Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?

The race to make electric vehicles is turning some places into winners. Normal, Ill., is one of them. But it has seen good times go sour in the past.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #building-construction, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #illinois, #labor-and-jobs, #normal-ill, #restoration-and-renovation, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j

Apartments Built on an Assembly Line

The pandemic put a general crimp in housing construction, but made a California factory that churns out prefabricated housing extra busy.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #california, #factories-and-manufacturing, #factory-os-vallejo-calif, #prefabricated-buildings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

Sustainability Advocates Ask: Why Demolish When You Can Deconstruct?

More cities are adopting deconstruction ordinances that require older homes to be taken down for salvageable parts, but they face challenges in trying to expand their efforts.

#building-construction, #real-estate-commercial, #salvage, #sustainable-living, #waste-materials-and-disposal

California’s Plan to Make New Buildings Greener Will Also Raise Costs

A recent building code change for new construction could reduce emissions by requiring use of solar panels and batteries, raising prices in an already expensive state.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #building-construction, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #finances, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #international-code-council-inc, #los-angeles-calif, #natural-gas, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #san-bernardino-calif, #solar-energy

How Government Decisions Left Tennessee Exposed to Deadly Flooding

Choices about building rules, insurance programs, flood maps and more put residents at higher risk, according to climate and disaster experts.

#building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #humphreys-county-tenn, #local-government, #national-weather-service, #rain, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tennessee

‘They Were Bullies’: Inside the Turbulent Origins of the Collapsed Florida Condo

The team that developed Champlain Towers managed to build the condos despite checkered pasts, internal strife and a last-minute change that infuriated leaders in Surfside, Fla.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #florida, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Inside the Turbulent Origins of the Miami Building Collapse

The team that developed Champlain Towers managed to build the condos despite checkered pasts, internal strife and a last-minute change that infuriated leaders in Surfside, Fla.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #florida, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Wooden Buildings Reach for the Sky

Ambitious high-rise projects in Sweden are a showcase for a reviving forest industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #stockholm-sweden, #wood-and-wood-products

When Scaffolding Hands Them Lemons, Developers Make Lemon Trees

Construction sheds are a necessary evil, meant to protect workers and passers-by. But recent efforts have reimagined them as experiential installations.

#building-construction, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Inside the Tumultuous Years Before the Florida Condo Collapse

The condo board knew that Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla., needed major repairs. It did not know the complex was in a race against time.

#building-construction, #condominiums, #morabito-frank-p, #prieto-ross, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021, #wodnicki-jean

Possible Failure Point Emerges in Miami Building Collapse

Some engineers looking at the failure of a 13-story condo tower in Florida said the collapse appeared to have begun somewhere near the bottom of the building.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #concrete, #engineering-and-engineers, #florida, #national-institute-of-standards-and-technology, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Why Are Australian Homes So Cold?

Another issue the pandemic has thrown into sharp relief: our houses’ lack of insulation.

#australia, #building-construction

Raymond Donovan, 90, Dies; Labor Secretary Quit Under a Cloud

He faced fraud charges when he left the Reagan administration, but a jury acquitted him, leaving him to ask, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?”

#building-construction, #deaths-obituaries, #donovan-raymond-j, #frauds-and-swindling, #labor-department-us, #new-jersey, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #schiavone-construction-co, #united-states-politics-and-government

California Looks at Curbing Construction in Wild Fire-Prone Areas

The state’s insurance regulator endorsed proposals that could reshape the real estate market, the latest sign of climate shocks hitting the economy.

#building-construction, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #homeowners-insurance, #insurance, #napa-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wildfires

China Adds More Parks to Its Cities to Raise Quality of Life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #china, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #real-estate-commercial, #shanghai-china, #urban-areas

House Hunters Are Leaving the City, and Builders Can’t Keep Up

For years, people most wanted to live in places where it was the hardest to build. Now, with a rise in remote work, exurban areas look more appealing.

