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Is Recycled Plastic Waste the Road Material of the Future?

KWS, a subsidiary of Dutch infrastructure company VolkerWessels, along with processor Wavin and resin supplier Total have signed a cooperation agreement to develop roads made from recycled plastic waste, which the companies say is a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt. The PlasticRoad concept, introduced last year by KWS, involves recycling … Read more »

US Coal Fleet Is Shrinking. What to do with Retired Coal-Fired Power Plants?

As coal-fired power plants retire in record numbers across the US, a brownfield redevelopment firm and Indiana state officials plant to turn one retired coal plant into a port.

Toyota Constructs Zero-Emissions Building

Toyota has installed stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The new building is part of the automaker’s efforts to achieve its 2050 global environmental goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations. The pure hydrogen fuel cells, … Read more »

Recycling Company Owner Facing Felony Charges for Illegally Dumping C&D Waste

The owner of a Pennsylvania recycling company has been charged with 16 crimes, including five felonies, after allegedly illegally dumping 23,455 tons of construction and demolition waste across four Pennsylvania counties.

Portland home deconstruction

City Bans Demolitions to Cut Construction Waste

The construction industry produces a huge amount of waste. In the US alone, about 40 percent of solid waste comes from construction and demolition (C&D). To combat this, one US city is taking the unique approach of banning home demolitions, which it says will encourage the reuse of building materials … Read more »

Dow Solar Shingles

Dow Cuts Solar Shingle Line, Notifies Builders

Dow Chemical will stop making its rooftop solar shingles, called the Powerhouse Solar line, less than five years after it launched the product. A July 28 letter sent to builders says Dow will accept orders for its Powerhouse Solar System 2.0 through July 28, reports MLive. Dow spokesperson Jamie Ellis … Read more »

The Building Sector’s ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Circular Economy Opportunity

The Building Sector’s ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Circular Economy Opportunity

Using closed-loop circular design principles — reusing discarded asphalt products as road-building materials and waste lumber as wooden flooring material, for example — is one of the approaches that could, and should, shape the sector’s future, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum.

Solar Mandates: As Goes California, So Goes the Building Sector?

As California goes, according to the old adage, but does it apply to solar energy mandates for new buildings? Last month San Francisco and Santa Monica approved ordinances requiring rooftop solar systems for new construction. San Francisco’s law, which applies to all new commercial and residential buildings with 10 floors … Read more »

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Construction, Manufacturing Groups Challenge OSHA Silica Rule

Opposition to OSHA’s silica standard has triggered a slew of lawsuits from construction and manufacturing groups that argue the new rule will be too costly — and technologically impossible — to implement. OSHA says the environment, health and safety rule, which targets the construction, industrial, maritime and fracking sectors, will … Read more »

green building

National Green Building Standard Approved for Use

The latest version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved for use by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The residential construction standard provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party green building certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects. … Read more »