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Covestro Breaks Ground for Aniline Plant

Global manufacturer of material solutions Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new world-scale aniline production plant in Antwerp, Belgium.


Buy America Material Requirement Takes Effect

While the Buy America requirements for construction materials took effect last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation has also proposed two new partial waivers for certain projects.


Recycled Bricks Used for Museum Facade

Having been under construction for the last several months, reports have recently shared that Design Museum Gent in Ghent, Belgium, will be utilizing recycled bricks on its exterior facade.


First Carbon Concrete Building Completed

After two and a half years of construction, crews have recently completed what is being dubbed the world’s first carbon concrete building.


Building Insulation Developed from Construction Waste

Pauls Argalis, an industrial doctorate student from Riga Technical University’s (RTU) Faculty of Civil Engineering, has recently developed a new construction material for building insulation...


Construction Input Prices Dip in September

According to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction and nonresidential input prices both dippe...


Report: IIJA Implementation Faces ‘Challenges’

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General, the Department faces a “number of significant challenges” to implement the bipartisan infrastructure law, ...


MN Researching Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Design

In a recent study, researchers and the Minnesota Department of Transportation evaluated fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) using performing engineered mix (PEM) design methods to help bridge de...


University Engineer Develops Bio-Bricks

A civil engineering student from the University of Waterloo has recently developed carbon-neutral masonry units with bacteria.


Study Tests Tires for Architectural Use

Researchers from the University of South Australia have recently conducted a series of tests to observe how end-of-life tires might be utilized in widespread architecture.


Hempcrete Houses Studied for Construction Research

With help from Homeland Hempcrete, Grassroots Development is constructing two residential properties in Fargo, North Dakota.


Report: Input Prices Down, Bid Prices Going Up

According to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction and nonresidential input prices both decre...


Inflation Affecting WI Rising Construction Costs

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson recently spoke with reporters about how inflation is affecting the construction industry, including increased bid costs.


Building Startup to Improve Innovation, Workforce

Modular home building startup Module recently launched the Last Mile Lab, a construction innovation lab aimed at creating attainable, accessible and right-sized housing. In addition, the lab...


Report: NYC Construction Costs Up Over 8%

In a second-quarter report, construction consultant Rider Levett Bucknall recently found that building and renovation project costs in New York City rose 8.2% over the past year—one of the l...


MAPEI Appears in 'Zombie House Flipping'

In an emailed press release, MAPEI Corporation announced that it had recently teamed up with the Zombie House Flippers on A&E’s home-remodeling television show “Zombie House Flipping” for a ...


Researchers Use Shrimp Shells to Strengthen Cement

A team from Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have reportedly used nanoparticles of chitin from shrimp shells to strengthen cement.


ChemQuest, Agilis Partner for Digital Co-Marketing

Last month, global business strategy and external specialty chemicals technology development firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. announced that it has launched a partnership with Agilis Commerce t...


Report: Construction Demands Slowing Down

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve released its Beige Book, also known as the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, revealing slowed construction activity in various reg...


Project Launched to Recycle Incineration Ash

Earlier this month, construction engineering company SK ecoplant signed a joint research and development agreement with CMD Group to produce low-carbon construction materials by recycling in...


Coatings, Materials Delay WI Treatment Plant

The completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has recently been delayed due to a lack of materials and coatings.


Report: NYC Most Expensive in US for Construction

According to the latest International Construction Cost Index by global design and consultant organization Arcadis, New York City and San Francisco are among the report’s Top 10 most costly ...


Coalition Calls for ‘Buy America’ Waiver Extension

Nearly 50 transportation groups have asked the White House to extend the waiver for the new Buy America, Build America Act requirements for construction materials included in the bipartisan ...


MAPEI Announces New Facility in Houston

Coatings and building products manufacturer MAPEI Corporation recently announced in an emailed press release that it acquired a new 200,000-square-foot facility in Houston.


University Awarded Over $3M for Hempcrete Research

The Texas A&M University College of Engineering recently reported that it had received a $3.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA...


Report Tests Seismic Performance of Materials

The United States Resiliency Council (USRC) recently prepared a report evaluating the comparative seismic performance of four commonly used construction types in typical multifamily developm...


Affordable CA Housing Tops $1M per Apartment

According to a review of state data by The Los Angeles Times, several affordable housing projects in California are costing more than $1 million per apartment to build.


Ongoing Inflation Impacting Infrastructure Projects

Rising costs for materials are continuing to impact infrastructure projects across the United States, shrinking the effect of the bipartisan infrastructure law with officials scaling back, d...


