Construction Industry – IFAWPCA http://ifawpca.org/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:46:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ifawpca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Construction Industry – IFAWPCA http://ifawpca.org/ 32 32 Chinese company seeks to integrate Chinese and Egyptian construction standards for common development under BRI_ 英语 频道 _ 央视 网 (cctv.com) https://ifawpca.org/chinese-company-seeks-to-integrate-chinese-and-egyptian-construction-standards-for-common-development-under-bri_-%e8%8b%b1%e8%af%ad-%e9%a2%91%e9%81%93-_-%e5%a4%ae%e8%a7%86-%e7%bd%91-cctv-com/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:21:47 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/chinese-company-seeks-to-integrate-chinese-and-egyptian-construction-standards-for-common-development-under-bri_-%e8%8b%b1%e8%af%ad-%e9%a2%91%e9%81%93-_-%e5%a4%ae%e8%a7%86-%e7%bd%91-cctv-com/ Undertaking two projects in the Egyptian capital Cairo and the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea, this Chinese construction company seeks to merge Chinese construction standards with those of Egypt for the common development of the two countries. CAIRO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) – On a cold November morning in Cairo, a group […]]]>

Undertaking two projects in the Egyptian capital Cairo and the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea, this Chinese construction company seeks to merge Chinese construction standards with those of Egypt for the common development of the two countries.

CAIRO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) – On a cold November morning in Cairo, a group of Chinese and Egyptian construction workers wearing helmets and reflective vests rushed into the famous Citystars complex in the Egyptian capital to begin A day of work.

“Although our languages, cultures, architectural expertise and construction technologies are different, the joint project is progressing very well,” said Ahmed el-Sherbini, president of Hexagon Project & Construction Management Consultants, in the office building of the complex.

Sherbini was referring to a joint Egyptian-Chinese project to renovate Cairo’s iconic Citystars, a huge complex that integrates shopping malls, hotels, apartments and office buildings.

His firm is overseeing the renovation project which began in early 2021 and is being carried out by China National Chemical Engineering No.16 Construction Co. Ltd. (CNCEC16).

On the project site, decorative materials and lamps from China were successively put in place by Chinese and Egyptian workers who jointly carry out the entire renovation process.

“The materials purchased from China are of high quality and reasonably priced,” Sherbini told Xinhua, stressing that the Chinese materials have not only reduced the cost but also won the approval of designers.

The Chinese company has optimized the design and recommended building materials in full compliance with Egyptian local building standards and aesthetic requirements, he noted, praising the smooth cooperation between the two sides.

The project is seen as the embodiment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Egypt’s Vision 2030, both aimed at future development.

Qu Peng, director of the international department of CNCEC16, said that through the project, the Chinese team seeks to introduce a better Chinese understanding of architectural design and advanced technology, and to merge Chinese building standards with Egyptian ones for common development within the framework of the BRI.

“Unlike large regular infrastructure construction projects, the requirements of this project mainly focus on layout, interior design, furniture renovation and others,” Qu explained.

This mutual trust between the two parties has borne more fruit, as CNCEC16 is also undertaking an interior finishing project for the Citystars complex in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, which covers a total area of ​​7.5 km². .

The CNCEC16 team is in charge of the interior decoration of two hotels with 800 rooms and 690 apartments, which is scheduled for delivery in June 2023.

The prestigious Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh hosted in 2018 the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14) and will host the 27th session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) in 2022.

“The Chinese and the Egyptians here are learning from each other to strengthen their professional skills and gain a lot of expertise through the project,” Zhu Yonglong, head of the interior design project at Citystars Sharm el-Sheikh, told Xinhua.

Zhu explained that the Chinese team has always taken a compatibility approach to integrate the standards of both sides through constant communication and consultation.

For example, he said, Egyptian mechanical, electrical, and piping techniques feature neat horizontal and vertical layouts, but the appearance and structural quality of the concrete pour is relatively rough.

“Therefore, the Chinese team approved the operation on the Egyptian side in terms of piping and wiring, and recommended Chinese construction technology in terms of structural concrete pouring,” the Chinese director said, noting that the combination resulted in both a beautiful appearance and a process that drastically reduced the costs.

Rania Roumani Anis, 43, has worked in the construction industry for nine years, including seven years in a French company.

She joined the Egyptian branch of the CNCEC16 in April as a translator and assistant to Zhu.

Rania expressed confidence in her Chinese partners’ ability to complete a high profile project despite the tight schedule.

