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Russian Lab Unveils Coated Wood Composite

Scientists at a Russian university say they have developed a way to create a wood-polymer hybrid nanocomposite that is far stronger and more durable than natural wood, and a specialized coat...


Insect Eyes Inspire Coating Technology

Reflective coatings already have safety-boosting applications ranging from road paint to coated bicycles, but now researchers are looking at new reflective technology that could help keep bu...


RCMA Announces Roof Coatings Category Rule

Roof coating manufacturers and other experts have developed a resource aimed at calculating and reporting the environmental attributes of roof coating materials.


Research: Cement Sponges Up Substantial CO2

New research from an international team suggests that, while cement production is a major generator of carbon dioxide gas, concrete and other cement-based materials also absorb a considerabl...


Scientists Say Radiation Improves Their Coating

A team of researchers spanning two continents is at work on a nanoceramic coating that not only stands up to the effects of radiation but actually becomes stronger as well.


Study: Cement Absorbs Greenhouse Gas

For years, concrete—specifically the Portland cement that comprises much of the material—has gotten a bad rap in terms of carbon emissions. But new research indicates that even as the produc...


$8M Underwrites Pipeline MIC Research

A research project focused on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in pipelines is receiving nearly $8 million in funding toward ongoing research into the issue.


Bug Eye Biology Enhances Coating Functions

Safety enhancement is already at the core of many reflective coating applications, such as helping to make items like road signs and lane dividers more visible to drivers at night, for examp...


School Focuses on Concrete, Manager Training

Middle Tennessee State University is focusing on training managers and skilled laborers in the construction industry.


Veteran Shares USS Arizona Corrosion Findings

Among this past weekend’s activities commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, university researchers were on deck to share their findings regarding corrosion and lon...


Team Envisions Roofing Made of Coconut

The quest to find sustainable roofing materials has led a team of researchers in Mexico to the coconut.


Scientists Work Toward ‘Flawless’ Graphene

Graphene has been touted as a super-strong nanomaterial that could change the world of coatings, providing a friction-free, wear-resistant coating layer that can prevent corrosion. But its l...


SPF Insulation Uses Hybrid-Cell Approach

Hybrid cell technology allows a new spray polyurethane foam insulation from Rhino Linings (San Diego) to bridge the gap between the company's open- and closed-cell products, according to the...


Study: Conservation on the OEM Coatings Line

Elimination of one step in the paint process at BMW Group’s Munich plant has allowed the German vehicle manufacturer to save 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production, accordi...


Paint Converts Solar Heat to Electricity

A new paint technology is being touted for its ability to harness and repurpose the heat collected by large exposed surfaces like ships, buildings and cars.


Fibers Give New 'Textile Concrete' Appeal

Fibers could be the key to lighter, more durable and more versatile form of reinforced concrete, according to a new report from researchers at the Technical University of Dresden.


Testing Firm Opens Dedicated Coatings Center

A materials and product qualification testing provider based in the United Kingdom is expanding its coatings testing services with a facility offering enhanced offerings to the oil, gas and ...


Paint Produces Power from Hot Surfaces

Buildings, cars, and ships and other vessels are just a few of the possible applications for a new paint technology.


Material Measures the ‘Mood’ of Structures

Mood rings may have been a fleeting fad of the 1970s, but researchers at Vanderbilt University are using the basic concept as a means of detecting damage in failing infrastructure before it ...


Spray Foam Uses Hybrid-Cell Technology

A new spray polyurethane foam insulation product from Rhino Linings uses hybrid-cell technology to create a strong and semi-rigid layer, without some of the problems presented by closed-cell...


Team Focuses on Coating Color Changes

New coatings could produce a range of colors based on nanostructures rather than pigments, says a group of researchers at work on a thin, scratch-resistant coating they say “could be a real ...


Team Studies Concrete Moisture, Corrosion

Sensing problems in concrete is the focus of ongoing research at North Carolina State University.


Seattle Builds ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Bridge

A bridge being built in Seattle will be the first large-scale application of a new set of structural materials that will be “earthquake-proof,” bending and flexing in the event of a quake, t...


‘Textile Concrete’ Offers Support Alternative

Researchers at the Technical University of Dresden are investigating a form of reinforced concrete they claim is lighter, more durable and more versatile than conventional materials.


Engineers: Tough Coating ‘Changes Color’

A collaborative team of researchers from three continents has developed what it says is a thin, scratch-resistant coating that can be easily created in any color without the use of pigments—...


‘Sensing Skin’ Indicates Chemicals, Moisture

Researchers at North Carolina State University have furthered their work with electrically conductive coatings that can sense problems in concrete, adding the capacity to sense corrosion-cau...


Groups Gauge Coatings Across the Pond

If you think saltwater environments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are essentially the same when it comes to their effects on marine coatings, you’re wrong, according a current energy r...


USGBC Names New President, CEO

The U.S. Green Building Council has revealed that its former COO Mahesh Ramanujam is president and CEO of the green-building organization, effective Nov. 4.


Gel-Based Coating Fights Off Ice

Researchers at Colorado State University believe they have made a breakthrough in the realm of anti-icing coatings with the invention of a new ice-repellent coating they claim outperforms to...


GSA Leasing Program Adopts Green Globes

The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification system will be an accepted standard for new construction and interior upgrades to federal leased building spaces, according to the ...


Specialty, E-coat Products Make R&D List

Industrial and specialty coating products from automotive and aerospace electrocoats to corrosion- and chemical-resistant coatings for food packaging were honored in this year's R&D 100, a l...


Industry Supports Trump on Infrastructure

With the contentious 2016 election behind them, U.S. transportation associations are looking ahead to what the future holds for infrastructure and other construction projects under President...


Industry Focuses on Trump Presidency

U.S. builders and architects are putting the contentious election behind them and focusing on the future and what they can expect from the mega-builder and developer turned President-elect D...


Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded

Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100...


Army Works Toward ‘Sandphobic’ Coatings

When it comes to military coatings, the Department of Defense has a new target in its sights: sand.


Tesla Unveils Solar Roof Tile Plans

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors is diving into the home solar market with a splash, announcing a new initiative to bring to market solar roof tiles that look like traditional roofing ...


Scientists Expose Bacteria-Driven Corrosion

Corrosion reportedly costs the United States Department of Defense about $23 billion a year, and much of that is said to occur in marine environments, where chemical processes or bacteria ox...


Webinar: Estimating Costs of Air Leakage

Building envelope expert Andre Desjarlais of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) will present an upcoming free webinar on Durability + Design.


Creating Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Salt

A team of engineers in South Korea have used salt to create a “cost-effective and environmentally friendly” superhydrophobic surface.


Building Green in a Steel City

Transforming a one-time industrial powerhouse into a city known for its sustainable approach and healthy buildings is no small feat.


Team Evaluates Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracks

Pennsylvania is reportedly home to more than 22,000 bridges, many of which are aging and in need of repair. Through a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Departm...


Nonprofit Restores Gen. Lee’s Headquarters

A small, two-story stone structure in Pennsylvania that played a pivotal role in the American Civil War, and specifically the Battle of Gettysburg, has been preserved and restored thanks to ...


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


$6.5M Available for Building Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $6.5 million is up for grabs through its Building Technologies Office for partners who are working to put building efficiency programs into p...


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


Door System Built for Efficiency

A new steel door system from Assa Abloy is built to meet strict regulations regarding air leakage in commercial buildings.


Report: Construction Industry to Hit $713B

Most U.S. building sectors will enjoy modest growth in 2017, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 billion year ahead.


Feds: Multifamily Production Drops 38%

Multifamily construction dropped sharply in September, bringing nationwide housing starts down 9 percent to an annual rate of 1.05 million units, according to new federal data.


MIT Monitors Building Health

A group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way to continuously monitor buildings for signs of instability, structural damage or mechanical stre...


MIT Research Strives to Upgrade Hull Coatings

An American military agency is sponsoring research on the development of a hydrogel material that could help antifouling coatings stick to metal hulls better and longer.


Survey: Architects Back in the Black

According to a new survey from the American Institute of Architects, the architecture industry in the U.S. has nearly fully recovered from the recent recession, and firms have been able to r...


Dewetting Findings Could Improve Coatings

A breakthrough regarding the dewetting process has led researchers at two universities in England to suggest that improvements in coating formulations and self-cleaning surfaces could be jus...


Feds Seek New Efficient Technologies

Know exactly how to cut costs by improving building energy efficiency? The U.S. government wants to hear from you.


Nanotint Gets First Federal Specification

Boasting strong infrared and ultraviolet blocking capabilities, a recently launched thermal insulation coating for glass has been selected and installed by contractors performing energy effi...


Sounding the Alarm on Carbon Reduction

American architects are not keeping the pace needed to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets—i.e., carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.


'Smart Skin' Could Show Structural Damage

Researchers at the University of Delaware are working on a material that could help make structural damage obvious to the eye, even when it would normally be invisible.


Lab Machine Allows Tinting on Small Scale

A new mixing instrument for the production of color samples in the lab is designed to reproduce any tint in samples of 100 cc.


Not Your Average Camouflage

When it comes to camouflaging military vehicles, standard procedure is to paint the vehicle in the appropriate colors and patterns for the environment in which it will serve.


Construction Spending Remains Flat

U.S. construction spending was down ever so slightly in August, according to new data released by the Department of Commerce, which also revised its July numbers to reflect a slight downward...


Study: Coatings Release Nanoparticles

Integrating nanoparticles into coatings is one of the most rapidly developing fields in coatings technology right now, but researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology...


New Sub Coating to Distort Sonar

A Russian shipbuilding research and development institute is working on a polymer film coating intended to make the nation’s submarines invisible to sonar.


Architect: Build Slow, Local

While so much focus in the world of architecture and construction centers on efficiency and speed, Boston-based architect Michael Murphy wants those in the industry to take a step back and c...


Green Packaging Firm Seeks Paint Partners

A U.K.-based packaging startup is looking for paint companies to partner with it to test a new sustainable flexible packaging concept.


Hydrophobic Coatings to Go Mobile

Coatings research performed at the Department of Energy’s science and technology lab has caught the attention of one popular electronics brand seeking to help its line of mobile electronic d...


Stadium Roofs, Seats Find New Homes

If you find yourself waiting for a bus in Indianapolis, you might well be sitting in a seat that’s seen a lot of sports history—all due to the efforts of an organization started by a local a...


Survey: Health in Design Decisions

Nearly 70 percent of U.S building owners consider building health impacts when they make key decisions involving design and construction, a new survey suggests.


Lab Snags $4M for Efficiency Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be stepping up research on energy efficiency in buildings thanks to grants of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


SSPC 2017 Poster Sessions Deadline Nears

Approximately six weeks remain to submit poster session proposals for the SSPC 2017 international protective coatings conference and exhibition.


Study: Indoor Spaces Rampant with Toxins

Indoor dust is often laden with toxic chemicals from building materials, cleaning products, furniture, electronics and other common items, a new study suggests.


Agency Seeks Living Building Ideas

Surfaces that don’t fade or flake; roofing that “breathes” to control airflow; and building materials that heal themselves after damage are just a few of the technologies that could be furth...


Robust Waterproof Coating Emerges

A new superhydrophobic protective coating may soon find a wide range of uses, including buildings, airplanes and mobile phones.


Sensing Lead Paint Using Gel

Scientists at the University of Michigan say they have developed a new lead paint test designed to provide “more clear and accurate results than its counterparts.”


Engineers Tout 'Ultra-Robust' Waterproof Coating

Scientists in Australia have announced a new superhydrophobic protective coating that could one day find uses ranging from preventing ice formation on airplanes and protecting boat hulls fro...


Coating Boasts Fuel, Emissions Savings

A new biocide-free fouling control coating has been launched by AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business, International.


Underground Radar Detects Hidden Damage

Years after Hurricane Katrina struck, the southern Louisiana city of Slidell is benefitting from an underground pipe inspection technology developed at Louisiana Tech University.


New Green Coating Protects Metals

Academics and commercial manufacturers teamed up to develop a new coating system that is said to be tough on corrosion and kind to the environment.


Chemists Develop Green Corrosion Protection

A partnership between a university chemist and a chemical company has culminated in a green coating system that reportedly protects metals against corrosion.


Scientists Apply Paint Element to Bone Recovery

Coatings have long had a role in biomedical applications such as implants, but a team of Scottish researchers now believe a common paint ingredient can be used to aid in bone regeneration.


New Concrete Showcases Flexibility

A new kind of concrete developed by researchers in Singapore is, according to its discoverers, stronger, more reliable, and ... bendable.


Coatings Target Food Facility Safety

In an effort to help curb the spread of food-borne illness, researchers in Ithaca, NY, are looking at how coatings might contribute to keeping surfaces at production facilities free of conta...


Sensing Unseen Structural Damage

Bridges and roadways are subject to wear and deterioration from a number of factors, ranging from age to events like earthquakes and hurricanes. Damage and defects are sometimes obvious, but...


Report: CA Roads Impact Drivers' Wallets

Bridge and road conditions in California are estimated to cost the state’s drivers as much as $53.6 billion a year, according to a national transportation research group.


‘Bendable Concrete’ to Speed Roadwork

Researchers in Singapore have created a form of concrete they say is not only stronger and more durable, but which should also reduce the time needed for roadwork by more than half.


New Window Coating Darkens in an Instant

Forget about pulling the shades when the sun starts to pour in—scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed windows that will darken themselves with the flip of a s...


Energy Department Funds Coatings Research

Three organizations will be able to make use of federal funding to perform research on ways that coatings can contribute to reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy.


NASA Thinks Pink with Pressure-Sensitive Paint

Hot pink is not a color most people would associate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but it happens to be the hue of a special paint the agency relies on when it comes...


Adding Graphene to Protective Coatings

A U.K. specialty and consumer chemicals manufacturer has announced it is about to become the first company to commercialize graphene within high-performance protective paints.


Chemist Fine-tunes Functional Coatings

Functional coatings are at the heart of research trials at a Spanish university, where a team of scientists is striving to modify the surface properties of materials to obtain specific prope...


Scientists Explore Three Functional Coatings

A group of Spanish researchers are working to modify surface properties of paints in order to obtain desired characteristics at a lower cost than those currently on the market.


New Green Building System Reaches U.S.

Eyeing the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. not currently covered by existing green building programs, the U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Metho...


Lab Unveils Self-Healing Anti-Wear Film

A new coating discovered at Argonne National Laboratory could find a role in engines and other mechanisms, as it not only reduces wear, but also regenerates itself with the help of lubricati...


Partners Reveal New Paint Recycling Tech

Closing the paint production loop and improving how paint is recycled are goals of an ongoing initiative led by global paint manufacturer AkzoNobel, design and innovation firm Seymourpowell ...


Drones Take On Mural Mission

From monitoring construction sites to delivering packages, the abilities of drones are growing and a team of Canadian researchers wants to add painting murals to that list.


Paint Preserves WWII Shipwreck

Researchers and naval history buffs have paint to thank for the preservation of a WWII shipwreck site, and for some insights into the battle that took place between a German merchant raider ...


Research Boosts Anticorrosive Protection

Researchers in Iran are undertaking work to improve the anticorrosive properties of polymeric coatings.


Lab Developing Efficient New Window Coating

Liquid crystals are responsible for many flat-screen TVs and other displays, but researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing a way for the same technology to make win...


UK, US Construction Spending Lags

Uncertainty stemming from June’s vote to leave the European Union may play into lagging numbers in the U.K. construction industry in July, while brand new numbers on American construction in...


$500 Million Supports Transportation Projects

Highway improvements, modernization of port terminals, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and rail projects are among 40 of the transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly ...


High Marks for Earthquake-Resistant Pipe

A new development at a university in New York could be good news for earthquake-prone regions worldwide: An earthquake-resilient pipeline design exceeded expectations in its most comprehensi...


EPA: Diesel Storage Tank Corrosion Common

A vast majority of diesel fuel underground storage tanks may exhibit moderate to severe corrosion, according to the U.S. government—but few of the tanks’ owners are aware of it.


Officials Ban Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio has become the latest U.S. city to prohibit the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects throughout the area.


City Prohibits Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio, TX, recently became the largest city in the United States to ban the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects in the region, city authorities said.


Paint Stores Shine in Sherwin-Williams’ Q2

U.S.-based paint and coatings maker The Sherwin-Williams Company posted gains in its second quarter, led by booming architectural sales in its Paint Stores Group.


Sherwin-Williams Posts Gains in Q2

Despite lower numbers in its Global Finishes Group and other divisions, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced overall gains in its second-quarter earnings report.


Don’t Poo-Poo This Roadway of the Future

Could the future of highways come from the humblest beginnings down on the farm?


Pigeons Track Lead Dangers

A much maligned feathered city-dweller may deserve a second look, according to researchers who say pigeons could be the key to tracking lead exposure in children.


Builders See Slow, Steady Growth

U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a slightly faster pace in June, signifying that the market continues to inch toward recovery, new federal data shows.


Feds Invest $19M in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $19 million investment in energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings, money that will fund building envelope research and develo...


Coating Developed for Wear Resistance

An Arkansas startup has won a National Science Foundation grant meant to help it bring its patent-pending coating technology to market.


NJ Shutdown Week 1: 1,700 Jobs, $41M

As the shutdown of road, bridge and rail work continues into its second week in New Jersey, a trade association representing the U.S. transportation design and construction industry has iden...


EPA Shares Year-One Plan for TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first-year plan for activities and actions to enact the newly amended U.S. chemicals law, the first such major chemical management l...


New Coating Addresses Soapy Problem

Researchers behind a new technology say a new spray-applied coating will allow substances like soaps, which are built to stick, to slide right out of containers.


Study Advances Film Measurement

Terahertz technology is already in use or in development for applications including security and medical imagery, but a new study indicates it could be used to give incredibly accurate readi...


Testing Coatings in Flight

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. is putting non-stick coatings to the test in an operational testing later this summer.


EPA Outlines Chemical Law Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined initial actions it will undertake to implement the nation’s first major chemical management law reform in 40 years.


Architect, Builder Suicide Rates High

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers and architects appear in the top five on an unfortunate list: occupations with t...


