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January 2022

Outlook 2022 – GTA Real Estate Poised for Another Strong Year

A year ago when we were preparing our Outlook 2021 coverage, we – and virtually all of the sources we quoted in our report – were beyond surprised at how well the previous year had finished, and how strong the market looked for 2021. RBC went as far as to call 2020 “easily the most surprising year in the history of Canada’s housing market.”During a pandemic. Well, here we are again, and the outlook for 2022 is for – if you can believe it – more of the same. “I continue to be shocked by how hot the new home and condo market has been over the past 18 months, ” Ben Myers, president of Bullpen Research...

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January 2022

9 Steps to Becoming a Successful Contractor

DataBid - Commercial construction is a tough business to get into. The statistics are grim and many companies don't make it past two years. There are certain traits that make a company a success in commercial construction and we have listed the ten steps that contractors can take to achieve success and continue to do so. Construction Dive reports that Dennis Engelbrecht, a senior consultant at The Family Business Institute, part of the Travelers Cos. family stated that an effective contractor never settles in his way. There is always more to learn and as soon as you think you've got it all...

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January 2022

OverActive Media’s Performance Venue Approved by Toronto City Council

Building - OverActive Media has secured lease terms approval from Toronto City Council for its previously announced performance venue, which marks the final review and approval required at the municipal level. To be located in the heart of the historic Exhibition Place, the proposed theatre-style entertainment venue, developed by Populous, is anticipated to book 180-200 events per year. According to an Economic Impact Analysis prepared by urbanMetrics inc., the performance venue project will bring significant qualitative and quantitative benefits to the city. “Over the past year...

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January 2022

Calgary Aims to Increase Core Residential Population by Reimagining City Centre

The Globe and Mail - Jocelyn Phu was an urban studies student researching plans for Calgary’s new East Village neighbourhood – a dense, mixed-use community on the fringes of the city’s downtown – when she realized it checked a lot of boxes on her personal wish list.It would be a quick walk into the downtown core and to the city’s light-rail transit system, which would mean she could ditch her car. There would be businesses – such as a dental office, a massage therapist and, eventually, a grocery store – a stone’s throw from her front door...

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January 2022

6 Trends in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction to Look for in 2022

Redshift - These architecture, engineering, and construction trends will take a front seat in 2022. Here’s what owners and business leaders need to know to prepare. Remote work and collaboration are here to stay, requiring new methods of visualization—and heightened security requirements. Digital technologies and automation will help solve for everything from building health and maintenance to supply-chain issues. The sustainability conversation is turning toward embodied carbon as novel ideas kickstart a cascade of sequestering innovation. If anything could be identified as the main narrative...

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December 2021

Free Job-Readiness Program to Train Workers in Residential Construction Techniques

Construction Links Network - Ontario job-seekers interested in a career in residential construction can access free training and work placements through the Job-Ready Program. Led by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), training under the Job-Ready Program lasts up to eight months and comprises in-class and on-site instruction in carpentry, drywall installation, cement working, framing, and heavy equipment operation. The training is open to anyone living in Ontario and is aimed at filling the gap of skilled construction workers...

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December 2021

Toronto Condominium Development Receives Construction Fund of $48M

Construction Canada - A new 5295 m2 (57,000 sf) condominium development in midtown Toronto received $48 million in construction funding from Vancouver-based real estate lender Trez Capital. The loan will support construction of a four-storey building, located at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton. The project will feature 36 modern, high-end units ranging from 74 to 232 m2 (800 to 2500 sf). Each unit features a sprawling outdoor space with either a private terrace, backyard or rooftop. Trez is partnering with Freed Developments for the project, an anchor for the company’s strategic approach to the Eastern Canada market. “Toronto is a competitive market for condo development, so it’s important...

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December 2021

Toronto Gains Province’s First Mass-Timber Institutional Building

Construction Canada - George Brown College will transform Toronto’s skyline with the construction of “The Arbour,” the first mass-timber and low-carbon institutional building in Ontario. Construction on the 10-storey project began in the fall of 2021 at the corner of Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne Street. The Arbour was designed by the team of Moriyama and Teshima Architects and Acton Ostry Architects. The Arbour’s mass timber components are sourced naturally, the building shape and form are designed to maximize access for fresh air and natural lighting, students will learn from the facility that is equipped with smart building technologies...

