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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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