Tag: building materials


SOM Unveils “Zero-Carbon Bio-Blocks” Installation at the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 29, 2023

Via: ArchDaily

For the opening of CAB 5, the 5th edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) presented an eco-friendly alternative to traditional concrete. Named the “Bio-Block Spiral,” the installation is at The Mews in Fulton Market in […]

Construction Processes, Design

How the Construction Industry Can Better Use Recycled Building Materials

August 3, 2023

Via: ENR

In 2019, the global rate of consumption of materials was 100 billion tons and is projected to reach 175 billion tons in 2050. The buildings and construction sector is responsible for 36% of final energy demand globally, representing 39% of […]


On a Mission to Make Building Materials More Sustainable

March 1, 2023

Via: gb&d magazine

If GCP says something is sustainable, they have the data to back it up, including HPDs, Declare labels, and EPDs. Without independent verification, they won’t say anything is “green or sustainable.” “I dislike those terms and we won’t participate in […]


What Are Biomaterials in Architecture?

August 24, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

As part of the effort to make the construction sector more sustainable in the face of the climate crisis, the bioeconomy has stood out. While the road to net-zero architecture is still very complex, the emerging shift in culture and […]


Building bricks from waste materials

August 1, 2022

Via: ScienceDaily

Firing bricks and making mortar and cement is very costly, but organic chemists at Flinders University are working on more sustainable alternatives — focusing on building materials made from waste products. In another move into the circular economy, researchers from […]

Construction Processes, Procurement

Materials Supply Start-Up RenoRun Secures $142M in Series B Funding

February 4, 2022

Via: ENR

Canada-based construction tech start-up RenoRun announced this week that it has raised $142 million in Series B funding, a significant increase from $17.1 million in Series A funding raised in November 2019. Internet and software investment giant Tiger Global Management […]


Keeping Building Materials Mold Free

September 17, 2021

Via: ConstructConnect

Mold can be found everywhere we work, live, and play. Whether inside or out, floating in the air or stuck on surfaces of every size and shape, mold is always present in our environment. In most cases, mold is not […]

Construction Techniques

Tools for measuring embedded carbon in building materials are on their launching pads

November 15, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Two of the construction industry’s heavyweights are each about to roll out tools that measure embedded carbon in building materials, with an eye toward significantly reducing the carbon footprint of nonresidential buildings in the future. At next week’s Greenbuild expo […]

Construction Techniques

Building materials delivery app RenoRun gets $17M in funding

November 6, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

RenoRun, a Canadian app-based service that connects contractors with on-demand delivery of construction materials to jobsites, received CA$22.5 million (approximately U.S. $17 million) in Series A funding. That money will go directly into technology and expansion in cities it serves […]

Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

Benefits of specifying insulated metal panels

October 9, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

When it comes to specifying building materials, we know you have options, but when it comes to your next project or retrofit, there are benefits of insulated panels (IMPs) that will take your commercial build-out to the next level. The […]


Newly developed building materials could have big impact on sustainability

March 15, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Recently developed products such as transparent wood, hydrogel embedded in walls, and bricks that help filter air pollution could make a substantial impact on building sustainability in coming years. Swedish researchers have developed a wood material that is 85% transparent […]


Is Greener Concrete the Key to Sustainable Construction?

August 3, 2018

Via: ConstructConnect

Concrete is one of the oldest and most versatile building materials known to man. The Ancient Romans used concrete to build aqueducts, roads and structures that still stand today like the Colosseum and the Pantheon Today, concrete is used in […]