Month: May 2016

construction materials

Will New Construction Materials Revolutionize the Industry?

Tough, long-lasting construction materials such as concrete and steel have consistently been the standard for the industry. However, newer materials, including many types of composites, are becoming more popular for use in construction projects. The Next Wave of Construction Materials In an article on the website Construction Dive, reporter Kim Slowey reports on the increasing …

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green building

The Living Building: The New Green Building Challenge

With energy-efficient and sustainable construction maintaining a significant place in the current construction industry, new initiatives that support green building continue to emerge. Net-zero buildings, for example—those buildings that create as much energy as they use—have become increasingly popular among energy-conscious and environmentally aware contractors and clients. A new initiative, the Living Building, has the potential …

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construction employment

Tips for Hiring and Keeping the Best Construction Employees

When the construction industry expands, the demand for skilled employees naturally goes up. Unfortunately for many companies, there are only so many employees available, especially in some of the more specialized areas of the building trades. As companies face this shortage of qualified employees, they must come up with ways to attract, hire and retain the …

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New Report: Construction Material Costs Continue to Slide

Prices for construction materials continued to decrease in the early part of 2016, although industry experts expect those prices to start moving upward in early spring and later. February 2016 marked the eighth consecutive month of material price decreases, according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a major industry trade group. Construction input prices were …

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lead generation in the construction business

4 Ways to Turn Construction Leads into Buyers

The complexities and costs involved in construction mean lead generation in the construction business doesn’t always bring you quick sales. To make sales happen, you need to give your leads solid reasons to become buyers. Win Their Trust – Any company can claim to be the most reliable or innovative, so without proof, your words …

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construction material costs

New Report: It Costs Twice as Much to Build in NYC

Quality construction materials are never cheap, but in some locations construction material costs will take a bigger bite out of your budget than you might expect. That’s even more likely if you’re planning on building in New York City. Another Boom Means Growing Costs The building boom New York City enjoyed before the economic collapse …

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construction employment

Economists Forecast Another Good Year for Housing

When the housing market improves, construction employment picks up along with it. In terms of both new homes built and new hires, 2016 is shaping up to be even better than last year. Single Family Homes Driving the Market In February, housing starts rose 5.2 percent to their highest point in five months. For the …

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construction site safety

New “Smart Helmet” from Intel Promises to Make Construction Sites Safer

Your construction site safety depends in no small part on the safety equipment you choose. With advanced equipment like the new Daqri Smart Helmet, you’ll not only improve safety on your site, but also enjoy greater efficiency. Critical Data in Plain View One of the most powerful wearable augmented reality devices on the market, the …

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