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CMHA Offers Residents New Career Path

The Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), alongside global coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company, is taking the community by storm with brushes, rollers and buckets ...


Report: Capital Spending Highest Since 1994

A recent report from the National Association of State Budget Officers showed that while total state spending rose 7.3% overall in fiscal year 2022, infrastructure construction spending incr...


France Approves New Solar Mandate

The French Senate has recently approved new legislation requiring that the roofs of existing and new car parks with at least 80 spaces be covered by solar panels.


Researchers Develop Self-Cleaning Solar Panel Coating

A team from the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur has reportedly developed a new coating technology that can self-clean solar panel surfaces.


Artemis I Features Collection of Coatings Tech

Last week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s historic uncrewed test flight Artemis 1 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Survey Emphasizes Workforce Shortage Impacts

A recent survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk has found that severe workforce shortages are affecting small and large contractors.


UK Consortium Wins Drone Project Funding

Software development company RoboK AI recently announced that it, alongside a consortium of companies, has won government backing to use drones to monitor and control critical national infra...


Report: Slow Payments Cost Industry $208B

Construction and real estate financial software firm Rabbet recently found in a new study that slow payments this year are estimated to cost the construction industry $208 billion.


St. Louis Students Attend Construction Trade Expo

The Southern Illinois Builders Association recently hosted a three-day construction expo at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville, Illinois.


US Workforce Development Progresses

United States President Joe Biden recently recognized more than 350 organizations in the nation’s 50 states for their commitments as part of the Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge.


Company Explores Using Fly-Ash in Paint

Last month, research and commercialization company Vecor Technologies recently presented its work of incorporating fly-ash into materials, including for the paint industry.


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.


Study Examines Coating Failures in Real-Time

A new study has observed the tribological behavior of coatings in real-time, allowing researchers to better understand and design coatings for optimal results.


Smartphones Could Help Evaluate Bridge Conditions

A study conducted by a team involving researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has suggested that mobile phones could potentially collect useful integrity data while crossi...


Biotechnology Enhances Marine Antifouling Coatings

Antifouling biotechnology developers I-Tech AB and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden recently announced they have developed a new method for introducing its barnacle repelling active agent ...


Researchers Create Climate-Friendly Window Coating

A group of researchers has recently published a study on a new transparent window coating that could be utilized to lower the temperature inside buildings.


NE University Wins Bridge Monitoring Challenge

Last month, a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska won the NATO Innovation Challenge for its work using sensors to monitor the health of rural bridges.


Arkema Recycling Program Producing Polyamides

Specialty chemicals company Arkema recently announced that partially or fully recycled polyamide products are being produced at its custom recycling center in Italy.


Industry Unemployment Down in 42 States

In a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors last week, it was shared that the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) national ...


USGBC to Update LEED v4 Rating System

Yesterday (Nov. 3), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced plans to update the primary version of the LEED green building certification program, LEED v4.


OH Startup Sealing Air Ducts, Building Envelopes

To help mitigate wasted energy in residential properties, a Dayton, Ohio-based startup has recently made its systems available across the United States and in 29 countries.


University Developing Solar Cell Coating Method

A research team from the University of Helsinki in Finland is developing thin films needed to handle new types of halide perovskite solar cells.


Technology Produces New Superabrasive Tools

A research team from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has developed a new technology that can reportedly produce new-generation superabrasive tools for advanced grinding application...


Scientists Study Antifouling Coatings, Coral Growth

A marine biologist from the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Germany recently studied how antifouling coatings can curb algal growth while still protecting tropical coral...


EPA Awards $1M for Wastewater Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $1 million research grant to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to improve wastewater monitoring for the spread of infect...


Allnex Opens New R&D Center in Austria

Allnex, an international supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, recently announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art research and development...


USGBC Unveils Keynotes for Greenbuild 2022

The U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Connect, a division of Informa plc, recently announced its full keynote lineup for the 2022 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.


US Aiding Ukraine Infrastructure Repair

The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Commerce recently announced that they have signed a joint statement of intent with Ukraine to create a task force focused on war-time needs and inf...


Drone Creates Fern Hollow Bridge 3D Model

A project from the University of Pittsburgh is utilizing a drone to prepare a digital model and history of the construction of the new Fern Hollow Bridge.


AIA Reports Moderate, Healthy ABI

Last week, The American Institute of Architects reported that architecture firms shared increasing demand for design services in September. The latest AIA Architecture Billings Index report ...


Researchers Develop New Superhydrophobic Coating

A research team from the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently reported a new mechanical robust superhydrophobic coating that can be applied via spray-coating.


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...


Plastribution Wins BPF Award for Polymer Design

Last Tuesday, polymer distributor Plastribution announced via emailed press release that it was the recipient of the British Plastics Federation (BPF) award for Polymer Design and Innovation...


September Backlog Up, Confidence Steady

The Associated Builders and Contractors released its Construction Backlog Indicator numbers for the month of September on Oct. 11, reporting that the CBI experienced a positive jump.


University Awarded for Rapid Bridge Construction Design

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded $500,000 to the University of Arkansas to design rapidly constructible bridges.


Increased Wages Affecting Job Selection

According to a new cost report issued by New York City-based Turner Construction, contractors are being more selective in pursuing construction projects.


Bacteria-Killing Material Developed for Surfaces

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have recently developed a copper-coated technology capable of killing bacteria.


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...


Construction Begins at $1B Science Campus

Late last month, work began on what is anticipated to be the largest mixed-use research development in North Carolina's Research Triangle.


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, ...


New Product Announcement: Antifouling Paint Tech

Nanoporous material manufacturer Svenska Aerogel recently presented a new product that can be used in antifouling paints to reduce copper toxicity in the ocean.


Issues Plague 'Design, Bid, Build' Process

In a construction outlook report from global real estate services firm JLL Global Research, studies reveal that material shortage unpredictability and rising costs are disrupting the industr...


OH Contractor Develops Workforce Initiative

After successfully launching the Urban Workforce Development Initiative (UWDI) in Cincinnati, contractor Messer is now planning to use the program to add more jobs in the construction indust...


Study Looks at Mars Dust for 3D Printing

In a new study, researchers from Washington State University share that there is a potential use for Martian dust in 3D printing on Mars.


Researchers Awarded Patent for Metal Coating

A research team from Eastern Michigan University was recently awarded a U.S. patent for their invention of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid (OIH) coating methods to potentially replace hazardous hea...


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 Develops Seismic Building System

Engineers from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) recently launched a new building system designed to better protect houses in the event of an earthquake.


Ford Plant Transformed for Bio Research

Renovations to an eight-story, former Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Pittsburgh were recently completed, marking the opening of the city’s newest biomedical research hub.


Chicago Passes Decarbonization Bill

Late last month, Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making the city one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in I...


‘World’s Whitest Paint' Gets New Formulation

Researchers at Purdue University have recently developed a new thinner, lighter formulation for its “whitest white” paint, making it ideal for cooling vehicles or aircraft.


Construction Tech Report Highlights Innovations

Late last month, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its second annual construction technology report, highlighting case studies on specific technologies and innovative practice...


Report: Total Construction Starts Show Decline

Dodge Data & Analytics recently issued a new report on construction projects in the United States, revealing total construction starts fell 9% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate ...


New Coating Mimics Polymer from Mussels

A coating from specialty materials company Mussel Polymers, Inc., has recently been used to strengthen carbon and aramid fibers, allowing for stronger, more lightweight materials.


Arkema Joins Circular Plastic Recycling Project

Specialty chemicals company Arkema announced last week that it will be joining a consortium of Spanish companies to enhance the recyclability of post-consumer plastics and tires to reuse for...


Robotic System Remotely Inspects Offshore Structures

A cleaning and inspection tool development led by Australian energy company Woodside reportedly offers safe and cost-effective remote inspection of equipment on offshore platforms.


PA County Approves Sustainability Department

During a recent Allegheny County Council meeting, members unanimously approved the creation of a Department of Sustainability. According to the approved ordinance, the new department will of...


PPG to Power MI Facility with Clean Energy

Last week, global coatings company PPG announced that it has reached an agreement that will help power its Adrian, Michigan, manufacturing facility with clean energy by 2024.


Evonik Opens Innovation Hub in PA

At the beginning of the month, specialty chemicals company Evonik announced in a press release that it had opened an innovation hub at its site in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


University Engineer Develops Bio-Bricks

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


NV to Open Trades High School in 2023

After recently receiving unanimous approval from the Charter Authority Board, Southern Nevada Trades High School (SNTHS) announced that it plans to open in the fall of 2023.


Study Looks at Alhambra Gold Leaf Corrosion

Centuries after its construction, gold on the Alhambra, a palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, Spain, has spontaneously turned purple.


NASA Awards Funding for Solar Array Tech

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently announced that it has selected three companies to work on deployable solar array systems for exploration on the Moon.


USGBC Celebrates World Green Building Week

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recently joined more than 70 Green Building Councils from around the world to celebrate World Green Building Week.


University Develops New Ice-Shedding Coating

Researchers from the University of Houston have recently announced that its new sprayable ice-shedding material is 100 times stronger than other coatings.


August Backlog Flat, Confidence Rebounds

Yesterday (Sept. 13), the Associated Builders and Contractors released its Construction Backlog Indicator numbers for the month of August, reporting that the CBI remained unchanged for the m...


Rembrandt Restoration Provides Impasto Insights

A team of researchers from global coatings company AkzoNobel has recently discovered several ways of creating the “perfect impasto” as part of a years-long analysis of Rembrandt’s 17th-centu...


University Develops Antibacterial Coating

A team of engineers and immunologists from the University of Michigan have recently announced the development of a new durable coating capable of killing bacteria and viruses quickly and for...


CQ Technology Institute Supports Graphene Tech

The ChemQuest Technology Institute recently entered a three-year, collaborative innovation agreement to support the growth and validation of Universal Matter’s graphene technology.


New Product Announcement: Zinc Flake Pigments

In a recent press release, pigment manufacturer The Eckart Group announced it has a released a new zinc flake pigment optimized for sustainable corrosion protective paint systems.


ND Engineers Survey Climate-Resilient Homes

A team of civil and environmental engineers from the University of Notre Dame (ND) is working to make homes more resilient to climate change and worsening natural disasters.


New Protective Coating Heading to ISS for Study

A coating developed by a Florida International University lab to protect equipment on the lunar surface from radiation is scheduled to be studied on the International Space Station this fall...


Demand for Design Services Remains Healthy

Last week, The American Institute of Architects released its Architectural Billings Index score for July, reporting an increase in demand for design services for the eighteenth consecutive m...


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.


Engineers Use Virtual Reality for Building Research

A new virtual reality lab for civil engineers at the University of Dayton (UD) is being utilized to “bring buildings to life.”


Industry Employment Trails Pre-Pandemic Levels

In a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment in July continued to trail pre-pandemic levels in 15 states.


NTU Coating Protects Wood from Burning

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have recently invented a clear fireproof coating designed to protect wood surfaces and materials.


Hempcrete Houses Studied for Construction Research

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


$2.5B Eco District Schedules Groundbreaking

A new eco-district development just outside of Richmond, Virginia, is slated to break ground in early 2023. The $2.5 billion project, dubbed “GreenCity,” is expected to be a next-generation ...


Physics Research Could Improve Paint Industry

A team of researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory recently corrected an important error in a 3D color paradigm.


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...


Los Angeles Project Deploying Cool Coating Tech

A cool coating initiative in a Los Angeles community recently reached a project milestone, with the completion of 1 million square feet of roads and other pavement painted with the solar-ref...


Engineers Use Tire Rubber for Concrete Aggregates

A team from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University reported they have replaced 100% of conventional aggregates in concrete with rubber from discarded tires to promote ...


First Recyclable Wind Blades Installed Offshore

At the beginning of the month, renewable energy company Siemens Gamesa celebrated the first ever commercial installation of fully recyclable wind turbine blades at an offshore wind power pro...


Acid Mine Drainage Repurposed for Paint

After years of research, two professors from Ohio University recently announced the development of a full-scale treatment facility designed to remediate acid mine drainage (AMD) in southeast...


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.


Study: Automotive Coating Uses Sunlight to Self-Heal

Researchers from the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology have reportedly developed a transparent automotive coating material that can self-heal in 30 minutes when exposed to sunl...


Carbon-Positive Hotel Breaks Ground in Denver

Crews recently broke ground on what is being touted as the nation’s first carbon-positive hotel.


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...


Commercial, Multifamily Starts Show Improvement

Dodge Data & Analytics recently issued a new report on commercial and multifamily projects in the United States, revealing that during the first six months of 2022 construction starts within...


US Army Improving IRB Floating Bridge System

Last month, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center announced it was testing high military load capacity vehicle weight limits of the Improved Ribbon Bridge, or the IRB.


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...


AIA Reports Show Stabilization, Upped Spending

Late last month, The American Institute of Architects released its Architectural Billings Index score for June, reporting an increase in demand for design services.


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.


Nouryon Achieves Carbon Neutrality at 5 Production Sites

Global specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced that five of its manufacturing sites in Brazil officially achieved carbon neutrality.


Machine Learning Used for Antifouling Research

Researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology are utilizing machine learning to design polymer brush films for developing antifouling coatings.


Robotics Firm Raises $22M for Green Building Automation

Housing technology company Intelligent City Inc. was recently reported to have raised CAD 22 million ($17 million) to advance the sustainable urban housing industry using mass timber, automa...


MA Passes Bill to Decarbonize Buildings

In an effort to meet a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050, legislators from both the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed a compromise bill mandating several green ince...


Home Builder Launches Carbon-Wise Building Process

Thrive Home Builders has recently introduced a new building approach to producing carbon-neutral homes.


BMW, BASF Partner for ‘Poop-Based’ Paint

German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer BMW is teaming up with global chemical company BASF to create a new sustainable paint made from sewage.


Study: Biodegradable Silk Offers Microplastic Alternative

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reportedly developed a biodegradable system based on silk to replace microplastics found in agricultural products, paints and ...


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...


USACE Protects, Modernizes US Infrastructure

At the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Paint Technology Center of Expertise (PTCx), coatings experts reportedly have an extensive array of laboratory equipment and instrumentation to conduct r...


‘Strain Paint’ Can Detect Damage in Structures

Researchers from Rice University recently announced that their strain-sensing smart skin system, capable of monitoring and detecting damage in large structures, is moving towards the impleme...


Researchers Analyze NIR-Reflective Pigments

To combat urban heat island effects and the absorption of near-infrared (NIR) radiation in sunlight, researchers from Japan have recently analyzed NIR-reflective pigments to mitigate the iss...


DC to Ban Gas in Most New Buildings

The Council of the District of Columbia joined several other major cities in the nation through the unanimous passing of two new pieces of legislation requiring that all new buildings and su...


Report: June Backlog Dips, Confidence Falters

Earlier this month, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its Construction Backlog Indicator numbers for the month of June, reporting a slight decrease to 8.9 months.


AkzoNobel Marine Coatings Releases Carbon Calculator

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently unveiled its new service to help support the decarbonization of the marine industry.


PPG Reports Record Q2 2022 Net Sales

Global coatings company PPG released its second-quarter earnings report late Thursday (July 21), reporting $4.7 billion in net sales—approximately 8% higher than this time last year.


Researchers Develop COVID Shield Coating

A team of Australian researchers has recently developed a sprayable coating capable of preventing the surface spread of infection from bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19.


University Launches New Biofilm Research Center

Flinders University in Australia recently unveiled a new training center to research biofilms and develop solutions to prevent biofouling on ship hulls.


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Growth in 2022 Q2

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2022 second-quarter financial report Wednesday (July 20), revealing a 14% increase in revenue (10% higher in constant currencies) along with an...


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...


Recession Fears Rebuffed in New Reports

In reviewing an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, in addition to results from the June Dodge Momentum Ind...


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 ...


Anti-Viral Coating Developed by University Researchers

A team of researchers made up of Kuman University’s chemistry department faculty and others from the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior (...


US, Canada Witness Continued Labor Shortages

According to several reports, the construction industry in North America is continuing to undergo challenges related to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and recruitment, among other...


WVU Developing Coatings for Turbine Blades

An engineer from West Virginia University has begun research to develop high-entropy coatings to protect gas turbine blades from heat and corrosion from hydrogen combustion.


University Using AI to Prevent Marine Corrosion

A research team from Curtin University in Western Australia has recently developed an artificial intelligence monitoring tool to improve the maintenance of marine structures impacted by corr...


HIT Researchers Develop Ultra-Black Coating

A team of researchers from the Harbin Institute of Technology has recently developed an ultra-black coating.


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...


Report: May Backlog Rises, Confidence Falters

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its Construction Backlog Indicator numbers for the month of May, reporting an increase to nine months.


OR Adopting Concrete Environmental Standards

Earlier this month, the City of Portland, Oregon, announced the approval of recommendations to add Concrete Embodied Carbon Threshold requirements for city construction projects.


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.


University Opens Carbon to Metal Coating Institute

Queen’s University in Canada launched its new Carbon to Metal Coating Institute last month, with a goal of coming up with a solution to protect critical metals from corrosion.


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 ...


Orion Announces Price Increases

Global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has recently announced that it will be increasing its prices for all rubber carbon black products...


IBIX Increasing Prices Due to Inflation

Industrial equipment supplier IBIX Surface Technologies recently announced that it would be increasing prices for its IBIX system due to recent hikes in material and freight cost.


United Airlines Facing Paint Shop Delays

According to reports, travelers have noticed that several aircraft from United Airlines are experiencing paint defects while waiting to receive fresh coats.


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.


Rikers Being Studied for Wastewater Facility

According to city records, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a contract to Jacobs Civil Consultants to study the possibility of constructing a new Was...


Biden Issues Domestic Solar Energy Orders

Last week, President Joe Biden issued three executive orders to prioritize domestic clean energy manufacturing to aid in the goal of eliminating carbon from the country’s power supply by 203...


CA University Wins ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition

The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo concrete canoe team took first place overall in the American Society of Civil Engineers' Society-Wide Concrete Canoe Competition ...


Moody's Report Says Recession 'Not Inevitable'

In a recent report by financial services company Moody’s Analytics, economists say that although the U.S. economy is witnessing inflation, dropped savings rates, and increased revolving cred...


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.


DOT Seeking University Research Applications

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that it is seeking applications for its University Transportation Centers program, which provides grants for research, workforce deve...


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...


Biden, FEMA Push for Stronger Building Codes

In a series of press releases issued at the beginning of the month, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Biden-Harris Administration announced a national initiative to ...


ESA Testing Antimicrobial Coating on ISS

The European Space Agency recently announced that it is studying materials for self-cleaning antimicrobial coatings to protect both astronauts and materials on the International Space Statio...


Report: Construction Employment is Stalling

In a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government data, the association found that construction employment gained 2,000 jobs between March and April.


University’s Concrete Canoe Wins Competition

Last month, civil engineering students from Montana State University won first place in the American Society of Civil Engineer’s 2022 Rocky Mountain Regional Student Symposium Concrete Canoe...


White Paint Considered for Cutting Emissions

One year after engineers from Purdue University created a new ultra-white paint, reports are now considering how the coating could slash carbon emissions and, in some cases, replace air cond...


