Insights on Engineering, Construction & Building Materials


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.

Decarbonizing the built environment

– In this issue of Voices, leaders offer perspectives about how best to decarbonize our built environment and erect a sustainable... future.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Net zero building: Retrofits and new technologies

– Net-zero builders can create value by investing in next-generation technologies, replacing equipment with low-emissions models,... and improving energy efficiency.

Americans are embracing flexible work—and they want more of it

– The American Opportunity Survey illuminates how many people are offered the option to work from home, who works flexibly, and... how they feel about it.

Proposed climate rule signals new era for real estate

– The SEC’s draft regulation would require all public companies to disclose emissions and risks related to their real estate.... Here’s why the real-estate industry should move preemptively.

Building products in the digital age: It’s hard to ‘get smart’

– Opportunity or threat? Innovation is perceived as a double-edged sword in the building products sector, but the winners will be... those who dare to take risks.

Workplace real estate in the COVID-19 era: From cost center to competitive advantage

– Companies today should build workplaces that help them realize their strategies. Here’s why and how.

Delivering on the promise of federal infrastructure funds in states

– Thanks to the combined impacts of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and pandemic-related recovery bills, states and localities... could have a meaningful effect on lives and livelihoods.

Reimagining the future of financial-services headquarters

– The stakes are high for financial-services firms to reorient their offices around learning, inclusion, and innovation.
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