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The Dangers of Silica Dust, What you Should Know

One of the major health hazards on many construction sites is the one you often cannot see—crystalline silica dust. The extremely fine particles are released when granites, sand, bricks, cement, and other materials release dust due to activities such as cutting, grinding and blasting.…

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What’s Being Done About the Building Sector’s ‘Crisis of Confidence’

Recent high-profile defect issues in apartment buildings and the ongoing issue of non-compliant cladding have made the Building Minister’s Forum fast-track the implementation of reforms.

The State and Federal Building Ministers’ meeting on July 18 saw the ministers agree to address issues including growing difficulties around professional indemnity insurance.

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Business

Top Ways to Boost Project Collaboration

As construction projects become more complex, effective collaboration is increasingly becoming a key factor in completing projects on time and on budget while delivering a quality product to the client. Good collaboration leads to many benefits like innovation, time and cost-saving, added value for the client, reduced errors and unnecessary rework.…

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Making Aged-Care Facilities New Again With Construction Technology

Creating a built environment that meets the needs of our elderly residents, particularly those with dementia, is one of the most significant challenges the building and design industries face today.

While the internal fitout and interior design play an important part in creating the right environment, we are now seeing some really cool technology implemented early in the construction phase.

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Canada

Cannabis Legalization in Canada: What it Means for the Industry

During the California gold rush, those who sold picks and shovels often did better than the gold seekers themselves. Now, during Canada’s green rush—with the legalization of cannabis growth, sales, and consumption—is it possible those who provide the infrastructure for marijuana cultivation and sales will do better than the growers and retailers?

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What Construction Can Learn from Car Builders

Standard modular site sheds or mining camp dongas might be what comes to your mind when you think of prefabricated buildings. However, the growing prefabricated building sector is developing capabilities that can deliver architecturally dynamic structures.

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Will 3D Printing Transform Global Construction?

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as, 3D printing, is having what you might call “a moment” in construction. The technology is prized for its ability to quickly produce all kinds of structures for pennies on the dollar compared to traditional construction methods.…

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Top 20 Hotspots for Residential Construction

Rockbank at Mount Cottrell in Victoria has taken the crown as the country’s number one hotspot in terms of population and residential building construction this year.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has released its annual Population and Residential Building Hotspots report for 2019.

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Business

How Much Money are You Losing Today?

If you’re managing a construction project, or are a construction business owner, there are plenty of ways for you to lose money every hour, let alone every day. Construction projects are filled with risk; they require exacting coordination, and there are many physical assets to keep track of.
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Waterproofing 101: How to Get it Right

Recent Deakin University research has found defects involving waterproofing are one of the major issues for Australian buildings. The research study focused on multi-residential buildings and included an in-depth examination of 212 building defect audit reports from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales for buildings completed over the past decade.

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Closing the Skills Gap one Student at a Time

With many secondary school students heading straight into the workforce or University, apprenticeship numbers—both the uptake and completion—have seen a steady decline in recent years. This drop is being felt by construction companies across the country, with several different trades already experiencing a skills shortage.

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Cool Solar Innovations Coming to a Jobsite Near You

At the end of 2018, Australia passed the milestone of two million households with rooftop solar panels, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). As new products and materials come onto the market, roof-mounted panels are only one of the options of turning a building into an electricity-generating powerhouse.

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Parramatta: A City in Transformation

Parramatta, located just 20 kilometres from Sydney CBD, is making a name for itself. With a population of more than 230,000 people and another 41,000 expected to move to Parramatta in the next five years, the city is being touted as one of Sydney’s most desirable places to live. 

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A Look Inside the Development of Australian Standards

Anyone involved in the Aus/NZ building industry needs to navigate numerous Australian and New Zealand Standards integrated into the applicable building codes. The AS/NZ Standards underpin compliance, safety, quality and performance; they are the result of thorough technical, scientific and commercial investigations.

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Canada

Taking Wooden Construction to New Heights

In many parts of the world, wooden construction is limited to the garden shed. However, in Canada, architects have now put the good ol’ garden shed on steroids.

In some jurisdictions across Canada, wooden construction is still limited to four storeys, but in 2018, Ontario code revisions allow wood-framed residential and office buildings up to six storeys.

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Proven Ways to Keep Workers Safe

Going to work for many people can be hazardous and even deadly. Canadian workers compensation boards reported that 904 workers died due to work-related causes and almost a quarter of a million workers reported lost-time injuries in 2016.

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Australia

How We Build Now – Tracking Technology in Construction 2019

Technology is expected to deliver productivity gains, improve processes and reduce the burden of paper-shuffling for contractors in Australia, according to recent research undertaken by ACA Research for Procore.

The research also found that leading-edge technologies including prefabrication, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and data analytics are increasingly being adopted by firms wanting to stay ahead of the competition.

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Vertical Gardens Are Helping Reshape Construction Design

Vertical gardens are a growing design trend in the construction industry. This has been fuelled by greater consideration of sustainability and the environmental impacts of construction projects.

We spoke with Travis Smith, Vertical Garden Specialist for Vertical Gardens Australia, a business that sells pre-built and custom-built vertical gardens for residential and commercial projects, on the impacts of vertical gardens and a more sustainable approach to contemporary construction projects.…

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Business

How to Train and Retain Your Best Workers

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and the same could be said for a company. A workforce only being as strong as its weakest worker. Yet, it’s the strongest who are most likely to leave if they’re not motivated.

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Canada

The Evolution of Construction Technology

Anyone who studies history understands that to look back is to look forward. And it seems construction technology follows suit.

As construction is rapidly moving into a digital-first world, companies are seeing major shifts thanks to how technology helps them streamline practices, reinvent personnel and equipment management, and even utilize virtual and augmented reality to ideate, construct, and maintain their buildings.

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