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Construction is central to much of our modern world. Read on for information about innovation in building designs, recent construction statistics, technological advances, and much more about this ever-evolving field.
What Is a Building Envelope and Why Is It Beneficial?

A building envelope is everything that separates the internal building from the external environment, including a roof, doors, windows, floors, and walls.

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What Are Floor Joists and How Do They Work?

Floor joists are horizontal structural members that span an open space, often between beams, which subsequently transfer the load to vertical structural members. These joists, part of the floor system, carry the weight of everything inside a room, including walls, furniture, appliances, and even people.

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Brick Dimensions Guide: Common Shapes and Sizes

Learn about specified, actual, and nominal brick dimensions and the most common brick sizes. Standard brick sizes vary from country to country.

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Rebar Sizes, Grades, and Types

A rebar, or reinforcing bar, is a bar that’s used to reinforce and strengthen concrete under tension. It’s typically made of steel, though fiberglass is popular for certain projects because it doesn’t corrode and is non-magnetic.

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States Where the Most Home Development is Happening

Rumors of a housing boom are abounding, but are they accurate? We’ve analyzed U.S. Census data to determine where the most building permits are being approved and what types of homes are being constructed.

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What Is a Shear Wall?

We tend to think of walls as components that hold things up (like roofs) or provide barriers for privacy or safety. But a shear wall, also known as a structural wall, has a different function.

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How to Design a Net Zero Energy Building

The building sector emits such huge amounts of greenhouse gases that urgent action is necessary to avert climate disaster. Net zero energy buildings will play a big role in curbing global warming in the decades to come.

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The Complete Commercial Building Renovation Checklist

As you begin to familiarize yourself with the renovation process, you will find that renovating a commercial building involves many moving parts. Carefully executing each step of the process is crucial to the project’s success, so it’s important to stay organized and ensure that the project stays on track.

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American Infrastructure Statistics and Facts

We usually think about “infrastructure” as roads and bridges. But the label also covers other kinds of public works. There are many types of infrastructure that affect nearly everything we touch and everywhere we go in modern society.

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Illegal Dumping Facts and the Consequences of Carelessness

Illegal dumping — also known as “fly-tipping” — has been a problem for both cities and rural areas for decades. Americans alone dump roughly 1.5 million tons of illegal waste each year, and the problem has only gotten worse during the pandemic.

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How to Dispose of Concrete Properly

The majority of all C&D waste is concrete. This guide highlights the ways you can safely dispose of your leftover concrete after a project.

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12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2021

If you’re looking to start a career in construction, you’ll appreciate our round-up of 12 of the best cities for construction jobs in 2021.

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