May Input Prices Reveal Continued Increase

According to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction and nonresidential input prices both rose ...


Rising Costs Affecting MA Infrastructure Projects

Several public projects in New England are experiencing cost increases due to inflation, with some projects doubling or tripling in cost compared to original estimates.


Students Develop 'Glow-in-the-Dark' Concrete

The American University in Cairo recently announced that four students have developed self-luminous concrete, aiming to light up roadways and pavement without using traditional energy source...


Investors Pushing Microalgae-Derived Binder to Market

Zero-carbon building materials company Prometheus Materials has recently announced in a press release that it successfully raised $8 million to decarbonize the building materials industry.


PennDOT: Inflation Could Limit Infrastructure Funding

According to recent reports, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have expressed concern that inflation and material shortages will limit the impact and benefits of f...


DOT Issues Waiver for US Materials Mandate

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a notice of a temporary public interest waiver regarding construction materials through the recent Buy America standards.


Army Corps Validates New Concrete Repair Material

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month that it has validated a South Korean concrete repair product as part of the U.S. Office of Under Secretary of Defense’s Foreign ...


Architect Ponders Molten Lava as a Building Material

Harnessing molten lava to construct buildings might seem like an impossible task, but one Icelandic architecture firm has been pondering the idea since 2018.


University Utilizing 3D Printing Industrial Robot

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, recently announced that it is now home to a 6,000-pound robot with 3D printing capabilities, with a goal of potentially making the construction indust...


ACI Expands Partnership for Carbon Neutrality in Concrete

Earlier this month, the American Concrete Institute and the Federacion Interamericana Del Cemento completed an addendum to their International Partner Agreement which calls for a joint effor...


Cambridge Engineers Develop Zero-Emissions Cement

As the industry continues to adopt more sustainable materials and best practices aimed at achieving low- or zero-emissions, researchers note that one material that continues to be a challeng...


Material Shortages, Costs Affecting TX Projects

According to recent reports, Texas Department of Transportation road infrastructure projects are being impacted by construction material shortages and cost increases, causing delays and driv...


Circular Bridge Built with Flax Opens in Europe

A bridge constructed with a new bio-composite material composed of flax and a special bio-resin opened in Europe last month, the first of three in the “Smart Circular Bridge” EU project.


Tequila Agave Waste Used to Make Bricks

Since partnering with Mexican nonprofit Saving Agave for Culture, Recreation, Education and Development (SACRED) back in October, post-production agave fibers from Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequi...


US Iron, Steel Mandated for Infrastructure Projects

In an order issued last week, the Biden Administration announced that projects funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law will be required to use only iron and steel produced in the United ...


Record-Breaking Residential CLT Building Announced

A new residential building in Switzerland is expected to become the tallest cross-laminated timber building in the world upon its completion.


Construction Input Prices Increase in March

According to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction input prices rose 2.9% in March.


US, UK Partially Lift Steel Tariffs

In a joint press release issued last week, the United States and the United Kingdom announced that the two countries had reached a deal to partially lift tariffs on steel and aluminum export...


Invasion Affects Construction Projects, Supplies

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to run its course, several reports have indicated how the ongoings have negatively affected construction projects in both countries, in addition ...


NASA Awards Universities for Lunar Construction Tech

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration has recently announced the selection of three university-led proposals for the development of technologies for living and work...


New Product Announcement: Concrete Admixtures

Last month, leading manufacturer of concrete and masonry construction products, Euclid Chemical, announced the launch of three new concrete admixtures.


Study Looks at Mortar for Fungal Prevention

Researchers from the University of Minho’s School of Engineering recently conducted a sustainability analysis related to the prevention of the development of fungus in building structures us...


Emissions Analysis Works to Determine 'Best' Materials

To avoid construction materials noted to have “embodied carbon,” researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a set of computational tools to assist architects a...


Rebuilding in CO Stalled by Green Codes

After the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 500 homes in Louisville, Colorado, homeowners looking to rebuild are now facing expensive obstacles in trying to meet aggressive new green buildin...


MAPEI Celebrates 85-Year Anniversary

Coatings and building products manufacturer MAPEI Corporation is celebrating its 85th anniversary this month, having originally opened on Feb. 12, 1937, in Milan.


Lumber and Paint Lead January Price Hikes

According to the latest Producer Price Index report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the prices of construction materials jumped more than 20% year-over-year and have risen n...


Roof Materials Believed to Fuel Fire in OK

Last week, an unfinished apartment complex valued at more than $65 million in Oklahoma City was destroyed after its roof caught fire.


