Construction materials

Despite a few setbacks, tall wood building construction is thriving in the United States and beyond. As of June 2018, more than 400 mass timber projects have been completed or are in the design stage, according to WoodWorks, which provides education and free project support for commercial and multi-family wood buildings.

A composite material made from plastic and coal ash could replace wood in construction. Although “fly ash” has been used to make concrete for some time, researchers at North Carolina A&T University have combined wet, rough coal ash, typically found in ponds and landfills, with plastic to create a material that is uncannily similar to wood, WUNC reported.

Students at one school are enjoying the benefits of a newly-constructed sports arena with zero carbon footprint. The Panyaden International School in Thailand partnered with Chiangmai Life Architects to build the arena with bamboo — a construction material strong enough to hold up under bad weather, and cool enough to support an open, ventilated floor plan, TechXplore reported.

New research by Technavio shows that the 3D concrete printing market is projected to grow more than 12 percent over the next five years. According to Technavio, the global growth can be attributed to these three key factors:Increased Cost-Effectiveness — using 3D-printed pieces of concrete saves both time and money, including reducing transportation and storage costs.

Sheri Crider wants to know why Americans want new and shiny things — and what they do with the rest. It's a question she has asked for years, going back to when she was using drugs and alcohol, experiencing homelessness and serving time, a period where she felt cut off from the rest of society.