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It’s not just workers on building sites that will feel the pinch of the construction downturn. David Maiuz/AAP

The hollow promise of construction-led jobs and growth

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.
Despite public perception, figures indicate that white collar workers are more likely to be a member of a union than people working in traditionally blue collar professions. Shutterstock

Three charts on: the changing face of Australian union members

Union membership continues to fall, particularly within industries that traditionally claim a strong union heritage.
Illustration of pressure sensing bacteria in soils from the ‘Computational Colloids Project’. Carolina Ramirez-Figuroa, Luis Hernan and Martyn Dade-Robertson

The cities of the future could be built by microbes

Bacteria can produce their own 'buildings' so scientists are genetically engineering them to build ours.
FEMA photograph by John Fleck taken in Mississippi. Wikimedia Commons

Build disaster-proof homes before storms strike, not afterward

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.
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What does Brexit mean for UK housing?

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.
The cracks are starting to show. Dean McCartney

The problem with reinforced concrete

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.
Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Budget explainer: the problem with measuring productivity

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.

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