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December 2021

Passive House Canada Teams Up with Zero-Emission Platform

Building - Passive House Canada has joined the Building to Electrification (B2E) Coalition, the newest program area of the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), Metro Vancouver’s capacity-building hub focused on decarbonizing the building sector. B2E is a BC-member-based coalition launched in September 2021, whose purpose is to create opportunities for multiple stakeholders to work collaboratively to identify and address barriers to electrification and take actions that contribute to a meaningful market shift to decarbonizing BC’s building sector. Passive House Canada, B2E, and ZEBx allow British Columbians to benefit from low-carbon buildings. Building electrification...

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December 2021

Multi-family permits surge in September: StatsCan building permits report

Canadian Contractor - The total value of building permits rose 4.3% to $10.1 billion in September, led by Ontario (+6.3%). Construction intentions in the residential sector were up 8.2%, while the non-residential sector decreased 3.2%.On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), building permits increased 3.4% to $6.9 billion. High-value permits for two new condo buildings valued at over $300 million in the cities of Mississauga and Toronto helped push Ontario’s multi-family permits up 40.4% to $1.7 billion in September. At the national level, multi-family permits rose sharply, up 18.6% to $3.9 billion. Conversely, construction intentions for single-family homes...

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December 2021

Ontario Makes Investment to Attract Young People to Skilled Trades Careers

HPAC - Ontario has announced an additional $90 million-dollar investment over three years to further promote the skilled trades to young people. This investment responds to the Apprenticeship Youth Advisors report, which includes several recommendations to help solve the shortage of skilled workers Ontario is currently facing. The funding is expected to help attract more students to trades and ensure employers have the workers they need to grow their businesses. As part of the announcement, the government is also investing an additional $2.9 million, for a total of $20 million annually, to expand the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and provide...

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December 2021

Toronto Considering an Accelerated Climate Strategy

HPAC - Toronto Mayor John Tory has announced a new Net Zero strategy to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040 – 10 years earlier than initially proposed. The strategy would also look to achieve a 45% reduction in GHG levels by 2025, on the way to a 65% reduction by 2030. If adopted by City Council, Toronto will be one of only three big cities in North America with a net-zero by 2040 target. The report is being studied and could be approved by December 15. The existing TransformTO Net Zero Strategy provides a roadmap of actions to achieve reductions in GHG emissions from 1990 levels. Council’s approval of the Strategy would trigger new and accelerated...

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November 2021

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: New Survey Finds Very Few People in Canada Feel Well-Prepared to Support Someone Experiencing Gender-Based Violence

Cision - A national poll conducted by the Canadian Women's Foundation identifies very low levels of confidence in knowing what to say and do to support someone experiencing gender-based violence. The survey found about two-thirds (64%) of people in Canada know a woman who has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. "Chances are that everyone knows a survivor of gendered violence like physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. And with a higher risk of this abuse during the pandemic, it's especially crucial that we all know how to help those...

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November 2021

Why Focus on Indigenous Employment in Construction?

Aboriginal Construction Careers - There are many reasons to train and hire Indigenous workers for Canada’s construction industry, including The construction industry will be facing a labour shortage. From 2020-2029 the construction industry will need to recruit more than 300,000 workers; many from underrepresented groups, including youth, older workers, women, immigrants and Indigenous peoples. Indigenous workers could help to address skilled labour requirements and there is already a good base to build upon. The Indigenous population is the fastest growing in Canada and has a higher propensity to choose the construction industry as a career choice...

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November 2021

Ontario Training Indigenous People for Construction Careers in Kenora

Construction Links Network - The Ontario government is investing more than $3.7 million to train 110 members of Treaty #3 First Nations communities for rewarding careers in construction. Through this investment, participants will gain the skills they need to start well-paying jobs twinning the TransCanada Highway 17 as construction craft workers, heavy equipment operators, general construction workers, and concrete workers. Some of these jobs pay as high as $44 an hour. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, made the announcement today during a stop in Kenora on a tour of Northern Ontario...

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November 2021

'More Important Than Ever:' Movember Organizers Say Pandemic Has Worsened Men's Health

CityNews - Movember’s 15th annual campaign is encouraging ‘Mo Bros’ and ‘Mo Sisters’ to rally in support of men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Movember Canada says, while the COVID-19 pandemic has been keeping moustaches hidden under face coverings, the pandemic has also taken a toll on men’s mental health, and the need to raise funds and awareness is more important than ever. In Canada, 75 percent of suicides are by men, and it remains the second leading cause of death for men 15-44.  Also, a 2021 Movember survey showed 66 percent of Canadian men believe men’s mental health...