MDOT Reinforcing Bridges with Carbon Fiber

The Michigan Department of Transportation recently announced that it is using carbon fiber to reinforce components in two bridges being constructed, with a goal of building bridges that last...


MIT Develops Strong, Lightweight Material

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently developed a new material using a novel polymerization process.


University Works to Develop 'Living' Construction Materials

Researchers from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota have recently published a new study demonstrating how silica can be transformed into a self-assembling, dyn...


UK Cities to Require Bee Bricks for New Buildings

In a planning law introduced by the Brighton and Hove City Council, officials are calling for all new building construction for structures measuring five meters (16 feet) or higher to requir...


Report: Contractors Concerned About Prices

According to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data, construction material prices jumped nearly 20% in 2021, despite moderating in December.


Study: Creating Concrete Slabs from 3D-Printed Foam

A team of researchers from public research university, ETH Zurich, have recently been reported to successfully create a pre-cast concrete slab using 3D-printed formwork elements made from re...


Building Museum Launches Climate Program

Late last year, The National Building Museum announced the launch of a new program series focused on three essential aspects of addressing climate change in the industry.


Price Increases Squeezing Contractors' Margins

The Associated General Contractors of America recently discovered in an analysis of government data that increased prices of construction materials are outpacing the rate at which contractor...


New Product Announcement: Roofing Underlayment

Building materials company Boral Roofing (Irvine, California) recently announced the launch of a new thermal insulation and reflective roofing underlayment.


Saint-Gobain to Invest Over $400M in Expansions

According to a press release issued by French material designer and manufacturer Saint-Gobain last month, the company is planning to invest more than $400 million to expand production capabi...


US Tariffs Doubled on Canadian Lumber

At the end of November, the U.S. Department of Commerce was reported to have officially increased tariffs on antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports.


Concrete Developed to Generate Electricity

A team of researchers from Incheon National University, Kyung Hee University and Korea University have recently developed a cement-based composite capable of generating and storing electrici...


Construction Input Prices Witness Big Increase

According to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction input prices witnessed an increase of 1.5%...


'Build Back Better' Will Aid Buildings

Today (Nov. 15), President Joe Biden will sign into law the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade. Slated to be joined by several members of Congress, the $1.2 t...


New Product Announcement: Ceramic Facades

German building material supplier Agrob Buchtal recently announced the launch of two new ceramic facades for its KeraTwin ventilated curtain wall systems.


New Product Announcement: Anti-Shrink Sealants

Baltimore-based construction product company DAP recently announced the release of a new advanced anti-shrink sealant.


3D-Printing Tech Offers Material Reduction

A first-of-its kind 3D concrete printed bridge is currently on display in Venice, Italy, and “establishes a new language for concrete that is digital, environmentally advanced and circular b...


New Product Announcement: Polymer Sealants

Baltimore-based construction product company DAP recently announced the release of a new advanced hybrid sealant that the company says combines attributes from traditional silicone and polyu...


Students 3D Print Concrete Wall

A team of engineers from Oklahoma State University were recently reported to have successfully 3D-printed a concrete wall.


OR Passes Fire-Resistant Material Mandate

Recently, state lawmakers in Oregon passed new legislation outlining fire-safe building codes, in addition to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire ris...


Worker, Material Issues Plague Construction

In a report released late last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has found that contractors in the commercial construction industry are witnessing a slowdown in post-pandemic recovery.


Study: Thermocol Composites in Reinforced Concrete

According to researchers from the Department of Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, the use of thermocol or expanded polystyrene (EPS) as a composite mater...


Largest 3D-Printed Project in US Reaches Completion

Last week, construction 3D printing company ICON announced that it had reached completion of a new training barracks facility in Bastrop, Texas.


Climate-Smart Concrete Studied to Reduce CO2

Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall has recently developed what it’s calling a “climate-smart hydropower concrete” that can reportedly use less cement, reducing its overall carbon...


AU Company Transforms CO2 into Products

Australian clean technology company Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has recently announced its intentions to capture industrial carbon emissions to transform into useful materials.


Leaders Meet to Discuss Trade Agreements, Tariffs

Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico met for two days this week for the first time to review the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect in July 2020.


Pittsburgh to Explore Deconstruction Over Demo

Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto recently issued an Executive Order to create a city-led deconstruction policy for buildings—disassembling a building instead of demolishing it. The order aims ...


Lawmakers Urge Biden to Address Materials Costs

Earlier this month Reps. Jim Costa (D-California) and Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) sent a letter to President Joe Biden and the Department of Justice bringing attention to the building material...