Global Green Group: Net Zero by 2050

The World Green Building Council has unveiled an ambitious plan to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” in terms of energy consumption in the next 35 years.


Shower Predicament Inspires New Coating

It’s a frustrating situation every time you’re down to the end of a bottle of body wash: You know there’s more in there, but it just won’t come out of the bottle. But it could be a problem o...


Bone Buildings of the Future

Buildings of the future could one day be constructed using artificial bone and eggshell.


Passive House Reaches New Heights

When students move into the apartment housing at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City next year, some will find themselves in a trendsetting structure: The world’s tallest...


Corrosion Hub Expands

The University of Akron celebrated the expansion of facilities and capabilities in its corrosion research center with an open house Tuesday (June 21).


Spiral Towers Set to Soar

The Zhejiang Gate Towers, under initial construction now, will eventually not only be the tallest skyscrapers in Hangzhou, China; they’ll be a couple of very tall examples of sustainable des...


Report: Global Infrastructure Underfunded

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute looks at infrastructure spending from a global perspective, and proffers suggestions as to how the industry might bridge the spending gaps tha...


Team Studies Glass Coating Process

Researchers in Germany are developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Challenges for Women in Engineering

There's a gap between the share of engineering students who are women and the share of the engineering workforce that is, and new research has a suggestion as to why.


Coast Guard Cadets Analyze Corrosion Rates

A tank barge sank amid rough seas in Long Island Sound on Jan. 24, 1936, carrying 500,000 gallons of heating oil with it to the bottom of the sea.


Study Finds ‘Everyday Sexism’ in Engineering

A new study sheds light on why women are less likely to stay in the engineering profession.


Will the Streets Be Paved with Panels?

We’re getting used to seeing solar panels on roofs and in solar “farms,” but what if power-harnessing cells were underfoot, or even under our tires? It’s already been tried in the Netherland...


Coating Use Surprises Scientists

The discovery of a coating that promises to boost wind power services was purely an accident, say the researchers working under a Department of Energy program.


'Smart Release' Coating Holds Off Rust

Researchers at a university in Wales have developed a “smart release” coating that could serve as a potential alternative to the use of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor.


Bamboo: Nature’s Ideal Building Material?

Sometimes, the best materials in the built environment come from the natural environment. Kent Harries, of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, thinks bamboo certain...


Advancing Anti-Reflective Coatings

A European research institute has put its efforts behind developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


New Cool Roof Coating Shows Promise

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee say they’ve developed a reflective coating that could change the game in the world of cool roof coatings.


China, U.S. Spar Over Steel Duties

American steel imports from other countries, especially China, have become a topic of contentious global debate in the weeks since the U.S. announced plans to levy steep duties on companies ...


Algae in the Walls Down Under

There are green buildings, and then there are slimy, green buildings: A team of researchers and architects in Australia are hoping that soon, buildings constructed with algae will be a reali...


Researching a New Cement Recipe

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are on the hunt for a new bio-inspired recipe for cement paste could make buildings, bridges and other structures more sustainable and...


Construction Spending Plunges

After a strong March, new federal data shows that U.S. construction spending fell 1.8 percent in April—the largest drop since January 2011.


Study: Cool Roofs Beat Heat in all Climes

New research suggests reflective roof coatings and other technologies work to combat the “urban heat island effect” even in cities covered in snow for several months out of the year.


MIT Research Looks to Redesign Concrete

Biomaterials are the inspiration for a new recipe for cement paste that researchers at MIT have developed, and the result could be a more sustainable and durable kind of concrete, and struct...


AkzoNobel Launches China R&D Facility

Dutch coatings giant AkzoNobel recently unveiled its new €6.5 million ($7.27 million) technology center in Songjiang, Shanghai.


Scientists Tackle Paint Fade

Paint that will never fade may become a reality if a group of researchers from Australia have any say in the matter.


Magnesium-Rich Primer Challenges Chromate Systems

A team of materials science researchers at the University of Virginia has identified a magnesium-rich primer—used as part of a normal paint system—as a promising candidate to replace chromat...


'Concrete Cancer' Meets Its Match

Researchers have discovered a new concrete formulation that could take advantage of recycled glass, without being susceptible to the deterioration-causing chemical reaction known as "concret...


Scientist Adds Motion in Coatings Test

One doctoral candidate at a Danish technical university has developed a coating test method that takes a novel approach to analyzing coatings performance.


Scientists Find Cure for Concrete Cancer

In a recent study, Canadian researchers reported the ability to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as “co...


DOE Funds Window Coatings

The federal government is investing $31 million in 14 window coating and windowpane research and development projects.


‘World-Class’ Pigments Plant Launches

A color pigments facility, described as a showcase for world-class pigments manufacturing technology, is starting operations in the southeast United States, according to multinational consum...


Nanotech Coating Deal Signed

A University of Houston spinoff company reports it has signed a distribution deal for its protective coating technology made for wood, masonry and concrete.


Research Could Lead to Resilient Coatings

A laboratory advance involving two-dimensional materials could be a step toward new coatings technology that will fortify materials that are susceptible to projectile damage and potentially ...


Design Demand ‘Modest,’ AIA Says

As thousands of architects, designers, business leaders and representatives converge this week in Philadelphia for the annual American Institute of Architects’ convention, the organization r...


Concrete, Coatings Deliver Green Honors

Concrete formulation and coating specifications play a role in many of the projects being honored by the American Institute of Architects for their sustainable and ecological design.


New Coating Protects from Superbugs

Scientists in Ireland say they’ve discovered a breakthrough coating that could protect everyday surfaces from bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”


Sherwin-Williams Receives Royal Honor

A Sherwin-Williams Company division is one of 243 firms selected for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2016, celebrating British business contributions to international trade, innov...


Public, Private Groups Focus on Resilience

The White House this week announced new public and private measures to boost community resilience at its Conference on Resilient Building Codes.


The Secret to Fresh Fruit: A Silk Coat?

You’ve heard of corn silk, but what about strawberry silk? Researchers at Tufts University say a thin coating of the material could be just what it takes to keep certain kinds of fruit fresh...


ASCE: Failing Infrastructure Hurts Economy

America’s failure to invest adequately in infrastructure updates comes at a substantial cost to individuals, according to a new report issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Smart Coating Fights Fouling, Cancer

Scientists at Seton Hall University say they’ve come up with a new and more effective way to fight biofouling through coatings—and the technology they’ve developed may help fight cancer and ...


Today’s Espresso, Tomorrow’s Expressway

Coffee may already power a lot of engineers and construction crews, but some Australian researchers are looking at the brown stuff as a potential building material for roads, too.


Construction Numbers, Labor Demand Up

As Census Bureau numbers show the U.S. construction industry continuing to grow (including a big leap in road construction), one industry group is pointing out the need for more qualified wo...


Polymer to Self-Heal at Body Temp

Scientists at the University of Reading have come up with technology that could eventually be developed into self-healing coatings for buildings as well as other applications.


Construction Spending Up, Labor Warning

New federal data suggests that the U.S. construction industry is continuing along the path to recovery, while industry officials warn that more qualified workers are needed to meet rising de...


Polymer Self-Repairs at Body Temperature

Scientists at the University of Reading are at work on a self-healing polymer that may find use in automotive coatings, as well as other industrial and biomedical applications.


Hempel Strives for Sustainable Coatings

Danish coatings supplier Hempel is working to develop sustainable antifouling coatings through a grants program sponsored by the European Economic Area (EEA), the company said in a statement...


Fungus Could Keep Out the Cold

An Alaska researcher may have developed a sustainable way to insulate buildings and infrastructure from the state’s icy permafrost—using a mushroom.


National Labs Call for Building Ideas

The Energy Department says it is ramping up its crowdsourcing efforts, seeking innovative ideas for the building envelope, lighting, heating and cooling systems and more.


LEED Floats Credit Aimed at Illegal Wood

Cutting out the use of illegally harvested timber is at the heart of a new LEED credit being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


New Nanocoating Inhibits Bacteria Growth

A new nanocoating developed by scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev could play an important role in marine anti-fouling coatings.


See-Through Wood to Brighten Buildings

Buildings of the future may utilize a material capable of providing interior spaces with ample amounts of daylighting. Hint: It’s not glass.


Report Questions Builders' Labor Worries

Construction industry groups have incessantly sounded alarms that the biggest challenge facing the recovering housing market is a lack of skilled labor; however, a new report seems to questi...


PPG: No Lead in Any Products by 2020

In its newly released sustainability report, PPG announced that it plans to completely phase out the use of lead in its products by 2020.


PPG Makes Lead-Free Commitment

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG says it will phase out the use of lead in all of its products in four years, according to a newly released sustainability report.


Stores Boost Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Strong architectural paint sales volume in Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Stores helped deliver a record first quarter to the global paint company.


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q1 Net Sales Grow

While The Sherwin-Williams Company saw a slight dip in net sales for in its Global Finishes Group in the start of 2016, strong performance by the PaintStores Group helped push the company in...


Solar Cells Powered by Rain?

Researchers in China say they've found a way to make solar cells that derive power from raindrops too.


Volume Up, Revenue Dips in AkzoNobel’s Q1

AkzoNobel opened 2016 with volume increases across the board and a warning that the market environment remains uncertain with challenging conditions.


AkzoNobel Confronts Challenging Q1

AkzoNobel reported growth in volumes and profitability in all three business areas in its first quarter 2016 results, despite a challenging market environment.


Team Uses Nanoparticles to Bolster PTFE

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are studying a method of using nanoparticles to increase the sturdiness in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings, commonly known as Teflon.


Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring com...


Waterproofing Market to Hit $9.5B by 2022

The global demand for waterproofing membrane is expected to reach $9.5 billion by 2022, a new market forecast suggests


New Coatings Inhibit Corrosion, Biofilms

A Saarbrucken, Germany-based research center is working on coatings advancements intended to benefit anticorrosion and antifouling applications.


Dow Coatings’ Scientist Honored for Paper

Alkyd chemistry was the focus of the technical lecture deemed most outstanding among the presentations making up this year’s American Coatings Conference.


11 Schools on a Green Mission

From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., 11 schools across the country are leaders in school sustainability and environmental engagement, according to green-building authorities.


Dow Research Earns Industry Accolades

Alkyd chemistry was the focus of the technical lecture deemed most outstanding among the presentations making up this year’s American Coatings Conference.


Understanding Laboratory Weathering Tests

Accelerated weathering and light stability testing can be an important part of new product development and quality control.


ChemQuest, Coatings Center Team Up

A new strategic partnership aims to advance technology and production needs of coatings end-users, suppliers, formulators and raw material producers.


A Robotic Spray Can That Paints Murals

A “smart” spray can system uses computer-aided painting and robotics to help non-artists quickly and accurately reproduce photographs as large-scale murals.


Chemical Firm Integrates Coatings Center

An international business strategy firm specializing in specialty chemicals has announced the launch of a new facility to support the technology and production needs of clients in markets su...


Reports: Construction Pulse Is Strong

From spending to jobs, all signs point to a strengthening construction market. Two recent federal reports showing a sharp rise in construction employment and a solid increase in construction...


Adhesive Made to Bind Most Materials

PPG’s Liquid Nails brand has launched a new all-surface construction adhesive, Fuze*It, billed to ease challenges associated with using different adhesives to bind different materials.


Construction Jobs, Spending See Growth

“The demand for construction is robust and well-balanced among residential, private non-residential and public segments,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contrac...


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


Whiskey Glasses Stir Coatings Research

Alcohol is often cited as delivering inspiration to writers and artists, but now a team of Princeton University researchers name spirits as providing a clue to the secret to improving unifor...


Buildings at Risk Due to Induced Quakes

The threat of damaging earthquakes in the Central U.S. is similar to that in tremblor-heavy California, a new government report suggests.


Whiskey Drops Inspire Coatings Technology

Whiskey may unlock the secret to improving uniformity in films and coatings, according to Princeton University researchers.


USGS Studies ‘Induced’ Seismic Activity

For the first time, maps showing the potential for earthquakes as a result of human activity, not just natural movements, have been released by the scientific agency responsible for studying...


Drying Paint Reveals ‘Exciting’ Discovery

While most people would describe “watching paint dry” as a boring endeavor, a team of scientists expects to put it to use in improving the performance of a wide variety of everyday goods, fr...


Engineers Develop Tunable Windows

A new technology could make window blinds and drapes obsolete. Researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science


Spray-On Coating May Ease Icing Problems

Research is underway on a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed with airplanes, oil rigs, power lines and other industrial machinery or structures in mind.


Watching Paint Dry Yields Breakthroughs

It turns out that watching paint dry isn’t as pointless as it seems. Researchers at the University of Surrey in England, collaborating with the Universite Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, hav...


Research Seeks Safer Military Coatings

A professor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has secured funding to develop environmentally responsible, but high-performance coatings for the U.S. military aircraft and shipboard surfac...


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Climate Policy, Concrete Mix in Research

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, hope to close the loop on carbon emissions and concrete.


SSPC Papers, Posters Deadlines Near

Deadlines are nearing for the submission of SSPC presentation proposals for the society’s 2017 conference.


Team Tests Self-Consolidating Concrete

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working to improve on the current challenges self-consolidating concrete poses in a range of construction projects.


Building Technology Shines in NASA Contest

NASA has awarded three winners a total of $15,000 for developing concepts for a basic need for Mars exploration—building materials.


Team Studies Self-Consolidating Concrete

A team of university researchers is looking to make self-consolidating concrete the go-to construction product in the U.S.


Construction Jobs Picture Mixed, AGC Says

As spending grows in nonresidential construction, data shows employment growth in that sector to be lagging, suggesting contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers, a new re...


Scientists Unveil Ice-Melting Coating

Researchers at Rice University are working on developing a composite coating to help remove ice in cold-weather applications ranging from wind turbines to aircraft wings.


AGC Sees Shortages Amid Record Growth

With 19,000 construction jobs added in February and the number of unemployed workers dipping to the lowest level since data tracking began in 2000, the overall picture remains “positive” for...


EPA Funds Student, Small Biz Innovation

The Environmental Protection Agency is working with students and small businesses around the country to support green building technologies, innovative technologies that protect the environm...


Flame Retardant Market Remains Hot

The global demand for flame retardant chemicals is expected to surge in the coming years.


No Grid Needed: Wall that Heats, Cools

A researcher from the Lund University in Sweden says she has adapted a 19th century construction technique that can reportedly heat and cool buildings, while drastically reducing associated ...


Team Lauds ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Coatings

Scientists at a Swiss university have developed a polymer coating they say is so versatile they compare it to the iconic Swiss army knife, with future applications cutting into the wastewate...


In the Lab: Low-Cost Window Coating

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks to “disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity” with a newly developed coat...


CHPS Launches PreFab Program for Schools

A new rating system designed for prefabricated modular classrooms for schools has been rolled out.


Nanocoating Startup Nets $746K Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded an Arkansas-based startup a six-figure grant for its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleaning and highly t...


Oil Presence May Speed Corrosion

The presence of oil in water is believed to increase the rate of corrosion on ships with steel hulls, according to a research project led by representatives from George Mason University and ...


Glass Nanocoating Work Wins $746K Grant

A Fayetteville, AR, startup has been awarded a $746,000 National Science Foundation grant in recognition of its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleani...


Research Brings Antifouling to Oman

A university in Oman has developed the region’s first antifouling marine nanocoating, according to an announcement following a month-long field test of the coating at a local marina.


PPG Launches $7.8M Coatings R&D Hub

Paint and coatings giant PPG Industries has unveiled its newly completed research and development facility just outside of Pittsburgh, home to its global headquarters.


EPA Awards Focus on Sustainable Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing in green building technologies and other innovative ideas developed by 38 student teams from around the country.


Is Recycled Concrete a Viable Option?

When it comes to sustainability and reuse in construction, can the industry begin to do more with recycled concrete? A University of Notre Dame research team is focusing on just that questio...


App Made to Detect Seismic Activity

Scientists in California want to turn our smartphones into a worldwide seismic network.


Study: Graphene Is Strong, Not Tough

While the various properties inherent to graphene make it ideal for applications from corrosion-resistant coatings to biological devices, all uses rely on the structural reliability it is kn...


Study Links Beautiful Architecture to Health

Attention architects and urban planners: A team of researchers in the UK has investigated the relationship between our health and the beauty of the environment we live in.


Heavy Construction Jobs Set to Rise

Declines in heavy and civil engineering construction are expected to turn around in 2016 in response to the long-term transportation bill, according to the Associated General Contractors of ...


Graphene Gets ‘F’ in Fracture Study

Graphene—a so-called "wonder material" consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms—has been showing strength in multiple applications, including coatings.


President Requests $1.4B for U.S. Buildings

The nation’s largest landlord will be able to put nearly $1.4 billion in funds toward federal building developments and other projects under President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget proposal.


Coating Signals Critical Unseen Damage

Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a coating meant to deliver a clear indication of structural damage so small that it would otherwise be undetectable to the naked eye ...


Construction Jobs Register 8-Year High

A new analysis shows that the construction industry’s unemployment rate has dropped to a 17-year low.


Ancient Bones Found at Construction Site

Big football players usually roam a university’s gridiron on Saturday afternoons. But construction crews recently found the remains of some much larger—and mostly extinct—creatures while wor...


Folding Blades to Protect Giant Turbines

As part of its work for the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories has developed an innovation in wind turbine blades intended to help protect them in harsh offshore environ...


Electric Concrete Could De-Ice Roads

Researchers in Nebraska are hoping their electrified concrete will help drivers avoid the skids during winter months.


Growth Projection: Adhesives and Sealants

Demand for adhesives and sealants is projected to expand 4.5 percent annually, reaching $64 billion in 2019.


Sherwin-Williams Sets Q4, Full-Year Records

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported earnings and sales records for its 2015 fourth-quarter and full year, driven by architectural paint sales volume increases in its Paint Stores and Consu...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Strong 2015

Sherwin-Williams' new president and CEO delivered a "gratifying" full-year and fourth quarter earnings report released Thursday (Jan. 28).


USGBC Names Top 10 Green Building States

Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts ranked 1-2-3 in the U.S. Green Building Council’s latest list of top states for commercial and institutional green buildings per capita.


