Technology Helps Overcome COVID-19 Pandemic Hurdles

The recent PropTech, summit on technology in home building shows how companies are utilizing technology to overcome the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic poses. Of course, most companies have moved their sales online, but technology can also help your customers to feel safer during the home buying process. Younger home buyers have driven the move to …

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New Safety Measures Reduce New York City Jobsite Injuries by 20%

In 2017, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) implemented legislation in Local Law 196 designed to improve safety in the construction industry. In order to educate workers on safety policies, over 100,000 training pamphlets on Site Safety have been distributed. The DOB has also launched its Construction Site Safety Reimbursement Program to offset …

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How to Keep Skilled Jobsite Workers

Labor shortage woes are real, and most construction managers are scrambling to find and keep workers. A recent study from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) showed that a third of construction firms are looking for recruits and experiencing delays due to labor shortages. Here’s how to source great talent and build your team. Get …

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How to Recruit More Gen Z Youth to Careers in Construction

Gen Z are defined as those under 25 and are currently entering the workforce and choosing their careers. While many are already opting for a career in construction, the industry has to do more to recruit in order to overcome the labor deficit. Having lived through several economic downturns and a fluctuating economy, most young …

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More Women Entering Construction Workforce

According to a new study, construction jobs were one of the fastest growing sectors for women between 2015 and 2019. Women in construction management positions increased by 101% from 49,400 to 99,400 during this period. The number of female painters rose by 64% from 32,600 to 53,300. Construction laborers went up 50% from 47,800. “Construction …

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How to Improve your Construction Productivity

Labor shortages, increased production times due to COVID-19 protocols and delays all make for projects that take much longer than they should. When this happens, construction companies see dips in productivity that cost money. One way to get back on track is to make your processes more efficient using a management technique called LEAN, developed …

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with this Easy Step

Moving to energy efficiency has meant tighter home envelopes and, while that is a good thing, we also need to be cognizant of our indoor air quality and work to keep our breathable air clean. One way to ensure your home is healthy is to prevent materials from off-gassing. Avoid furniture and building materials that …

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Norbord and HBI Open First Trades Training Program in Houston

Houston Mayor Supports New Program in Acres Homes Community Norbord Inc. and HBI joined Mayor Sylvester Turner to officially open the first construction trades training program in Houston, Texas. The Norbord-funded program aims to address labor shortages in the industry and help with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Norbord made a $1 million donation to …

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Why Taller Wall Panels Are The Future of Building

As the cost of building materials increase and building codes demand more effective envelopes, construction professionals are looking to taller wall sheathing to fill in the gaps. OSB wall sheathing already makes for a sustainable and cost-effective option but with taller OSB wall panels, the efficacy of the building envelope is increased by creating fewer seams while labor costs, waste and installation time are reduced.

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