April, 2023

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Seven Key Steps to Help Achieve Sustainability Goals in Construction

Jobsite with Procore

As the world continues to grapple with the impacts of climate change, the construction industry is being called upon to play a critical role in mitigating its contribution to the problem. As a result, construction companies are increasingly moving away from environmentally damaging practices and toward more sustainable approaches.

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Innovative Approaches to Industrial Construction Project Management

Construction Marketing

As in all walks of life, technology and innovation are changing the landscape of the industrial construction industry. This has obviously led to large-scale improvements in the way structures are designed and building materials are fabricated. But it has also changed the way in which project managers do their jobs. With this in mind, keep reading for 5 innovative approaches to industrial construction project management in 2023.

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The Definitive Guide to Onboarding for Construction Companies

Construction Business Owner

The Definitive Guide to Onboarding for Construction Companies Understanding the what, why & how of hiring & finding the right tools for success mhodges Thu, 04/20/2023 - 14:57 With fluctuating seasonal demand and above-average turnover in the construction industry, you’re no stranger to hiring new employees — or the costs that come with it. Better onboarding is key to improving retention and employee engagement.

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ConTech Conversations: The AI revolution is not imminent, but it’s closer than you think

Construction Dive

Patrick Murphy, former congressman and CEO of Togal.AI, discussed the future of artificial intelligence and how it will impact the construction industry.

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Guide to Business Writing

Everything you need to know about better business writing in one place. This is a complete guide to business writing — from a clear business writing definition to tips on how to hone your business writing skills.

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Understanding Tech Options & How They Impact Operations

Construction Business Owner

Understanding Tech Options & How They Impact Operations ccapoccia Mon, 04/10/2023 - 08:12 Software selection can be a daunting task, whether it’s for accounting, project management, scheduling, estimating, timecard capture, contact management or another process. Software becomes part of your infrastructure. Business is about doing better than the competition.

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Construction outcry grows over London ULEZ expansion

Construction Enquirer

The Builders Merchants Federation is warning that Greater London could become a “no- go area” for many SME builders and other trades following the introduction of the expanded ULEZ zone in August. The BMF has written to the Mayor of London voicing its fears and calling for a rethink as construction opposition continues to grow against the plans.

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The ‘Next Gen’ Multifamily Experience

Pro Builder

The ‘Next Gen’ Multifamily Experience qpurcell Tue, 04/04/2023 - 10:12 When it comes to multifamily amenities, the “basics”—a fitness center, club room—are on their way out. What essentials are coming through to mark the features of the future? According to market research by Joe Duffus, CEO of Builders Design , and Justin Bucy, director at Housing Design Matters , the answer may come from an unlikely yet comparable place: hospitality.

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Colorful Metal Inspiration

BD+C

Colorful Metal Inspiration 1 kcichowicz Mon, 05/01/2023 - 00:00 Voice of the Brand PAC-CLAD | Petersen Voice of the Brand Designing with architectural metal provides the opportunity to use a wide range of durable, low-maintenance colors and finishes that don’t dull or degrade over time. You can make a bold color statement, or even emulate materials such as wood and natural metals.

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Good jobs are coming. Let’s make sure women don’t miss out.

Construction Dive

With the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, construction is uniquely poised to improve diversity in its workforce, according to two experts on women’s equity in employment.

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The Ultimate Procurement Software Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right procurement software is a crucial step in ensuring third-party risk management, process governance, and bidding efficiency. With so many procurement solutions to choose from, it can be overwhelming without a frame of reference and a solid starting point. This free buyer’s guide will cover: Benefits of Procurement Software –– Why do you need it?

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How to Meet & Exceed Environmental, Social & Governance Goals

Construction Business Owner

How to Meet & Exceed Environmental, Social & Governance Goals ccapoccia Fri, 04/14/2023 - 15:33 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards have become essential to many companies’ long-term competitive success. ESG goals are crucial to set and adhere to because they represent how focused an organization’s interests are on sustainable and ethical impacts.

