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Chandal Nolasco da Silva

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Toronto Residential Construction Industry Trends Q2

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Sep 16, 2020 5:03:32 PM

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?

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Austin Experts Weigh In On Q1 Average Permit Value Decrease

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Jul 9, 2020 4:45:45 PM


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.

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Insulation Costs Rising from Toronto to Texas

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Jun 8, 2020 3:50:28 PM

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.

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Chief Economists on Reopening U.S. Construction [Hanley Wood Webinar]

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on May 8, 2020 3:19:57 PM

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.

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Press Release: RenoRun Partners with GoodFood to Deliver Essential Meals & Groceries During COVID-19

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Apr 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Construction delivery startup can’t deliver building materials in some cities during COVID-19, but can deliver food.

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The Resilience of the Building Industry Has Stood the Test of Time

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Apr 3, 2020 3:53:57 PM

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.

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The Top 20 Badass Female Builders To Know This International Women's Day

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Mar 2, 2020 7:48:58 PM

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. 

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The Building Industry Has The Biggest Heart

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Feb 12, 2020 2:20:29 PM

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. 

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Reducing Waste by Demanding More From Builders and Material Manufacturers

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Jan 30, 2020 11:00:00 AM

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. 

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The 2019 Construction Technology Report: It’s All About the Apps

Posted by Chandal Nolasco da Silva on Jan 23, 2020 12:18:04 PM

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.

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