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 ...


April Billings Index Moderates Slightly

Last Wednesday (May 18), The American Institute of Architects released its Architectural Billings Index score for April, revealing a slight decrease in demand for design services.


Research: Disposable Masks Create Durable Concrete

Known to be a carbon-intensive process, the production of cement is reported to be responsible for as much as 8% of the world’s carbon emissions.


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...


Scientists Create Coating for Mercury Sorption

Scientists from Flinders University in Australia recently modelled a polysulfide coating made from waste products that has shown to absorb mercury and other metal contaminants in water.


PPG Facilities Awarded for Sustainability

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced in a press release last week that five of its facilities had been recognized by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council for programs that are advanci...


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...


Construction Input Prices Increase in April

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 0.8% in April.


Army Corps Awards $3M Concrete Research Grant

The University of Arkansas announced earlier this month that it has been awarded a $3 million research grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate solutions to military infras...


University Develops Antibacterial Coating

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have recently developed a nontoxic silver-based coating for medical implants that resi...


Studying Hydrophobic Graphene for Coatings

A research team from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, recently announced that it has produced a water-repellent graphene using a gas-phase-synthesis method with the potential to...


PPG CEO Paints Inflation Picture

According to a recent interview with global coatings manufacturer PPG CEO and Chairman, Michael McGarry, inflation experienced by the industry is starting to level off.


Scientists Develop Coating for Corrosion Resistance

Scientists from India have recently developed a low-cost iron aluminide coating that can reportedly increase corrosion resistance in harsh environments.


SBTi Approves Hempel Emissions Reduction Goals

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced that its emissions reduction targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative with levels required to meet the goals of the Par...


Wacker Opens New Innovation Center, HQ

Wacker Chemical Corporation, a subsidiary of global chemical manufacturer Wacker Chemie AG, hosted the grand opening of its new Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich...


Graphene in Coatings Provides Chemical Resistance

Specialty graphene nanoplatelet dispersion producer Applied Graphene Materials recently announced that new tests have shown that its dispersions can enable paints and coatings to protect a s...


Research: Coating Makes 3D Printed Lenses Antireflective

A new method for applying antireflective coatings to 3D printed multi-lens systems has recently been developed by a team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany.


New Nanocomposite Coating Method Developed

Scientists from Ural Federal University and the Institute of Electrophysics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences report that they have developed a method for creating four-c...


PA Wastewater Facility Expansion Underway

A wastewater treatment facility in McCandless Township, Pennsylvania, broke ground last month for a $21 million expansion that will increase capacity and make processes more environmentally ...


Report: Slow Payments Plaguing Industry

A recent report from construction software company Levelset found that while the industry has made a strong recovery from COVID-19 setbacks—reporting an all-time high of $1.57 trillion in Ju...


Sherwin-Williams Deploys Private Transport Fleet

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced the deployment of a private fleet of trucks and railcars to speed up its raw material deliveries.


Nova Graphene Awarded Two Defense Contracts

Global advanced materials firm Nova Graphene recently announced that it was awarded two defense contracts by Canada's Department of National Defense’s Innovation for Defense Excellence and S...


Scientists Create Seashell-Inspired Protective Coating

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories recently announced that they have developed an environmentally friendly coating inspired by seashells to protect materials in hostile environmen...


Startup Tests Cool Roof Coating

Israeli startup SolCold has recently begun testing a new type of coating designed to help keep buildings—among other structures and industries—cool in the presence of sunlight.


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.


Using Soot for Sustainable Solar Energy Coatings

Researchers from the University of Houston and Mexico’s Universidad Intercultural Indígena de Michoacán have reportedly produced a coating with high solar-to-heat conversion efficiency using...


BASF, Vattenfall Bidding for Offshore Wind Farm

Global chemical company BASF recently announced that it will be partnering with Swedish multinational power company Vattenfall for the offshore wind farm tender of Hollandse Kust West in the...


Researchers Create Pollutant-Absorbing Sponge

A research team from Northwestern University recently announced that they have developed a sponge capable of cleaning up oil, microplastics and phosphate from polluted waterways.


Study: Painting Asphalt Art Makes Roads Safer

According to a recent study conducted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, city streets are reportedly safer for pedestrians when the asphalt roadways are painted with art, reducing the rate of car ...


Researchers Develop Plastic Catalysts for Coatings

A group of chemists from the University of Konstanz in Germany have reportedly developed a new class of catalysts that enable the manufacturing of polyethylene dispersions directly in water,...


AkzoNobel Blames US Disruptions on Trucking

In a recent interview with global paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel’s Chief Executive, Thierry Vanlacker warned North American customers that a shortage of truck drivers has disrupte...


Report: Demand for Design Increases Rapidly

On Wednesday (April 20), The American Institute of Architects released its Architectural Billings Index score for March, revealing a rapid increase in demand for design services.


Studying Epoxy Composites from Battery Waste

A team of researchers from Spain recently studied the use of microparticles recovered from worn-out batteries as fillers for epoxy resins in an effort to recycle the material.


University Develops Paint to Fight Infections

Russian researchers from Tomsk State University have recently developed a new paint designed to neutralize common pathogens and reduce nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections.


IL Suspends In-State Workers Requirement

About a month after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Illinois unemployment rate fell below 5%, the state’s DOL issued a conclusion of the Employment of Illinois Workers on Pub...


USGBC Taps Cities for 2022 LEED Leadership Program

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced 15 cities and counties to participate in the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.


DOE Issues RFI for Building Code Funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office issued a request for information to gather responses from the public that will inform the program development and exec...


AkzoNobel Launches Sustainability Challenge

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced the launch of its new Paint the Future initiative that aims to develop a shared approach to tackling climate change.


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.


China Planning $2.3T in Infrastructure Investments

According to recent reports, local governments in China have created lists of thousands of “major projects,” with a planned infrastructure investment amounting to at least 14.8 trillion yuan...


Researchers Create Bridge Load Rating Framework

A team of researchers from Iowa State University recently announced that it has been developing a framework to improve the efficiency, accuracy and efficacy of bridge load rating and permitt...


Researchers Call for New Corrosion Forecasting

A group of researchers are calling for “paradigm change” in the science of forecasting corrosion damaged within reinforced concrete structures.


Floating Offshore Wind Project Proposed in WA

Last week, Trident Winds Inc. announced it submitted a request to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to develop and construct the first floating offshore wind farm off the coast ...


New Product Announcement: Sustainable Isophorone

Specialty chemicals company Evonik has recently announced a new breakthrough for the chemical industry: the world’s first sustainable isophorone products made from 100% renewable acetone.


UIC Researchers Develop Frost-Resistant Coatings

Researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago recently announced that they have developed environmentally safe, frost-resistant coatings for the aerospace industry.


Sherwin-Williams Surcharge Targeted in Lawsuit

Late last month, attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court against coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company over its “supply chain surcharge.”


Brenntag Opens Innovation Center in Germany

Chemical and ingredients distributor Brenntag Specialties announced last week that it has opened a new Innovation Center at its site in Duisburg, Germany.


Preventing Corrosion with Plant-Based Extracts

A team of researchers recently reviewed several plant-based extracts as an environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor for carbon steel in the oil and gas industry.


BCF CEO Elected President of Coatings Council

Earlier this month, it was announced that the Chief Executive Officer of the British Coatings Federation, Tom Bowtell, was elected President of the World Coatings Council for a two-year term...


Nanocomposite Coating Exhibits Icephobic Properties

Researchers from the Institute for Materials Discovery at the University College London recently developed a nanocomposite-based, superhydrophobic coating to limit ice formation in industria...


PPG Opens Powder Coatings Research Center

Earlier this month, global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced the opening of its new European Central Powder Coatings Research and Development Center.


WorldGBC Launches Post-Disaster Toolkit

The World Green Building Council has recently announced the launch of its Sustainable Reconstruction & Recovery Framework, which will serve communities as a “post-disaster toolkit” when buil...


Construction Input Prices Up, Backlog Unchanged

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 2.6%...


Team Presents Eco-Friendly, Fire-Retardant Coating

This week, a team of researchers presented a new type of coating that could limit the flammability of wood used in construction at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society.


February ABI Reveals Demand for Design

Yesterday, The American Institute of Architects released its Architectural Billings Index score for February, revealing that the demand for design services has increased slightly.


Color Catalogue Created to Identify Extraterrestrial Life

With the help of microbes found in the subarctic conditions of Canada’s Hudson Bay, a team of international researchers have recently developed the first color spectra catalog to facilitate ...


Natural-Based Paint Exhibits Antifouling Properties

A research team from the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Xiamen University recently announced the results of its study of a natural-based coating...


Pipeline Coating Removes Mercury from Water

Researchers from Flinders University in Australia recently developed a smart coating for pipelines that can remove mercury from water while preventing corrosion and solvent damage.


Winoa Rebrands, Unveils New Strategy

Earlier this month, global surface treatment company and manufacturer of W Abrasives, Winoa Group, announced a branding renewal, including two new brands and its new growth plan strategy.


Rulemaking Proposed for Davis-Bacon Act

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a rulemaking for the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to better reflect the needs of today’s construction industry and p...


Firm Develops Antifouling Paint Copper Replacement

Danish biotech company Cysbio recently announced that it has developed new sustainable replacement for copper in antifouling paints.


Zentek Reports Icephobic Coating Test Results

Zentek Ltd., a Canadian development and commercialization company, recently reported the “excellent” results of testing conducted on its icephobic coating.


New Product Announcement: Biobased Outdoor Coating

Corrosion-prevention company Cortec Corporation recently announced the release of its new biobased, temporary outdoor coating designed for marine and high humidity conditions.


Using Technology to Keep Sewers, Pipes Clear

When non-degradable items are flushed into sewer systems and pipes, blockages create back-ups for the wastewater industry.


Korean Researchers Develop Antibacterial Additive

A team of researchers from the Department of Nano-Bio Convergence of the Korea Institute of Materials Science recently reported that they’ve developed a material that provides antibacterial ...


Construction Jobs, Wages See Rapid Growth

For the month of February, the construction industry reportedly witnessed a 40-year high in terms of growth rates in both nonsupervisory positions and wage increases.


Biden Implements Russian Energy Import Ban

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to ban the import of Russian oil, gas and coal to the United States in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Researchers Develop Self-Healing Concrete Method

Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering recently announced that they have created a new method for developing self-healing concrete, using engineered aggregates in place of na...


EPA Effort Announced for Chemical Reviews

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a new research program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the goal of modernizing the process and bringing inn...


Paint Accounts for Majority of Ocean Microplastics

A new study published by the Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that paint accounts for 58% of microplastics in the world’s oceans and waterways.


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...


Wind Blade Repurposed as Pedestrian Bridge

A research team recently announced that it has successfully installed a wind blade pedestrian bridge in Cork, Ireland, with the goal of repurposing hard to recycle turbine blades.


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...


Antireflective Coating Increases Solar Efficiency

Researchers from Chiang Mai University in Thailand recently reported that they have developed a new antireflective, hydrophilic and photocatalytic coating for solar panels.


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...


Research Underway to Develop Bio-Based Products

In a recent press release, coatings manufacturer Teknos announced that it was participating in a new research project with the goal of developing bio-based binders and coatings as sustainabl...


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...


January ABI Reveals Continued Growth

Last week, The American Institute of Architects released its Architectural Billings Index score for January, revealing a slight improvement in business conditions for architecture firms.


Researchers Develop Worm-Inspired Coating

Researchers have reportedly developed a new superhydrophobic coating that provides several beneficial properties, including the ability to self-clean and prevent corrosion.


Berkeley Lab Develops Smart-Roof Coating

Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently announced their development of an all-season smart-roof coating, designed to keep homes warm during the winter months and c...


Labor Shortage Threatens Industry Recovery

A variety of jobs reports, employment forecasts and publications are reporting that the industry is suffering from more than just paint shortages, supply chain backlogs and inflation.


Study: Effects of Alginate Salts in Coatings

In a recently published study, researchers from the University of Genoa evaluated the effect of different alginate salts on the rheological and tensile properties of water-based architectura...


UCLA Receives $21M for Carbon Capture Research

The University of California, Los Angeles, recently announced that it has received $21 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support the institutes’ carbon removal techno...


New Chrome Provides Safe Coating Alternative

With a goal of replacing harmful hexavalent chrome coatings, Trion Coatings LLC (South Bend, Indiana) has developed a new safe and environmentally friendly chrome coating.


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.


Market Study Predicts Decorative Coatings Growth

According to a study issued by Research and Markets, projects within the decorative coatings market are predicted to grow from $71.3 billion in 2021 to $91.6 billion by 2026, with an annual ...


New Imaging Method Shows Concrete Cracks

Research groups from Rice University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research recently developed a new technique to identify concrete fractures typically invisible to the naked eye.


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...


Arkema Product Earns USDA Biobased Certification

Specialty chemicals company Arkema recently announced that one of its products has been approved to carry the United States Department of Agriculture Certified Biobased Product label.


ABI Reveals Strong End to 2021

Recently, The American Institute of Architects confirmed in a new report that the Architecture Billing Index ended 2021 on a strong note, having reported a score of 52 for the month of Decem...


DOE Launches $20B Energy Grid Program

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of its “Building a Better Grid” Initiative to modernize the country’s national grid as party of the bipartisan infrastr...


Researchers Develop Lava-Like Fire Retardant Coating

A reportedly non-toxic, fire extinguishing coating has recently been developed by researchers from the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.


$1M Grant Awarded for Road-Painting Robot

A robotic pavement-marking system developed in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to advance ongoing research.


Study: Analyzing Cracks in Concrete Tunnel Linings

Researchers from China have recently proposed a new method for analyzing cracks in plain concrete linings using the double-K fracture criterion.


NY Wind Farm Receives Final Approval

Last week, New York’s first offshore wind farm, South Fork Wind, received the final approval needed for the project to move forward with the start of construction.


Canada Awards Funding for Coatings Research

Earlier this month, the Government of Canada awarded $24 million to Queen’s University to research and develop carbon-to-metal coatings to protect metal surfaces from corrosion.


Study: Nanoscale Window Coating Reduces Energy Costs

According to a team of researchers from the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering, coating windows, particularly single-pane windows, with a translucent metallic film capable of...


Dow Enters Partnership for Sustainable Building Design

At the end of December, building solutions company Dow announced a carbon partnership agreement with Singapore Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art, fully integrated sports, entertainment and life...


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.


Report Indicates Backlog Slip, Upped Confidence

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its December Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting a slight decrease, having reduced to 8.2 from the 8.4 that was record...


University Studies Copper Coatings Effect on COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Waterloo have recently discovered that by applying a thin-film coating of copper or copper compounds on surfaces, SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19...


New Product Announcement: Sustainable Resins

In a recent press release, global market leader in photoinitiators, IGM Resins, announced the launch of its sustainability brand: PureLine.


Researchers Studying Mussels for Antifouling

Researchers at the University of Toronto are looking at the adhesion of mussels on surfaces to potentially create new antifouling coatings for infrastructure and medical adhesives.


Sustainable Science Facility Completed at AZ University

According to reports, the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7 (ISTB7) at Arizona State University recently reached completion after two years of construction.


NASA Testing University’s Coatings Research

Polymer coatings research conducted by the University of Idaho was recently launched and installed at the International Space Station, with hopes to minimize bacterial transmission.


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...


New Robot Tunnels Through Hardest Rock

Underground utilities robotics company Petra announced last month that it has successfully completed a demonstration tunnel with a robot that can bore through the hardest rocks in the world....


TX University Collaborates for CO2 Capture

The University of Texas at Austin recently announced that its carbon capture technology will be licensed by Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions to support lower-cost capture of emissi...


University Looks into CAPD Method for Coatings

In a study recently published by the Technical University of Denmark, researchers looked to a computer-aided product design (CAPD) method for the design and solvent selection of organic pain...


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.


New Steel Marine Coating Resists Corrosion

Scientists from the National Korea Maritime and Ocean University have recently developed an anticorrosion protective coating for ships and marine and coastal facilities and structures.


Redesigning Industry Post-Pandemic Practices

As architecture firms, construction companies and coating contractors alike begin working on rebuilding their revenue bases, they are also faced with the obstacle of restoring pre-pandemic s...


Residential Makes Gains in Construction Spending

According to several market reports, construction spending in November witnessed an increase when compared to October and the same period in 2020, as gains in private residential outweighed ...


Study: Hydrophobic Coatings for Aircraft Deicing

A research team from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow recently tested hydrophobic coatings and their effectiveness combined with other anti-icing systems.


Demand for Design Shows Continued Growth

For the tenth consecutive month, The American Institute of Architects reported that the Architecture Billing Index revealed a continued demand for design services.


Research: Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Materials

Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Technology and the Heilongjiang Institute of Construction Technology in China recently published a review on the electromagnetic absorption function...


BASF Increases Coating Additives Prices

Chemicals company BASF recently announced that it is increasing prices for its paint and coatings additives globally, with increases of up to 35%.


Nature-Inspired Coatings Could Benefit Medical Testing

Prior to the end of the year, researchers from the University of Toronto reportedly developed a new coating that allows for certain liquids to move across surfaces without experiencing fluid...


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...


Study: Glass-Infused Concrete Promotes Better Insulation

According to a team of researchers from Brunel University London, concrete produced with ground-up recycled glass increases insulation properties significantly as compared to traditional con...


Marine Coatings Prevalent in Ocean Microplastics

A research team from the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel and the Alfred-Wegener Institute at the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research on the island ...


EPA Awards Funding for Safe Pigment Research

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of over $3 million in funding, split between 30 American small businesses with the goal of developing novel technologi...


Icephobic Coating Improves Solar Panel Efficiency

A team from the University of Michigan recently announced that they have created a coating for solar panels to reduce snow and ice accumulation and improve productivity in cold climates.


AkzoNobel Expands Polar Pod Partnership

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel, a partner for the Polar Pod expedition, recently announced that it has been named the exclusive paints and coatings supplier for the project’s hybrid ...


Egg Yolks Enhance Tempera Paint Properties

Researchers from Sorbonne University in France recently looked into why tempera paint—also known as egg tempera—was reigned as a supreme medium among Renaissance artists, such as Leonardo Da...


Backlog, Confidence Increases in November

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its November Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting an increase having rose to 8.4 from the 8.1 that was recorded in Octo...


Study: Algae Provides Antifouling Properties in Paints

A new study conducted by Egypt’s National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries utilized algae to create environmentally friendly, antifouling marine paints.


MTU Studies Early-Stage Rust Surface Chemistry

Researchers at the Michigan Technological University recently announced that they have developed a more precise method to observe early-stage iron mineral corrosion like rust with water and ...


Ultrasonic Devices Protect Bats from Bridge Repairs

Researchers have teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to deploy ultrasonic deterrence devices at bridge construction sites in the hopes of reducing bat activity during r...


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.


Resin Shortage, Price Increases Continue

The industry has continued to see an increase in costs for raw materials that are becoming even more difficult to find due to supply shortages.


