eSUB Construction Software Named FrontRunner for Construction Project Management Software

eSUB Construction Software | September 17, 2020

eSUB Construction Software announced today it was named a FrontRunner for Construction Project Management software by Software Advice.  Only products that earn top user ratings make the cut as FrontRunners, and to be eligible for consideration, a product must be a stand-alone construction project management software product or offer construction project management functionality within a suite. Among 122 construction management software solutions, eSUB was rated #1 in customer satisfaction and usability. "This recognition means so much because it comes directly from our customers, and speaks directly to eSUB's usability and customer satisfaction," says Wendy Rogers, president and CEO of eSUB Construction Software. "The biggest hurdle in construction technology is adoption. We pride ourselves on developing software that is user friendly for the field, integrated into workflows for the office, and specifically relevant for the trades, whose project management needs are vastly different from GCs'. We don't develop features to meet parity with our competitors; we serve as true partners with our customers in understanding their workflows to be very intentional in how we build and deliver." Many construction project management systems are focused on the needs of general contractors or owners and not skilled trade contractors. In construction projects, the skilled trade contractors perform most of the labor and bear a significant amount of risk on projects. Based on 30-years' experience of working alongside trade contractors, eSUB is purpose-built and highly focused on its core strength of field-based operational workflows and its core audience of skilled trade contractors. Trade contractors using eSUB have improved their productivity by 25% and gain better visibility on projects to protect their profits.

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Caterpillar Expands Construction Industries Portfolio with Four Battery Electric Machines

Caterpillar | October 06, 2022

To support customers during the energy transition to a lower-carbon future, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) will display four electric machine prototypes, including battery prototypes, at bauma 2022 Oct. 24-30 in Munich, Germany. Caterpillar is focused on delivering purpose-built solutions to help customers achieve their sustainability goals by geography, by jobsite and specific customer need. One of many solutions, the battery electric machine prototypes include the 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, 950 GC medium wheel loader and 906 compact wheel loader. The machines are powered by Caterpillar battery prototypes and include an onboard AC charger. The company also plans to offer an offboard DC fast charging option. "Caterpillar is well positioned to help customers reach their sustainability goals, including lowering emissions on the jobsite, It's important we meet customers on their sustainability journey today with a variety of solutions including machines that run on renewable fuels or technology that increases fuel efficiency, as well as supporting them into the future as we power our next generation of machines." -Tony Fassino Group President Construction Industries. The Caterpillar-designed batteries in these machines will also be available to power other industrial applications. Built on proven Caterpillar technology, the lithium-ion battery range features a modular design that offers flexible configurations across multiple applications. The batteries are engineered to be scalable to industry and customer performance needs and maximize sustainability throughout their lifecycle, including recycling and reuse at the end of life. "Our electrified products leverage our deep system integration experience and are designed to meet the performance expectations that customers have come to expect from Caterpillar, We're focused on helping our customers achieve the optimal product and jobsite energy lifecycle, allowing them to maximize value and minimize their total cost of operation." -Joe Creed, Energy & Transportation Group President. About Caterpillar: With 2021 sales and revenues of $51.0 billion, Caterpillar Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. For nearly 100 years, we've been helping customers build a better, more sustainable world and are committed and contributing to a reduced-carbon future. Our innovative products and services, backed by our global dealer network, provide exceptional value that helps customers succeed. Caterpillar does business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment.

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LENNAR ANNOUNCES VISIONARY COMMUNITY OF 3D-PRINTED HOMES WITH ICON IS NOW UNDERWAY IN GEORGETOWN, TX

