As we near the end of 2015 and get ready to kill it in 2016, it helps to have a list of excellent resources for finding information quick .To save you some time, we combed through all the clutter and put together this handy list of the best contractor blogs and online publications we could find covering a broad range of topics so you can save this page and keep it all right in one place.
There’s a little something for everyone in here. So in no particular order, we present to you the Top 20 Construction Blogs and Publications you should follow in 2016.
Best Construction Industry Blogs
1. AEC Business
AEC Business is a blog that will appeal to business owners, R&D managers, and construction business developers alike. Written by Aarni Heiskanen, an architect turned architectural R&D manager, internet entrepreneur, and certified management consultant, AEC Business is a valuable resource for any construction professional. Innovative ideas, products, tools, and success stories are at your fingertips to help you increase your company’s success. AEC Business features blog posts and podcasts, has a simple, clean, and stunning layout, and is not to be missed.
“Construction Technologist” Robert McKinney brings you ConAppGuru, the ultimate resource for construction technology. McKinney reviews the best construction apps, hardware, and strategies to get your company up to speed on the latest technology. Whether you are a one-man operation, owner of a large construction firm, tech fan, or completely clueless about construction technology, McKinney’s blog has something for you.
3. Contractor Hub
Contractors and construction pros will find a wealth of information about building, marketing, and running their businesses over at the Contractor Blog at Contractor Hub. In addition to their blog, Contractor Hub also offers a free contractor directory where you can list your business as well as online tools that can help you use social media for lead generation, blog for business, create a business plan, and even a profit and loss tool.
4. Construction Marketing Association
The Construction Marketing Association (CMA) blog may belong to the CMA, but you will find much more than just construction marketing resources and support here. A wide range of topics and categories include construction equipment, safety, home remodeling, power tools, and events. But that’s not to say you don’t also get a fair amount of extremely valuable marketing information, as well. Whether you are looking for tips to improve your proposal success or improve your website’s lead capturing ability, the CMA blog has it all.
5. Construction Contract Advisor
You don’t need to specialize in construction contract law, that’s what you have the Construction Contract Advisor blog for. Craig Martin, a partner in the law firm of Lamson Dugan and Murray, LLP in Omaha, Nebraska, writes this must read resource for contractors which covers all aspects of construction law.
6. Marshall Leslie
Marshall Leslie is the owner of Toronto based consulting firm M. Leslie Inc., and an industry resource you’ll definitely want to check out. Leslie’s blog offers up observations on the North American construction industry, economic news, sustainable building trends, and is a great resource for green building and policy updates as well. Leslie posts often, and if you follow him on Twitter you won’t miss a single one.
7. Valleycrest Takes On
The only specialized niche blog to make our list, Valleycrest Takes On is a blog by commercial landscaping company Valleycrest that focuses on water management issues. With an increasing demand for green building, sustainable design, and water conservation in the construction industry, landscaping business pros are not the only ones who can benefit from the targeted information provided by this blog. Multiple contributors from the company gives Valleycrest Takes On posts personality, and fascinating case studies demonstrate real costs savings.
8. Contractor Talk
Come to Contractor Talk for the member-written blogs and articles, but stay for the forums. This site is specifically tailored for the contractor community, with valuable business and trade knowledge right from the mouths and minds of fellow contractors. Contractor Talk lets its members write and share their own blog posts, review products and tools, and track and share their latest projects. It’s an excellent resource for contractors by contractors.
9. Build Blog
A sharply designed blog written by Seattle based BUILD LLC, the Build Blog captivates with breathtaking photos and discussions of modern design. BUILD is a design-build firm creating modern architecture for their Pacific Northwest clients. Stay ahead of the latest trends in modern design and sustainability, and impress your clients with your design savvy by following the Build Blog.
10. Planting Acorns
Founder and President of Birmingham, AL Stewart Perry Company Merrill Stewart is the voice behind Planting Acorns. Stewart’s blog is about “helping you find seeds of potential where others only see a blank space.” Merrill’s first person account of the commercial construction industry, and updates on current Stewart Perry projects, is warm, easily read (Merrill is fond of the bullet point), and even inspirational at times.
Best Construction Industry Publications
11. Building Design + Construction
Specializing in non-residential construction, BD+C magazine focuses on the architects, engineers, contractors, and owner/ developers working on projects such as airports, government buildings, commercial offices, retail, and multi-family residences.
12. Construction Dive
Want the latest industry news in an easy to read, quickly digestible format? Construction Dive has you covered. The ConstructDive editorial team keeps up on the latest news and provides thoughtful analysis with in-depth feature articles for residential and commercial contractors. Dive into the site yourself, or sign up for a daily newsletter to deliver the top stories right to you.
13. Construction Business Owner
Construction Business Owner magazine is built for contractors looking for the latest business management information, full of practical knowledge on accounting, equipment management, finance, industry statistics, contractor insurance, regulatory issues, human resources, bidding strategies, technology, and jobsite safety.
14. Professional Remodeler
Professional Remodeler magazine is created for general remodeling contractors, as well as residential and commercial professionals. The target audience, however, is the small to medium business remodeling contractor who has been in the industry for a few years. Pro Remodel is focused on delivering business management information as well as resources on products, trends, news, design, sales, and marketing.
15. Professional Builder
Established in 1936, Professional Builder has been a trusted resource for the construction industry for generations. Professional Builder delivers excellent resources to builders ranging from industry news, product information, business development, and more. Every year, Pro Builder highlights a home builder paving the way for the rest of the industry and awards them with the Builder of the Year title.
16. Contractor Magazine
Another industry publication with a distinguished history is Contractor Magazine, which has been helping contractors build their business since 1954. Industry news, in-depth articles, videos, and resources for plumbers, welders, piping contractors and more.
17. Construction Executive
More than 50,000 construction business owners rely on Construction Executive for news about the business issues impacting the construction industry. Construction owners and top managers can find reliable information on workforce development, safety and liability, technological advancements, legislative action, insurance, estimating, and project management.
18. For Construction Pros
The ultimate resource for contractors, For Construction Pros is your destination for this and six other digital publications, including:
- Equipment Today
- Concrete Contractor
- Asphalt Contractor
- Sustainable Construction
A one-stop shop for information across the construction and equipment industry.
19. ENR Engineering News-Record
ENR is the one of the world’s leading engineering and construction news magazine, and has been providing contractors, project managers, owner/ developers, engineers, and architects with industry news, analysis, data and opinions since 1911. ENR compiles and publishes an extensive amount of data on labor costs and construction materials, in-depth industry economic analysis reports, and the rankings of the largest construction and engineering firms by revenue.
20. Equipment World
Where can you get the latest news and information on work trucks, excavators, dozers, and more? Equipment World, of course. The review section accomplishes something almost impossible: unbiased, contractor-based reviews of heavy equipment from owners who rate their performance, serviceablity, and machine comforts, as well as dealer service and support.
These great resources will keep you up to date on everything you need to know to get ahead of the game in 2016, so don't miss a single one.