In addition to the CNCEC16, the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has made progress in the construction of a huge 20-tower central business district in the new administrative capital of Egypt, east of Cairo.

“Egypt’s booming construction industry welcomes the participation of companies from different countries and cultures,” Sherbini noted.

From Egypt’s new administrative capital to Citystars Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh, China and Egypt will certainly develop deeper connectivity and cooperation in the construction sector in the future, he said. told Xinhua.

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With 80% of architects concerned about liability issues, experts say early collaboration is key to tackling risk, new study finds https://ifawpca.org/with-80-of-architects-concerned-about-liability-issues-experts-say-early-collaboration-is-key-to-tackling-risk-new-study-finds/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:01:22 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/with-80-of-architects-concerned-about-liability-issues-experts-say-early-collaboration-is-key-to-tackling-risk-new-study-finds/ Training, collaboration and collective responsibility are the top three ways the construction industry can tackle risk, according to a recent study by Etex. Etex asked 250 construction industry decision makers, including contractors, project managers, procurement teams, asset managers, consultants and architects, for their perspective on risks, including risks specific to their roles. The findings were […]]]>

Training, collaboration and collective responsibility are the top three ways the construction industry can tackle risk, according to a recent study by Etex.

Etex asked 250 construction industry decision makers, including contractors, project managers, procurement teams, asset managers, consultants and architects, for their perspective on risks, including risks specific to their roles. The findings were then submitted to a panel of experts for their opinion on the matter.

Overall, the majority of respondents (63%) think the construction industry is good at identifying risks, with three-quarters believing that the discussion of risks takes place at a late stage. sufficiently early in the life cycle of a project. Confidence in their profession’s ability to identify risks was highest among project managers (76%) and entrepreneurs (70%).

The research and group discussions provided three main recommendations for risk at all levels:

  1. Focusing on training and skills development is essential to mitigate risk and improve quality.
  2. Collaboration is essential from the start to identify risks quickly and throughout a project to avoid costly problems downstream.
  3. Risk is a collective responsibility, but policymakers could do more.

Commenting on this, Melanie Davies, Market Manager at Etex, said: “Risk is a huge challenge for the entire construction industry right now, with a perfect storm of different elements such as labor shortages. implementation and changes in health and safety regulations that contribute to it. There are ways for the industry to overcome some of these challenges, however, and it is promising to see a number of industry experts cite collaboration, training and skills development as key ways to reduce risk. . Now it’s a question of how the industry goes about improving in these areas, which really needs to be a collective effort of all sectors of the supply chain.

When asked about the main factors that create the most risk in the industry, a lack of quality control, unclear government guidelines, and a shortage of high-quality materials were all ranked top. A total of 73% of those surveyed said they were concerned about liability issues when specifying building materials, with contractors (84%) and architects (80%) saying they were their greatest concern.

Most respondents said they regularly worry about the decisions they make and the implications of the risks, with architects and asset management professionals both reporting it as a top concern (69%), followed by project managers (68%) and entrepreneurs (67%).

However, the majority of respondents agreed that the government should determine the stakeholder burden of risk, with 61% saying it was up to the government to provide clear guidelines to construction stakeholders to be able to reduce the risks.

Mathew Baxter, Founder of Echelon Consultancy, added: “Over the past few years the government has tried to be more cooperative. There has been a tendency to push back laws that change fairly basic roles. I think it is improving, but it takes even more government consultation to understand the thoughts of those on the ground before implementing new legislation. If there has ever been a perfect storm in the sector, it is now, so the government must have a practical and concrete approach when implementing new legislation.

For more information and to read the research results in full, please visit: https://etex-bp.co.uk/etexperts/

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Measure the most important sector of the universe https://ifawpca.org/measure-the-most-important-sector-of-the-universe/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 18:42:16 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/measure-the-most-important-sector-of-the-universe/ November 27, 2021 TIN YEARS A few years ago, Chinese real estate was described as “the most important sector in the universe” by Jonathan Anderson, now a member of the Emerging Advisors Group, a consultancy firm. Real estate was a major source of China’s growth, household spending, and appetite for commodities, like iron ore. Today, […]]]>

TIN YEARS A few years ago, Chinese real estate was described as “the most important sector in the universe” by Jonathan Anderson, now a member of the Emerging Advisors Group, a consultancy firm. Real estate was a major source of China’s growth, household spending, and appetite for commodities, like iron ore. Today, the sector has become a source of universal concern as home sales plummeted, developers defaulted and the price of iron ore plummeted. Chinese observers are hungry for a rigorous measure of the sector’s importance to the country’s economy. And in recent months, the world press has converged on a number: 29% of GDP.

