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Tomorrow’s Transportation Is Getting Closer

It looks and sounds like science fiction but it is being developed today. Hyperloop is a system that moves people and goods at speeds over 700 MPH, safely, efficiently, and sustainably. HyperloopTT (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies), a global team of more than 800 engineers, creatives, and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 50 corporate and university

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Exoskeletons: Safety and a Rising Generation of Workers

Amid a pandemic, construction companies are determining how to make jobsites a little bit safer, partly in an effort to attract a more diverse range of workers—and tech companies, manufacturers, and tool companies are coming to market with some interesting solutions. In the past several decades, safety has become a staple on construction projects, but

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What’s Next: Disruption in Construction

Disruption: What is your first thought when you hear this word? Do you cringe? Or think of big opportunities? Too often, leaders in the construction industry shy away from disruption. But the reality is, as Peggy Smedley always says, construction needs positive disruption, and quite frankly if you don’t disrupt, you will be disrupted. Just

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LEEDing the Way

The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) has been a leading proponent of the Green Building Movement since the start. With the COVID-19 pandemic still running rampant in many parts of the country, the coronavirus is expected to reduce GDP by nearly $8 trillion through 2030 putting tremendous strain on local economies, businesses, and people. Conservation,

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Digital Twins Getting Smarter

Digital twins are becoming a standard for architects and building engineers across the construction spectrum. Digital Twins are 3D virtual replicas of physical buildings and infrastructure connected to the data in and around them, and are widely used to optimize their design, construction, and performance over the entire lifecycle. Building information modeling, otherwise known as BIM,

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How to Build a House That Uses 90% Less Energy!

Matt walks us through Passive House, which is a high-performance building standard developed to reduce building-related emissions. These buildings are super insulated (continuous, continuous, continuous!), have little to no thermal bridges, well insulated windows, are airtight, utilize an HRV/ERV, and have minimal conditioning systems. They are not only energy efficient, but crazy comfortable and healthy!

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Fresh from France

Construction is universal. Methods may change from country to country but building—and excavating—is done all over the world. What is developed in one country, however, may not benefit others if it remains a secret. Looking at the methodology used in other nations helps us all. With subway and underground utility tunneling resuming in many parts

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Q&A

Follow Matt on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/risingerbuild/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/mattrisinger Huge thanks to our Show sponsors Polywall, Huber, Dorken Delta, Prosoco, Rockwool & Viewrail for helping to make these videos possible! These are all trusted companies that Matt has worked with for years and trusts their products in the homes he builds. We would highly encourage you

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Q&A

Follow Matt on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/risingerbuild/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/mattrisinger Huge thanks to our Show sponsors Polywall, Huber, Dorken Delta, Prosoco, Rockwool & Viewrail for helping to make these videos possible! These are all trusted companies that Matt has worked with for years and trusts their products in the homes he builds. We would highly encourage you

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Digital Transformation 2020 Style

COVID-19 has disrupted every nation’s economy as countries order people to stay at home, businesses close, hospitals are overwhelmed with emergency patients, and government scramble to offer financial assistance to their citizens. However, the impact of COVID19 has failed to dampen digital transformation plans, with 52% of companies stating they will increase their spending on digital transformation,

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COVID-19’s Impact on Clean Energy

Some historians will say that America was built on steam. From manufacturing plants run on steam generators to paddlewheel boats plying the Mississippi to great smoke belching locomotives steaming across the plains, tying the East to the West, America grew as its infrastructure grew. In the 1950s, Eisenhower started the modern Interstate Highway System, creating

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5 Best Heat Pump Water Heaters – 2020

Rheem –  ProTerra Electric Hybrid (Gen 4) – Spec Sheet – https://bit.ly/308vWZk Price – $2199.99 A.O. Smith – Signature Series – Spec Sheet – https://bit.ly/30UDlL9 Price – https://low.es/3jNyLGV Bradford White – AeroTherm Spec Sheet – https://bit.ly/3hNwj1E Price – https://bit.ly/3f26Gs0 Sandon – SanCO2 Spec Sheet – https://bit.ly/3fbNeZM Price – https://bit.ly/2X59fDE Stiebel Eltron – Accelera Spec Sheet

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What Can Construction Expect in Cities?

