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Construction is central to much of our modern world. Read on for information about innovation in building designs, recent construction statistics, technological advances, and much more about this ever-evolving field.

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4-Step Guide to Backfilling Trenches and Foundations

4-Step Guide to Backfilling Trenches and Foundations

Backfilling a trench or foundation can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. Here’s a guide to help you pick your method, material and equipment.

85 Common Construction Terms Defined

85 Common Construction Terms Defined

What Is Dewatering? 4 Methods for Your Construction Site

What Is Dewatering? 4 Methods for Your Construction Site

What is Asphalt Milling and When Should You Use It?

What is Asphalt Milling and When Should You Use It?

Asphalt Resurfacing in 7 Easy Steps

Asphalt Resurfacing in 7 Easy Steps

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5 Building Construction Types: Fire Resistance Ratings

5 Building Construction Types: Fire Resistance Ratings

Learn more about the rating system for buildings that determines how fire-resistant a structure is.
5 Building Construction Types: Fire Resistance Ratings

What Is Trenching?

What Is Trenching?

All trenches are excavations, but not all excavations are trenches. Read on to learn about what trenching is and how it’s used in construction.
What Is Trenching?

The Construction Risk Management Guide

The Construction Risk Management Guide

Our construction risk management guide details the steps you’ll need to take to control hazards in your projects.
The Construction Risk Management Guide

How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed

How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed

Earthquakes cause billions in damages and thousands of deaths a year. Here are the materials and technology used to design earthquake-proof buildings.
How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed

Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process

Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process

Learn more about how modular buildings can help reduce waste and emissions in the construction industry.
Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process

How To Construct and Prepare Buildings in Wildfire Zones

How To Construct and Prepare Buildings in Wildfire Zones

If you’re building in a fire zone, it’s important to take precautions. We’ll explain fire-resistant materials to use and how to create a defensible space.
How To Construct and Prepare Buildings in Wildfire Zones

The State of Mental Health in the Construction Industry

The State of Mental Health in the Construction Industry

With suicide rates continuing to increase, more companies need to make an effort to increase awareness and decrease the stigma around mental health in the construction industry.
The State of Mental Health in the Construction Industry

How Are Bridges Built? A Visual Guide

How Are Bridges Built? A Visual Guide

How are bridges built to transport people and vehicles on an everyday basis? Special engineering techniques and steps are required to design a functional bridge – here's how they are constructed.
How Are Bridges Built? A Visual Guide

Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Reduce Runoff

Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Reduce Runoff

Stormwater best management practices, called BMPs, are useful for reducing the spread of pollutants caused by stormwater runoff. This runoff poses a threat to the environment because it can collect pollutants from impervious surfaces, such as city streets and parking lots, and flow into nearby waterways.
Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Reduce Runoff

Plaster vs. Drywall: Dissecting the Differences

Plaster vs. Drywall: Dissecting the Differences

Plaster and drywall are the most popular options when choosing an interior wall finish. They’re commonly found in both residential and commercial buildings, and they each have distinct features that set them apart.
Plaster vs. Drywall: Dissecting the Differences

12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2022

12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2022

If you’re looking to start a career in construction, you’ll appreciate our round-up of 12 of the best cities for construction jobs in 2021.
12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2022

Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2022

Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2022

Although they make up only 10% of the construction workforce, women are steadily rising through the ranks and becoming leaders in the industry. Learn about the current state of women in construction and the women who are breaking glass ceilings.
Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2022

How to Create a Mold-Resistant Home

How to Create a Mold-Resistant Home

Different kinds of mold can create different kinds of health hazards, which is why it’s important to keep your buildings mold-free. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can do so, ranging from moisture control to the kind of materials you employ in construction and maintenance projects.
How to Create a Mold-Resistant Home

Retainage 101: What Contractors Must Know

Retainage 101: What Contractors Must Know

The construction industry is full of specialized guidelines and procedures. Everything from determining milestones to transferring funds must be defined in a construction contract. Contracts provide the fundamental legal and financial framework of a project. In most projects, this framework governs the speed of completion. Retainage is one of the terms that can determine how and when a project is completed.
Retainage 101: What Contractors Must Know