Labor Stats Show High Material Price Increases

New data analysis from both the Associated General Contractors of America and the National Association of Home Builders is showing price hikes for materials that are reaching record-setting ...


UK Unveils Regulatory Body for Construction

The United Kingdom’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently unveiled a new regulatory body that’s been established to oversee the safety of construction materials. The decision was influe...


Researchers to Turn Turbine Blades into Bridges

In southern Ireland, civil engineers from the Cork Institute of Technology are planning to recycle wind turbines blades for a future pedestrian bridge.


Rare Mineral Strengthens Concrete Materials

Researchers from Nagoya University have recently discovered a rare concrete-strengthening mineral within the walls of a decommissioned power plant in Japan.


Study Aims to Increase Mass Timber in Healthcare

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 healthca...


Research Looks at Material Degradation

The IBeA research group at the University of Basque Country, in Spain, has recently conducted studies using spectroscopy to explore how the environment impacts degradation of new stone const...


US Air Force Patents Quick-Setting Concrete

Earlier this week, the United States Air Force was granted a 20-year utility patent by patent examiners for a strong, quick-setting concrete.


NAHB Analyzes 2019 Residential Materials Use

The National Association of Home Builders recently released an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis that included types of products used for new single-family and multi...


New Data Sees Construction Materials Price Jump

Construction material prices have reportedly risen for the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of...


Researchers Use Natural Antifreeze in Concrete Study

At the University of Colorado Boulder, researchers have recently found that natural antifreeze proteins can minimize freeze-thaw damage and can increase the strength and durability of concre...


NZ Bridge Used for Seismic Research

New Zealand officials have recently announced that its decommissioned Whirokino and Manawatu River Bridge in Foxton will be repurposed for University of Auckland-headed research on seismic a...


Engineers Use Hemp to Repair KY Bridges

Recently, students from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky were reported to use hemp as an experimental construction material for bridge repair.


UConn Updates CT Leaders on Concrete Research

Earlier this month, a team of scientists from the University of Connecticut met with local leaders to discuss research collected over the past year regarding the state’s crumbling concrete c...


Researchers Develop Crack-Resistant Concrete

Engineers based out of the Military Studies Center at Russia's Far Eastern Federal University recently developed concrete that is more resistant to cracking than its more traditional counter...


UK Housing Fire Raises Cladding Concerns

After a fire consumed a Bolton, United Kingdom, student housing block on Nov. 15, locals have accused the government of downplaying fire risks posed by unsafe cladding.


Research Creates Sustainable Reinforced Concrete

Lausanne, Switzerland-based research institute and university Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) recently announced the development of a next generation ultra-high-performance f...


SMART Act Proposed for Water Infrastructure

Earlier this month, United States House Rep. Harley Rouda, D-California, and Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infr...


Calculations Developed for Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

With local concerns over the longevity of construction on nearby infrastructure projects remaining high, an engineering professor at Arizona State University recently a proposed a way to spe...


Crushing Technology Expected at Expo 2020

A new kind of crushing technology that turns demolished buildings into sand is expected to be showcased at the six-month “Expo 2020 Dubai.”


Hawaii DOT Testing Sustainable Concrete

In a move to facilitate the development of sustainable transportation technologies, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is testing a concrete mix injected with waste carbon dioxide.


Firm Granted $1M to Develop Graphene-Enhanced Concrete

Graphene technology company ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (Thunder Bay, Ontario) recently announced receiving a $1 million grant to further develop its graphene-enhanced concrete research proj...


Composites in Bridge Construction Study Released

Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences and the Transportation Research Board released the study for the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, a program that fu...


Bendable Concrete Shows Promise for LA Infrastructure

Following on from research conducted in the 1990s regarding Engineered Cementitious Composites, researchers based out of Louisiana State University are working to bring the material to mass ...


Hemp-Reinforced Concrete Formula Olympics-Bound

A Canadian firm that has been at work for years on concrete fortified with hemp fibers says it has refined its product after early experimentation, and its NForce-Fiber product is set for us...


Company Revamps Adding Hemp to Concrete

In a search for viable concrete reinforcement materials, Canadian Greenfield Technologies dug into the potential of hemp fiber and developed NForce-Fiber, an additive that boths reinforces c...


NE Researchers Tout Corn in Concrete

In response to the increasing demand for sustainable building materials, researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether ash produced by burning corncobs a...


Research: Corn Might Improve Concrete Durability

In a bid to provide a sustainable building material for aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether corncobs, the ele...


