Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector.
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Voters will hear a lot about productivity in the lead up to the budget. The key thing to remember is that it's a very rubbery concept, enormously tricky to measure and highly politicised.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that two-thirds of all industrial disputes in Australia are in construction, and that construction industrial disputes are up since the ABCC closed. Is that right?
Construction workers have a wealth of knowledge from their on-site experience.
Research shows if you involve construction workers in safety videos they're likely to improve safety for everyone.
A slowdown in mining has hit the industrial construction sector hard.
The industrial construction sector will have to cut costs and focus on smaller projects due to a slowdown in mining construction.
The housing crisis has scuppered home ownership dreams for many across the UK, but there is another way to do things.
Here's how scientists are seeking to turn the building blocks of life into the building blocks of ... well, buildings.
It's a dangerous job and sometimes things don't go to plan.
Stark new additions to our urban landscape are usually met with moaning – but it rarely lasts.
It worked for these people in Liverpool.
Housing People, Building Communities
With high prices and long waiting lists for existing houses, building your own home could make more sense.
It’s dirty work… and that’s only the visible dust.
Tiny nanoparticles emitted during building work can enter your lungs and bloodstream.
The government has scrapped the target as part of a ‘bonfire of planning rules’.
A disappointing end for one of the UK's flagship environmental schemes.
Prefabricated buildings don’t have to be dull. The challenge will be to get Australians to embrace them.
Memories of school demountables might cause some people to sneer at prefabricated buildings. But they can be stylish too, not to mention offering a possible way to ease the housing affordability problem.
Separating illegal phoenix activity from legitimate insolvencies is complicated.
Construction companies rise and fall with regularity in Australia - but how much of this activity is designed to avoid creditors?
The skies aren’t all blue.
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Archaeology is protected as part of the planning process but the huge wave of planned house building means this is at risk.
In the complexity of construction sites, ways to boost safety can be overlooked.
Research shows the best safety outcomes come from pre-planning, yet not enough Australian construction firms do this.
The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm.
Berg | C.F. møller Architects
Until recently, tall wooden towers were an engineering impossibility. Following a breakthrough a few years ago, the sky is increasingly the limit.
Beautifully rendered: rammed earth walls don’t typically need decorating.
Rammed earth has been used for centuries, for buildings that have stood the test of time, including China's Great Wall. It's also cheap and environmentally friendly, so why aren't modern architects embracing it?
‘Sorry guv, can’t be done.’
Each of the main parties' pledges on housing are short of what is required. But regardless, they can't be done.
Is this zero-carbon? No one really knows.
Solar panels and efficiency savings are supposed to balance out building emissions by 2016, but the UK is way behind target.
Not child’s play.
British tax rules mean it makes more sense to knock a good house down than make changes which will sharply cut national emissions.