The 2018 Building Energy Code Promises Moderate, Not Drastic, Change

Every three years, The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is updated. This update happens through a process involving code officials, builders, efficiency advocates, and other relevant stakeholders. Proposals are presented and then reviewed by this diverse constituency. Once approved, the code then falls under the jurisdiction of state and local officials to adopt and enforce.… Read More

Energy Sector Accounts for 31% of Construction Jobs

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that more than two million 2016 construction jobs were dedicated to energy-related projects. With efficiency continuing to influence construction, it is no coincidence that the energy sector saw 31% of the construction workforce dedicated to it. Here is a video of a panel discussion at Columbia University on the… Read More

General Construction Forecast: 2017

Continued Economic Recovery with Help From Millenials and High Profile Professions ConstructConnect’s report on where the Construction Industry is headed in 2017 is wide-reaching and insightful. In this post, we introduce facets of the report that pertain to the categories of construction we serve. For the full article, please click the link below. “Residential Construction… Read More

Construction Jobs Still Outnumber Applicants

Per the National Association of Homebuilders*, 200,000 unfilled construction jobs exist within the United States. This number is the result of several factors: The housing market crash (this forced skilled workers to find new trades/retrain) Volatility of employment (construction remains a high turnover industry) Younger generations not choosing to work in the trades (public education… Read More

Abused Wife, Mother of Four, Escapes Abuse and Builds Own House Using YouTube Videos

“Once I had bought all these supplies and they were all piled up, there was no way out,” Brookins explains. “There wasn’t enough money to pay anyone to put them together. There was no plan B.” – Cara Brookins An amazing and heartwarming story out of Arkansas. Mother of four, Cara Brookins, was the victim… Read More