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November 2021

Flexbase Unveils Construction Industry’s First Credit Card

Construction Links Network - Flexbase is turning construction financing on its head with a new credit card — the industry’s first, according to the founders — that offers up to 60 days of interest-free financing. The company, which develops automated payments tools for contractors and the construction industry, was started by Zaid Rahman and Hadi Solh to target small- and mid-sized businesses. Rahman, a Theil Fellow, and Solh grew up in construction families, hearing stories around the dinner table of cash flow pain points. When Rahman’s father, who ran a construction company in Dubai, had a customer not pay a multimillion-dollar invoice, he suffered a heart attack...

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November 2021

CCOHS Course Shines a Spotlight on Mental Health in the Workplace

Glass Canada - The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a free online course to help organizations in Canada create awareness and recognize the importance of psychological health and safety in the workplace. Psychological Health and Safety Awareness provides an introduction to workplace mental health including an overview of the six categories of psychosocial factors and how they impact the mental health of individuals and groups. Recommended for anyone interested in learning about psychological health and safety at work, participants will develop an understanding of why workplace mental health is important and the roles and responsibilities of workers...

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November 2021

Investment in Canadian Building Construction Decreases in September

Construction Links Network - Statistics Canada reports that investment in building construction declined 0.7% to $17.5 billion in September, continuing a downward trend that started in May. A decrease in the residential sector was partially offset by a small increase in the non-residential sector. On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction decreased 1.5% to $12.0 billion. Residential construction investment decreased 1.6% in September, with Quebec accounting for most of the decline. However, the investment in this component was 21.6% higher than the pre-pandemic value in February 2020. Investment in single family homes...

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November 2021

The Remembrance Day Poppy is 100 Years Old in Canada. Our Attitudes to War and Peace Must Keep Evolving with It

The Globe and Mail - It started as a symbol of the First World War’s horrors, but decades of conflicts from Korea to Afghanistan have woven it into a more complicated Canadian history. The crimson emblem we wear on Remembrance Day is a symbol of recognition and commemoration, of sorrow and of pride. The poppy connects us to history as we bear witness to those who have fallen in service of this country, to those who returned from wars and missions wounded in body, mind and spirit, to those who demobilized or left the forces to contribute to their communities...

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November 2021

The Great Moustache Migration Heads North as Canadians Nationwide Kick Off Movember's 15th Annual Campaign

Cision - Moustache season has arrived, and Movember, Canada's leading men's health organization, is kicking off its 15th annual campaign in Canada. While this year may appear a little different, like Canadians, moustaches have proved resilient and will once again be sprouting up behind masks and over Zoom calls over the course of the month, raising funds and awareness for men's health. The annual moustache-starring campaign encourages "Mo Bros" and "Mo Sisters" across the country to rally in support of Movember's cause areas, men's mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer...

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November 2021

Canadian SMBs Struggling to Meet Pandemic-Era Worker Demands

Sage has partnered with the Angus Reid Group for a newly commissioned report, Forward Together: Building a Resilient Future. The report uncovers new insights into the current hiring challenges among Canadian businesses, and how they are moving forward in 2022. This is a continuation of the March study and tracks how the pandemic has shifted Canadian businesses’ priorities and Canadian workers’ expectations in the second half of the year. The new study explored three major areas: Top concerns business leaders and their workers have had over the past six months. How workers’ expectations and demands have changed and how businesses are responding...

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November 2021

City of Toronto Advances New Inclusionary Zoning Policy to Speed Up Affordable Housing

Ontario Construction News - The City of Toronto’s planning and housing committee voted last week to advance the new Inclusionary Zoning policy to get more affordable housing built. The committee, including Mayor John Tory, approved a staff report proposing an inclusionary zoning official plan amendment, zoning bylaw amendment and draft implementation guidelines. Proponents including Mayor John Tory said the changes will help create affordable rental and ownership housing. “This will get more affordable housing built in our city and the one-year review of the policy the committee supported today will ensure we strike the right balance,”...

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November 2021

Movember: Six Steps to Improve Men’s Mental Health in Construction

Construction Manager - In a male-dominated industry like construction, with high levels of depression and suicide, Movember has particular significance. Alex Minett explains the essential steps construction companies should take to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace. The Movember charity event has been running for nearly two decades now, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, including suicide. With almost nine in 10 construction workers male, Movember is particularly relevant to our industry. In 2020 the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) published  Understanding Mental Health...

