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Innovative Ways to Stay-up-to-Date on Construction, Design Trends

If Dorothy and her crew was planning to build Oz instead of just go to see the Wizard, they might have chanted: Webinars, Podcasts & Ted Talks, oh my!

Here are a few innovative ways to stay on top of construction and design trends without breaking the piggy bank. offers a variety of webinars. Topics covered include design, technology, site planning, luxury builds, green homes, and much more. A sampling of recently offered webinars:

  • 'Resort-style Living' covers how to marry luxury living with energy efficiency.
  • 'Get Smart: How to make a homeowners tech dreams a reality.' (The title says it all)
  • 'Creative Development Options for Difficult Sites' shows builders how to develop overlooked land parcels into thriving neighborhoods.

Podcasts for construction, architecture and related industries are hugely popular. Quality can vary; you don’t want to tune into Hillbilly Bob’s lessons on building a backyard barn. A few highly rated podcasts are:

  • ConnTechTrio focuses on the technology side of construction. Topics include hardware, software, devices, apps and the strategies for applying them on construction projects. Listen up!
  • If you’re looking for resources to grow your business, boost income, and enhance leadership skills listen to Construction Leading Edge hosted by Todd Dawalt.
  • The Pro Construction Guide Podcast for Pros hosted by John Gordon and Dave Dovell, offers time and cost savings tips for the job site. It also features interviews with manufacturers on industry trends and the latest tools and products. You’ll also hear from industry experts and consultants on best practices for running your business. Listen up!
  • TedxTalks offers a wide variety of construction industry topics. Use the search tool to identify specific topics of interest to you otherwise your search result turns up everything from building the Magellan Telescope to a designing a Tesla engine—both of which are really cool, but may not necessarily be relevant to your business. Here are a few talks to check out: Innovative Design to Create Positive Change Urban Style, Efficient Buildings around the Globe Amazing Creative Homes from all over the World Master Talks with Top Architects from around the World Envisioning the City of the Future (six TedxTalks)
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