#building-construction, #central-valley-calif, #commuting, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #telecommuting

Seventh Noose Found at Amazon Construction Site in Connecticut, Police Say

The Windsor Police Department said it was investigating what it called “potential hate crime incidents” after a seventh noose was found at a future fulfillment center.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-people, #building-construction, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #nooses, #windsor-conn, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Old Buildings, New Views

Recent renovations around town have uncovered views of Manhattan that had been hiding in plain sight.

#alchemy-properties-inc, #architecture, #building-construction, #city-hall-park-manhattan-ny, #condominiums, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #general-electric-company, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #skyscraper-museum, #steinwaysons, #waldorf-astoria-new-york-manhattan-ny-hotel, #woolworth-building-manhattan-ny

Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife

Hospitals are bringing together surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with architects, engineers and administrative staff to rethink the modern operating room.

#architecture, #building-construction, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #surgery-and-surgeons

How Biden Can Free America From Its Zoning Straitjacket

If a state wants funds for infrastructure, it should meet strict conditions about housing construction.

#affordable-housing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #california, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #zoning

Local Alliances Put Some Cities on the Fast Track to Recovery

Economic development agencies have created comeback plans for cities like Austin, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., positioning them to rebound from the pandemic quicker than others.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #austin-tex, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional, #tucson-ariz

Biden’s Big Bet: Tackling Climate Change Will Create Jobs, Not Kill Them

For decades, Democrats have countered opposition to “job-killing” environmental regulation by saying combatting climate change would create well-paying new jobs. President Biden is betting on it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

Stephen Bechtel Jr., 95, Dies; Led Family’s Giant Engineering Firm

He modernized the Bechtel Group as it oversaw construction on scores of megaprojects, including the Bay Area transit system and Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Industrial City.

#bay-area-rapid-transit, #bechtel-group, #building-construction, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #stephen-d-bechtel-jr

Noise Complaint: Construction is Ruining My Life

Renters may feel powerless to effect change in their buildings, but they have leverage — especially in the current market.

#building-construction, #noise, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restoration-and-renovation

The Return of the Foyer

The pandemic has prompted some builders to reconsider open plan apartments to include an entry space, a de facto “airlock” between the outside world and the rest of the apartment.

#building-construction, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

The inventory of homes for sale is startlingly low. The pandemic is part of the reason, but it’s not the whole story.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreclosures, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states

Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zoning

Housing Parents in a Pandemic: How About the Backyard?

Wanting to keep older relatives safe and close, families are taking a harder look at the structures known as accessory dwelling units.

#accessory-dwelling-units, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states

The Down Side to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks

432 Park, one of the wealthiest addresses in the world, faces some significant design problems, and other luxury high-rises may share its fate.

#432-park-avenue-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #building-construction, #cim-group, #condominiums, #douglas-elliman-real-estate, #elevators-and-escalators, #high-net-worth-individuals, #macklowe-properties, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

‘One Property at a Time’: A City Tries to Revive Without Gentrifying

Neighborhoods in Newark are beginning to see a flurry of redevelopment, a decade after the city’s downtown gained vogue.

#abandonment-property, #affordable-housing, #amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #baraka-ras, #beth-israel-medical-center, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minorities, #new-jersey, #newark-nj, #nike-inc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy, #whole-foods-market-inc

So You Want to Open a Hotel? Now?

Some new hotels and inns are thriving during these trying times by doubling down on the local market, creating escapist atmospheres and employing other, almost unheard-of tactics.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #marriott-international-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #zingle-inc

Chinese and Indian Troops Clash at Their Disputed Border

Indian officials played down the events, which come as Beijing continues to encroach on disputed Himalayan areas.

#arunachal-pradesh-india, #building-construction, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #sikkim-india, #territorial-disputes

What Will Happen to Your Next Home if Builders Get Their Way?

A lobby is trying to block building codes that would help fight climate change.

