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From crazy design details in the new Apple Park, to a look into the future of 3D building, we've got the latest scoop on construction from around the country. So what are you waiting for? Grind away!
Report: Majority of Professionals Consider Leaving their Current Role
According to a recent report from Hays US, over 80% of people within the workforce think about leaving their current job and 65% of people would even take a pay cut for their ideal job. So, are you happy with your current job or is it time to start looking?
Building Bigger and Better with Wood
Using wood in single family homes (85 feet and below) has been status quo for years. But now in Portland, a developing firm is pushing to broaden the trend to taller and larger mixed use properties. Anticipated to be 12 stories high, this new project in Oregon has many wondering just how safe it will all be.
Some Concrete Science
A new finding from the University of British Columbia has found a way to make concrete stronger and more resilient. How? By putting rubber to the road! Through using recycled tires, researchers believe they can make the roads a more safe and longer lasting.
Over 40 States See Construction Employment Lower in September
After all of the hurricanes, fires, and storms most of the country is now in rebuilding season. This time of maintenance is putting construction builders back to work and in turn, is lowering the rate of construction unemployment nationally.
Six Design Details on the New Apple Park
From a newly designed pizza box (with a patent on it) to intelligent hydrodynamic technology, these six design details are certainly a little "out there" but more than anything, they're a little brilliant.
Construction Firm 3H Group Inc. to Build New Orlando Marriott Hotel
Estimated at $100 million, the new Marriott TownePlace Suites in Orlando is expected to be completed over the course of 18 months. The hotel will have over 160 hotel rooms in a seven story building.
California Begins Massive Rebuild Post Fire Season
"Our phones are ringing off the hook" says one California based construction company. Now that most of the fires in California are controlled, it's time for the state to rebuild and that means most construction firms will be beyond busy.
FAA Approves Instant Authorization For Low Altitude Drone Use
The Federal Aviation Administration has just approved a measure that instantly authorizes commercial use of drones (under a certain altitude). This new rule is expected to greatly affect the industry and is predicted to make things run smoother when using drones in construction.
A Look at Ventilation Variety in Multi-Family Homes
Check out this guide on the various forms of ventilation recommended for multi-family housing. When thinking about all the things you need to consider when selecting your building's "pair of lungs" this guide will certainly come in handy!
The Future of 3D Building
The rise of prefabrication, offsite construction, and 3D building are making construction better and more efficient. Why? Well, when you think about 3D building added into the prefabrication process, the possibilities for new construction practices are endless!
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These days, the topic of global energy consumption is frequently on the minds of builders and other industry leaders. As the world’s population continues to rise, greater and greater demands are being put on electricity grids around the globe. Construction is an industry making a considerable impact on the drive to integrate renewable energy into projects, it’s also profitable as more new buildings than ever are being done with energy efficiency in mind and demand is soaring.
According to Fortune, 18% of all US electricity was generated by alternative sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric in 2017, a 15% increase over 2016. As the cost of solar and wind power generation systems continue their decline, more such projects are popping up, creating a boom time for employment in those industries. Fortune reports that approximately 62% of new power construction projects last year were solar- and wind-based.
The ultimate goal in energy-efficient construction is so-called net-zero buildings.
Construction is underway in Queensland, Australia on a $125 million Kennedy Park Energy hybrid wind/solar storage plant, which will be connected to the national grid when construction is completed later this year, spearheaded by Australian developer Windlab.
“This is an industry first that will produce and feed clean renewable energy into the grid with much greater consistency and reliability from a combination of solar, wind and battery storage. It’s also an important and valuable demonstration of how renewable energy can be used to cost-effectively meet most network demand for power – day and night,” Roger Price, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive of Windlab told Energy Storage News.
The ultimate goal in energy-efficient construction is so-called net-zero buildings. That is buildings that generate enough electricity on their own to entirely cover their energy needs. This is achieved by outfitting roofs and even facades and windows with photovoltaic solar cells, thin, unobtrusive solar collection panels that can even be made transparent, collecting energy and feeding it into on-site storage systems or directly into the power grid. The CIS Tower in Manchester, England uses such technology, which generates 180,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, coupled with 24 wind turbines that produce nearly a tenth of its required energy, according to the European Patent Office.
Renewable energy pioneer, Tesla has developed glass solar tiles indistinguishable from regular roof shingles and promise to outlast their non-solar counterparts, a far cry from the previous generation of home-based rooftop solar collection technology requiring large, clearly visible installations. The tiles are available in a variety of styles and finishes, designed to complement any home. Tesla founder Elon Musk has long championed the technology and urged greater usage of solar in the United States.
“If you wanted to power the entire U.S. with solar panels it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada, Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels,” Musk said at the National Governors Association Summer meeting last July.
Over time, the upfront investment of wind or solar collection systems can reduce the long-term cost of building maintenance.
Over time, the upfront investment of wind or solar collection systems can reduce the long-term cost of building maintenance. Corporate headquarters, universities, housing developments and manufacturing plants are among some of the buildings including large-scale solar and wind collection in their designs, Christopher Alt, principal and technical leader of Studio Ma, a Phoenix-based architectural and design firm, told Construction Dive.
“The incremental costs of the renewable energy systems may be offset by the reduced operational costs, especially for long-term building owners,” he said.
Renewable energy sources being integrated into building projects of all sizes have moved beyond the trend phase and into the mainstream. As materials costs continue to decline and the demand for energy-efficient construction continues to rise, expect more homes, offices and other building types to be outfitted with their own versions of the technology.The Extinction of Paper-Based Specs Getting to Zero: Comparing Zero Energy Certification Programs Construction Pros NJ Study