Green Building: Page 2

  • Bechtel joins international heat resilience organization

    As part of the Atlantic Council's Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance, Bechtel will help support projects that protect communities from extreme heat.

    By Jan. 20, 2021
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    7 legal, other trends influencing construction in 2021

    Prolonged court closures, more payment disputes and increased small business bankruptcies are a few of the factors that will influence commercial construction this year, according to two industry experts.

    By Jeffrey Kozek and E. Mitchell Swann • Jan. 19, 2021
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    Commodore Builders nears completion of CLT hybrid project in Boston

    The project team is utilizing lightweight cross-laminated timber to add two stories to an existing 1920s era brick-and-beam building.

    By Nov. 25, 2020
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    Mass timber construction reaching for new heights

    The eco-friendly material is being tapped to support sustainable construction through the COVID-19 pandemic, but hurdles remain. 

    By Cailin Crowe • Nov. 11, 2020
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    What's in store for contractors under a Biden presidency?

    From infrastructure spending and union support to immigration, taxes and regulations, the construction industry will face a new set of challenges and opportunities under a Biden administration.

    By , Kim Slowey • Nov. 7, 2020
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    Shawmut higher ed project utilizes cross-laminated timber for speed, flexibility

    The CLT design of Brown University's student housing project also created safer working conditions and shorter lead times.

    By Shelley D. Hutchins, LEED-AP • Aug. 5, 2020
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    UCLA team nabs $2.9M grant to turn CO2 into concrete

    The researchers have found a way to capture carbon dioxide from gas as it exits power and cement plants and other producers and add it to concrete, reducing emissions and cutting down on the use of traditional cement.

    By July 22, 2020
  • Take our survey: Will Trump's rollback of environmental regulations help construction?

    The president's administration is loosening environmental rules for federal projects. Let us know what this means to your business.

    By June 26, 2020
  • Skanska USA unveils carbon calculator

    Currently in testing, the EC3 tool has helped the firm achieve embodied carbon reductions of up to 30% with little to no cost impact. 

    By Kim Slowey • Sept. 29, 2019
  • Tallest wood building in North America projected to get even taller

    The Ascent tower in Milwaukee, constructed with mass timber, received approval from authorities to add 9 feet to its vertical height, bringing it to 23 stories by the time construction is finished.

    By Kim Slowey • Sept. 20, 2019
  • LafargeHolcim launches CO2-reducing cement business

    After six years in the making through a partnership with Solidia Technologies, the Solidia product reduces the carbon footprint in precast concrete by 70%, the firms said.

    By Kim Slowey • Aug. 9, 2019
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    Sidewalk Labs is building a smart city entirely of mass timber. What could go wrong?

    North America is on the cusp of a mass timber revolution, and the Waterfront Toronto project is leading the way. But the material faces major obstacles.

    By Kira Barrett • Aug. 5, 2019
  • Berkeley, California, sets historic law banning natural gas in new buildings

    Berkeley is the first U.S. city to pass such a measure, designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and prepare new buildings for electric infrastructure.

    By Kristin Musulin • July 30, 2019
  • USGBC seeks proposals to strengthen new LEED standard

    The council wants input on how to shape the next version of its rating system following the April release of v4.1. 

    By Kim Slowey • July 10, 2019
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    Hawaii DOT to use carbon-injected concrete in all construction

    The state agency said the material is stronger and adds no extra costs, and some cities are moving toward calling for its use in vertical structures as well.

    By Jason Plautz • July 8, 2019
  • BRE Global introduces new construction standard to US

    The "Americanized" version of the International New Construction standard, which has spent a year in development, also certifies "non-standard" buildings with uncommon configurations or in unusual locations. ​

    By Kim Slowey • June 19, 2019
  • Analysts: Infrastructure, modularization, resiliency top industry drivers

    While a recession is likely on the horizon, several segments of the construction industry will experience massive growth in the next few years, say experts from McKinsey and Dodge.

    By June 11, 2019
  • Iowa office first to be built with dowel-laminated timber

    The all-wood mass timber product employed on the Des Moines project is the first in North America to not require nails or other fasteners.

    By Kim Slowey • May 24, 2019
  • PCL, CopperTree partner to build smart from the ground up

    The contractor will embed energy analytics services during construction to meet owners' demand for less costly, simplified building management.

    By Kathleen Brown • April 24, 2019
  • NYC's 'Green New Deal' to ban glass, steel skyscrapers

    Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to reduce greenhouse emissions 30% by 2030 while creating "tens of thousands" of well-paying green construction jobs.

    By Kim Slowey • April 24, 2019
  • NABTU: Union, wage protections must underlie $1T infrastructure plan

    Union leaders and lawmakers at a conference this week called for prevailing wages, project labor agreements and other standards to be included.

    By Kathleen Brown • April 10, 2019
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    Test lab for timber technology: college campus construction

    With 34 mass timber college buildings completed or in the works across the country, the technology is seeing a lot of support despite challenges.

    By Hallie Busta • April 10, 2019
  • Chicago's building code overhauled after 70 years

    The modernization brings the city in line with international standards and gives contractors more options for building materials and technologies.

    By Kim Slowey • March 26, 2019
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    How connected devices are driving a new wave of data center construction

    While demand for massive data centers is subsiding, smaller facilities with better geographic spread will need to come online to support video streaming, smart devices, 5G and more, says DPR Construction's Tom Maples.

    By Kathleen Brown • Jan. 30, 2019
  • 21-story timber building in Wisconsin, tallest in US, advances

    Milwaukee Common Council's approval means the residential structure must now pass fire safety specs and paves the way for its developer to propose a 7-story wood office building as well.

    By Kim Slowey • Updated March 1, 2019