Buildings must be built to the requirements of the building code, a set of laws that governs how a building must be built. Because building codes…
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When we left off, over a few short years mobile home manufacturing had grown into a massive industry, and was supplying an increasingly large fraction…
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A recurring theme of this newsletter is the failure of prefabrication (building homes in factories instead of on-site) to revolutionize the housing…
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This week we conclude our look at nuclear power construction costs. So far we’ve looked solely at conventional nuclear power stations that supply…
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To briefly recap, we previously found that nuclear power construction costs in the US and around the world steadily increased from the late 1960s…
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Nuclear power currently makes up slightly less than 20% of the total electricity produced in the US, largely from plants built in the 70s and 80s…
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This is an excerpt from a longer interview I did with Tyler Goss, a former architect who now works at AECOM, and has had a bunch of interesting roles in…
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A recurring theme of this newsletter is that most new ideas and innovations in the construction industry have been tried, often much earlier than you…
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The housing shortage in the US is a perennially popular topic of conversation for the urbanist crowd (which online includes basically everyone.) The…
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This week on Construction Physics I interviewed Alice Leung. Alice is vice president of platform and product strategy at Brick and Mortar Ventures, a…
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One of the main themes of this newsletter is that the construction process is significantly constrained by geography. For work done on-site, workers and…
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Last week in this series we covered the evolution of heating and cooling technology in the US. This week we’ll wrap up by looking at ventilation, and…
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