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This estimate, which was quoted in this journal, the Financial Time, the the Wall Street newspaper, Bloomberg and elsewhere, comes from an article by Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard and Yuanchen Yang of IMF. The two economists have impeccable credentials. But their number (28.7%, to be precise) doesn’t count what most people think it does. The most important measure of the most important sector of the universe is largely misunderstood. So how should it be interpreted? To grasp it correctly, you have to go through the ins and outs of the entries and exits smoothly.

Imagine an economy that makes a house and nothing else. The house is the product of the construction industry. But to do this, builders need inputs. They need steel, which is the output of the metallurgical industry. And steel requires iron ore, the production of the mining industry. Suppose these are all that is required. The house sells for $ 1 million, the steel for $ 600,000 and the iron ore for $ 500,000. Now ask yourself how important is the construction industry?

A narrow answer is 40% of GDP. By building the house, the builders add $ 400,000 to the value of the steel they buy. So they represent two-fifths of the million dollar value of the house. Since the house represents the entire economy GDP, a narrow measure of the importance of the construction industry is 40% of GDP.

A broader response is 100% of GDP. The house is the only “end” product of the economy. Everything else in the economy is just one ingredient in this pie. The only reason to make ore is to make steel. And the only reason to make steel is to make houses. These “upstream” industries are therefore closely linked to construction. If the demand for housing declines, the demand for steel and ore will also decline. Thus, 100% of the demand for end products in this economy is the demand for products made by the construction industry.

How would Mr. Rogoff and Ms. Yang gauge the importance of the property? Those who haven’t read their article might assume their figure is similar in spirit to the first narrow answer. They may think it is referring to the value added by the real estate industry (which in their article includes services such as real estate agents as well as developers). People who have taken a look at the document may assume that their approach is more in line with the general response. The real estate sector maintains close links with upstream industries. Therefore, its importance includes not only the value it adds, but also the value added by its upstream suppliers (steel and other inputs) and their suppliers (ore and other materials).

In fact, Mr. Rogoff and Ms. Yang don’t exactly follow either approach. Applied to our simple economy, their method would give an answer of $ 1.1 million or 110% of GDP. It would count iron ore ($ 500,000). It would also count the total value ($ 600,000) of the steel (even if that includes the value of the ore, one entry to the entry). But that wouldn’t count the $ 1 million worth of the house or even the $ 400,000 in value added by the construction industry.

Why not? Their approach is an unusual attempt to correct for double counting. If you were to add construction production (the $ 1 million house), steel production ($ 600,000), and mining production ($ 500,000), you could be charged with double or even triple counting. You would have counted steel twice and ore three times (once alone, a second time when drowned in steel, and a third time when steel drowned in the house).

The typical and intuitive way to avoid this problem is to count only the value added at each stage of production ($ 500,000 plus $ 100,000 plus $ 400,000 in our simple example). This method gives the “wide” response of 100% of GDP in the economy to a house. The method employed by Mr. Rogoff and Ms. Yang includes some things that are not captured in this measurement and excludes others that are. In the one-house economy, their approach would count steel once, ore twice, and construction not at all. In the case of the Chinese economy, they argue, these inclusions and exclusions cancel each other out in practice. “The direct construction added value that we didn’t include and the inputs we included… are very similar in scale and offset,” Ms. Yang writes. “The alternative (perhaps more intuitive) approach doesn’t change our message.”

Steel yourself

In an upcoming commentary on the article by Mr. Rogoff and Ms. Yang, a team of economists from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) including Mahinthan Mariasingham and John Arvin Bernabe took the most intuitive approach, totaling value added by construction and property services, as well as value added by other industries providing them, and by their suppliers. suppliers. Using the same figures as Mr. Rogoff and Ms. Yang for real estate investments and services (although for 2017 and not 2016), they estimate that the Chinese real estate sector accounted for 15.4% of GDP in 2017. Excluding imports, the number fell to 13.8%.

