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Efficient Deck Building

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If you’re not familiar with the Fast-Cheap-Good project triangle, you should be. That’s because it’s a great tool—applicable to virtually any line of business—for recognizing and dealing with unrealistic clients. You know who I’m talking about: the ones who seemingly demand museum-quality work on a tight schedule, all at a discounted rate. While they might not understand when you tell them it will cost more to build a high-quality deck in time for their daughter’s wedding or the big company picnic later that summer, they probably will understand when you patiently break it down for them and explain that they...

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Searching for Sustainable Asphalt Alternatives

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Researchers from RMIT University, in Melbourne, have developed a more sustainable paving option with a formulation that blends scrap rubber tires and waste from construction and demolition sites The new material can serve as a paving base layer, which often comprises sand or quarried rock. “Our blended material is a 100% recycled alternative that offers a new way to reuse tyre and building waste, while performing strongly on key criteria like flexibility, strength, and permanent deformation," said lead researcher Mohammad Boroujeni in a RMIT press release. The researchers recently published a studyon the strength of their paving material Construction and...

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Protect Your Jobsite Crews from the Summer Heat

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On a jobsite in Kingsville, Texas, in August 2013, a worker was mixing gypsum concrete in preparation for gypcrete installation on an apartment building. It’s not a particularly taxing job, but he was doing it in direct sunlight. “He wasn’t training or doing anything that involved a lot of lifting or climbing,” says Holly Webster, director of administration at Texas-based KWA Construction, which served as the general contractor on the job. (KWA would not release further information on either the worker or subcontractor.) The man, in his 20s, had just transferred from New Mexico, and he wasn’t used to the...

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A New Normal: Reinvent Your Space

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The COVID-19 crisis has shown how susceptible humanity is to major, unprecedented, health and economic pitfalls. As we emerge from the pandemic, we must adapt and strategize to ensure a better response in the event of another outbreak. Businesses have taken a major hit during the pandemic – offices and public spaces either remain closed or are working below their usual capacities. As we transition towards less restrictive phases, building managers, tenants, and even homeowners must consider strategies that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their spaces. A major way to enhance occupant wellbeing within a building is through...

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