#building-construction, #energy-efficiency, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-code-council, #miami-fla, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #polis-jared-s-1975, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #weather

Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

The Chinese economy grew 2.3 percent last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday in Beijing.

#building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government

Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

In the aftermath, some people are deciding to just begin new lives elsewhere. The pandemic and longstanding housing problems haven’t made the choices any easier.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #los-angeles-county-calif, #malibu-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-county-calif, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires

Air Cargo Construction Is Booming, Thanks to Amazon

Airports across the United States are devoting more space to freight shipments as online shopping surges in the pandemic.

#airports, #amazon-com-inc, #anchorage-alaska, #building-construction, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fedex-corporation, #freight-cargo, #kentucky, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-commercial, #san-bernardino-calif, #united-parcel-service-inc

A New Tool in Treating Mental Illness: Building Design

Research into the health effects of natural and man-made surroundings is spurring the development of psychiatric facilities that feel more residential and welcoming.

#architecture, #building-construction, #mental-health-and-disorders, #real-estate-commercial

Rescuers Search for Survivors in Norway Landslide That Killed at Least 7

Seven bodies have been recovered following the disaster last week in a village north of Oslo. Three people are still missing.

#ask-norway, #building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #landslides-and-mudslides, #norway

Home Solar Is Growing, but Big Installers Are Still Losing Money

Some companies are having trouble surviving and making money installing panels because of intense competition and the high costs of doing business.

#batteries, #berger-william-john, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #jurich-lynn, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #small-business, #solar-energy, #stocks-and-bonds, #sunnova-energy-international, #sunrun-inc, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states

The Real Estate Collapse of 2020

The pandemic devastated the housing industry this year, but there were a few flickers of life.

#building-construction, #condominiums, #discount-selling, #landlords, #mortgages, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #suburbs

Humboldt Forum in Berlin Finally Opens (Kind of)

A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #berlin-germany, #building-construction, #colonization, #humboldt-forum, #museums

Modular Construction Meets Changing Needs in the Pandemic

The process of creating prefabricated units that can be quickly assembled has shifted as developers turn to medical buildings, affordable housing, data centers and even a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #real-estate-commercial

Businessman Pays Overdue Utility Bills for Dozens of Floridians, Again

Mike Esmond knew what it was like to be broke and get his heat cut off in a brutal winter. So, for the second year in a row, he paid residents’ overdue utility bills in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

#building-construction, #cam-ranh-bay-vietnam, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida-panhandle, #hurricane-sally-2020, #pensacola-fla, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #swimming-pools

Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #building-construction, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guards, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #san-diego-calif, #smuggling, #sullivan-land-services, #trump-donald-j, #ultimate-concrete, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

Pandemic Creates New Considerations for Arena Construction

The Islanders’ new home at Belmont Park and the venue for the expansion Seattle Kraken have added safety measures for their plans to host fans when they open in 2021.

#belmont-park, #building-construction, #hockey-ice, #new-york-islanders, #stadiums-and-arenas

Crane Accident in Midtown Manhattan Sends Debris Falling

The material that rained down from a tower terrified passers-by, though no one was injured. The building will be the second-tallest residential skyscraper in the city.

#accidents-and-safety, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #buildings-department-nyc, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How the Virus Slowed the Booming Wind Energy Business

Renewable energy developers have struggled to finish projects as the pandemic disrupts construction and global supply chains.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #edf-renewables, #electricite-de-france-edf, #energy-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #milligan-neb, #nebraska, #wind-power

Coronavirus and Home Design

A recent survey of architects reveals that clients are looking for ways to improve the time they spend at home.

#architecture, #building-construction, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Stairwell Collapse in Houston Leaves 3 Workers Dead and 1 Injured

The 15-story building had been inspected hours before the accident.

#accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #deaths-fatalities, #houston-tex, #marathon-oil-corporation, #workplace-hazards-and-violations