Building Materials

Portland's Framework, by Lever Architecture, was the West Coast winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. Rendering courtesy Lever Architecture.

September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Prize awarded for 10-story or higher wooden buildings

 

Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Structural Steel. Photo: PEO ACWA/Creative Commons

August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Next year's specification open for comments until Sept. 21

Glulam provides aesthetic, structural, and safety solution for Appleton Mills project

Exterior of Appleton Mills at night.

| July 29, 2015 |

The Appleton Mills complex includes 5 million square feet of space, with an original structure bu...

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Wood, natural materials, building materials, interiors

A Canadian study showed that wood in interiors was perceived by a majority of subjects as more “warm,” “inviting,” “homey,” and “relaxing” than all other tested materials.

| July 24, 2015 |

The preference for nature has a name: biophilia, which literally means “love of life.” 

Construction materials prices up in May

The latest report from Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction materials prices increased in May but remain down for the year. Image: Pixabay

June 12, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Prices for inputs to construction industries rose by 1.1% in May—the largest month-over-month inc...

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6 bold applications and innovations for fire and life safety

The Coltlite natural louvered ventilator provides buildings with both day-to-day ventilation and smoke control to aid building evacuation in the event of a fire. 

May 27, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s roundup features colorful sprinklers for offices, hotels, museums; a fire-rated curtain wa...

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4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s IS...

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ALPOLIC® materials echo nature’s colors.

ALPOLIC® materials echo nature’s colors.

| May 19, 2015 |

Strong, lightweight ALPOLIC materials honor the rugged Wasatch Mountains while standing up to the...

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Construction costs are expected to remain soft through fall of 2015

Analyst IHS reported that its unlikely construction prices will rise in the next several months. Image: Pixabay

April 29, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Labor and materials haven’t appreciated this year through April, according to market analyst IHS....

Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Bui...

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Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture

Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture

| April 24, 2015 |

There is no bigger annual gathering of architects and design professionals in North America quite...

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Prices for construction materials rise in March

Image: Taliesin/Morgue File

April 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that prices for construction materials rose 0....

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French firm proposes sand and bacteria as building material in the Sahara

Paris-based XTU Architects presented the idea as a way to construct a city in the mostly inhospitable Sahara desert. Renderings courtesy XTU Architects

April 14, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Deserts are already abundant with sand, so why not construct buildings out of it? This was the th...

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A 57-floor Chinese skyscraper was completed in 19 days

The tower has an office space capacity for 4,000 employees and residential units for 800 households. Screenshot from BSB

March 10, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Content Editor

After erecting the mega prefab tower in Changsha, China, modular builder BSB stated, “three floor...

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The metal and glass S.R. Crown Hall of the Illinois Institute of Technology built in 1956, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo: Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0

| March 10, 2015 |

A new report by the Metal Building Manufacturer's Association explains the entity's efforts in re...

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Prices for Construction Materials Fall in January

Construction input prices were down in January, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices for other materials were also down on both a monthly and yearly basis.

February 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The decline in oil and petroleum prices finally showed up in the produce price index data, accord...

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Korean researchers discover “super steel”

Two instructors and a doctoral student of the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology at Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, make up the team behind the discovery. Photo: Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology/Wikimedia Commons

February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new alloy makes steel as strong as titanium.

Photo courtesy Museum of Modern Art
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ecovative Design applies its cradle-to-cradle process to produce 10,000 organic bricks used to bu...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e
October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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October 14, 2014 | Erin L. Aichler & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This course provides step-by-step prescriptive advice to architects, engineers, and contractors o...

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September 25, 2014 | Zumtobel Group Award

The system uses the bio-chemical process of photosynthesis to absorb CO2 emissions, while cultiva...

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AIA CES class: New trends in ceiling designs and materials
September 22, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett

A broad array of new and improved ceiling products offers designers everything from superior acou...

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September 05, 2014 |

The award recognizes the company for excellence in leveraging advanced Internet-connected technol...

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August 21, 2014 |

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC announced that its Bristol, Conn. manufacturing facility...

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August 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The new concrete mix deforms instead of breaking, removing the threat of flying debris in an expl...

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August 01, 2014 | Johns Manville

New structure of Johns Manville Engineered Products unit expected to enhance customer experiences...

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July 17, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Urban Green Council addresses a concern that many "green" buildings in the U.S. have: poor in...

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July 15, 2014 | Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

The Harmonization Task Group will offer marketplace benefits including consistent messaging, simp...

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