The construction of buildings and cities needs to evolve—taking into consideration density and social distancing. Contractors will be tasked with making all these changes—quickly. In fact, I see a boom coming in order to make all these much-needed changes come to fruition. However, before we jump in too quickly, we need to recognize the needs

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IoT to the Rescue of Heavy Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic is a worldwide issue and companies in various industries and nations are responding in different ways. Almost universal, however, is the understanding that bad things can happen and we all must prepare better than last time. One approach, worldwide, is to explore the benefits of new technology or expand on the technology

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What’s Next: Our Buildings

A few years back, I attended NeoCon in Chicago and much of the discussion there was around how design was changing—particularly in offices and schools settings—to facilitate more collaboration. Such is the case in my school district. A multimillion-dollar referendum was passed in March of this year, with one of the big objectives being: reconstruction

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Doubling Down on BIM

Building Information Modeling or BIM for short, has become a staple in AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction), and facility management circles. So much so, the market is predicted to almost double in the next five years. According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, currently $4.5 billion, the BIM market in 2025 is estimated to reach $8.8 billion; that

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Upgrade Your Home for 1k, 5k, or 10k – Matt’s Suggestions

When you’re thinking of what to spend your money on to upgrade your home there’s an overwhelming amount of options out there. Matt breaks down his top list of things he would consider first by price. Links to products mentioned: Honeywell, White TP50WK Energy Star Dehumidifier https://amzn.to/3hvhNLO Aprilaire 2210 Whole House Air Purifier w/MERV 13

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Expanding and Aiding Their Markets

While many companies are slowly reopening, others in the technology segment have been busy all along. Remote work isn’t possible when the job requires hitting a nail on the head but much easier when the end product is a software solution. And many software companies have run remote operations for years, so the current stage

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Technology Helping the Reopening

Businesses are reopening after weeks of lockdown. Stores that have been closed to in-person customers are once more welcoming them in. But will the customers come? Will people take a chance with the coronavirus still running rampant in the country? As the country phases in work across various industries, the state regulatory bodies have issued guidelines, such

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Be Careful Out There!

In the 1980s TV show Hill Street Blues, every episode would have police Sergeant Phil Esterhaus tell his squad, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.” With construction beginning to ramp up at a positive rate, workers are returning and so are the hazards of construction. This is especially true along the highways where traffic is

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Priorities for a Well Built House

If you’re planning on building a new house or renovating your current home what should you prioritize spending your money on? In this episode Matt talks about the importance of separation layers and what constitutes a well built home. A deep dive into what systems help with energy use, comfort, and durability. Be sure to

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Riding the Digital Rails

As we know, population growth, rapid urbanization, and the move to being carbon neutral are driving the advancement of rail and transit. Still, the construction industry has tight budgets, short project deadlines, and a labor shortage. The answer to all of this lies in our digital solutions. All month long over on Connected World, we

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Critical Infrastructure: Water Systems

Recurring concerns about aging infrastructure assets, a graying workforce, challenges from wildfires, floods and drought increasingly are testing the resilience of water systems. All of that lately has been against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic that halted the nation’s economy, leaving tens of millions jobless and testing the financial resilience of many providers.