There is another wrinkle, however. The investment figures used by Mr. Rogoff and Ms. Yang, and the ADB, may be missing some buildings constructed by companies that are not officially classified as real estate developers. Their inclusion, while using the most intuitive approach, increases the importance of the real estate sector to just over 23% of GDP in 2018, according to Andrew Tilton and his team at Goldman Sachs. The sector remains of cosmic importance. But anyone alarmed by the 29% figure can rest about six percentage points more easily.

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This article appeared in the Finance & Economics section of the print edition under the title “A universe of concern”

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Galaxy’s Edge, winner of the Q Award 2021 https://ifawpca.org/galaxys-edge-winner-of-the-q-award-2021/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 01:47:00 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/galaxys-edge-winner-of-the-q-award-2021/ ANAHEIM from California, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Enabled November 9, 2021 at the Disneyland Hotel, the Alliance for Quality Construction (AQC) awarded this year the Q Award to the Disneyland Resort for its $ 1 billion construction of the new STAR WARS: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland attraction. Disney Imagineering Construction Manager Walt smith […]]]>

ANAHEIM from California, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Enabled November 9, 2021 at the Disneyland Hotel, the Alliance for Quality Construction (AQC) awarded this year the Q Award to the Disneyland Resort for its $ 1 billion construction of the new STAR WARS: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland attraction. Disney Imagineering Construction Manager Walt smith accepted the award on behalf of the resort.

Starting with a stellar lunch, the 150+ attendees of construction management and union workers then feasted on a stunning presentation, accompanied by an impressive studio-quality video depicting the new development in STAR WARS: Galaxy’s Edge. Remarkable statistics said the massive construction project included 6,700 construction workers and craftsmen and suffered no loss of safety.

Master of ceremonies Jeff Montejano, CEO of the Building Association of Southern california carried the show with guest speakers Chris Hannan and Ernesto Medrano of the LA / OC Building & Construction Trades Council, title sponsor Pete Rodriguez, president / COO of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SW Carpenters), and Walt smith. Mr. Montejano also recognized the special guests of the public Anaheim Mayor Harry sidhu and member of the council of the Avelino Valencia resort area.

Pierre Rodriguez, President and COO of title sponsor SW Carpenters gave an illuminating speech on how construction unions are delivering decent and fair wages to the many craftsmen who work day in and day out to build some of the southern california most iconic structures, including all Q Award winning projects.

The AQC also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ron Miller, executive secretary of the building and construction trades LA / OC, who recently retired after 43 years of service in the industry. Mr. Miller was unable to attend the Q Award to accept the prestigious award which was accepted on his behalf by Ernesto Medrano of the LA / OC Building Trades Council.

President of the AQC Jordan brandman said: “A successful and exciting project like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a true testament to the training, skills and know-how of our world-class union work. After experiencing the quality of this new Disneyland attraction, it is no wonder that the Disneyland Resort has been continuously built by union trades for 66 years. He added: “We look forward to another exciting Q Award in 2022.”

For more information on the annual Q Awards and the Alliance for Quality Construction, visit www.allianceqc.org.

The building industry association of Southern california (BIASC) is the voice of the region’s building industry, with four chapters providing localized services to building professionals from Ventura at the southern tip of Orange County. Throughout its 90-year history, the association has served its builders and associate members by anticipating, protecting and promoting their common interests through its many programs, services, boards and committees. For more information on the Building Industry Association of Southern california, visit https://biasc.org/.

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Professional solutions “Made in Germany” https://ifawpca.org/professional-solutions-made-in-germany/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:01:01 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/professional-solutions-made-in-germany/ Professional solutions “Made in Germany” 22 November 2021 Whether for professional applications on building facades or for anchoring solutions for technical installations inside buildings, EJOT presents itself as the supplier of the right fastening solution, “Made in Germany”, for every application. EJOT offers a wide range of innovative fasteners, such as self-tapping screws for metal […]]]>
Professional solutions “Made in Germany”
22 November 2021

Whether for professional applications on building facades or for anchoring solutions for technical installations inside buildings, EJOT presents itself as the supplier of the right fastening solution, “Made in Germany”, for every application.

EJOT offers a wide range of innovative fasteners, such as self-tapping screws for metal and plastic, plastic and metal moldings, a complete range of fasteners for roofing and cladding, the ejotherm® program for fixing of composite exterior thermal insulation systems (ETICS) and the award-winning CROSSFIX® substructure system for rear ventilated facade constructions. Its main products are drilling and sealing screws, nylon anchors, fasteners fasteners, profiles, chemical and mechanical anchors, as well as fasteners for flat roofs and solar applications.

