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Author Archives: Josh Kulla

Portland gains net-zero-energy rental units (access required)

Amid efforts at the federal level to repeal and roll back environmentally conscious regulations, some builders are continuing to strive to exceed them. One is Green Hammer Inc. The design-build firm, based in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, has built a ...

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Prices of key building materials dip slightly (access required)

Though prices of construction materials such as steel, lumber and concrete have been trending upward, that changed recently. But those price drops could be only temporary, industry experts say. An analysis of prices carried out by the Associated Builders and ...

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In construction, drone use is taking off (access required)

Implementation of new Federal Aviation Administration regulations in 2016 really opened the doors for contractors to start employing drones on construction projects. To be sure, before the Small UAS Rule took effect, many people were using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), ...

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How architecture birthed a cultural phenomenon (access required)

On paper it’s a revolutionary approach to urban design. But using the poetic rhythm of hip-hop music to inform the designs of buildings and spaces in America’s largest cities actually can make a whole lot of sense. The lyrics of ...

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Labor shortage clouds contractor confidence (access required)

Contractors nationwide remain optimistic about the state of the construction industry, according to the most recent USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Released June 5, the report for the second quarter of 2018 provides a snapshot ...

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Construction industry absorbs another blow (access required)

When President Donald Trump cited national security concerns and signed orders in March imposing significant new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, the construction industry was thrown for something of a loop. While domestic steel and aluminum manufacturers praised the ...

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A construction efficiency success story (access required)

Construction is not a game of inches – not by a long shot. Rather it’s more like a contest to see who can whittle their tolerances down to the nearest millimeter or less. At least that’s the intent of Portland, ...

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With workers in short supply, robots take on construction tasks (access required)

Combine a longtime shortage of skilled workers with advancements in robotics technology, and construction firms may be poised to change how they do business altogether. Since the end of World War II, construction has consistently proved to be one of ...

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