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What’s Next: Labor

Labor: we need to have a quick conversation about this. If you have been following this blog series, I have been writing about what needs to happen next for the construction industry, focusing on topics such as prefab, sustainability, women in the workforce, the IoT (Internet of Things), and other topics. Naturally, when I was

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Infrastructure Rescue Map

Coming out of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, countries will be seeking way to employ hundreds of thousands of workers who had lost their jobs and won’t be able to return to their former companies because those firms have gone out of business. In addition, structural changes in the way governments deal

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Facility Maintenance Times Seven

There have long been Seven Continents, Seven Seas, and Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now there is a “Seven C Strategy for Cost-Effective Preventative Maintenance.” Created by experts at Western Specialty Contractors, a 105-year-old company focused on masonry, concrete, waterproofing, and facades restoration, the plan’s aim is to help building owners and facility managers

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2020 Constructech 50: Companies that Serve Construction

Tech providers rise to the current challenges of the industry Your construction company has been disrupted. Projects were halted. Workers were furloughed. New safety procedures and processes were required. Companies that recognize this are taking proactive steps to determine what’s next—and how to move forward. Central to this is technology. Digital transformation, AI (artificial intelligence),

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2020 Constructech 50 Complete List

What is the Constructech 50? The Constructech 50 is a listing of the most influential construction technology providers with a strong and ongoing market presence, as determined by Constructech’s editorial team. This is the ranking of the top construction technology companies based on a thorough market analysis that couples a host of areas and examines fiscal performance, technological prowess, industry

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Top 10 DUMBEST Building FAILS

In this Build Show, Matt is walking some job sites to look for Common (And VERY Dumb) building mistakes. These Fails lead to Mold, Rot, Bug infestations, Energy Loss, and a host of other bad things. Watch and learn from Master Builder Matt Risinger as he shares from his 25 years of Building knowledge. I

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Virtual Big Rooms

I’ve written about Big Rooms (Obeya Spaces) and their important role in design and construction projects in past articles. Big rooms are invaluable for creating shared knowledge spaces, facilitating team decision-making, and enabling all stakeholders share in understanding the problems and continue focusing on project goals. BIM (building information modeling) enabled the idea of big

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Infrastructure, Healthcare, and Transportation

Keeping workers safe, whether from injury or illness like COVID-19, will always be foremost in any company’s agenda. Applying technology will often aid management’s efforts in safety and using the artificial intelligence capabilities of some technology can improve the efforts. As the pandemic ebbs and flows, healthcare facilities are strained, new hospital projects are being

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Electrifying Transportation

More than 70% of all goods used in our daily lives—from food to manufactured products—are transported by trucks. As the demand for goods continues to increase, cities are facing an increase in congestion, noise, and air pollution. Among the projects being proposed and implemented to attack these problems is increasing the electrification of transportation. By

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Remodeling and COVID-19

Many projects were slowed or postponed when the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. Buildings were left partially completed, jobsites closed, and trades told to stay at home. But as the states begin to restore selected business operations on a limited basis, contractors hope to see delayed projects restarted. Surveys done before

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How to Install Super SMOOTH Pocket Doors!

Check out Cavity Sliders here: https://bit.ly/2CvS9r2 Today’s Video sponsored by the Silky Smooth hardware from Cavity Slider… Most people have had a terrible experience with pocket doors in their life. In the build show today we are going to compare a “standard” door to a “bomber” one. Also, going to show you the install start

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21st Century Trucks

Construction uses many types of trucks: heavy and light; over the road and off road; to the job and on the job; diesel, gasoline, and CNG powered. In the very near future, those power options will be joined by electric motors and hydrogen fuel cells. The new breed of trucks will be based on advanced

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Email: Is It Safe?

There are a number of file-sharing systems on the market, and yet, the majority of people still turn to email to share their files. But is it safe? One new report says, not so much. Research from NordLocker shows people mostly use email to share their files, with 58% of people using it in the

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Smart Campus

We regularly read about smart homes and smart cities, now comes the smart campus. The University of Notre Dame has contracted with Schneider Electric and its systems integrator Havel to implement a building management system, EcoStruxure Building, across more than 95 buildings on the UND campus. Havel has worked with the University of Notre Dame

