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Written by Melody Eve Ramos, AMAST Content

On August 10, 2021, the Senate passed a historical $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure package that is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the construction industry. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $550 billion in new spending, a majority of which will be funding new construction projects. Some highlights of the bill include:

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Si Katara, co-founder of The Coalition for Smarter Infrastructure Investments, shared in a statement, “With increased funding, it’s more important than ever to modernize how we design, build and manage infrastructure so that each dollar we invest…


Written by Melody Eve Ramos, AMAST Content

Companies across all industries have suffered supply shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction industry, however, is especially vulnerable to supply shortages due to the heavy reliance on raw materials for their projects. While the demand for building has not gone down, limited access to supplies have caused soaring prices on materials such as steel and lumber, which has trickled down to increase costs across the board.

Here’s a quick look at how COVID-19 has impacted construction costs:

Cost of Materials

All materials used for construction have seen a hike in prices…


Written by Melody Eve Ramos, AMAST Content

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In recent years, 3D concrete printing has gotten lots of attention for being a potential solution to the hefty carbon footprint associated with traditional cement production. It is also looked to as a solution to work automation and combating the shortage of skilled construction workers. While the 3D printing industry is still nascent, experts forecast a 300% growth in use in the next five years. Here are some of the ways 3D concrete printing can make a difference in the construction industry.

Reduced Cost of Materials

One of the benefits of 3D printers…


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus, AMAST Content

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If you haven’t heard of ferrock yet, you’re not alone. This carbon-negative, iron-rich compound was introduced in the early 2000s and has not yet gained widespread popularity. An excellent environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete, ferrock is created from byproducts of other processes and has notable potential uses in the construction industry.

What Is Ferrock?

Ferrock is created from a mixture of steel dust waste and silica, both of which are byproducts of other processes. When mixed with ferrous rock and water and exposed to carbon dioxide, this mixture hardens as a result of a chemical reaction…


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus, AMAST Content

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It is no surprise that a third of all municipal waste in the United States consists of paper, given that the average American uses more than 680 pounds of paper products annually. Since the start of human civilization, the global tree population has fallen by 46%, and an average of 15 billion trees are cut down per year, with 35% of those 15 billion trees used by the paper industries. Instead of sending paper waste to the landfill, it can be recycled and used in papercrete.

What Is Papercrete?

Papercrete consists of a mixture of…


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus, AMAST Content

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While most glass is static, smart glass allows glass to become multifunctional. Smart glass, also called light control glass (LCG), privacy glass, switchable glass, dynamic glass, or smart-tint glass, can appear opaque, translucent, or transparent. As a result, buildings that use smart glass can effectively balance the occupants’ desires for natural light, views, an open floor plan, energy conservation, and privacy.

What Are the Different Types of Smart Glass?

There are two main types of smart glass: active smart glass and passive smart glass. …


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus, AMAST Content

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For years, asphalt shingles have been a popular roofing choice. They are a cost-effective, fire-resistant, and easy-to-install roofing option. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles are not very sustainable, and asphalt shingle roofs generally last only twelve to twenty years. As a result, over 11 million tons of asphalt shingle scraps are generated each year, and these discarded asphalt shingles may take up to four hundred years to break down. Fortunately, there are several eco-friendly alternatives to asphalt shingles.

Metal Roofs

Metal is an excellent alternative to asphalt. Most metal roofs are made from recycled metal, and…


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus, AMAST Content

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High-quality insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by 20% and reduce CO2 emissions by 780 million tons. Properly installed insulation can help prevent air from entering and leaving a building, which helps buildings stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A properly insulated building will save 600 times more energy than using compact fluorescent lights, Energy Star appliances, and Energy Star windows combined will save.

Today, fiberglass insulation is a popular choice. However, fiberglass insulation contains hazardous fibers and is not very eco-friendly. …


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus

The components for prefabricated homes are constructed in a factory before being transported to the construction site where they are assembled. This differs from stick-built homes. Contrary to popular belief, prefabricated homes vary in size, type, quality, and style. They are also affordable, customizable, durable, and energy efficient. People in the United States are starting to recognize the many benefits of prefabricated homes, and they are gaining popularity.

What Are the Different Types of Prefabricated Construction?

Manufactured Homes
Manufactured homes are built entirely off-site on a steel frame. They are then transported to the construction site and set on a permanent foundation. Manufactured…


Written by Morgan Kaenzig de Denus, AMAST Content

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Brick is one of the oldest known building materials. For thousands of years, people have been building everything from houses to bridges to roads out of brick. Today, a wide variety of bricks are available, each with different qualities that make them better suited for use in different projects.

Different Types of Bricks

Burnt Clay Bricks
Burnt clay bricks are probably what come to mind when you think of bricks, as they are most commonly used in construction. There are different classes of burnt clay bricks, each with different strengths, appearances, and shapes.

First-Class Bricks
First-class bricks…

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