The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose 2.2 points to 55.2 in September, marking the fifth-straight month of growth in design activity. The institutional sector showed the largest gain during the month.
Some homebuilders have been offering high-performance homes to their buyers for years, others are just gearing up their green building programs or offering energy-efficient upgrades, and many are still waiting for a reason to jump on the bandwagon.
With its high-performance polycarbonates, polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives and sealants raw materials as well as its technology expertise, Bayer helps building professionals meet their sustainability goals.
Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, reported earnings of $937 million (a 43 percent rise in quarterly profit), helped by higher sales in its plastics and performance materials business units.
Oregon BEST today announced a new round of commercialization funding that will team southern Oregon-based DR Johnson Lumber Co. with Oregon State University researchers to investigate opportunities with CLT.
First-time home buyers continue to struggle with their own financial limitations but as the economy expands and jobs become more available and better paying, the core 25- to 34-year-old first-time buyers will come back.
Fresh with acquisitions in Orlando, Houston, Dallas and Austin, and motivated by a positive long-term housing industry outlook, Dallas-based Builders FirstSource reported strong sales gains in its third fiscal quarter.
The USDA estimates that bio-based chemicals, which are manufactured from renewable resources and are slowly beginning to replace their petroleum-derived counterparts, will constitute over 10% of the chemicals market by 2015.
Over the past several years, environmentally-friendly building practices have begun to move from niche to normal. Green products are easy to find, but true sustainability goes beyond slapping on a “green” label.
Badlands NGL’s LLC and two partners announced plans Monday to build a $4 billion manufacturing plant in North Dakota that will convert a byproduct of natural gas processing into an ingredient for making plastic products
Imagine a building that self-regulates its temperature without electronics. A building that adapts, allowing outside air in as needed and eliminating the need for air conditioning, but that uses no energy in doing so.
A team of students and professors from Barcelona's Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is developing a design for walls that automatically cool--using zero energy--when temperatures rise outside.