Building Materials

A new database sheds more light on building products’ content

Photo: Denis Cappellin/Creative Commons.

November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Quartz Project’s collaborators, which include Google, hope these data will better inform desi...

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U.S. Naval Research Lab develops transparent aluminum

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory uses a hot press to make spinel into conformable optics, like this flat sheet. "Ultimately, we're going to hand it over to industry," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research, "so it has to be a scalable process." Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Jamie Hartman

November 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The material is made out of highly compressed aluminum powder.

4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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ASHRAE released a guide on how to deal with designing, operating and maintaining buildings in cold climates

ASHRAE released a guide on how to deal with designing, operating and maintaining buildings in cold climates. Photo: John W. Iwanski/Creative Commons.

October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cold, remoteness, limited utilities, and permafrost addressed.

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

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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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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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.

Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control
December 31, 2014 | Bradley Carmichael, PE, Project Engineer, Hoffmann Architects

Building envelope expert Bradley Carmichael of Hoffmann Architects explains how rainscreen wall s...

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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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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
October 14, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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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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