“We set ourselves very high standards internally at EJOT, which we audit regularly to guarantee our customers a consistent quality of service and product,” comments Dr Jens Oliver Weber, Managing Director of EJOT Baubefestigungen GmbH. “The requirements of the construction industry are diverse and our solutions to make our clients’ projects successful must take this into account. As a German manufacturer, we need to be flexible in our production to respond to market challenges – whether it’s increasing demand or winning customers through better delivery capacity – something that has been so important over the past year.

“Made in Germany” stands for high quality, whether in the fast, customer-oriented services we offer or in the innovative products that are fully developed and comply with regulations. In Germany and other countries, we are currently implementing a building trade concept in order to be able to offer our customers even faster availability of our most important products. This concept has already met with great success in some of our subsidiaries abroad.

As an international company with 38 subsidiaries and a turnover rate of around 70% outside of Germany, EJOT complies with all international standards and certifications, but also ensures that uniform standards of management of the quality and the environment and occupational safety are respected at all EJOT sites. worldwide, such as ISO 9001, IATF 16949 and DIN EN ISO 14001.

In addition to focusing on these international standards, EJOT also focuses on sustainability and its carbon footprint. The company aims for climate neutrality by 2035. “As a global company, we take responsibility for our employees, our business partners and future generations. With this goal, we reaffirm our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases in order to protect the environment and advance sustainability in our business, ”explains Dr. Weber. “Our products also help us achieve these goals, because screws are essentially removable products and therefore recyclable. “

EJOT products are also used for fixing systems for renewable energies such as photovoltaics, as well as for fixing components for thermal insulation of buildings. “In terms of the construction industry, the last two years have developed very positively for EJOT,” says Dr Weber. “The pandemic has not had a significant impact on the construction sector in Germany, so 2021 has exceeded our expectations. However, we still face challenges, especially in the supply chain, as well as raw material issues. As a manufacturer of fasteners, we have tried to maintain price stability for our customers, as much as possible, for as long as possible. When that was no longer possible, we announced price increases as soon and as transparently as possible. “

Dr Weber concludes: “We expect healthy growth for the next five years in the construction market, but that is not certain. There are currently too many influencing factors that can drastically change the situation in the market in the short term. Therefore, we must continue to be flexible and reliable – two very important elements for the future. “

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Government encourages construction industry: PM Imran – Pakistan https://ifawpca.org/government-encourages-construction-industry-pm-imran-pakistan/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 06:37:00 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/government-encourages-construction-industry-pm-imran-pakistan/ Published on November 19, 2021 12:07 Government encourages construction industry: PM Imran ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that the government is providing subsidies and pushing the construction industry to help low-income people have their own homes. He was speaking at a ceremony during his visit to the Farash Town […]]]>

Published on November 19, 2021 12:07

Government encourages construction industry: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that the government is providing subsidies and pushing the construction industry to help low-income people have their own homes.

He was speaking at a ceremony during his visit to the Farash Town Apartments project of the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority in Islamabad.

The prime minister said thirty-five billion rupees had been allocated for subsidies for building houses by low-income people.

He said the government will provide a grant of three hundred thousand rupees on each house for the first hundred thousand units.

The Prime Minister said that while 100,000 apartments are under construction, the process will now move forward rapidly as the structure of the system is finalized.

He said the construction industry has been given incentives in different ways, including tax breaks. He said One Window Operation was also launched to facilitate the construction industry.

Regarding Farash Town Apartments, Prime Minister Imran said that out of a total of 4,400 apartments, 2,000 each have been allocated to low-income and middle-income people and four hundred apartments will be provided to slum dwellers.

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Drop in single-family home construction in the United States; construction backlog is skyrocketing https://ifawpca.org/drop-in-single-family-home-construction-in-the-united-states-construction-backlog-is-skyrocketing/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 15:25:00 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/drop-in-single-family-home-construction-in-the-united-states-construction-backlog-is-skyrocketing/ Construction of residential single-family homes by KB Home is shown under construction in the community of Valley Center, California, United States, June 3, 2021. REUTERS / Mike Blake Housing starts drop 0.7% in October Starts of single-family homes are down 3.9%; multi-family up 6.8% Building permits increase by 4.0%; single-family 2.7% gain WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 […]]]>

Construction of residential single-family homes by KB Home is shown under construction in the community of Valley Center, California, United States, June 3, 2021. REUTERS / Mike Blake

  • Housing starts drop 0.7% in October
  • Starts of single-family homes are down 3.9%; multi-family up 6.8%
  • Building permits increase by 4.0%; single-family 2.7% gain

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (Reuters) – Construction of single-family homes in the United States fell in October as the number of homes allowed to build but not yet started hit a 15-year high, underscoring the disruption in the housing market due to to a continuing shortage of materials and labor.

