May 17th 2019
Protecting Mental Health in Construction
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an opportunity for all of us to show solidarity with our colleagues, friends and family who may be struggling with mental health problems, and to consider ways we can help them.
Of course, this is not something we should do just once a year. Supporting the mental health of those close to us, whether at work or at home, is a constant responsibility and one that our industry, increasingly, takes very seriously. More than 400 workers in the housebuilding and construction industry take their lives each year, a tragic statistic that we are determined to reduce.
This is an incredibly important topic that needs to be addressed. For more on this, head over to Property Week.
Four Construction Industry Trends Gaining Traction in 2019
As with any sector, keeping on top of emerging trends and innovative ideas to aid the future of the industry is an important variable that should regularly be considered and adjusted year on year. With so many changes to supply routes, technology and national politics affecting the construction industry in 2018, companies need to stay up to date with the latest and greatest trends if they want to remain competitive
This post by bathroom specialists, Jaquar, will explore the top established construction trends of last year that are continuing to gain traction and influence the construction industry in 2019.
To find out more about these industry trends, head over to PBC Today.
World’s Tallest Hybrid Wood Tower by Perkins & Will is Soon to Rise Above Vancouver
Architecture firm Perkins & Will presents ‘Canada’s Earth Tower’ — a 340,000 square foot mixed-use development that will feature the world’s tallest hybrid wood tower. Standing 35-40 stories above the Vancouver cityscape, the visionary proposal will advance a comprehensive set of environmental goals in an unprecedented way.
In collaboration with private developer delta group, the project will demonstrate a feasible shift toward dramatically higher environmental standards. A comprehensive material strategy, namely the use of heavy timber as the primary building structure, will ensure that ‘Canada’s Earth Tower’ will be among the healthiest places to live and work.
For more on the tallest wooden building, head over to Design Boom.
Cement Giant Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete by 2050
In a first for the sector, the world’s fourth largest maker said it would cut emissions in line with Paris climate goals.
The world’s fourth largest cement company pledged on Monday to bring its emission reduction targets in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, in a first for the industry.
HeidelbergCement, which employs some 58,000 people in 60 countries, committed to slash direct emissions by 15 per cent per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels.
The construction behemoth also committed to cut indirect emissions, for example from its electricity supply, by 65 per cent a tonne within the same time-frame.
This is a step in the right direction for concrete. Take a look at the full article over at Business Green.