Firm Finds Way to Reuse Construction Waste

An industry researcher has taken on the task of figuring out a way to recycle medium-density fiberboard by kicking off FibreCarb, a startup dedicated to recycling waste MDF.


University Robot Creates 'Intelligent' Bricks

Architect and senior lecturer Christian Lange, based out the University of Hong Kong, recently spearheaded the development of a robot that creates “intelligent” bricks that could reduce air ...


Research Looks to Improve Rammed Earth

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are researching putting a modern twist on an old building method.


China University Develops Fire-Resistant Material

Researchers based out of the University of Science and Technology of China recently developed a new fire-retardant construction material capable of resisting flames, even those produced by s...


Desert Sand Behind Concrete Alternative

In light of the billions of tons of sand used by the construction industry every year in the manufacture of concrete, a research team based out of Imperial College London has developed a bio...


Tool Measures Concrete's Environmental Impact

To stay in line with government focus on innovation in the improvement of buildings, Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department has developed a new smart calculator that can measure environme...


Researchers Make Wood as Strong as Steel

University of Maryland, College Park engineers have developed a method that involves the compression of wood, which makes it stronger than most titanium alloys, resulting in a strong, natura...


New Process Makes Wood as Strong as Titanium

Engineers based out of the University of Maryland, College Park have developed a method involving compression that makes wood stronger than most titanium alloys, resulting in a strong, natur...


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...


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...


Mushroom Roots Used In Spatial Structure

You might say it's a new idea that's set to mushroom in popularity: As part of a newly opened exhibit in Seoul, an international group of architects has presented its experimentation with li...


New Artisan Siding Made for Architecture Design

Flexibility in architectural design is at the core of James Hardie Building Products Inc.’s new product line, known as the Aspyre Collection.


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...


Material Selection Conference: Introduction to WUFI Software

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....


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.


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...


Officials Disagree on Canadian Lumber Tax Impact

Last week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would begin imposing an import tax on Canadian softwood lumber, averaging about 20 percent. The move comes after an investigation on Ca...


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.


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.


Building a Mars Settlement

Colonizing the Red Planet is going to take a lot of MacGyvers, according to the experts.


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


Composite Tower, Industrial Coating Honored

An Air Force Base communications tower built with composite materials with corrosion-resistant properties and a VOC-free coating development have won Small Business Administration awards for...


FL Bridge Drops Concrete for Composites

A bridge set to open later this year in Florida will be a testing ground for composite building materials that could change the way construction and maintenance of bridges is carried out.


Wood Coating Work Targets Stronger Bridges

Russian scientists claim to have created a coating technique that strengthens wood fibers in such a way that the wood-polymer hybrid becomes stronger and more durable than natural wood.


Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos Outright

According to a newly announced government plan, asbestos, still used on some level in industries including construction and shipbuilding, will be banned completely in Canada by 2018.


Canada Targets Asbestos, New Building Codes

Government officials in Canada say they are committed to eliminating asbestos in the country by 2018.


Russian Lab Unveils Coated Wood Composite

Scientists at a Russian university say they have developed a way to create a wood-polymer hybrid nanocomposite that is far stronger and more durable than natural wood, and a specialized coat...


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...


Report Details Cause of Foundation Cracks

New research confirms that pyrrhotite is to blame for premature cracking and deteriorating concrete foundations seen throughout hundreds of homes in Connecticut, but officials say important ...


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


Whistleblower to Cost Masonry Firm $135K

One of the nation’s largest producers of masonry units has agreed to pay $135,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former employee in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labo...


Building Under Construction Falls, Kills 2

At least two people were killed and several others injured after a multi-story residential building under construction collapsed early Wednesday (Oct. 5) afternoon in Bengaluru, India, raisi...


Feds to Cleanup Former Sack Factory

Asbestos from badly deteriorating structures in a small New York town have prompted federal action.


Study: Indoor Spaces Rampant with Toxins

Indoor dust is often laden with toxic chemicals from building materials, cleaning products, furniture, electronics and other common items, a new study suggests.


Cracking Concrete Probe Continues

One year after launching a probe into hundreds of cracking and crumbling residential concrete foundations, officials say the concrete companies linked to the foundations did not intentionall...


Bone Buildings of the Future

Buildings of the future could one day be constructed using artificial bone and eggshell.


Flooring Giant Nets Safety Victory

Federal product safety officials have ended a year-long investigation into the nation’s largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring without issuing a product recall.


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...


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.


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Mineral to Blame in Cracking Foundations

Officials in Connecticut have determined that concrete aggregate is partly to blame for hundreds of deteriorating residential foundations throughout the eastern part of the state.


