In true 2020 fashion, Construction Safety Week will be a little bit different this year. While we remind ourselves of the fundamentals of job site safety, Covid-19 prevention measures have become an essential part of the week’s topics. It’s not always easy to talk about safety on the job site but continuing this conversation could save lives so we’ve compiled stories, tips, and reminders to think about this week (and all year long!).
Hindsight is always 20/20, and it's often easier to see what you should have done once events have already passed. But what if you could get some insight into future events that would allow you to prepare and make smarter decisions for your construction business?
The cost of materials represents a good portion of construction project expenses, and they can increase unexpectedly, leaving you with potential shortfalls in your project budget. It was as recent as 2019 that material costs increased by 10%. If you don't have an accurate idea of how much material will be used in a project, you could lose some or all of the profit you've built into it.
On July 22, 2020, our CEO Eamonn O’Rourke and Leeroy Beeby, Co-founder of Level, were featured as guest speakers on a webinar hosted by Construction Consulting to talk around regaining consumer confidence in “the new normal.”
Typically building permits are required for everything from demolition to an oversized tent, and as a result, they provide a source of local industry data. Information on the property type (residential or commercial), the neighborhood, and the cost are all included in permit data, although these details will vary by region.
Insulation costs are rising in North America, but it’s not typically the material sector builders keep their eyes on. Insulation comes in so many forms that the market is actually complex compared to more uniform building material categories.
We sat in on the Hanley Wood webinar on Monday, May 4th titled “The Big Reset -- Supply, Demand, and Animal Spirits.” The presentation tackled big questions facing builders right now, like are we ready to reset? And, what does recovery look like? To help answer those questions, Chief Economists were featured such as Robert Dietz from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Ali Wolf from Meyers Research.
Construction delivery startup can’t deliver building materials in some cities during COVID-19, but can deliver food.
Between March 17 and 19, 2020, the Associated General Contractors of America surveyed more than 900 builders about the impact Covid-19 is having on their business. 28% of respondents reported that they’ve delayed or halted jobs they were working on. The building and construction industry is being challenged once more, alongside nearly every other industry that exists globally. And yet, builders, perhaps more so than other industries, are better suited to weather such a storm.
As we approach International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th the construction industry is celebrating the women working in it with Women in Construction (WIC) Week. While females are still largely underrepresented in the construction industry, one report optimistically points out that we’re seeing the highest levels in the workforce that we’ve seen in the last 20 years.