Lennar Corporation | November 11, 2022

Lennar, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, and ICON, a construction technologies company pioneering large-scale 3D printing, announced today that construction on the largest community of 3D-printed homes is underway and reservations will begin in 2023. Situated north of Austin in the city of Georgetown's master-planned community of Wolf Ranch by Hillwood Communities, a Perot company, the 100-home community combines innovative robotics, software and advanced materials to create homes that are technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable and architecturally striking. Each Lennar home in Wolf Ranch is co-designed by the renowned architectural firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Prices are anticipated to start from the mid-$400,000s. "We are very pleased to partner with ICON and BIG in building a first-of-its-kind, printed home community that combines innovative designs with sustainable features at an affordable price, Given the housing shortage that persists across the country, it has never been more important to innovate in order to find new methods of construction that will enable greater design flexibility and greater production at affordable prices." -Stuart Miller, Executive Chairman of Lennar. Blending contemporary Texas ranch style aesthetics, the community of 3D-printed homes features elevated architectural and energy-efficient designs that highlight the benefits of resiliency and sustainability with the digital possibilities of additive construction. Delivered at speed and at scale using a fleet of ICON's Vulcan robotic construction systems, software and advanced materials, each home's full wall system - including interior and exterior walls - are produced with less waste and with more design freedom. "For the first time in the history of the world, what we're witnessing here is a fleet of robots building an entire community of homes. And not just any homes, homes that are better in every way… better design, higher strength, higher energy performance and comfort, and increased resiliency, In the future, I believe robots and drones will build entire neighborhoods, towns, and cities, and we'll look back at Lennar's Wolf Ranch community as the place where robotic construction at scale began. We still have a long way to go, but I believe this marks a very exciting and hopeful turn in the way we address housing issues in the world." -Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO, ICON. Construction at Wolf Ranch deepens a relationship that began with Lennar's investment in Austin-based ICON's series B financing round and offers a promising path toward an alternate method of delivering technology-driven homes that meet rising demand in desirable communities. In addition to state-of-the-art homes, Lennar homeowners in Wolf Ranch can enjoy all of the amenities offered in tree-covered hill country – including pools, recreational trails and parks within easy access of downtown Georgetown and a short drive to Austin. Lennar's investments are facilitated by LENX, which drives a focused strategy within Lennar to integrate technology solutions across the homebuilding industry. With a clearly defined strategy of investing in technology companies directly adjacent to Lennar's core homebuilding operations and a disciplined investment process, LENX provides hands-on mentorship and guidance from senior leaders of Lennar's management team and a marquee opportunity to provide products and technology to Lennar customers, allowing portfolio companies to scale at an unprecedented pace. The community will offer eight stunning floorplans with 24 unique elevations ranging from 1,574 to 2,112 square feet of thoughtful living space. The homes will offer three to four bedrooms and two to three baths. All homes will be powered by the sun with rooftop solar panels and will feature components from Lennar's Connected Home package including a Ring Video Doorbell Pro, a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi deadbolt and a Honeywell Home T6 Pro WiFi smart thermostat. Plus, each home will come equipped with the Wolf Ranch security package. We are excited to welcome Lennar and ICON's cutting-edge home construction technology to Georgetown, Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder said. The Georgetown community prides itself on honoring our past and innovating for our future, and we are eager to see the future being built right here. Hillwood Communities is honored that ICON and Lennar chose Wolf Ranch to launch this exciting initiative and we look forward to the positive impact it will bring to the homebuilding industry," said Fred Balda, president of Hillwood Communities. "This innovative approach aligns with Hillwood's long history of elevated design and the thoughtful development approach we take to ensure a higher standard of living for the residents of our communities." About Lennar Corporation: Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the nation's leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Lennar builds affordable, move-up and active adult homes primarily under the Lennar brand name. Lennar's Financial Services segment provides mortgage financing, title and closing services primarily for buyers of Lennar's homes and, through LMF Commercial, originates mortgage loans secured primarily by commercial real estate properties throughout the United States. Lennar's Multifamily segment is a nationwide developer of high-quality multifamily rental properties. LENX drives Lennar's technology, innovation and strategic investments. About ICON: ICON develops advanced construction technologies that advance humanity. Using proprietary 3D printing robotics, software and advanced materials, ICON is shifting the paradigm of homebuilding on Earth and beyond. About BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen-based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers, and inventors. Led by Bjarke Ingels, the studio is currently involved in projects throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. BIG's architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. BIG believes that by hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, architects can find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms. About Hillwood: Hillwood, a Perot company, is a premier commercial and residential real estate developer, investor and advisor of properties throughout North America and Europe. Through its Communities division, Hillwood has delivered more than 40,000 single-family lots in more than 100 master-planned communities across 13 states and Costa Rica. These communities continue to raise the bar in terms of quality, innovation and the unmistakable sense of community that sets each property apart. Before laying the physical groundwork for any new residential development, Hillwood Communities takes the time to focus on the ideals that draw people together — and the everyday interactions that strengthen those bonds. By purposefully designing its walkways, gathering spaces, and structural amenities to spark spontaneous encounters and foster shared interests, Hillwood Communities believes in the power of community. About the City of Georgetown: Georgetown is a welcoming, vibrant city that has been ranked No. 1 in Southern Living Magazine's "South's Best Cities to Live in" and is home to the "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas." Georgetown has a rich history, with Victorian storefronts and a cultural district with a wide selection of restaurants, wineries, shops, art galleries, theaters, and museums, as well as Southwestern University, tied for the No. 1 National Liberal Arts College in Texas in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking. Outdoor recreation includes 40 parks, 16 miles of hiking and cycling trails, and Lake Georgetown. Georgetown is the fastest growing city in the U.S. with a population of more than 50,000.

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EarlyBirds Facilitates Construction And Building Industry Transition to Net Zero

