Building Materials

Construction spending outpaced the nation's GDP growth in 2016, according to JLL's latest construction outlook. But spending remains uncertain this year, as the industry waits to see whether new policies on labor and trade emerge from the new administration. Image: Pixabay

March 22, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Impacts on labor and materials costs at issue, according to latest JLL report. 

Sherwood Park Mall, Alberta Canada - Pre-made Architectural Reveal Intersections kept the project on schedule while the mall remained opened during renovations.

| March 20, 2017 | Trim-Tex

With a tight school renovation budget and timeline, the Oak Grove Elementary cafeteria, designed...

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Courtesy ICD University of Stuttgart

March 13, 2017 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Fiber-reinforced plastic, 3D-printed stone, and programmable ink tiles are a few materials coming...

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March 03, 2017 | Perkins+Will

Antimicrobial products contain ingredients that may have adverse environmental or human health im...

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Pixabay Public Domain

February 15, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The material is barely thicker than aluminum foil and can be economically manufactured for large-...

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Rendering courtesy of Space Exploration Architecture

January 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

As setting foot on Mars becomes a more realistic goal, the search for how to best develop Archite...

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A traditional wall with studs spaced 16 or 24 inches apart, such as the one shown above, can make plumbing and electrical work much more complicated. BamCore's Prime Wall System creates an empty wall cavity. Pixabay Public Domain

December 14, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The company, BamCore, says its new product can save money and quicken the framing process.

December 07, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Among the best building envelope products included in BD+C's inaugural Top 101 Products report ar...

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Pictured: Atlas Concorde - Marvel XL

December 02, 2016 | Ceramics of Italy

Design styles such as bits & pieces, gritty chic, and metallics are among the ten tile trends...

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Steel rods. Photo: PortlandBolt/Creative Commons.

June 16, 2016 | ABC

Nonresidential construction price gains were largely driven by iron and steel prices and steel mi...

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USGBC offers new LEED pilot credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment

Construction in Asbury Park, N.J. Photo: Jazz Guy/Creative Commons.

June 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For assessing human health-related exposure scenarios for construction products.

MIT study: Microscopic structure of natural materials can inspire better concrete

Photo: BEV Norton/Creative Commons

June 01, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Bones and sea sponges are highly organized at the molecular level, while concrete consists of ran...

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| May 25, 2016 | Trim-Tex Drywall Products
Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

Bamboo used as scaffolding. Photo: Andy McDowall/Creative Commons.

May 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Benefits include seismic resiliency and sustainability.

 

AIA: Architects release first white paper on materials transparency and risk

Photo: Jon Shearer/Creative Commons

April 08, 2016 | AIA

It provides the steps architects should be taking to ensure change, promote openness, and increas...

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For the first time since the recession, office deliveries outpaced office starts in 2015, according to JLL's latest construction report. Image: Pixabay

February 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its latest report cautions about ongoing cost increases related to finding skilled laborers.

Installation of a facade panel system that uses a rainscreen approach to control
January 28, 2016 | Bradley Carmichael, PE, Project Engineer, Hoffmann Architects

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

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The corporate headquarters of Johnson Controls in Glendale, Wis. Photo: Johnson Controls

January 25, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The $20 billion deal is the latest corporate inversion maneuver.

The world’s best concrete buildings

Syndey Opera House. Photo: Mauro De Carvalho/Creative Commons

January 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Large and small, some of the most iconic structures of all time were made of the composite buildi...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | 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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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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