The latest construction news from around the globe… Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From the rise of collective robots to the world’s tallest timber tower, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the globe.
Are Autonomous Robot Teams the Next Step? As the use of automation and robots in construction continues to rise, the obvious next step is robot teams. Autonomous robots work in tandem on various projects, from assembly to demolition. Learn more here.
100 Years of Hard Hats
The very first hard hat was invented by EW Bullard in 1919 for gold and copper miners, but it wasn’t until years later that a construction site in San Francisco designated the very first “Hard Hat Area Only” zone. Find out more about the 100-year history of the lifesaving invention here.
US Trade War Forces Construction Costs Up Contractors in New York City have increased their total construction costs by 5-10% due to the current trade war between the US and China. The tariffs on building materials have also led to a 22.4% rise in the price of domestic steel compared to last year, and many owners are considering early buyout packages. More info here.
World’s Tallest Timber Tower Tops Out The world’s tallest timber tower has been completed in Norway by leading Scandinavian wood products firm, Moelven. The Mjosa Tower stands at a whopping 280ft tall, and is meant to highlight wood as a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction option than concrete. Photo courtesy of Moelven
Green Cement Can Help Combat Climate Change Cement is the most widely used man-made material in the world, and also accounts for about 8% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Many companies are now looking for better alternatives, from injecting concrete with carbon dioxide to using other materials made from vegetable particles.
Reconstructing Chicago’s 70-Year-Old Building Codes Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel recently announced a major overhaul to the city’s building codes, which were last updated 70 years ago. The revised code will include updated sprinkler requirements and additional risk-based structural requirements. Get the full story here.
Indoor Forest in Singapore Airport Nearly Complete The 1.4 sq ft addition to the Changi Airport is setting a new standard for community activity and airport amenities. The Jewel, set to open in the spring, includes an indoor forest, a geometric glass roof, and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. Click here to see more. Photo courtesy of Peter Walker Partners Landscape
How Construction Unions are Fighting the Labor Shortage Construction unions in New York City are partnering to help more women find opportunities in the industry. Since 2006, the Building and Construction Trades Council of NYC has seen a 50% increase in the recruitment of women in their apprenticeship programs. Read more about the inspiring initiative here.
Handling Tough Conversations on the Jobsite Construction isn’t an easy trade, but sometimes it’s the uncomfortable conversations with employees, subs, and clients that can be the hardest part. Here are some tips to help you navigate the tough but necessary discussions on the jobsite.
Australia Housing Decline Impacts Construction Jobs Australia’s housing market is heading toward its largest decline since 2008, and the decrease in construction starts has led to a huge drop in available jobs for contractors. Residential construction workers have taken the hardest hit, but some are able to use transferrable skills to find jobs elsewhere.
This was just an appetizer. Are you ready for the full course? Dive into more business news, check out the latest tech trends, and get a couple quick tips from our health section.