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Commercial Construction

Ask the Expert: Alternative Energy Sources – What's new?

There are many new alternative energy technologies available today that can impact construction costs, both at time of construction and over the course of the life of the building. Many of these technologies are already available today, and others are still being developed and tested. The two that are currently most widely used are geothermal and solar.

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Winter 2021 Project Update

You 'd think winter would be a slow time for commercial construction, but it really isn't as slow as you might imagine! While certain aspects of construction can't be accomplished in winter (like laying asphalt), much of what we do can absolutely be done in cold weather.

We have a great list of projects that are currently under construction. Read on for updates and photos!

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Ask the Expert: OSHA Partnership - What is it and why should employers embrace it?

Since its creation, OSHA has focused its resources where they can have the greatest impact in reducing injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the workplace. And to do that, one of their most recent initiatives is the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program.

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Ask the Expert: The Insulated Concrete Form - Is it right for everyone?

The insulated concrete form (ICF) is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete usually made with a rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and even roofs. Find pros and drawbacks of using ICF here.

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Ask the Expert: Drone Technology & Its Future in Construction

Drones currently have many uses on construction sites, but this technology is in the early stages of development within the industry. They currently provide development and construction teams with overhead views of job sites, creating images and videos to help optimize everything from grading plans to identifying differences between the as-designed and as-built plans. Current users of drones are primarily hobbyists, but as the technology and regulations evolve, they could play a major factor within the construction industry.

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Ask the Expert: Smart Buildings - What are they and what do they cost?

Driven by a new generation of affordable and powerful Internet of Things (IoT) devices, commercial building and industrial sites can now generate large amounts of valuable data for analytics and automation. Building owners and managers recoup the benefits and cost savings of these systems.

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Ask the Expert: Reducing Energy Consumption in Commercial Construction

We see it every day – from the electric car charging stations in public places to the “HE” tags on appliances in our homes. We have all witnessed the headlines regarding the detrimental impacts of emissions on the ozone layer and the protests calling for action to protect the world as we know it, but this might leave you wondering – what constitutes “clean energy” and what can we do to help save the planet without breaking the bank?

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Ask the Expert: Selecting Your Roof Today for Tomorrow (TPO vs. EPDM)

When selecting a solution for a commercial roofing system, there are two widely used methods today: TPO and EPDM. Compare them now.

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Ask the Expert: Bioconcrete, Bacterial Concrete or Self-Healing Concrete

The challenge over the years with any concrete product is protection - not from cracking, but how to repair cracking at the early stages before failure. The industry has developed some creative solutions, including “self-healing” concrete.

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Ask the Expert: EIFS - Exterior Insulation and Finish System

Often, we see a newly constructed building and we admire the exterior appearance of the structure without giving much thought to what makes the building so appealing. We are impressed with the color and/or the design, but we don’t stop and really take a good look at the exterior finish. There are numerous building materials that make up the overall “look” of the building. One of those materials you are looking at could be Exterior Insulation and Finish System or EIFS.

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