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Hivot Weekly round-up 04/22/2022

Bringing you this week's must-reads for construction and industrial trades workers. 

Connected Technology: The Key to Unlocking a More Climate-Conscious Construction Industry

 

While the construction industry is responsible for incredible feats of engineering, and for building the places where we live, work, learn, play—and the infrastructure that powers and brings these places to life—its impact on the environment is undeniable. The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world, with buildings accounting for nearly 40% of annual global carbon emissions. According to the World Green Building Council, construction materials specifically account for approximately 11% of global carbon emissions. And according to a report from Transparency Market Research, the volume of solid construction waste generated worldwide every year clocks in around 1.3 billion tons...

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Stadium Innovation: The Benefits of Modular Construction

When approaching the stadium from the outside, the initial impulse is to be confused. While the outside of many of the world’s newest stadiums look more akin to the Death Star than anything else, Stadium 974 is no such stadium.

Qatar’s seventh stadium is unique for many reasons, primarily the fact that it is, quite literally, made from shipping containers.

The name 974 stems from the fact that the stadium consists of 974 certified shipping containers arranged in a modular fashion. From an outside perspective, there is a unique beauty to seeing a bunch of shipping containers stacked on top of one another — a perfect mix of backyard project and engineering masterpiece...

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U.S. single-family starts tumble; construction backlog at record high

U.S. single-family homebuilding and permits tumbled in March as soaring mortgage rates increased costs, but residential construction remains underpinned by a severe shortage of houses.

The report from the Commerce Department on Tuesday also showed a record backlog of homes approved for construction, but yet to be started. It followed on the heels of news on Monday that sentiment among single-family homebuilders dropped to a seven-month low in April.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate has risen to 5% for the first time in over a decade as the Federal Reserve hikes borrowing costs to quell sky-high inflation...

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The Advantages of Metal as a Sustainable Building Material

Taking on a sustainable building project brings its own set of objectives and challenges for builders. From meeting green building requirements to minimizing waste and designing a structure that conserves energy, there are many factors to consider. To help reach these goals, today’s builders are turning to metal as a building material for its many sustainability benefits. 

For one, the recyclability of metal building materials makes them a sustainable option. Christian Zimprich, Marketing Manager for Coil Coatings at Sherwin-Williams, said not only is the recyclability of metal advantageous for the environment, but it also offers cost savings...

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Biden restores climate safeguards in key environmental law, reversing Trump

The White House on Tuesday announced it has restored key protections to a landmark environmental law governing the construction of pipelines, highways and other projects that President Donald Trump had swept away as part of an effort to cut red tape.

The new rule will require federal agencies to scrutinize the climate impacts of major infrastructure projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a 1970 law that required the government to assess the environmental consequences of federal actions, such as approving the construction of oil and gas pipelines...

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