PPG Signs Agreement for Clean Energy

Global coatings company PPG recently announced it has signed an agreement with energy and energy solutions provider Constellation to power its Carrolltown, Texas-based paint manufacturing pl...


Harsco Releases Ecoproducts Line to Reduce Waste

Harsco Environmental, a division of global industrial company Harsco Corporation, recently announced the launch of its newly renamed ecoproducts line.


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...


Zentek Develops Icephobic Coating

Zentek Ltd., a Canadian development and commercialization company, recently announced the development of a new carbon-based, nanotechnology-enhanced icephobic coating.


SI Group Announces Price Increases

Performance additives and chemicals company SI Group announced earlier this month that it had increased the prices of its rubber and adhesive additives by 25%.


Research: Forensic Tool for Fire-Damaged Concrete

Korean researchers report that they’ve recently developed the world’s first forensic tool for fire-damaged concrete structures.


Groundbreaking Held for US Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, U.S. officials broke ground for the construction of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, in Massachusetts.


October Construction Backlog Rebounds

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its October Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting a rebound having rose to 8.1 from the 7.6 that was recorded in Septemb...


Researchers Produce Self-Healing, Anticorrosive Coating

Researchers at Rice University in Houston have recently developed an anticorrosive and self-healing coating for steel.


Remote Control Robots Developed to Prevent Falls

Researchers from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology announced last month that they have developed remote controlled robots to prevent falls at construction site...


Black & Veatch Seeks Sustainable Innovators

Engineering and construction company Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kansas) recently accepted applications for “bold, committed partners” in climate technology for its third annual IgniteX C...


COP26 Develops Climate Change Action Plans

Nearly 200 countries met at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties earlier this month, to develop plans to meet emissions goals and accelerate action on climate by ...


How Technology is Creating Sustainable Construction

Whether it's efforts made globally, by nation, association, company or even individual engineers and designers, there’s no doubt that the rise of eco-consumerism is increasing demands for su...


AkzoNobel Named Leader in Sustainability

Recently, global coatings company AkzoNobel was named one of the first recipients of the Terra Carta Seal by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.


Brick-Laying Robot Completes Pilot House

Australian robotics innovator FBR Limited has recently completed its first house structure using European clay blocks.


Grant Awarded to Study Roads and Flooding

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire have recently received a $1.8 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how coastal flooding impacts ro...


Canada Plans Carbon-Neutral Petrochemical Plant

Northern Petrochemical Corporation and the Municipal District of Greenview in Canada have recently announced they have signed a land sale agreement for construction of a $2.5 billion carbon-...


Report: Slow Payments Cost Industry $136B

A recent study conducted by construction and real estate financial software firm Rabbet found that slow payments this year are on track to cost the construction industry $136 billion.


Japan Develops Carbon-Reducing Technology

With carbon dioxide being the main contribution to global warming, Japan has developed several projects to cut back on emission in the hopes of reaching net-zero.


MIT Looks at Emission Reductions in US Concrete

In a study conducted by current and former researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub, a team looked at how concrete emissions could be reduced in U.S...


Grants Awarded for Wastewater Virus Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it has awarded Tulane University (New Orleans) a grant to research human viruses found in wastewater intended for water reuse.


Report: 2021 World Green Building Trends

The U.S. Green Building Council has recently announced the results of the 2021 World Green Building Trends report, revealing an increased commitment to green building and other strategies ai...


Allnex Invests in New R&D Facility

Allnex, an international supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, recently announced the construction of a state-of-the-art research and developmen...


ABI Shows Continued Demand for Design

Recently, The American Institute of Architects confirmed in a new report that the Architecture Billing Index logged its eighth consecutive positive month.


Shoe Inspires New Building Protection Method

A professor from the Queensland University of Technology was recently inspired by a material commonly found in running shoes and memory foam pillows to better protect buildings from collisio...


Study: Biochar to Improve Anticorrosive Performance

A recent study found that biochar nanoparticles, or graphene oxide, derived from spruce wood and wheat straw can improve corrosion resistance in zinc-rich epoxy coatings.


University Awarded $4M for Materials Research

An interdisciplinary research team led by College of Engineering Assistant Professor Michael Maughan at the University of Idaho has recently been awarded nearly $4 million to develop 3D-prin...


Researchers Obtain Pigments from Metal Wastes

A Russian research team recently announced that it has developed a method for obtaining white pigments from toxic metallurgical waste.


September Backlog Shows Slight Decrease

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its September Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting that the backlog had inched even lower to 7.6 from the 7.7 that was ...


Swiss Bridge Reuses Concrete

Researchers at the Ecole Technique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland recently unveiled a footbridge prototype using reinforced concrete blocks from walls of a building being renovated.


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...


Companies to Develop Ecological Turbine Base

Building materials company LafargeHolcim in the U.S. and concrete technology provider ECOncrete Tech (Tel Aviv, Israel) announced joint plans last week to design and produce an ecologically ...


RPM Works to Overcome Resin Shortage

With its recent purchase of a 178,000-square-foot chemical manufacturing facility in Corsicana, Texas, global coatings company RPM International Inc. hopes to strengthen its supply chain and...


Researchers Look at Roman Tomb for Concrete Insight

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Utah have recently conducted research on a 2,050-year-old Roman tomb for insight into concrete resilience.


DOE Invests in ‘Connected Communities’

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $61 million project last week to launch new technology for developing “Connected Communities.”


DOL Releases Conformance Request Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently published a new guide aimed at assisting construction contractors and other industry stakeholders in understanding the process ...


Study: Critical Infrastructure Threatened by Floods

Nonprofit flood research and communications group, First Street Foundation, has recently reported that one in four units of critical infrastructure in the United States—such as police statio...


University Develops Virus-Killing Coating

Researchers from The University of Queensland have recently developed an effective, antiviral surface coating technology against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Self-Healing Polymers Produce Water-Resistant Coating

Researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have reportedly developed an ultrathin, water-resistant coating made from self-healing polymers to increase steam power plant eff...


Residential Construction Witnesses Rebound

In a report regarding new residential construction statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that the industry recently witnessed a...


Combat Vehicles Camouflaged by 'Chameleon' Coating

The Russian Army plans to coat its military vehicles in a chameleon coating that can change color depending on the surrounding landscape.


EPA Awards Millions for Biosolids Research

The U.S. Environmental Agency announced in September that it was granting nearly $6 million in funding to four institutions to research the potential harming risks to human health and the en...


Study: Microplastic Paint Abundant in Ocean

A study conducted by the University of Plymouth and the Marine Biological Association (MBA) observed that paint flakes could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particles found...


Construction Jobs Up, Spending Down

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction employment witnessed an uptick in September, with firms hiring 22,000 new employee...


Students 3D Print Concrete Wall

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


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.


MIT Predicts Building Emissions, Outlines Solutions

A team of current and former MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) researchers have recently published a paper estimating emissions for all buildings slated to be constructed in the U.S. u...


New Product Announcement: Commercial Portfolio

Allnex, an international supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, has recently launched a new product portfolio for buildings and decorative applic...


Study: Polymers to Accelerate CO2 Conversion

Researchers from the University of Tsukuba and Osaka University in Japan have recently developed a polymer coating that when applied to a standard metal catalyst accelerates the electrochemi...


Paint Shortage, Prices on the Rise

Due to a variety of factors, aside from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the industry is witnessing a shortage and price surge in, you guessed it: paint.


Retired Bonner Bridge Used for Research

After being dismantled a few years ago, the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge will now be used for research by engineers studying how to build better bridges for the future.


Nanoparticle Paste to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

A new way to increase the efficiency of perovskite-based solar cells has recently been developed by a team of international researchers from ITMO’s School of Physics and Engineering and Tor ...


ABI Reports Continued Rise in Score

On Wednesday (Sept. 22), The American Institute of Architects confirmed in a new report that the Architecture Billing Index logged its seventh consecutive positive month.


Sherwin Names Minority Firms for HQ, R&D

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced the selection of five minority construction management firms for its Building Our Future project.


AZ Shares Cool Pavement Research Results

During a virtual presentation and panel discussion last week, the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department and Office of Sustainability shared the results for the first year of its C...


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...


ABC Releases Plummeting August Backlog Stats

Last week, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its August Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting that the backlog plummeted to 7.7 in August from the 8.5 that was rec...


ISO Standards Published for Green Finance

Last week, the International Organization for Standardization announced the publication of a new series of ISO standards for green finance, including green bonds and loans.


Army Engineers Develop Ice Adhesion Patent

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently applied for a patent on an ice adhesion testing device.


Residential Construction Continues Suburb Shift

A new quarterly Home Building Geography Index report from the National Association of Home Builders reveals a continued shift of residential construction within suburban and lower-cost marke...


Plans Proposed for $400B American City

Billionaire and former Walmart executive Marc Lore has recently unveiled plans for a five-million-person, $400 billion sustainable city he hopes to have built somewhere within the American d...


First US Offshore Wind Substation Project Launched

Late last month, offshore wind joint development partners Ørsted and Eversource announced the commencement of the first-ever American-built offshore wind substation.


Researchers to Develop CO2 Capturing Tech

Researchers from GE Research, UC Berkeley and the University of South Alabama have recently been awarded a two-year, $2 million project for the development of a 3D-printed system for capturi...


University Leverages Tech for Coating Research

The University of Illinois at Chicago announced last month that it would be participating in AnalySwift, LLC’s Academic Partner Program to accelerate development and adoption of new material...


Institute Develops First Programmable Photocatalyst

At the beginning of the month, the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces announced that it had developed a sustainable and “smart photocatalyst.”


Delta Variant Threatens Construction Recovery

According to a recent analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data, construction employment for July has remained below the levels reached before t...


ABC Releases Construction Input Price Report

In taking an analysis of data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, the Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction input prices rose 0.6% in...


Norner Receives Approval to Test Marine Coatings

Industrial polymer research and development services company Norner (Norway) has recently announced that it received certificates recognizing approval for marine coating testing.


ABC: Backlogs Reveal Drop in Confidence

According to the data gathered from its June and July Construction Backlog Indicator reports, the Associated Builders and Contractors witnessed a teetering in contractor confidence.


AIA Releases Architect Compensation Report

Although the U.S. economy took an economic hit because of the coronavirus pandemic, the American Institute of Architects reported in its biennial Compensation Report that architecture staff ...


University to Develop Eco-Friendly Marine Coating

Detroit-based sustainability tech startup Repela Tech LLC from Wayne State University has recently been awarded a grant to research and develop an eco-friendly marine coating for ships and v...


Natural Materials Used in Gehry-Designed Tower

The interior of Frank Gehry's tower for Luma Foundation in Arles in Arles, France, was recently reported to have utilized natural materials to reduce the structure’s carbon footprint.


Study: Cool Pavements Mitigate Heat, Emissions

In a recent study, a team of current and former researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub (MIT CSHub) looked at how surfaces that attribute to ur...


3D Printing Firm Trials Sewage Infrastructure

Thanks to a new partnership between United Utilities and progressive start-up Changemaker 3D Ltd, the water sector in the United Kingdom could be the first to print made-to-measure objects o...


Whitepaper Released on Infrastructure Digital Twins

The Authority in Digital Twin, the Digital Twin Consortium, has recently released a new whitepaper intended for the infrastructure industry, in that it influences the direction of the use of...


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...


Sherwin Presents Plans for New R&D Facility

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently presented its preliminary plans for a new Global Research & Development Center to the city of Brecksville’s Planning Commission in ...


Researchers Tap Graphene Coating to Combat Biofilm

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) are reporting that they have developed a new method to prevent infections—by utilizing graphene coatings. More specifica...


Electrically Charged Coating Eliminates Biofouling

In recent experiments conducted at Australia's sovereign-owned submarine sustainment and maritime services company, ASC, researchers have found that a new type of surface coating can elimina...


Researchers Develop New Solar Technique

Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Arizona were reported to have developed an innovative technique to capture the unused solar energy that illuminates a solar panel.


Marine Corps Research Blast Booth Productivity

Just last month, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Public Affairs reported on its recent partnership with the Marine Corps Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPAC) Program ...


Researchers Take In-Depth Look at Concrete Bacteria

Researchers at the University of Delaware are looking at how bacteria lives and changes in concrete—and how that impacts the structures that concrete is used in.


Orion Enters Collab for Renewable Carbon Black

Global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A., has announced that it is has partnered with researchers to develop and produce renewable carbon...


PPG Recognized for Environment, Social Practices

Global coatings company PPG recently announced that it has been named to the FTSE4Good Index Series for the third consecutive year. The index reportedly measures the performance of companies...


AGC Announces Built Environment Initiative

The Associated General Contractors of America has embarked on a new environmentally friendly mission, outlining a series of steps that public officials and the construction industry should t...


DOE Announces Funding for Small Business R&D

The Department of Energy has announced $127 million in funding for research and development projects, particularly within small businesses.


ACI Calls for Concrete Research Council Proposals

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has opened requests for concrete research proposals.


Coating Developed to Capture Ions in Water

Researchers from Northwestern University have recently been reported to have developed an protection mechanism using a nano-coated sponge-like membrane that can be used to soak up phosphate ...


Wastewater Continues to Help Track COVID-19

Thanks to wastewater surveillance, residents living in parts of Davis, California, were able to identify areas where cases of COVID-19 were increasing.


Covestro, HB Fuller Team Up for Adhesives

Global companies Covestro and H.B. Fuller have announced a strategic partnership with the goal to make adhesives more sustainable.


Plans Scrapped for NV Solar Project

Last week, developers for what was slated to be the largest solar photovoltaic project in Nevada, withdrew its plans “in response to recent communication” with the federal Bureau of Land Man...


AkzoNobel Extends Emission Goals to Partners

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced carbon reduction targets for its full value chain—billing itself as “the first paints and coatings company to follow up on its commitment...


NSWC Tests Corrosion Detection Systems

Earlier this month, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division announced a new partnership with remote-sensing technology company Aerial Alchemy in an effort to solve how corros...


Research: Quake-Resistant Bridge Design

From the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, researchers have recently announced their development of a bridge design that they claim can withstand earthquakes.


Amaero, University Collab for Coatings Research

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology and additive manufacturing specialists Amaero International Limited have recently partnered with the Australian National Fabrication F...


World's First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Installed

Earlier this month, what has been touted as the world’s first ever 3D-printed steel bridge, was installed over Oudezijds Achterburgwal, a street and canal in De Wallen—the oldest neighborhoo...


Researchers Toughen Wood Coatings

Researchers of Aalto University are saying they have found a way to turn wood waste into a coating that resists abrasion, stains and sunlight better than traditional coatings. The team is re...


Clariant Announces New Innovation Center in NC

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announced last week a new collaborative innovation center that’s aiming to support the company’s research in North America, meeting the challenges ...


Graphene Veil Protects Paintings from Fading

According to a team of researchers, the implementation of a transparent graphene veil can prevent up to 70% of pigment fading in painted artworks.


New Carbon-Based Material to Benefit Coatings

As the result of a research study by scientists and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and ETH Zürich, a new mi...


Roll-to-Roll Equipment Program Announced

Developer and manufacturer of ultrasonic coating systems Sono-Tech Corporation announced earlier this month that it was launching a new program for the development of roll-to-roll coating eq...


FRCE Looks at Corrosion-Fighting Tech

A team working at the Fleet Readiness Center East in Cherry Point, North Carolina, has recently examined new possibilities for quickly and accurately detecting corrosion and preventing its s...


US Solar Projected to Exceed Wind in 2022

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has recently issued an independent statistics and analysis report, revealing that large-scale U.S. solar capacity growth was expected to exceed win...


Research Looks to Coatings for Spacecraft Biofilm

A team of researchers from Montana State University’s Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering have recently been reported to be observing how specialized material coatings and other strategie...


Construction Cost Report Highlights Decisions

A new quarterly National Construction Cost Index report from construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall shows that the NCCI was up 4.6%. in the first quarter of 2021 compared to tha...


Research Brings Watermelon Seeds Into Cement

Researchers at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology have reportedly developed a new technique for strengthening and healing concrete: this time, by utilizing watermelon seeds.


ASCE Names Concrete Canoe Champion

Two years after the American Society of Civil Engineers was slated to host its 2019 Concrete Canoe Competition, the Society has recently announced the winners of its 2021 Virtual Concrete Ca...


GRI, Hempel Partner to Protect Wind Turbines

In an emailed press release issued at the end of June, global coating supplier Hempel and wind sector tower and flanges manufacturer GRI Renewable Industries announced a strategic partnershi...


June Employment Continues to Vary Between Sectors

Between May and June, construction employment declined by 7,000 according to an analysis of data from the Associated General Contractor of America. Officials say that losses in the nonreside...


Researchers Develop Coating for Droplet Control

Researchers from Northwestern University say they have developed a new transparent coating that can be used to capture droplets and aerosols—effectively removing them from the air—with a foc...


Research Targets Fire-Resistant Wood Coating

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, are reportedly developing a bio-based, fire-retardant paint to protect wood.


CoatingsTech Comes to a Close

Yesterday (June 29), the American Coatings Association’s 2021 CoatingsTech Conference wrapped up after two days of short courses, keynotes and technical sessions.


Report: COVID-19 has Slowed Project Payments

A recent report from construction software company Levelset, found that 11% of construction business always get paid in full—a reported 75% drop compared to pre-pandemic.


Abrasive Blasting for Fingerprint Detection

According to fourth-year forensic science student from the University of Toronto, Bethany Krebs, a form of abrasive blasting could be more efficient in revealing fingerprints than convention...


Infrastructure Surveying Looks to AI

To save time on an otherwise lengthy and complicated process, industry professionals are looking to artificial intelligence when surveying land areas for infrastructure projects such as tunn...


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.


ABC Releases May Backlog, Material Cost Data

Associated Builders and Contractors has released both an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data and reports from its Construction Backlog Indicator for May...


CoatingsTech to Feature Short Courses, Tech Sessions

Next week, the American Coatings Association will host its 2021 CoatingsTech Conference at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (Pittsburgh) from June 28-29.


Engineer Assists FL Bridge with GFRP, Sensors

To fulfill President Joe Biden’s goal of ramping up the nation’s infrastructure, Christian C. Steputat, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Engineering at the University of Miami, was brough...


Researchers Look at Red Blood Cells for Concrete

Researchers out of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have published findings that use an enzyme found in red blood cells that could develop a new take on “self-healing” concrete. They say ...


NYC, San Francisco Most Expensive for Construction

Global design and consultant organization Arcadis recently released its International Construction Cost Index, which covers 100 of the world’s largest cities for cost comparison across 20 bu...


Subcontractor Report Highlights Cashflow

An industry report released last month from Billd, a financing firm for commercial subcontractors, has found that, while commercial construction contractors have maintained optimism througho...


AkzoNobel Adds 6,000 Solar Panels to Plants

AkoNobel’s sustainability goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030 has achieved a new milestone as plans for two more major projects are being finalized in China that will install 8,...


Costs Still Concern as Employment Numbers Drop

Construction employment has declined for the third time in the past four months according to an analysis of May jobs numbers from the Associated General Contractors of America. The data poin...


NSF Awards University for Drinking Water Research

At the beginning of the month, the National Science Foundation awarded the University of Pittsburgh a $500,000 CAREER award to address the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal.


