Overuse of sand for construction and industry is harming the environment and fueling violence around the world. Scientists explain why we need international rules to regulate sand mining and use.
Cement has a huge greenhouse footprint, largely because the chemical process by which it is made releases carbon dioxide. But there are several different ways for cement to green up its act.
The threat of a loss of jobs in the the industries that support construction reveals the problem in relying on building to sustain the economy.
Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
About 84% of cranes in Australia are used on residential sites, with commercial projects making up 5% of crane activity. Health, education, infrastructure and recreation projects make up the rest.
Migrants keep going back to the vilified go-betweens that can get them construction jobs or domestic work.
There is a way to get homes where we need them, and it's about making the most of what we've already got.
A primary focus on prosecuting those who have committed illegal phoenix activities has not been successful.
There will be huge environmental impact if we keep using raw materials as we did in the 20th century.
A major shift to an industrial relations model that benefits all parties will only happen with the utmost co-operation of Australian workers, unions and – most crucially – employers.
Ecologically sound housing needs to be built on a much larger scale.
A group of experts dissect what the re-introduction of the ABCC means for the construction industry and its workers.
Construction slumps to its lowest level since 2010, and the US Fed remains divided on its next interest rate hike.
A scenario analysis of the construction industry in 2036 paints an interesting picture for workers.
Bacteria can produce their own 'buildings' so scientists are genetically engineering them to build ours.
In response to disasters like Superstorm Sandy, engineers are developing new building codes and tools to calculate the value of upgrades. National policy should encourage builders to use these tools.
A drop in migration from the EU would ease demand for housing, but also reduce the availability of those legendary Polish house builders, who will be hard to replace with local labour.
Brexit worries have shaken the professional end of the sector, but Britain's troubles have run far deeper for far longer.
Reinforced concrete is everywhere. But unlike plain concrete, which can last for centuries, reinforced concrete can deteriorate in decades as the reinforcing bars succumb to rust.
We need to move away from thinking about the skyscraper as an “icon”. Instead, we should be asking how the tall building – which will always “stand out” – can also “fit in” to cities.