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The Most Famous Steel Structures in the World

  
  
  
eiffel tower steel

What do all these famous buildings have in common? Tons and tons of steel. Buildings that were the tallest in the world one year are overtaken by another the next. And yet these buildings remain memorable for other reasons than the material they were built from. They highlight the design flexibility as well as the endurance of a well-made metal building.

Construction Trade Show Tips Every Professional Should Know

  
  
  
trade show tips

Trade shows are vast, exciting places where vendors try to catch the attention of attendees rather like carnival barkers. It’s also one of the only places some can demonstrate their wares. Having a presence at a trade show can be an important part of marketing your company but how can you get the most bang for your marketing buck?

The Abridged History of Building Codes

  
  
  
history of building codes

Would you be surprised to learn one of the first building codes was written around 2000 BCE? Probably not since we humans are so fond of making rules and creating records. But the granddaddy of building codes is probably the Code of Hammurabi which made its appearance about then. It’s been updated a lot in the past 4000 years though. We no longer execute the builder of a home that collapses and kills the owner. That’s a bit harsh.

Can You Live in a Metal Building?

  
  
  
living in a steel house

In the wake of the great recession, American homeowners are taking a different approach to new residential construction and homeownership. The modern homeowner is interested in affordability and energy efficiency as well as homes that retain their market value and are less demanding in terms of maintenance. For all of these reasons and more, metal buildings are becoming increasingly popular as residential structures.

The Benefits of Painting Your Metal Roof

  
  
  
painting steel roofs

Metal roofs and metal roof coating options are getting a significant amount of press these days, perhaps because they are one of the best roofing solutions in an era that is continually focused on sustainability. Metal roofing systems are cheaper to engineer, manufacture and install than their traditional counterparts. Cool metal roofing options cut down on solar heat gain, reducing annual cooling costs, and the resilience of metal roofs make them extremely affordable in the long run.

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What Makes Steel So Recyclable?

  
  
  
recycling steel

Steel is one of the most recycled material on Earth, bar none. It is recycled at a higher rate than all other materials put together. That is a lot of recycling. Why is steel so recyclable? Let’s find out.

Tracking Changing Trends in American Architecture

  
  
  
american architecture

When compared to architectural history, American architecture is relatively young having started in the 1600s with the colonization of the northeastern seaboard. Most of the architecture was simplistic and made of available materials that could be afforded by poor colonists who were more interested in creating shelter than fancy digs. With so few trained builders and nothing but the earth, wood, and stone available to them, the colonists created plain homes with anything approaching decoration being reserved for houses of worship.

Construction Managers: Avoid Common Estimating Errors

  
  
  
estimating errors

Perhaps one of the biggest responsibilities a construction project manager has is providing accurate estimates for bids on prospective jobs. Consistent inaccuracies can cost a company tens of thousands of dollars or more, will damage a good brand name in no time flat and can potentially cause you to lose your job if you're a new employee or have repeatedly misjudged your construction project estimations.

7 Top Construction Apps Every Professional Should Download

  
  
  
top contractor apps

Smartphones and tablets may be the best inventions since sliced bread. Smartphones, in particular, have become not only ubiquitous but nearly an appendage. Why not load yours up with the best apps to help you do your job in the field where you spend the majority of your time?

Can Blogging Work for Construction Companies?

  
  
  
benefits of construction blogging

Can blogging work for construction companies? The short answer is, “Yes, yes it can.”

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