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off-site wood construction

Immigration Changes Cause Construction Chaos

The construction industry is one of the most labor-intensive in the US which is why a tightening of immigration regulations poses a problem. One report found a 67% decline in Mexican immigrants which led to there being 570,000 fewer Mexican-born construction workers than there were in 2007. Workers in the construction industry have returned to… 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 »

Off-site Construction

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 »

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Offsite Construction—What’s different this time?

When it comes to offsite construction, there are a lot of skeptics. They say, “We have seen this movie before”. People point to the fact that over the past 100 years, several companies have bet on prefab building and lost. Things have changed now. Since shop class disappeared from our school curriculum, a skilled labor… Read more »

Construction is Moving Up in the World... Are You Coming?

Construction is Moving up in the World… Are you Coming?

Construction hasn’t changed much in the last few decades. In fact, labor productivity actually declined by 19% between 1995 and 2015 . While innovation has improved equipment and technology, the process of building hasn’t undergone a major change for some time. Severe shortages of skilled onsite labor, rising labor costs and a lack of affordable housing are… Read more »