The ConX Blog

Mass timber construction gathers momentum

Lendlease are launching a prefabricated building materials factory in Western Sydney, and StrongBuild are expanding it’s CLT(Cross Laminated Timber) and offsite prefabrication capacity with a new facility in Balukham Hills expected in 2016 as mass timber construction gathers momentum.

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The Free Trade Agreement explained in sixty seconds

The Free Trade Agreement with China will come into effect before the end of year? What does this mean for Aussie tradies?

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Robot Brickie Lists on the ASX

Fastbricks robotics started trading on the ASX on Wednesday through a back door listing that was heavily oversubscribed. 2 days is all it takes “Hadrian” the robotic bricklayer to build a 4 bedroom house - the cash raised ($5.75 million) will be used to build more “Hadrians” for commercial use.

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What exactly is 3D printing?

Wondering what 3D printing is? Take a look here and what it means to tradies and the construction industry.

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The 5 minute CEO - Megan Motto

As part of our monthly series in talking to industry leaders for insights and advice, we caught up with CEO of Consult Australia Megan Motto to talk about her journey so far, and some of the big trends and challenges the construction industry will face in the mid term.

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Sydney Bricklayer Shortage

ConX recently attended and spoke at a Bricklaying Industry information night put on by the ABBTF, geared towards addressing the Sydney Bricklayer shortage and the negative effects it’s having on both the bricklaying and building industry.

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5 Minutes With Future Leader Kezia Lloyd

ConX is launching a series of blog interviews with current and future leaders in building and construction and first up is Kezia Lloyd, Seniour Acoustic Engineer and winner of the Lend Lease Scholarship for Future Leaders at the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) NSW 2015 Awards in Excellence.

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Tech and Construction welcome Turnbull

ConX is welcoming the good news of Malcolm Turnbull becoming Australia’s 29th Prime Minister. Whilst the tech ecosystem is fresh and young and oozing with energy, the building and construction industry is old, traditional and in need of an energy injection. Both facing very different challenges, but both have confidence in our new leader.

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China Bursts Australias Bubble

We all know and love the phrase ‘made in China’. From clothes, electronics, cars or software China has taken the mantle of the ‘Worlds Workshop’ and is the second largest economy after the U.S. So last week people took notice when the Shanghai Composite Index lost 8.5% in a single day’s trading, the largest days loss since the 2008 meltdown. The big difference between now and then was that China’s economy was actually growing in 2008 but 7 years later it looks as if the years of 10, 9, or even 7 per cent growth are a thing of the past for China, at least for the next couple of years anyway without some unexpected global event.

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Irish construction workers cop flak from NZ construction chief

Comments from a NZ construction chief have caused a stir after suggesting that building contractors involved in shoddy repair work for earthquake affected homes may be hard to track down because “maybe they have gone home to Ireland”.Graham Darlow, CEO of Fletcher constructions immediately sought to rectify his remarks and apologised if his comments “were interpreted as being critical of builders of Irish decent”.

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