EarlyBirds | November 24, 2022

EarlyBirds.io, builders of the Open Innovation Ecosystem, is pleased to announce that they and their platform can assist with transitioning the building and construction industries to Net Zero carbon emissions, to effectively limit the impacts of climate change on the world. Currently, the construction industry is responsible, directly or indirectly, for nearly 40 percent of global CO2 emissions from fuel combustion and almost 25% of greenhouse gas emissions overall. Construction has an outsized impact on global warming because many of the common materials used in modern buildings, such as cement and steel, can be very energy intensive to produce. On top of that, there’s also the energy load of heating and cooling buildings which accounts for 6 percent of global emissions. Because the design of a building and the materials used to build it are an important factor in the amount of energy required to heat or cool that building, it is important for the construction industry to consider not just the impact of construction but also the impact building design will have on ongoing operating costs and energy use. Of course, transitioning buildings to Net Zero Carbon Emissions isn’t just about building new buildings, as new buildings are necessarily more energy resource intensive than existing buildings. The work of making buildings climate friendly will create opportunities to retrofit existing buildings as well as ensuring new construction generates minimal emissions. Increasing demand for sustainable retrofitting solutions for existing buildings will put pressure on manufacturers and installers of low emission building material and green building systems to track and improve their energy use. The first companies to move into green engineering and performance are likely to be big winners, and EarlyBirds wants to help companies in the construction and building space think about how to make their work more planet-friendly. Companies focused on adopting new technologies and integrating them into their work are known to EarlyBirds as Early Adopters. Such organizations can find information about how they can use EarlyBirds to find innovative technologies to reduce carbon emissions in their work here: https://earlybirds.io/en/early_adopter. With the building industry, including construction, materials, equipment and operations, expected to grow by 38 percent by 2030, many new value pools are being created and the competitive landscape is being reshaped. The World Economic Forum outlines that tackling the challenges in the construction industry, both in terms of building materials and in new construction industry, both in terms of building material used in new construction and improving energy efficiency of buildings in use, will be crucial to reach the goals of Paris Agreement. By changing the way our supply chains work and stimulating innovative public procurement, we can accelerate innovation, extend product lifecycles and significantly change the way we build for a circular and climate-neutral future. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals encourage nations and businesses to adopt inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, together with innovation and infrastructure to unleash dynamic and competitive economic forces to generate employment and income. This includes promoting new technologies, facilitating international trade and enabling the efficient use of resources. EarlyBirds enables this innovation by connecting organizations with engineers, designers, and others who are creating the innovations needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions and reach the Sustainable Development Goals. By creating innovation maps of the construction and building industry ecosystem and linking these to net zero goals and the circular economy supplies a fundamental building block for planning projects towards greater sustainability. These maps can be created with EarlyBirds award winning platform and services. EarlyBirds innovation maps are populated with the innovators from across the world including startup, scaleup and mature companies. The maps are updated in near real time and change in accordance with emerging industry trends and issues. These are created using subject matter experts and drawing on data from over 4 million global innovators.

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Kojo Raises $39 Million Series C to Accelerate Modernizing the Construction Industry

Kojo | September 17, 2022

the construction industry's leading materials management platform – today announced the completion of its $39 million Series C funding round led by Battery Ventures with participation from new investors Schneider Electric, RXR, and Bienville Capital. Existing investors including 8VC, Suffolk Construction, Human Capital, AME, and BoxGroup also participated in the round. Additionally, Kojo shared that Michael Brown, general partner at Battery Ventures, joined its board of directors. "Our mission is to make it faster, easier, and more sustainable to build the world around us. Supply chain disruptions and inflation have made it incredibly challenging to keep projects on-time and on-budget. With this new round of funding, we're excited to continue building best-in-class products that help contractors all over the U.S. save money, increase their productivity, and become more resilient." -Maria Rioumine, CEO and Founder of Kojo. The $800 billion a year commercial construction industry is facing more volatility than ever with soaring construction costs, material and labor shortages, and supply chain constraints. Too many contractors today lack control and visibility over their supply chains, and critical projects are slowed down by error-prone and manual materials ordering processes. Kojo's software brings field, office, warehouse, and vendor teams onto a single platform, making it easy for contractors to manage their materials needs from project takeoff to closeout. To date, Kojo has powered the construction of nearly 10,000 projects, including hospitals, schools, and multi-family housing projects, across 46 states. Despite the recent economic slowdown, Kojo has grown annual recurring revenue 3.5x year over year and expanded to serve all major construction trades. In the last 18 months, Kojo has seen a 12x increase in users and saved customers more than $19 million on their materials orders. Alongside the new round of funding, Kojo is launching new products to further streamline payments and project spend management. Contractors will be able to reconcile their invoices and pay for materials directly on Kojo's platform, allowing them to accurately track project spend. With new distributor integrations, contractors will also be able to directly see distributor pricing and inventory to make the best buying decisions. "At Battery, we're focused on investing in entrepreneurs building industry-transforming companies, The construction industry has been underserved by technology for far too long, and that's led to huge challenges over the past few years. We're thrilled to be partnering with Kojo to change that and bring much needed software and financial services to commercial trade contractors." -Michael Brown, general partner at Battery Ventures. About Kojo: Kojo, the construction industry's leading materials management platform, enables trade and self-perform general contractors to take control of their margins by consolidating the procurement process onto one, all-inclusive digital platform. By connecting the field, office, warehouse, accounting teams, and vendors, contractors gain visibility into real-time materials spending and usage, streamline workflows, and increase labor productivity. Contractors have access to a network of thousands of vendors to source the best prices and availability, find cost savings and reduce material waste. Kojo is trusted by hundreds of contractors and utilized by thousands of construction professionals across the country every day.

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Let’s travel back in time to 2008 - Linatex, a Danish supplier of technical plastics and rubbers for industrial applications, buys the new UR5 robot to automate a CNC machine tending application. Unlike a conventional robot arm, this 18.4 kg (40.6 lbs) arm didn’t need to be surrounded by a fence to protect facility workers.

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