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How to create a DDF data feed

How to create a DDF data feed
Linking your website to Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) Data Distribution Facility (DDF) is quick, easy and simple. Here are step by step instructions on how you can link your website. Step 1: Login to tools.realtorlink.ca Go to tools.realtorlink.ca Select your Board or Associat [...]

An Illustrated Glossary of Crypto Currency Slang

An Illustrated Glossary of Crypto Currency Slang
Since the rise of Bitcoin over the past few years, cryptocurrencies have been all the hype. And if you’re interested in hopping on-board the crypto-train, it’s important to know what you’re talking about. Just like the pool of investors and the market itself have grown consider [...]

Things to Do Before Going on Vacation

Things to Do Before Going on Vacation
Most of the world sets goals and makes resolutions all the time, however, very few percents of people actually stick to those resolutions. While it’s entirely possible that many people are being unrealistic with their goals, the number one thing you need to do before going on a v [...]

The Real Difference Between a Personal and Business Credit Card

The Real Difference Between a Personal and Business Credit Card
If you’re a business owner, there are dozens of reasons to have a credit card. For one thing, they are a great way to keep track of all your business expenses in one place. They also offer opportunities to earn points or rewards on purchases you would make anyway. Not to mention, [...]

Why compliance matters in recruiting

Why compliance matters in recruiting
Recruiting compliance is often seen as an ambiguous list of requirements that make employers’ lives harder, but this doesn’t have to be the case. With the correct processes in place, compliance can be a key component of successful recruiting. The Same Process for Everyone [...]

Analytics Maintenance - The Future is Here

Analytics Maintenance - The Future is Here
When it comes to HVAC maintenance offered and provided by service contractors across the country, things have not materially changed with it since it was first introduced by Honeywell in the 1950s. Even with today’s ever increasing competition, falling maintenance prices, and extreme [...]

HVAC Fun & Profit with the Internet of Things

HVAC Fun & Profit with the Internet of Things
What do the Nest Thermostat, Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts, and Fitbit Motion Trackers have in common? Here’s a hint: it has to do with the Internet of Things. All three companies managed to take saturated commodity markets and release products with obscene profit margins. Therefore th [...]

The important role contractors play in achieving sustainable outcomes for infrastructure projects

The important role contractors play in achieving sustainable outcomes for infrastructure projects
Influencing the sustainable outcomes of infrastructure projects is an important role played by contractors. One tool in their belt is Envision, a planning and design framework launched in 2012 by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). For example, the industry [...]

High Tech solutions for the education sectors deferred maintenance problem

High Tech solutions for the education sectors deferred maintenance problem
U.S. college campuses build in the 1960's and 1970's are showing their age, and not in a good way. Cracking brickwork, old pipes and leaky roofs—not to mention outdated building systems—are just some of the symptoms plaguing campuses of all sizes across the country. Postponing repair [...]

Major infrastructure investments needed as global urban populations increase

Major infrastructure investments needed as global urban populations increase
In the next 10 years, 70 percent of the worlds population will live in cities, due to urbinization, 21st century’s most transformative trend. This reality places them at the forefront of sustainable development and facing global challenges, including climate change. The world&rsqu [...]

ABC Chief Economist predicts stable 2018 Economy

ABC Chief Economist predicts stable 2018 Economy
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicts stability for the construction industry’s economy and expanding nonresidential construction spending in 2018. “With wage pressures building, healthcare costs surging and fuel prices edging higher, inflati [...]

Understanding bonding capacity in a soft market

Understanding bonding capacity in a soft market
There is unprecedented competition among bond companies largely driven by their agents, who work on a commission-basis. The express bond programs have been a huge game-changer, empowering small contractors to grow their businesses much faster than ever before. A major benefit of any expres [...]

How to make the most of aftermarket revenue opportunities

How to make the most of aftermarket revenue opportunities
Following are some functional capabilities trade contractors need from their field service management software in order to make the most of aftermarket revenue opportunities. Preventive maintenance also should be considered, as contracts can mandate maintenance at specific intervals, such a [...]

Debunking top construction employment Law Myths

Debunking top construction employment Law Myths
While failure to comply can be expensive, there are steps contractors can take to avoid repercussions. In fact, employees sue employers for unpaid overtime or minimum wage violations more often than any other reason. If the company knows or has reason to know that the employee is working overtim [...]

Inspiring construction professionals with Social Media

Inspiring construction professionals with Social Media
Social media is easy to peg as a productivity-killer and the token time-waster of millennial's. Capitalizing on social media in construction can inspire the current workforce, address nationwide hiring shortages and define a company’s brand within a community and around the country. [...]

Professional Development tips for leaders, teams and team members

Professional Development tips for leaders, teams and team members
Just as culture expects more from technology and entertainment, society expects more from built environments. The importance of professional development is not limited to the leader in the construction organization, though the leader ultimately sets the tone for the role of development among the [...]

Three Military techniques to drive construction inclusion and productivity

Three Military techniques to drive construction inclusion and productivity
Many industries, including construction, are taking notice of the obvious (and not so obvious) benefits of hiring veterans. The perception of the military’s structure is a hierarchical operational model in which those at the top of the pyramid gather information, make decisions and fi [...]

Connecting the three pillars of fleet maintenance and management

Connecting the three pillars of fleet maintenance and management
Profitability in every construction sector hinges on people, materials and equipment, with data emerging as an equally vital asset. The financial risk and reward associated with managing equipment, along with the operators and crews associated with that fleet, are critical. Every comp [...]

Contractors can identify hidden fleet costs with technology

Contractors can identify hidden fleet costs with technology
Any commercial construction or contracting supply company knows all too well how expenditures hidden in its fleet can significantly eat away at profits. For example, the data collected by the fleet management software can help determine the most cost-effective life cycle of a vehicle. [...]

How Internet-of-Things, telematics and mobile connectivity are changing the nature of construction Jobs

How Internet-of-Things, telematics and mobile connectivity are changing the nature of construction Jobs
Many big players in the construction industry are already highly-invested in machine intelligence or learning with AI, to provide real-time diagnostics on equipment.The industry is quickly moving towards a mobile-first approach, and so there is a need for companies to address connectivity issues [...]