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Long-Lived Wood Products are Significant Carbon Capturers

November 12, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components

Can the way we use wood mitigate climate change and support the bioeconomy? The answer is yes, according to a new PhD thesis from the University of Eastern Finland, investigating how wood use can contribute to avoiding or reducing the negative effects of climate…

AISI Publishes New Cold-Formed Steel Research Report on Load Bearing Clip Angle Design

October 31, 2018 - in Buildings, Featured, News, Structural components

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published a new cold-formed steel research report on load bearing clip angle design.…

New Standard on Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements from ASCE

October 23, 2018 - in Buildings, News, Structural components

Reston, Va. – ASCE’s newest standard, Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement, ASCE/T&DI/ICPI 68-18, provides design, construction, and maintenance…

Cortec® Middle East Receives Dubai Central Laboratory Certification For MCI® Products In Accordance With ASTM C 1582/C1582M-11

October 22, 2018 - in Buildings, News, Structural components

Dubai-based Cortec® Middle East LLC has received certification from the Dubai Central Laboratory Department (DCLD) to manufacture and supply MCI® admixtures known as Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors for concrete. Under the terms of the certification of product…

Precycling in Construction Industry Saves Money and Environment

October 18, 2018 - in Buildings, News, Structural components

A South Australian company is trailblazing a path to bring circular economy to home construction sites. Pre-Cycle recycles and repurposes the off cuts from new home construction sites, saving construction companies waste removal bills and keeping unused building…

Video: 3D Printed Cement‐Based Materials with Bioinspired Design

October 5, 2018 - in Buildings, Structural components, Video

Purdue University researchers have 3D-printed cement paste, a key ingredient of the concrete and mortar used to build various elements of infrastructure, that gets tougher under pressure like the shells of arthropods such as lobsters and beetles. The technique…

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 not currently addressed by existing ASTM standards. Traditional ASTM masonry units are manufactured…

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 will be subject to a 25% tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related…

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…