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Category: Sustainability


Sustainability

What is the Green Building Initiative?

May 13, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Reducing the environmental impact of our built environment is imperative to ensuring a livable, healthy, and fulfilling future. Over the last several decades many organizations have committed themselves to this goal, with the Green Building Initiative being one of the […]


Sustainability

REGUPOL Turns Waste into Sustainable Rubber Flooring

April 26, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Roughly 280 million tires are discarded annually by American motorists, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. REGUPOL is taking that tire waste and turning it into something good for the built environment—sustainable rubber flooring. Here’s how […]


Sustainability

A Complete Guide to Understanding Green Building Rating Systems

April 24, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Studies have shown that the built environment is responsible for 40% of the world’s total carbon emissions, while the construction and demolition industry as a whole generates approximately 30% of the globe’s waste and accounts for over one-third of global […]


Sustainability

How Engineered Wood Can Decarbonize the Construction Industry

April 23, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

At a time when sustainability and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) concerns are prevalent, there is a crucial need to focus on a sector that accounts for 38% of all global CO₂ emissions and consumes 30% of global resources: the […]


Sustainability

A New Generation of Living Buildings Using Hygromorphic Materials

April 2, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

When discussing sustainability in construction, we are used to an approach based on complex technological solutions, expensive sensors, costly materials and, most recently, artificial intelligence. But what if everything we are looking for (in terms of sustainability) could come from […]


Construction Techniques, Sustainability

Seattle Storm Facility Design with Embodied Low Carbon Concrete

March 29, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

The new Seattle Storm Center for Basketball Performance will serve as the dedicated practice facility for the four‐time WNBA championship team the Seattle Storm. The building’s design includes two side‐by‐side basketball courts, the “Storm Team Center” with locker rooms, a […]


Construction Techniques, Sustainability

Innovative Low-Carbon Cement From Sublime Systems Used in First Project

March 27, 2024

Via: ENR

Turner Construction Co. and local ready-mix producer Boston Sand & Gravel report they are the first to place concrete with Sublime Systems’ zero-carbon cement in a mud mat for a building. Turner would not disclose the specific site but said […]


Construction Techniques, Sustainability

Solar Control and Sustainability in Hot Climates with Ceramic Textiles

March 26, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

When considering traditional brick facades, we usually conjure up images of solidity and robustness. Solid ceramic blocks, recognized for their ability to withstand compression and offer strength and durability to structures, are materials frequently used in architecture. However, innovation in […]


Sustainability

Sustainable Policy: How Deconstruction Policies Are Revolutionizing Construction Waste Management in the United States

March 18, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

For a long time, the construction industry has followed a linear process – extract raw materials, build structures, demolish them, and then dispose of the garbage in landfills. This approach has serious negative effects on the environment and society and […]


Sustainability

What Makes an ADU Sustainable?

March 15, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

An estimated 1.4 million legal accessory dwelling units—or ADUs—exist in the United States, with that number growing steadily larger each year. Housing experts, real estate agents, and urban planners alike have posited that this rise in ADU popularity could be […]


Sustainability

The Future Beneath Our Feet: Soil-Cement Bricks and the Path to Sustainable Construction

February 13, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

Bricks are part of the collective imagination when thinking about construction. These are elementary, ubiquitous, modular, light, and reliable materials for erecting buildings. However, traditional ceramic block manufacturing relies on burning clay in kilns at high temperatures, often powered by […]


Sustainability

US DOT Approves $2.5B in Bonds for Vegas-to-California High-Speed Rail

January 23, 2024

Via: ENR

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has provided a further infusion of financial help for a long-delayed $12-billion high-speed passenger rail line from Las Vegas to southern California. DOT on Jan. 23 announced it is allocating $2.5 billion in private-activity bonds […]


Sustainability

Adaptive Urban Regulations: Navigating Change in Affordable Housing, Infrastructure, and Sustainability in the U.S.

December 28, 2023

Via: ArchDaily

In the ever-evolving landscape of urban development, cities are faced with an array of challenges that demand quick and innovative solutions, ranging from the critical issue of affordable housing to the pressing need for efficient and decongested infrastructure and sustainable […]


Sustainability

Supply Chain Modernization is Facing a Global Shortage of Skilled Workers

December 14, 2023

Via: ENR

The supply chain and overall construction industry is truly made up of its people. It is common for crews to work together for years, spanning the globe together and learning to rely on one another and the skills they have […]


Sustainability

Streamlining the inspection of construction sites with a stormwater activity management solution

December 11, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

Large construction projects have numerous stakeholders who are responsible for different aspects throughout the construction lifecycle, managing stormwater runoff is critical since active construction sites can be a large contributor to pollutants entering a community’s waterways if not managed properly. […]


Sustainability

Office construction may never return to pre-pandemic levels

November 28, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

In February, JE Dunn, a Kansas City, Missouri-based construction firm, broke ground on a 677-foot-tall office tower in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The $600 million project, which will be the new corporate headquarters for insurance company Mutual of Omaha, includes 800,000 […]


Sustainability

Sustainable Housing: Examples & Trends in 2023

November 9, 2023

Via: gb&d magazine

Housing may be a human right, but affordable housing—and perhaps even moreso sustainable affordable housing—has become increasingly difficult for the average person to access. This is true both in terms of the private residence as well as public housing, as […]


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Three steps to sustainability: How the cement and concrete industry can become carbon neutral by 2050

October 30, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

For people outside the construction industry, it comes as a big surprise to learn that concrete is the second most-consumed material in the world after water. While it may sound outrageous, it makes sense – concrete is seemingly everywhere you […]


Sustainability

Crane count tumbles 10%

October 24, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

Residential cranes accounted for much of Q1’s count, but in Q3 there were 13% fewer in the surveyed cities. Nonetheless, RLB said residential cranes saw continued consistent growth, along with mixed-use projects, which made up 49% and 23% of the […]


Sustainability

Construction input prices rise again as energy costs soar

October 12, 2023

Via: Construction Dive

The rise in prices was mainly due to a bump in energy costs. In September, prices increased in all three energy subcategories. While natural gas saw a jump of only 0.1%, crude petroleum and unprocessed energy materials rose 10.1% and […]