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Climate Change is Expanding the Need for Resilient Building Design

May 17, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Since the dawn of civilization architecture has helped people cope with extremes like heat, moisture, and seismic activity. But with climate change making such extremes more punishing, buildings must withstand stronger storms, higher temperatures, and more devastating floods to protect […]


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House Passes FAA Bill With Big Hikes for Airport Grant Funds

May 17, 2024

Via: ENR

In one of the year’s major infrastructure legislation accomplishments, Congress has approved, and President Joe Biden has signed, legislation reauthorizing Federal Aviation Administration programs for the next five years, including a solid increase for the FAA’s airport infrastructure grants. Final […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Hidden risks in the construction site

May 16, 2024

Via: ISHN

Construction sites are dynamic environments teeming with activity, equipment, and potential hazards. While the dangers from heavy machinery operation, electrical work, and fall hazards are well-recognized, numerous hidden risks lurk beneath the surface, posing significant threats to worker health and […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Construction leaders have raised the safety bar, yet more work remains

May 16, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

When Troy Teepe worked on construction jobsites earlier in his career, he says he didn’t always follow safety protocols to a T. Today, he likens the confidence workers develop that causes them to skip safety measures to playing the lottery. […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Construction input prices jump again, continue 2024’s upward climb

May 15, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, echoed Basu’s concerns about rising input costs and its impact on contractors’ bids and project expenses. “Prices for construction inputs have risen faster than contractors’ bids every month so […]


Construction Processes, Financial

5 contech firms announce funding in 2024’s first half

May 15, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

The saying goes April showers bring May flowers, and so far this spring, contech firms announced they’ve been showered with cash. Firms that specialize in green materials, recycling and artificial intelligence-based inspections reeled in cash, as the industry continues to […]


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Agriculture Dept. Awards $671M for Rural Energy, Water Projects

May 14, 2024

Via: ENR

As part of a series of Biden administration activities focused on rural America, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will provide $671.4 million in loans and grants for projects to build and upgrade energy grid, drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure […]


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Contractors, owners wait out high interest rates

May 14, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

With nearly 45 years of experience under his belt, Monte Thurmond may have seen this movie before. The executive vice president for AECOM Hunt, an Indianapolis-based general contracting firm, understands the implications of higher interest rates on construction activity, and […]


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Construction Women Explore Workplace Change, Trailblazing Technologies

May 13, 2024

Via: ENR

A construction technology entrepreneur described her firm’s artificial intelligence tool that can digest 3.6-million construction document pages to enable a project team to more quickly and realistically use the megavolume of detail to make job decisions. A U.S. General Services […]


Sustainability

What is the Green Building Initiative?

May 13, 2024

Via: gb&d magazine

Reducing the environmental impact of our built environment is imperative to ensuring a livable, healthy, and fulfilling future. Over the last several decades many organizations have committed themselves to this goal, with the Green Building Initiative being one of the […]


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Prioritizing mental health in construction: Strategies leaders should know

May 6, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual report on occupational injuries revealed a 7.7% increase in construction fatalities and a 13.1% increase in suicides in 2022 over 2021. Among men in the US, UK, and Australia, construction has one […]


Construction Site Safety, Regulations

Construction risk management: The tech advantage

April 29, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

Today’s technology can greatly enhance risk management capabilities, enabling construction firms to navigate uncertainties with greater confidence. By leveraging advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, companies can proactively identify, assess and mitigate risks, increasing the likelihood of project […]


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Why Is There a Labor Shortage in Construction?

April 15, 2024

Via: ConstructConnect

The most recent AGC workforce survey shows that “88% of construction firms are having a hard time finding workers to hire.” But where are the solutions to this uncertainty? What is causing the labor shortage in construction? So why are […]


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Construction Jobs Soar by 39,000 in March

April 5, 2024

Via: ENR

Construction employment jumped in March as the industry added a robust 39,000 jobs during the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported. The figure marked construction’s 12th consecutive monthly increase. The latest BLS report on the nation’s employment, issued […]


Construction Techniques

Lessons from Logistics: Embrace Technology to Modernize Construction

April 5, 2024

Via: ENR

Imagine, if you will, a world where every item you use daily — from the coffee mug in your hands to the smartphone on your desk — tells a story not just of design and manufacturing, but of a journey. […]


Sustainability

A New Generation of Living Buildings Using Hygromorphic Materials

April 2, 2024

Via: ArchDaily

When discussing sustainability in construction, we are used to an approach based on complex technological solutions, expensive sensors, costly materials and, most recently, artificial intelligence. But what if everything we are looking for (in terms of sustainability) could come from […]


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House Passes Spending Bill Funding Embassy Construction, GSA Building Programs

March 25, 2024

Via: ENR

Congress has approved, and President Joe Biden has signed, an estimated $1.2-trillion spending package that includes funding for several construction and infrastructure programs, such as federal buildings and embassy construction. Biden signed the measure on March 23. Final congressional approval […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Construction starts plunge 8% as Fed toes line on rates

March 21, 2024

Via: Construction Dive

February’s starts could preface a prolonged period of sluggishness over the remainder of the year, Branch said, following January’s stagnant readings that were only kept positive by a manufacturing surge. Branch predicted that interest rate struggles would continue for some […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Construction safety goes high-tech

March 20, 2024

Via: ISHN

It’s no surprise that workers in the construction industry are at a high risk of accidents; the industry consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous in the U.S. The causes of workplace injuries have remained relatively unchanged over time, […]


Construction Techniques

How AI and Construction are Teaming Up

March 5, 2024

Via: ConstructConnect

Though Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making huge strides in preconstruction, it’s also appearing in other construction areas, such as performance and safety improvements. Some examples include: Predictive maintenance.  AI can analyze data from building systems, such as HVAC and electrical […]