Last summer, Tesla announced that the first of their solar roof tiles had been installed on test houses. However, as has become customary with many Tesla products, the company is experiencing significant manufacturing delays.
According to Reuters, Tesla told investors that hundreds of solar roofs had been installed so far, but later clarified that those numbers included homes that were partially installed or being scheduled for install. As of May 31, there were 12 Tesla Solar roofs installed in California. On of those houses includes a businessman in California, who said the install, which included 3 Tesla Powerwall batteries, cost him $100,000 and took 12 workers around 2 weeks to install.
The biggest issue with the production issues, a source told Reuters, is that Elon Musk isn’t happy with how the roof tiles have looked. In his early announcements about the product, Musk made it clear that the roof tiles had to be aesthetically pleasing in order for the product to take off.
Production of the tiles began in California, but later moved to a new factory in Buffalo, NY, after the state offered them a $750 million subsidy to help build the factory, buy equipment, and for additional costs. In return, Tesla promised to employ 1,460 people in Buffalo within 2 years of the factory’s completion and to also spend $5 billion in New York over the next 10 years.
Representatives from the state are understandably nervous about the production issues after investing that amount of money. Tesla, on the other hand, has said that the factory currently employs 600 people and believe that they are on track to meet the requirements.
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On Thursday, April 18th, the New York City Council passed what they are calling “NYC’s Green New Deal,” which legislators hope will greatly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. In order to achieve those results, several mandates included in the legislation will have major effects on the construction and real estate industries.
Almost 7 years ago, construction began on the west side of Manhattan’s $20 billion mixed-use development. On March 15, 2019, Hudson Yards, as the development is known, has officially opened.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, was completed in late 2017. The impressive structure had a hefty price tag of $1.4 billion, but it has already played host to several of the biggest events in sports, including the 2018 College Football National Championship and the recent 2019 NFL Superbowl. In addition to playing a large role in the sports world, it’s also playing a large role environmentally for the area surrounding the stadium.
A new 21-story apartment building proposed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin as received unanimous approval from the City Plan Commission. If built, the new tower could possibly be North America’s tallest mass timber building.
The USGBC recently released their 2018 ranking of the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita. That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings.
Tall buildings made with structural timber have been on the rise in Canada and European countries in recent years, but the United States has been slower to adopt the method due to code restrictions. The state of Oregon recently released an addendum to their building code to allow taller mass timber buildings in the state and an upcoming International Code Council (ICC) vote could encourage more states to follow suit.
You may have been sitting in your house or office one day and noticed the distinct sound of a bird hitting the window. It’s pretty common, as it’s estimated that as many as 988 million birds die in the US each year by colliding into glass. The new arena that will house the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks has incorporated some design elements that will reduce the amount of birds killed by the massive structure, allowing it to be dubbed the “World’s Most Bird Friendly Sports Arena.”
Dubai has been on the bleeding edge of pushing the boundaries of construction for over a decade. The famous Burj Khalifa, the current World’s Tallest Building, but the United Arab Emirates on the map. Since then, the country has poured money and resources into the construction industry and have sets their sights on a new challenge: 3D construction printing.
Across the United States, any mass timber building designed to be taller than six stories high has to receive special approval from the building codes department. After a recent addendum was added to the Oregon’s building code, the state has become the first in the country to allow high rise mass timber buildings without receiving any special considerations.