With the growth of clean energy and the recent elections, the future of the coal mining industry has been center stage. Namely, what will happen to it and all the businesses and people whose livelihoods are connected to it? The modular construction industry is no exception. Luckily, there are ways you can compensate for the changing industry: [Read more…]
Drones are becoming widely popular in all sorts of commercial industries like filming and law enforcement. Modular construction is no exception. Some construction companies use drones to get a live view of the construction site and monitor its progress. If you own a construction company and are considering using drones, here’s what you need to know:
Before You Fly
According to Know Before You Fly, commercial drones can be flown with the authorization of the FAA on a case-by-case basis. You will also have to register your drone with the FAA for safety and accountability reasons. [Read more…]
Many countries around the world like France and Canada are adopting green roof laws, which require commercial buildings to have solar panels and partially green roofs. Naturally, if America adopts these laws, it can affect the modular industry—but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
What is a Green Roof?
A green roof is a roof that that reduces pollution. For instance, some green roofs are covered with plants like grasses and shrubs to help:
- Reduce building energy consumption
- Improve air quality
- Reduce the Heat Island Effect (HIE)
This past April, NASA received one of its first shipments of work platforms for the Space Launch System (SLS) project. The original work platforms in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) were removed in 2013 to make way for these newer platforms that will help lead the way in the construction of the SLS.
A Quick Rundown of the SLS Project
At its most basic, the SLS is a launch vehicle designed to send craft into deep space and support “the highest-ever payload mass and volume capability and energy to speed missions through space,” according to NASA. It will be integrated with the Orion spacecraft as well as smaller “CubeSats” as secondary payloads to be deployed later on in flight. In short, it will be multitasking—something other exploration-class spacecraft have not yet done. [Read more…]
If you are looking to restore an older building for your new office, but are having trouble funding it, historic tax incentives may be able to help.
How Do Historic Tax Incentives Work?
Created in 1978, the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has helped building owners rehabilitate and reuse older buildings. Historic tax credits are tax incentives used to encourage the re-use and rehabilitation of older buildings.
Buildings certified by the National Register for Historic Places will be able to receive credit equal to 20 percent of the cost of rehabilitation. Even if your building doesn’t qualify as a historic building, it can still receive 10 percent credit. However, it must have been built before 1936. [Read more…]