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WHAT'S NEXT?: 65 per cent of global construction growth for the next decade will happen in emerging markets. Smart cities, sustainable construction, greater urbanization and pre-fabricated buildings will all play their part in future construction growth.

  • [New] TSMC has flagged plans to build new plants in both the United States and Japan as part of a broader move to locate production closer to key clients to reduce risks arising from tensions between Taiwan and China. / CNA
  • [New] Nuclear will probably be needed to help phase out coal nationally around 2035; stakeholders are looking for solutions to avoid building new gas power plants, which could quickly become stranded assets in a net-zero rush. /
  • [New] Texas plans to build power plants that will generate 11.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar electricity, 8.4 GW of wind electricity, and only 5 GW of natural gas electricity. / Midland Reporter-Telegram
  • [New] The affordable housing sector will likely lead the way over the next few years, becoming the first properties that demonstrate the possibilities of retrofitting - both for the construction sector and for residents. /
  • [New] Construction of the solar and battery projects will begin in in the first half of 2022 and is expected to take 12-14 months, and at its peak will employ over 100 people on site. / reneweconomy
  • [New] Unprecedented global demand due to increased building project activity, coupled with building material shortages and decreased supply, will lead to higher prices for materials throughout 2021. / Dyson Distribution
  • [New] The agreement on health workers will not only avail employment opportunities for the many unemployed Health workers, it will in a big way build their capacity to further improve Health Service Delivery in Kenya and enhance their global competitiveness. / University of Manchester
  • [New] Ghana expects many more doses to arrive in the coming months and is building up its ultra-cold chain capacity to handle a range of vaccines. / WHO | Regional Office for Africa
  • [New] Digital currency powered by blockchain is among the core technologies Vietnam hopes to develop and master, alongside artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality and virtual reality and augmented reality as part of building a digital government. / Fintech Singapore
  • [New] Plans to build a string of new gas power plants could derail the UK's climate targets. /
  • [New] A model predictive control (MPC) approach was utilized to train a machine learning model to predict moisture content and essentially build a virtual or soft sensor that can reliably infer when moisture content is optimal. / Rockwell Automation
  • [New] Meeting the need for large-scale fuel load reduction in U.S. forests will require federal investment in policy vehicles that help build long-term forest resilience while stimulating rural economies. / World Resources Institute
  • [New] By 2100, we envision the world transitioning to a fully and sustainable circular steel industry, where the amount of equipment and buildings coming to their end of life will be a sufficient input to meet society's replacement steel needs. /
  • [New] By 2025, the Sestao plant - which manufactures a range of flat steel products for the automotive and construction sectors, and general industry - will produce 1.6 million tonnes of zero carbon-emissions steel. /
  • [New] As the world's largest producer of green energy, China and its development investments could build the capacity of new markets for green energy systems. / CSIS
  • [New] A new collaborative learning lab opening in 2022, Ford Ion Park represents $100 million of Ford's $185 million investment in developing, testing, and building vehicle battery cells and cell arrays. / Auto Connected Car News
  • [New] Member States will be asked to renovate at least 3% of the total floor area of all public buildings annually, achieve 49% of renewables in buildings by 2030 and increase the use of renewable energy in heating and cooling by +1.1 percentage points each year, until 2030. / iResearch Services
  • [New] Ford will spend $100 million on Ion Park, as part of its $185 million overall investment in developing, testing, and building vehicle battery cells and cell arrays. / TNW | Shift
  • [New] Based on WoodMac's latest projections of existing capacity and plants under construction, about 515 mtpa of global liquefaction capacity could be onstream by 2030, leaving room for only about 45 mtpa of new capacity. / Reuters
  • [New] The United States will work with governments to empower workers to claim their rights, protect labor rights activists, and build the capacity of democratic, worker-led organizations. / U.S. Government
  • [New] Nissan and Chinese battery manufacturer, Envision AESC, have also announced plans to build a £1bn production and recycling facility in Sunderland. / Proactiveinvestors UK
  • [New] Major issues will continue to evolve as North America leads in the race to confront climate change, restore ecosystems, and build economic, environmental, and social resilience. / International Institute for Sustainable Development

Last updated: 04 August 2021