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.
Most builders are familiar with Habitat for Humanity, a generous non-profit organization that builds homes for deserving individuals. The philosophy behind it being that everyone deserves affordable and decent housing. Mike Holmes has adopted it as well with his Make It Right work that encompasses both high-integrity building projects (that have literally raised building code standards in Canada), as well as ongoing children’s charity support. And while these are popular examples of benevolence among builders, pockets of similar stories can be found at every corner of the industry.
Building waste on its way to the landfill is partly made up of broken materials that hopefully never made it to the job site, but too often do. Broken and cracked lumber is so common that builders in Canada joke and call these hockey sticks. Other times drywall corners are cracked or metal frames are bent, destined for the nearest dumpster.
In 2010 iPads made their way onto building and construction job sites for the first time. A mere three years later, nearly 13 000 construction, development and design apps had hit the market. Looking back at the last decade, a lot of technology has been created to support the building and construction sector, but it hasn’t been absorbed by the industry at the same rate.
The holiday season has begun, so naturally, you’d expect that construction would slow down. While that was definitely the case in the U.S. last year, north of the border Canadian construction was going strong. As the weather in Canada and parts of the U.S. turns frightful, everyone gets festive and takes time off. So why did Canada have such a good construction season last December, while the U.S. was stagnating?
We’re excited to announce that RenoRun was recognized as part of the prestigious 2019 HIVE 50! HIVE stands for Housing Innovation, Vision and Economics, and it honours leading people, products and processes in the building industry annually, through an awards ceremony and dinner event coinciding the Innovation and Disruption in Housing Incubator. This year the event takes place on December 4-5 in Austin, Texas, one of our favourite US cities!
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) recently released a 2019 industry trends report, in partnership with Abacus Data, looking at how builder behaviour is evolving in Canada. The report covers five key areas, that we’ll cover here in five quick minutes — workforce, technology, market forces, procurement and the future of associations. Read on to get the entirely unpacked and summarized CCA trends report as it matters to you!
The RenoRun staff are all smiles today after learning that we were just named on CNBC’s 2019 Upstart 100 List. This level of recognition for our hard work is a major indicator of both past and future success. Where we believe that we are innovating and solving a huge materials procurement problem in the building industry, others see this too and agree! And we’re just getting started.
Every year builders in the Northern Hemisphere (and some occasionally in Texas!) prepare for winter’s worst and thankfully we talk about it. Sharing the best safety advice is one way we can help each other out and prevent injuries on the job this winter. Our peers have provided really helpful pro tips over the years and we took the liberty of putting them all together. Consider this your getting-ready-for-winter-building guide and read on!