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How to simplify your daily construction reports

Lets Build

How would you describe your process of creating daily construction reports? If your answer is something along the lines of time-consuming, tedious, etc., it might be time to rethink your methods. If you can simplify your daily construction reports by recording the right information correctly, you can finish in minutes right from the job site—no more after-hours paperwork in the office.

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Worker dies after HS2 site accident

Construction Enquirer

A worker has died following an accident on HS2 on Thursday at the Balfour Beatty VINCI site near Solihull in the west Midlands. The Enquirer understands the victim, who is believed to be in his 70s, was carrying out drilling work when the accident happened causing him to suffer a cardiac arrest. He was airlifted to hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced dead.

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M&V, MBCx, WTF: Building Performance Monitoring as a Means to Achieve Decarbonization Goals

Stok

This blog post was co-authored by Stok’s Ally Duncan and Jessica Shaw , summarizing their presentation at AEE West 2023. We’re all too familiar with the headlines from states, countries, and corporations announcing their zero carbon targets; however, there’s confusion and vagueness surrounding what the target means and how it will be achieved. As building owners and occupiers adopt zero commitments and find their properties subject to energy performance and emissions regulations, the question be

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Stop Making These Mistakes and Start Scaling Your Specialty Contractor Business

Anything that is built on a poor foundation will soon crumble from the ground up. This is literally the case in the construction stage of projects and it applies just the same during the pre-construction stage. This free eBook is your ultimate guide to scaling your business with customizable software as early as during the bidding stage.

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Life of an Architect Podcast Ep. 122: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence

BD+C

Life of an Architect Podcast Ep. 122: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence dbarista Mon, 04/03/2023 - 11:19 Even though artificial intelligence can conceptually trace its roots back to the 1950s, the reality is AI and machine learning went mainstream not too long ago. As recently as November 2022, anyone with a computer and Internet access can dip their toes in the AI waters for not much more than the time needed to understand how to make it work.

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Construction starts ‘likely to erode,’ economist says

Construction Dive

Building activity remains high for now, despite increased concerns around the economy and tightened lending standards, per Dodge Construction Network.

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February 2023 Construction Industry Stats

Construction Business Owner

February 2023 Construction Industry Stats ccapoccia Fri, 04/14/2023 - 16:06 The Construction Business Owner team compiles statistics each month from several sources, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Census Bureau, to give you a better understanding of the current state of affairs for the construction industry.

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Supporting Sustainability With Technology in the Built Environment

Jobsite with Procore

The right technology can be an invaluable tool for construction companies that want to reach, maintain, or even exceed their sustainability goals. With the ability to improve workflows, collaboration, and transparency, adopting digital advancements has become essential for future success in the industry.

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The Specialty Contractor's Guide to Job Cost Accounting

Supply chain challenges and rising material costs are forcing specialty contractors to pay more for what they need to complete each job. Following a simple set of principles, this easy-to-follow guide can help you manage job costs, ease the pains of accounting, and run a more profitable businesses. If you are a Specialty Contractor or Self-performing GC, you do not want to miss out on this essential guide!

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Green light for tallest tower in Birmingham

Construction Enquirer

City planners have approved the world’s first mixed-use net zero carbon development in Birmingham The £360m Curzon Wharf scheme will include a residential build to rent apartment block which will stand 53 storeys high, making it Birmingham’s tallest building at 172 metres (564 feet). The purpose-built student accommodation will be 41 storeys and another residential element at 14 storeys tall.

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AEE WEST 2023: Building Performance Monitoring

Stok

M&V, MBCx, WTF: Building Performance Monitoring as a Means to Achieve Decarbonization Goals This blog post was co-authored by Stok’s Ally Duncan and Jessica Shaw , summarizing their presentation at AEE West 2023. We’re all too familiar with the headlines from states, countries, and corporations announcing their zero carbon targets; however, there’s confusion and vagueness surrounding what the target means and how it will be achieved.

