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?
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.
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.