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November 2021

Greenhouse Gas Levels Reached Record Highs in 2020, Even with Pandemic Lockdowns

NPR - Despite a world economy that slowed significantly because of COVID-19, the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record last year, putting the goal of slowing the rise of global temperatures "way off track," according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The United Nations body said Monday that carbon dioxide had risen by more than the 10-year average in 2020 to 413.2 parts per million, despite a slight decrease in emissions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Methane and nitrous oxide, two other potent greenhouse gases, also showed increases...

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November 2021

How Are Qatar’s Traditions and Culture Inspiring Its Architecture?

Euronews - Qatar’s architecture incorporates geometric shapes, traditional designs and the country’s landscape. The National Museum of Qatar, for example, looks like hundreds of interlocking discs fitting together to form a desert rose, a natural mineral structure formed in wet sand. It was designed by architect Jean Nouvel who was inspired by the environment from which his creation emerges. Other world-renowned architects have also designed iconic landmarks in the country, like the Museum of Islamic Art by the late I.M. Pei and the National Library of Qatar by Rem Koolhaas. Education City in Doha, a 12 square kilometre campus housing multiple educational and research institutes....

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November 2021

'Net-Zero' Building, Training Centre, Could Be Coming to Fredericton

CBC - The Canadian Home Builders' Association of New Brunswick plans to build a centre in Fredericton to show contractors how to build more energy-efficient homes. On Monday, Fredericton city council gave the first and second reading to a zoning amendment to allow for the construction of a "Centre for Residential Construction Excellence. "The training centre would be dedicated to teaching homeowners, renovators and home builders how to construct "net-zero" homes, said Claudia Simmons, the association's CEO. Net-zero homes produce as much energy as they consume by using solar panels or wind turbines to generate electricity while using advanced insulation materials...

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November 2021

“World’s Largest” 3D-Printed Neighborhood to Be Built in Texas

Construction Links Network - It’s fair to say that Icon is dominating the 3D-printed construction space at the moment – both here on Earth and even potentially on Mars. Following its completion of four homes in Austin, Texas, the firm has now teamed up with homebuilder Lennar to create a remarkably ambitious new development consisting of 100 3D-printed family houses co-designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The project, described by Lennar as the “world’s largest neighbourhood of 3D-printed homes,” is slated for an undisclosed location in Austin. At this early stage, we’ve no word on the number of bedrooms or bathrooms they will contain, nor their size...

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October 2021

3 Real Estate Disruptions We All Need to Prepare for

NextHome - When I was growing up, my parents always said, “prepare for the unexpected.” Nothing rings truer today, as the world continues to fight a pandemic. In these uncertain times, one thing is certain – the next decade will be very different from the last. For financially-focused Gen Zers who worry about becoming successful, what will the next 10 years look like? The oldest (aged 24) are already graduating from college and university, entering the workforce, and will be buying or renting their first home. In general, this generation will be making some tough housing decisions for the first time in the next decade. But what kind of economy will they be buying into? What challenges will they face?...

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October 2021

Massive Lakeview Development Planned for Mississauga

DataBid - Lakeview Community Partners Limited has announced that 177 acres of former industrial land will be transformed into a mixed-use community with housing, retail, cultural facilities and a 50-acre park. The land, which was previously home to the coal-burning Lakeview Generating Station, is expected to have 8,000 new homes on it once it is complete. According to Storeys, Mississauga is poised to be home to a new, state-of-the-art Innovation District that will become the largest hub for technology, innovation, and research in the country. The district will be the future location of thousands of long-term jobs while also helping Mississauga recover economically from the pandemic...

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October 2021

Despite Pandemic, Women Carved Out Slightly Larger Role in Construction Last Year

On-Site - The COVID-19 pandemic kept construction crews off sites last spring, stalled projects throughout the year and prompted lingering job losses, but it did not derail recent gains for women in the industry. The tough 2020 labour market meant roughly 20,000 fewer men and 1,700 fewer women were employed in construction compared to 2019. On a relative basis, however, women posted small gains, according to the latest data from BuildForce Canada, released earlier this year. Women made up 13.36 per cent of those employed in the Canadian construction industry last year, compared to 13.28 per cent the year before…

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October 2021

Canadian Housing Starts Lower in September

Construction Links Network - The trend in housing starts was 271,068 units in September 2021, down from 284,757 units in August 2021, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts. “The six-month trend in housing starts declined from August to September, with total starts continuing to pull back from their earlier 2021 levels,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist. “Single-detached and multi-family SAAR starts were both lower in Canada’s urban areas in September, which led to a decline in overall SAAR starts for the month...