ASCE to Host Virtual Concrete Canoe Competition

For its first year ever, the American Society of Civil Engineers has announced it will be hosting the 2021 Concrete Canoe Competition virtually, as part of the 2021 Virtual Concrete Canoe Co...


DOE Awards $1.1M for Cold Spray Research

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded computational materials design specialist QuesTek Innovations LLC (Evanston, Illinois) $1.1 million in Small Business Innovation Research Ph...


Registration Still Open for USGBC Virtual Event

Registration is open for USGBC Live, a new virtual event for the global green building industry from the U.S. Green Building Council. The event is slated to be held next week, June 8-10.


Graphene Concrete Poured at Commercial Site

Researchers at The University of Manchester, along with an alumni-led construction firm Nationwide Engineering, have laid the floor slab of a new gym in Amesbury, Wiltshire. The team is call...


Tax Audits Considered to Boost Infrastructure

President Joe Biden has recently proposed a new way to achieve funding for his multimillion-dollar plan intended to boost infrastructure, families and education.


Coating Developed for Oil Recovery Missions

Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Toronto have recently announced the development of a nanocoating designed for commercially available sponges to recover oil fro...


Architecture Firm Develops Sustainable Products Database

The London office of architecture firm Perkins&Will announced that it is developing a searchable directory of sustainable products to help minimize the carbon footprint of interior projects.


Navy, Penn State Debut Maintenance Tech

At the beginning of the month, members of the Naval Sea Systems Command Technology Office, NAVSEA warfare centers and researchers from Penn State’s Applied Research Lab announced an ongoing ...


US Approves First Major Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, the Biden administration announced the approval for construction and operation of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm.


Researchers Convert Waste into 3D Printable Concrete

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 printin...


Study: New Bridge Maintenance Approach

In a new study, researchers from the University of Georgia are suggesting a new way to prioritize bridge maintenance as a means to both save bridge owners money and extend the life of the in...


UK Invests in Utility-Repairing Robot

The second-largest gas distribution network in the United Kingdom, gas utility SGN, has recently begun investing in the development of an autonomous roadwork robot.


Industry Employment Stagnant Despite Demand

An analysis of construction employment data from the Associated General Contractors of America released last week revealed that employment remained stagnant between March and April despite h...


Lufthansa, BASF Announce New Surface Technology

In a joint news release, German airline company Lufthansa and global chemical company BASF announced the roll out of its latest surface coatings technology, inspired by sharks.


Musk Talks Solar Missteps in Q1 Call

Last week, during Tesla’s first-quarter earnings report, CEO Elon Musk said that the company has made “significant mistakes” in its solar roof project rollout, nodding to recent cost hikes a...


EPA Exempts Copolymer in 3 States, Airports

Specialty polymers company Kraton Corporation recently announced that it has received an emergency exemption from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 18 of the Federal Ins...


Researchers Develop New Waterproof Coating

Researchers at Simon Fraser University have reportedly developed a new waterproof coating that they say is cheaper to product, free of fluorinated compounds and effective on a wide variety o...


Norwegian Offshore Wind Farm Begins Floater Build

A new construction phase was recently launched at the 88MW Hywind Tampen offshore wind project in a deep-water site at Dommersnes in the North Sea.


USGBC Taps Cities for 2021 LEED Leadership Program

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced 15 cities and counties that will comment certification with support of the LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.


ABI Score Rises Again to Pre-Recession Level

The American Institute of Architects confirmed last week that the Architecture Billing Index has logged its second positive mark since the beginning of the pandemic—growing to a score not se...


BASF Announces Another Addition to Shanghai Site

Chemical company BASF has announced that it is breaking ground on the third phase of its Innovation Campus Shanghai. The company is now establishing an “academic sounding board” as part of t...


CMU Tests Inspection Robot for DoD

Last month, a team from Carnegie Mellon’s Biorobotics Lab in the School of Computer Science's Robotics Institute tested what it’s calling a Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake (HUMRS).


Following Tech Developed for Robot Dog

Smart following technology and subsidiary of the Piaggio Group, Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF) and software firm Trimble have recently announced a proof-of-concept collaboration which enables ro...


USGBC Looks Ahead to Program Development

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., recently released the results of its 2021 Community Survey. The survey aims to gather feedback that can be used...


IACMI, Partners Showcase Sustainable Bridge Solution

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing, alongside nearly a dozen private companies and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility have...


Singapore Completes Large Floating Solar Farm

Reported to be one of the world’s largest floating solar farms on sea water has recently completed construction in Singapore.


Engineers Create 'Whitest White' Cooling Paint

Engineers at Purdue University have created what they’re calling “the whitest paint yet”—a cool coating that aims to reduce buildings’ needs for air conditioning.


EU Research Looks at Ice, Vessel Safety

In research results recently published by CORDIS, European Union-funded project SEDNA discusses the severe challenges faced by ship navigators due to increased maritime traffic in the Arctic...


ABC Highlights Chapters for Second Chance Month

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently highlighted the programs, partnerships and involvement of its chapters and members across the country in educating, upskilling and hiring ree...


Hempel Provides Coatings to Energy Turbine

Global coating supplier Hempel A/S recently announced that it has provided protective coatings to the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, Orbital O2 tidal energy turbine.


ABC Releases March Backlog, Confidence Numbers

Last week, the Associated Builders and Contractors released its March Construction Backlog Indicator numbers, reporting that the backlog fell to 7.8 in March from the 8.2 that was recorded i...


UK Trials Anti-Aging Cream for Roads

Not quite the anti-aging cream your grandma might use, United Kingdom-based Highways England Company has announced at the beginning of the week that it would be trialing Total UK’s new polym...


OH Corrosion Institute Research Recognized

Ohio University’s Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology (ICMT), out of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology was recently awarded the National Association of Corrosion E...


Biden Administration Promotes Offshore Wind

At the end of March, President Joe Biden announced that the White House and leaders of the Administration had developed a set of bold actions aimed at catalyzing offshore wind energy. The re...


Adhesive, Sealants Council Issues Supplier Update

As the materials shortage continues in all facets of the industry, the Adhesive and Sealant Council released an update late last week about a specific supply disruption that occurred in mid-...


Employment Rebounds After February's Severe Weather

Construction employment rebounded in March by about 110,000, according to an analysis from the Associated General Contractors of America on recently released government data. The climb in Ma...


Biden Releases $2T 'American Jobs Plan'

Last Wednesday (March 31), President Joe Biden released the “American Jobs Plan,” a $2 trillion spending proposal that aims to invest in the nation by creating millions of good jobs, rebuild...


Research Taps Graphene from Tires' Carbon Black

Researchers at Rice University are continuing their work on graphene, recently saying that they have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can then be use...


Federal Analysis Points Out Troubled Bridges

In a recent analysis conducted by the American Road and Transportation Association, more than 220,000 of the nation’s bridges need major repair or should be replace.


MD University Touts Wood Materials Projects

Researchers at the University of Maryland have been working on several innovations revolving around wood materials and applications.


ABC Analysis Looks at Hiring for Worker Shortage

A recently released analysis from the Associated Builders and Contractors of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data has revealed that, in 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000...


ABI Scores First Positive Since Pandemic Began

The American Institute of Architects reported on February’s Architecture Billings Index late last week announced its first positive mark since February 2020.


University to Develop At-Risk Pipe Technology

Researchers from the University of Newcastle School of Engineering have reported that they’ve begun developing a new drone technology to help predict what areas and specific pipes are at ris...


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...


Report: Commercial Contractors Optimistic

The first-quarter report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index has been released, and the data reveals that contractors are growing more optimistic about their outl...


University to Gauge Infrastructure Resilience

A civil engineering assistant professor from the University of Texas at Arlington recently received two grants funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Cou...


Researchers Working on AI for Exoskeletons

Robotics researchers at the University of Waterloo are reportedly developing exoskeleton legs capable of “thinking and making control decisions” using artificial intelligence technology.


AGC Analyzes Year-Over-Year Employment Numbers

A recent analysis of a survey from the Associated General Contractors of America has revealed that year-over-year from January, nearly two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas saw construction...


Organizations Respond to Pending Tie Shortage

The Concrete Foundations Association recently announced that it is leading the charge of an industry-wide effort to mitigate the pending shortage of steel form ties. According to the associa...


University Develops 'Self-Healing' Concrete

In a recent news release, scientists from the Polytechnic Institute of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) announced their development of a concrete material that can reportedly seal c...


Research Looks to Mussels for Concrete Adhesive

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received an NSF Career Award to create new durable adhesive joints for concrete structures. Studies are reportedly mimicking mussel adhesion fo...


AGC Cites Weather for February Employment Drop

Construction employment numbers in February fell by about 61,000, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors America of new government data released late last week.


Kraft Heinz Pilots Recycled Roof Material Project

Global food and beverage company Kraft Heinz (Pittsburgh) recently announced a new pilot program that’s demonstrating a roofing material made from the company’s recycled flexible packaging.


Study: Corrosion-Resistant Magnesium Alloy

Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Coastal Research in Geesthacht, Germany, have recently developed a magnesium alloy that has an elevated resistance to corrosion.


Huntsman Announces New Director, Committee

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman announced last month that it has appointed Jeanne McGovern to its Board of Directors. The company also announced the formation of a new committee focused...


USGBC Announces Expansion of LEED Earth

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this week that it is expanding its LEED Earth campaign to homes, communities and cities around the world. LEED Earth is designed to bring LE...


AGC, ABC Report Rise in Nonresidential Spending

According to data analyses from both the Associated General Contractors of America and the Associated Builders and Contractors, construction spending in the private nonresidential building s...


Studies Turn to Calcium Carbonate as Alternative

Researchers at Montana State University are reportedly working on sustainable alternatives to concrete, focusing on microorganisms.


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2020

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED green building. Last year, Massachusetts lead the country with the most certified square feet ...


NYC Mayor Appoints 'Recovery Czar'

Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Lorraine Grillo as the Senior Advisor for Recovery. Grillo, who is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Design and...


NAHB Says Remodeling Recovered Despite Prices

The National Home Builders Association recently dubbed the home remodeling market “more than fully recovered” from the COVID-19 pandemic. The comments were made during an online press confer...


Researchers Design Semiconductor Coating

Earlier this month, researchers from the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science announced the development of a new coating strategy for semiconductors that provides corrosion protect...


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 ...


Researchers Add Titanium Dioxide to Cement

Engineers at Purdue University say they have discovered a way to make concrete more sustainable—by adding small amounts of nanoscale titanium dioxide to the cement.


Tech, Construction Company Study Heat Sensor Devices

Physiological monitoring platform Kenzen has partnered with Kansas City-based firm Garney Construction to test out a new, wearable smart device to monitor health indicators of each worker.


2D Coating Research Moves to Second Phase

Announced earlier this year, the Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC) has reported that it’s preparing to move to phase two of its program, which is focused on the st...


Researchers Recycle Single-Use Masks for Roads

Researchers from RMIT University have recently developed a recycling solution for one item generating a rather large amount of pandemic waste, single-use face masks.


Pittsburgh Announces Plans for Hydroelectric Facility

At the end of January, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that the city of Pittsburgh was planning a new hydropower plant along the Ohio River.


SKorea Reveals Plans for $43B Wind Farm

At the beginning of the month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in revealed the country’s latest component in its Green New Deal: a 48.5 trillion won ($43.2 billion) plan to construct what is...


Navy Partners with Xerox to 3D Print Metal Parts

At the beginning of the month, the United States Naval Postgraduate School, a grad institution for Naval officers and others, announced a research collaboration with global print and digital...


Researchers Create Ammonia-Capturing Polymer

Just before the year’s end, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute and the Department of Chemistry at University of Copenhagen announced their designs of a porous polymer that aimed to ca...


AkzoNobel Open Facility for Wood Powder Coatings

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has opened a new research and development laboratory dedicated to low-cure powder coatings in Como, Italy.


Report Looks at 2020 Construction Cost Increases

A new report from construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall has detailed how construction costs have changed across major cities in the United States.


Engineers Fight Corrosion in Nuclear Storage

The University of Virginia was recently awarded a $718,000, three-year grant from the Nuclear Energy University Program to use corrosion science to help identify potential at-risk canisters ...


December Construction Spending Shows Overall Increase

Construction spending in December varied drastically according to an analysis from the Associated General Contractors of America. The month saw downturns in almost every private category, bu...


TX Tax Incentive Promotes Green Infrastructure

Last month, Houston City Council announced the approval of a new green stormwater infrastructure tax abatement program to encourage the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in p...


AIA Applauds US Climate Recommitment

Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a statement announcing the United States recommitment to the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015.


Research Looks at Chloride in Corrosion

A team of researchers from the Oregon State University’s College of Engineering have recently conducted a study using supercomputer simulations to observe how chloride causes corrosion and d...


NY Announces Plans for Green Energy Program

Last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2021 State of the State address, outlining several proposals focused on creating the largest offshore wind program in the nation an...


Coating in Development for Rope Safety

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are working on developing a coating that changes color when exposed to high temperatures through fri...


Research: Billions Spent on Flood Damages

In a new study conducted by Stanford University, researchers found that the United States has spent nearly $199 billion in flood damages over the last three decades.


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.


AGC Releases Numbers for December, 2021 Outlook

The Associated General Contractors of America released several sets of data last week regarding employment in the construction sector. Most recently, the group found that construction employ...


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.


Researcher Awarded Grant for Turbine Coating

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has recently awarded a $600,000 grant to a professor at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center on Advanced Material Systems at the Universi...


$930M WA Arena Files for Carbon Certification

While work is continuing at Seattle’s $930 million Climate Pledge Arena, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke recently confirmed that in addition to being outfitted for hockey and other live event...


University Studies Stormwater Systems Amid Climate Change

According to associate professor Lisa Reyes Mason from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, drains, pipes and other stormwater infrastructure is to be a critical defens...


Results in on 50-Year Epoxy Resin Experiment

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have recently released an update on a 50-year-old experiment involving an epoxy resin and steel rein...


AECOM Tests Wastewater for COVID-19

Last month, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM announced that it would be partnering with Northern New Jersey-based Bergen County Utilities Authority and Columbia University (New York City...


University Engineers Flexible Nanomaterial Cement

According to a team of scientists from Penn State University, a newly developed nanomaterial cement mixture could be a cost-effective solution in sealing leaking natural gas wells.


Scientists Look at Heat-Resistant Coatings

Recently, a group of scientists from the Tokyo University of Science investigated how heat efficiency could be improved in aircraft gas turbine engines through oxidative reactions regarding ...


AkzoNobel Unveils Bio-Based Monomer Research

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced what it’s calling a breakthrough innovation in a sustainable way to make resins.


Researchers Look at Mechanical Metamaterials

Last month, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms and members from a United States Army think-tank published a research paper on the developm...


Purdue Creates New Sensors for Concrete

Purdue University engineers say that they have developed sensors that could safely speed up construction project timelines by determining concrete strength onsite in real time. The technolog...


Researchers Develop Greener Desalination Coating

A new polyelectrolyte coating developed by researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has been reported to enable clean seawater desalination systems without har...


Antimicrobial Coatings to be Tested on Transit

Diversified natural resources company, Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, Canada) recently announced that it would be testing its antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch transit surfaces...


GE, Veolia Announce Wind Turbine Recycling Program

According to a press release issued last week by transnational company Veolia, the company has signed an agreement with GE Renewable Energy to recycle its onshore wind turbine blades in the ...


AGC Releases Job Gain Numbers for November

Construction employment reportedly increased by 27,000 jobs in November, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors Association.


TX Researchers Address Chemical Pollution

A team of researchers from Texas A&M University have recently been awarded a three-year Healthy Ecosystems grant by The Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering...


MS Plans Smart Neighborhood with Tesla

Mississippi Power and Southern Power announced a partnership last month to build a “smart neighborhood.” Dubbed “Enzor Place,” the homes in the plan will exclusively feature the Tesla Solar ...


AGC Releases Job Numbers for Past 12 Months

According to a new analysis recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America, 30% of the nation’s metro areas have added construction jobs in the last year. Officials point...


Universities Research Sustainable Shotcrete

Currently, the life of service tunnels are designed to last for at least one hundred years or more, however, according to a team of researchers collaborating across a variety of universities...


PA Solar Project Breaks Ground

Canadian company Enbridge Energy recently announced that it had broken ground on the 2.5-megawatt Heidlersburg Solar Project in Tyrone Township, Pennsylvania.


AGC Looks Closer at October Jobs Numbers

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a new analysis of October’s numbers, saying that despite the majority of states added jobs that month, construction employment...


USGBC Wraps Up Greenbuild with Initiatives

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council wrapped up its annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. At the virtual event, the organization outlined several key updates that it says inten...


Ultra Thin Coating Aids in Photodetector Research

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have released a study that seeks to further advance photodetectors’ use by integrating the technology with durable Gorilla glass, the material us...


US Air Force Looks at Rain Erosion

At the beginning of the month, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory announced it would be investing $60 million into the research and development of an improved anti-corrosion coa...


Biden Releases Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

Following the announcement of Joe Biden as the United States’ new President-elect, the Biden-Harris transition team has since released its plan regarding climate change, highlighting the inc...


Hempel Receives Sustainability Award

At the beginning of the month, global coating supplier Hempel announced via emailed press release that it has been awarded the Sustainability Award 2020 by Vestas for supporting them on thei...


Drones Aim to Prevent Infrastructure Disasters

After utilizing its technology to inspect dams for BC Hydro, founders of Niricson, a Victoria, British Columbia-based technology company, think their drones will soon be used for maintaining...


USGBC Unveils Initiative, Requests Feedback

Last week, during the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, the U.S. Green Building Council announced that it is providing funding for 500 people in underserved communities to earn their LEED...


Arkema Touts Green Bond, Facility Commitment

Specialty chemicals company Arkema has recently placed an inaugural Green Bond fully dedicated to the financing of a new plant in Singapore that’s slated to manufacture 100% bio-based Rilsan...


Researchers Develop Cool, Smart Coating

Researchers have reportedly developed an eco-friendly smart coating that’s designed for sub-ambient, radiative cooling in buildings as a form to combat active coolants.


Universities to Offer Green, LEED Courses

Recently, two universities highlighted new course offerings designed to promote sustainability and a variety of green building practices.


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...


ABC: Nonresidential Job Growth Higher in October

The Associated Builder and Contractors recently released its own analysis of construction industry jobs in October, based off the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Infrastructure Sensors Aim to Extend Pipeline Life

In an effort to extend the lifespan of water and sewer pipeline systems, researchers from the University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Water Authority and engineering fi...


$9.2B Fuel Complex Planned for LA

Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced that their portfolio company, Grön Fuels LLC, was launching a ...


Navy Announces Rust-A-Thon Competition

To mitigate and control corrosion aboard United States Navy ships and vessels, the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Heuneme Division (NSWC PHD) in Port Hueneme, California, has announ...


First Passenger Hyperloop Tests Conducted

Last week, American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop announced that it had successfully completed its first trial involving human passengers in its levitating hyperloop cap...