SSPC 2016 Highlights Youth Research

Focusing on the bright future of the coatings industry was a main goal during SSPC 2016 held in San Antonio.


Beetle Shell Inspires Anti-Frost Coating

Researchers from Virginia Tech are looking to inhabitants of one of the hottest areas on the planet for inspiration in developing a coating that would inhibit ice formation on critical surfa...


Study: Lead Levels High on Playgrounds

Researchers in the UK have found the presence of hazardous amounts of lead paint on public playground equipment across Southern England and warn the issue may be more widespread.


Scientists Bind Metal to Metal Sans Heat

Nanotechnology experts from Northeastern University in Boston say they have a developed an adhesive that binds metal to metal, sets at room temperature and requires little pressure to seal.


SSPC Showcases Student Innovation

Each year, SSPC sets its sites on the future of the industry by shining a spotlight on the next generation of coatings professionals at the annual SSPC conference.


Sessions, Experts Lined Up for RCMA 2016

Cool roof technology updates, sustainability challenges, and application issues are among the topics on the agenda for the annual roof coatings conference in Philadelphia.


Hyperloop Test Track to Break Ground

Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transportation system appears poised to give the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s bullet train some competition for delivering the fastest ride from nort...


Second-Tallest Building Made Sustainable

Described as “more than a landmark” with some of the most sustainable features across the globe, construction is complete on the second-tallest building in the world.


Nature Inspires Anti-Reflective Coating

Using millions of tiny hollow spheres of carbonized sugar, arranged in a tightly packed hexagonal monolayer, a team of researchers has developed a lightweight anti-reflective coating that co...


Study: Heat Improves Cool Roof Effect

A recent study suggests that white roofs can decrease the amount of urban heat island effect during a heat wave, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Turning Waste into Eco-friendly Concrete

Seeking to develop a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of concrete, a team of


Birds Inspire Color-Fade Research

U.K. scientists are looking to the sky to better understand why colors fade, and what they have discovered may one day lead to paints and coatings that will keep their color for longer


The Sweet Sound of … Concrete?

Many music lovers prize old-school records as providing the ultimate listening experience. But would


Sweet Swap for Portland Cement?

A team of Spanish and Brazilian researchers says it has developed a more environmentally friendly version of concrete.


How Do You Deal with Salts on Steel?

Professionals in the steel structure painting industry are being asked to provide input for a research


Scientists Seek to Stop Color-Fade

Why do colorful birds not turn gray as they age? Researchers at the University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K., say it comes down to the way color is created in the feathers.


Up to $8M Available for Energy Ideas

Are you a building science expert interested in efficiency innovation? If so, the Energy Department wants to send you money.


Moth Eyes Inspire Coating Innovation

Researchers at two universities are taking inspiration from structures found in the insect world to create an anti-reflection coating that retains conductivity in order to improve electronic...


Coating Research Improves IAQ

Research undertaken at a Swedish university proposes a cure for “sick building syndrome” that uses coatings to take on the treatment process.


AkzoNobel Opens $10M Facility

AkzoNobel has opened a new $10 million research, development and innovation facility in Ohio, to serve the company's North American Performance Coatings businesses.


AkzoNobel Launches New RD&I Center

Amsterdam-based paints and coatings company AkzoNobel celebrated the opening of its new research, development and innovation (RD&I) center Tuesday (Dec. 1) in Strongsville, OH, with opening ...


Berkeley Lab to Build Tropical Test Bed

A Singapore rooftop is being transformed into a lab for building materials so that researchers can learn more about how to design greener buildings in the tropics.


Coating to Aid in Water, Dirt Repel

University of Massachusetts scientists say they have come up with a process for making transparent coatings that will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


Coating Technology to Repel Water, Dirt

Researchers have developed a process for making transparent coatings that they say will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


Study: Millennials Key in Construction

A new study suggests that millennials might help close the gap on the shortage of available construction workers.


Coating Innovation Wins Recognition

A corrosion- and abrasion-resistant coating secured one fledgling Norwegian coatings company the top spot in a competition recognizing the best entrepreneurs from across a range of technolog...


AkzoNobel Opens Wood Coatings Center

AkzoNobel has announced the opening of a new technical center for wood coatings in Malmö, Sweden.


Concrete ‘Crystal’ Key to Degradation

Organic materials could provide an answer to degenerative aging concrete structures now that scientists have found a physical structure that appears to be causing much of the damage.


Sherwin-Williams Funds Materials Study

A materials research program at an university in Cleveland is getting a boost from the paint and coatings giant that shares its hometown.


Study: Concrete 'Crystal' Key to Aging

Researchers believe they may be closer to finding a solution for a common concrete bridge and dam aging problem.


Israel Discovers Ancient Mosaic Floor

A 1,700-year-old mosaic floor in Lod, Israel—discovered last year by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a construction project—has been unveiled to the public, according to numerous rep...


U.S. Green Materials Market to Soar

The U.S. green building materials market is set to reach $69 billion by 2019, a new report projects.


Concrete Wind Turbines Pass New Tests

Iowa State University researchers wanted to see how tough their new concrete wind turbines would be under the twisting strain of hydraulic machines.


Group Approves New LEED v4 Guidance

Ahead of its annual international conference and exposition, the U.S. Green Building Council has announced new guidance related to material ingredient disclosure requirements in the organiza...


DOE Projects Focus on Building Science

Building envelope and ventilation technologies are at the center of five new U.S. Department of Energy funded projects in development.


‘House of Energy’ Earns Premium Status

A mixed-use building in Kaufbeuren, Germany, uses so little energy that it has been certified as the first Passive House Premium in the world.


Green Seal Revises Coatings Standard

A nonprofit certifier of sustainability products has expanded its standard for architectural coatings.


Robot Helps Keep Road Painters Safe

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth have teamed up with its state’s Department of Transportation to build a robot that helps keep workers safe.


Sherwin-Williams Backs IAM Research

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Company is making a $1-million commitment to materials research through the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU),...


Fines Bolster Compliance, Study Says

Do employers take worker safety more seriously when they know there will be formal or financial consequences?


Study: Citations Reduce Work Injuries

New research confirms previous studies that suggest citations and penalties from workplace inspections reduce injuries that occur on the job.


Steelmaker Opens Coatings Center

The opening of a new research and development center for advanced steel coatings is the first step toward a partnership between a university in the U.K. and a troubled global steel manufactu...


Nano-Cell Paint Changes Colors Rapidly

Changing the color of wall paint soon could be as simple as spraying the walls with water, swiping an app on a smartphone or even just turning on the heat.


Firm Examines Global Coatings Use

A market research company that specializes in polymer and chemical industries has released its findings on the global consumption of coatings, adhesives, sealants and inks (CASI) for 2014.


Wave Machine Simulates Flooding

Its promotional video has been compared to a blockbuster movie trailer, but a Dutch company’s wave simulation facility is all science and not fiction.


Team Develops Coating for Steel

Harvard researchers say they have developed a coating that makes steel stronger, safer and more durable.


Paint Designed to Kill Bacteria

Sherwin-Williams is billing its latest product offering as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs” in its nearly 150-year history.


Study: Green Matters in Office Settings

When it comes to productivity at work, does it matter whether your office is “green” or not?


Study Tests Nanocoating for Solar Cells

Researchers in Iran have developed a nanoparticle coating that they say helps to increase efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.


Economists: Housing Market Improving

U.S. builders are expected to break ground on 1.33 million units in 2016 and hit 1.56 million units in 2017, a new forecast suggests.


Income, Sales Up for AkzoNobel Q3

Amsterdam coatings giant AkzoNobel has reported income and sales gains for its third quarter amid “challenging market conditions.”


Now Testing: Self-Healing Concrete

With several researchers experimenting over the past few years with self-healing concrete methods, a company in the United Kingdom is being recognized for leading the way in testing how well...


AkzoNobel Posts Positive Q3 Earnings

Marine and Protective Coatings led in revenue gains among AkzoNobel’s markets in its third quarter, according to the Amsterdam coatings company.


Self-Healing Concrete Effort Recognized

A company in the United Kingdom is up for a sustainability award for its work in testing self-healing concrete methods.


Self-Repairing Cities Goal of Project

A university in the United Kingdom is working to develop robots and drones that researchers hope will be able to repair city infrastructure without causing the disruption normally associated...


NASA Program Propels New Business

NASA is offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to startup companies, giving them a competitive edge to help get their businesses of the ground.


Testing Lab for Bridge Design Debuts

With twice the weight of a legal tractor-trailer at 17,000 passes per 24 hours, the BEAST is something most bridges would not want to mess with.


SURE House Shines in Solar Contest

Students from the Stevens Institute of Technology are basking in the glow of top honors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 after designing, building and operating “a coast...


Graphene Tops Polymer for MIC

In its ongoing investigations into graphene coatings and corrosion prevention, a global science team has determined that the graphene coatings minimize corrosion better than commercial polym...


PPG Reports ‘Strong’ Q3

Recent acquisitions and “aggressive” cost reductions helped deliver a third quarter record for PPG Industries Inc.


PPG: Record Income in Q3

Protective and marine coatings sales helped improve the bottom line for PPG Industries Inc. during the company’s third quarter of 2015.


Construction Market Good, Data Says

Even amid worker shortages, two new reports shine a bright light on the U.S. construction environment based on September figures.


Reports: Strong Pulse for Construction

From credit risk to construction spending, all signs point to a strengthening U.S. construction industry.


Firm Touts Top Tech of 2015

Anti-corrosion coatings are among the top technologies expected to show the most advancement and influence this year, a new research report indicates.


Flame Retardant Found in Nature

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say they have discovered a nontoxic flame retardant with the help of marine mussels.


New Bank Skyscraper: World’s Greenest?

The owners of a new Pittsburgh skyscraper are billing the building as the greenest of its kind in the world.


Pigments Keep a Black Yacht Cool

The first all-black racing yacht has just hit the water, and it’s the heat-reflecting properties of the pigments in the coatings that make it possible.


GSA, DOE Seek Green Technologies

The federal government has issued a call for “innovative, transformative green building technologies” that could improve the economic and environmental performance in federal and commercial ...


Coatings Give Marine Life the Slip

A technology company known for their work with super-repellant surfaces is turning its attention to the marine applications market.


Study: 90% of Homes Under Insulated

Only 10 percent of U.S. homes are thought to be insulated adequately, according to new research.


Microwave Could Detect Concrete Flaws

A new study could help engineers use microwave technology to test for concrete cracking and rebar defects.


Valspar Awards $25K in Scholarships

Students from around the globe who are studying coatings and polymeric materials at the North Dakota State University in Fargo will receive $25,000 in scholarships thanks to Valspar Corp.


Drop in Immigration Fuels Labor Shortage

A new report suggests that an immigration slowdown is contributing to the rising cost of construction and widespread labor shortages in the industry.


University Team Tackles Corrosion

A coatings project at North Dakota State University (NDSU) not only seeks to improve the safety of pipelines when it comes to corrosion protection, but also enhances the career path of the s...


Drones Build Sturdy Rope Bridge

A Swiss research team has found a way to build a rope bridge using drones.


Professor Patents Bio-Panel System

Paper, weeds, industrial hemp and discarded forest products are among the waste materials a University of Colorado architecture professor and former graduate student are using to produce bui...


Coating to Cool Solar Cells in Full Sun

A trio of Stanford University engineers has developed a transparent coating designed to improve the efficiency of solar cells by radiating heat into space.


Firm Makes Coating to Reduce Belt Slip

A company in Washington has developed a high-velocity thermal spray coating its owner says drops pulley wear on belt-driven systems to near zero.


Study: What’s 'Green' to Home Buyers

What is it about a “green home” that makes a potential home buyer want to spend green?


GBI Seeks Input on Green Standard

The non-profit developer of the Green Globes rating system is inviting the public to comment on its latest draft green building standard.


Energy Dept. Defines ‘Net Zero Building’

In a move aimed at bringing together the building community and promoting clarity, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a common definition for “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” bui...


Fighting Corrosion the 18th Century Way

Scientists at a Chinese research facility are working on an alternative to coatings to help fight corrosion in the country’s naval fleet. The role of bacteria in corrosion and the antibacter...


Corrosion Affects City Water Supply

The city of Flint, MI, has a problem with severe iron and lead corrosion in its water distribution system. Marc Edwards, an expert on municipal water quality, is seeking ways to address the ...


Dry Advance in Underwater Coatings

A research team at Northwestern University is the first to determine the specific “roughness” needed to keep a surface dry even when submerged in water for a long period of time.


Input Invited on Infiltration Tech

The federal government is seeking information on building envelope infiltration diagnostic technologies.


Pipeline Replacement Promotes Safety

While the findings from a university study of gas pipelines may not be all that surprising, they do reinforce the importance of maintaining infrastructure for public safety.


EPA Funds Green Tech Development

Coatings and concrete are among the applications benefiting from a $2 million investment supporting the development of green technologies.


Shore Study Reveals Opportunity for Growth

Contractors and manufacturers should see an opportunity to grow and be innovative following a recent study on shoreline hardening, its author says.


New Coating Stays Dry, Even Under Water

A group of engineers have discovered a new way to keep surfaces dry underwater, and their findings could eventually work their way into antifouling, pipe and marine coatings.


Are ‘Green’ Buzzwords a Buzzkill?

With the construction industry abuzz with jargon that makes consumers think “green,” just how much do Americans really like or understand the words that have become the norm in the building ...


Awards Focus on Green Coatings, Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and envir...


Shore Hardening Study: An Opportunity?

Researchers who have been studying shoreline degradation in the U.S. said they hope engineers, contractors and ecologists can work together to create more natural seashore solutions as coast...


Slick Advance in Engineered Surfaces

Penn State researchers say they have engineered a nano-textured, highly slippery surface capable of outperforming natural coatings that repel water and dirt.


Construction Spending Hits 7-Year High

U.S. construction spending in July reached levels not seen in more than seven years, according to new federal data.


AkzoNobel Eyes New Test Facility

Multinational coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced plans to invest in construction of a test plant for coating resins production.


Uneven Job Growth in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry appears caught between divergent economic trends that aid employment in some areas and hinder it in others, according to Associated General Contractors of Amer...


Green Group Expands Certifications

An apartment building in Europe has become the first to be certified under a new classification of energy-efficiency that has a rigorous performance-based standard.


U.S. Construction Job Picture Mixed

A new analysis shows uneven job growth in the U.S. construction sector.


CMU, Volvo Seek Road Site Safety

Safety on road construction sites is a major concern, so two industry leaders partnered to come up with a solution that uses situational awareness of equipment operators and the surface work...


Mouth-Watering Coating Tech Revealed

Strawberry lovers, rejoice! A new coating advance may help you to satisfy your cravings for a longer time period.


Polymer Material Registers Impacts

A team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes color depending on the strength of impact.


Students Push the Solar Envelope

While most of the students who were accepted to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 are putting finishing touches on energy-efficient homes, one team is using the c...


Universities Benefit From PPG Funding

Two universities are getting a boost for research development thanks to investments from coatings giant PPG.


Coatings Go Under the Microscope

A joint venture between industry and academia will work to find solutions for challenges such as corrosion, oxidation and abrasion.


PPG Funds University Research Projects

Coatings giant PPG is investing in engineering and chemistry research at the collegiate level.


Glass Paint Designed to Cool Roofs

From metal roofs to naval ships, a novel coating can supposedly keep surfaces at air temperature under the sun and prevent premature aging.


Glass-Based Coating to Protect Ships

A researcher at Johns Hopkins University set out to develop an environmentally friendly coating to deflect the damaging heat and rays of the sun and prolong the life of metal structures.


Drone's-Eye View for Bridge Inspection

A research team at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is working to develop unmanned surface vehicles aimed at making bridge inspections safer and more efficient.


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


Corrosion Detection Built for Space

What do soil pollution and the European Space Agency (ESA) have to do with pipe corrosion? A joint venture between it and a Dutch company established an earth-based method for pipeline owner...


NSF Funds ATOMIC University Research

Finding ways to help coatings address challenges such as corrosion, oxidation and abrasion are a just a few of the solutions that will be under the microscope, so to speak, at a new Pennsylv...


Concrete Floor Coatings Set to Soar

Forecasters are expecting a growth spurt for the global concrete floor coatings industry.


Winners Named in Floating City Contest

From solar panels and wave-driven turbines to sea farms, the floating cities of the future are sure to be overflowing with green technologies.


Top 10 Green Building Nations Named

For the second consecutive year, Canada, China and India lead the world in embracing the LEED green-building rating system outside of the U.S.


Weather Study to Aid Building Design

What may be the longest-range weather forecast ever predicted will be used to help building designers better create structures that are able to withstand Mother Nature’s fluctuating changes.


Coating Made to Signal Dehydration

What if you could tell when your workers were dehydrated by the shirts on their backs?


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

Optimism is high as construction spending levels rose strongly in June compared to the past year, but the outlook is tempered by concerns over a lack of skilled workers in key areas, which m...


Designer Turns Smog into Jewelry

Instead of breathing smog-filled air, a Dutch artist is suggesting people slip smog particles on their fingers or pin them to their shirts.


Site Showcases Infrastructure Pioneers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the release of its Infrastructure Game Changers report.


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Spending on the Rise; Workers Needed

U.S. construction spending inched up in June to an annualized rate of $1.06 trillion, up 12 percent from year ago levels, according to newly released Census Bureau data.


Reflective Roof Coating to Save Energy

GAF has introduced a water-based acrylic roof coating billed as a durable, protective weathering layer for low-slope roofs.


Study: White Roofs Keep the Temp Down

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have discovered that a certain reflective, white coating can decrease a building’s inside temperature when it’s applied to the roof.


'Cool Blue' Tech for Coatings, Roofs

Coatings, plastics and roofing materials may soon feature a brilliant blue pigment.


Sherwin-Williams’ Q2 Sales, Profit Up

CLEVELAND--Sales to the professional market for home repainting and consumer groups in the U.S. continue to drive The Sherwin-Williams Company to gains in sales and earnings.


Sherwin-Williams Reports Mixed Q2

CLEVELAND--The Global Finishes and Latin American Coatings Groups of The Sherwin-Williams Company are feeling the impact of foreign currency values and weak market demand in certain areas, a...


