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Thanks ArchDaily ("the world's most visited architecture website") for a great feature:

This Onsite Pop-up Plant Turns Excavation Waste into Building Material

http://www.archdaily.com/795273/this-onsite-pop-up-plant-turns-excavation-waste-into-building-material

"Excavation is usually a bane for real estate developers. To make way for new buildings, truckloads of excavated waste are removed from site in a noisy, time-consuming and gas-guzzling process. Exploring a more sustainable solution, the California-based company Watershed Materials have developed an onsite pop-up plant which repurposes excavated material right at the job site to create concrete masonry units (CMUs) used in the development. By eliminating truck traffic, reusing waste and reducing imported materials, the result is a win for the environment."

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We're eternal fans of the great work that Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) does towards a more sustainable future. Count us in on this!

Looking for a Breakthrough in #Cement and #Concrete

http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_07_12_looking_for_breakthrough_in_cement_concrete

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Watershed Materials is teaming up with Westlake Urban and Alpha Group to explore a solution to a problem that real estate developers often face – excavation that has to be moved off a construction site to make way for new buildings.

http://watershedmaterials.com/blog/2016/8/4/on-site-masonry-production-from-diverted-excavation

Rather than haul off the excavation spoils then import thousands of concrete masonry units (CMUs) for use at the project, the developers and Watershed Materials are working together to repurpose native excavation material right at the job site to create the structural masonry blocks used in the development. Truckloads of offhaul and truckloads of imported building materials could be eliminated by using the excavation to make the structural block, adaptively reusing waste to produce on-site building materials.

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Green Building Materials Sector Predicted To Reach $255 Billion by 2020 - that's a lot of GREEN!

http://www.constructiondive.com/news/burgeoning-green-building-materials-market-set-to-reach-255b-by-2020/423771/

"he construction industry has been experiencing a measurable change in mindset regarding green building and ‪#‎sustainability‬. According to Dodge Data & Analytics' World Green Building Trends 2016 report, green building is doubling every three years. And a September 2015 U.S. Green Building Council study found the green building industry will account for more than one-third of jobs in the nation's ‪#‎construction‬ industry — 3.3 million — and $190.3 billion worth of labor earnings by 2018."

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Watershed Materials Hires Director of Research and Development Dustin Hulbert, Ph.D, Formerly of CalStar Products

http://watershedmaterials.com/blog/2016/7/27/watershed-materials-hires-director-of-research-and-development-dustin-hulbert-phd-formerly-of-calstar-products

We’re proud to announce the recent hire of the very talented Dustin Hulbert as Watershed Materials’ Director of Research and Development. Dustin is charged with continuing development of high compression low cement masonry products, designing novel non-cement binder designs, and developing a growth strategy for expanding into other markets like Southern California and Central Texas.

Read on for a short interview we had with Dustin to introduce himself and describe where’s he’s been and where he’s going.
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+Dwell  Magazine included Watershed Materials (as well as +Rammed Earth Works ) in their recent Special Issue - Materials Sourcebook 2016. We're so honored!

http://watershedmaterials.com/blog/2016/5/11/dwell-magazine-special-issue-materials-sourcebook-features-watershed-materials

The letter from Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron entitled "In the Material World" speaks to our mission in more ways than one :

"Over the past 16 years, we've amassed a deep archive of architectural projects that convey modern values through conscious design decisions. This special issue celebrates the way that architects and residents alike have engaged bold material palettes as a vehicle for communicating their ideals.

In the pages that follow, we honor the artistry of the build through the lens of material exploration. We acknowledge that when architects experiment with material properties, they push their own power of expression.

While the wheel need not be reinvented with each use of stone, wood, concrete, metal, glass, and even recycled goods - surely we can chart modern architectural progress through technological innovation and ceaseless iteration. What would 'modern architecture' mean today if Alvar Aalto hadn't spent years experimenting with wood, if Louis Kahn hadn't embraced brick, or if Frank Gehry hadn't explored the limits of metal?

It's inconceivable to conjure the work without the materials, not to mention the tireless minds that dared to recast the mundane."

We couldn't agree more!
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We're THRILLED to hear that Watershed Block has been named a Green Builder Magazine ‪#‎Hot50‬ product for 2016.

http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/hot502016-products/watershed-block-by-watershed-materials

Green Builder Media recently announced its annual 2016 Hot 50 Products. Included on the list are products that contribute to a home’s intelligence, durability, energy efficiency and/or resilience. Many of this year’s picks optimized their functions by combining improved design with connected technology.

“This is not your average year for product innovation,” says Green Builder magazine Editor-in-Chief Matt Power. “For the first time, high-tech gadgets have begun to overlap with building products in very significant ways.”

We couldn't agree more! Thanks for the honor.
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The Rammed Earth Works team has been ramping up production of our pre-cast rammed earth panels, made in our factory in Napa then transported to and installed on job sites.

http://www.rammedearthworks.com/blog/2016/1/30/pre-cast-rammed-earth

These pre-cast rammed earth panels are 3-4 inches thick and are ideal for non-structural applications for projects that don't have the available footprint for traditional on-site rammed earth walls that can often range from 18-24 inches thick. Rammed Earth Works is able to produce these panels at our factory at much higher volume than on-site installations with custom one-off formwork. Rammed Earth Works is able to take advantage of re-using formwork as well as the factory environment to speed production time.

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Are you attending BuildWell 2016? We're excited to be involved in our second BuildWell conference. This year, David Easton will be speaking in two panels:

Ultra Low Carbon Materials : Natural building goes mainstream from 11:15a to 12:30p on Wednesday, February 10

Going Big League : getting to scale - the good, the bad, and the ugly from 11:15a to 12:30p on Friday, February 12

We're also hosting an Open House following the BuildWell conference at our shop / factory / research lab in Napa - a great way to end a week discussing the future of sustainable building materials.

http://watershedmaterials.com/blog/2016/1/28/buildwell-conference-2016

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