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What if the next big crop we grow is for building materials?

Jun 20, 2022
In the Netherlands, a bridge is made of flax fiber ... the same flax that produces seeds for cereal.
This 15-meter bridge in the Dutch town of Almere was made using flax fiber.
John Laurenson

Facing shortages of construction materials and labor, builders try to be flexible

Aug 2, 2021
Often that means negotiating what gets done when.
Everything from worker shortage to material prices have forced builders to adapt.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The quest for a more fire-resistant home

Dec 28, 2018
Protective materials are out there, and they don't have to cost more.
John and Lynn Stasz hired architect Mark Gerwing, right, to design their new house after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire near Boulder, Colorado.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

Spike in demand for building materials helped drive overall retail sales in May

Jun 14, 2018
New numbers out Thursday show that Americans spent a lot of their paychecks on retail last month. U.S. retail sales were strong in May, rising about eight-tenths of a percent from a month earlier.  That may sound small, but it’s the biggest one-month jump since last November. Among the merchants that got a lot of […]