Technology continues to advance, offering new means and methods for constructing smart, energy-efficient buildings. One of the best ways to gain a greater understanding of how technology can help homes and commercial facilities operate is looking at other examples that are already completed or in progress.
Standards are essential to ensuring change happens. When it comes to safety on the construction jobsite, standards can help ensure a better working environment, ultimately saving lives. This is critical as the ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) indicates that every day more than 7,600 lives are lost due to work-related incidents. That equates to roughly 2.8 million fatalities a year.
Technology is becoming more common among the trades, as a way to help train and educate workers on the job. The rollout of new technologies in the trades also enables greater productivity and efficiencies, amid a skilled labor shortage.
Buildings are currently responsible for roughly one-third of global energy consumption, and about 30% of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20% of total CO2 emissions. To help, two organizations are now partnering in an effort to measurably reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiencies in buildings.
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and most discussion is centering around the teams. However, the stadium is also providing it has “game” to “score” as a zero waste facility.
There has been a lot of talk lately about smart-home technology, especially with the recent IBS (Intl. Buidlers Show). In fact, this discussion has been happening for more than a decade—back when the term was AHT (automated home technology). But has all that hype had an impact on homes?
As of late, there has been an infusion of funds into many of the young tech startups coming out of Silicon Valley and across the country. But will this money help to jumpstart innovation in the construction industry?
Held last week, the IBS (Intl. Builders Show) was a bevy of announcements that set the stage for where the residential construction market is headed in 2018 and beyond. Here are some of the top announcements and trends discussed at the show.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the construction workforce grew by 1.66% between January 2017 and October 2017. Comparatively, the industry grew by 2.1% in 2016. Nationally, according to the BLS, that’s equivalent to 113,000 new jobs in 2017 compared to 144,000 in 2016.
Business may be booming in construction, but the level of performance for construction companies is certainly in need of a boost to keep up the pace.