College to Get Building Envelope Center

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA—A Canadian college plans to establish a building envelope performance center thanks to a grant of $1.75 million.


Cracking the Origin of Metal Cracking

TEMPE, AZ--Small cracks hold the seeds of catastrophically large structural failures, prompting Arizona researchers to find a new way of keeping a nano-sized eye on them.


ACA Offers Green Guide

WASHINGTON--U.S. paint manufacturers have developed a resource aimed at helping architects and contractors achieve “greener” environmental goals.


Research ‘Sees’ Rust on the Surface

NEW YORK--Corrosion researchers know that what they see on the surface really does count.


Paint Pushes Past 49,000 Years

BOULDER, CO--If durability is the gold standard of coating performance, here's a paint that passes the test.


49,000-Year-Old Paint Found on Stone

BOULDER, CO--An international team of researchers has discovered a milk- and ochre-based paint dating back 49,000 years that South African inhabitants may have used to decorate their bodies ...


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--The Emperor Hadrian sure could have used the bricklayer Hadrian.


Bot Can Build a House in 2 Days

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--Bricklayers, are you ready to meet your match ... or maybe your replacement?


Fedrizzi to Leave USGBC

WASHINGTON--Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman of the world's best-known green-building rating system, has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of 2016.


Tunable Windows Dial in Light, Opacity

CINCINNATI--Researchers from the University of Cincinnati and private industry are reporting a first in the smart-window market.


Owls Impart Quiet Coating Wisdom

CAMBRIDGE, UK--Listening carefully to the silent flight of owls, researchers have developed a coating that may help quiet the roar of wind turbines and other fan blades.


Study Forecasts a Roofing Rebound

Strong residential and nonresidential building construction activity will bring back the U.S. roofing market in the coming years, experts forecast.


Landscape Rating System Blooms

WASHINGTON--Like their brick-and-mortar counterparts, sustainable landscapes now have a rating system of their own.


Material Cools Roof Below Ambient Temp

SYDNEY--Australian scientists have reportedly developed a material capable of keeping a roof cooler than the air that surrounds it, even in intense summer conditions.


Lasers Get High Thickness at High Speed

DRESDEN, GERMANY--Fuel savings of 100 billion liters a year are the promise of a new laser-assisted carbon coating application method now in development.


eBook Tackles Coatings Technology

PITTSBURGH--Cutting-edge architectural coatings technology and applications for improved formulations are covered in a free new resource by Durability + Design.


MIT Serves Up Surfaces on Demand

CAMBRIDGE, MA--Given a squeeze, ship hulls could self-clean, camouflage could transform itself, and surface friction could adjust with a new printable material now in development.


New Coating May Dim Laser Attacks

ROMEOVILLE, IL—The distraction of pilots by thousands of laser attacks each year could be thwarted by a new aircraft coating being developed at Lewis University, researchers say.


Bugged, NASA Fights Back with Coatings

SHREVEPORT, LA--Not much bugs NASA scientist Mia Siochi as much as clods of insect guts that pile up on wings and cause aircraft to eat more fuel.


Print Job: Glowing 3D Coating

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—German researchers have added a new dimension to coatings application.


Coating to Kill Germs on Door Handles

PITTSBURGH—Two Hong Kong high schoolers have opened the door to a future without germy door handles.


Door Handles Made to Combat Germs

PITTSBURGH—Some of the germiest surfaces in a building may be getting new protection from a novel coating that can knock out bacteria.


3D Coating Sees Glowing Future

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—A new printing process is literally adding a new dimension to coatings application.


New Videos Showcase Student Research

LAS VEGAS—Zinc phosphate pretreatments, sodium chloride diffusion, and internal coatings stress are on the research agendas of the coating industry's next generation.


Ghost City Embodies Future Purpose

WASHINGTON, DC—A new city is rising in southern New Mexico—but no one will live there.


Quick Fix, and New Warning, on Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress has slapped another short-term patch on U.S. transportation funding, continuing a pattern that has repeatedly brought road and bridge spending to the brink of deple...


Solar Panel Path Gets a Sunny Start

KROMMENIE, THE NETHERLANDS—A pioneering energy-harvesting road is reaping better-than-expected power yields for its Dutch developers, the team says.


Paint Shop Will Be One for the Books

FLINT, MI—What does a $600 million paint shop look like?


Home Building Hits 8-Year High

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. housing market has apparently drained the last dregs of winter and is well back on the road to recovery, new government data suggests.


Gender Gap Still Divides Architects

SAN FRANCISCO—Although women make up nearly half of graduates from U.S. architecture programs, they also remain underrepresented in the field, according to a new report.


Bio-Concrete Designed to Self-Repair

DELFT, NETHERLANDS—Materials scientists are putting the finishing touches on a decade-long project to make a self-healing concrete infused with bacteria.


Painter Recants Sub Arson Admission

FORT DIX, NJ—A civilian painter serving 17 years in a federal prison for a $450 million blaze aboard a nuclear submarine now says he did not set that fire.


Polyurethane Sprouts from Plant Oils

PULLMAN, WA—Plants, not petroleum, underpin a new generation of polyurethanes being developed at Washington State University.


Scientists Plant Greener Polyurethane

PULLMAN, WA—Loved for their toughness and corrosion resistance, but not so much for their petroleum base, polyurethanes are getting new green roots at Washington State University.


Roof Coatings are Looking Up

DALLAS—Jump-started by surging regulations, products, construction and disposable income, the global roof coatings market is primed for growth in the years ahead, a new forecast reports.


EPA’s Biggest (Energy) Loser is AL Town

WASHINGTON, DC—A five-building cluster in a small Alabama town has won the fifth annual Battle of the Buildings, trimming 25 percent from its energy waste line.


Sensors May Outsmart Smart Pigs

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA—New technology being developed in Australia could help that nation's pipeline network reach the 100-year mark.


U.S.: Sealant Runoff Kills Aquatic Life

RESTON, VA—Confirming 10 years of earlier research, new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey report toxic effects on aquatic life in the runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar.


57-Story Skyscraper Up in 19 Days

CHANGSHA, CHINA—Blitzing through three stories per day, a Chinese construction firm has topped out a new 57-tower in just 19 days.


USGS: Sealcoat Runoff Fatal to Fish

RESTON, VA—Runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar is toxic to aquatic life and has detrimental effects on DNA, according to two new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey.


Bipartisan Building Energy Law Signed

WASHINGTON, DC—A new U.S. law will hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards and require more energy benchmarking for federally leased buildings.


AIA Honors Top 10 Green Projects

WASHINGTON, DC—Office, health-care, housing and school projects have garnered the year's top honors from architecture’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design.


ON High School Named Earth’s ‘Greenest’

WASHINGTON, DC—A high school in Ontario has been deemed the “Greenest School on Earth,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


U.S. Earthquake Risks on the Rise

SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly half the population of the United States is living in earthquake-prone zones and long-term building losses from tremors average $4.5 billion per year.


Failure Model May Avert the Real Thing

LINCOLN, NE—A new model that can simulate sub-surface corrosion damage could help head off structural failures and design stronger materials, its developers say.


Floating a Future for Homes in Harmony

LONDON—Here’s a fluid design for those looking for a home by the water…err, we mean, on the water.


The Tides of Tomorrow: Cities on Water

SAN FRANCISCO—Tired of mowing the lawn? Tomorrow's floating cities may be your savior.


Report Raises Roof on Coating Prospects

DALLAS—Rebounding along with the construction industry, the global roof coatings market is looking up in the years ahead.


Wall Foam Made to Lay It on Thick

SEATTLE, WA—Specialty coatings and insulation producer Gaco Western has introduced a closed-cell wall foam insulation designed to lay down four inches in a single pass.


A Pipeline Plan from the Star Trek Man

SUNNYVALE, CA—He's famously run a starship and doled out hotel deals, but now William Shatner has a new role: Pipeline Negotiator.


Coating a Longer Missile Launcher Life

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, OH—A new, green coating technology can provide tenfold improvement in corrosion and wear resistance on missile launchers, its U.S. Air Force developers say.


Wave of the Future: Cities on Water

SAN FRANCISCO—The cities of the not-too-distant future are bound for the ocean—and substantial political independence.


AkzoNobel Reports 'Solid' Q1

AMSTERDAM—Rising revenues and operating income across all businesses graced the first quarter of 2015, despite continuing economic headwinds, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (April 21).


Ups and Downs Open Akzo's 2015

AMSTERDAM—Favorable currency effects and cost cutting offset volume declines, yielding increases in revenues and operating income for the first quarter of 2015, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (A...


SSPC Offers Student Aid, Seeks Papers

PITTSBURGH—Time is drawing short for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


Time Short for SSPC Papers, Student Aid

PITTSBURGH—The deadline is looming for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


Wood Industry Builds a Fire-Safe Future

WASHINGTON, DC—Do newer mass timber products hold the key to safer, taller wood buildings in the United States? The American Wood Council thinks so, and is partnering with the nation's leadi...


Eggplants, Bugs Send Coatings Sky High

HAMPTON, VA—Souped-up coatings that can make aircraft faster, cleaner, cooler and more colorful are taxiing for takeoff under private and public developers.


Researchers Develop Stronger Glass

LOS ANGELES—A team of French and American researchers say they have identified the optimum conditions to increase the lifespan and durability of glass.


From Montana, Home Sweet Container

Montana-based builder Montainer has put out the welcome mat on a 192-square-foot prefab home made from a shipping container that can be delivered to your door.


LEED Floats Credit for Worker Safety

The health and safety of a building's construction, operation and maintenance crews are at the heart of a new LEED credit being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Protection Beyond 50 Shades of Gray

Like Henry Ford's black Model Ts, protective coatings users could always have any color they wanted, as long as it was battleship gray. But that may be about to change—and not just for reaso...


1M+ Construction Workers Unauthorized

At least one in five U.S. roofers, drywall installers, painters and masons currently comes from the ranks of unauthorized immigrants, a new analysis shows.


French Law Mandates Greener Roofs

The rooftops of new commercial construction from Paris to Provence will be clad in plants or solar panels going forward, under a measure newly approved by the French Parliament.


Stopping Corrosion, Slowing Bullets

New polyurea coatings being tested by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory can create a rubber surface that not only stops corrosion but improves the ballistic protection of armored amphibious...


‘Smart’ Building Envelope Shields Sun

Facade modules that bloom open when the sun pours in may drastically reduce energy consumption in glass-fronted buildings, the system's developers say.


In Construction, 1 in 8 Unauthorized

Despite a slight shift from blue collar to white, unauthorized immigrant workers remain a major force in U.S. construction and building, particularly at the lower ends of those industries, a...


Tackling Concrete Solutions for Bridges

Saddled with the most structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., engineers in Pennsylvania are crafting both new materials and new maintenance plans to save those and other aging concrete s...


Tobacco Virus Inspires Hot Coating

Viruses that once plagued tobacco leaves are now the unlikely template for a coating that can triple the speed of boiling for industrial processes.


Squid-spiration Guides New Camo

Cheap, versatile, coated stickers inspired by nature's masters of disguise may protect tomorrow's soldiers from enemy detection, developers say.


The Bot Will See Your Parking Deck Now

Inspecting acres of concrete for subtle signs of corrosion could soon get a whole lot easier, thanks to new technology being developed in Germany.


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


Squid Light the Way to Camo Coatings

Tomorrow's U.S. soldiers may be able to avoid detection, even from infrared cameras, thanks to the unlikeliest of bio-inspirations: squid skin.


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


France Decrees Green Rooftops

The roofs of new commercial buildings in France must henceforth be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law just approved by the French Parliament.


Landscape Center Achieves Green First

The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh, PA, has declared itself the first project in the world to achieve four of the world’s highest standards for green building.


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


Energy Cuts Try, Try, Try, Try Again

For the fourth time in five years, a bipartisan bill that aims to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings has been proposed in the U.S. Senate.


Coatings, Transit Research at a Click

A database documenting research on coatings and other topics by nine federal transportation agencies is now searchable, officials have announced.


New Book Details Concrete Legal Issues

Like other high-stakes industries, concrete construction invites a fair share of litigation—liabilities and outcomes explored in a new book available through the American Concrete Institute.


Gas Tumble Brings Savings in Materials

The plummeting energy prices of recent months have had a welcome ripple effect on the U.S. construction industry, where many materials costs have been steadily flat or on the decline.


Picturing Future of HD Drone Inspection

What if major bridges, highways, dams, power plants and other critical structures could be safely, minutely inspected in the minutes following a natural disaster?


Self-Cleaning Coating Withstands Abuse

Like the famous watches that took a licking and kept on ticking, a tough new paint maintains its self-cleaning properties after assault by oil, knives and sandpaper, its developers say.


Energy Retrofit Standard Gets Revamp

Processes and procedures for retrofitting residential and commercial structures to improve energy efficiency is the focus of a newly revised joint standard.


Intelligent Pigments Heat, Clean, Save

Pigments are getting smarter, enabling a new generation of coatings, concrete and plastics with greater potential than ever to store heat, fight corrosion, self-clean and stop fungi.


Fruity Fiber Muffles Gypsum Alternative

The task of pruning orange trees won't end out in the field if Dr. Jésus Alba has his way.


Architectural First Blooms in Berkeley

An undulating, airy, precision-engineered pavilion is showing the architectural community the future of 3D-printed structures.


‘Robust’ Self-Cleaning Paint Emerges

A new paint keeps its ability to self-clean even after being exposed to oil, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper, developers say.


New WiFi Keeps Watch on Infrastructure

Multinational research in Europe has produced a new generation of cheap, wireless, early-warning sensors that could help head off infrastructure catastrophes, its developers say.


Construction Material Costs Drop

Prices for construction materials are steadily declining, which comes as welcome news for many contractors and their clients.


Pavement Research Takes No Snow Days

Slippery, electrically charged and hot-water-heated technologies are the basis of new methods being developed to keep airport runways clear of snow and ice.


Energy Dept. Seeks Bright Ideas

Building scientists, designers, students and other experts are invited to conjure, discuss and choose the next big energy-efficient technologies for homes and buildings in a new crowdsourcin...


More Fire Danger Seen with New Homes

Modern building materials, designs and furnishings have their advantages, but they also stoke a faster, deadlier house fire than their older counterparts, new research finds.


New Coating Controls Drone De-Icing

Scientists have developed a powered nano-coating that prevents ice build-up on in-flight aircraft and could be especially useful for drone applications.


IN Aims to Repeal Public Works Base Pay

Public-works construction crews would lose their 80-year-old base wage protection under a bill now working its way through the Indiana State Assembly.


IN House Votes to End Base Project Wage

Indiana's Republican-led House has approved the repeal of an 80-year-old law that sets base wages for all major public construction projects in the state.


Research Makes a Case for Cracks

Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found.


Bridge Breakdown: Mapping the Best Fix

New 3D modeling technology could help engineers identify which parts of a bridge most urgently need repair, helping to alleviate a backlog of structurally deficient bridges, its developers s...


Profits Fall, But Akzo Stays the Course

Gains in protective and marine coatings, operating income and sales volume all helped AkzoNobel battle the 2014 headwinds of decorative paints and adverse currencies, leaving the company blo...


Akzo Sees Progress Amid 2014 Setbacks

Decorative Paints struggled and profits slid, but AkzoNobel emerged from 2014 optimistic that its years-long restructuring remained on track.


Thermal Spacers Fill Envelope Gaps

Metal buildings can make code with a continuous insulation system that includes new SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed "N" Safe, the Utah manufacturer says.


Building Brain Trust on Deck for Show

Building scientists, coatings experts and other leaders in building technology will headline the array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual ...


First Straw Houses Hit the Market

Despite their bad rap from the Big Bad Wolf, straw houses cannot be huffed and puffed and blown out of existence.


3D Printing Pops Out Apartment, Villa

A Chinese engineering firm is claiming two firsts in the global race to master 3D-printed construction: the first mansion and the tallest building.


Experts to Headline Coatings Conference

One of the U.S.'s foremost building scientists will kick off an array of technical sessions, roundtables and special events planned for the second annual Durability + Design Conference and E...


Industry Engages the Next Generation

LAS VEGAS—SSPC has found its Fountain of Youth in a crop of fresh faces who are advancing research and brainstorming ways to make a difference in the coatings industry.


Looks that Last: Ancient Paint Endures

Traces of red paint 2,000 years old have been discovered during an ongoing $33 million restoration of the Colosseum in Rome.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Coatings that self-heal, self-clean, beat back moisture, purify the air and otherwise tune into their environment are set for red-hot growth in the years ahead, a new market forecast predict...


Commercial Market Comes Roaring Back

If you build schools, hotels, hospitals or offices, 2015 and 2016 are your years, according to a new U.S. construction forecast that heralds a long-awaited comeback in the institutional and ...


USGBC Names Top 10 Green States

For the second year in a row, Illinois leads the list of U.S. states with the highest concentration of LEED-certified commercial and institutional buildings.


Award Gives Graphene Coating $500k Lift

A South Dakota researcher will receive $500,000 to develop graphene-based corrosion-resistant coatings for infrastructure.


The Dutch Roll Out a Better Road

Training, and treating, paving crews as professionals could be the startlingly simple answer to dramatically stronger roads, according to new research being put to the test throughout the Ne...


Smart Coatings Eye Brilliant Growth

Despite plunging oil prices that have temporarily back-burnered energy concerns, new technologies for smart coatings will drive this year's $610 million market to $5.8 billion in 2020, accor...


Beyond Teflon: Etching a Dryer Metal

Hydrophobic coatings, the mainstay of materials protection, may have met their match in a new laser technique that reportedly makes metal surfaces repel water permanently.


Lasers Get Edge in Keeping Metal Dry

A new laser etching technique could eliminate the need for temporary coatings that make metals water-repellant, scientists at the University of Rochester say.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


Team Structures a Tougher Coating

Researchers behind a new composite say the spray-applied metal coating can ward off corrosion in an environmentally friendly way, even under extreme conditions.


Home Sweet Housing Starts in 2014

U.S. builders broke ground on more than one million new homes and apartments in 2014—the highest level recorded since the boom of 2005 and 8.8 percent higher than the 2013 total, the federal...


2014 Crowned 'Tallest' Year

The world's cities are getting taller—much, much taller—with record numbers of neck-stretching skyscrapers recently completed across the globe, and many more on the way.


Teen Cooks Up a Wood Alternative

A 16-year-old in India has taken waste generated by her family’s rice farm and turned it into a building material with the potential to benefit millions of lives.


PPG Announces 'Successful' 2014

PPG Industries has continued its financial hot streak, posting record full-year sales and yearly and quarterly gains in each segment.


Deal Fuels PPG’s Record Year

PPG Industries’ year-end acquisition of Mexico’s Comex helped deliver record net sales and earnings to the Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings maker.


Particles Play with Concrete Strength

Fine-tuning chemicals at a nanoscale level in concrete and other "structurally complex" materials could be key to improving crack resistance, researchers from Rice University say.


Atomic-level Forces at Play in Concrete

By examining concrete at the atomic level, researchers at Rice University have suggested new ways to improve the most widespread building material's crack resistance.


$118M Gift Funds MIT Real Estate Lab

A China-focused real estate entrepreneurship lab that promotes social responsibility will arise at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from a $118 million gift by a Hong Kong developer...


Sting Abandons his Sinking 'Ship'

Shipbuilding must be in even worse shape than we thought. Even Sting couldn't save it. Producers of the UK rocker's Broadway musical The Last Ship have announced that the show will cl...


From Thinner Coating, a Stealthier Sub

The images of sound-absorbing rubber tiles peeling off a fairly new $2 billion U.S. nuclear sub made the technology's shortcomings painfully apparent.


At Harvard, Color by Vapor

Coating thickness has typically been measured in mils or, at its thinnest, microns. Now, a team of Harvard researchers is measuring it in nanometers—one 24,500th of a mil.


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Coloring with Barely-There Coating

A new lightweight, ultra-thin color coating technology for smooth and rough surfaces is gaining traction at Harvard University.


Green Schools Earn a Gold Star

An environmental program for special-needs students and an oyster gardening group are among 10 national recipients honored for their efforts to create sustainable learning environments.


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


Finding the Key to an Immortal Mortar

For 2,000 years, builders have sought the secret to the structural strength of The Colosseum, The Pantheon and other ancient treasures.


Construction Leaders See Drop in Pay

Despite the “bright future” of the construction and engineering industry, those at the helm are making less money, a new report says.


Secret to Roman Concrete Revealed

When today's buildings seem so vulnerable to collapse, how is it that Imperial Roman structures like The Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets, and The Colosseum have endured for nearly 2,000 years?


Housing: What Americans Want

From affordability to energy efficiency, Americans want a lot from their homes—and are not always getting it.


Who Ya Gonna Call for Spray-On Solar?

Someday, Illan Kramer hopes, men sporting Ghostbusters backpacks will come to your facility and spray solar cells directly onto your roof.


Designing, Building a Healthier Public

From germ-fighting surfaces to better playgrounds, sunny stairwells and colors that soothe, a new research consortium aims to design and build spaces that promote health and well-being.


Scientists Simplify Spray-On Solar

Canadian engineers say they have developed a new method of spray-coating solar cells.


U.S. Construction Sees a Happy New Year

If you build it in 2015, they will come—and live, learn, heal or work in it, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $612 billion year ahead.


Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


Sherwin-Williams Reins in Outlook

Paving the way for a tempered fourth-quarter report, Sherwin-Williams has unveiled a conservative update to its 2014 earnings forecast and a mixed look at 2015.


A Bot to Stop Water, Water Everywhere

Slithering through the skinniest of pipes and navigating the sharpest of turns, a new robot could help head off leaks and failures across Europe's aged water and heating networks.


Green Building Market Powers Up

The $307.3 billion global market for commercial energy-efficient buildings will more than double in the next several years, a new report projects.


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


Sherwin-Williams Adjusts Outlook

The world's No. 3 paint and coatings company has narrowed its 2014 earnings forecast and offered a tempered look at 2015.


EU Hot on Novel High-Temp Coating

A multinational effort is well underway to develop an unconventional coating that would combine a thermal barrier, oxidation and corrosion protection, lotus effect, and fire protection in on...


Texture Makes Surfaces Repel Liquids

A new surface texture that can reportedly repel any type of liquid from any type of substrate is well into development at UCLA.


Green Building Design Standard Unveiled

Building envelope technologies and construction site contaminants are among the topics addressed in a recently updated standard.


Home Maintenance? Not Here

It took only two weeks and one tool to build a home that won't need maintenance for at least 50 years.


New Surface Repels, Well, Everything

Teflon? That's so 20th century. A new surface texture being developed by UCLA engineers reportedly "can repel all liquids, no matter what material the surface is made of."


Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Coating Boasts a Power Plant Boost

A new nano-engineered coating for power plants has the potential to save millions of dollars in fuel costs and avert thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, its developers at MIT say.


Coating Zaps Building Heat into Space

A high-tech coated mirror that can beam heat away from buildings and into space is in the works at Stanford University.


New Army Coating May Be Real Treat

Self-healing coatings have long held promise—as long as the sun was out. Now, researchers have discovered a sweet secret that can bypass the need for UV power.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Huge concerns over the tiny world of bacteria, germs and parasites will ignite and sustain strong growth in the paint and coatings market in the coming years, a new report forecasts.


Antimicrobial Market Poised for Growth

Coatings used to protect surfaces from parasites, bacteria, germs and fungi are expected to clean up in the years ahead, a new report predicts.


Coated Drones to Combat Pollution

Researchers in Hong Kong say they have developed drones capable of collecting pollution and turning it into fuel.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


Study Shows Your Brain on Architecture

Contemplative architecture in one's environment may provide the same health benefits as internally generated meditation.


Coating Technologies Mix for Solar

A new aerosol deposition technology for anti-reflective (AR) coatings for solar glass applications is in the works, according to a joint announcement by the developers.


Nanotech Company Gets $300K Grant

A small California-based nanotechnology company has received $300,000 in federal funding to further develop innovative polymers for use in sustainable wood coatings.


New Mammoth Slab Awaits Record Nuke

Work to house what will be the world's largest nuclear fusion machine has begun.


Recovery Rekindles Wood Coatings Market

The comeback in the U.S. construction industry is carrying strong growth for wood coatings and preservatives, a new report concludes.


Paint Powers the Car of the Future

Mercedes-Benz is turning to paint to power its newly unveiled concept car, which debuted with the company's new Product Engineering Center in Beijing.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Solar Material Shows Hot Potential

A spray-applied, solar-harvesting nanomaterial that may replicate the reflective power of 100,000 mirrors has a group of California engineers all fired up.


Solar Nanomaterial Can Take the Heat

Developers of a new nanomaterial for harnessing solar power are promising a trifecta of benefits: the ability to use over 90 percent of captured sunlight, withstand temperatures greater than...


U.S. Advances on Mussel Control

After spending six years testing more than 100 coatings, federal researchers have learned a lot about what works, and what doesn't, in fighting invasive marine species.


Waste Powder Powers a Tougher Coating

Today's tons of silicone rubbish may be the secret ingredient in tomorrow's superhydrophobic, corrosion-resistant coatings.


Scientists Recycle Cup Lids for Coatings

Silicone waste may be the future of superhydrophobic, self-cleaning coatings.


USGBC Extends Phase-in for LEED v4

Conceding that the transition to LEED v4 will not be easy, the U.S. Green Building Council has extended the deadline for registering projects under the current LEED 2009 rating system.


Durability: A Top Priority for Designers

U.S. architects consider durability the most important attribute for any building product, including green products, according to a new industry survey.


A Plant to Capture, Clean and Convert

Tomorrow's baking soda may be coming in part from the emissions of an industrial plant near you.


Hoping the Rubber Meets the Road Test

"Does this stink or doesn't it?" That is just one of the questions—and an important one it is—that Michigan researchers will be asking as they begin putting crumb rubber to the test on the s...


$9M Slated for Commercial Energy Work

Energy-efficiency efforts that can be scaled up for widespread adoption in commercial buildings may now be eligible for millions of dollars in federal backing.


Brewing Bleach from Plant Pollutants

A Texas cement plant is now sporting a first-of-its-kind retrofit that can capture carbon dioxide and profitably convert it into other products.


System Rethinks Walls, Water Tanks

An Arizona master auto mechanic says he has developed a concrete wall system that holds water.


Construction Shows New Roles the Money

Pay scales throughout construction and engineering are comfortably back on the rise, but the power positions in those industries are shifting dramatically, a new report says.


Cloaking Coating Shows Visible Progress

The quest for a cloak of invisibility may be one step closer to reality, with a new "illusion" coating taking shape at Pennsylvania State University.


Nanocoatings Set for Mega Growth

Good things come in small packages, as the global market for nanotech-based coatings is poised to show, according to a new forecast.


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


MIT: Diversity Pays, Even if Unpopular

Like it or not—and some workers do not—a workplace with gender equality will benefit the organization most in the long run, a new MIT study concludes.


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


New Method Cuts Finish-Coat VOCs

A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say.


New Rule Targets Energy, Water Use

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a new regulation aimed at reducing building energy and water consumption through active management.


Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for contact surfaces.


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


Wanted: Tall Wood Building Pioneers

A new $2 million federal contest aims to identify architecturally and commercially viable wood products for tall building construction.


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


MIT: Like It or Not, Diversity Pays

Workplaces with an equal split of men and women are more productive, even though some workers may not be happier, a new MIT study concludes.


Recovery Reshapes Architect Firms

Business for U.S. architects has recovered to pre-recession levels, creating a new profile for the profession in the process, a new report suggests.


U.S. Coatings Exports on a Roll

U.S. coatings exports could produce a net surplus of $2 billion in 2014, according to a new analysis.


Study Urges Action on Residential Falls

The leading cause of death in the construction industry exacts its greatest toll in the residential sector, with clear trends that merit additional oversight and training, a new study says.


U.S. Sees Strong Coatings Exports

The U.S. has seen strong numbers in coatings exports so far in 2014, the American Coatings Association reported.


Award Winners Tackle Resource Issues

A concept addressing water scarcity in Las Vegas and a compostable structure set for New York City were among the top winners of a design competition showcasing the latest in resource effici...


Overpass Walls Get Garden Makeover

A Vancouver-based design firm has blended nature with transportation in a green project high above a busy roadway in Surrey, British Columbia.


Construction Jobs Notch 6-Year High

A new analysis shows a strengthening U.S. construction sector and some of the most promising figures seen in years, but many of the nation’s firms are still reporting hiring shortages.


Feds: Room for Improvement on LEED v4

LEED v4 has some work to do in order to align with federal sustainability and green-building requirements, according to a new evaluation from the U.S.’s biggest landlord.


Subsea Robot Aims to Thwart Smugglers

A small, submersible robot under development could provide a new line of defense against smugglers trying to sneak contraband in ship hulls.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


Cooling Roofs in the Middle East

Dow Construction Chemicals will turn to the Middle East to manufacture a new cool-roof coating material designed for the environmental rigors of that region.


Schools Worldwide Make it a Green Day

From San Diego to Singapore, they came by the thousands to paint, plant, clean, clear, build, renovate, weed, recycle, learn, design and teach their way to safer, healthier, more efficient s...


‘Cloud Citizen’ Reaches for Record

A cloud-shaped multi-use mega-structure that would become the world's second-tallest building has won the Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan Competition, paving the way for a new financial d...


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


LP Spray Foam Touts HP Performance

Dow Building Solutions has unveiled a low-pressure (LP) spray foam system designed to provide the same performance as high-pressure (HP) drum foam insulation, but without the need for large ...


NYC Plans Building Energy Overhaul

Aiming to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, New York City’s mayor has unveiled a sweeping plan to retrofit thousands of public and private buildings.


GSA Chooses Green Tech, Asks for More

The General Services Administration has announced its 2014 list of green building technologies it will evaluate for possible use in federal buildings across the U.S., and is looking for more...


Project Aims to Contain Homelessness

Surplus shipping containers, which have been finding a home in a variety of architectural applications, are now providing homes themselves.


Green v. Green in School Building Plan

When it comes to green building, which is greener? Trees or solar panels?


Australia: Rising Sea Will Cost $226B

With most of its resources close to the coast, Australia faces havoc with its infrastructure and, possibly, its economy in the decades to come, scientists warn.


Hemp Humps in the Building Arena

The sturdy fiber long confused with its Cannabis cousin has cast off its stoner reputation and is finding a new home in the building industry.


Coating Could Lighten Landfill Load

A new bio-based coating may make the first dent in the 200 billion paper cups thrown away each year, says manufacturer AkzoNobel.


U.S. Infrastructure Misses Top 10

The U.S. is falling behind 11 other economies in the latest global ranking of infrastructure competitiveness.


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

From its community service and labor practices to its urban focus and product stewardship, paint and coatings multinational AkzoNobel remains the corporate sustainability leader in the world...


Graphene Wages Rust-Busting Revolution

While no one is declaring victory in the war on corrosion, new coatings formulated with graphene could help stave off rust and resist chemicals on everything from metal structures to food pa...


AkzoNobel Named Sustainability Leader

Paint, coatings and specialty chemical giant AkzoNobel has notched a threepeat as the world’s leading materials company in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


Paint May Pack an Asteroid Punch

Industrial coating techniques could hold the key to saving Earth from killer asteroids, a group of researchers contends.


Study Boosts Germ-Fighting Coating

A new coating containing silver nanoparticles has been found effective in reducing germs on nurse call buttons, bedside tables, and other high-touch surfaces in hospital rooms.


Young Architects Deliver Class Project

Architecture students at the University of Kansas are building some major real-world experience while improving their school’s look and space.


Colored Concrete Does a Fast Fade

Beauty is backfiring in Minnesota, where the popular colored concrete look is running aground on reports of early cracking and fading.


From Waste, a Hot New Coating

While the U.S. awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings.


Zero Energy Poised for Mega Growth

With energy efficiency consuming a larger share of building mandates, global revenues from the Zero Energy Building market are expected to more than double in the next generation.


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


MN Sees Red over Colored Concrete

Blighted by early cracking, the beauty of a colored concrete craze in Minnesota is fading fast, and officials are determined to figure out why.


New Blocks Halve Cement Content

Watershed Materials has introduced a sustainable masonry building block with half the cement of traditional concrete blocks.


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Building Efficiency to Boom in Europe

Energy efficiency will sweep across Europe’s buildings to the tune of nearly $800 billion in the years ahead, a new report forecasts.


Chemical Makers Ally with LEED Group

The U.S. chemical industry has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, to bring "technical and science-based approaches" to the LEED program.


Robot Busts Corrosion on Swiss Bridges

Hard-to-reach spots during bridge inspections are getting a little help from a wall- and ceiling-climbing robot.


Coating Makes for Smarter Surfaces

A new polymer coating that would allow surfaces to respond instantly to changes in environmental conditions is under development by a multinational team of researchers.


Beetle Outwits the Whitest Whites

Coatings biomimicry has a new poster child: a Southeast Asian beetle that is leading researchers to the development of a whiter white, with less expense and fewer materials than the current ...


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


Water Additive Eyed in Corroded Sewers

A surprising connection between water treatment and wastewater management could be causing the sewers in Australia to quickly corrode.


New Black Coating is Out of This World

When it comes to protecting delicate instrumentation in brutal and alien environments, black is the new black.


Building Health Gets a Makeover

A new, first-of-its-kind building standard tackles the built environment inside and out to ensure the holistic health of both the structure and the people who spend their time in it.


Coating a Smarter, Faster Surface

Smart surfaces that can instantaneously change properties in response to their environment could be the wave of the future, with a new coating developed by a multinational team of researcher...


Super-Black Coatings on a Mission

Extremely black nano-based coatings will be hitching a ride on the International Space Station, launching six years of research into orbit for the first time.


Making Whiter Whites, with Less Work

So you think you know white? Mother Nature suggests otherwise, turning researchers on to a Southeast Asian beetle that effortlessly out-whites today's whitest white.


Coatings Coup: Compostable Cups

A new bio-based coating by AkzoNobel has allowed the development of what the company calls the world’s first compostable paper cup for cold drinks.


Unsung, Rebels Architect Solutions

The words rebel and architect aren’t often paired, but a new documentary series showcases seven such individuals—including Pakistan’s first female architect—who are rethinking ...


Buildings Meet Healthy Skepticism

Green building is a fixture of our times, but the correlation between buildings and occupant health has proved a tougher sell—especially among the influential medical community, according to...


Wall Board Made to Fight Fire

JetProducts has introduced a building product that purports to deliver eight times the fire-suppressing power of drywall, garnering the nickname "fireman in a wall.”


Research Reveals a Paint-Dusted Sea

Even when the ocean looks clean, the top layer is chock full of paint dust and particles, researchers have found.


Coatings Get Charge from Old Cig Butts

About 5.6 trillion cigarette butts are tossed into the environment each year, but researchers say this toxic trash could be a coating treasure with the capability of storing large amounts of...


Cigarettes Butt in on Coatings

Smoking may be a dirty and deadly habit, but the butts it leaves may hold the surprising key to a coating that can store large amounts of electrical energy.


Steel Steals a Page from Bamboo

Unlikely as it seems, delicate bamboo has taught mighty steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report.


New ‘Bamboo’ Steel Boasts Flex Appeal

Scientists have found a way to manipulate several kinds of metal to mirror the characteristics of bamboo, thus making it stronger and more flexible.


Report: Home, Sweet Green Home

Green building of single- and multi-family residential construction has been booming and shows no sign of slowing, a new report says.


On a Journey to Build and Serve

A California construction expert with a global humanitarian mission is giving new meaning to the name “journeyman.”


Congress OKs 11th-Hour Highway Bill

With backs to the wall and less than three hours to act, the U.S. Congress agreed Thursday night to put a 10-month, $10.8 billion Band-Aid on the near-empty federal fund that pays for highwa...


Solar Panels Paint a Better Black

Swiss researchers have created a coating for solar thermal panels that is greener than current coatings and may last as long as the panel itself.


RCMA Brings Experts Together

Cool roofs, hot technologies and other building science updates filled the agenda at this year's roof coatings conference in Baltimore.


