In March of this year, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would begin taking orders on their Solar Roof Shingle concept. Tesla Solar Roof is a solar power roof system that eliminates the need for bulky solar panels installed over top of traditional roof materials. Instead, the shingles themselves, which come in a variety of different styles, are the solar panels.
At the company’s second quarter earnings report, Tesla announced that the first solar roof installations have been completed. Those customers who have submitted a pre-order will have to keep waiting though, as the first installs were all on Tesla executive’s homes. A picture of one of the installs is below:
For such a new technology, it’s promising that Tesla is testing it on their employee’s houses first, so they have first hand knowledge of any problems or opportunities the technology has. According to Bloomberg, the solar tiles are currently being manufactured in Fremont, California, but will move to Buffalo, NY later this year.
Many outlets, including Tesla themselves, have stated that the solar roof shingles will cost less than a traditional roof. In a sense, that’s accurate, as they come with a lifetime warranty and will generate power, but the up-front cost is substantially more than a traditional roof. To see how much a solar roof would cost on your home, Tesla released an incredibly easy estimation tool on their website, which you can find by clicking here.
Full Story: Tesla Finishes First Solar Roofs—Including Elon’s House | Bloomberg
In 2017, Built Robotics made headlines as they debuted their self-driving track loader on a test construction site. Earlier this month, the company announced a formal long-term partnership with construction giant Mortenson to deploy their machines on remote sites.
At Autodesk University in London today, PlanGrid has announced the additions of two new features for the platform: Advanced RFIs and Project Hub. The company has promised better project visibility and a streamlined RFI process with the updates.
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Father’s Day 2019 is June 16, so you better get started on gift ideas if you want to impress dad this year. Whether your father is contractor, handyman, or DIYer, we’ve got a lot of great ideas for him this year.
[sponsored] In a world where construction is desperately seeking young people to fill the gaps of an aging workforce, it seems pretty obvious that someone should have come up with a way to incorporate video games into the construction process. Well, thanks to Buildfore’s CtrlWiz, someone finally has, and it allows users to manipulate 3D models within Navisworks with an Xbox controller.
One of the biggest advantages of using a project management platform, whether it be Autodesk BIM 360, Procore, or another, is the ability to have access to all project information on the go. For construction tech companies, making a simple mobile app that’s intuitive and easy to use is key. Autodesk is simplifying their available apps and has recently released a new unified BIM 360 mobile app.
Just because construction companies are wising up and beginning to implement project management software on their projects doesn’t mean that traditional programs, like Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word will no longer be needed. Recognizing that fact, Autodesk BIM 360 has announced an integration with Microsoft Office 365 which should make users very happy.
As you may know, Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast competition is underway for 2019. Starting this year, I will be publishing an in-depth article about each of the competition’s nominees. What better way to start than with last year’s contest winner: CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio?
Submittals can be one of the most tedious tasks on any construction site. Logging, tracking, and reviewing them can take a lot of hours that you might not have. Thankfully, in recent years, several construction technology companies, like Procore, have launched automated submittal log builders to help ease the pain and increase accuracy. To make the submittal process even less tedious, Procore recently announced the release of the new Submittal PDF markup, which is free to all users.