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Stealthy Hose Bibs – 3 Install Tricks You Haven’t Seen Before

I’m installing these High – Tech hose bibs on my house with two inches of exterior insulation and mounting blocks, so my James Hardy siding will connect to the hose bib gracefully. In this video I’ll show you a couple tricks I use to ensure the connections are all are water proof and airtight. Plus

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Smart Home Energy Management

Not everything technology related is a growth market. According to London-based research firm Technavio, the new home energy management systems market indicates negative growth in the short term as the business impact of COVID-19 spreads. In the long term, however, home energy management market size is expected to accelerate at a CAGR of almost 8%

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Good News Among the Bad

While the pandemic left many in positions of financial insecurity, those who maintained employment and income stability have been incentivized to buy houses given the record-low mortgage rates available. In turn, this is increasing buyer demand while for-sale inventory is in short supply. The downside is that the continued rise in home prices increases down

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The Passive House Standard

The city of Minneapolis recently instituted an incentive program to promote the construction of affordable housing to help meet the city’s climate emergency obligations by using the Passive House Standard. The immediate reaction has been, “What is the Passive House Standard?” Passive House is an international building standard and methodology, applicable to buildings of all

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Seeking Advanced Intelligence

I have a confession. I use Microsoft Excel to do my family’s personal budgeting and to track spending. It is partly because when I started tracking spending more than 10 years ago, personal finance apps didn’t really exist. At that time, smartphones were mostly for business and apps were just beginning to flood on to

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Blockchain, AI and Infrastructure

As the world confronts COVID-19 and its economic impact, many projects planned for 2020-2021 have been postponed, slowed, or cancelled. Even so, planning continues and work moves forward where possible. New partnerships are being formed to implement those projects as soon as funding and approvals can be obtained. Blockchain specialist Datarella, in partnership with Fetch.ai, an

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Our Infrastructure: Failure to Act

Our infrastructure is failing. Period. How many times do we have to say, if we fail to act, we will ultimately pay the price? A recent presentation by Tom Smith, executive director, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), punctuates the importance of this topic once again. Of the total economic impact projected in its 20-year

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AI in Construction? Yes!

Artificial intelligence, or otherwise knowns as AI has been a staple of science fiction and futuristic movies—think Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey—and is talked about in advanced planning sessions at thousands of companies today. Advancements in AI, mainly powered by deep learning, have triggered innovations in medicine, manufacturing, transportation, communication, and even construction. But,

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Digital Construction Solutions for Compliance and Safety

We are in an era where jobsite safety is paramount—for a number of reasons. We know the National Safety Council says the number of preventable work deaths increased 2% in 2019, totaling 4,572. We also know construction is the industry with the highest number of preventable fatal work injuries, at 1,003 in 2019. We are

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Monopoly Framing 2.0 – THIS New Framing Product Makes it EASIER

Check out this product from Hunter Panels – https://www.hunterpanels.com/product-over/product-listing/cool-vent On todays video we’re going to show you my next Monopoly framed house with a few new details that make it easier AND less expensive to build a super insulated house! Follow Matt on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/risingerbuild/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/mattrisinger For more great video content check out

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Business and COVID-19

Looking back at 2020 and all the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, one can see the impact on businesses, people, and whole industries from both the disease and the restrictions imposed to contain it. While there were no “winners” in 2020, some segments were less hurt than others. According to research done by Parks Associates,

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Predicting the Future

“The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it” is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Predictions are, obviously, subject to proof at a time in the future when the predicted event happens. Or doesn’t. If the prediction involves loss of life or property, one hopes it is wrong. In industry and

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Adding Apps

Modern construction relies on data as much as on timber and steel. Multiple programs and applications are used to define a project, manage it and then close it efficiently. Even after closing, apps are used by those responsible for the maintenance and management of the property as well as those who appraise and tax it.

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Builders own INSANELY Efficient House!

