The construction industry is in a constant state of change, and those who want to be in the know about what is happening in every corner of the industry need to be plugged into the right resources, which often requires keeping up with the top construction blogs available.
Whether you want to stay current with trends in 3-D printing (this is a big deal in China right now) or just need to find information on the best construction management software or books, there are resources out there that don't just sell but also inform.
The best places to find objective and timely information on these and a host of other construction-related topics is through construction blogs, and there are more of them out there than you might think. Here is a list of just a few of the best ones.
Design and Specific Construction Blogs
Whether you enjoy reading about construction from a design perspective or are looking for specifics on different types of building like landscaping and architecture, plenty of resources are available online to meet your needs.
Building Design + Construction is a blog that offers a broad range of articles covering all areas of construction and building design. Executives and managers, in particular, will appreciate the content here as it offers unique perspectives on business strategies. Meanwhile, Raken, which develops reporting software for construction, runs a great blog that features a wide variety of articles on construction industry news, trends, regional job opportunities, education, and technology.
For those more in tune with the architectural side of building and design, Build Blog delves deep into the art of construction and always provides a good, entertaining, and informative read about the current state of the world of architecture. For readers with an affection for the design side of construction, Inhabitat is a great resource, whose tagline, "Design will save the world," speaks volumes about its passion for the subject. The blog explores the materials, technology, and building practices that are driving sustainability in today's construction environments.
BLDGBLOG is another of these architecture-centric blogs, run by a Los Angeles–based architect and offering readers a broad range of news and event content along with in-depth analyses of buildings and their architectures.
For those whose specialty is in construction landscape design, Landezine is an invaluable resource. The blog features all kinds of great content, not the least of which being numerous beautiful photos coupled with light commentary. The blog covers topics that range from residential to commercial and everything in between.
Financial and Budgeting Blogs
Whether you're first starting out on a small project or halfway through a huge building project, finances and budgeting can play a huge role in the outcome of your construction job. For this reason, you should also follow blogs that stay up to date with the financial sphere of the construction world.
Constructionomics is one of the best tools for remaining in the now when it comes to the economic side of building and construction. Created by John Poole, a construction manager, this blog is presented in an interesting and honest style and showcases content delivered from a very specific point of view—the financial side of construction projects.
Similarly, the Construction Marketing Association blog offers webcasts on construction topics along with more traditionally delivered breaking news items from within the industry, making it a great site for everything from surveys to information on expositions and trade shows. This blog also provides links to finding continuing training and education along with an extensive database of white papers and blog archives, and it even sponsors an onsite marketing mentor program.
Construction Informer is another perpetually active and informative blog, run by Duane Craig, that features a range of content, from interviews to in-depth articles, whose primary focus is on the financial and business side of managing a construction project.
Although many people may overlook the need to understand contracts, building codes, and local regulations, these elements are essential to completing a successful construction job, so you should stay up-to-date with the legal side of construction by visiting blogs geared toward legal advice and policy updates.
Best Practices Construction Law is one such legal blog that focuses on construction industry best practices. If you are looking for good “lessons learned” content, you'll find it here. It also features great review articles, project analyses, and stories from sites around the world too strange to make up.
If your company sticks around long enough, sooner or later you are likely to find yourself in a federal government contract. The Federal Construction Contracting Blog is a great way to become savvy with the kinds of considerations that come along with government work. The blog features current legal news on topics from accessing correct documents to obtaining sureties and provides information on every aspect of the process.