ABC: Construction Backlog, Confidence Up

The Associated Builder and Contractors reported earlier this week that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 7.7 months in October—an increase of .2 months from September.


University Studies Limb-Inspired Architecture

In a recent study, researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Colorado, Boulder looked at the construction of bridges using limb-inspired joints and sections.


New Dodge Report Looks at Industry's 2021 Start

Dodge Data & Analytics recently released its 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook report, used for industry forecasting and business planning.


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...


FAA Launches Second Drone Integration Program

One day after the closing of the Federal Aviation Administration’s three-year Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) on Oct. 25, the Administration announced the laun...


AGC Reports Job Increase in October

Construction employment increased by 84,000 jobs in October, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


NASA Award Supports New Coating Materials

Last month, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the recipients of its Early Career Faculty Award.


Black & Veatch Pledges Renewable Energy Work

In an effort to aid the global power industry’s transition to lower carbon emissions, and in some cases zero-carbon energy goals, engineering and construction company Black & Veatch (Overlan...


DemoSATH Project Selects Spanish Contractor

Sustainable transportation infrastructure company, Ferrovial (Madrid, Spain), was recently selected by Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE Renewables for the manufacture and assembly of a f...


Researchers Get Funding for Antiviral Coating

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have been awarded 615,000 pounds in funding to develop a new antiviral coating for PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Researchers Create Graphene from Recycled Plastic

Researchers at Rice University have developed a process to make flash graphene out of recycled plastic.


AZ Approaches Completion of Cool Pavement Program

Working in collaboration with Arizona State University, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department has reported it is nearing the completion of a series of “cool pavement” applications aro...


AZ Researcher Gets $2M Grant for Concrete Studies

A professor at Arizona State University has been awarded $2 million to foster what the university calls “collaboration around 3D concrete printing research.”


Bjarke Ingels Launches Masterplanet Proposal

Last week, Bjarke Ingels—founder of architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group—told reporters that he had begun drawing up plans for a more sustainable way of living for the world.


Smart Building Ratings Program Launches

Billed as the world’s first comprehensive and objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings, the SPIRE Smart Buildings Program has recently made its debut.


Canada Bridge Construction Uses Recycled Glass

Officials working on the Darwin bridge project on Nun’s Island in Montreal, Canada, have reported that the structure is incorporating recycled glass in its materials.


Survey: Highest-Paying Jobs Without Degrees

A new report by insurance company AdvisorSmith outlines the highest paying jobs in the United States that don’t need a college degree.


Survey: Contractors Fear Pandemic Implications

In an August reader survey published by Associated Builders and Contractors, research found that more than 85% of American contractors have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and expect to...


ABC: Project Backlog Slips in Most Metrics

Associated Builders and Contractors reported last week that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.5 months in September—a decline of .5 months from the previous month.


OH Plant Plans Zero-Carbon Transition

Last week, Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Hannibal, Ohio) announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen.


DOE Announces $80M in Energy Funding

Recently, the United States Department of Energy announced an $80 million 2020 funding opportunity for its Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) program.


Virgin Hyperloop Unveils Certification Center Location

American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop has recently announced that after years of testing and developing hyperloop technology at their full-scale test site in North Las ...


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.


Researchers Look at Auto Steel for Buildings

Civil and systems engineers at Johns Hopkins University are investigating whether new steels, which are currently used as car parts, can be used to create more resilient and sustainable buil...


Survey: North American Crane Count Drops

According to the 2020 Q3 report from Rider Levett Bucknall’s Crane Index for North America, which is published biannually, the number of cranes in North American cities has decreased for the...


WSU Researchers Get Grant for Drywall Bricks

Researchers from Washington State University announced that they received a commercialization grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The two-year grant will support the development of...


AGC Releases Job Numbers for September

The Associated General Contractors of America released its monthly employment survey results late last week, reporting that construction employment increased by 26,000 jobs in September, but...


Canada Pushes $7.5B in Infrastructure Stimulus

Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Infrastructure Bank would be launching a C$10 billion ($7.5 billion), three-year infrastructure plan to boost renew...


UConn Gets New Grant for Pyrrhotite Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded the University of Connecticut $768,000 in federal funding in support of continued research on premature degradation of concrete...


Dow Reaches Midpoint of Target Goal

Last month, The Dow Chemical Company announced that it had achieved $500 million in savings from its “Valuing Nature” goal. The milestone marks the midway point to its 2025 Sustainability Go...


Puerto Rico Recieves $13B Infrastructure Grant

Three years after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, the Trump administration has announced that it will be awarding two of its largest infrastructure grants to the U.S...


Research: Cement-Free Concrete Beats Corrosion

This week, engineers from RMIT University announced that they have developed an eco-friendly, zero-cement concrete that can withstand corrosive acidic environments, commonly observed in sewa...


USGBC Expands Resources for Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., has outlined an expanded suite of resources that aim to help building and community leaders face climate risks.


Hempel, Vestas Enter Turbine Protection Partnership

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) recently announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with Vestas (Aarhus N, Denmark), a sustainable energy solutions company.


PPP Forgiveness Could Change Tax Bills

According to reports, businesses that received Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic could experience higher taxable revenues.


Researchers Develop New Anti-Reflective Coating

A team from Switzerland’s University of Geneva recently published an article in the journal Nature discussing a new nanocoating with anti-reflective and anti-adhesive properties—inspired by ...


ABC: Project Backlog Shows Positive Rebound

Construction backlog, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors, rebounded to 8.0 months in August—an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading—but remains a half-month lower tha...


AGC Survey Sees Overall Jobs Hike in Past Month

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released its latest state-by-state employment data analysis, which found that while jobs have still mostly declined year over year, 31 ...


Researcher Gets $1.8M Grant for Slip Study

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has awarded a $1.8 million grant to a University of Pittsburgh researcher to develop a safer ladder.


Survey: Skilled Labor Shortage Still Present in Pandemic

Despite project delays and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey finds that demand for skilled laborers is still high, according to the Associated General Contractors of A...


Research: Sunflower Oil is Corrosion Inhibitor

Researchers at Kazan Federal University, in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, have recently published a paper detailing how sunflower oil could be useful in corrosion prevention.


USGBC Announces Latin America Leadership Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled its 2020 Latin America Leadership Awards, honoring eight recipients “whose work across Latin America puts them at the forefront of green building...


Study Looks at Painting Turbine Blades Black

A recent study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution has found that bird death from collisions with turbine blades dropped by 71.9% when one of the blades was painted black, compare...


Research Taps Janus Particles for Smart Coatings

Iowa State University, along with Binghamton University, have coauthored a study showing that nanoparticles known as Janus particles could be the key to more environmentally friendly paints ...


States Split in Recent Industry Employment Data

Construction employment has decreased from June to July in 26 states, as well as the District of Columbia, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


ORNL Debuts Smart Wall Technology

Earlier this month, researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated what they are calling a “first-of-its-kind smart wall” that they say combined advanced manufacturing and b...


Research Looks at Aircraft Heat Conduction

Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed what they have called a “game-changer” for heat conduction in aircraft.


Researchers Develop Smart Coating via Color

Scientists at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago have announced that they have developed a way to stretch and strain liquid crystals to generate differ...


Buttress Work Complete at $930M WA Arena

The $930 million Seattle arena renovation is now in full “building mode” after crews finished the excavation and roof support process last week.


Project Backlog Drops by 1 Month YoY in July

Construction backlog, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors, decreased in July by a full month year over year, and decreased .3 months since June for an indicator of 7.8 month...


Scientists Use Polymer Coating to 'Power' Bricks

Chemists from Washington University, in St. Louis, have reportedly developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks,” that they say can store energy until required for powering devices. Th...


Report: Small, Midsize Cities Best for Construction

Insurance information provider AdvisorSmith has released a new analysis of salaries, job availability and the cost of living in 383 cities across the United States to compile the best cities...


Canadian Scientists Develop New Mask Coating

Tests carried out by University of Toronto scientists have reportedly shown that an antimicrobial coating developed by Quebec company I3 BioMedical Inc. can deactivate more than 99% of SARS-...


Survey: Residential Jobs Hike, Infrastructure Dips

While construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in July, those were limited to the residential sector, according to an analysis of data by the Associated General Contractors of Americ...


New Clear Coating Developed for Windows

A new coating has been developed at RMIT University, one that researchers say could bring down the cost of energy-saving windows and become a standard in new builds and retrofits.


Research Looks at Coating to Inactivate Virus

Chemical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, William Ducker, says that he has found a solution to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


AGC: Metro Construction Jobs Down 62%

The Associated General Contractors of America released a new analysis of government data last week that shows that 62% of metro areas decreased construction employment over the past 12 month...


Researchers Develop Spray-On Omniphobic Coating

Researchers at the Okanagan Polymer Engineering Research and Applications Lab (OPERA), at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, have reportedly developed a coating that researchers sa...


Microgrid Project Underway for Pittsburgh Airport

Construction had begun on what officials are calling a “first-of-its-kind” electrical microgrid for the Pittsburgh International Airport. According to the Allegheny County Airport Authority,...


Graphene Research Looks at Amphiphilic Properties

New research out of Cranfield University, in Cranfield, England, has found that graphene flakes can act as a surfactant, acting as a 2D stabilizer and water repellent that can be useful in a...


Dow, USGBC Announce Carbon Challenge Results

Dow, along with the United States Green Building Council, have shared the results of their inaugural Carbon Challenge, just a little over one year since the project’s inception.


Axalta Releases 2018-19 Sustainability Report

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta just released its 2018-19 Sustainability Report, which highlights the company’s “advancements in sustainable business practices.”


TX to Host Continent's Largest Living Wall

A 26-story high-rise is planned for Dallas and, according to reports, North America’s tallest “living wall” is slated to come with it.


Antiviral Coating Developing for Surface Contact

New research is underway at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology within the University of Waterloo to develop a coating that officials say aims to “kill the COVID-19 virus immediately u...


Researcher Gets Grant to Study Wastewater

A civil engineering professor from the University of Arkansas has been awarded federal funding to study wastewater in regard to the spread of COVID-19.


USGBC Announces LEED Homes Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this week the winners of its LEED Homes Awards and Residential Project of the Year. The awards aim to recognize projects, builders and devel...


Air Force Awards Contract for Icephobic Coating

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based industrial technology company Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded a $499,000 Small Business Innovation Research Pha...


Survey: Heavy Civil Construction Optimistic

A new industry survey has shown that contractors in heavy civil construction are less impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic than commercial contractors, according to Dodge Data & ...


UCLA Carbon Team Gets $2M Grant

A research team from the University of California, Los Angeles, has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for its work on converting carbon dioxide emissions into co...


Researchers Develop Self-Cleaning Solar Coating

India’s Department of Science and Technology has recently touted a development from its International Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials that it says can keep solar pane...


Shepherd Color R&D Looks at New IR Black

High-performance pigment manufacturer The Shepherd Color Company recently announced that it has released a new infrared reflecting black pigment that it says will aid in the recycling of bla...


AkzoNobel Adds to 'Paint the Future' Collabs

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that is has agreed to partnerships with five companies that were a part of the inaugural Paint the Future collaboration program last year...


University Designs Lighter, Greener Bridge

Recently, engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, with COWI, have completed research on reducing materials used in suspension bridge d...


Researchers Develop New Corrosion ID Methods

In conjunction with the Austrian Society for Construction Technology (ÖBV), researchers at Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria), are working on a new method of assessing the conditi...


3D-Printed Reefs Deployed in Atlantic

Earlier this month, marine scientists deployed 3D-printed artificial reefs throughout the Atlantic coasts of England, France, and Spain.


ACEE Issues Paper on Building Retrofits

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy recently released a white paper that calls for cities and states to mandate retrofits of inefficient buildings by requiring them to meeting ...


$1B Mixed-Use Facility Planned for Houston

Plans for a $1 billion mixed-used facility have officially begun in Houston, where international real estate firm Hines has finalized an agreement with 2ML Real Estate Interests to develop t...


Researchers: Metallic Coatings Could Slow Virus

Research out of Montreal’s Concordia University is looking into antiviral metallic and ceramic coatings as a way to slow the transmission of COVID-19.


Researchers Look at Super Hydrophobic Materials

Researchers at Espoo, Finland-based Aalto University recently published findings in the journal Nature about new potential uses for an armor-plated superhydrophobic material.


University Launches Renewable Energy Study

Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded $250,000 to researchers at Missouri S&T to study how the use of renewable energy is affected by the energy utility customers use, how utilit...


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...


Research to Look Closer at Concrete in Space

A civil engineering student an Penn State University has been granted a three-year NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity, along with a one-year Pennsylvania Space Grant Consort...


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


Researchers Work on Bulletproof Coatings

Three engineers from the University of Houston have recently started looking at using chitin and 3D-printing techniques to produce bulletproof coatings.


AGC Releases Metro Unemployment Data

A new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America has found that construction employment declined in more than 90% of metro areas from March to April.


3D-Printed Concrete Developed for Offshore Use

Engineers from Purdue University are working in collaboration with concrete additive manufacturing startup RCAM Technologies and the Floating Wind Technology Company (FWTA) to develop offsho...


$8B LaGuardia Project to Get Fast-Tracked

The state government and airlines are in agreement as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for a “supercharged” reopening of New York City, which involves a fast-track for multiple inf...


Research Monitors COVID-19 via Wastewater

Recently, researchers from the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new approach to monitoring regional levels of SA...


Scientists Develop Anti-Coronavirus Surface Coating

Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, recently announced that they are developing a novel surface coating that aims to “contain nanoparticles of safe metal ions...


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...


Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...


$1B Solar Project Signed Off by Trump Admin

Last Monday (May 11), the Trump administration officially approved the construction of the Gemini Solar Project, a 690-megawatt project slated to be constructed just outside of Las Vegas.


AIA Releases New Sustainable Building Docs

The American Institute of Architects announced last week that it is released new and updated contract documents that support businesses with reaching sustainability goals.


St. Louis to Mandate Building Energy Standards

Last month, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted (via teleconference) to pass the new Building Energy Performance Standards ordinance, which sets new energy standards to eliminate greenhous...


Concrete Strengthened with 'Sewage-Enhanced' Steel Slag

Engineering researchers from RMIT University have recently explored a zero-waste approach that both treats wastewater and makes stronger concrete.


Researchers Develop New Antimicrobial Coating

Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology recently announced that they have developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they say is effective in...


ACI Foundation to Fund 8 Research Projects

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council recently announced that it has selected eight research projects to receive grants this year.


Turbine Construction Begins at OK Wind Project

Recently, development company Mortenson (Minneapolis) began turbine construction at the 248.2-megawatt King Plains Wind Project in Garber, Oklahoma.


Rutgers Looks at Coating 3D-Printed Objects

Engineers from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recently announced a new technique for coating complex 3D-printed objects that could lead to new opportunities to develop “smart s...


Researchers Look at Novel Spraying Method

Researchers at the University of Bayreuth, in Bayreuth, Germany, are reportedly working on a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition, which they say enables the production of cerami...


Research Looks at Water, Pipes in Closed Buildings

Since receiving $200,000 in funding from National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program, researchers from Purdue University have launched a study into the impact of th...


USGS Releases Pyrrhotite Map of US

The United States Geological Survey released last week its first map of where the mineral pyrrhotite could occur in the United States.


ChemQuest, ACA Publish Updated Market Report

Specialty coatings company, The ChemQuest Group Inc. (Cincinnati) and the American Coatings Association have partnered together for the publication of their latest edition of the U.S. Market...


ABI Shows Commercial Construction Drop

The American Institute of Architects recently released its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), revealing a record drop in demand for design services from architecture firms during the month o...


Model Software Used in Earthquake Study

A researcher from Concordia University was recently reported to be exploring options for resilient and sustainable reinforced masonry structural systems in relation to earthquake safety.


Report: Safe Practices Critical During COVID-19

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin projected the epidemiological impacts of allowing some or all construction workers in the Austin, Tex...


Study Predicts Hyperloop Operation to Begin in 2040

International research firm, Lux Research Inc. (Boston), has recently issued its report, “Analyzing the Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop,” claiming that the first passenger-carr...


WA Expects to Reopen Residential Construction

According to reports, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to reopen residential construction, among other types of construction projects, in the upcoming weeks while the state begins to r...


Is Urine the Key to Building in Space?

In a study conducted by the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) of the European Space Agency—which includes Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch scientists—urea from urine, could be used as super...


Researchers Look at White Pigment Alternative

Researchers out of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) have begun producing polymer foils as an alternative to titanium dioxide for the appearance of a white coating.


DOE Awards $25M to Gas Industry

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would be awarding nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that aimed to promote advances in technolo...


Researchers to Work on Virus-Specific Coating

University of Central Florida researchers are working to create a protective coating that would specifically target and kill the COVID-19 virus.


University Studies Coastal Storm Protection Designs

Researchers from Princeton University have been looking at new designs for protective infrastructure to combat storm surges along the nation's coastlines.


Fire Research Looks at High-Rise Materials

Engineers and technicians at the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently spent months of research recreating concrete floors supported by steel beams, only to set the structu...


Research Looks at Self-Sanitizing Coatings

Research at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has revealed a new self-sanitizing surface coating that aims to help address infection control in hospitals, food processing plants...


UConn Researchers Aim to Improve Bridges

Researchers at the University of Connecticut (UConn) are reportedly working on a variety of patenting methods aimed to improve bridges across the state.


Researchers Work to Convert CO2 to Black Powder

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) are currently involved in a project that’s building a test facility for the active reduction of atmospheric carbon d...


Survey Looks at Coatings Industry During Crisis

Recently, research company Gardner Intelligence has collected feedback from coatings and finishing manufacturers in an attempt to navigate how the COVID-19 pandemic is specifically affecting...


Manufacturer Pairs with ORNL for 3D Printing

Concrete and cement-mix manufacturer Quickrete recently announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the design of what it calls “next-gener...


Survey: Construction Co Trust Linked to Profits

A recent study released by Autodesk and consultant company FMI Corp. has found that construction industry companies that don’t make trust a high priority within their organizations don’t mak...


TX High School Students Build Concrete Canoes

Recently, engineering students from Marble Falls High School (Marble Falls, Texas) were reported to be working on the development of concrete-based canoes.


Research: Oil Separation Eased with 2D Membrane

Researchers based out of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Henry Royce Institute and the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester—in collabora...


NC Approves Green Tariff Solar Deal

Following a city council vote late last month, Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the solar business through a green tariff deal which involves the construction of a 35-megawatt solar farm, s...


University Develops Bridge Construction Technology

Last month, structural engineers at Vienna University of Technology—also known as TU Wien—premiered the success of its bridge construction technology during a two-bridge project on the Fürst...


AkzoNobel Announces New Sustainability Targets

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released earlier this week what it’s calling “the first in a series of ambitions” that are looking at the company’s fresh focus on achieving zero waste and ...


Researchers Develop New Bacteria-Killing Coating

Researchers at University College London have reportedly developed a coating that activates in low-intensity light to kill bacteria.


Robot Dog Showcases Construction Capabilities

Recently, engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics (Waltham, Massachusetts) showcased its latest technology, Spot the robot dog.


