This year’s Super Bowl stadium can withstand snow and save energy

Read the full story from ACEEE. All those watching the Super Bowl this weekend, take heart: there’s a good chance the Minneapolis stadium roof won’t collapse — as its predecessor the Metrodome’s did in December 2010. That’s because U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016, features a sleek, practical roof made of a material that lets the …

Ancient building material, terra cotta, could help address modern global challenge: the climate crisis

Read the full story from the University of Buffalo. Architects have turned to terra cotta for millennia. The clay-based ceramic is durable, lasting hundreds of years; it breathes, providing a natural system to transfer heat and water; and its sculptural qualities turn buildings into intricate and colorful works of art. University at Buffalo researchers are …

Improved Sensors Could Reduce Energy Used for HVAC Systems

Read the full story The News. Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are part of a nationwide project to find ways of reducing energy used to heat, cool, and ventilate buildings. Dr. Zheng O’Neill, UA assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a team developing testing standards and control strategies for sensors used to …

New Occupancy Detection Device Designed to Save Home Energy Use

Read the full story from the U.S. Department of Energy. Photoelectric infrared (PIR) sensors are the current choice for occupancy presence detection in buildings. The sensors are used for smart thermostats to control heating and cooling based on occupancy. A major problem is that these PIR sensors only detect individuals who are moving. A Stony …

Building with recycled materials could reduce carbon footprint

Read the full story in Construction Dive. In an effort to reduce carbon footprints, some manufacturers are adopting new building materials and methods, according to Popular Science. Some of those methods include using algae to absorb carbon emissions, developing concrete that absorbs carbon dioxide and making materials from recycled goods, such as wood, metal, cardboard and …

Corn Walls And Rice Bricks: Tomorrow’s Cities Will Be Built From Crops

Read the full story in Fast Company. Today, pineapple, potatoes, mushrooms, corn, oranges, and bananas are staples of the produce aisle. Tomorrow, they might be the backbones of our cities, according to a new report from Arup. In The Urban Bio Loop, the engineering firm advocates turning organic waste into construction materials as a way to …

Is mass timber really sustainable?

Read the full story in The Architect's Newspaper. Identifying successful ways to build sustainably can be difficult in a haze of greenwashing and checklist-style certifications, but many environmental experts, architects, and scientists are looking to mass-built timber as a reliable way to reduce carbon and fossil fuel output. A recent study, “Carbon, Fossil Fuel, and Biodiversity Mitigation …