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Issue 2.2

Waste and Tolerance in Design and Construction

Building materials developed during the industrial revolution, when energy was cheap and raw materials seemingly abundant, are not suited for our world today. Buildings made with these off-the-shelf products waste energy and natural resources and take enormous amounts of time to assemble. The quantity of waste in the building industry is staggering, with more than three pounds of waste generated for every square foot of new construction in the US.1 New materials must be found, design methodologies must evolve, and most importantly, these materials and designs must integrate into the workflow from the “drawing board” to project completion…

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