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October 2021

Climate Care Canada Partners with Support Ontario Youth

On-Site - ClimateCare Canada, the country’s largest co-operative of residential HVAC contractors, is partnering with Support Ontario Youth (SOY), an organization created to increase the number of apprentices and journeymen in the construction industry. Designed to address the challenge of small and medium HVAC contractors' experience in recruiting, training and retaining new skilled labour, the new partnership will benefit ClimateCare members by giving them access to SOY’s recruiting, candidate screening and apprentice support programs. SOY helps employers through the apprentice hiring process and can assist employers and apprentices with navigating financial aids...

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October 2021

Ontario Offering Free Skilled Trades Guidance for Immigrants

On-Site - The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced an investment of over $900,000 to connect 900 new immigrants with skilled trade jobs, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics and welders. The newcomers to the province will receiver free virtual workshops for training and job connections. “Across the province, we continue to hear from businesses in the skilled trades who can’t find the workers they need to grow,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “These are bigger paycheques waiting for hardworking people to collect them.”...

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October 2021

Call for Submissions to the 2022 RAIC Annual Awards

RAIC - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) invites submissions for its portfolio of annual awards for 2022. This year, the prospective awards include the Emerging Architectural Practice Award and the Architectural Practice Award. Additionally, the RAIC Gold Medal—which is the highest honour the institute can bestow, is accepting submissions. The deadline for submissions to the 2022 awards is before 11:59 p.m. EST,  January 14, 2022. Applicants are able to submit their works for consideration towards any award through the RAIC Awards platform...

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October 2021

Why Diversity Matters

Women into Construction - We often hear the words ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusivity’ thrown around in business circles. There’s a temptation for some to see them as nothing more than buzzwords or just another box to tick. The truth is, they serve as a core building block of a strong, resilient business. The construction industry can always do more for diversity. Women make up about 12% of the workforce in construction. And most of these work in office positions, not out on site. Less than 1% of site workers are women. Diverse and inclusive businesses are more forward-thinking and resilient. They’re modern, open, and set themselves up for all the benefits that a diverse workforce has to offer...

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October 2021

What Japan’s Disaster-Proofing Strategies Can Teach the World

Bloomberg - The country’s infrastructure is already one of the world’s safest, and investment in risk management is ramping up. Over the past decade, the island nation has weathered about 20% of the world’s “strong” earthquakes (magnitude 6 or greater) as well as multiple tropical storms a year. The worst of these events can be utterly devastating: The 2011 Tohoku earthquake, which triggered a massive tsunami and a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, killed more than 15,000 people. And climate change is making major disasters more frequent...

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October 2021

A Look into Southern Florida’s Growing Timber Culture

The Architect's Newspaper - Miami-Dade County is known for its art deco buildings, subtropical climate, and a youthful exuberance ready to embrace the moment as exemplified by Maurizio Cattelan’s 2019 Banana at Art Basel. Miami-Dade is also notorious for hurricanes, looming sea level rise, and pioneering rigorous structural building codes coined the “Dade County Code” that set global standards for High Velocity Hurricane Zones [HVHZ]. These high standards have branded Miami as one of the most complicated cities to build in when employing traditional or accepted methods, disregarding innovative approaches perceived as ‘newness.’...

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October 2021

Women in Construction: Building a Career in a Challenging Environment

NEIT - While it’s true men have traditionally dominated the construction workforce, the industry provides rewarding opportunities for both sexes. In fact, there has been a substantial increase in the number of women in construction in recent years. In the past, the number of women in the construction industry grew from  619,000 in 1985 to 1.1 million in 2007. You can now find women working alongside their male co-workers, supervising crews, heading departments, and even owning their construction companies...

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October 2021

Increasing Mental Health Awareness, Safety in Construction With Technology

Walls & Ceilings - Conversations about safety in the construction industry are often centered on the best practices for safe equipment usage, slip and fall prevention, hazardous chemicals and the like. But there’s one critical safety element that the construction industry often overlooks – mental health. Anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide are widespread struggles that have long been a quiet epidemic in the industry...

