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The Challenge to Harness Solar Energy in Building Design

The Challenge to Harness Solar Energy in Building Design

By | Charleston SC, Construction, Green Construction, SC

Charleston has over 200 sunny days on average each year, and has the potential to store and harness solar energy as the primary source of power in new building design.  There are several building projects underway to make individual buildings “net zero” in South Carolina. These buildings are designed to produce as much energy as they take in each year. The Net Zero Energy Building is one design approach being used in South Carolina to build highly efficient buildings with…

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New Growth on West Coast of Florida Puts Millions at High Risk when Hurricanes Strike

New Growth on West Coast of Florida Puts Millions at High Risk when Hurricanes Strike

By | Construction

The building boom on the west coast of Florida, especially in the Tampa area, put many more people in potential danger once Hurricane Irma shifted to these areas, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Major development has occurred up the west coast during the last few decades in affluent areas in Naples and new subdivisions of middle class homes in Tampa Bay.  Many of these communities are built on filled-in marshland close to sea level and are vulnerable to storm surge…

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U.S. Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in 10 Years

By | Construction

U.S. construction spending rose to its highest level in 10 years, raising economic growth for the final quarter of 2016, according to the Commerce Department (census.gov/construction). Construction spending rose by 0.9 percent to $1.8 trillion, boosted by gains in both the public and private sector investments.  Overall construction spending was up by 4.1 percent from the previous year.  Construction spending in October 2016 was also strong with an increase of 0.6 percent, which prompted economists to raise their gross domestic…

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Cross Laminated Timber Transforming Building Industry

By | Construction

A Portland architectural firm will break ground this spring on a 12 story wood building using a new building product called cross laminated timber.  The building will be located in the city’s trendy Pearl District and will be the tallest all-wood building in the world constructed in a seismic zone. This new wood product is drawing a lot of attention from the construction industry. Proponents of cross laminated timber (CLT) say the panels made from this product are lighter and…

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USC Economists Predict Steady Economic Growth for Charleston in 2017

By | Charleston SC, Construction, Economic Growth

Construction projects in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island continue to spur South Carolina’s economic growth. The boost in construction has led to an increase in jobs and demand for housing as a result of building efforts and will continue into 2017, according to economists who spoke at the 36th Annual Outlook Conference held at the University of South Carolina (USC). Doug Woodward, professor of economics and director of the division of research at USC’s Darla Moore School of…

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Construction Boom Overwhelms Planning Agencies

By | commercial construction, Construction

The Charleston area is experiencing a construction boom across the tri-county area, with construction cranes and bulldozers being seen all over the Lowcountry.  New commercial, industrial, and residential buildings are being built in downtown Charleston, across the river in Mount Pleasant, and up the Interstate 26 corridor from North Charleston past the Summerville area.  The growth in building construction has led to a huge increase in workload for city planners. Municipal planning offices across the Lowcountry are reporting historically high…

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Growth in Suburbs Outpaces Urban Areas

Suburban Growth Outpaces Urban Areas

By | Construction

The latest U.S. Census Data show that as the overall U. S. population grows,  growth in suburban counties have held steady, while in urban counties have slowed down. An analysis of U.S. Census data by Jed Kolko, an economist at University of California’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation, shows that the population growth in higher density suburban counties outpaced urban counties since 2012. Of the top cities with populations over 250,000, including Austin, and Fort Worth, Texas and Charlotte, North…

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SC Business Recruitment Leads to New Projects and Job Creation

By | Construction, Economic Growth

South Carolina’s economy remains strong with solid business recruitment in 2015, according to a report released by the SC Commerce Department (S.C. Department of Commerce http://sccommerce.com/). The state yielded $4.21 billion in capital investments, and won 150 economic development projects, and 17,280 jobs by new and expanding businesses. South Carolina is a manufacturing stronghold, with 56 percent of jobs or 9,680 jobs coming from the manufacturing sector. The sector accounted for 86 percent of total capital investments, yielding 3.6 billion…

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Construction Industry Helps SC Economy

By | Construction, Economic Growth

Charleston’s Post and Courier reports that economists from The University of South Carolina are claiming that the Palmetto State is officially out of the economic recession. USC economists Doug Woodward and Joseph Von Nessen told The Post and Courier that the SC economy has largely benefitted from its emphasis on manufacturing. They point out that manufacturing has been a strong suit for South Carolina over many decades but that another industry stepped up in 2015 to bring the state out of the recession. Construction…

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Why Choose an Acoustical Ceiling? – Commercial Construction

By | Acoustic Ceilings, Construction

  There are a plethora of ceiling options for office spaces, and one of the most popular ones is the acoustical ceiling. Acoustical ceilings are popular because they can significantly reduce noise in an office space. In spaces with open floor plans or cubicle work spaces, noise reduction is often a top priority. But this is not the only reason companies choose acoustical ceilings when talking with commercial construction companies. Acoustical ceilings are also a popular commercial construction choice due to…

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