx, a water-based, roof coating system designed to provide antimicrobial protection for healthcare facilities, schools and other occupant-sensitive ...


New MSA Hard Hat Made From Sugar

A new “green” protective hard hat forgoes the use of petrochemicals, instead using materials sourced from sugarcane, according to manufacturer MSA.


3 Designs Made to Combat Disaster

Three unique dwellings designed to help survivors of natural disasters feel safe again in New York City, New Orleans and Joplin, MO, have won top honors in a rebuilding design competition.


Boston Tops Energy Report Card

Boston, MA, is America’s most energy-efficient city, in terms of its efforts to slash energy usage and costs, according to a new report ranking 34 of the country’s largest cities.


Scientists See Sweet Deal for Cement

Waste ash from sugar production may prove to be an environmentally sweet ingredient in one of the world’s most common building materials, new research suggests.


Nature’s Novelties: Top 10 Building Materials

Insulation made from fungus and sheep’s wool, toxin-trapping drywall, bacteria-boosted bricks and other novel building materials are the new Top 10 finalists of the first-ever Cradle to Crad...


Chicago Joins Energy Benchmarking Cities

Thousands of large buildings across the Chicago skyline will be required to report their energy use and authorize the city to disclose the numbers to the public under a new mandate.


Sika Names New Technology Manager

Chemist Thomas Hasler has been named the Chief Technology Officer and a Member of Group Management at Sika AG.


New U.S. Code to Remake Energy Mandates

From American Samoa to Wyoming, U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia are scrambling to prepare for looming federal changes in commercial building energy codes that will affe...


2 Exterior Insulation Products Debut

Atlas Roofing Corp. has added two polyisocyanurate exterior wall insulation products for residential and commercial projects to its EnergyShield portfolio.


Garland Raises $40K to Fight Cancer

Employees of a Cleveland, OH-based building-envelope product manufacturer have raised more than $40,000 to support an organization that aims to make lung cancer a survivable disease.


AK Couple Seals Air-Tight Record

This story isn’t just off the wall. It’s off four 28-inch-thick walls.


RPM Settles Roofing Case for $65M

A former employee’s complaint that Tremco Inc. was selling overpriced, defective roofing materials and services to government entities has ended in a $65 million settlement by that company a...


3,000+ Buildings Compete in EPA Battle

What do the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL; a Catholic cathedral and rectory in Seattle; New York City’s historic 100 Park Avenue building; and Busch Stadium—home of the St. Louis Cardinals,...


Wausau Offers System for Sleek Facades

Wausau Window and Wall Systems Inc. has expanded its SuperWall Series to include a four-side silicone-glazed system to create dramatic facades and entrances.


AkzoNobel to Sell Off Adhesives Unit

AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints business will shrink yet again, as the company has announced plans to sell its Building Adhesives business to specialty chemical provider Sika AG for €260 milli...


Rebounding CertainTeed to Reopen Plant

Heralding its revival with the planting of a tree, CertainTeed Ceilings has announced plans to reopen a long-shuttered manufacturing plant in Mississippi.


Webinar Details Masonry Wall Success

Selecting air barrier systems, through-wall flashings, reinforcement/anchoring systems and other masonry wall components for optimal compatibility and effectiveness will be the topic of a fr...


Roof Coating Makers Pitch Congress

Tax concerns and ozone targets topped the list of concerns that America's roof coatings manufacturers have laid at the door of Congress.


Owner: ‘Doomed’ Mall Not Worth Repair

Despite having the funds to repair the perpetually leaky roof on the Algo Centre Mall in Canada, the owner said he had chosen not to, because he considered the property a “black hole.”


Garland Expands Roofing Options

The Garland Company is now offering its highly reflective Sunburst mineral surfacing as a factory-applied option on certain StressPly high-performance membranes, for one-step installation of...


Sealer Made to Penetrate, Protect

Cortec Corp. has introduced a new sealer designed to penetrate the smallest pores of the densest concrete structures without altering their appearance.


Bringing Flower Power to Concrete

The sunflower fields that blanket much of Turkey may literally hold the seeds to a stronger, lighter-weight concrete, materials researchers say.


1-Part Sealant Made for Primerless Use

Architectural weatherproofing supplier Pecora has added AVB Silicone, a one-part silicone sealant, to its commercial construction line.


70% Surge Seen in Building Worldwide

Massive-scale homebuilding in India and China will drive skyrocketing construction activity worldwide over the next decade, according to a new forecast.


Firms Team Up on New Foam Insulation

A new closed-cell spray foam insulation is designed to seal the building envelope from air filtration, moisture, allergens and pollutants.


