Category: Building Material

Buildings grown by bacteria — new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Buildings are not unlike a human body. They have bones and skin; they breathe. Electrified, they consume energy, regulate temperature and generate waste. Buildings are organisms – albeit inanimate ones.

But what if buildings – walls, roofs, floors, windows – were actually alive – grown, maintained and healed by living materials? Imagine architects using genetic tools that encode the architecture of a building right into the DNA of organisms, which then grow buildings that self-repair, interact with their inhabitants and adapt to the environment.

Living architecture is moving from the realm of science fiction into the laboratory as interdisciplinary teams


Rising Softwood Lumber Costs Lead Building Materials Prices Higher in June


Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased 1.9% in June (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the second consecutive monthly increase since the index declined three months straight by a total 5.4%.

The index has decreased 3.0% year-to-date (YTD), five times the magnitude of the prior record for a June YTD decrease (-0.6% in 2009). Prices paid for goods used in residential construction have only fallen four times between January and June


U.S. hemp-based construction advances with fire-safety tests, new book

DENVER, May 7 (UPI) — Natural materials builders seeking to grow a market for industrial hemp in the United States are moving forward after successful testing for building safety codes and recognition by a national architecture and design program at a U.S. university.

Hemp advocates have identified lime-hemp building material, called “hempcrete,” as an opportunity to build a market for hemp grown for fiber. Challenges have been a lack of supply, building code regulations and a lack of education among architects and designers, builders say.

Hemp advocates are encouraged by building safety tests that are moving forward faster than expected,


LA Sheriff’s Department Examines Cameras in Shooting Probe | California News

GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday that it is examining footage from security cameras that might have recorded the fatal shooting of a young man after deputies spotted him with a gun and he ran.

Capt. Kent Wegener, the head of the department’s Homicide Bureau, said in a news conference that investigators have taken six or seven exterior cameras from the scene of Thursday’s shooting in which 18-year-old Andres Guardado was killed by a deputy.

The killing in an alley among businesses in the Gardena area was the second fatal shooting by Los Angeles


Foundation Building Materials, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Release Date and Conference Call | Business

SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 14, 2020–

Foundation Building Materials, Inc. (FBM or the “Company”) (NYSE: FBM), one of the largest specialty distributors of wallboard, suspended ceilings systems, metal framing, and complementary products in North America, announced today the Company will release its second quarter 2020 financial results after the market close on Monday, August 3, 2020, and host a conference call the following day. The conference call is scheduled for 8:30 AM Eastern Time Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

The call can be accessed in three ways:

  • At the FBM website: in the “Investors” section.
  • By Telephone: For both listen-only