Cold Weather Construction

Across North America, cargo shorts, Capri pants and flip-flops are relegated to the back of the closet, with parkas, sweaters and boots taking their place. And just as we winterize our bodies and our cars with warm clothes and snow tires, we do much the same to our houses in preparation for the cold months ahead, from cleaning out gutters to sealing cracks around windows and doors, wrapping pipes with insulation, replacing the furnace filter, draining water from the outside faucet and – if there is a fireplace or woodstove – stocking up on firewood. And those who fail to prepare often pay the price with drafts and high heating costs or, even worse, mould, moisture damage or frozen pipes.

Building for the Winter Ahead

Measure Twice, Cut Once

While all of us are familiar with the old saying ‘you get what you pay for,’ when it comes to construction projects, the words of legendary American business magnate and philanthropist Warren Buffett ring especially true: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

The Risk of Lowball Bids

Building Consensus is Building Success

Sustainability has become a new standard for construction projects and the best way to achieve sustainable project goals is to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and manage the interests of various stakeholders through a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to achieve the desired project outcomes.

Stakeholder Engagement in Construction

Workers Wanted

Throughout North America, the impact of the skilled labour shortage in the construction industry has continued to plague the sector since the Great Recession in the mid-2000s, when approximately 2 million construction workers were laid off.

Rebuilding the Construction Industry’s Labour Force

Working Smarter

In North America and around the world, the construction industry uses tremendous amounts of materials and has for years been one of the biggest generators of waste material. In fact, some estimates state building materials account for half of all solid waste generated worldwide…

Construction Demolition, Re-Use and Recycling

The Old and the New… and the New Again

Architecture is among the most prevalent and public of all artistic disciplines. By simply walking through a neighbourhood, an array of architectural styles can often be seen, and yet the artistry and historical significance of these designs often falls on blind eyes.

North American Architecture

A Quality Name in Tarring Services

Len Riegler Blacktop is a case study in hard work, dedication and quality relationships. A closer look at the firm proves that there is still room in the market for small businesses with the right outlook to expand and take on the big ones.

Len Riegler Blacktop

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

Living Life Smarter, not Harder

Safety Culture

Since the nineteenth century, trade unions and professional organizations have played an influential role in establishing standards and laws that protect and improve the well-being of workers around the world. Workplace safety and well-being initiatives have come a long way, but there is still a great deal of work to be done.

Promoting Superior Performance through Wellbeing

Sprawling Cities

Urban sprawl can be a good indicator of growth and development but requires foresight. As cities continue to swell outwards, it is important to understand what causes this phenomenon and what its implications are.

The Upward and Outward Debate

Cold Weather Construction

Across North America, cargo shorts, Capri pants and flip-flops are relegated to the back of the closet, with parkas, sweaters and boots taking their place. And just as we winterize our bodies and our cars with warm clothes and snow tires, we do much the same to our houses in preparation for the cold months ahead, from cleaning out gutters to sealing cracks around windows and doors, wrapping pipes with insulation, replacing the furnace filter, draining water from the outside faucet and – if there is a fireplace or woodstove – stocking up on firewood. And those who fail to prepare often pay the price with drafts and high heating costs or, even worse, mould, moisture damage or frozen pipes.

January 22, 2018, 8:54 PM EST