Michael Green

British Columbia Takes Wooden High Rises to the Next Level

Wooden sky scrapers just got a boost as British Columbia doubles their height limits. Buoyed by sustainable architects and engineers, the idea of the wooden skyscraper has garnered more support in BC as sustainability takes center stage. Vancouver was first to build a wooden sky scraper with the 18-floor Brock Commons Building which is not… Read more »

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Built on Sand

“Sand is actually the most important solid substance on Earth,” says Vince Beiser. “It’s the literal foundation of modern civilization.” In his new book The World in a Grain, Beiser explores all the ways in which sand has shaped the communities and the world we live in. Sand isn’t just something we find on beaches,… Read more »

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San Francisco’s First Modular Hotel

In the hotel industry, time is money and large chains can’t afford to have construction projects go over schedule and over budget. For this reason, hotel chains are turning to offsite modular building techniques so new venues are able to start serving guests and generating income faster.

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The Future of Home Building

A lack of innovation and skilled labor means construction is in for a major reckoning and disruption in the future.

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Why Building With Concrete is not Sustainable

Did you know that (aside from water) concrete is the most widely used substance on earth? Every year, enough concrete is poured to cover the land surface of England. Concrete has been the backbone of industrialization, providing housing, infrastructure and fortifying against natural forces like flooding and sea surges. By covering more and more of… Read more »

Modular Construction of Hotels is on the Rise

The building of hotels lends itself to modular construction because it reduces build times significantly, cuts costs and reduces the amount of waste. With more customers demanding eco-friendly accommodation options, hotels are leading the shift to offsite construction. Home2 Suites San Francisco Airport North by Hilton will open its first hotel using modular building components… Read more »