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October 2021

Construction Begins on World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Power Plant, Part of Unique Baseload Solar Project

RECHARGE - Siemens Energy will operate the unique €170m facility in a remote part of French Guiana, which will provide 10MW of power during the day and 3MW at night. A unique baseload renewables project that combines the world’s largest hydrogen power plant with a 16MW electrolyser, a 3MW fuel cell, 55MW of solar panels and 20MW/38MWh of batteries has begun construction in French Guiana...

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October 2021

Your Decor Studio – How to Plan Customizations to Increase Your Profit

HOMES - Balancing homebuyer satisfaction and profitability is a difficult part of any production building project. You want the buyer to desire the customizations you offer, but you also have to make some tough business decisions to protect your own bottom line. Here are a few tips to help you provide homebuyers with structural customizations to their homes in a controlled way that will increase your profit...

 

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October 2021

Envisioning a ‘Clean Environment for a Healthy World’ on World Architecture Day

STIR - Merging with the United Nations’ annual celebration of World Habitat Day, the first Monday of October each year has been designated as World Architecture Day by Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) since 1985. Illuminating three key areas of climate change, housing, and public space, the chosen theme for this year’s edition is ‘Clean environment for a healthy world’, in line with the global conversation on fulfilling the lofty goals set by the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda...

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October 2021

Organizations Seek to Send Women Up the Trades Ladder

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Seven years ago, Keeley Prockiw, a single mom in Edmonton, was struggling to stay afloat – financially and emotionally – when she decided to bet on herself and chase a career in the skilled trades. The decision altered the trajectory of her life. Ms. Prockiw, now 39, is a Red Seal welder and rope access supervisor who works in the oil sands in Northern Alberta. (Red Seal is the national standard for excellence in welding and other skilled trades in Canada.)...

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September 2021

Kohler Partners with Water First to Address Water Challenges in Indigenous Communities

Canadian Interiors - Kohler Canada is working with Water First, a Canadian NGO that addresses water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada, to launch a consumer campaign to raise awareness and funds to develop water operators who will acquire hands-on knowledge in the use of water quality equipment, analysis and testing processes. The skills and expertise they gain will be deployed within their local communities...

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September 2021

'Staggering Growth' Dominates Single-Detached Market in the GTA

NextHome - “Staggering growth” and soaring prices are dominating the GTA single-detached home market, with no signs of slowing, according to the ReMax 2021 GTA Hot Pocket Communities Report. A steady decline in the supply of single-detached housing in the GTA, coupled with low mortgage rates, hastened demand from first-time homebuyers and galvanized the city’s move-up market in the first half of 2021, ReMax says...

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September 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: How You Can Recognize the Day

Ottawa - Thursday, September 30 marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity to bring awareness to the painful legacy and impacts of the residential school system, particularly in light of the discoveries of unmarked grave sites at former residential school locations this year. It’s a time to advance our reconciliation efforts to build a better future for everyone in our community...

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September 2021

Survey Reveals What Matters Most This Election to Canada’s Skilled Trades Workforce

Construction Links Network - A new survey conducted by Abacus Data took the pulse of Canada’s skilled trades workforce to find out what matters most this election; from travelling for work to a changing energy sector to much-needed reforms to Employment Insurance...

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September 2021

Timber Architecture Competition Showcases Beauty and Versatility of Wood

New Atlas - The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced its shortlist for the 2021 Timber Prize. The competition showcases outstanding wooden construction from around the world and highlights the beauty and versatility of wood as a building material...

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September 2021

‘Robot Assistants’ May Help Reinvent Construction Industry


The University Record - With the aim of enabling robots to learn from human partners on construction sites, the National Science Foundation is providing $2 million to a University of Michigan-led research team...⁣⁣

 

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September 2021

Earthquake-Resistant School Built from Recycled Plastic in Indonesia

News - Three years after the Indonesian island of Lombok was devastated by earthquakes, a team of Australian and Indonesian charity organisations have set up Asia's first sustainable and earthquake-resistant school on the island...

 

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September 2021

Biden Administration Says Solar Energy Has the Potential to Power 40% of US Electricity by 2035

CNN - A new blueprint from the Biden administration shows how solar energy could play a massive role in transitioning the United States' power sector to clean energy, and achieve the President's ambitious goals to decarbonize the US economy...

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