Although Wednesday’s Commerce Department report showed an increase in permits for future housing construction, the rise was concentrated in the volatile multi-family housing segment. It won’t do much to alleviate an acute shortage of homes on the market, which has led to record annual home price gains.

“Residential housing construction activity continues to flounder; no one has figured out how to produce more housing for Americans where housing shortages and inflation persist,” said Christopher Rupkey, chief economist at FWDBONDS in New York.

Single-family housing starts, which account for the largest share of the housing market, fell 3.9%, a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.039 million units last month. Housing starts fell in all four regions.

Residential construction has essentially stalled this year as builders battle shortages and rising commodity prices. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday showed that confidence among builders of single-family homes rose for the third consecutive month in November, but noted that “challenges on the supply side, especially bottlenecks in ‘strangulation of building materials and shortages of lots and labor, remain stubbornly persistent. “

Lumber, which is used for framing, remains expensive and the prices of copper, another essential material in residential construction, are high. In addition, there were approximately 333,000 job vacancies in the construction industry at the end of September.

Material compression could ease during the winter, a generally slow season for homebuilding in the Northeast and Midwest.

Starts of buildings with five or more units rose 6.8% to 470,000 units last month. With the decline in single-family home construction, overall housing starts fell 0.7% to 1.520 million units in October.

Economists polled by Reuters were forecasting a rebound in housing starts to a rate of 1.576 million units.

Housing starts fell from the pace of 1.725 million units recorded in March, which was more than a 14-and-a-half-year high.

Yet housing construction remains supported by a severe shortage of second-hand housing in the market, which has resulted in record increases in house prices.

The backlog of single-family homes approved for construction but not yet started jumped 4.8% to 152,000 last month, the highest since August 2006.

Permits for future housing construction rose 4.0% to a rate of 1.650 million units in October. Single-family home permits rose 2.7% to a rate of 1.069 million units, leaving them just above housing starts.

Permits for buildings with five or more units jumped 6.5% to 528,000 units. Workers returning to offices and schools reopening for in-person learning, thanks to COVID-19 vaccinations, are fueling demand for rental apartments.

Completed homes remained unchanged at a rate of 1.242 million units. Single-family home completions fell 1.7% to 929,000 units.

The stock of single-family dwellings under construction rose 1.4% to 726,000 units last month.

Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Andrea Ricci

Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Veterans support construction of new solar farm in Texas https://ifawpca.org/veterans-support-construction-of-new-solar-farm-in-texas/ https://ifawpca.org/veterans-support-construction-of-new-solar-farm-in-texas/#respond Thu, 11 Nov 2021 09:51:38 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/veterans-support-construction-of-new-solar-farm-in-texas/ A new solar power project in Texas has gone into commercial operation, with military veterans a significant portion of the facility’s construction workforce. Elm Branch’s 163 MW solar farm, operated in part under a power contract between L3Harris Technologies and Lightsource bp, included an apprenticeship program led by McCarthy Building Companies, the project’s EPC contractor, […]]]>

A new solar power project in Texas has gone into commercial operation, with military veterans a significant portion of the facility’s construction workforce.

Elm Branch’s 163 MW solar farm, operated in part under a power contract between L3Harris Technologies and Lightsource bp, included an apprenticeship program led by McCarthy Building Companies, the project’s EPC contractor, and Adaptive Construction Services (ACS). The program has resulted in approximately 50 veterans either directly supporting construction at the site or completing their training.

Construction of the solar park began in January this year and has created around 250 construction jobs.

Watch a video about Project Elm Branch and how U.S. Army veterans were instrumental in building the solar farm in Texas.

“Veterans are a vital part of our business and our nation’s workforce,” said Byron Green, vice president, Global Operations, L3Harris. “This new solar project serves as a model of the benefits that goals shared among multiple organizations can create to support veterans, communities and the environment.”

Members of a program that helps U.S. Army veterans develop careers in the construction industry reflect on their work at the Elm Branch Solar Farm in Texas. Courtesy of Lightsource bp

The companies said on November 10 that the solar power deal between L3Harris and Lightsource bp, for 100 MW of Elm Branch’s output, will help L3Harris meet its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. by 2026.