20 Essential Construction Podcasts to Listen to in 2022

20 Essential Construction Podcasts to Listen to in 2022

Whether you’re looking for a basic introduction to the industry or need something new to tune into on the job site, our list of the best construction podcasts for 2022 is a great place to find new content. The following podcasts feature working professionals and industry experts to help listeners navigate the latest challenges, technological advancements and opportunities the construction industry has to offer.
20 Essential Construction Podcasts to Listen to in 2022

Top 10 Construction Industry Trends To Watch For In 2022

Top 10 Construction Industry Trends To Watch For In 2022

As the industry evolves, it's important to stay ahead. We cover eleven important construction industry trends to help your business stay competitive in 2022.
Top 10 Construction Industry Trends To Watch For In 2022

25 Must-Read Construction Books for 2022

25 Must-Read Construction Books for 2022

Top-rated authors in the industry cover everything from basic construction fundamentals to position-specific tools and resources. To help you find the right construction book for you, we’ve broken down our list of favorites into six categories based on industry, experience level and job type.
25 Must-Read Construction Books for 2022

13 Groundbreaking Futuristic Buildings

13 Groundbreaking Futuristic Buildings

As cities continue to search for new ways to expand urban landscapes with sustainability in mind, there are some already in development today. You might be surprised to learn that some of the most futuristic buildings are already underway.
13 Groundbreaking Futuristic Buildings

Mass Timber: Is Wood the Future of Sustainable Construction?

Mass Timber: Is Wood the Future of Sustainable Construction?

Buildings made entirely from wood are a rare find in modern cities, but engineers and environmental advocates are looking to change that with mass timber, a modern framing system that has transformed what we know about wooden buildings.
Mass Timber: Is Wood the Future of Sustainable Construction?

Substantial Completion: What Owners & Contractors Should Know

Substantial Completion: What Owners & Contractors Should Know

Substantial completion is a contractual obligation that refers to the point at which a building or structure is suitable to be used.
Substantial Completion: What Owners & Contractors Should Know

Proctor Compaction Test: Procedure & Tools

Proctor Compaction Test: Procedure & Tools

The Proctor test measures soil compaction to determine the point at which soils can most efficiently be compacted using construction equipment, based on their optimal moisture content and maximum dry weight.
Proctor Compaction Test: Procedure & Tools

How to Design Bird-Safe Buildings

How to Design Bird-Safe Buildings

There are a number of ways to address the problem, from screens to etched or fritted windows to minimizing lighting that can distract and confuse migrating birds. These are just a couple of characteristics of some bird-safe buildings, but the true definition is more detailed than that. So, before we go any further, it would behoove us to define exactly what a bird-safe, or bird-friendly building is.
How to Design Bird-Safe Buildings

Architectural Acoustics: The Art of Sound Design

Architectural Acoustics: The Art of Sound Design

When you think of acoustics, you probably think of concert halls. But musicians aren’t the only ones who benefit from good acoustics. Architectural acoustics are essential in ensuring sounds are transmitted clearly and effectively. They matter when it comes to keeping things quiet in places like libraries or museums, or in making sure loud noises aren’t too loud, in places like casinos.
Architectural Acoustics: The Art of Sound Design

Types of Concrete Blocks Used in Construction

Types of Concrete Blocks Used in Construction

There are two primary concrete block categories: hollow and solid. Both of these concrete block types are typically used during the construction of walls, but can be used for other purposes as well.
Types of Concrete Blocks Used in Construction

Contractor vs. Subcontractor: What Are The Key Differences?

Contractor vs. Subcontractor: What Are The Key Differences?

Business owners might choose to hire general contractors, independent contractors, and subcontractors for a variety of different construction projects. However, deciding which type of contractor is the best fit for a project requires understanding the key differences between each type.
Contractor vs. Subcontractor: What Are The Key Differences?
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