At its current rate of advancement, it’s projected that, by 2020, 3D printing will become a $5.2 billion industry. From synthetic human limbs to functioning firearms, state-of-the-art 3D printing is now making its way into construction. Here are a couple of the projects paving the way for 3D printing of buildings.
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There’s a new kid on the green construction standard block. The Green Globes rating system is being touted as a less-expensive method of rating the sustainability of construction projects. Until recently, LEED was the leading certification program that offered ratings for green architectural design and development, construction and maintenance. Now, LEED is facing competition from Portland, Oregon-based Green Globes, causing controversy and competition throughout the green building industry.
Differences & Similarities
Both LEED and the Green Globes provide national/state/local certification for sustainable building projects; however, there are quite a few ways in which these two systems differ.
- LEED is based on a system of 110 points whereas the Green Globes utilizes a 1,000 point system. Each requires a minimum of points in order to be certified. Read more
Newly-released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirms the US economy added 175,000 jobs in May — 7,000 of which were in the construction sector. At the same time, May’s positive employment numbers resulted in a slight uptick in the unemployment rate, from 7.5% to 7.6%, as more job seekers have reentered the market, according to Bloomberg News.
The good news in construction comes by way of an increase of 7,000 jobs in May. Enthusiasm regarding the gain is tempered by the 6,000 construction jobs lost in April. Specialty Trade Contractors posted the highest gains in Read more
The Department of Energy, the EPA, and the U.S. military are among the federal and construction programs now feeling the effects of the Sequester’s $4 billion in mandatory budget cuts that began on March 1st, according to recent article on ENR.com.
A report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlines cuts made by the Sequester. Here’s a quick look at where they’ll be felt most.
Hardest hit by the cuts are the states still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, with the $50 billion already approved by Congress for natural disaster relief earmarked for reduction. Specifically, New York, Read more
For those who remain skeptical of the construction industry’s return in 2013, here are a few numbers that may sway your opinion. A press release from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) confirmed last week that in January the U.S. hit a three–year high for both construction employment and spending.
- 28,000 jobs were added in January, the eighth straight month of job growth
- Construction spending was up 7.8%, the ninth month in a row that spending grew
“The new employment data show the industry lost even more jobs in the recession than previously estimated but has added almost 300,000 jobs in the past two years, including nearly 100,000 since Read more