Trailer Parking Improvement

Industry awaits next move on proposed legislation to improve truck parking in the US

Everyone in the trucking industry wants more parking. Even though strides are being made to build new sites for drivers to shut down and rest, there’s still a long way to go to remedy the shortage. Proposed legislation has given hope to many in the industry. Known officially as HR2367, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act would provide $755 million over three years to expand truck parking capacity. Right now, the act’s fate is unknown. David Heller, senior vice […]

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Commercial Contractor and compliance

Navigating Contractor Compliance: Mitigating Risks for Organisations

Contractor compliance is a vital process that ensures contractors adhere to an organisation’s requirements. In essence, it is an integral component of contractor management, focusing on evaluating the extent to which a specific contractor fulfills their duties in alignment with the terms of an agreed contract. From initial onboarding to exit procedures, on-site inspections to tax obligations, there are numerous factors involved in establishing an effective contractor risk mitigation program for any organisation. For any entity engaging […]

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parking improvement services

Enhancing Parking Facilities

Privately owned commercial construction companies are increasingly taking the lead in offering parking improvement services to meet the growing demands of businesses, commercial properties, and public spaces. In this article, we will explore the comprehensive process these companies undertake to transform parking facilities. From engineering and permitting to construction, these firms play a crucial role in enhancing parking areas, making them safer, more efficient, and aesthetically pleasing. Engineering and Planning The first step in the process of […]

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Contractor Compliance

The Importance of Managing Contractor Compliance

Introduction In the realm of building ownership and facility management, the management of contractor compliance takes center stage as a pivotal factor in upholding a secure and efficient work environment. Non-compliant contractors, it follows, pose not only potential liabilities but also introduce substantial financial risks into the equation. This essay embarks on a comprehensive exploration of the significance of contractor compliance, and, in particular, the utility of advanced software in this context. Safety Training and Incidents At […]

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Emerging Trends

Emerging Developments in the Construction Sector

Presented by TOPS Marketing Over the past few years, the construction industry has undergone substantial changes due to factors like material and labor shortages, the rise of new technologies, transportation delays, and more. Despite facing these challenges, the sector is projected to reach a value of $14.4 trillion by 2030, indicating its resilience and potential for growth. Companies can capitalize on these emerging trends in the construction industry to navigate the evolving market landscape and stand out […]

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Then and now: The evolution of construction safety

How safety in the industry has changed over the decades Sean Scott, current chair of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations, speaks with COS senior journalist, Shane Mercer, about safety in the industry and how it has changed over the past several decades. The episode is the first part of a Canadian Occupational Safety series to mark 60 years of publication. Source:

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This year the Earth will surpass the 8 billion person mark. This is a great visualization to see how the population is distributed by country. Source:

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Outdoor Retailer Patagonia Tests Solar Windows

The clothing seller tries out green energy that works via transparent cells Source: Wall Street Journal. At Patagonia Inc.’s California headquarters, some windows double as power generators. The outdoor-clothing retailer is one of the first companies to test solar-panel windows, a new and largely unproven technology that proponents hope will become a crucial source of electricity for homes and commercial buildings. The windows look much like normal windows, but include a layer of transparent photovoltaic cells between panes of […]

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Concrete Limestone

Biogenic limestone from microalgae

In a world-first, scientists create eco-friendly cement from algaeThe era of sustainable construction has arrived. Every year about two gigatons (2,000,000,000,000 Kg) of CO2  is released into our environment due to the production and usage of cement. According to a report from the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA), cement ranks thirdamong the top ten biggest sources of industrial pollution. Surprisingly, a team of researchers claims that we can put a full stop to this cement-driven carbon emission overnight […]

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Light ray

A Visual History of Light

This is a quick visual history of human-created light sources over the past ~400,000 years, from wood fires to candles to the electric light. In 3,000 BCE, the “rushlight” candle was invented in Ancient Egypt. It is made of a pithy stalk of rush soaked in animal fat. In 1500 BCE, Babylonian/Assyrian lamps were created from olive or sesame oil. They had a linen wick and were fashioned from stone, terracotta, metal or shells. In 100 CE, […]

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EV Charging Cables Market – A new Research Study

