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New Wood-Metal Hybrid for Lightweight Construction

September 6, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components

Wood foam and metal sponge – can they be combined? That was the question that experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI delved into in a project entitled "HoMe Foam" – with HoMe being a German acronym for wood-metal…

New Standard Provides Guidelines for Masonry Units Using Alternative Materials

September 4, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components

ASTM International’s committee on masonry units (C15) has approved a new standard that provides guidelines for masonry units manufactured with materials…

U.S. Imposes Tariffs on Fabricated Structural Steel Imports from China

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that…

Video: MIT Mass Timber Design — Longhouse

With increasing demands placed on the planet through population growth and urbanization, energy remains one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Buildings are one of the largest consumers of global resources and all energy produced, and are primary…

Bull Moose Tube Assists ASTM International to Create New Standards for Steel Structural Tubes

August 3, 2018 - in Buildings, News, Structural components

ST. LOUIS – Bull Moose Tube, a leading manufacturer of steel pipe and tube, has received permission by global standards developer ASTM International to announce the organization’s development of new standards for steel structural tubes. These new standards,…

Newtecnic and Cambridge University Construction Research Partnership Delivers Concrete Facade Innovation

International building design engineering firm. Newtecnic, and the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge (UK), have completed a 3-year knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) to develop a new generation of components, load bearing connections…

AISI Publishes Report on LRFD and LSD Resistance Factors for CFS Compression Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published a new research report on the recalibration of the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and the Limit States Design (LSD) resistance factors for cold-formed steel compression…

Cementless Fly Ash Binder Makes Concrete ‘Green’

June 18, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components

HOUSTON – (June 18, 2018) – Rice University engineers have developed a composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, that can replace Portland cement in concrete. The material is cementless and environmentally friendly,…

USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck Earns Approval from Factory Mutual (FM)

June 15, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components

CHICAGO — USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, has received Factory Mutual (FM) Approval for its USG Structural Panel Concrete Roof Deck.   Factory Mutual (FM) Global is widely accepted…

AISI Publishes CFS Design Manual, 2017 Edition

June 14, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published the Cold-Formed Steel Design Manual, 2017 Edition, which is to be used in conjunction with AISI S100-16, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural…