CRH buys Ash Grove, bets on U.S. cement growth

The buyer is looking to expand its U.S. bulding materials division, as it looks to take advantage of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure investment plan.

Source: www.themiddlemarket.com

World’s Tallest Sandcastles

The Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest Sandcastle record has just been beaten. The Sandcastle is in Duisburg, Germany and was commissioned…

Source: www.bebee.com

Homebuilder sector to make up Irma losses quickly; building products unclear

Susan Maklari, Credit Suisse analyst, says the homebuilder sector will make up Irma losses quickly, but building products have a murkier future.

Source: www.cnbc.com

The Toilet That Uses Your Air Conditioning to Flush

“The world’s first cistern to use condensate from air conditioning units to flush the toilet has been launched..”

Source: real-leaders.com

Jacksonville Jaguars’ new practice facility showcases the power of computational design

The project team employed Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and a host of other software applications to design and build this uber-complex sports and entertainment facility. 

Source: www.bdcnetwork.com

Luxury Homes Gain Over-the-Top Decks

Outdoor decks and patios are becoming bigger, more elaborate, and more central to the home—even in snowy states like Colorado and Minnesota.

Source: www.realtor.com

Melbourne’s exploding balconies

“A frightening series of “spontaneous” glass balcony explosions at Melbourne apartment buildings has highlighted the dangers of cheap and faulty construction products..”

Source: amp.theage.com.au

ASID Headquarters Becomes World’s First Space to Earn LEED and WELL Platinum Certification

“The office is brimming with features that support health and wellness. One is a circadian lighting system that mimics natural daylight, paired with automated shades that follow the sun’s movement to help eliminate eye strain. The design team also implemented biophilic design strategies..”

Source: www.interiordesign.net

This $500 million ‘gigamansion’ has a 20 bedrooms and five pools

DailyMail.com’s exclusive aerial photos of the new Bel Air ‘gigamansion’ show the 20 bedroom, 30 bathroom luxury pad makes Jennifer Aniston’s $21 million home look tiny in comparison.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

How green are Apple’s carbon-sequestering trees really?

According to one study, “The impact of urban vegetation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions directly through carbon sequestration is very limited or null.”

Source: archpaper.com