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Wildfires are becoming more common.  Largely due to climate change, the increasing occurrence of wildfires means we need to step up the tools we use to prevent damage or loss of li[...]
House insulation is an important part of any home. It is also one of the most environmentally confusing products in the built environment. Insulation helps us create more energy ef[...]
Wood has gotten a bad reputation as an unsustainable building material. Wood, especially the wood harvested from virgin forests, can have a higher environmental impact. It is also [...]
Although the construction industry is becoming more innovative, it still lags behind other industries in adopting new technologies. One such technology augmented reality. Augmented[...]
Nature is a construction and architecture expert. The network of roots that supports plants, the design of a honeycomb, and the complexities of a beehive are all examples of how na[...]
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “more than half of energy use in homes is for heating and air conditioning”. Add to this the fact that the average U.S. hou[...]
We have been coating materials since we first started building structures. From rubbing wax into hides to repel water to modern steel coatings to prevent corrosion, we have been st[...]
With the recent bills and initiatives to help improve our infrastructure, there has been a lot of focus on its current state. Many are shocked to learn that 43 percent of our roads[...]
A big component of designing and building a structure is understanding the stress the components will be under. This can be somewhat hard to measure and harder to monitor. Some mat[...]
The world of construction materials is constantly evolving. New construction materials are being researched and offered to the public all the time. Here are some of the new constru[...]
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, our society has made more of an effort to make spaces accessible for people with disabilities. However,[...]
An important part of constructing buildings is including protection in the design. As wildfires and the climate continues to worsen, protection from fire damage is becoming increas[...]