$148M Metals Hub Plans Detroit Digs

A new $148 million federally funded lightweight-materials manufacturing and research “ecosystem" is headed for the Motor City.


Paint Shifts Shades to Signal Heat

Imagine walls and doors that could warn firefighters of the intensity of a fire by changing color, or equipment that turns from blue to red when it's too hot to handle.


Germany Tops in Energy Efficiency

A U.S.-commissioned study of national energy-efficiency trends returned embarrassing news for the U.S.: The country did not even make the Top 10.


Designing an End to ‘Global Boredom’

Architecture may mean more work than play, but a global competition has found a way to combine the two while transforming neglected public spaces.


NY City Council Approves ‘Poor Door’

A controversial plan to install separate entrances and elevators for affordable-housing and luxury-condo residents in the same building has gained approval in New York City.


Dubai to Retrofit 100k Buildings

One of the most lavish places in the world is getting ready to go green.


Smart Paint Signals Excessive Heat

New color-changing coating technology can warn when material or equipment is too hot to handle, signaling the possibility of malfunctions, explosions or burns, researchers say.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Honoring a Fungus Towering Among Us

An organic building "that grows out of nothing but earth and returns to nothing but earth" has positioned its young architect on the doorstep of tomorrow's architecture.


LEED Homes Grow Worldwide

The world continues to go green with its living spaces, according to a new report by the U.S. Green Building Council.


‘Skin’ Senses Structural Defects

A new “sensing skin” developed for nuclear plants could flag damage on a multitude of concrete structures, allowing more response time before a potential failure, researchers say.


3D Printing Takes a Steely Turn

Looking for that structural steel component? Check the printer. A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the...


Work to Resume on 3 World Trade Center

After an insurance snafu and several failed funding attempts, construction is finally set to resume this year at 3 World Trade Center.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


Concrete ‘Skin’ Senses Damage

A new “sensing skin” made from electrically conductive paint could warn of concrete damage on a multitude of structures, allowing time for authorities to respond to potential danger, researc...


Roof Tile Coating Slashes Smog

Twenty-one tons of nitrogen oxides per day could be eliminated if tiles on one million roofs were coated with a titanium dioxide mixture now in development, say the engineering students behi...


New Tech Diagnoses ‘Broken’ Buildings

Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. alums aim to “make buildings better” by arming operators with a performance data system that can pinpoint energy wasters and reduce annual c...


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


Germ Resistance Suffers Sweaty Defeat

Human perspiration can quickly cause enough corrosion of brass objects in schools and hospitals to render them powerless against some bacteria, scientists in the UK have found.


Silver Loses Luster as Rust Buster

Silver may not always be so protective in protective coatings for some steels, researchers in Iran are reporting.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Beaming Up the Perfect Paint Job

New nondestructive technology using radiation can measure paint layer thickness and the size of embedded particles almost to the nanometer, researchers say.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


Funding Boosts Canada’s Corrosion R&D

A nearly $600,000 investment in corrosion research will benefit the oil, gas, marine and other industries subjected to Canada's harsh Arctic environment.


Green Challenge: Making People Care

New ideas to generate public interest in green building could be worth $10,000 and hold the seeds of a new global strategy.


Sawdust Fires up a Greener Brick

A combination of new technologies—and a whole lot of sawdust—has enabled Australia’s largest brick producer to turn out what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick.


Building Smarter? Tell Us How

Durability + Design magazine has issued a call for presentation paper titles and abstracts for its D+D 2015 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for June 8-10, 2015, at the historic E...


Urban Research Banks Against Beige

Could a blue bridge bring more cash to a city’s coffers than a brown bridge? New global research funded by AkzoNobel will put that notion to the test.


OMA, AkzoNobel Partner on Color Study

A new global study will focus on the role of color in economic development.


Brick Billed as Carbon-Neutral First

Australia’s largest brick producer has unveiled what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick—thanks, in large part, to a novel use for local sawdust.


Parking Garages Get Their Green On

The concrete colossus known as the parking garage may now join its green-building brethren in a new rating system that focuses on the structure's design, technology and operation.


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


Super-Hard Coating Could Make the Cut

Chinese material scientists have reportedly developed a new coating so resistant to wear that it keeps knives sharp 100 times longer than current models.


Couple Driven to Solar Innovation

A couple from Idaho has big plans for solar. They hope to transform paved surfaces in the U.S. with smart, tough solar panels in order to curb the nation's dependence on fossil fuels.


Duo Envisions Paving the Solar Way

An Idaho couple wants to replace pretty much every paved surface in the U.S. with smart, tough solar panels—and they’d like you to open your wallet to the idea.


Tree Bark Banishes Barnacles

A new antifouling paint could repel organisms from ship hulls without killing them, researchers say.


China Floats Plan for City on Water

Out to preserve dwindling landmass amid a burgeoning population, designers in China have proposed a new city on the water.


Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.


New Energy Crop: City Fueled by Nuts

It sounds nuts, but officials in Turkey are mulling a plan to build a city that would be fueled with pistachio shells.


Sounding a Smart Note in Cincy

CINCINNATI—Attention, architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors who do stupid things: Stay away from Joe Lstiburek. That goes double for the buildings you design and construct. Espec...


Harmful Chemicals Cited in Daycare

Researchers in California say the presence of hazardous flame-retardant chemicals is widespread in child care facilities.


Study Compares Costs of Building Green

A new case-study examination of the top two green building rating systems has found the costs of LEED certification significantly higher than those of Green Globes.


Smart Coating Could Clean Oil Spills

A new coating that instantly separates oil from water offers significant promise in cleaning up major oil spills and reducing the massive water demands of fracking, researchers say.


Coating Changes Color under Pressure

New research has produced a coated material that can reveal pressure points by changing color.


Report: Infrastructure Jobs Underplayed

Infrastructure jobs account for 11 percent of U.S. employment, but the typical shovel-ready focus overlooks the much larger workforce needed for long-term operational jobs, a new report says...


Cities to Compete for $5M Energy Prize

From Providence, RI, to Fairbanks, AK, communities across the U.S. have accepted an energy challenge for a chance to win $5 million.


U.S. Pursues Coating to Hold Plutonium

The U.S. Department of Energy is developing a radiation-shielding thin-film polymer that would help contain radioactive waste during a multiyear nuclear-plant decontamination project.


Billboard Cleans Construction-Zone Air

Peruvian scientists who masterminded a billboard that wrung drinking water from the air have now reimagined the same structure as a massive urban air purifier.


Report Ranks Green Building Nations

Canada, China and India have nailed the top three spots in a new ranking of the top 10 countries outside the U.S. that are embracing the LEED movement.


Battelle Beads Detect Early Corrosion

A new bead not only senses corrosion but also starts to heal the microscopic cracks it causes, according to Battelle Memorial Institute.


Billboard Lets Workers Breathe Easy

Construction workers in Peru are getting some extra respiratory protection from an unlikely source—a billboard that reportedly sucks pollution from the air.


AIA Unveils Top 10 Green Designs

A West Virginia treehouse, a Colorado landmark renovation, and a community for the homeless in Oregon top 10 award-winning examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Scientists Milk Dairy to Repel Flames

Italian scientists have churned up a recipe for non-toxic flame retardants using a byproduct of milk.


$70M GSA Revamp Set for 19 States

The U.S. government will slash a half-million square feet of office space, and relocate an unknown number of employees, in a $70 million consolidation plan that will trigger projects in 19 s...


Copper Coating Gives Water the Bounce

Coatings research has once again shown the hydrophobic lotus some love, with a new metal coating technology that mimics the plant's water-repellent features.


Feds Plan $70M Office Consolidation

The United States’ largest landlord is planning the mother of all downsizings.


SC Targets LEED in New Law

It’s not an outright ban, but a new South Carolina law may limit the use of LEED on state projects by imposing restrictions on certain credits.


LA School Wins EPA Energy ‘Battle’

For the second year in a row, an elementary school has taken first place in a national competition aimed at slashing energy usage in the commercial building sector.


U.S. Funds a Big Look at Tiny Materials

The federal government has put nearly $10 million into examining the environmental impact of science's fastest-growing field: nanomaterials.


EPA Looks Closer at Nanomaterial Impact

The federal government is investing nearly $10 million in research aimed at understanding the impact of nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design to disposal.


A Smarter Slab for the Next Century

A new concrete composite that can bend, repel water, self-monitor—and, oh yes, last more than 100 years—is taking shape at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


Paint Sales Soar in Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Increased architectural paint sales and acquisition activity in its Paint Stores Group propelled the Sherwin-Williams Company to log a 9.2 percent increase in sales in its first quarter, the...


Ups and Downs at Sherwin-Williams

Mother Nature’s wrath and currency issues bedeviled Sherwin-Williams in the first quarter of 2014, dampening profits despite record sales.


Material Offers Solar Energy ‘On Demand’

MIT and Harvard researchers have developed a switchable material that can absorb the sun’s heat and store that energy in chemical form, ready to be released again “on demand.”


Report: Building Emission Reductions Key

Major reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions from buildings and other sources are needed to avoid a “dangerous increase in global temperatures,” government scientists conclude in a new repor...


Contractors Act to Avert Labor Pinch

A new plan aims to combat a shortage of skilled construction workers by pushing legislative and regulatory reforms that would make it easier to establish career and technical training progra...


L.A., D.C. Again Lead Energy Rankings

For the sixth year in a row, Los Angeles has topped the federal list of 25 U.S. metro areas with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.


CA Aims to Secure Temp Worker Pay

California contractors who hire extra labor through subcontractors or temp agencies may soon be on the hook for any illicit pay practices by those third parties.


Paint Firm Funds Exorcism Ritual

An ancient Cambodian dance believed to ward off evil spirits is getting a budget boost from a paint company, just in time to save the country's fading New Year tradition.


‘Smart Concrete’ May Outlive Us All

What are you doing in April 2134? If Scott Muzenski has his way, his great-great-great grandchildren will be doing the very first repairs on the driveway he just patched.


Bill Hooks Contractors for Sub Pay

If your sub or labor temp agency is shortchanging its workers, is that your problem? It will be—at least, in California—if one legislator has his way.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

Scientists in Sweden are working on a new sprayable coating that can protect an aircraft's engine far longer than current methods.


Indiana to Switch off Energy Program

A new law will pull the plug Dec. 31 on an Indiana program designed to make homes, businesses and schools more energy efficient.


Fade-Free Paint Takes Wing

Polly may want a lot of crackers, but her gorgeous colors never seem to need a touch-up. Why is that? The answer has given Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


Nanocapsules Aim to Heal Like Skin

A group of German researchers say they made “two enormous strides” towards developing nanocapsules with self-healing anti-corrosive capabilities.


Navy Additive Helps ‘Heal Like Skin’

A new powder added to off-the-shelf commercial primers is helping scratched military vehicles heal themselves before corrosion starts, U.S. Navy developers say.


DOE Seeks Green Building Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking market-ready technologies to help stanch the annual hemorrhaging of billions of BTUs by the nation's commercial buildings.


Feathers Inspire Fade-Free Paint

When pores on a bird’s feathers flock together, they give Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


Housing Leads Construction Comeback

U.S. construction is off to a roaring start in 2014, with both employment and spending increases notching their highest levels in years, according to an analysis of new government data by th...


3 Architects Win AkzoNobel Design Prize

Three young architects are being honored for Brazilian projects that focus on renewable materials in a new awards program sponsored by AkzoNobel.


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

German researchers say they have developed a greener alternative to using petrochemical plastics for building insulation.


Construction Jobs, Spending Hit Highs

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. construction industry, which is seeing its highest employment rate in nearly five years and its steepest spending increase since 2006, the Asso...


U.S. House Passes Building Energy Bill

A bipartisan bill that would hold commercial tenants to new energy usage standards has sailed through the U.S. House on a 375-36 vote.


Termites Teach Tomorrow’s Builders

Need a crew that will work independently, intuitively, quickly and steadily—even when the foreman’s not watching?


Building Plastics Market Powers Up

Global demand for building and construction plastics is poised to grow at a 7 percent annual clip in the coming years, reaching $57.5 billion in 2019, a new market forecast suggests.


Deep-Sea Pipes Get Medical Touch

An X-ray machine used to detect fractured bones is being souped up to give the same treatment to fractured pipelines in the crushing depths of the ocean.


Robot Builders Take Tips from Termites

Inspired by the collective intelligence of termites (yes, termites), Harvard University scientists and engineers have developed an autonomous robotic construction crew.


Ohio Advances Ban on LEED

Four months after its rollout, LEED v4 has made enemies in Ohio, where the state Senate has approved legislation that would ban the use of the green building rating system.


GM Spends $1.2B on New Paint Plants

General Motors broke ground Monday (March 3) on a $600 million environmentally friendly paint shop in Flint, MI, bringing to $1.2 billion the automaker’s paint plant investment in the last y...


Professor to Live ‘Green’ in Dumpster

If you think your house is a dump, try moving into an actual Dumpster.


Valspar Invests $1M in Student Research

The world's sixth-largest paint and coatings maker has given $1 million to the University of Minnesota to further materials-science research at its Minneapolis campus.


Housing Groups Allege Pittsburgh Fraud

Four housing organizations are accusing the City of Pittsburgh and its former wunderkind mayor of systematically defrauding the federal government of tens of millions of dollars in low-incom...


10 States LEEDing the Way

Illinois, Maryland and Virginia lead the U.S. in embracing the LEED green-building rating system.


Global Team Pursues Safer Structures

Mindful of a rash of recent structural failures worldwide, engineers from three countries are teaming up to develop a real-time monitoring system that could sense serious structural weakness...


Valspar Gifts $1M to Research Lab

Materials-science research at the University of Minnesota has taken a million-dollar step forward with help from The Valspar Corp.


Team Eyes Self-Cleaning AR Coating

Inspired by the eyes of nocturnal insects, University of Cambridge researchers have developed a new self-cleaning, anti-reflective coating for glass and plastics.


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


Coatings to Energize the Future

Talk about a bright future: The global market for smart coatings for solar panels is expected to increase twenty-fold in the next six years.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


Smart Coatings Turn on Tomorrow

Functional coatings that respond to their environment could be a critical piece of tomorrow's energy puzzle—but only if the price is right, a new report says.


Anti-Corrosion Spray Underway

A graphene-based spray coating that would help multiple industries “easily and inexpensively” fight corrosion is the focus of a new program at the University of Central Florida's NanoScience...


Concrete Tells What Lies Beneath

Some cracks in concrete have been known to heal themselves, but they couldn’t report back on when they did or how the whole operation went. Now, ultrasound technology may change that.


Low-Cost Polymer Heals without Help

A simple new polymer made from off-the-shelf materials can knit itself back together repeatedly without an external catalyst, University of Illinois researchers report.


Teams Get their Turn in the Sun

Student teams from Italy, Singapore and California will go head-to-head against competitors from colleges and universities worldwide in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015.


Polymer, Heal Thyself—Over and Over

Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward.


‘Energy Bunker’ Rises from Nazi Roots

Combining a dark page from Germany’s past with the energy of the future, a German developer has transformed a World War II air-raid bunker into a cutting-edge energy facility.


Developers Indicted in $3.7M Fraud

Juggling five aliases and seven phony businesses (including some trumped up as churches), two Maryland developers were able to pull off a two-and-a-half-year property shuffle that netted the...


Light Material Features Steel Strength

Scientists in Germany say they have created a material that is lighter than water, but stronger than steel.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


Stone Made of Urine, Sand and Bacteria

Someday, our buildings may be constructed from stones made of urine, sand and bacteria.


DOD Targets ‘Culture’ of Corrosion

ORLANDO—It will take more than protective coatings to make a dent in the U.S. military's $23 billion-a-year campaign against corrosion.


DOE Develops ‘Self-Cleaning’ Coating

A low-cost, transparent coating designed to combat soiling on solar panels is in development at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Design Choices Affect Our Germs

The mix of bacteria living around us—on our desks, our bodies, our computers—is influenced by the design of our buildings, according to a new study.


Study: White Roof Beats Green, Black

When it comes to roofing types, white wins. White roofs are more cost-effective over a 50-year period than green (vegetated) or black roofs, according to a new study.


DOE Seeks Building-Envelope Innovations

Uncle Sam is ready to spend up to $14 million to advance innovative, energy-efficient technologies and design tools for commercial and/or residential buildings.


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

Eco-friendly marine coatings that leave slime behind are the focus of a new multimillion-dollar European Commission initiative spearheaded by AkzoNobel and the Dutch Polymer Institute.


Smart Coatings Market Set to Surge

Forecasters are expecting a “staggering” and sustained across-the-board growth spurt for the global smart coatings industry.


Obama Orders Contractors to Hike Wages

President Obama has launched his promised “year of action” with an Executive Order requiring new federal construction and service contracts to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour.


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

Employees of federal contractors will see an increase in their minimum hourly pay to $10.10, under a new Executive Order signed by President Obama.


New NIST Coating Quells Foam Ignition

Government scientists have developed a nanocoating that dramatically cuts the flammability, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam—the source of hundreds of deaths and thousands of house f...


Navy Plans Bases Hot Off the Press

Tomorrow’s Navy housing may soon be popping out of a printer near you.


2014 Forecast: Brisk, with Jobs Likely

Many construction contractors plan to start hiring again, and most are predicting stability or growth in virtually every major market segment this year, a new survey shows.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


Foam Coating Advance Cuts Flammability

A new nano-based coating that drastically reduces the deadly ignition, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam is now in the works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


2013 Housing Starts Notch 6-Year High

After a rollercoaster finish to the year, total U.S. home construction and permits ended 2013 at their highest annual levels since 2007, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday (Jan. 17...


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Record Q4 Seals Banner Year for PPG

PPG Industries crowned 2013 with a blockbuster fourth quarter dominated by double-digit growth in Performance and Industrial Coatings.


PPG Paints a Green ’13

PPG Industries rode a fourth-quarter wave of whopping sales growth in architectural and other coatings to cap one of the most successful years in its 130-year history, the company reported T...


TBT Ban Lets Girl Snails Be Girls

Female snails burdened with penises on their heads are finally seeing some relief to their decades-long struggle with unwanted (and unusable) sex changes, thanks to—of all things—a coatings ...


