Home construction around Rochester is a battle of supply and demand

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“It’s really important if you want growth,” said Byron City Administrator Mary Blair-Hoeft. “It’s important to the business and the schools.”

Last year, the city on the western edge of Olmsted County issued 28 construction permits for single-family homes and four permits for multi-family housing amounting to 64 units. This year, the pace so far is similar, with Byron seeing permits for 31 single-family dwellings and three townhome permits of 10 units apiece, with more likely on the way.

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Byron’s success isn’t an accident, Blair-Hoeft said. The

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Construction needs innovation to get to sustainability

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The COVID-19 pandemic increased the focus on climate-related issues, including the need to build a cleaner and greener construction industry. Global construction companies face rapidly evolving challenges, including increased scrutiny regarding their environmental, social and governance (ESG) stance.

Various strategic changes are being made to business models as companies look for product and process innovation to create a more sustainable industry and “build better.”

Construction’s carbon footprint

Globally, the built environment generates 30 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions annually, and construction consumes about 32 percent of the world’s natural resources. While the industry is one of the larger contributors

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Construction Business Owner Magazine & Digital Media to Honor Construction’s Sustainability VIPs

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 31, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Construction Business Owner (CBO), the leading business magazine for contractors, is pleased to introduce the Sustainability VIP honor, a special initiative designed to recognize the construction professionals building a better future for the earth and its inhabitants.

“As the demand for more sustainable building continues to increase, and the practice of green building becomes increasingly more profitable, construction today is positioned to lead the world by example,” said Kathy Wells, editor of Construction Business Owner Magazine & Digital Media.

CBO developed the Sustainability VIP honor as a format to help identify

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North Broadway businesses seek to overcome construction

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“Right now, no one can get here from the north unless they circle around,” said the owner of Minske Bait, Tackle, and Custom Rods at 1117 N. Broadway Ave.

With three blocks of Broadway torn up in a redesign project that will eventually reach Civic Center Drive, Minske said people have been able to get to the McDonalds parking lot on the east side of the street but had trouble finding a path to the west side. Others struggle to maneuver their boats through the alley to his parking lot.

It’s led to frustration for some, and demonstrated the commitment

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All-women construction company a winning idea

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When Sudbury, Ont. college student Kate Keaney conducted a social media survey to weigh interest in the idea of a construction start-up company solely operated and employed by women, the positive responses were overwhelming.

“Everybody loved the idea and how it could promote equality and a lot of them wanted to see it franchised,” says Keaney, a 22-year-old second-year business administration student at Cambrian College.

The survey was part of her pitch for a business idea in a competition at Cambrian called the RBC Future Launch. Keaney took the $3,000 top prize over 14 other entrants for her proposal, a

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COVID-era supply chain woes hit the commercial real estate business

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“It is like nothing I’ve ever seen in my career,” says MacGregor, who launched Accend in 2019 after nearly a dozen years with Chicago-based Skender Construction.

Delays in actually getting materials cause an equally thorny problem. With COVID bolstering residential homebuilders—residential construction starts in the Chicago area over the first four months of the year rose 30 percent from the same period in 2020 to $1.6 billion, according to New York-based research firm Dodge Data & Analytics—the nation’s wood supply has been sapped. Now wood door suppliers that would normally get them into buyers’ hands in a few weeks are

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