Bill Aims to Spur Wood Building Boom

A new bipartisan bill aims to accelerate research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S.


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.


AIA Issues Guide to Materials Transparency

Materials transparency has become both necessary and beneficial, according to a new white paper from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


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...


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Climate Policy, Concrete Mix in Research

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, hope to close the loop on carbon emissions and concrete.


Building Technology Shines in NASA Contest

NASA has awarded three winners a total of $15,000 for developing concepts for a basic need for Mars exploration—building materials.


Is Recycled Concrete a Viable Option?

When it comes to sustainability and reuse in construction, can the industry begin to do more with recycled concrete? A University of Notre Dame research team is focusing on just that questio...


Arrests Follow Collapse of Taiwan Building

The developers of a collapsed two-decade-old apartment building in Taiwan have been taken into custody as questions regarding construction materials used within the structure have surfaced.


Judge Sentences Two for Fatal Collapse

Finding one defendant remorseful and another disregarding public safety, a judge in Philadelphia sentenced two men accused of killing people when they caused a city building to collapse.


Turning Waste into Eco-friendly Concrete

Seeking to develop a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of concrete, a team of


Sweet Swap for Portland Cement?

A team of Spanish and Brazilian researchers says it has developed a more environmentally friendly version of concrete.


U.S. Green Materials Market to Soar

The U.S. green building materials market is set to reach $69 billion by 2019, a new report 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...


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.


Contractor Guilty in Philly Collapse

A jury in Philadelphia has convicted a contractor of involuntary manslaughter in a 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 13.


Strict Liability Asbestos Case on Appeal

A California appeals court will soon determine whether to uphold a lower court’s decision that a subcontractor cannot be held strictly liable for installing asbestos-containing material on a...


Murder Trial in Collapse Set to Begin

More than two years after a downtown Philadelphia building collapse killed six people, the demolition contractor connected to the incident will stand trial for murder.


EPA Funds Green Tech Development

Coatings and concrete are among the applications benefiting from a $2 million investment supporting the development of green technologies.


Awards Focus on Green Coatings, Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and envir...


Jury Awards Dying Painter $17M

A former commercial painter who was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos has received a $17 million award from a Miami jury.


Asbestos Violations Spur $2M in Fines

Two closely related Illinois construction companies and a manager are facing dozens of willful and serious safety and health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during a ...


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.


Study: White Roofs Keep the Temp Down

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have discovered that a certain reflective, white coating can decrease a building’s inside temperature when it’s applied to the roof.


Planning a Home Way Away from Home

WASHINGTON--Deep space, once popularly deemed "The Final Frontier," is now the next big residential market, according to NASA.


Flooring Giant Suspends Chinese Products

TOANO, VA--As lawsuits pile up against U.S. flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators, the company has suspended the sale of laminated flooring products imported from China.


Mission: Design Housing for Deep Space

WASHINGTON--Outside-the-box thinkers are invited to participate in a new design competition that is out of this world.


EPA's Asbestos Plan: Leave It

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The federal government has proposed leaving behind toxic asbestos found in walls of houses and underground in Libby, MT, in a final plan issued for the Superfund site.


Trending Now: Repurposing in Design

HENDERSON, CO—From mining to flooring, a Colorado company has taken the old adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to a new level.


Asbestos Job Draws $490K OSHA Fine

HARRISBURG, PA—An environmental-services contractor is facing $490,000 in federal fines in a case alleging egregious asbestos hazards.


Home Depot to Shed Flooring Chemical

ATLANTA—The world’s largest home-improvement retailer has pledged to phase out vinyl flooring products that contain a potentially toxic chemical by the end of the year.


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...


Medieval World Wonder to Gleam Again

A project to reconstruct one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages is underway in China.


‘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.


Gas Tumble Brings Savings in Materials

The plummeting energy prices of recent months have had a welcome ripple effect on the U.S. construction industry, where many materials costs have been steadily flat or on the decline.


Construction Material Costs Drop

Prices for construction materials are steadily declining, which comes as welcome news for many contractors and their clients.


More Fire Danger Seen with New Homes

Modern building materials, designs and furnishings have their advantages, but they also stoke a faster, deadlier house fire than their older counterparts, new research finds.


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.


Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

U.S. coating and building materials makers may now ship goods to Cuba for some renovation projects, under newly approved federal regulations.


U.S. Building Trade Opens with Cuba

U.S. building materials manufacturers, including coatings companies, are now allowed to ship goods to Cuba to renovate private buildings under new regulations.


New Lid Brings New Life to Church

A relic of the Spanish Civil War has been brought back to life with a new roof in Corbera d’Ebre, Spain.