Flooring from Delta Millworks, this Austin company ships nationwide. Homepage In this episode Matt revisits one of his builder friends homes as a fan request. Jake Bruton is a second generation builder who owns Aarow Building in Columbia Missouri. He built this near passive house and we had to follow up to see it finished.

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Simulation for Architects

In the design phase, buildings are often interpreted in light of previous designs, transferred over and “rebuilt.” However, in reality, not every structural design is appropriate to the environment where it will be built. The actual stresses that the location may produce—wind, climate, earthquake, flood—can negatively impact even the most careful plan. Zaha Hadid Architects

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Connectivity in the Year Ahead

Connectivity has become paramount in the past year, as workers are collaborating from dispersed locations. What will this mean for construction in the year ahead? What connectivity trends will gain traction and take hold in 2021? Let’s take a closer look. Many have been touting the growth of 5G. According to Grand View Research, the

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Moving toward a Better Normal

In my work, I write about a lot of different industries and I have always said the construction industry is one of the most resilient industries. Still, nearly every industry—and every person—has been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but I believe we need to change our perspective for 2021. Did

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What’s NOT Coming—2021 Edition

Beginning of the year? Ah, prediction time! What will 2021 bring? How can we make sense out of the future? Who knows? Maybe the easier route is to make Non-Predictions, or Predictions that won’t come to pass. That is the approach used by ABI Research in their  68 Technology Trends That Will Shape 2021: Predictions

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HVAC At the Real Rebuild – Full System Tour

https://www.mitsubishicomfort.com/ Follow Matt on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/risingerbuild/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/mattrisinger For more great video content check out Matts new site! https://buildshownetwork.com/ Sign-Up for the Newsletter https://buildshownetwork.com/newsletter Build Show Network on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thebuildshow/ Huge thanks to our Show sponsors Polywall, Huber, Dorken Delta, Prosoco, Rockwool & Viewrail for helping to make these videos possible! These are all

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Power Across State Lines

State lines are politically determined and rarely barriers to travel or commerce. In the Western states, geography will determine the best path for businesses to take, not lines on a map. For example, Arizona Public Service, the power company for much of the state of Arizona, has entered into an agreement with Leeward Renewable Energy

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Predicting the Future

“The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it” is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Predictions are, obviously, subject to proof at a time in the future when the predicted event happens. Or doesn’t. If the prediction involves loss of life or property, one hopes it is wrong. In industry and

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Blockchain in Practice

Since the advent of Bitcoin, the term blockchain has not only entered the vocabulary, but the conscience of thousands of technical-minded people around the world. How can the technology be used in non-currency applications? What benefits would accrue? Blockchain, according to IBM, is a shared, secure ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking

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High-Performance Entry DOOR INSTALL: Start to Finish (Real Rebuild)

In this video, sponsored by Jeld-Wen, we are going to be installing their IWP® Aurora® Fiberglass Entry Door that I custom ordered in black with triple glazed windows! This is a gorgeous door. Plus, there’s some really special steps we take to make sure that it’s airtight and waterproof for its lifetime. Follow along to

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Rapid Construction in China

The city of Wuhan, China has been in the news for a seriously negative reason: it was ground zero for the discovery of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But Wuhan has other activities that can be considered positive, at least in the sense of adding value to the construction industry in China. A technology-based company,

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Construction Technology Trends for 2021

Welcome to 2021. Many have been waiting for this day to come. Last year gave way to increased working from home and a greater focus on safety and efficiency. For construction specifically, teams needed to do contract tracing and virtual inspections. We saw the rise of technology to help track project status remotely and collaborate

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Sustainability and Smarts Collide in Construction

What are the top driving forces for smart buildings technologies today? We already know the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) suggests that on average Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, which is probably even higher during a pandemic. Here pollutants are two to five times higher than outdoors. Thus, the questions that linger