“In our Elm Branch Texas Solar Project, we have come together with great partners who have a common goal to help advance America’s sustainability,” said Kevin Smith, CEO of the Americas, Lightsource bp . “Together, we have built an infrastructure that will reduce carbon emissions in the electricity sector and promote healthier and more resilient communities. At the same time, we are helping veterans, who have done so much to protect America, with an apprenticeship program that is the start of a lasting career for them in solar construction.

The Elm Branch Solar Farm includes more than 360,000 solar panels on approximately 1,350 acres of land 40 miles south of Dallas.

The Elm Branch Solar Farm in Texas includes more than 360,000 solar panels spread over more than 1,300 acres south of Dallas. Courtesy: McCarthy Building Companies

“Solar power offers great opportunities for veterans and underemployed or unemployed workers to embark on rewarding new careers,” said Scott Canada, senior vice president of McCarthy’s Renewable Energy and Storage group. “Veterans bring incredibly valuable skills and through our accredited apprenticeship training program we are able to train them and pave the way for a long-term career in construction. We have had great success with the program at Elm Branch and are implementing it on other projects across the country.

ACS, a veteran-owned and staffed organization, joined the project to implement its accredited learning program, which is free for participating veterans. The ACE program enables every apprentice to acquire skills through a combination of on-the-job training, mentoring and technical instruction. The program is designed to help Veterans understand and develop the skills and knowledge essential for success in construction projects. It also supports McCarthy’s National Craft Workforce Training Initiative.

“Developing effective partnerships with employers and the public workforce system is critical to the success of any workforce development program,” said Nicolas Morgan, President of ACS. “Apprenticeships at Elm Branch have provided Veterans with the opportunity to acquire the skills to work confidently and contribute to a team, as well as recognized industry credentials that can result in lasting careers. “

Darrell proctor is Senior Associate Editor for POWER (@POWERmagazine).

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Can the construction industry keep the promises of the infrastructure bill? https://ifawpca.org/can-the-construction-industry-keep-the-promises-of-the-infrastructure-bill/ https://ifawpca.org/can-the-construction-industry-keep-the-promises-of-the-infrastructure-bill/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 16:52:12 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/can-the-construction-industry-keep-the-promises-of-the-infrastructure-bill/ The upcoming Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion plan, is great news for roads, bridges, airports, waterways and more. infrastructures in our country which are in desperate need of improvements in security, congestion and connectivity. The bad news is that the construction industry is currently struggling with a widespread labor […]]]>

The upcoming Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion plan, is great news for roads, bridges, airports, waterways and more. infrastructures in our country which are in desperate need of improvements in security, congestion and connectivity.

The bad news is that the construction industry is currently struggling with a widespread labor shortage. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (ACG), 89% of US construction companies struggle to hire workers, resulting in significant delays in projects.

So, with funding potentially on the way, companies that already struggle to do more with less will now have to find a way to do it. even more.

The problem is formidable.

But the good news is that there is a solution; and it’s in the bill itself.

The call for digital technologies

In addition to funding for infrastructure repairs, the IIJA includes $ 100 million over five years to accelerate the deployment of digital building technologies.

This is great news for the construction industry, which has lagged behind the rest of the automated world. For an industry that relies on the continuity of standards, little change tends to occur over extended periods of time.

But finally, all eyes are on construction, and these standards are evolving. Because without digital construction technologies, there is simply no way for the industry to keep up with the influx of upcoming projects.

The question everyone is asking: How can we do this without disrupting our workflows?

The road to automation begins with CMT

Owners of public and private projects have been tasked not only with accelerating infrastructure development, but also with improving public safety. And in construction, public safety begins with the integrity of the building material itself.

So, Building Material Testing (CMT) is a great place to start deploying automation.

An automated CMT solution – which uses both the appropriate software and testing machine hardware – allows project owners to replace manual tasks with automated ones. The result adds transparency to the process, making it easier to ensure that the materials used to build our infrastructure meet expected safety standards.

But it’s not just about the end product. Automated CMT solutions will play a key role in helping businesses sustain the anticipated wave of construction work. Let’s take a look at some of the more critical areas.

Fewer errors and less inefficiency

Of course, the point of automation is to do away with manual tasks. But let’s take a moment to see how automating something as specialized as building material testing can impact a project’s timeline.

