Non-residential construction up slightly in May
Investment in building construction cooled slightly in May, decreasing 1.9 per cent to $19.4 billion, Statistics Canada reported yesterday. This was the first drop in seven months. Non-residential construction increased 0.6 per cent to $4.7 billion in May with investment in commercial construction up 0.8 per cent to $2.6 billion. Ontario continued to lead that component with multiple high-value construction projects in the works across the province. Institutional investment continued to grow for the seventh consecutive month, up 1.2 per cent to $1.2 billion.
Additive manufacturing creates first Airbnb rental
Twente Additive Manufacturing today announced that its Fibonacci House, manufactured by the additive manufacturing process and billed as Canada’s first 3D printed home, is now available for vacation rental. Twente said the house is also the world’s first Airbnb-listed “3D Printed Concrete Tiny Home.” The Fibonacci House was created using a concrete additive manufacturing process designed and sold by Twente, a Dutch start-up founded in 2018. The house is located in Nelson, B.C.
Canada and Saskatchewan invest in rural bridges
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are putting more than $6.8 million in joint funding towards 12 infrastructure projects across the province involving replacing culverts and bridges that have reached the end of their service life. For projects requiring consultations with Indigenous groups, funding is conditional on all consultation requirements being met.