12.17.2018 #fuelme | Home construction costs shoot skyward, Construction worker gift ideas, Tesla breaks ground in China

Here’s a quick glance around the web, bringing you a taste of the news you need to know this week.


New home construction costs keep rising—vicious cycle in part to blame.

BuildZoom has released another report telling us what we basically already knew: that the cost of building a new home has ratcheted up considerably, to the tune of almost 125% what it was 15 years ago. But there is an interesting analysis of what’s happening in the city of San Francisco, for instance, with the restrictions on building leading to less building and therefore even more expensive building (and we’re playing the tiniest violin for those who can afford to even consider building there).

Gift ideas for orange-vest-wearing bodies on your team (or in your family).

Construction workers don’t need cool paperweights or pens, and they can’t sit at their desk asking Alexa to play them some ACDC on their Echo Dot when they’re stressed. ForConstructionPros.com has been posting an awesome 12 Days of Construction Christmas blog series for construction business owners or others who hold a construction worker near or dear to them. Check out their list to get great gift ideas for your crew or your cousin, from badass LEGOs to nightlights for their hardhats.

A Wisconsin non-profit is helping minorities and ladies step into labor gap.

TrANS is a Madison-based non-profit organization that is trying to kill two birds with one stone: help fill the construction labor gap, and help minorities and women in Green Bay, Madison and Beloit find their way into stable, satisfying and well-paying job slots in construction, which they may not have been aware of otherwise. The program had 33 graduates last year, 32 of whom have found jobs already. Its 40 graduates a year may not do much to fill the anticipated 12,000 open construction jobs the state will have come 2024, but it’s a start.

Tesla has broken ground in China, despite trade wars.

Tesla is moving forward with building is Gigafactory 3 outside of Shanghai, China—and the company is reportedly hurrying along the construction to avoid extra expenses spurred by the tariff wars that are in full swing between China and the U.S. The plan for the factory: to bring some parts of Model 3 production to China as early as next year. According to the web mag electrek, drone flyover at the site has confirmed what the mayor of Shanghai said recently about Tesla having leveled the ground and taking other steps to get construction-ready.

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