Think about each number entered manually on a spreadsheet; each test performed on a manual machine; every sample that needs to be labeled, transported and stored – all manually.

Each of these tasks can be accomplished in seconds or minutes. But after hundreds or even thousands of tests, the time investment becomes more obvious.

What if the process of identifying a specimen was as easy as scanning a barcode? What if you could do a test with the push of a button?

The introduction of automation allows technicians to spend less time on manual CMT processes and more time on tasks worthy of their skill level.

Work smarter, not harder

Testing the cylinders is hard work, which means it is also very manual. For each sample of material tested, a lab technician must extract data about the material, identify the individual sample, run the test, save the results, and send the data to the next stakeholder in the chain.

Considering the number of manual tasks performed, it’s no surprise that mistakes usually fall through the cracks.

Moreover, with the shortage of new employees, current employees are overworked. This has a negative effect in areas such as worker safety, but also accuracy. Overworked employees make more mistakes and are more likely to burn out and quit their jobs, making the labor shortage even more difficult.

Accurate data is reliable data

While automation in the construction industry is still in its infancy, it is not new. Automatic testing machines, which have become popular in recent years, allow laboratories to test with extreme precision. The combination of automatic machines with CMT software allows laboratories to more easily collect and store data without human intervention, eliminating the possibility of samples being mislabelled or tested on the wrong date.

In short, there is simply no room for error.

Better yet, if questions arise about the validity of the results, project owners can be confident that CMT data has been tested, verified, recorded and approved correctly; ensure projects can move forward and meet deadlines.

A way forward

There’s a reason so many other industries have turned to automation. And there’s a reason the infrastructure bill includes a budget for digital building technologies.

Fewer manual tasks. Fewer stressed employees. More precise results.

These qualities not only improve the CMT workflow, but the entire project as well. Automating the CMT workflow is a mandatory step for every construction company struggling with today’s labor shortage, regardless of how long that infrastructure bill lasts.

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Construction industry flying the suicide prevention flag https://ifawpca.org/construction-industry-flying-the-suicide-prevention-flag/ https://ifawpca.org/construction-industry-flying-the-suicide-prevention-flag/#respond Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:37:00 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/construction-industry-flying-the-suicide-prevention-flag/ Monday, November 8, 2021, 1:37 p.m.Press release: MATES in construction 660 flags will fly at 450 construction sites across the country and the Auckland Harbor Bridge will be lit up for our friends this week as the industry rises to support mental health and suicide prevention, said Victoria McArthur, CEO of Mates in Construction. MATES […]]]>

660 flags will fly at 450 construction sites across the country and the Auckland Harbor Bridge will be lit up for our friends this week as the industry rises to support mental health and suicide prevention, said Victoria McArthur, CEO of Mates in Construction.

MATES in Construction is a construction industry-wide suicide prevention charity that takes a worker-led approach to providing on-site training, workshops and support services to increase research and l offer of help among the construction workforce. Some MATES field workers have lived experience in the construction industry and all have a deep understanding of the causes of mental distress.

“Our industry has the highest suicide rate of any industry in New Zealand – we’re six times more likely to lose a friend to suicide than to an accident at work, and our rates suicide rates are twice as high as in other occupations in the industry. In a predominantly male field like ours, there can be a lot of reluctance to talk about mental health.

“This is why we have asked our entire industry to fly the flag this week – to send a strong signal that we put the health and the lives of our colleagues first, that it is okay to talk about health. mental and that help is available if people reach outside. We also recognize and remember all those companions that we have lost through suicide.

“Especially right now, many people are doing things hard in our industry – facing the continued effects and uncertainty of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, facing enormous workloads and challenges. time constraints. Our frontline workforce is very stressed and we have now seen an additional layer of complexity. I’m really worried we might be headed for a perfect storm.

“In one of our recent training sessions, we heard from one of our older workers – he spoke about the difficulties he was facing, wanting to see his moko but unable to do so due to these restrictions, and of the fear that comes with seeing young people during this pandemic We need to continue to be there for each other as we go through this.

“This is why this campaign is important and we are absolutely thrilled with the industry and public response to this campaign – it shows how strong our community is. Fly the Flag brings us together as a collective, helping friends, stronger together.

“There is a mental health crisis in our construction industry, but we can all play our part in creating workplaces and communities where we care for our friends, support those who need help and let’s ask for help ourselves when we need it, ”says Victoria McArthur. .

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