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Top Products 2021 – Tensar

Click here to go back to this years list. SpectraPave Online Commercial and ResidentialConcept Product Tensar 2500 Northwinds Parkway, Suite 500 Alpharetta, GA 30009www.tensarcorp.com  The Right Design Newly launched, concept product, SpectraPave Online is a free, cloud-based software for engineers, contractors, and owners to design with geogrid in a variety of applications such as pavement

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Top Products 2021 – McNeilus

Click here to go back to this years list. McNeilus FLEX Controls Commercial and ResidentialTrusted Product McNeilus 524 E. Highway St. Dodge Center, MN 55927www.mcneiluscompanies.com/concrete-mixers/ Control for Concrete Mixers For construction companies looking to continuously innovate, McNeilus offers FLEX Controls for concrete mixer trucks, enabling the least amount of variability in loading, mixing, and delivering

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Top Products 2021 – GCP Applied Technologies

Click here to go back to this years list. Macrosynthetic Fiber Calculator App 2.0 CommercialNew Product GCP Applied Technologies 62 Whittemore Ave. Cambridge, MA 02140www.gcpat.com/en   An App for Better Calculations Launched in January 2020, the GCP Applied Technologies’ Macrosynthetic Fiber Calculator app is a mobile application that calculates dosage rates for use in different

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Top Products 2021 – Explorer Software

Click here to go back to this years list. Explorer Eclipse CommercialTrusted Product Explorer Software 220 – 145 Chadwick Court North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K1www.explorer-software.com Enterprise Solutions A provider of enterprise software solutions, Explorer Software offers Eclipse, which is an integrated job cost, accounting, equipment control, and project-management solution. The premise here is providing realtime

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Top Products 2021 – CoConstruct

Click here to go back to this years list. CoConstruct ResidentialTrusted Product CoConstruct 323 2nd St. SE, Suite 500Charlottesville, VA 22902www.coconstruct.com Driving Data for Custom Cloud-based construction management tool CoConstruct helps homebuilders and remodelers control their businesses through project coordination, client communication, and financial control. Custom homebuilders and remodelers are able to securely read and

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Top Products 2021 – Build Safely LLC

Click here to go back to this years list. eMOD CommercialNew Product Build Safely LLC 393 East Grand Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94080www.emodsafety.com Safety in an Era of COVID-19 COVID-19 has changed the way construction was performed and handled on a daily basis in 2020. To address the safety challenges of the jobsite, Build Safely

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Top Products 2021 – eMOD

Click here to go back to this years list. eMOD CommercialNew Product eMOD 393 East Grand Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94080www.emodsafety.com Safety in an Era of COVID-19 COVID-19 has changed the way construction was performed and handled on a daily basis in 2020. To address the safety challenges, of the jobsite, the team introduced eMOD

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Top Products 2021 – Buildertrend

Click here to go back to this years list. Buildertrend Commercial and ResidentialTrusted Product Buildertrend 11818 I St. Omaha, NE 68137www.buildertrend.com Keeping the Customer Center As an all-in-one system, Buildertrend ties every part of a project into one central location and eliminates the need for multiple systems, which saves construction professionals a considerable amount of

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COVID Relief for Construction

The news at the end of December 2020 was focused on the bills making their way through Congress to provide relief for people, companies, states, and localities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tension mounted as the three sides in the negotiations were at loggerheads over minutiae and deadlines when benefits from the earlier CARES Act

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Off-Road with Electric Power

Most are small…but not all. They look like gasoline- or diesel-powered excavators and wheel loaders but they aren’t. No longer does the term “off-road electric vehicle” necessarily bring up the image of a golf cart. Off-highway equipment, including construction and mining equipment, is being electrified for control of emissions, improved reliability, and better performance. Many

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EVERY NEW Home SHOULD INCLUDE THIS! – Real ReBuild Plumbing

I’m not taking any chances at my house. I’m doing floor drains and overflow pans on every major water device / area in my house. See how I’m doing it on this Build Show. To see more of the Ditra Floor system watch this older video of mine. Follow Matt on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/risingerbuild/ or Twitter

