Weekly Poll (19)


Nearly 50 transportation groups have recently asked the White House to extend the waiver for the new Buy America, Build America Act requirements for construction materials included in the bipartisan infrastructure law. Do you think the administration will extend the waiver amid inflation and material shortages?


The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a temporary waiver for the requirement for infrastructure projects to be constructed with certain materials made in the United States through Nov. 10, unless extended. Do you believe this will provide agencies enough time to effectively implement the requirement?


On May 14, a U.S. government requirement went into effect requiring that projects funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law use only iron and steel produced in the nation. Do you believe this is a reasonable rule due to current supply chain issues?


An unfinished apartment complex in Oklahoma City was recently destroyed after its roof caught fire. Reports indicate that the roof’s Thermoplastic Polyolefin material, which is resistant to water, contributed to the severity of the blaze. Do you think these types of materials should be reviewed for better fire protection?


With increased focus on sustainability and affordability, teams of researchers, such as the engineers from Oklahoma State University, have been producing 3D-printed construction materials. Do you believe 3D-printed materials will eventually replace all traditional construction items?


In a recent collaboration, scientists from the Swinburne University of Technology and the Hebei University of Technology converted construction waste into an eco-friendly concrete 3D printing material. With this research in mind, alongside other recent pushes for 3D green printing, do you think the industry is approaching an increase in recycled green building materials?


Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto recently issued an Executive Order to create a city-led deconstruction policy for buildings—disassembling a building instead of demolishing it. Do you feel other cities should adopt similar policies to remediate blight and divert building materials from landfills?


Global food and beverage company Kraft Heinz recently announced a new pilot program that’s demonstrating a roofing material made from the company’s recycled flexible packaging. Do you believe the recycled flexible plastic packaging will outperform current standard building materials?


Recently, civil engineers from the Cork Institute of Technology announced that they were planning to recycle wind turbine blades for a future pedestrian bridge. If proven successful, do you think the recycled blades will be incorporated in more civil infrastructure projects?


In a new study by the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment, a team of academics and industry partners are looking at how mass timber could be used in healthcare construction projects. Do you think the building material is could better benefit the industry?


Following a lawsuit filed by the British Blind & Shutter Association, U.K. courts decided to cut part of the country’s combustible cladding ban, noting that it shouldn’t have included materials used on shutters, blinds and other products designed to reduce a building’s heat gain. Do you agree with the decision regarding high-rise buildings?


At the beginning of September, it was reported that a panel of independent experts approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Do you think the installation of 52 new piles, extending twice the distance into the bedrock of the north and west sides will prove to reduce future sinking and improve the structure’s seismic performance?


Last month, President Donald J. Trump announced the lift of United States’ tariffs on steel and aluminum products for Canada and Mexico. Do you agree with this move?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s Department of Buildings, announced just last month that there would be major updates taking effect in the city’s building code, including reducing barriers to cost-effective construction and developing a wider range of materials and technologies. The changes represent the first major revisions to the standard in 70 years. Do you think other cities are in need of these kinds of upgrades?


An exhibition hall made of 1.5 million plastic bottles in 2010 is still going strong seven years later. Do you think using a building material made from Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer, like this one, is a good idea?


Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that aims to bolster construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. Opponents argue the measure puts the government in the position of promoting one building material over the others. Do you support this measure?


A bridge under construction now in Florida will be made of numerous types of composites in place of concrete and/or steel. Will fiber-reinforced composites be a growing trend in new bridge construction in the near future?


Recycled concrete is often used in nonstructural applications like highways and sidewalks. Do you think it is likely to find a place in buildings and bridges?


Many builders are reporting fewer shortages and better prices for building materials compared to last year. What are you seeing?


 
 
   

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