At last, we’re finally ready to put together the design for our house. A fully specified design, with every detail and system described, is well beyond…
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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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The Empire State Building was completed in 1931. At a height of 1250 feet [0], it was the world's tallest building, exceeding the recently completed…
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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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When researching construction, you invariably discover that any new or innovative idea has actually been tried over and over again, often stretching…
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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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Anyone involved with developing a new building system knows that it’s incredibly difficult to get anyone in the industry to actually use your system…
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Producing goods and services is typically subject to economies of scale - as the volume of output rises, the unit cost of each thing being produced…
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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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Why wood has gotten so dang expensive
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Brief update: I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received an Emergent Ventures grant to continue my work on Construction Physics! This will help some…
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Reinforced concrete is, by a large margin, the most widely used building material on earth - by mass, we use as much reinforced concrete as every other…
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