Insights on Engineering, Construction & Building Materials


The circular cement value chain: Sustainable and profitable

– Concrete and cement circularity could allow industry to rein in costs and reduce emissions, adding untapped value to the built environment.

Refurbishing Europe: Igniting opportunities in the built environment

– The built environment in Europe will need to transform to achieve the EU’s goals for net-zero emissions. This is challenging... but will unlock societal benefits and business opportunities.

Decarbonizing cement and concrete value chains: Takeaways from Davos

– How can the cement and concrete industry reach net-zero emissions by 2050? McKinsey hosted panelists at the World Economic Forum... Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos to offer their insights.

Sustainable infrastructure: The best ideas from the 2022 GII Summit

– Industry leaders gathered in Tokyo for the eighth Global Infrastructure Initiative Summit. Here are some of the best ideas across... the energy transition, digital and analytics, workforce development, and more.

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Six new imperatives for real estate players

– Higher inflation, higher interest rates, and other challenges mean that the real estate industry needs new paths to success.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Rekindling US productivity for a new era

– Regaining historical rates of productivity growth would add $10 trillion to US GDP—a boost needed to confront workforce... shortages, debt, inflation, and the energy transition.

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.

A confluence of social and economic factors have driven outsized returns for multifamily investors

– New data illuminates the structural factors driving multifamily performance.

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.

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.

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.

How much is a brick? That depends

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

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.

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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