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What’s Next: AI

In the past several weeks I have penned a blog series on what needs to happen next for construction. I have dug into process-driven topics such as prefab and much-needed society-driven changes required as it relates to sustainability and women in the workforce. I have even tackled tech-focused areas such as the IoT (Internet of

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Old Company, New Company

Rebuilding the decaying infrastructure should be a priority for government as we start to return to “the new normal” after so much of the country has been in lockdown. Companies with strong ties to infrastructure construction are preparing for the hopeful near future. One of these is 36-year old Bentley Systems, a global provider of

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Double vs Triple Pane Windows

Get help with your project from Jeldwen – https://bit.ly/36frucT Also go follow along with them on IG – https://www.instagram.com/jeldwenusa/ Free Exclusive Pro – Pro Building Content- https://www.buildshownetwork.com Follow Matt on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/risingerbuild/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/mattrisinger Huge thanks to our Show sponsors Polywall, Huber, Dorken Delta, Prosoco, & Viewrail for helping to make these videos possible!

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Getting the Word Out

“Getting the word out,” the act of communications, sound like a reasonable approach to many issues. In times of emergency, not knowing what is happening and what must be done can mean illness, injury or even death. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many businesses to recognize employee communications as a weak spot that needs to

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Confidence in the Economy

The confidence executives have in the economic future has, naturally, taken a hit from the stay-at-home and lockdown rules following the coronavirus pandemic’s surge in March. Many segments of the market have been surveyed over the past few months to see how companies envision the near future, the confidence they have in the overall economy,

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GCP Applied Technologies Announces $125 Million Sale of Cambridge, Massachusetts Headquarters

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, GCP Applied Technologies, a leading construction products technology company, announced the $125 million sale of its Alewife Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts corporate headquarters to IQHQ. Newmark Knight Frank’s Boston Capital Markets Group represented GCP in the transaction. The agreement was finalized on July 2, 2020 with closing expected to take place

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Employment in the COVID-19 Era

Unsurprisingly, employment in construction, like every other industry, has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. With millions of Americans signing onto the unemployment roll each week since March’s lockdown orders, good news has been slow in coming. Overall employment, while creeping up, is far from the level pre-pandemic. For example, the latest Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business

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Matt Risinger Reads Mean Comments

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Where Does ‘Smart’ Come From?

We use the term “smart” to describe many facets of modern homes. Often, it is a building that is computer controlled or monitored. Heat, air conditioning, appliances, perhaps security are all interconnected via the IoT (Internet of Things) network. Individual homes and complete neighborhoods can be remodeled or developed as smart. For example, Alabama Power has

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What’s Next: Women, Unite

I am in the middle of a blog series on what needs to happen next to propel the construction industry forward, amid a pandemic and economic turmoil. Naturally, some of the first topics I tackled were heavily tech-focused such as the IoT (Internet of Things) or process-driven such as prefab. However, I think it is

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Wind Generated Power

Sustainability requires careful planning as well as innovative design that encourages long-term viability. Construction of the end-product to the highest standards will convert theory into practice. The wind turbine is an example of the combination of design and construction bringing affordable and environmentally sustainable efforts to market. New reports from Navigant Research and Frost &

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Healthier Buildings

Would healthier buildings have slowed or even stopped the growth of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? We may never know the answer to that question, but we can begin to plan for the next virus or next wave of the current one. As lockdown and stay-at-home orders begin to lift, TCS (The Code Solution), a Los

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Concrete Slab – Post-Tension Foundation Review

Matt gives you a tour of this post-tension concrete slab foundation. He will get into the processes to build it, the benefits of using it, and a few of the things you might want to consider before choosing this foundation type for your next build. Check out these other concrete foundation videos if you want

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Price, Bid, Win

Construction companies hard hit by the COVID-19 economic slowdown depend on winning contracts with sustainable and profitable pricing. Losing money is all too easy when prices fluctuate dramatically and your bids can’t keep up. Software companies are working hard to adjust their products to keep pace with market changes to give contractors an edge. InEight,

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