Energy Firm Unveils Cool Roof Coating

A Pennsylvania-based consultant on energy efficiency in facilities has entered the roof coatings business.


Barrier Membrane Made for Flexibility

StoGuard Transition Membrane, new from Sto Corp., is a flexible air barrier membrane designed for use on vertical above-grade wall construction over a variety of substrates.


Thinking Outside the Concrete Box

Imagine constructing a concrete building in less than an hour, using only air and water.


New Coatings to Restore Metal Roofs

Firestone Building Products Company has introduced a new suite of coating products reported to help extend the life of commercial and industrial metal roofs.


Drywall Made to Improve Air Quality

CertainTeed has expanded its indoor air quality (IAQ) gypsum board product line with the addition of AirRenew Essential for residential construction and remodeling.


SPF to Seal in Extreme Climes

Rhino Linings Corp. has expanded its insulation portfolio with a new closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) product for buildings in extreme hot and cold climates..


Sour Grapes and Solar Panels

Trade wars, like politics, make strange bedfellows. And so it is that a fine and costly whine has erupted between the European Union and China over—sacré bleu!—solar panels and bottles of bu...


Witness: 9 Mall Areas at Breaking Point

Severe corrosion compromised nine areas of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, according to engineers who investigated the roof collapse that killed two people last June.


ITW Polymers Sealants Revamps Units

ITW Polymers Sealants North America Inc. has reorganized and streamlined its business units to allow for larger-scale operations, the company says.


MD Parking Deck Collapse Kills Worker

Authorities are searching for the cause of a collapse of a 50,000-pound concrete section of a parking garage under construction in Maryland that killed one worker and injured another.


Architect Warned Against New Mall Roof

Owners of the doomed Algo Centre Mall considered building a roof over the leaking rooftop parking deck, but an architect advised them that the plan would not work, according to testimony Tue...


Top 10 Green Projects Take AIA Honors

Cool roof technologies, zero-VOC paints and tight building envelopes are just a few of the “green” features showcased in 10 projects that were recently recognized by the AIA and its Committe...


Rooftop Protection Made for Easy Use

A new fall-protection system from Rigid Lifelines is designed for easy installation and compatibility with almost any rooftop material, the company said.


Free Webinar Tackles Building Moisture

Common problems of moisture intrusion in single-wythe masonry buildings will be the topic of a free educational webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


NJ School Deemed ‘Biggest Loser’

An 81-year-old elementary school in New Jersey has won a nationwide competition aimed at shrinking the energy footprints of U.S. commercial building stock.


Engineer Charged in Fatal Mall Cave-In

An engineer who inspected a rooftop garage at a mall in Ontario weeks before it caved in and crushed two people has been charged with health and safety violations as the public inquiry into ...


OH Roofer Target of Illegal Worker Case

An Ohio roofing company and its owner are at the center of an ongoing federal investigation involving the alleged use of illegal workers.


Roofer Faces 9th OSHA Case in 10 Years

An Illinois roofing contractor with a slew of past federal safety violations has been fined another $47,960 for exposing workers to falls of heights up to 20 feet and other hazards.


Graco Settles FTC Anti-Trust Suit

Graco Inc., North America's largest spray foam and coatings equipment maker, has agreed to settle a long-running federal antitrust case over the acquisition of two former competitors.


Home Building Hits 5-Year High

The U.S. residential construction industry may be crawling, slowly but surely, out if its post-recession funk.


Grace Unveils Home Waterproofing Line

Global construction materials supplier Grace Construction Products has developed a new suite of products to seal and protect homes from water, snow and ice.


Study: Scrap Middle-Age Building Stock

Cue the wrecking ball: Mid-century modern buildings can’t be retrofitted to be as energy efficient as we want or need them to be, a new study concludes.


Roof Coating Makers Honor 2

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association has recognized two of its members with distinguished leadership honors.


Grace Acquires Waterproofing Company

Grace Construction Products is expanding its reach into Australia and Asia Pacific with the acquisition of Chemind Construction Products, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of wat...


From Fish Tank to Facade

Green slime, while still a nuisance in the fish tank, is making its debut in the architecture world as a "smart" building material.


Webinar Takes Measure of Air Barriers

One of the nation’s foremost experts on the energy performance of air barriers will report on the latest research into this technology in a free educational webinar hosted by Durability +...


City Official Did Not Push Mall Repairs

Owners of the doomed Elliot Lake mall withheld two engineering reports from local officials detailing the structure's problems, but the city did not demand the reports or order repairs, the ...


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

Los Angeles has topped a federal ranking of most energy-efficient cities, in terms of Energy Star building certifications, for the fifth consecutive year.