Teen Cooks Up a Wood Alternative

A 16-year-old in India has taken waste generated by her family’s rice farm and turned it into a building material with the potential to benefit millions of lives.


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...


RPM's World is Flat in Q2

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. squeezed out increases in net income and earnings in the second quarter, despite flat sales, shakiness in Europe, and a disappointing nail-polish acqu...


Consumer Declines Ding RPM's Q2

Slumping sales, legal bills, Eurozone instability, and a disappointing acquisition drove Rust-Oleum parent RPM International on Wednesday (Jan. 7) to shave its earnings guidance for fiscal y...


Sugary Building Designs Bring Cheer

'Tis the season for architects across the U.S. to participate in sweet projects.


Asbestos Cover-up Alleged in MI Schools

A federal lawsuit against a Michigan school district accuses the administration of covering up asbestos exposure at an elementary and high school in the Detroit area.


Home Improvement Set to Surge

Residential contractors, start your engines: U.S. home remodeling is poised for robust growth in the months to come.


Award Winners Tackle Resource Issues

A concept addressing water scarcity in Las Vegas and a compostable structure set for New York City were among the top winners of a design competition showcasing the latest in resource effici...


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


Lowe’s to Pay $1.6M for Size Errors

In its third civil settlement in five months, Lowe's Home Centers LLC is resolving claims that it advertised inaccurate and misleading sizes for its building materials across California.


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


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.


Lighter Bridge Stretches its Wings

A new UK bridge boasts the same advanced composite materials as those used in aircraft, allowing the structure to resist weather and last longer without maintenance coating.


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...


Builders: Material Shortages Easing

Lots and labor may remain in short supply, but building materials have become easier to obtain in 2014, U.S. homebuilders report in a new survey.


3 Dead, More Missing in Dorm Collapse

Rescue operations continued Tuesday as the investigation began in the deadly collapse of a six-story student housing complex that gave way during a concrete pour.


Steel Steals a Page from Bamboo

Unlikely as it seems, delicate bamboo has taught mighty steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report.


TX Tosses $12.3M Asbestos Award

The Texas Supreme Court has thrown out a $12.3 million jury verdict awarded to the family of a 40-year-old mesothelioma victim who had used an asbestos-containing joint compound as a teenage...


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.


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.


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.


Construction Materials Giants Merge

Martin Marietta Materials has become the largest U.S. producer of aggregates and heavy building materials, with the completion of its $2.7 billion takeover of Texas Industries, the companies...


Germ Resistance Suffers Sweaty Defeat

Human perspiration can quickly cause enough corrosion of brass objects in schools and hospitals to render them powerless against some bacteria, scientists in the UK have found.


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.


New Home Designed for Soggy Cities

Rainwater harvesting systems come in many configurations, now including one you could live in.


Termites Teach Tomorrow’s Builders

Need a crew that will work independently, intuitively, quickly and steadily—even when the foreman’s not watching?


Robot Builders Take Tips from Termites

Inspired by the collective intelligence of termites (yes, termites), Harvard University scientists and engineers have developed an autonomous robotic construction crew.


Twitter Adds Old West Cabins to Nest

High-tech Twitter is installing low-tech 19th-century cabins inside its trendy San Francisco digs, according to numerous reports.


Cladding Maker Faces Repeat Citations

Federal safety authorities have proposed $138,600 in fines against a Georgia-based manufacturer of fiber cement cladding—the company’s sixth such case since 2009.


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.


Stone Made of Urine, Sand and Bacteria

Someday, our buildings may be constructed from stones made of urine, sand and bacteria.


Metal Finishing Leads to EPA Case

A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according...


Building Products Maker Settles EPA Case

A California construction products manufacturer will pay a $43,000 fine and spend $23,350 to upgrade its finishing facility to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.


Architects Paws for Pooch Projects

If cats can command Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired cribs, then surely dogs, too, deserve designer digs.


New Cathedral Made of Cardboard Tubing

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban surely thinks outside the box when it comes to building materials. That is, unless the box is made of cardboard.


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.


EPA Honors Building Material Recycler

A Phoenix, AZ-based business that has steered the reuse of hundreds of tons of building materials has won a federal environmental award for its efforts.


New Guide on Corrosive Drywall Offered

Technical guidance on assessing and addressing the corrosive drywall plaguing tens of thousands of U.S. structures is now available from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.


Contractor Faces 6 Murder Charges

The contractor in charge of a building demolition project that ended up killing six people in Philadelphia has been charged with murder, according to prosecutors.