Congress Gets Priority Punch List

Energy tax incentives, stronger building codes, and debt relief for students lead the architecture industry's legislative To Do list this year.


Foam Market to Spring Forward

“Particularly robust growth” in U.S. construction will bring “significant opportunities” for foam insulation and other products made from plastic foams in the years ahead, a new market forec...


All LEED Doors Open for DOD

The U.S. Green Building Council has won a major victory with the signing of a new bill that lifts two-year-old restrictions on the LEED rating system for Department of Defense projects.


Green Building Group Names President

After receiving federal favor for its green-building rating system, the Green Building Initiative has named a veteran sustainability advocate to serve as its next president.


Wages Rise in 13 U.S. States

The first full work week of 2014 will put more money in the pockets of hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers, as minimum-wage increases took effect in 13 states.


Historic Courthouse Wins Energy Contest

Slashing $40,000 from its utility costs in one year, an 80-year-old U.S. Courthouse and former Post Office in Wichita, KS, has captured the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award.


25% of U.S. States Raise Hourly Wage

Thirteen states raised the minimum wage for workers on Jan. 1, bringing to 21 the number nationwide that are now paying workers above the federally mandated minimum.


Schools Make the Green Grade

The first net-zero energy school in Texas and a Georgia college dedicated to restoring the global ecosystem are among this year’s newly anointed best green schools.


Housing Recovery: Starts Jump 22%

U.S. builders broke ground on more homes in November than they had in more than five years, as builder confidence and employment also surged.


Electricity Jolts Corrosion Research

Researchers have made a shocking discovery about bridge corrosion: Electricity may be able to detect rusting reinforcing steel.


Report Ties Building Products to Asthma

Paints, flooring, carpets, insulation and other building products formulated with asthma-causing chemicals should be avoided to slow the growing “epidemic” of the chronic inflammatory lung c...


6 Building Technology Projects Honored

A large net zero energy commercial building in California, a railroad car facility turned office building in Washington, and a ranch home in Nebraska are among the projects recognized as out...


NASA Coatings Seek Smoother Splats

Something is really bugging scientists at NASA, driving them to develop coatings to solve their pesty problem.


Construction Gains, But Will it Last?

The rollercoaster ride of U.S. construction spending has climbed to a four-and-a-half-year high, but the progress of individual sectors remains mixed, keeping builders cautious about the fut...


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


NIBS Seeks Input on Building Workforce

Facility managers, building operations workers, and other professionals are needed to participate in a nationwide effort to improve the quality of the commercial building workforce.


Stealth Coating Garners Defense Award

A new coating that helps submarines avoid detection has earned an Australian scientist a prestigious government defense award.


Growing Greener Affordable Housing

Bricks that are grown instead of fired, fire-resistant insulation from fungal waste, and other novel bio-inspired products for the affordable-housing market shared the winners' circle this w...


USGBC Launches LEED v4 System

Officials formally rolled out LEED v4, the newest update to the voluntary green-building rating system, Wednesday (Nov. 20) during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philade...


Insulated Panels Now HFR-Free

Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America has introduced a high-endurance, high-thermal-efficiency foam insulation material for the building envelope without halogenated flame retardants (HF...


Green School Effort Goes Global

A worldwide network of schools that are designed, built, operate and teach green is the driving vision of the new Global Coalition for Green Schools, launched Tuesday (Nov. 19).


NACE Tallying Corrosion’s Global Cost

NACE International has launched a two-year global study to determine the financial and societal toll of corrosion on infrastructure, utilities, transportation, the military and other sectors...


Home Wrap Breathes, Provides Barrier

DuPont Building Innovations has introduced a home building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.


Insulating Aerogel Takes Top Honor

A versatile hydrophobic silica aerogel used in a remarkable range of insulating, building and coating products has been named "2013 Best Overall Innovation” by a panel of chemical experts.


Historic UK Shipyard to Shut Down

Five centuries of shipbuilding will come to an end next year, as British defense contractor BAE Systems has announced plans to close its dockyard in Portsmouth, England, the home of the Roya...


Feds Seek Green Building Technologies

The U.S.’s largest landlord is looking for innovative, energy-saving building technologies to test as part of its "Green Proving Ground" Fiscal Year 2014 program.


Study: Construction Fraud ‘Endemic'

From graft to theft to shortcuts, fraud of every flavor is draining the global construction industry of hundreds of billlions of dollars each year, a new report warns.


DOE Honors Housing Leaders

Dozens of contractors, researchers, national laboratories and building science organizations across America have been awarded Housing Innovation Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy for a...


Homebuilding to Hit 60.9M Units in 2017

Housing construction is forecast to surge over the next several years, especially in developing countries where the demand will be fueled by increased rural-to-urban migration, according to ...


Construction Fraud Tab: $860B

Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year—a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new r...


DOE Energy Efficiency Program Revamped

Designers looking to effectively integrate energy-efficient technologies into their projects may benefit from a newly upgraded simulation program from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Fighting Disease, Wall by Wall

A new bio-inspired surface that denies a foothold to cockroaches and ants joins other recent materials advances aimed at reducing pest-borne disease worldwide.


Paint Gives New Life to Closed Shops

Paint may not cure the recession blues, but it has helped change the tune for one beleaguered community in the United Kingdom.


GSA Selects 2 Green Building Systems

Move over, LEED. An additional green-building certification system, Green Globes, has gained favor for federal projects.


Building Jobs, Spending Keep Growing

U.S. construction unemployment hit a six-year low in September, on the heels of a four-year high in project spending the month before, the federal government reported.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

U.S. construction spending in August reached levels not seen in more than four years, driven by a booming residential sector, according to new federal data.


New Camo Coating Tricks IR Cameras

A new coating that can hide its internal temperature from thermal sensors holds hot potential for a new class of military applications, say developers at Harvard University.


Marine Coatings Get R&D Funding Boost

Several projects aimed at improving shipyard coatings and inspection processes will get a $430,000 boost in funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Coating Claims Germ-Free Finish

German researchers are reporting the development of a coating with the potency to kill and deflect fungal and bacterial growth for years.


2 Schools Earn a Global Green ‘A+’

The “Greenest Schools on Earth” can now be found in China and Kenya, according to new honors conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Free Roof Efficiency Calculator Updated

The National Roofing Contractors Association has revised its online EnergyWise Roof Calculator to incorporate updates of key international construction codes and add selected insulation data...


Coating Slays Germs for Years

A new antimicrobial coating reportedly has the power to kill and prevent bacteria and fungi growth for several years, its developers say.


Coating Signals Corrosion Colorfully

A new corrosion-sensing coating that incorporates nanocapsules would flag underlying corrosion by changing colors, researchers say.


Cracked Metal Heals Itself, MIT Reports

New MIT research suggests metals could be designed to self-mend small cracks.


Insects to Slip on New Surface Coatings

A new coating may be able to deter beetles, cockroaches and ants from entering your home.


At MIT, Metal Heals Itself Under Force

The researchers were so surprised that they “had to go back and check” the result: Exerting force on the cracked piece of metal was causing the crack to mend—not pull apart.


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


MIT Develops Robots to Build

Simple, cube-shaped robots developed by MIT scientists may be able to self-assemble structures, raise scaffolding for building projects, or temporarily repair buildings and bridges during em...


3 Designs Made to Combat Disaster

Three unique dwellings designed to help survivors of natural disasters feel safe again in New York City, New Orleans and Joplin, MO, have won top honors in a rebuilding design competition.


Coating Makers Assail Shutdown

America’s paint and coating manufacturers have joined the growing public call on Congress to settle its budget differences and reopen the U.S. federal government.


ACA to Congress: End the Shutdown

The U.S. paint and coatings industry has added its voice to the rising tide of public demands that Congress break its budget deadlock and put the government back in business.


Flex Marks the Spot for City Designs

Pop-up buildings and other temporary architecture, warehouse transformations, and group office space will be among the key design trends appearing in the American cities of tomorrow, the Am...


Power Polymer Self-Heals Solo

Hollywood’s “Terminator” is hardly known as a healer, but a new polymer namesake has gained a tough reputation for doing just that: healing itself—hard, fast, and without any help.


Skyscraper Awards Toast the Tops

The world’s best new skyscrapers look a lot like the late, great Marilyn Monroe—and not the blonde part.


Boston Tops Energy Report Card

Boston, MA, is America’s most energy-efficient city, in terms of its efforts to slash energy usage and costs, according to a new report ranking 34 of the country’s largest cities.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


‘Terminator’ Polymer Heals Without Help

Taking a cue from early ’90s movie magic, scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that “spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.”


PPG Plans New Architectural Coatings HQ

PPG Industries will consolidate its newly expanded North American architectural coatings operation into a new headquarters in southwestern Pennsylvania and enlarge its coatings R&D operation...


Scientists See Sweet Deal for Cement

Waste ash from sugar production may prove to be an environmentally sweet ingredient in one of the world’s most common building materials, new research suggests.


AkzoNobel Seeks New Life in Old Paint

The world's leading paint and coatings maker is making a new push to explore and improve paint recycling by closing the paint production loop.


Paints, Transparency Awarded in LEED v4

Project teams that specify paints and coatings by manufacturers committed to material transparency may qualify for a revamped building product credit under LEED v4, rating system officials s...


Pyramids Harness the Power of Protein

Want to increase productivity on the jobsite? Consider placing a catering order for some meat …and lots of it.


Manufacturers Flag Infrastructure Woes

Calling the deterioration of America's infrastructure a "legacy of past investments," U.S. manufacturers are warning that declining transportation networks will weaken the nation's global co...


Cicada Wings Fan Self-Cleaning Secrets

Cicadas, whose wings inspired anti-reflective coatings on solar panels and windows, could now help usher in a new era of self-cleaning construction materials, according to new research.


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


Nature’s Novelties: Top 10 Building Materials

Insulation made from fungus and sheep’s wool, toxin-trapping drywall, bacteria-boosted bricks and other novel building materials are the new Top 10 finalists of the first-ever Cradle to Crad...


Chicago Joins Energy Benchmarking Cities

Thousands of large buildings across the Chicago skyline will be required to report their energy use and authorize the city to disclose the numbers to the public under a new mandate.


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

For the second straight year, AkzoNobel has been crowned a global industry leader for its sustainability practices.


LEED v4 Paints New Challenges

Love it or hate it, LEED v4 is set to make its formal debut in November in project plans around the world—and that includes paint and coatings work.


New Coatings Carry a Gourmet Touch

The latest coatings research has taken a tasty turn toward ingredients that non-chemists can not only pronounce, but actually consume: Wine. Tea. Chocolate.


AkzoNobel Takes Sustainability Crown

Despite its recent setbacks, the world’s largest paint and coatings maker is also one of the world’s most sustainably driven companies, according to a widely respected new global ranking.


New Mission: Saving Ruins from Ruin

Concerned about inappropriate restoration at one of the world’s historic treasures, a group of scientists plans to spend the next 10 years preventing the Pompeii World Heritage Site from “fa...


A Scramble to Meet New Energy Codes

Sweeping federal changes are coming very soon to a commercial building energy code near you, with implications for building systems in every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbi...


The High Cost of Hot Crew Tempers

Heated arguments on construction sites aren't new, but those conflicts are costing companies far more than they probably realize, a novel new study suggests.


AkzoNobel Plans New Wave of Downsizing

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its European footprint, with a new plan to close more than half of its German offices in the wake of recent divestments.


RPM Coatings Buys Flooring Maker

The parent company of Zinsser, Rust-Oleum and other popular consumer brands is expanding its commercial flooring portfolio with the purchase of Expanko Inc.


New U.S. Code to Remake Energy Mandates

From American Samoa to Wyoming, U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia are scrambling to prepare for looming federal changes in commercial building energy codes that will affe...


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

Do you shrug off hot tempers and crew dust-ups as a normal part of daily life on a job site? If so, stop shrugging and start soothing, because those beefs are costing you a lot more money th...


2 Exterior Insulation Products Debut

Atlas Roofing Corp. has added two polyisocyanurate exterior wall insulation products for residential and commercial projects to its EnergyShield portfolio.


U.S. Paints, Coatings to Top $30.6B

Industrial maintenance and marine coatings in the United States will see slow but steady growth in the wake of a five-year rebound blazed by the architectural ector, according to a new marke...


New Coating Protects against Wildfire

Approaching wildfires have typically left no options for vulnerable homes in their path. Now, researchers say, they have one.


Antibacterial Coatings Take a Tasty Turn

For the latest antibacterial coating advance, look no further than your kitchen. Researchers at Northwestern University have developed new multifunctional coatings based on the sticky polyph...


Building Rebound to Drive Coating Gains

The U.S. paint and coatings market should top $30.6 billion by 2017, led by a strengthening architectural coatings segment, a new market study concludes.


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


AK Couple Seals Air-Tight Record

This story isn’t just off the wall. It’s off four 28-inch-thick walls.


Windows Get ‘Smarter’ with Coatings

A new window coating that allows users to control both visible and near-infrared light has emerged from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Newest Corrosion Weapon: Poison

For those who find blasting and coating too much work to fight corrosion, Australian materials engineers are reporting a new option: arsenic.


Lead Linked to School Suspensions

Add major school discipline problems early in life to the long list of dangers already associated with lead exposure, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study warns.


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


3,000+ Buildings Compete in EPA Battle

What do the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL; a Catholic cathedral and rectory in Seattle; New York City’s historic 100 Park Avenue building; and Busch Stadium—home of the St. Louis Cardinals,...


AAMA Unveils Cool Coatings Standard

A new standard on solar reflective finishes may prove useful to architects, owners and contractors when it comes to determining the best solar reflective coating for a project, according to ...


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Architects Report Sluggish Salaries

U.S. architects say challenging business conditions continue to take a toll on their salaries.


Axalta Scales Up Coatings R&D

Axalta Coating Systems (the old DuPont Performance Coatings business) has announced a fresh $5 million infusion into its global research and development headquarters in Wilmington, DE.


Axalta Invests $5M in Coatings Center

The old DuPont Performance Coatings business is making a new push into scaling up its coatings research and development, with a fresh $5 million infusion into its Coatings Technology Center ...


Manmade Quake to Test Building Safety

Structural engineers from Johns Hopkins University plan to shake a two-story building with seismic forces comparable to those at the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angele...


Job Culture Quells Injury Reports

If you work in construction, is getting hurt just “part of the job?”


Free eBook Tackles High-Rise Coatings

Collected technical expertise on coatings for high-rise structures is now available as a free new eBook from Durability + Design.


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


Fear Seen in Injury Underreporting

Fear of firing, reluctance to undermine safety incentives, and assumptions that getting hurt is “part of the job” are fueling widespread under-reporting of work-related injuries in construct...


$1.7B Released for Public Housing Work

The United States’ 1.2 million public housing units will be getting some much-needed repairs and renovation with the 2013 release of $1.7 billion in capital improvement funds by the U.S. Dep...


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


Robot is 1-Stop Building Demo Shop

An award-winning, multitasking robot named ERO may be the next hero of the building demolition and materials recycling industries.


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


Making Drinking Water out of Thick Air

We’ve all heard that you can’t get blood from a stone. But water from a desert billboard? Engineers in Lima, Peru, have worked with an ad agency to pull it off.


Nature Inspires Slippery Glass Coating

An ultra-slick new bio-inspired coating could make windows, solar panels and other glass surfaces more durable and self-cleaning, without diminishing clarity, Harvard University researchers ...


New Robot ‘Erases the Building’

New robot technology that may hold the future to building demolition and recycling has captured an international award for its student designer.


Safety, Permit Issues Shadow ‘Sky City’

Just days after ground was broken for the world’s tallest skyscraper in China, the project has reportedly stumbled over permit and safety concerns.


Rebounding CertainTeed to Reopen Plant

Heralding its revival with the planting of a tree, CertainTeed Ceilings has announced plans to reopen a long-shuttered manufacturing plant in Mississippi.


Homeowner Brews a Canny Cladding

Some might not consider a house clad in thousands of beer cans a landmark, but Houston, TX, sure does.


Webinar Details Masonry Wall Success

Selecting air barrier systems, through-wall flashings, reinforcement/anchoring systems and other masonry wall components for optimal compatibility and effectiveness will be the topic of a fr...


Paint Makers Unite over Chemical Bill

U.S. coating suppliers are pulling out the stops to help pass what they call a "groundbreaking" overhaul of the nation's 37-year-old chemical safety laws.


12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.


ACA Urges Members to Push Chemical Bill

Smelling a long-awaited victory, coating manufacturers are beating the bushes to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation.


Cool Webinar Topic: Pavement Coatings

Cool pavement coating technologies, projects and research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be discussed in a free upcoming webinar sponsored by Durability + Design.


$850M Revives Auto Paint Plant Plans

Once on the chopping block, an automotive paint shop in Michigan is now being transformed into a state-of-the-art facility as part of an $850 million investment by Chrysler Group LLC.


$1.5M Awarded for Thin-Film R&D

A United States military research and development agency awarded $1.5 million in a three-year project to develop new ways to apply thin-film coatings to military equipment without using exce...


Sherwin-Williams’ Comex Deal Hits Snag; Q2 Profit Up

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that its planned $2.34 billion acquisition of Comex Group was not approved by regulators in Mexico and also reported a 13 percent increase in profit fo...


PPG Reports Record Q2, Restructuring

After opening 2013 on a flat note, the world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company scored a record second quarter and made a restructuring announcement.


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q2 Profit Gain

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a 13 percent profit increase for the second quarter, but also announced a snag in its planned $2.34 billion acquisition of Comex Group.


PPG’s Q2 Records Sales, Income Gains

In a record second quarter, PPG Industries announced double-digit percentage sales gains for both industrial and performance coatings segments, boosting the paint and coatings company from a...


Housing Takes Hit to 10-Month Low

U.S. housing production took an unanticipated nose dive in June to its lowest level since August 2012, due to a slowdown in the multifamily sector, according to new data from the Commerce De...


Ancient Romans Offer Concrete Lessons

The folks who brought you the 2,000-year-old Appian Way knew their concrete. Now, modern researchers are trying to learn their secrets, in an effort to replicate the durability and sustainab...


Skanska Quits Chamber over LEED

Striking a blow for LEED, global construction and development giant Skanska USA has cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its failure to support the green building rating system.


