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The next normal in construction: How disruption is reshaping the world’s largest ecosystem

– The COVID-19 crisis looks set to accelerate an overdue transformation of the world’s largest ecosystem. We expect nine shifts to radically change the construction value chain, and offer a blueprint for the next normal ahead.
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Agile delivery of capital projects

– Industry leaders are using the agile approach to reimagine how capital projects are delivered.
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Collaborative contracting: Moving from pilot to scale-up

– Despite the early successes of collaborative-contract adopters, the industry remains hesitant. Five steps can help project owners... better envision the transition toward more collaborative approaches.
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Beyond taller walls: Meeting the resilience challenge of climate risk

– Climate change poses serious threats to infrastructure systems and the human lives that depend on them. It’s time for industry... players to begin building resilience.
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Walking the talk: Best practices for digital construction

– We are taking the advice we typically give our clients and applying it to our own construction project—and we’ll be... sharing the challenges and lessons as we go.

Voices on Infrastructure

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CIB’s Michael Sabia on the future of investment in Canada infrastructure

– Attracting private capital to help finance infrastructure projects is more important than ever, according to Michael Sabia, chair... of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
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Data to the rescue: Embodied carbon in buildings and the urgency of now

– Building companies seeking to make informed materials-procurement choices may confront data that are either lacking or too complex.... A precompetitive consortium has responded with a free, open-source tool that anyone can use to help fill in the gaps.
Interview

Remodeling infrastructure financing: A Q&A with CDPQ Infra’s Macky Tall

– Montréal’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM), a new light-rail network currently under construction,... serves as a model for how investors can help build crucial infrastructure quickly and sustainably.

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The Next Normal – The future of the high-rise: Creating people-centric spaces

As the world becomes more urban, more people will live and work in high-rises. What will that mean for builders, real-estate companies,... and tenants? In this edition, The Next Normal explores the high-rise of 2030.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Global Institute

Bridging infrastructure gaps: Has the world made progress?

– Despite increased spending and pockets of progress, infrastructure investment gaps remain.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution

– To transform the sector, action is needed in seven areas or through broader adoption of mass-production approaches.

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Will infrastructure bend or break under climate stress?

– Infrastructure is the backbone of the global economy, connecting people, enhancing quality of life, and promoting health and safety.... But climate change is revealing infrastructure vulnerabilities.
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The future of commodity trading

– A new normal of commodity trading will call for new types of traders.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Global balance sheet 2022: Enter volatility

– Growth in the global balance sheet accelerated during the pandemic, but paused in 2022.
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A confluence of social and economic factors have driven outsized returns for multifamily investors

– New data illuminates the structural factors driving multifamily performance.
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Accelerating green growth in the built environment

– The industries that make up the built environment are highly fragmented and slow to change. Creating green growth requires shifts... in how players design, build, operate, and decommission assets.
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Capturing the green-premium value from sustainable materials

– Materials are the next net-zero frontier. To seize the opportunity, green-materials producers and buyers must act now.
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Will a labor crunch derail plans to upgrade US infrastructure?

– There’s a historic and widening labor shortfall in the US construction sector. Yet it extends far beyond jobsites and varies... by location, demanding tailored solutions.
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How much is a brick? That depends

– The building-materials sector is struggling. Agile margin management can help companies in the industry protect profitability.
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The new imperative for green commodities

– The energy and materials transition is reshaping the strategic toolbox of commodity producers. Seven actions can help them master... the transition.
Report

Boosting passenger preference for rail

– A new report sheds light on passenger rail’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how rail could position itself as... one of the preferred choices of transportation for the future.
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Infrastructure investing will never be the same

– Traditionally staid and stable, infrastructure investing has been shaken up by revolutions in energy, mobility, and digitization.... Here’s how investors can stay ahead of the curve.
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