Growing Greener Affordable Housing

Bricks that are grown instead of fired, fire-resistant insulation from fungal waste, and other novel bio-inspired products for the affordable-housing market shared the winners' circle this w...


2 Schools Earn a Global Green ‘A+’

The “Greenest Schools on Earth” can now be found in China and Kenya, according to new honors conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council.


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


MIT Develops Robots to Build

Simple, cube-shaped robots developed by MIT scientists may be able to self-assemble structures, raise scaffolding for building projects, or temporarily repair buildings and bridges during em...


EPA Issues Flame Retardant Risk Report

Safer options are available for a flame-retardant chemical commonly used in polystyrene building insulation, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


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.


Cicada Wings Fan Self-Cleaning Secrets

Cicadas, whose wings inspired anti-reflective coatings on solar panels and windows, could now help usher in a new era of self-cleaning construction materials, according to new research.


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


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...


Henkel Fined $200K in Worker's Death

The death of a 26-year-old temporary worker who became entangled in an industrial adhesives mixer has drawn multiple serious and willful violations from health and safety authorities.


New Mission: Saving Ruins from Ruin

Concerned about inappropriate restoration at one of the world’s historic treasures, a group of scientists plans to spend the next 10 years preventing the Pompeii World Heritage Site from “fa...


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...


Roofing Suit to Cost RPM $65M+

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. will pay more than $65 million to settle allegations that its Tremco business price-gouged and sold defective roofing materials to dozens of governmen...


Manmade Quake to Test Building Safety

Structural engineers from Johns Hopkins University plan to shake a two-story building with seismic forces comparable to those at the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angele...


Painter Shares in $190M Asbestos Award

Two boiler manufacturers have been ordered to pay $190 million to five workers—including three who have since died—for workplace asbestos exposures that led them to contract mesothelioma.


Workers Win $190M in Asbestos Case

A New York jury has ordered two companies to hand over $190 million to five workers, including a painter and construction worker, who contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos ...


Skanska Quits Chamber over LEED

Striking a blow for LEED, global construction and development giant Skanska USA has cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its failure to support the green building rating system.


Architecture Served from the Sea

Seaweed is not just for salad, soup and sushi, folks. It’s also a building material that’s been hard at work on the Danish island of Læsø since the 1200s.


Sika Acquires Sealant Maker Everbuild

Global structural materials conglomerate Sika AG has acquired Everbuild Building Products Ltd., a UK-based manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and construction chemicals.


Thinking Outside the Concrete Box

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


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Plant Changes to Cost CEMEX $3M+

The largest U.S. producer of cement and ready-mix concrete will pay more than $3 million to settle long-running federal allegations that it illegally modified a cement plant near Rocky Mount...


New Concrete Fillers Go with the Grain

Engineers in America’s heartland are cooking up a new recipe for the world's most common building material, using post-harvest leftovers from rice, corn and wheat.


EPA Settlement to Cost CEMEX $3M+

Global building materials supplier CEMEX Inc. has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and install more than $2 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations of t...


New Concrete Pavers Light the Way

For pool decks and pavement that catch attention and provide more safety, a German company has introduced a new technology: concrete that glows in the dark.


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


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.


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.


Surge Seen for Green Building Materials

Demand for recycled concrete, permeable pavement and other green building materials is expected to jump by 11 percent annually through 2017, hitting a record $86.6 billion, a new study proje...


Asbestos at 25 AZ Schools Spurs Fines

Six Arizona school districts face fines totaling $94,575 for violating federal asbestos rules at 25 schools, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced.


Printing a Building: Out of this World

How do you construct a building on the moon? With the push of a remarkable button, if a new European research consortium is correct.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Recycled Concrete: Rocky Road to Growth

LAS VEGAS—Recycling the world's most common building material is certainly "green," but using recycled concrete in buildings still faces obstacles, both real and perceived.


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.


OSHA Bills $83K for Asbestos Hazards

A New York asbestos remediation company faces $83,300 in federal fines for nine health and safety violations discovered during an asbestos removal project at a construction site in Albany, N...


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.


New Law Targets Chinese Drywall

Federal lawmakers say a new bill will help relieve some of the nightmares associated with tainted drywall and keep the product from reentering the U.S. market.


OSHA Cites Building Materials Chain

A major U.S. provider of building materials and construction services is facing a variety of serious citations and $41,000 in federal fines for alleged hazards at its work site in New Braunf...


PPG Chemical Unit Split Proceeding

PPG Industries' split-off transaction of its commodity chemicals business is underway, having gained all required approvals, the company has announced.


 
 
   

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