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Add Your Voice

Often, government and non-government agencies involved in setting standard will open their deliberations to public comment and input. For example, the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) will conduct a public comment period on Supplement 2 for ASCE/SEI 7-16: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. The ASCE public comment period

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A New SaaS: SHaaS

They may not have been “born” smart, but they are getting smarter by the day. They are adding technology at a fast clip and learning the way to get things done remotely as well as locally. Of course, “they” are houses and homeowners and renters are filling them with the newest, often connected, devices to

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KC is Number Three!

According to a report from Cushman & Wakefield, the Kansas City region, including both the Missouri and Kansas cities by that name, ranks as Number 3 in the U.S. for industrial construction activity in cities with populations between 1 and 4 million—KC boasts about 2.5 million people—Kansas City outpaces larger markets including Austin, Denver and

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Watch this before doing Brick or Masonry

Sign up for Free Live Webinars, Videos, and Classes -https://buildshownetwork.com/newsletter Follow along behind the scenes at – https://www.instagram.com/thebuildshow Tweets by The_BuildShow https://www.facebook.com/buildshownetwork 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

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Sensors for Surveillance

When unrest and protests populate the evening news, thoughts quickly focus on security for the home. Builders and architects are taking notice and adding security measures to their plans and offering a variety of options that can increase the homeowner’s comfort level. Among the options being offered are cameras and sensors that allow monitoring of

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Getting Bigger by Merging and Acquiring

The economic conditions that have developed in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated government restrictions have results in many smaller companies having a hard time surviving. Their products or services are valuable, but the economy can’t support them at this time. Hence, M&A (merger and acquisition) activity is often

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Finally Some Progress on MY HOUSE – Real Re-Build MEP’s!

Finally we are making progress again at Matt’s House! Mechanicals, Plumbing, Electrical, even Masonry have all begun! Matt’s of course got some top notch products and install methods to show you in the video. Matt has a few call outs about future videos so be sure to comment below on what you’d like to see

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Educating Academia

California has a reputation for incubating innovation among its many colleges and universities. Sometimes, those institutions can benefit from other, third-party innovators. In the case of San Diego State University—one of 23 campuses in the California State University system—working with two outside companies allows SDSU to manage multi-million dollar campus construction projects. San Diego State

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Energy Savings in Army Housing

The Dept. of Defense is a massive organization that provides and maintains facilities around the world for members of the various services. Domestic housing for military personnel and their families is a major part of the DoD’s responsibility toward their members. Indeed, housing is a key component of services offered to military personnel, civilian staff,

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Help for SF Bay Area Renters

People have been hurt in many ways during the pandemic from health and physical issues to financial and income troubles. In areas of the country that were already high-cost-of-living prone, the impact has caused many to lose their homes and businesses. The government tried to help early in the COVID-19 gestation but that help ran

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These REAL Hardwood Floors have a Ridiculously Cool Trick

Can your hardwood floors do this?!? https://floorsbysteller.com/ can pull a center board for a quick repair, or to dry out – if your dishwasher overflowed! VERY impressive product! Follow along with Kim’s YouTube channel to see more on Steller Floors and this remodel – https://www.youtube.com/kimlewis Follow Steller Floors – https://bit.ly/34BSnb3 https://www.instagram.com/stellerfloors/ Follow Matt on Instagram!

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A New Year: Resilience in Construction

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape. Perhaps there has been no greater time in recent history than the present time to have resilience. But, if you have spent any amount of time around Peggy Smedley,

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Sustainability, Water, Infrastructure, and Our Future

Sustainability is going to impact every business in construction—and sustainability and our infrastructure are intrinsically connected. Case in point: water. We know the world needs water and delivering it in a way that is effective, efficient, and safe is critical for economies around the world. Another factor to take into consideration is population boom. As

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