USGBC Awards Green Schools Projects

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with its Center for Green Schools, announced earlier this week the recipients of its Green Apple Day of Service Awards.


NYC Passes New Building Energy Codes

Keeping pace with its Green New Deal mission, New York City will now require all new and existing buildings to meet stricter energy efficiency requirements under a new energy code that was j...


RIBA Releases 2020 Work Plan

The Royal Institute of British Architects published its Plan of Work 2020 late last week, a guide for the design and construction of buildings.


WSU Explores Fly Ash in Concrete

Recently, a Washington State University doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was awarded for his research involving the substitute of fly ash for cement ...


Scientists Suggest Dams for Rising Seas

Government-employed Dutch scientist and oceanographer Sjoerd Groeskamp has recently proposed a solution to protect an estimated 25 million Europeans living in northern Europe from rising lev...


Research Looks at Elevating Concrete Slabs

A researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington is working on a web-based tool that will help design home slab elevations, a tool they say will protect homes against floods and storms.


Researchers Create Fire-Resistant Tunnel Lining

A research team from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has recently announced the development of a fire-resistant concrete tunnel lining prototype.


USGBC Announces $500K More in Grants

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Bank of America has provided an additional $500,000 grant to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which helps local government...


Carboline Opens $6M Fire Research Center

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company recently hosted a grand opening for its Carboline Fire-Science Research Center in St. Louis.


Los Angeles Mayor Signs Green Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed off on “L.A.’s Green New Deal: Leading by Example” earlier this month, kicking off the city’s “Decade of Action.”


UCLA Working Toward Carbon Solution Win

A research team from University of California, Los Angeles, is reportedly still working on a concrete solution as part of a Carbon XPRIZE competition.


PA Landscape Center Gets BREEAM Certification

Last week, Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, announced that its Center for Sustainable Landscapes has been certified using the BREEAM USA standard for existing building...


UK Government Pursues Irish Sea Bridge

At a lobby briefing last week (Feb. 10), a spokesperson announced that U.K. officials are looking into British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea of building an Irish Sea between Scotland a...


Study Looks at Wages with Associate Degrees

A recent study out of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce details employment and earnings statistics for those who earn associate degrees.


Massive Wind Farm Planned in WA

Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy company Scout Clean Energy is gearing up to build as many as 212 turbines for a new wind farm south of the Tri-Cities in Washington.


Sherwin-Williams Announces New HQ Plans

The Sherwin-Williams company announced last week that it has decided to continue its relationship with Northeast Ohio, by finalizing plans to build a new global headquarters and research and...


NJ Releases Climate Plan, Regulations

Late last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled an “Energy Master Plan” that outlines key strategies of his goal to reach 100% clean energy by 2050.


UCLA Develops Ice-Preventing Coating

Materials scientist Ximin He, along with a team of researchers from the UCLA Smaueli School of Engineering and colleagues have reportedly developed an ice-prevention coating.


Self-Cleaning Coating Wins Funding

The United States Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has recently awarded Arizona State University spin-out company, Swift Coat, $1 million to commercialize a dirt-eating ...


Student Proposes Eco-Friendly Hyperloop

Caroline Crouchley, an 8th grader living in Long Island, New York, has recently proposed a new, more eco-friendly take on Elon Musk’s hyperloop.


MT University Studies Hempcrete Insulation

Research at Montana State University, funded by the Montana Farmers Union, is taking a look at the area’s industrial hemp plant’s waste can be combined with a lime-based binder for the lates...


Commercial Graphene Coatings Trial Moves Forward

Global high-tech materials company Talga Resources (West Perth, Western Australia) has recently reported the completion of its second commercial scale graphene coatings trial.


Work Kicks Off at Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables (Dublin, Ireland) and Equinor (Stavanger, Norway) announced late last month that construction on what will be the world’s large...


University Fiber Captures Wastewater Hormones

Research scientists from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University (Espoo, Findland) have developed a wood-based cellulose fiber yarn, intended for pharmaceutical substan...


UW–Madison to Host Concrete Canoe Race

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has recently announced that it will be hosting the 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers’ spring and summer canoe competitions.


University Seeks Better Corrosion Protection

At James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia, four PhD students are setting up to research rare earth inhibitors and their useful properties for corrosion protection in steel infr...


Researchers Test Silicon Anodes, Aluminum Coatings

In revisiting a study in the American Chemical Society's ACS Applied Energy Materials, engineers from Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering have discovered a phenomenon tha...


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council released its annual Top 10 States for LEED last week, recognizing the nation’s leaders committed to more sustainable and resilient buildings, cities and commu...


Researchers Look at Bacteria for Living Bricks

Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder recently published a study in the journal Matter that describes a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings.


CLEAN Future Act Framework Released

Last week, leaders from the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce released legislative framework for the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CL...


Research Looks at Pigment Design

A researcher out of Oregon State University’s College of Science is looking at new ways to design more pigments that are stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues, according to the unive...


Ultrathin Coating Hides Heat from Infrared Cameras

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers have recently announced the development of a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology.


Engineering Firm Releases Carbon Data, Tool

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti recently released results for a multi-year carbon measurement study that identified the type of structure and components in construction wit...


$1.5M Approved for Pyrrhotite Research

Connecticut lawmakers recently announced that federal funding they sought to help pay for research on pyrrhotite has been included in a spending bill.


Researchers to Investigate Living Infrastructure

The research of Eleni Chatzi, a professor of structural mechanics at ETH Zurich, seems like something from a sci-fi novel: In one section of her research, Chatzi aims to use seeds to grow br...


NM Congress Proposes Transmission Law

Last month, New Mexico congresspeople introduced the Interregional Transmission Planning Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 3109)—a federal bill geared toward improving the Federal Energy Regulator...


Elinor Coatings Wins Coatings Research Contract

Toward the end of last year, Elinor Coatings (Fargo, North Dakota) won a five-year, $3.2 million subcontract to further research into life prediction, among other issues, for aerospace mater...


Survey: Contractors Talk Labor Supply, Demand

According to an Outlook survey issued last month by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate, three out of four construction firms plan to hire mor...


Unmanned Boats Help With MI Bridge Inspections

When It comes time to conduct bridge inspections in the face of challenging scenarios like stormy weather, the Michigan Department of Transportation has adopted the use of unmanned, remote-c...


Hadid-Designed Wooden Stadium Approved

In a six-to-four vote, the Stroud District Council, of England, approved the world’s first wooden football stadium, which is slated to be built for the Forest Green Rovers Football Club.


Research: Industrial Waste Supports New Construction

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently spearheading an investigation into reusing industrial waste materials produced by the manufacturing industry,...


Green Building Council Announces LEED Positive

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it is taking its LEED development program one step further: to focus on LEED positive.


Institute Seeks Net-Zero Entries for Database

The New Buildings Institute recently announced a call for project submissions for its Getting to Zero Buildings Database from designers, builders, developers and owners of zero energy and lo...


Research: Smart Patch Can Help Reduce Rust

Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark) announced earlier this month that researchers from its Department of Engineering’s ICELab have begun developing a new, intelligent and self-powered sensor...


Solar Energy Company Makes High-Temp Claims

Clean energy company Heliogen recently announced that it has concentrated solar energy to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Celsius, claiming that it can use the technology to r...


Foundation Prepped for Smog-Eating Concrete

A group of engineers at Graphene Flagship recently combined graphene and titanium dioxide nanoparticles to create a new photocatalyst that is reported to successfully remove pollutants from ...


Canada GBC Celebrates Zero-Carbon Certificates

The Canada Green Building Council is celebrating its first 10 certifications, it announced at the end of last month.


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.


Ikea Taps into Mars Research with Designs

Swedish furniture company Ikea is embarking on a new project: designing spaces for Mars.


Greenbuild 2019 Closes, Announces Updates

Thousands of global green building and sustainability leaders recently gathered in Atlanta for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, where various educational sessions and keynot...


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...


London Development Features 'Living Wall'

Architecture and interior design firm Sheppard Robson (London) released renderings last month of what will become the mixed-use Citicape House.


FL Utility to Launch $9M Hydrogen System

The Orlando Utility Commission announced early last month that it plans to add 149 megawatts' worth of solar projects, in addition to its development of a new hydrogen storage system as a me...


Researchers Examine Oil Well Cement Sealers

In order to get a better understanding of how chemicals, known as retarders, function in slowing the hardening of cement in borehole linings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher...


Pittsburgh Plans 3D Printing, Additive Hub

Pittsburgh International Airport and its Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus recently announced the development of Neighborhood 91, a world-first development that is to both condense and co...


Company Secures Corrosion Management Funds

CorrosionRADAR, a company that specializes in corrosion management, recently announced the acquisition of 1 million pounds (roughly $1.29 million) in funding to further develop its corrosion...


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...


Study: Steel Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete

Researchers from the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures have recently conducted a study focusing on the corrosion of steel bars...


Amazon HQ2 Will Aim to Reach LEED Platinum

Almost a year to the date when Arlington, Virginia, was selected to be home to a new Amazon Headquarters (HQ2), Arlington officials are now requesting that the facility go beyond its intende...


Navy Laboratory Develops Healthier Topcoat

Earlier this year, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering developed what is being billed as a more user-friendly topcoat. The material was applied ...


USGBC Announces New Milestone for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council announced a new LEED milestone last week: more than 100,000 LEED-certified commercial projects have now been registered.


Bio-Based Coatings Used on Mycelium Pavilion

This year’s Dutch Design Week—which was held Oct. 19-27—featured a new pop-up performance pavilion that was constructed entirely of bio-based materials.


LA Eyes Use of Plastic in Road Longevity

To facilitate research into increasing road longevity, the City of Los Angeles is working in collaboration with TechniSoil Industrial to evaluate using recycled plastic as a binder in newly ...


Goldwind Announces World-First Laser Control System

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind has recently received Component Certification for its Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) Assisted Control technology by global quality assurance a...


Elcometer Appoints New R&D Director

Inspection and blast equipment manufacturer Elcometer Ltd. (Manchester, United Kingdom) announced on Wednesday (Nov. 6) via emailed press release the appointment of Paul King as the company’...


Nouryon to Research Ultra-Thin Coatings

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon is partnering up with U.S.-based startup Forge Nano to explore ultra-thin coatings called atomic layer deposition.


Largest Nuclear Power Producer Faces Issues

Engineers have recently been tasked with fixing eight faulty welds at Normandy, France-based Flamanville nuclear power plant, which is intended to showcase the country's aptitude for nuclear...


NREL Selected for Offshore Turbine Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy awarded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory $5.7 million in funding for floating offshore wind turbine research,...


USGBC Announces Leadership Award Recipients

Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its 2019 Leadership Awards, a recognition of individuals and organizations “at the forefront of the green building comm...


3D Systems to Develop Corrosion Control Guidance

3D-printing firm 3D Systems (Rock Hill, South Carolina) announced earlier this week that it had won a contract to develop a corrosion performance design guide for direct metal printing of ni...


Research: Coal Ash Strengthens Concrete

Concrete, well known for requiring precise mixing conditions and components, can be susceptible to faults if these conditions are not met. Recently, Drexel University researchers developed a...


Climate Change Could Quicken Bridge Deterioration

According to research led by Hussam Mahmoud, an engineer and Colorado State University associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, climate change could acce...


DOE Announces $28M Award for Wind Energy

Last Tuesday (Oct. 22), the Department of Energy announced that in order to advance wind energy in the U.S., 13 projects had been selected to receive $28 million. Project topics focus on tec...


Hempel Joins Zero-Emissions Vessels Coalition

Global coating supplier Hempel recently announced that it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization to reduce greenhouse gas emi...


Berkeley Using New Tech for Quake Studies

Researchers at the Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are currently using high-performance computing systems to better predict how structures will respond to an earthqua...


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...


Report: Slow Payments Cost GCs $64B a Year

In a recent study conducted by construction finance platform Rabbet, in partnership with construction project management software company Procore Technologies, found that slow payments in th...


Research Looks at Coating for Heat, Cooling

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, out of Columbia University in the City of New York, have developed porous polymer coatings that they say enable “inexpensive and scalable ways to control...


Lab Investigates Sensors for Pipeline Corrosion

In order to help address the ongoing fight against pipeline corrosion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced that it was assessing current and emerging technologies, w...


Researchers Test da Vinci Bridge Design

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are finding that the talents of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the great artists and inventors of the Renaissance, extended to the science...


Research: Bridge Sensors Read for Storm Damage

In order to assess the impacts of storm surges on bridges, a team based out of the University of Florida, with help from a grant from the National Science Foundation, are developing a networ...


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.”


Agency Announces Corrosion Protection Competition

Late this summer, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), a federal agency that focuses on water resource management, announced the launch of a new competition fo...


Research: Bacteria Slows Steel Bar Corrosion

By embedding concrete with aerobic bacteria, researchers based out of Ehime University, in Japan, recently found that the corrosion of steel bars found in reinforced concrete could be slowed...


Research: 3D Printers Work in Tandem

Hosted at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, a multidisciplinary robotics team is working at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering to design autonomous systems for 3D ...


Concrete Research Hub Secures 5-Year Funding

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that its Concrete Sustainability Hub had confirmed funding for another five years—part of renewing its relationship wi...


NYC to Conduct ‘Deep Energy Retrofits’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future re...


Pittsburgh Signs on to UN Buildings Initiative

Last month, the United Nations Economic Council on Europe and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance signed an agreement, marking the official launch of the city’s International Center of Exce...


GE to Supply British Wind Project

Paris-based division of General Electric, GE Renewable Energy, has been recently selected as the preferred supplier in providing turbines for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project, acc...


AIA Testifies at Energy Committee Hearing

Late last month, the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, testified before the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, ou...


Research: Process Improves Ceramic Durability

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently developed a new method to make ceramics more durable: a process known as flash sintering, which adds an electrical field to the traditiona...


San Jose Sets Strict Large-City Emission Codes

In a unanimous vote by San Jose City Council last month, the city has agreed to adopt new building sustainability standards, also known as “reach codes.”


Villanova Focuses on Green Infrastructure in Research

While stormwater issues are developing into a more prominent environmental issue, one Pennsylvania-based university is studying how green infrastructure can help decrease flooding in urban a...


MIT Approach Suggests Emissions-Free Cement

In a recent study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a possible way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production is being explored.


Nine Projects Supported by ASTM International

Global standards developer ASTM International recently announced that its second round of funding—an investment worth $300,000 and in-kind contributions—will be put towards nine projects tha...


Researchers Develop 'Blackest Black' Accidentally

The running for the world’s blackest black was recently upped a notch when researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a new blackest black accidentally, accor...


Research: Panel Generates Energy from Darkness

A new panel that is being billed as an “anti-solar panel” can collect energy from the night sky, according to a report published on Joule earlier this month. The key is tapping into the temp...


Largest Offshore Wind Farm Nearly Complete

Danish wind energy firm Ørsted, in charge of constructing what will be world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One, recently reported that the project was nearly finished and on ...


Robot Tackles Additive Work for Projects

Originally launched in 2017, the 4D Hybrid Autonomous Robot project, intended for use on metal surfaces in land and offshore projects, is now making its debut.


Netherlands Lab Tests Molten Salt Nuclear Fuel

Earlier this month, the Netherlands’ Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) announced that it had reached a milestone in nuclear testing: The Group had completed an irradiation test of...


Firms Collaborate on 3D-Printed Bridge Design

Materials company DSM, engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV and 3D printer manufacturer CEAD recently collaborated to produce a design for a 3D-printed pedestrian bridge made of a composite m...


Mississippi River Boat Sensors Read Water Quality

The American Queen steamboat, which travels the Mississippi River, will take on the task of helping monitor the condition of the water via a data-gathering sensor, thanks to a project develo...


$5M Approved for CA Stormwater Pilot Program

In order to diversify its water supply portfolio, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California recently approved a $5 million pilot program that will help fund construction of new ...


San Francisco Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that will transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100% renewabl...


Research: Smartphones Used to Track Bridge Health

A Southern Methodist University researcher, working in collaboration with local Texas high school students, has continued to make progress in using smartphones as a way to monitor bridge hea...


MIT Studies Moisture and Drying on Cement

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub recently conducted a study on the effects of moisture and drying on cement.


MAD Architects Design Hyperloop

Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects has recently announced a collaboration project with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) for a new elevated transport system des...


Student Turns Plant Waste into Pigments

A graduate student in the Innovation Design Engineering program—which is jointly offered by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art—has set out to bring pigments back to the bas...


Research: Concrete Mixed in Space More Uniform

In an experiment to push concrete to another level, scientists recently mixed cement on board the International Space Station, yielding a mixture that is more porous but a more uniform densi...


Robots and Drones Inspect Wind Blades

Reported this summer, the Department of Energy’s Blade Reliability Collaborative and Sandia National Laboratory have been researching how to noninvasively inspect wind blades for visible and...


AIA Launches Initiative to Take Climate Action

Late last week, the American Institute of Architects’ Board of Directors approved what it calls a “landmark resolution” that “defines immediate and long-term efforts to engage the architectu...


Research Looks at Aging, Deterioration of Oil Paints

An international team led by researchers at the National Gallery of Art and the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently conducted studies that included 3D X-ray imaging of a ...


Research: Solar Panel Desalinates Water

To address issues connected to both energy generation and access to fresh water, researchers based out of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, recently develo...


Sustainable Paint Uses Recycled Plastic

In collaboration with global coatings firm AkzoNobel, the University of Sheffield has reported that its researchers have successfully mimicked the color of the Cyphochilus beetle’s scales, o...


Survey Breaks Down Labor Shortage Concern

According to a new survey released from the Associated General Contractors of America, along with Autodesk, 80% of construction firms reports that they are having a hard time filling hourly ...


Researchers Develop Press Brake-Formed Bridge

For the first time in West Virginia, development of a press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge proved to be successful.


Research Looks at Cool Roofs, Heat Waves

A recent study by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory takes a look at the impact cool roofs could have in California, with the goal of shielding p...


UCLA Team Given $1.5M for Cement Research

A team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, Samueli School of Engineering announced that it has just received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundat...


Study: Poor Sleep Links to Construction Injuries

In a recent study completed by researchers at Colorado State University, employers could improve workplace safety by ensuring their employees get a good night’s sleep.


Researchers Get Grant for 3D-Printing, Concrete Work

A team of researchers at Penn State’s departments of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Profess...


Report: Solar Road Test Performs Poorly

A stretch of solar road, originally launched in Normandy, France, in 2016 with promises of being able to power several thousand homes, has failed to live up to expectations, according to rep...


USGBC Releases LEED Residential Report

The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”


Salt-Powered Battery to Energize Wastewater Plants

Private research institution Stanford University recently announced the development of a new technology, intended to make coastal wastewater treatment plants both energy-independent and carb...


Contractor Uses Cast-in-Place System for Border Wall

In order to expedite border wall construction, Fisher Sand & Gravel, a contractor that previously built a section of the wall in New Mexico, holds a patent for what is known as a “concrete f...


Study: Injuries Cause Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

In a study co-authored by researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, suicides and opioid overdoses are showing an increase in relation to workplace injuries.