Preprufe Plus Strengthens Adhesion

Grace Construction Products, a global provider of water and moisture protection, has unveiled the newest product in its veteran Preprufe Waterproofing System line.


Design Cited in Fatal Mall Cave-in

Engineers investigating the deadly collapse at Algo Centre Mall in Ontario say it’s surprising that the 32-year-old structure did not fail sooner.


Prefab Housing Poised for Comeback

Prefabricated housing in the United States is forecast to surge by 13.6 percent annually through 2017 as housing starts rebound, according to a new market study.


Architect Answers in Collapse Probe

The hunt for responsibility in the deadly roof collapse at an Ontario mall continued this week with testimony from the architect who designed the structure more than three decades ago.


‘Cooler, Stronger’ EIFS Products Debut

Building material provider Parex USA Inc. has rolled out new basecoats and adhesives for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems.


Design Flaws, Leaks Open Mall Probe

Reports of shoddy construction, poor structural design, and failed waterproofing at a doomed Canadian shopping mall dominated the first week of a judicial inquiry into the structure's collap...


Bids Invited to Coat NY School Roofs

An Upstate New York school board is seeking bids to recoat two building roofs after infrared moisture analysis revealed that the current roof coatings were failing.


Hard Luck: Thieves Lift Stone Cladding

It's annoying enough when a passerby helps himself to flowers from your garden or the newspaper from your lawn. But snatching the stone right off the walls of your home? Twice?


Dow Hit with $400M Jury Verdict

Dow Chemical Company conspired with other companies in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy and owes $400 million in damages to affected buyers, a federal jury in Kansas City, KS, has decided.


New Roof Membrane Smooths, Reflects

A global roof coating and membrane producer has added a self-adhering, white, reflective product to its lineup of “Kool Roof Solution” products.


Hotel Takes Heat for ‘Death Ray’ Design

Architectural glass facades may reduce cooling costs and enhance aesthetic appeal, but their so-called “death ray” effect is proving less popular.


White Roof Withstands Hail Test

LAS VEGAS—Roofing and waterproofing maker Hyload has announced that its white-roof membranes can withstand a pounding from four-inch diameter hail.


W.R. Meadows Launches Waterproofer

Waterproofing for asphalt and concrete just got a new tool with the introduction of BEM from W.R. Meadows.


Coating Claims Draw $350K Fine

False, dramatic energy-saving claims about paints and coatings have cost one Florida home-insulation marketer $350,000 in civil penalties.


Boral Debuts Hail-Resistant Roof Tile

Building products maker Boral Roofing has introduced a Class 4 Hail Resistant Roof Tile that is reportedly able to withstand the impact of two-inch ice balls fired at speeds of up to 70 mph.


Products Put to Test in New R&D Center

About 40 advanced building technologies, including high-efficiency building-envelope components, are set to be tested and showcased at a new building technology epicenter in Boston, MA.


DuPont Coatings Names Rebar Leader

DuPont Powder Coatings has announced the appointment of area manager Robert R. Phillippi as rebar segment leader, managing DuPont's efforts in this market segment.


No Pulp Fiction: Bricks of Paper Waste

It may sound unappetizing, but a novel mix of clay, sludge, paper waste and ceramics is producing a new kind of insulating brick that holds potentially significant economic and environmental...


Garland Acquires DryDog Barriers

Hoping to expand its waterproofing reach and take advantage of an improving home construction market, Garland Industries Inc. has announced the acquisition of DryDog Barriers LLC, of Charlot...


EIFS Maker Hits UK Market

Terraco Group, a global finishing materials manufacturer, has announced the launch of its innovative EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) into the UK market.


Deal Signed for Low-Carbon Concrete

Two Canadian companies have partnered in an effort to transform the concrete industry, one low-carbon concrete block at a time.


DOE Invests $9M in Building Envelope

An energy-efficient roof sandwich system reported to slash construction costs by 25 percent is among six cutting-edge projects recently awarded $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Contractors Gird for 2013 Challenges

“Luck and a lot of hard work” may prove to be saving remedies for the hard-hit construction industry. That’s the latest from the Associated General Contractors of America.


W.R. Meadows Adds to Waterproofing Line

Global building products supplier W.R. Meadows Inc. has introduced Hydralastic 836, a one-component, cold-applied, solvent-free, 100 percent solids waterproofing compound.


Beyond Green: ‘Living’ Building Blooms

Designed to function as efficiently as a flower, Pittsburgh’s new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is equipped with a plethora of green technologies, including a robust building envelope an...


Garland Unveils Primer for Metal Roofs

The Garland Company Inc. has added White-Knight Metal Primer, an all-purpose aromatic urethane coating, to its product offerings.


 
 
   

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