Lendlease to Use Vegetable Oil in Its U.K. Construction Projects

Lendlease, an Australia-based contractor, commits to stop using liquid fossil fuels on its United Kingdom construction spots. It launched a new initiative known as the Alternative Fuels Policy.
It seeks to replace gas with liquid, petrol, and diesel with vegetable oil to power pieces of machinery. The new policy is effective immediately for its latest and existing projects until Jan. 1, 2022.
This scheme is indeed an essential milestone to the company’s goal of total zero-carbon. Presently, the contractor uses about 400,000 liters or 106,000 gallons of diesel every year in the U.K. Completely removing the fuel will cut …

Online Map Showcases Energy-efficient Careers in the Construction Sector

Employment opportunities that promote energy efficiency are among the fastest-growing in the nation. As time goes by, it becomes more important to combat climate change since space and power conditioning for infrastructures accounts for 40% of all energy usage in the entire United States of America.
Fortunately, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) created the Green Buildings Career Map to help showcase careers related to energy efficiency. It is a highly interactive tool …

Contractors Urged to Work with Owners in Reducing Building Emissions

The Associated General Contractors of America or AGC noted that while construction activities are only 1% to 2% of artificial greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the buildings consume nearly 40% of the country’s energy. Thus, the buildings are associated with almost 31% of emissions, as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
AGC thinks that looking for ways to make the construction business more efficient will significantly impact domestic greenhouse …

7 Construction Technology Companies that Created Funding Waves

Technology firms are now creating innovations for the construction industry and have been launching multimillion-dollar fundraising waves.
From heat-sensing technology to drones, the construction business is using technological advancements. Below are the top construction technology companies that generated funding waves:
1. Toggle
Toggle is a company focusing on the automated assembly of reinforced concrete and rebar-reinforced concrete construction…

7 Ways to Hack a Construction Firm

Matt Andersen, the principal cybersecurity consultant at CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), told the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) audience how vulnerable construction firms are to cyberattacks.
He said that approximately 80% of data breaches include compromises in password information. Additionally, increased work-from-home setups during the COVID-19 pandemic helped the upsurge of breaching opportunities. Besides, remote access is now the new normal.
With the rise in the number of users who have remote access, many hackers worldwide have moved from malware to credential stealing. They use VPN technologies and …

Infrastructure Bill Allotted $100M for Construction Technology

An infrastructure bill that allotted $100M for construction technology is on its way to be deliberated upon by the House in the United States of America. It provides enormous opportunities to construction firms in a rising tide raising all boat setup. It is a once-in-a-generation chance to do something transformative in the construction sector.
Moreover, it includes billions of U.S. dollars to fund aging infrastructure, roads, and bridges. It comes with a yearly 20 U.S. million…

The Cost of Building Homes Continues to Soar Due to Government Regulations

Changes in building regulations and statutes over the past decade added the most to the increase in regulatory prices. The upsurge associated with laws was around 6.1% of the final house price and 9.9% of a builder’s construction costs.
U.S. statistics on new home prices show that regulatory costs in an average home built for sale increased from $84,671 to $93,870. It is a 10.9% increase within five years between 2016 to 2021.
It illustrates how overregulation is …

AGC Pleads Biden Administration to Stop Paying Individuals Not To Work

Several states in the United States of America have ceased the weekly $300 federal pandemic unemployment benefits hoping that their unemployed people will now start heading back to work.
The officials of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) pinpointed that firms that stopped the unemployment perks had an upsurge in the number of people searching for employment opportunities. Meanwhile, firms in other parts of the country are struggling to find qualified workers that they can hire. The said federal unemployment benefit will expire on the 6th of September 2021.
However, in Indiana and Maryland, judges just issued …

New Orleans’ Convention Center Authority Pushes New Votes for $557M Contract

Louisiana’s law on open meetings stipulates that meetings by a public body in the state must be in public and within a period that lets the people voice out their comments. All votes must casted viva voce or orally rather than written. Additionally, votes must be recorded in the meeting minutes or another official procedure and made available to the community.
Unfortunately, a letter from the attorney general’s office in New Orleans emphasized that there might have been a violation of the abovementioned law during the open meetings for the $557M convention center contract.
The said project comprises renovations of…