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Why Construction Is Ripe For Disruption

The US economy has been enjoying a historic run. Since June 2009, the upturn is set to be the longest in US history if it can last until June. The one area that is lagging is new home sales. The season? A lack of entry-level homes that are priced within reach of the 19.4 million who have entered the workforce since 2009.

The Timber Revolution

Although the age of concrete is far from over, there seems to be little doubt that timber is the building material of the future—and that it may help to save the planet.

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Despite Growing Pains, Construction Tech Continues to Draw Financial Backing

The construction labor shortage has made it obvious that the building industry, characteristically reticent to accept change, is ripe for a revolution. The consensus seems to be that modular, offsite construction is the way forward resulting in modular startups getting the most funding in the tech building arena. Construction tech companies have already enjoyed a… Read more »

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Building Code Inspector Shortage Looms

Building inspectors perform a vital role in the construction process, but few young people are adopting this as a career. George Williams, a Salt Lake City building inspector is 34. While attending ongoing training at his local branch of the International Code Council (ICC), Williams had this to say; “Without fail, I was the youngest… Read more »

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The Digital Revolution Encourages Change in the Construction Industry

While the way in which houses are built hasn’t changed much in the last five decades, its about to. Smart home technology, renewable energy sources and the automation of off-site construction are combining to create the perfect storm for major change. Throw the current construction labor shortage into the mix and you have these new… Read more »

Off-site Construction Revolutionizes the Building Game

Off-site Construction Revolutionizes the Building Game

Labor shortages and increased demand through urbanization has led to a global housing shortage. The construction industry hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years but to meet this growing challenge, it must evolve to build houses in a way that’s faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly. To meet this challenge, Metsä Wood’s Mikko Saavalainen,… Read more »

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Wooden Buildings a More Sustainable Option than Concrete

The age of concrete is over. Increasing urbanization means that over 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 and, with the US building industry accounting for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions, construction needs to find ways to be more sustainable. Now wood construction is offering a renewable alternative that is revolutionizing… Read more »