'72-Hour Bridge' to Debut Next Year

Brewer, Maine-based engineering firm Advanced Infrastructure Technologies recently announced the growing development of a fiber-based composite bridge support.


Construction App Developed to ‘Save Lives’

A multimedia application has been developed by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland) that will reportedly be able to save lives and reduce the number of injuries o...


UCLA Team Competes with Concrete Research

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, is in the finals for a multi-million dollar prize for turning carbon emissions from a coal-burning power plant into concrete-based buil...


Lab Develops Pigments to Slow Discoloration

Researchers based out of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently developed a pigment package that addresses discoloring of the exterior coating on ships, slowing down the process. The co...


Purdue Researches Acid for Stronger Adhesives

Researchers at Purdue University have recently turned their attention to tannic acid—an ingredient commonly found in medicine and beverages—to improve the strength of some adhesives.


Permeable Concrete Shows Environmental Benefits

In a recent study at Rutgers University, a team of engineers have found that special permeable concrete pavement can help to reduce the “urban heat island effect.”


Robots to Help Improve Bridge Inspections

Researchers from the University of Waterloo are working on developing a more reliable robotic technology that can reduce the cost of bridge inspections.


Renderings Reveal NBA Clippers’ $1B Arena

The National Basketball Association has recently revealed renderings of the new Los Angeles Clippers’ Inglewood, California-based arena through an official release.


Research: Mango Leaf Extract Prevents Ship Corrosion

Indian researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, have developed a way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound...


Carbon-Neutral Museum Slated for Sweden

As a part of an international competition, Danish architecture firm COBE has been awarded for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund.


Research: Nanoscale Corrosion Shortens Pipe Life

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories and Aramco Research Center recently discovered that a form of nanoscale corro...


Graphene to Protect Chinese Military Infrastructure

Researchers in China are working on the development of a new protective coating intended for military weapons and infrastructure that’s been installed on artificial islands in the South Chin...


Researchers Create Drywall Bricks for Housing

A team from Washington State University recently announced that it has developed a building system made from “low-value construction waste.”


Reinforced Concrete Addresses Corrosion Issues

Researchers based out of Deakin University (Geelong, Australia) recently designed and developed a pedestrian bridge that reportedly uses a type of reinforced concrete that does not require m...


Abu Dhabi Launches Single-Site Solar Project

Abu Dhabi recently announced that it had opened what is reportedly the world’s largest single-site solar project. Previously, a similar claim went to the $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...


Hybrid Material Strengthens Floating Wind Farms

In a bid to better the technology that enables offshore wind farms, the FLOTANT project is delving into a plastic-concrete hybrid system that can help improve offshore wind turbine buoyancy.


Hawaii DOT To Use Sustainable Concrete

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced the state’s approval for the use of carbon-injected concrete in all its flat work-based construction projects, such as roads and sidewal...


Company Turns Wastewater Into Beer

Waste not, want not: In a bid to further discussions about the potential of reusing wastewater to address water shortages across the globe, global water technology company Xylem (Rye Brook, ...


Berkeley Study Looks at 'Cool Wall' Performance

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that in many climates in the United States, the use of “cool” exterior walls can save building o...


MIT Sustainability Hub Models Structures

A researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub is examining how to predict building damage by modeling structures into groups of atoms.


Protective Seawalls Could Cost Coasts $416B

In a recent report by the Center for Climate Integrity—a project of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development—in partnership with engineering firm Resilient Analytics, various...


BREEAM Standards Updated for US Projects

United Kingdom-based Building Research Establishment recently announced that it has updated its Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology International New Constru...


Desert Ant Inspires Coating Material

Led by Columbia University physics professor Nanfang Yu, researchers have developed a new coating material designed to help keep buildings cool.


New York Approves Climate Leadership Bill

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to pass Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050.


Polymer Prevents Leakage from Solar Cells

In a study by scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, research shows that a protective layer of epoxy resin applied on perovskite solar cells hel...


Dow, USGBC Launch Carbon Challenge

The Dow Chemical Company and the United States Green Building Council recently announced via press release that the companies would be co-initiating an inaugural Carbon Challenge Award.


China Rolls Out New Train Prototype

Magnetic levitation technology—also known as maglev—is the spine of new high-speed rail research in China, according to reports. The train prototype was released off the assembly line earlie...


Henkel Opens New Europe Aerospace Hub

Chemical company Henkel announced earlier this month the opening of a new production facility, located in Montornès del Vallès (Montornès), Spain, for its aerospace applications.


NH Bridge Research Implements Sensors

Using sensors on bridges as a way to monitor and record data connected to infrastructure, such as structural performance, continues to be implemented: this time, on the Memorial Bridge in Ne...


Seattle Releases Magnolia Bridge Study

The Seattle Department of Transportation has released its Magnolia Bridge Planning Study regarding possible options to address the bridge’s aging qualities.


WSU Recieves $7.5M Grant to Study Infrastructure

Washington State University was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive a $7.5 million grant for researching ways to repair national infrastructure. The grant was...


Drones to Create Concrete Structures

Over the course of Milan, Italy’s 2019 design week, MuDD Architects debuted “Terramia”—a lightweight structure built out of locally sourced bamboo, tailor-made fabric, and local sands and cl...


MIT Researchers Target ASR Gels

According to the staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub, new research shows that alkali-silica-reaction is a substantial cause of premature con...


Research: Membrane Removes Pharmaceuticals from Water

To remedy wastewater treatment plants’ inability to completely remove pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from the water supply, researchers based out of Northeast Normal Univ...


Tech Co. to Print Organic Solar Cells

A Swedish cleantech company Epishine, has recently expressed breakthroughs for the innovation of solar technology.


Canada Plans World's Tallest Hybrid Tower

Initial plans have been released for what is being dubbed the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in Vancouver, Canada.


Office Building to Get Hedge-Covered Facade

Work recently topped out at Düsseldorf, Germany’s Kö-Bogen II office block, a structure that’s slated to be covered with five miles’ worth of hedges.


Nouryon Announces Imagine Chemistry Winners

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced the winners of the 2019 Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.


Covestro Launches Research Project

A new research project for waterborne raw materials is being conducted by the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences at the Technical University of Cologne in collaboration with Covestro.


DOE Announces $33.5M in Energy Funding

The United States Department of Energy has recently announced that through an Advanced Building Construction with Energy-Efficient Technologies and Practices Funding Opportunity, it will be ...


Researchers Coat Smallest Pixels with Polymer

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed the smallest pixels ever created. With the help of a thin coating, the researchers say the development could be used for ne...


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.


Electric Road to Charge Vehicles

Near the center of Lund, Sweden, construction is about to begin on the city’s first prototype of an electric road. Elonroad, having no relation to Elon Musk, is the tech company behind the i...


Nouryon Imagine Chemistry Finalists Announced

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has announced the finalists for this year’s Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.


New Fire-Retardant Coating Developed

Researchers out of the VTT Technical Researcher Center of Finland Ltd. recently announced that they have developed a highly fire-retardant coating from nanocellulose. The goal is for the coa...


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...


AIA Awards Annual Upjohn Research Grants

The American Institute of Architects recently announced the recipients of its annual Upjohn Research Initiative grants.


VA Offshore Wind Construction Begins

In the upcoming weeks, Dominion Energy (Richmond, Virginia) will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Thom...


ACI Foundation to Fund Research Projects

The American Concrete Institute Foundation announced earlier this week that its Concrete Research Council has selected six research projects to receive grants this year, aligning with ACI’s ...


Study: Construction Costs Climb in US Metros

According to Phoenix-based international property and construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall, construction costs have risen an average 5.7% nation-wide.


'Mechanical Trees' to Clean Air of CO2

Dublin-based Silicon Kingdom Holdings and Arizona State University recently announced an agreement for the deployment of what have been dubbed “mechanical trees,” a technology that will suck...


University Demonstrates Ice-Proof Coatings

Developed at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), a new class of coatings is moving researchers one step closer to being able to ice-proof airplanes, marine vessels, powerlines ...


Firms Propose Upcycled High-Rise Design

Danish architecture firms Lendager Group and Tredje Natur recently proposed designs for a new residential and commercial building in the Orestad area of Copenhagen.


University Warns About Antimicrobial Paints

Though antimicrobial paints claim to offer extra protection against bacteria, researchers at Northwestern University are cautioning that the coatings might be doing more harm than good.


Tech Helps Solar Panels During Winter

Researchers based out the University of California, Los Angeles, recently developed a way to keep solar panels generating power through the winter months: a triboelectric nanogenerator that ...


Researchers Work to Extend Ship Coating Life

Researchers based out of the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (West Bethesda, Maryland), are testing and evaluating coatings that...


Greenbuild Releases 2018 Sustainability Report

In announcing the release of the 2018 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, Informa and the U.S. Green Building Council have highlighted valuable metrics and benchmarks regarding community invol...


Research: AI Can Detect Corrosion

Technical advisory services firm ABS, working in collaboration with Google Cloud and software company SoftServe, recently reported they've finished using AI to detect corrosion and coating b...


NYC Passes Green Roof Bill

Last week, the New York City council approved a package of bills and resolutions intended for radical energy efficient improvements.


Taiwan Introduces New Reinforced Concrete

At the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (Taipei, Taiwan), researchers have successfully developed a new type of reinforced concrete, specialized for high-rise buildings...


Problematic CA Bridge Decks to be Tested for Longevity

The decks of a problematic bridge in California will soon be assessed for longevity, according to reports. The $300,000 study, part of a larger move to evaluate the Bay Area’s state-owned br...


Research: Green Antifoulant Protects Netting

To provide an environmentally friendly antifoulant option for nets used in fish farming, researchers based out of Kiel University (Kiel, Germany) are researching using polymer coatings as an...


Project to Harness Solar Absorbed by Buildings

Launched by a consortium of 13 partners—including AkzoNobel (Amsterdam)—is a new research project aiming to collect wasted solar energy absorbed by buildings.


Plans for Proposed Floating City Unveiled

Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a 10,000-resident sustainable floating city that can adapt organically. The proposal was submitted to the first U...


Study Finds Clear Droplets Produce Iridescent Colors

According to findings from a combined research team from Penn State University (University Park, Pennsylvania) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts), under...


Dubai University Establishes 3D Printing Center

The American University in Dubai and 3DVinci Creations have come together to establish a scientific research center for 3D printing concrete buildings.


Team Bends Plywood to Make Pedestrian Bridge

A curved plywood pedestrian bridge, able to support up to five people, recently took shape thanks to researchers and students based out of Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterre...


Infrastructure Research Looks at New Preservation Tactic

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a new approach to preserving infrastructure, a system that factors in a life-cycle cost analysis as well...


AkzoNobel Releases Info on Coating that 'Paints Itself'

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced that its working on new technology, developing a hi-tech coating that “paints itself.”


Professors Win Grant for Study of Anti-Corrosion Additive

Following the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority planning to use orthophosphate as a corrosion control measure for lead pipes, two professors from the University of Pittsburgh have receive...


MIT Looks to Melanin for Facade Innovation

Totems is both a new project and installation led by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The endeavor was designed using liquid cha...


US Green Building Council Launches LEED v4.1

The newest version of the LEED building program is now up and running for cities, communities and homes, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


Floating Solar Plant Approved in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has recently approved the installation of a 100-megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir.


Norway Unveils World's Tallest Timber Tower

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has confirmed that Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter in Brumunddal, Norway is the world’s tallest timber building upon its completion this month.


Saudia Arabia Buys Largest 3D Construction Printer

Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company has recently purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Danish firm Cobod Internat...


Ultrathin Film Shows Promise for Solar

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Sydney and Australian National University have collaborated to develop an ultrathin graphene film, in hopes for fut...


ISU Researchers Examine Heated Pavement

Iowa State University engineers are moving onto the second stage of testing—in a more intense real-world environment—of heated pavement, which will undergo the stress of heavy truck traffic.


Specialty Chem Company Partners with UMass

Specialty chemicals company Lygos Inc. recently announced that it is partnering with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers.


Evaluation Reveals Coating can Extend Blade Life

Testing has recently revealed that Hardide Coatings’ (Oxfordshire, England) nanostructured chemical vapor deposition coating, which provides resistance to water droplet erosion and solid par...


FL Wastewater Plant Powered by Solar

The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (Key Largo, FL) recently installed 334 solar panels on the rooftop and over the chlorine contact basins at its main plant.


BASF Invests $38M in New Shanghai Facility

Chemicals company BASF announced Tuesday (March 12) that it is expanding its scope in the Asia Pacific region with a 34 million-euro ($38.4 million) investment into a new 5,000-square-foot f...


AkzoNobel Opens UK R&D Center

Late last week, coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the opening of a new research and development center in the UK that allows the company to test new products in conditions that repli...


Research Adds New Dimension to Concrete

Alan Richardson, Chairman of the UK Concrete Society and Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department at Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), is work...


Research: Sensors Will Read Mackinac Bridge

Researchers based out of Michigan State University will be adding more data-tracking sensors to the Mackinac Bridge this summer—sensors that will read data that can contribute to maintenance...


Studio Develops ‘The Coolest White’ Paint

UNStudio (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Monopol Colors (Fislisbach, Switzerland) recently developed an extremely reflective white paint that reduces the amount of absorbable heat on buildings,...


Researchers Closer to Germ-Proof Surface Coating

Researchers from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at The University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) are on the verge of developing a germ-proof surface coatin...


Researchers Develop New Fire-Retardant Coating

Researchers out of Texas A&M University are reportedly developing a new flame-retardant coating using renewable, nontoxic materials that are readily found in nature, according to the univers...


China Leads LEED Projects Outside US

The U.S. Green Building Council announced last week the top 10 countries and regions for green building outside of the United States, with mainland China taking the top spot with more than 6...


Marines Use 3D Printer to Custom Create Bridges

In researching technology options for troops in the field, Marines from the 1st Marine Logistic Group recently used a 3D printer to form a footbridge out of layers of concrete.


Study of Solutions for Internal Pipeline Coatings Begins

Offshore project technical services firm Crondall Energy will be collaborating with educators and innovators on a study to better industry understanding of the potential flow assurance benef...


Ceramic Sensors Read Bridge Strain

Researchers based out of Rice University (Houston) recently developed a ceramic sensor that may help to monitor the health of structures like buildings and bridges due to a change in conduct...


USGBC Announced Top 10 LEED States for 2018

The U.S. Green Building Council has released its annual Top 10 States for LEED, which ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person.


Research: Micro-Robots Could Repair Pipes

In late December, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy announced $8.9 million in funding toward a project to develop micro-robots that can be used to...


Researchers Developing Bridge Inspection Technology

Missouri S&T researchers are currently in the middle of a five-year project geared toward developing new bridge and highway inspection technologies that don’t disrupt traffic flow, which inc...


Researchers Eye Self-Healing in Corrosion Coating

To help prevent corrosion caused by damage to coating systems, researchers based out of Northwestern University have developed a new coating that repairs itself rapidly when scratched, scrap...


Research Looking at Cement in Microgravity

Researchers at Penn State University are working with NASA to explore how cement solidifies in microgravity environments. This understanding, according to Penn State, will set the stage for ...


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...


Research Looks at Odor in Acrylic Paints

Research out of Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging has characterized the different odors of acrylic paints and identified the harmful odorous substances, a ...


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...


Research: Graphene Properties Change in Humidity

In light of reports of graphite losing its lubricating ability in low humidity conditions, researchers based out of the Queen Mary University of London investigated bi-layer graphene, demons...


WSDOT, Other Agencies Collaborate with Creatives

More state transportation departments are considering implementing artist-in-residence programs to look at public space and infrastructure in new ways, according to reports. In November, the...


Safety Report Looks at Sensors for Fatigue

The American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation recently released the results of a three-year study on worker fatigue.


Research: Graphene Tailings Could Replace Cement

Ontario-based nanomaterial technologies firm Zenyatta Ventures is investigating the possibility of using graphene tailings in place of cement.


Consortium Uses Graphene in Leading Edge Development

The Graphene Flagship consortium, in partnership with Aernnova, Grupo Antolin-Ingenieria and Airbus, recently used composites enhanced with graphene in the development of a leading edge for ...


Quebec Launches $4.9M Pyrrhotite Study

The National Research Council of Canada recently announced a research partnership with the Government of Quebec and Laval University to find a solution to problems stemming from pyrrhotite i...


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 ...


Research: Floating Photovoltaics Show Potential

Researchers based out of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently estimated that the use of floating solar photovoltaics on more than 24,000 manmade reservoirs in the U.S. could con...


Researchers Look at Paint from Pine Needles

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, have recently found a use for pine needles beyond holiday decor.


AkzoNobel Innovation Challenge Officially Begins

Global coating company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) has officially launched its inaugural Paint the Future campaign, a call to startups that aims to discover solutions that will “accelerate innovat...


AIA Releases Sustainabile Design Tool Kit

The American Institute of Architects recently released a new tool kit that aims to help those tasked with designing sustainable buildings.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


Researchers Develop PV Systems Coating

Officials from an initiative funded by the European Union have announced that they have developed a self-cleaning coating for photovoltaic systems.


Purdue Develops 3D-Printed Cement Paste

Researchers at Purdue University have reportedly created a 3D-printed cement paste that gets tougher under pressure. The technique could eventually be used to build more resilient structures...


Researchers Develop PV Systems Coating

Officials from an initiative funded by the European Union have announced that they have developed a self-cleaning coating for photovoltaic systems.


Scientists Attempt to Hush Noisy WA Bridge

University of Washington scientists are investigating noise complaints that stem from cars passing over expansion joints belonging to the Highway 520 bridge, one of the longest floating brid...


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Denmark) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its new research and developer Center of Excellence in Barcelona, which will focus on coating products within...


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...


Harvard University Completes HouseZero

Harvard University recently announced the opening of its ambitious HouseZero, a building that it calls “a living laboratory and energy-positive prototype for ultra-efficiency has opened its ...


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Denmark) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its new research and developer Center of Excellence in Barcelona, which will focus on coating products within...


Research: Graphene Reduces Corrosion in Wastewater

Researchers based out of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, working in collaboration with Sewer Venting and Crane Hire Services, are investigating the potential of graphene oxide tha...


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

Researchers based out of Rice University (Houston) recently reported that they have built a "better" epoxy with the assistance of graphene foam.


PA Infrastructure Given a Grade of C-

In a recent report presented by the Pennsylvania State Council, speaking on behalf of the the Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh chapters of the American Societ...


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

Scientists at Rice University (Houston) are saying that they have built a “better” epoxy with the help of graphene foam.


Axalta Announces Opening of Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Axalta Opens Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Researchers Confirm Coolness of 'Egyptian Blue'

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently confirmed the cooling characteristics of an ancient pigment: Egyptian blue.


University Receives Grant to Study LA Rail

Late last month, Bethany Stich, director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, was awarded $150,000 by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center to investigate the st...


Researchers Create Bio-Bricks Out of Urine

Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s civil engineering program have created the first bio-brick grown from human urine, signaling progress in innovation.


Report: 14% of LA Bridges Structurally Deficient

A recent report indicates that 14 percent of Louisiana’s locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient, with a significant number of spans in the state approaching or havin...