Joblessness Drops; Jitters Don’t

Replacing old worries with new ones, the construction labor market in the U.S. may be swinging from glut to shortage in just a few short years, experts are saying.


Architecture Served from the Sea

Seaweed is not just for salad, soup and sushi, folks. It’s also a building material that’s been hard at work on the Danish island of Læsø since the 1200s.


Bringing Flower Power to Concrete

The sunflower fields that blanket much of Turkey may literally hold the seeds to a stronger, lighter-weight concrete, materials researchers say.


Good News on Unemployment, But...

The U.S. construction industry jobless rate declined to 9.8 percent in June—the best June figure seen in five years and a showing that actually has industry officials warning of possible wor...


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


Firms Team Up on New Foam Insulation

A new closed-cell spray foam insulation is designed to seal the building envelope from air filtration, moisture, allergens and pollutants.


Scientists Pursue Colorful Solar Dream

Step into the light, colorful solar panels. Traditional black and blue panels generate electricity but lack the aesthetic flexibility that designers and architects crave, say German research...


Artist Snags Strangers’ DNA to Create

Some describe a New York artist's 3D printing art as cool; others say it’s creepy—but it is sure to make one stop and think.


When in Concrete, Doing as Romans Did

The structure of ancient Rome’s concrete marvels is revealing clues to make its modern successors more durable and sustainable, researchers have found.


After Long LEED Time, ‘v4’ Approved

The U.S. Green Building Council’s controversial update to its green-building certification system has gained strong member approval, paving the way for an official launch this fall.


Energy Firm Unveils Cool Roof Coating

A Pennsylvania-based consultant on energy efficiency in facilities has entered the roof coatings business.


Top 20 Cities Riding Construction Wave

New York City and two cities in Texas top a new list of 20 metropolitan areas that have spent the most money on new construction projects this year.


Thinking Outside the Concrete Box

Imagine constructing a concrete building in less than an hour, using only air and water.


Residential Market Posts Big Gains

U.S. home builders are more confident and they’re proving it, according to the latest economic indicators.


When Design is a Life-or-Death Matter

DENVER—Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and tornadoes claim lives, but poorly designed and constructed buildings are also responsible for the bloodshed, according to architect and humanitar...


Design Billings Up as AIA 2013 Begins

DENVER—The design business is back in positive territory after a scare, as thousands of architects and building professionals convened Thursday (June 21) for the 2013 American Institute of A...


Construction Job Growth Continues

A new analysis shows a strengthening U.S. construction sector and some of the most promising figures seen since 2008.


Designers Propose ‘Strawscraper’

Energy efficiency just got hairy. The Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter has recently proposed a design that could turn one of the tallest buildings in Stockholm into a hairy giant.


Construction Jobs See All-Around Growth

Construction jobs are up and unemployment is down, with some of the most promising figures seen since 2008, a new analysis shows.


Design Contest Focuses on Warsaw Icon

A newly launched design contest seeks to revitalize the landmark rotunda building in Warsaw, Poland.


LEED Makes Free Offer to New Markets

Seeking a foothold in the scores of small and developing nations still outside the green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council is offering free LEED certification to projects in...


USAF Offers $7M for Corrosion R&D

The U.S. Air Force Academy is making $7 million in grant money available for research and development of protective coatings, test methods and materials to fight corrosion.


Construction Nails a 4-Year Record

Nonresidential construction activity across the U.S. is trending upward, a recent economic index.


Paint Pen Lights Up Projects

Forget pesky electrical upgrades. Who has time, when you can just paint them on? Thanks to an electrically conductive paint, almost any surface can be turned into a functioning light, and th...


Blinded by Light, Copper Resists Rust

Intense light can cancel out rust-forming properties on copper, yielding an environmentally friendly way to create propylene oxide, the basis for many coatings, engineers from the University...


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


Self-Cleaning Nano Paint Leans on Light

A new nanotech company has developed a coating product that can reportedly combat pollutants through a proprietary nanoparticle formula and natural light.


The Robotic Future of Bridge Inspection

Robotic inspectors could soon be sweeping across the nation's bridges, collecting data and sending important structural information to their human counterparts.


Top 10 Green Projects Take AIA Honors

Cool roof technologies, zero-VOC paints and tight building envelopes are just a few of the “green” features showcased in 10 projects that were recently recognized by the AIA and its Committe...


$500M Set for Sandy-Hit Water Works

Water-treatment facilities across New York and New Jersey will receive more than $500 million to tackle repairs and upgrades desperately needed after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental ...


LEED Gains GSA Panel’s Favor

While the General Services Administration has yet to officially recommend a green building standard for use in all federal buildings, the LEED system appears to be the front runner.


Feds Urge Curbs on Nano Exposures

Nanotechnology may be the future of paints and coatings, but federal health officials are recommending strict limits on worker exposures to some of those tiny particles.


Paint to Power Tomorrow’s Homes

Paper-thin layers of graphene, sandwiched with other one-atom slices of materials, could provide the next solar coating for building exteriors, researchers say.


Feds Do the Math on Maintenance

“Pay now or pay later” is the mantra of those who support rigorous maintenance of bridges, highways and other infrastructure.


Push to Save Green Building Mandates

The energy efficiency of more than 400,000 U.S. buildings is at stake in a new Senate bill that critics are threatening to derail, hundreds of building industry firms are warning Congress.


NJ School Deemed ‘Biggest Loser’

An 81-year-old elementary school in New Jersey has won a nationwide competition aimed at shrinking the energy footprints of U.S. commercial building stock.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Historic Bridge Projects Get $3B Boost

Three major bridge projects connecting Staten Island and New Jersey have taken a $3 billion step forward, juiced by new funding approvals from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


New Concrete Fillers Go with the Grain

Engineers in America’s heartland are cooking up a new recipe for the world's most common building material, using post-harvest leftovers from rice, corn and wheat.


Insect-Killing Paint Rolls Out in Africa

Malaria-ravaged Ghana has a new weapon to combat the deadly disease: an insecticide paint from Coral Dulux Ghana, an AkzoNobel brand.


Study: Build Green to Behave Green

Most people instinctively yell in a stadium and whisper in a library or church. So why wouldn’t they act more environmentally responsible in an eco-friendly building? It turns out that they ...


Stores Brighten Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Booming architectural paint sales in its Paint Stores Group drove up Sherwin-Williams' first-quarter earnings by 16 percent, to $116.18 million, the company has announced.


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up Record Q1

Protective and marine coatings held their own, but Sherwin-Williams' paint stores did the heavy lifting in the first quarter, delivering record sales and earnings for the Cleveland-based pai...


Frogs Give Researchers Grip on Adhesion

When it comes to clinging to a wet, slippery, vertical surface, no one hangs in there like a tree frog.


Home Building Hits 5-Year High

The U.S. residential construction industry may be crawling, slowly but surely, out if its post-recession funk.


Big Boxes Gaining on Paint Stores

The neighborhood paint store had better look over its shoulder: Big-box retailers are coming on strong, fueled by one-stop shopping convenience and lower prices, a new market study shows.


New Concrete Pavers Light the Way

For pool decks and pavement that catch attention and provide more safety, a German company has introduced a new technology: concrete that glows in the dark.


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


Smart Window Coatings Get $3M Boost

Researchers are one step closer to developing a smart window coating that can respond to changing weather conditions by regulating the amount of visible light and heat permitted to enter a b...


Study: Scrap Middle-Age Building Stock

Cue the wrecking ball: Mid-century modern buildings can’t be retrofitted to be as energy efficient as we want or need them to be, a new study concludes.


Static-Busting Paint Team Tops Contest

A team of university students has developed an additive that converts paint to a conductive coating for transportation—an invention that has netted them a $10,000 grand prize.


Coatings Market Split in Europe

Driven by a growing construction sector in Eastern Europe, the market for decorative paints and coatings in Europe is poised to reach revenues of €11,6 billion ($15.1 billion USD) in 2019, a...


Maya Blue Paint Mystery Solved?

Spanish researchers say they have unraveled clues to the mysterious and durable blue paint used by ancient Maya.


From Fish Tank to Facade

Green slime, while still a nuisance in the fish tank, is making its debut in the architecture world as a "smart" building material.


ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013

The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.


Webinar Takes Measure of Air Barriers

One of the nation’s foremost experts on the energy performance of air barriers will report on the latest research into this technology in a free educational webinar hosted by Durability +...


Where Wild Travelers Can Play it Safe

Today’s highway planners may not care why the chicken crossed the road, but they can tell you how he reached the other side in one piece.


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


New Paint Technology Lights, Animates

From walls to motorcycles, a newly developed electroluminescent paint is lighting things up.


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

Los Angeles has topped a federal ranking of most energy-efficient cities, in terms of Energy Star building certifications, for the fifth consecutive year.


Shipyard Workers Get Layoff Reprieve

Cost-cutting “furloughs” for shipyard painters, maintenance crews and other civilian defense workers have been put on hold as the Department of Defense weighs a stop-gap budget bill newly pa...


Powering Up Buildings with Paint

UK researchers are developing coatings for steel and glass that can turn new and existing buildings into power stations.


New MIT Coating Fit to Fight Frost, Fog

If opposites really do attract, a novel hybrid nanocoating with a love-hate relationship toward water could be just the thing to fight frost and fog on windshields, windows, optical equipmen...


Corrosion Chemist Wins Tess Award

The inventor of a magnesium-rich primer that delivers the same sacrificial protection as zinc-rich primers on ferrous substrates will receive the American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy ...


Corroded Organ Music to Chemist’s Ears

Ancient organ pipes throughout Europe are suffering corrosion damage—so much so that some instruments can no longer produce sound.


Cool Coating Clears Fog, Frost

A novel hybrid nanocoating developed and tested at MIT could someday put your car's defroster and defogger out of business.


Study: Women See Color Better

Guys who are weighing a choice between Brewski Burnish and Sandy Suds for their next man-cave paint job may want to run the swatches by a woman.


Painter Gets 17 Years for Sub Arson

A civilian painter has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and $400 million in restitution after setting fire to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine last May, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office ...


Design Help from Robotic Lights

Drop your paint brush and grab a stylus. University of Tokyo scientists have developed an augmented reality-based system that enables users to “paint” a room via tablet.


Study: Making a Case for Building Green

Building green makes “clear business sense”—it’s not just about saving the planet, according to a recent report.


Ancient Organs Focus of Corrosion Study

An organ-playing chemist has found a way to combine her passion for music and science by studying corrosion in centuries-old organ pipes.


New Coatings Catch: Fire-Retardant Fish

Italian researchers see a new bio-based future for flame-retardant coatings in a novel source: DNA extracted from the sperm of herring.


Protective Coating Skips Pretreatment

Researchers in Spain have developed a coating that reportedly offers enhanced corrosion protection to steel and other metals while eliminating the need for pretreatment.


Fish Sperm Holds Hot Coating Potential

DNA extracted from—believe it or not—the sperm of herring may unlock a new bio-future for flame-retardant coatings, according to novel research being conducted by Italian researchers.


Study: Homes Raise the Roof Risk

Harrowing plunges from skyscrapers and towers draw more attention, but the odds of a fatal fall are actually greatest much closer to home—on a residential roof, in fact, a new study shows.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


Recycling Concrete with Lightning Jolt

Scientists in Germany are summoning one of nature's most powerful forces to recycle man’s most widely used building material.


Surge Seen for Green Building Materials

Demand for recycled concrete, permeable pavement and other green building materials is expected to jump by 11 percent annually through 2017, hitting a record $86.6 billion, a new study proje...


New ACA Panel to Focus Green Efforts

U.S. coating makers will coordinate their wide-ranging sustainability initiatives under one green umbrella with the formation of a new Sustainability Workgroup.


Coating May Power Up Tablet Screens

Electronics users who panic at being stranded without a charger may find reassurance in an energy-harvesting coating being developed by an MIT spinoff company.


First Coating to Heal Concrete Emerges

A team of Korean scientists say they have developed the world’s first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete.


Pipeline Agenda Includes Coating Plans

New pipeline coatings for integrity and corrosion prevention are a key part of the industry's $10.3 million research focus for 2013.


New Coating Helps Concrete Self-Heal

The world’s first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete is the promise of new research and development by a team of Korean scientists.


Tech Pipeline: Paint to Fight Malaria

The world’s biggest paint and coatings company is targeting one of the world’s biggest killers—malaria.


Shipyards Warned of Mass Layoffs

Threatened cutbacks by the U.S. Navy could soon cost thousands of American shipyard workers their jobs, BAE Systems is warning its employees.


The Robotic Future of Repainting Roads

Robots guided by visual systems could be the future of transportation maintenance, particularly for the endless repainting of pavement markings on the nation's roadways, a new project sugges...


Researchers Power Up Solar Spray

New spray coating technology could hold the key to creating inexpensive, mass-produced solar cells on everything from car roofs to building facades, UK researchers say.


Hotel Takes Heat for ‘Death Ray’ Design

Architectural glass facades may reduce cooling costs and enhance aesthetic appeal, but their so-called “death ray” effect is proving less popular.


Printing a Building: Out of this World

How do you construct a building on the moon? With the push of a remarkable button, if a new European research consortium is correct.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Green-Building Guides Vie for GSA Nod

LEED’s seven-year reign may soon be over as the federal government's go-to green building rating system.


Scientists Spray Paint Solar Power

UK researchers have developed a method of spray coating for solar cells that could reduce the cost significantly, accelerating the technology's spread to developing countries.


Building Revival to Spur Cement Gains

LAS VEGAS—With the fiscal cliff behind and 950,000 housing starts ahead for 2013, cement consumption is set to boom, with 8.1 percent growth projected through this year, according to a new e...


Texas A&M Launches Corrosion Center

Today's professionals and tomorrow's recruits in the war on corrosion, especially in the oil and gas sector, will have the help of a new national corrosion center focusing on the field's sci...


Recycled Concrete: Rocky Road to Growth

LAS VEGAS—Recycling the world's most common building material is certainly "green," but using recycled concrete in buildings still faces obstacles, both real and perceived.


Defending Space with Spray Paint

Graffiti often pops up at unexpected heights and locations, but spray painting may also hold the key to deflecting asteroids from Earth, an aerospace researcher contends.


Brushes with Greatness, and House Paint

One long-coveted secret of Pablo Picasso's genius may be out. It's house paint.


Corrosion? Yep, There’s an App for That

It won't threaten Fruit Ninja or Pandora, but a new reference-packed corrosion app for engineers is finding its own success.


Wall Panels Tout Impact Strength

Sustainable building materials supplier 3form has added four new collections to its Varia Ecoresin line of translucent wall panels.


Hull Coating Shakes Off Marine Scum

A novel coating will allow a ship to shed unwanted bacteria and marine scum with the flick of a switch, according to a group of engineers at Duke University.


Stores Fuel Sherwin-Williams’ Top Year

Sales growth and price hikes in its Paint Stores Group propelled The Sherwin-Williams Company to record highs for 2012 and its fourth quarter, the company reported Thursday (Jan. 31).


GM to Invest $600M in KS Paint Shop

General Motors has announced plans to spend $600 million on a brand-new paint shop, including new technology and environmental enhancements.


Products Put to Test in New R&D Center

About 40 advanced building technologies, including high-efficiency building-envelope components, are set to be tested and showcased at a new building technology epicenter in Boston, MA.


Nanocoating to Ward Off Flames

Flame-retardant research is heating up in Texas, where researchers report the development of an environmentally friendly nanocoating that can be used on fabrics and foams.


No Pulp Fiction: Bricks of Paper Waste

It may sound unappetizing, but a novel mix of clay, sludge, paper waste and ceramics is producing a new kind of insulating brick that holds potentially significant economic and environmental...


USGBC Names Top 10 Green States

Washington, D.C., has once again been crowned the LEED capital of the United States. With 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012


ASCE Reports on Infrastructure Gap

Without an extra $1.57 billion per year invested in U.S. infrastructure, the country will face a rough road ahead, according to a new report on infrastructure investment.


Dutch Design Futuristic Highway

A futuristic highway that uses glow-in-the-dark, solar-powered paint to light up the road at night and warn drivers of treacherous conditions could change the future of travel for Dutch driv...


ANSI OKs Green Homebuilding Standard

The newly updated ICC 700 National Green Building Standard has gained approval by the American National Standards Institute—the first and only residential green building rating system to do ...


Death Star Petition Gets Response

The Force was strong, but Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the only hope for over 34,000 people who signed a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star.


Contractors Gird for 2013 Challenges

“Luck and a lot of hard work” may prove to be saving remedies for the hard-hit construction industry. That’s the latest from the Associated General Contractors of America.


Concrete Blooms a Mossy Façade

Concrete generally doesn’t remind us of lush, green gardens. But a group of Spanish researchers has set out to change that mindset.


Antimicrobial Market Set to Clean Up

The global antimicrobial coatings market is on track to reach to $3.3 billion by 2018—doubling its value in six years—with North America leading revenue and demand, a new market forecast con...


New Portal Showcases Building Research

Hundreds of peer-reviewed research projects and case studies covering all facets of the built environment, from pre-design to reuse, are now available through a new website.


PPG Profits Surge in Q4

Pittsburgh, PA-based architectural coatings giant PPG Industries Inc. reported record profits for its fourth quarter, as total coatings segment earnings grew by nearly 30 percent from the pr...


PPG Rounds Out Record Year

Rounding out a year of record financials, PPG Industries Inc. reported Monday that each quarter of 2012 saw new earnings records, with higher full-year earnings in each major region.


Contractors Driven to New Careers

Thousands of unemployed contractors are shifting gears into other industries as construction continues reeling from the economic downturn, reports indicate.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Sales Up, Income Down for RPM Q2

Rust-Oleum's parent company RPM International Inc. reported a double-digit increase in sales and a double-digit dip in income for its fiscal 2013 second quarter.


Carboline Parent Notches Strong Q2

Protective coatings giant RPM International Inc. reported strong sales and earnings in its second quarter, but remained weighed down by continuing charges that dampened its first quarter.


Beyond Green: ‘Living’ Building Blooms

Designed to function as efficiently as a flower, Pittsburgh’s new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is equipped with a plethora of green technologies, including a robust building envelope an...


 
 
   

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