The Las Vegas housing market is the most overvalued in the US, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. The report pegged southern Nevada homes as up to 24% overvalued during the first quarter of 2018.
There are now more than 5,000 K-12 schools with on-site solar panel installations, producing a total capacity of 910 megawatts, finds a report from The Solar Foundation. Lower prices and energy savings are among the factors driving this trend.
The pitched roof on a new school in Switzerland has a unique folded canopy look designed to match the roofs of nearby homes. The roof also features 1,102 solar panels, which produce enough energy for the school and nearby homes.
About 3,200 cubic yards of concrete were placed during a 12-hour period on a construction site in Palm Beach, Fla. Approximately 320 trucks hauled cement across Flagler Memorial Bridge for placement at a redevelopment project at the old Testa site.
Researchers at England's Lancaster University have found that nanoplatelets from root vegetable fibers can strengthen concrete. Professor Mohamed Saafi said concrete strengthens as the amount of calcium silicate hydrate increases with the addition of nanosheets from carrot and sugar beet roots to the concrete mix.
Building information modeling is currently confined to higher-end projects, because the technology proves challenging for smaller contractors, writes Simon Rooks, general manager of the Special Projects Group at Johnson Controls. "But what starts in large-scale projects always eventually trickles down over time to the rest of the industry. This means that construction companies of all sizes need to consider how the growing demand for BIM is likely to affect them," he says.
The University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research was awarded $1 million to find a less expensive and more energy-efficient way to produce portland cement. The grant was provided by the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
The North Carolina Senate on Thursday voted to fund a plan to modify or cancel a contract with I-77 Mobility Partners to build toll lanes on Interstate 77, but the state House of Representatives voted to oppose the plan. The North Carolina Department of Transportation anticipates making a recommendation about the project this summer.
A temporary restraining order issued by US District Judge James Moody Jr. on Thursday will stop further work on an extension of the Suncoast Parkway in Florida. The plaintiffs in the suit contend that the permit issued by federal agencies for the work did not take into account historical and environmental concerns.