DOE Invests $53M in Solar Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that $53 million will be invested into projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Financial assistance will be granted to 53 project...


Aircraft Carrier Gets First 3D-Printed Part

The USS Harry S. Truman, U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carrier, is breaking new ground: A new 3D-printed prototype piping assembly, manufactured by Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News S...


Department of Energy Invests $53M in Solar

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that $53 million will be invested into projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Financial assistance will be granted to 53 project...


Research Betters Blast Media Reclamation

New research, completed by Michael Clarke, a mechanical engineer at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, in Jacksonville, Florida, recently revealed that more blasting media could be reclai...


ABC Bridge Undergoes Shake Test

In ongoing testing for accelerated bridge construction infrastructure options, Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, ...


Anti-Corrosion Coating Helps Prevent Biofouling

In the ongoing effort to reduce drag on ships, as well as cut down on biofouling damage, researchers based out of Swinburne University of Technology recently developed a corrosion-resistant ...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technnology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the coating to strengthen its...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Taking a cue from plants, chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the ...


Purdue Develops 3D-Printed Cement Paste

Researchers at Purdue University have reportedly created a 3D-printed cement paste that gets tougher under pressure. The technique could eventually be used to build more resilient structures...


Researchers Develop Quick-Setting Pothole Fix

With fixing potholes in a timely manner a consistent concern, researchers based out of the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute recently developed a pothole fix tha...


Engineers Explore New Forms for Longer Bridges

University of Sheffield researchers, working in collaboration with a team from Brunel University London, recently identified new structural forms that could allow for the construction of ver...


Researchers Create New Cooling Coating

In a warming world, the demands for cooling solutions are increasing. In response to the demand, Columbia University researchers created a white polymer coating that reflects more than 96 pe...


Researchers Look into 'Power Plant' Facade

Researchers based out of EPFL's Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory,recently developed a building facade that harvests more power than the unit requires. The facade also actively mo...


Research Looks at Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has taken a new angle on the idea of stress corrosion cracking, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simult...


Research Changes Views on Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has turned the idea of stress corrosion cracking on its head, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simultan...


Research Shows Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


Engineers See Big Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


Student Tests Masonry for Design Improvements

In the hopes of changing how masonry walls are built, Ph.D. student of civil engineering at York University in Toronto Adrien Sparling recently conducted a series of tests to determine how d...


Designers Create 'Omnidirectional' Wind Turbine

To take the power of traditional wind turbines, which function only with unidirectional wind, to the next level, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani have develo...


DOTs Testing Sealant for Concrete Cracking

Transportation departments in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota will be testing out a new sealant, created by Louisiana State University mechanical engineering professor Guoqiang Li, that can r...


R&D 100 Finalist List Includes Coatings Work

R&D Magazine recently announced a number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from a variety of labs as finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by the m...


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...


Coating Innovations Make R&D 100 Finalist List

R&D Magazine recently announced a number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from a variety of labs as finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by the m...


PPG to Build R&D Facility in China

Global coatings supplier PPG recently announced plans for a new research and development center in Tianjin, China, part of a larger move to increase the company’s research footprint for cust...


Study Predicts Skyscraper Growth Through 2050

In a recent study that accounts for current socio-economic stability lasting for the next 30 years, authors Jonathan Auerbach and Phyllis Wan predict that the construction of skyscrapers wil...


PPG to Build New R&D Center in China

Global coatings supplier PPG recently announced plans for a new research and development center in Tianjin, China, part of a larger move to increase the company’s research footprint for cust...


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...


Researchers: Crab-Shell Compound Fights Corrosion

In a recently published paper, scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, say a component of crab and shrimp shells could hold the key to corrosion inhibition withou...


New Data Breaks Down Worker Shortages

A recent survey conducted by Autodesk and Associated General Contractors indicates that 80 percent of contractors are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions, which compose the b...


Mushroom Nanostructure Coating Foils Barnacles

Researchers at Kiel University, in Kiel, Germany, say they’ve developed a silicone coating with a topographical microstructure that helps marine craft shed barnacles, providing a potential n...


Concrete Blocks Used for Power Storage

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Concrete Blocks Eyed as Power-Storage Solution

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Graphene Proposed to Cut Pipeline Corrosion

Researchers based out of the University of Manchester and TWI Ltd. recently developed a way to incorporate graphene into a polymer liner that can extend the lifespan of marine pipelines.


DOE Lab Studies Fiber-Optic Corrosion Detection

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced the development of a system that uses fiber optic technology to detect corrosion in oi...


Study: US Industry is Overspending $177B/Year

A new survey that interviewed nearly 600 participants has found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for proj...


New Steel to Double Pipeline Service Life

In response to the demands of Russian oil fields and difficult accessibility, researchers based out of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS created a new steel grade calle...


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently investigated whether heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, alongside the A...


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently took on research to find out if heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as ...


Researchers Use 3D Sand Printing for Concrete

In the latest addition to the DFAB House, a structure largely made with the use of digital technologies, located in Switzerland, researchers have developed the “Smart Slab”—a concrete slab t...


Pipeline Firms, Steelmakers Clash Over Tariffs

The battle over steel import tariffs in the U.S. is continuing to heat up, as an executive behind the Cactus II pipeline told Congress last week that the measures amounted to a “$40 million ...


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...


Report Touts Growth of Design-Build Model

A new report issued by supporters of the design-build model suggests the procurement method may be on the rise in the coming years in the United States, owing to its reputation for shortenin...


Covestro Opens VOC Testing Facility in China

German materials manufacturer Covestro recently announced that it has opened a VOC testing laboratory in its Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai.


Report: Design-Build Use Growing in U.S.

While design-bid-build remains the most widely used project delivery method in the U.S., a new report indicates that design-build delivery—in which an owner works with a single entity for bo...


Canadian Government Grants CPCA’s Exemption Request

The Canadian government recently granted the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association's request for an exemption from tariffs on U.S. goods coming into the country, as language could be inter...


Canada Grants Coatings Tariff Exemption

With concerns over countermeasure tariffs on U.S. goods rising, the Canadian government has granted the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association’s (CPCA) request for an exemption from these t...


EU Approves Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


Researchers Study Self-Healing Epoxy Coating

A team of researchers based out of Isfahan University of Technology recently investigated the self-healing performance of an epoxy that contains microencapsulated alkyd resin, which is based...


EU Authorizes Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


Navy Backs 'Omniphobic' Marine Coatings

Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, recently spearheaded research into an omniphobic coating—an “everything repellent” th...


Covestro CSO Northcote Passes Away

Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer for polymers giant Covestro, passed away at the age of 58, announced late last week.


Research: Coating Could Protect Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


Australian Researchers Refine Robotic Blasting

Researchers in Australia recently published new work on the topic of robotic abrasive-blasting systems, developing an approach to automatic self-diagnosis of problems that could lead to grea...


USGBC Announces LEED Home Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council recently celebrated the winners of the 2017 LEED Homes Awards, an honor given to projects, architects, developers and homebuilders innovating in the residenti...


Asian Steel Floods Canada After US Tariffs

Steel pipes and tubes used in drilling and transporting crude oil moved largely into Canada this spring, and the government is reportedly taking action to prevent a possible further flooding...


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that it has developed a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete that has shown high degrees of electrical conductiv...


Houston Startup's Coating Protects Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that testing has shown high degrees of electrical conductivity in a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete it deve...


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


Carrots, Beets Used to Strengthen Concrete

Engineers at the United Kingdom’s Lancaster University say they have found a way to both strengthen concrete and make it more environmentally friendly by adding nano platelets extracted from...


Pipeline Builders Seek Tariff Exemptions

Several major U.S. energy companies, including Hess Corp. and Kinder Morgan Inc., are seeking exemptions from recently enacted steel-import tariffs.


Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 to Kick Off

Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 begins Wednesday in Antwerp, Belgium, promising two days of presentations and networking for those involved in the production and distribution of biobased coati...


Virginia DOT Studies Repairs for Impacted Bridge Beams

To address damage caused by over-height vehicles impacting bridges, the Virginia Department of Transportation recently released a study addressing feasible repair options to treat anything f...


Biobased Coatings Europe Conference Set to Begin

Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 begins Wednesday (June 20) in Antwerp, Belgium, promising two days of presentations and networking for those involved in the production and distribution of biob...


Lab Develops New 'Super Window'

A new type of window is on the horizon, according to The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California.


USGBC Announces First European LEED City

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., have announced that Savona, Italy, is the first LEED-certified city in Europe.


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.


US Imposes Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


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 Covers Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to buildings that last by better resisting dam...


Lab Looks at Vapor Corrosion on Atomic Scale

Recent research at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shed some light on the atomic-level process of corrosion vis a vis water...


US Lays Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


Professor Touts Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to infrastructure that lasts, including bridge...


Researchers Develop 'Fire Alarm Wallpaper'

Researchers out of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently developed what they’re calling a “fire alarm wallpaper.”


Microsoft, PCL to Team Up for Building Solution

Microsoft and Canada-based PCL Construction recently announced their collaboration to develop a smart building solution that implements Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and Internet of Thing...


Carboline Breaks Ground for Fireproofing Facility

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced Wednesday that the first steps have been taken toward a new passive fire protection testing facility.


Companies Bring Plant-Based Exterior Resin to Life

A new formula for a plant-based resin for use on exterior doors is making the rounds at design and trade shows as the coating was recently used for the first time, on a recycled door to boot...


Arctic Energy Neutral Hotel Set for Construction

Architecture design firm Snohetta recently released plans for an energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle, a ring-shaped structure that consumes 85 percent less energy than other contempor...


Carboline Starts on New Fire Facility

Coatings manufacturer Carboline announced Wednesday that it has broken ground on a new passive fire protection testing facility.


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

The United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from various countries have been delayed as the U.S. continues negotiations that could head off duties for the nations.


Solar Cell Work Requires Coating Research

Researchers based out of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb the greatest possible range of the light spectrum. ...


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from a host of countries, including Canada and the European Union, have been delayed as the country continues negotiations that could head ...


CMU, Disney Research Paint for Smart Walls

Researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and a team from Disney Research recently unveiled a development that could transform an ordinary wall into a touch screen using just a ...


Solar Cell Development Requires Coating Research

In a bid to increase solar cell efficiency, researchers based out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb th...


Researchers Develop Thermal Coatings for Spacecraft

Researchers based out of the University of Southampton recently developed a new type of first-surface coating for spacecraft exteriors with light weight and durability that they say could ch...


Research: Graphene Could Aid Concrete

In recent years, nanomaterial graphene has been touted for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engineers sh...


Engineers Tout Graphene-Laced Concrete

“Super” nanomaterial graphene has been touted in recent years for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engin...


PPG Gauges Sustainability in Yearly Report

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) detailed its sustainability efforts from the past year in its recently released 2017 Sustainability Report, an annual publication examining the comp...


NYC Council Bill Talks Rooftop Turbines

The New York City Council passed a bill Monday (April 23) that would standardize the installation of wind turbines on rooftops, which is part of a larger move to reduce the city’s carbon emi...


PPG Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently released its 2017 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s progress in strengthening operations and attaining its sustainability g...


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...


AIA Awards Annual Grants for Upjohn Research

The American Institute of Architects announced last week the recipients of this year’s Upjohn Research Initiative grants, which provide funding for projects that will advance the future of a...


MIT: Metal Oxides Provide Corrosion Protection

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as a liquid would, filling gaps and providing c...


USGBC Announces LEED Grant Program

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with the creators of LEED and support for Bank of America Charitable Foundation, recently announced the launch of a new grant program, designed to reco...


MIT: Self-Healing Metal Oxides Provide Corrosion Protection

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as a liquid would, filling gaps and providing c...


Greenbuild Achieves Record-Breaking Diversion Rate

Greenbuild, known as the largest expo dedicated to green building, recently released its 2017 sustainability report, with over 90 percent waste diversion and 25,000 pounds of show donations ...


New Terrazzo Color Revealed

Miami-based construction materials company Coverings ETC announced late last week a new release in sustainable terrazzo color.


Bahrain Touts Its Largest Oil Discovery

Officials from Bahrain say the country has struck black gold in the form of a new oil field off the country's western coast that represents the biggest petroleum find in the country in decad...


Corrosion Detection System Impacts Coating Decisions

Scientists based out of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office, working in collaboration with Luna Innovations Inc., have developed a new...


NIOSH Links Noise, Heart Disease

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researchers recently released a study that analyzed data regarding occupational noise exposure, hearing difficulty and heart conditions ...


Firm Creating 3-D Model of Grenfell Tower Fire

An architecture research firm is calling for anyone and everyone to submit their video footage of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower Fire with the goal of building a 3-D model of how the fire spr...


Researchers Tout Nanocrystal Concrete

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently revealed plans to use concrete infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood in the construction of a California bridge.


Corrosion Research Lands Students Award

Arizona State University doctoral researchers Sudhanshu Singh and Tyler Stannard recently received an award from the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society for their work strengthening the 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...


Cellulose Nanocrystal-Infused Concrete Bound for CA Bridge

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently revealed plans to use concrete infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood in the construction of a California bridge.


Record Gulf Offshore Lease Sale Nets Marginal Gains

The U.S. Department of the Interior opened its latest auction of offshore oil and gas drilling leases, touted as the largest ever, on Wednesday (March 21), but garnered bids for only about o...


Roman Concrete Makes Its Way to 'Shark Tank'

A University of Utah grad whose work involves the kind of concrete used in ancient Rome, known for its thousands of years of endurance, will bring a concrete product to the TV entrepreneursh...


CitiesAlive Conference Calling for Papers

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive: 16th Annual Green Infrastructure Conference has issued a call for papers.


Study Points to Biofuels Speeding UST Corrosion

New research out of the Netherlands indicates that the use of biodiesel as a component in diesel fuel blends could be leading to increased corrosion in underground storage tanks that hold th...


Scientists Tout Seaweed to Fight Biofouling

Researchers at a university in India have proffered a novel idea for protecting the hulls of ships from fouling and corrosion: seaweed.


Austrian Researchers Address MIC at Wastewater Plants

In response to the consistent concern regarding the corrosion of concrete in wastewater treatment plants, researchers based out of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the Univers...


OSU Develops 'Smart Paint' to Help the Blind

Researchers based out of Ohio State University have developed “smart paint”—a coating that can help the vision impaired navigate increasingly complex urban spaces safely. The key lies in the...


Researchers Aim to Grow Paint from Bacteria

Researchers, as part of a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Dutch company Hoekmine BV, recently began modifying the color of some bacteria, which they say could pave the ...


Scientists Look at Bacteria to 'Grow' Paint

Researchers, in a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Dutch company Hoekmine BV, have started modifying the color of some bacteria, which they say could lead the way to “gr...


UK Coatings Groups Examine Brexit

Working together, the British Coatings Federation and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association will be examining how Brexit—the United Kingdom's prospective withdrawal from the Europea...


PA Professor to be Honored at Adhesion Meeting

Lehigh University recently announced that one of its own will be given the Award for Excellence at this year’s Adhesion Society Annual Meeting.


Report: Smart Surfaces Save Cities Billions

According to a new cost-benefit report, the use of smart surfaces—green roofs, solar panels, etc.—in cities may contribute to an improvement in health and comfort for residents, among other ...


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...


Volcanic Ash Additive Makes Cement Stronger

With the production of concrete being responsible for 5 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, working in conjunction with scientis...


UK Coatings Organizations to Hold Meeting on Brexit

The British Coatings Federation and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association are joining forces to shed light on how Brexit—the prospective withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Eu...


CROWN Project Examines TSA Coating for Offshore Wind

The Welding Institute, working in conjunction with companies such as LIC Energy and Ørsted, is developing a lower cost corrosion management system for offshore wind turbines as part of a lar...


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...


Cement Made with Volcanic Ash Stronger, Greener

The production of concrete contributes to percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, working in conjunction with scientists in Kuwa...


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...


CPWR Releases Report on Caught-In/Between Accidents

The Center for Construction Research and Training recently released its newest quarterly data report in which it covers caught-in/between fatalities in various industries from 2003-15. Const...


Research Lab Develops Fossil Fuel-Free Primer

Scientists in Germany say they have developed a way to use a biobased material, lignin, as a binder for paint primers, opening the door to a potential new type of corrosion-resistant coating...


New Reports Address Offshore Corrosion

Two reports commissioned by the NeSSIE project, an endeavor geared toward developing offshore renewables demonstration projects related to corrosion issues, investigated the economic potenti...


Lab Develops Fossil Fuel-Free Primer

Scientists in Germany say they have developed a way to use a biobased material, lignin, as a binder for paint primers, opening the door to a potential new type of corrosion-resistant coating...


Team Designs Self-Healing Coating Inspired by Skin

A research team based out of China's Harbin Institute of Technology has designed a self-healing coating that is reminiscent of the human epidermis, but with the strength of tooth enamel, whi...


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...


Self-Healing Coating Inspired by Skin

A research team based out of the Harbin Institute of Technology, led by researcher Ming Yang, has designed a self-healing coating that is reminiscent of the human epidermis, but with the str...


Evonik, Siemens Launch CO2 Conversion Program

As of January, Evonik Industries and Siemens Corporate Technology have teamed up to work on a research project that converts carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals, using electricity from r...


PPG Opens Wood Coating R&D Facility

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG recently announced the opening of a new wood coatings research and development lab at its Springdale, Pennsylvania, facility.


Evonik, Siemens Pair Up for Research

Researchers from Evonik Industries and Siemens Corporate Technology started collaborating this month to convert carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals, using electricity from renewable sour...


Air-Purifying Tower Removes Pollutants

What has been dubbed the “world’s biggest air purifier” is making a positive impact on air quality and pollution, according to preliminary studies.


Evaluation Process Predicts Leveling Behavior of Paints

Scientists in Germany say they've developed a new method of predicting a coating formulation's leveling outcome, potentially cutting the time needed to test leveling in the lab.


Evaluation Process Predicts Leveling Behavior of Paints

Researchers have developed a new automated method that predicts the flow outcome of a paint’s properties, which can save on both development time and cost.


Antifouling Tech Inspired by Carnivorous Plants

A team of chemistry researchers based out of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, led by associate professor Chiara Neto, have devised antifouling surface coatings that do not contain an...


Dow Announces Collaboration with USGBC

Dow Building Solutions—business unit of Michigan-based DowDuPont’s Specialty Products Division—has announced that is entering a collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.


Researchers Develop Safe Paint Stripper

Researchers based out of the University of Massachusetts have developed a paint-stripping solvent that reportedly acts as a safer alternative to more traditional, commonly storebought option...


UMass Researchers Develop Paint Stripper Alternative

University of Massachusetts researchers, led by Toxics Use Reduction Institute research manager Greg Morose, recently developed a paint-stripping solvent that reportedly provides a safer alt...


UTA Professor Develops Drainage-Pipe Polymer

Mohammad Najafi, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received $400,000 in funding to research methods for the application of a linin...


Potato Starch Stars in New Coating Binder

A newly developed coating formulation that uses potato starch as a key component is being touted by its creators as an eco-friendly, biobased option, and while it's viable mainly for indoor ...


Researchers Develop Coating From Potato Starch