Report:EV Charging Cables Market by Power Supply (AC and DC), Application (Private Charging and Public Charging), Length (2-5 Meters, 6-10 Meters, and >10 Meters), Shape (Straight and Coiled), Mode, Charging Level, Diameter and Region – Global Forecast to 2027 The global EV charging cables market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 29.8%, to reach USD 2,453 million by 2027 from an estimated USD 665 million in 2022. The market growth is driven factors such as […]

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Carpenters Shortage

Talk to a lot of carpenters, and they’ll express similarly warm feelings about their job. It’s the rare profession that doesn’t require an expensive education, yet offers decent pay. It’s largely unaffected by automation or globalization. And aside from occasional downturns, carpenters are in steady demand. So, why does America have so few of them? Even among the other construction trades, which have long faced retention and recruitment problems and for which there were ~400k unfilled jobs […]

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What if Construction in Commercial buildings could better assist with lower carbon emissions pledge?

As commercial contractors committed to leave the world a bit greener to our children, we are always wondering how construction, material and the overall construction process could be improved to better assist lower carbon emissions. Read this article which highlights some of the challenges related to this major question. Being eco-conscious in Construction is not an easy task. As outlined in this report from the BBC, building efficiencies can go a long way and contribute to reduce […]

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Worldwide electricity demand could be met by installing solar panels on half the world’s roofs

Very interesting numbers highlighted by this new solar panels research study. Solar panels are another fantastic and creative invention we fully support. First, Rooftop solar panels are up to 79% cheaper than in 2010. Second, covering 50% of the world’s roofs with solar panels would provide enough capacity to meet the world’s annual electricity needs. Rooftop solar panels are up to 79% cheaper than they were in 2010. These plummeting costs have made rooftop solar photovoltaics even […]

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Growing a zero-emissions transportation network – a good example in Cincinnati

Pull up to an electric vehicle charging station in Cincinnati, and that station may have been delivered by the city’s first 100 percent electric truck. Servall Electric — a residential, commercial and industrial electric company that has served the tristate area around Cincinnati for generations — is helping the city electrify in more ways than one. Installing EV charging stations is a growing segment of its business. The family-owned company also plans to eventually transition its entire […]

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Contractors react to federal vaccine mandates

Construction professionals are questioning elements of President Joe Biden\’s new vaccine requirements. Source: Construction Dive, Sebastian Obando Since President Joe Biden issued plans to mandate vaccines in some workplaces earlier this month, a number of construction companies are encouraging their employees to get vaccinated and are trying to figure out what the new rules mean for their workplace. Biden announced on Sept. 9 that private employers with more than 100 employees will be required to either mandate […]

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Panel: The New Infrastructure Bill – What\’s in it for you?

Our very own Founder was asked to participate in a Panel conversation about the (potentially!) upcoming Infrastructure Bill. Homesteady represented the Private sector and what / how the Bill could impact our future. As of this writing, the Bill is still not approved, but find here a Fact Sheet from the White House. Speakers in the panel included Congresswoman Julia Brownley  and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, amongst others. You can watch this very engaged conversation in the Youtube […]

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Tokyo 2020: an engineering view of the Olympics

When you watch the Tokyo Games, it\’s easy to see why the Olympic motto is \”Citius, Altius, Fortius,\” (or \”faster, higher, stronger\” for those of who skipped Latin in high school). Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He is the author of several science books for general audiences, including the best-selling audio book \”The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality.\” He also produces a series of science education […]

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GM, Ford are all-in on EVs. Here’s how their dealers feel about it

(Note from the team: OK Fabien. Time to upgrade your F150!! 😉) Source: CNBC. KEY POINTS General Motors is aiming to produce only EVs by 2035, with 30 new plug-in models arriving by 2025, a $27 billion investment. Ford, which is investing $22 billion in EVs and announced that 40% of its vehicles will be electrified by 2030, generated excitement with the recent debut of the F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup. Many auto dealerships are embracing the electric […]

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Warehouse Rents Surge on Bidding Wars for Scarce Space (WSJ article)

Another great read from – By Jennifer Smith Competition for warehouse space is driving up industrial rents as retailers and logistics providers race to move goods closer to population centers, with some engaging in bidding wars for the most coveted sites. The competition is driving up industrial rents as retailers and logistics providers race to move goods closer to population centers, with some engaging in bidding wars for the most coveted sites. Businesses are pushing to […]

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