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15 Jun 2019

ICF construction leverages thermal mass

In creating a LEED Platinum home in Fennville, Michigan, builder Jake Vierzen knew keeping the ICF home’s window-rich walls facing south delivered passive solar warming and cooling in the design of Prickly Pear Sanctuary. The south side is completely open, “and that allows that solar heat to be in all

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11 Jun 2019

Excellence in values drives builder’s ICF homes

One of the leading builders of ICF homes in Michigan arrived at his concrete work with more than a decade of home construction experience. What Jake Vierzen has used in his ascent at his R-Value Homes is a high standard. He built homes for 11 years before starting R-Value, which

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24 May 2019

Collaborative robots lift construction efficiency, safety

Vendor Triple E Equipment says that demand for construction robots will more than double in the next five years. “The hard truth is, there’s so much room for machinery because the construction industry is facing a serious worker shortage. The silver lining is that machines working in unison with humans

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22 May 2019

Concrete masonry group invites nominations

The National Concrete Masonry Association has a June 1 deadline to nominate a colleague who deserves to be commended for their contributions and achievements that support the advancement of the industry. Consider nominating individuals whose accomplishments have yet to be publicly acknowledged. Each award has its own criteria and application

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20 May 2019

Tilt-Up Future Think, 2.0

Tilt-Up Future Think 2.0, to be held in Denver, Colorado on June 20, 2019, will present a series of talks focused on emerging technologies and ideas with promising applicability for the tilt-up concrete construction industry. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion where global experts in tilt-up design,

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14 May 2019

Green Building improves LEED resilient pilot credits

LEED pilot credits for Resilient Design are available for projects once again—and they are more effective at enhancing project resilience than ever before. As profiled in USGBC’s new policy brief LEED Resilient Design Pilot Credits: How LEED Empowers Projects to Achieve a Higher Level of Resilience, the credits were first

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