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Is the WELL Building Standard the LEED of Tomorrow?

Plants need air, water, nourishment and daylight. So do humans, who also need fitness, comfort and support for their cognitive and emotional health.

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Advice for Retrofitting an Office Space

When retrofitting an office space, designers focus on three main objectives: increased sustainability, improved ergonomics, and enhanced wellness.

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DIY Tips: How to Choose the Right Wood Glue

A good glue joint is usually stronger than the wood being joined. In other words, it’s more likely the wood will break before the glued joint fails.

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Construction Job Site Precautions for Warm Weather

In spring and summer, issues with working in the cold give way to issues with working in the heat.

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How to Cut Metal in a Tight Spot

The Challenge: You need to cut pipe, re-bar, sheet metal or dimensional steel in an area where there isn’t much room.

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How to Determine a Tree’s Fall Zone

The Challenge: There’s a tree that needs to come down and you need a quick and dirty way to make sure it’s not going to hit a power line, wall or anything else when it falls.

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Laser Tools Can Improve Accuracy and Reliability

Laser tools are advanced technologies that are easy to use for a wide variety of applications on the job site, replacing traditional tools in many instances.

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What to Look for in an Estimator

An estimator is a vital part of any construction team, whether it’s a general contractor or subcontractor.

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For Increased Jobsite Productivity, Create the Right Culture

Construction has struggled for decades to keep pace with the productivity gains seen in other industries. In fact, the global construction sector has actually lost productivity.

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The Multifamily Boom: Who's Moving into Apartments and Why

Apartment developers and owners have enjoyed a robust multifamily market since the housing bubble burst in 2008.

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Using Pull Planning to Shrink Timetables

If you ask Felipe Engineer-Manriquez with McCarthy Building Companies, Lean construction principles can make a good project even better, shaving time off the schedule and thereby improving profitability.

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Proper Ventilation for Trench Work

Trench work  necessitates that contractors and workers operate in an environment that

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From Eyesores to Eye Candy: Transforming Urban Brownfield Sites

Brownfields suffer from reputations that might be described as toxic. These urban landscapes, often abandoned industrial properties, come with environmental concerns and often, blight and crime.

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How to Remove Dust, Fumes, and Contaminants from the Jobsite

Workers in industries such as construction, utilities, and agriculture use processes that can produce dust, particulates, fumes, or chemicals. For example, combustible dust exists as a potential explosive in grain elevator

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Mold and Fungus Prevention: Avoid Moisture Problems as You Build

Mold and fungus are big problems on construction sites. Of course, mossy growth, black splotches and OSB resembling bark mulch are effects, not causes.

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4 Simple Ways You and Your Crew Can Improve Sustainability on a Jobsite

As sustainable construction continues to evolve, many jobsites have started to explore new methods for minimizing water usage, conserving energy, protecting air quality, and decreasing waste.

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Prepare Employees for Daylight Saving Time

The sleep lover’s least favorite day of the year is approaching: Daylight Saving Time (DST).

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What is 5D BIM and How Is it Changing the Way We Approach Projects?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a multi-layer process for designing, planning and spec-ing a project, and for managing and sharing information about it across stakeholders and throughout the project lifecycle.

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Ways to More Accurately Estimate Construction Costs

For both general contractors and subcontractors, any potential new project starts with a cost estimate. Whether it is part of a competitive bid or the jumping off point for a negotiated job, it has to be precise.

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Construction Waste Management

One way to make maximize resources and minimize the cost of construction materials is to dispose of these materials as efficiently as possible — or not at all. Try these tips for starters.

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Latest Ways to Repair Potholes

Everyone hates potholes. Drivers can make dangerous, sudden moves to avoid them. If a street is really loaded with potholes, they slow down traffic.

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Nuts And Bolts: 5 Small Time-Saving Construction Process Tweaks

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't appreciate saving a little time during the workday.

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10 U.S. Cities with the Biggest Infrastructure Budgets for 2017

Future infrastructure spending is anyone’ s guess — if Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan comes to fruition, cranes could be dotting the skylines and dozers lining the roads of countless tow

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Construction Spending Continued its 2016 Climb

U.S. construction spending has been more or less on the rise (with a few dips along the way) for years. And while December data isn’t yet available, it looks like 2016 was a good year for the industry.

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Lean Construction Techniques

Deliver the top quality product your customers expect while saving time, money and effort with lean construction tools and techniques.

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Track Your Tools: Mobile Tool Rooms Prioritize Quality, Efficiency and Security

How much money are you losing every year due to mismanaged tools?

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Modular Construction: The Ultra-Efficient Way of the Future?

Factory-built modular construction is growing in popularity as advancing technology makes it easier to design, move and assemble components.

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Paradigm Shift: Prefab Construction is Faster, Greener and Less Expensive

Prefabricated elements or entire buildings can be produced faster, more safely and for less money, especially when paired with computerized design and planning.