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Grand-Scale Concrete Sustainability for Buildings Is a Big Production

September 14, 2022

Via: ENR

Looking back 35 years to his job in Northern Virginia as an American Concrete Institute testing technician responsible for the quality of concrete delivered to building jobsites, civil engineer Rick Bohan recalls that concrete was called “mud.” “Contractors would ask, […]


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Developing a sustainable concrete substitute

September 13, 2022

Via: ScienceDaily

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers Nima Rahbar and Suzanne Scarlata have received $692,386 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve and develop new functions for their Enzymatic Construction Material (ECM), a “living” low-cost negative-emission construction material they created to […]


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Dodge construction index dips in August

September 8, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

In July, the index reached a 14-year high, and August’s reading just more than a percentage point below that apex can still be interpreted as positive, particularly as a leading indicator for spending in the next 12 months, Dodge said […]


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Lack of construction workers threatens infrastructure efforts: AGC

September 1, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Construction firms are struggling to find workers to such a degree that it’s threatening the success of federal investment in infrastructure and manufacturing projects, the Associated General Contractors of America said Wednesday. Citing its annual construction workforce survey of nearly […]


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Boston policy asks for diversity plans on private projects

August 23, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

MWBE goals are often included on public projects at the federal, state and city level, and Boston highlighted the diversity plan requirements it already has for jobs built on its public land. But the new measure asks for those goals […]


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What a recession would look like for construction

August 16, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Preserve cash, build backlog and target federal contracts in case a recession sinks the U.S. economy. That’s the winning game plan for construction pros during these uncertain economic times, sources told Construction Dive. Whether a recession is here now or […]


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Dodge: Total construction starts surge 48% in July

August 16, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The onshoring trend continues to make a substantial impact on total construction starts, according to Dodge. Three large manufacturing plants and two multi-billion-dollar LNG export facilities largely accounted for the 48% gain in total construction starts. The three manufacturing projects […]


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Is it Possible to Improve Jobsite Productivity in Construction?

August 9, 2022

Via: ENR

In the last 20 years, construction has marked a one percent productivity gain and schedule slippage continues to plague the industry. While the development and adoption of technology targeted at the construction industry are increasing, efficiencies still lag with jobs […]


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Construction Job Openings Are Declining, Says ABC

August 4, 2022

Via: ENR

The number of construction job openings fell by 71,000 in June to 334,000 from May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey data. While monthly jobs declined, […]


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Freddie Mac expects multifamily contraction through the end of 2022

August 4, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The lender’s origination volume projections for the second half of 2022 are contingent on the economy staying on a stable path over the rest of the year, with a strong labor market, only moderate price appreciation and a stable 10-year […]


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Miami developer plans to build 8,000 apartment units a year

August 2, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Ernesto Lopes has ambitious plans. Lopes, the president and CEO of Miami-based developer Resia (formerly known as AHS Residential), wants to deliver 8,000 new apartments in the Sun Belt annually by 2025. If the company had built that many apartments […]


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Skanska CFO: ‘We probably have the best balance sheet in the industry’

July 23, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

CEO Anders Danielsson in an investor call described U.S. construction order bookings “very healthy.” Skanska reported about $1.28 billion in Q2 bookings — down from about $2.28 billion year-over-year — with a 96% book-to-build ratio and 19 months of production […]


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Construction contractor outlook darkens as profit expectations, backlog fall

July 13, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The somewhat glum outlook from contractors about the profitability of their companies going forward, despite having a longer runway of work now than last summer, reflects a stark change from early 2022. “Several months ago, there was conjecture that contractors […]


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Why June’s upbeat jobs report isn’t necessarily positive for construction

July 11, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

While additional jobs are usually viewed as a sign of industry strength, construction economists found reasons for concern. “This does nothing, however, to dim the risk of recession,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu in a release […]


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What Is the Environmental Impact of Each Building Material?

July 7, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

Food pyramids are familiar to all of us. They are visual guides that show us the proportions of foods that we should supposedly eat on a daily basis, in order to stay healthy. Composed of a series of layers with […]


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Construction’s labor, economic numbers begin to show cracks

July 7, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Despite the positive year-over-year comparisons, economists said the numbers are beginning to make real the specter of a recession that’s hung over the market for months. “Signs of economic slowing have become more pervasive over the last several weeks and […]


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Cities Embrace Climate Action Planning to Mitigate the Adverse Effects of Climate Change

July 5, 2022

Via: ArchDaily

Cities across the globe are developing comprehensive action plans in order to create a coordinated response to the challenges of climate change. Targets and goals for consumption-based emissions are important for guiding strategic planning and decision-making, improving accountability, and communicating […]


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The Secret to High-Performance Buildings Might Surprise You

June 30, 2022

Via: gb&d magazine

Builder education has come a long way in recent generations. A lot of guys in my trade started as apprentices or learned from their fathers. That still happens a lot, and those builders are learning from pros with hard-earned, on-the-job […]


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Low-Tech Solutions for Resilient Housing

June 30, 2022

Via: gb&d magazine

The magnitude and urgency of climate change is affecting every corner of our world. In architecture, concerns about embodied carbon and lifetime energy use have yielded a host of proposals for making our buildings greener. In particular, there has been […]


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Arizona transportation board approves 5-year roadway construction program

June 21, 2022

Via: Roads & Bridges

The 2023-2027 program includes funding for various highway improvement projects across the state, with $6.7 billion to be allocated over the next five years. A $328 million project estimated to begin this year will add lanes along Interstate 17 between […]