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Getting Older Homes Up to Snuff for Energy Efficiency

Pro Builder

Getting Older Homes Up to Snuff for Energy Efficiency ibush Sat, 04/29/2023 - 08:30 Residential buildings account for about 21% of energy use and 20% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. That’s a lot of both, in terms of contributing to the current climate crisis and considering President Biden’s goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

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Total crane count rises but commercial work dips

Construction Dive

The number of cranes in North American cities grew by 7% from the most recent report by Rider Levett Bucknall, but the increase was concentrated in the multifamily sector.

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Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

Research reveals 96% of respondents are very or fairly optimistic about their organization’s growth prospects for the next year. The InEight Global Capital Projects Outlook also finds over half see digital technology as the greatest growth opportunity. But these are only some of the findings. Don't be kept in the dark when it comes to the future. Read the report today!

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4 Types of Construction Estimates You Need

Construction Business Owner

4 Types of Construction Estimates You Need Learn about different estimating practices & why accurate cost data is essential mhodges Tue, 04/25/2023 - 14:35 Common Types of Construction Estimates Throughout all phases of a construction project, it is important that project owners have a good sense of what the total cost will be. In most cases, cost is the most important factor in determining whether or not a project is even viable.

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Making the Case for Digital Transformation in Construction 

Autodesk Construction Cloud

The challenges in today’s construction landscape are well documented, from supply chain issues and rising inflation to workforce shortages and a potential economic slowdown. Digital transformation is an essential catalyst to counterbalance these challenges and provide the construction industry with opportunities to increase efficiency, productivity, and design.

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Dartford Crossing protest civil engineer jailed for three years

Construction Enquirer

A civil engineer who caused chaos after scaling the Dartford Crossing during a Just Stop Oil protest has been jailed for three years. Morgan Trowland, 40 of Islington, was sentenced at Southend Crown Court today after his actions shut the crossing for nearly 48 hours last October. At the time of the protest he said: “As a professional civil engineer, each year as I renew my registration, I commit to acting within our code of ethics, which requires me to safeguard human life and welfare and the e

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Accounting For Methane: A Look at the Evolving Greenhouse Gas Emissions Landscape

Stok

At Stok, we value diverse perspectives and the opportunity to amplify the voices of the next generation of climate professionals. This blog post was co-authored by Stok’s Director of Carbon Services Colette Crouse and students in her Masters of the Environment Carbon Accounting & Management course at the University of Colorado, Boulder: Rebecca Billingsley, Andrea Green, and Kenny Prior (see bios below).

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Discover 7 Ways to Cut Construction Inefficiencies

Construction sites are often just-barely-controlled chaos. Without clear coordination, you risk everything from clashes to delays, cancellations, and missed deadlines. Get the free eBook & learn how to solve the biggest challenges in construction!

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Fewer Home Builders Are Offering Discounts as Buyer Demand Rebounds

Pro Builder

Fewer Home Builders Are Offering Discounts as Buyer Demand Rebounds ldeakins Wed, 04/19/2023 - 11:25 Builders were forced to offer generous concessions to sell new homes during a housing slowdown, but as buyer demand inches higher, those discounts are no longer necessary As demand rebounds and home builder sentiment rises, the share of builders reducing prices fell to 30% in April, down from 36% in November, Insider reports.

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Subcontractors spent $97B more than planned in 2022

Construction Dive

Prices for materials and labor continued to rise last year, as subcontractors often waited two and a half months before they secured payment.

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Addressing Mental Health Issues Among Workers at Civil Contractors

Construction Business Owner

Addressing Mental Health Issues Among Workers at Civil Contractors ccapoccia Thu, 04/13/2023 - 14:59 While the COVID-19 pandemic was largely negative for the world, it appears that the construction industry has experienced at least one positive outcome from the pandemic: a more open and engaged approach to worker mental health. Attention to the mental health of construction workers did not start in 2020.