What happens when we run out of sand?

May 2, 2022
We’re depleting the natural resource at an alarming rate, which means higher costs for building, the environment and mining communities.
Excessive mining is driving up the cost of sand, but it's also devastating the environment and mining communities. Above, a sand mining site along the Gambian coast in 2021.
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Materials and labor shortages continue to complicate construction industry

Apr 26, 2022
Oregon-based journeyman and business owner Maurice Rahming said he's contending with long wait times for steel and electrical equipment.
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In addressing the housing shortage, we might need to rethink the way housing policy works

Feb 10, 2022
A new book by Jenny Schuetz, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, sheds light on possible solutions.
"The market wants very much to build more homes in high-demand locations, but we have a whole set of policies that make it virtually impossible to add housing," said Jenny Schuetz at the Brookings Institution.
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Despite shortages of materials, new housing construction is up

Dec 16, 2021
Contractors are finding ways to work around supply chain delays, but projects are taking longer.
New homes are being built, but the costs of shortages and delays may be passed on to  buyers.
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Construction industry still hammered by supply chain issues

Sep 7, 2021
At the root of many of construction sector woes is the spread of the delta variant.
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Where are all the construction tradeswomen?

Aug 17, 2021
Despite steady progress toward gender equality in other fields, women still make up only a small percentage of construction workers.
Melissa Delgado, left, and Rebecca Gollnick-Starr practice the proper way to hand off a hammer on a jobsite. Both are in the pre-apprenticeship program at Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles.
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Facing shortages of construction materials and labor, builders try to be flexible

Aug 2, 2021
Often that means negotiating what gets done when.
Everything from worker shortage to material prices have forced builders to adapt.
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COVID recession puts damper on large construction projects

Nov 17, 2020
The Houston area lost the most construction jobs of any big city over the last year.
A worker directs traffic as construction takes place on a new tower in New York City in March.
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The job market is still in recovery, but it's also still losing momentum

Nov 6, 2020
The decline in unemployment has slowed since an early rebound from the first wave of COVID-19 shutdowns.
The manufacturing and construction sectors have done pretty well throughout the pandemic, but But, jobs in travel, hotels and restaurants are still way down.
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A house being built in Phoenix. Residential construction fell 4.5% in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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