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The future of construction may be concrete that generates its own electricity

November 8th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

We need buildings in which to live, but crafting those buildings is making it harder to live on this planet. As much as 10% of global carbon emissions come from the production of concrete. One ton of CO2 is generated by making one ton of cement, which is made from limestone and a few other […]



Can’t find an affordable home? Try living in a pod

October 29th, 2018 at 8:21 am » Comments Off

It’s dorm life for adults: A PodShare co-living building in Venice Beach, Calif., where dorm beds go for about $1,400 per month with shared kitchens and bathrooms. The cost of housing is out of reach for many residents in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle. One solution is called co-living, and it looks a […]



Will 3D printing solve the affordable housing crisis?

October 15th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

3D printing’s impact on construction is slowly materializing. Owning one’s own house—a dream of human beings ever since Cro-Magnons looked out of their caves at the retreating glaciers—has been sometimes more, sometimes less affordable. Currently, we’re in one of the less affordable phases. With construction accounting for almost 60 percent of the cost of a […]



Watch this humanoid robot install drywall

October 9th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

The HRP-5P is a humanoid robot from Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology institute that can perform common construction tasks including — as we see above — install drywall. HRP-5P — maybe we can call it Herb? — uses environmental measurement, object detection and motion planning to perform various tasks. In this video we see […]



The next industry to be disrupted by technology: real estate

October 9th, 2018 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

Eric Wu, founder and chief executive of Opendoor, a startup company that flips homes, at its San Francisco headquarters. Many venture capitalists have homed in on real estate as a big opportunity for tech startups because parts of the industry — like pricing, mortgages and building management — have been slow to adopt software that […]



Five technologies changing construction

September 7th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Technology is changing every industry, but what are the top technologies accelerating construction? The construction industry, in general, suffers from a traditional hesitancy to embrace nascent technologies, caused partly because projects take years to plan and complete. Recently, however, progressive construction honchos have begun to harness and realise the potency of tech – whether it’s […]



New “Super Wood” is as strong as steel

September 1st, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

Wood is great. It looks nice as a building material. It grows right out of the ground. But compared to things like concrete, marble, and steel, it’s not all that strong. Well, it didn’t used to be, anyway. Scientists have now created a “super wood” that’s strong enough to stop a bullet.



The Marines 3D printed a concrete barracks

August 31st, 2018 at 8:47 pm » Comments Off

Letting robots do construction jobs on the battlefield frees Marines to fight. Forging ahead with plans to have robots do “dull, dangerous and dirty” jobs, the U.S. Marine Corps used a 3D printer to create a barracks building out of concrete. The process, which took less than two days, created a hardened living space capable […]



Here’s what NASA thinks Mars houses could look like

August 3rd, 2018 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

They’ve awarded cash prizes as part of an ongoing competition. NASA has selected five winners in an ongoing contest it has been running to get smart ideas about how to build a 3d-printed habitat on Mars. The winners have passed level one of the 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge, which required developing about 60 percent of […]



Are real estate agents still relevant in the age of tech?

August 2nd, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

Technology has forever changed how Americans shop for homes. Thanks to sites like Zillow, Trulia and the dozens of others like them, buyers can now brown se listings, find homes and narrow their search all on their own—without ever calling in an agent. And with online mortgage lenders cropping up left and right, they can […]



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