Mon.Aug 10, 2020

3 Ways to Use Building Codes to Slow Climate Change 

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3 Ways to Use Building Codes to Slow Climate Change . mbeirne. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 06:00. Most people rarely think that their homes or office buildings are major contributors to climate change, but we should not be so quick to overlook them. Our residential and commercial buildings account for about 40% of total energy consumption in the United States. .

There’s Still Time To Invest In Qualified Opportunity Zones

Business Facilities

The IRS has extended a critical deadline for investments in Qualified Opportunity Zones until the end of the year, hoping to entice investors who have largely sat on their money during the global pandemic. Read: There’s Still Time To Invest In Qualified Opportunity Zones at

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Jobsite 3D Mobile Scanning Tech Launched for Spot Robot Dog

Construction Junkie

courtesy of FARO. In June, the famous autonomous robot dog from Boston Dynamics, named Spot, was released to the public for sale after several months of trials with strategic partners in the construction industry, among others.

Appeals court upholds $687K builders risk exclusion on Balfour Beatty project

Construction Dive

The court found that the risk policy for a Houston office building did not cover damage to the windows caused by slag from welding operations by subcontractor Milestone Metals

You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

SAE Publishes Vacuum Excavation and Sewer Cleaning Equipment Standards

Construction Equipment

SAE has published a second standard for Vacuum Excavators and Sewer Cleaning Equipment with the publication of J3107 to compliment the already published J3106 Standard. The members of AEM’s Underground Equipment Manufacturers Committee (UEMC) understood the need for standards for the growing

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How can we reduce the carbon footprint in the Construction Sector?

The Constructor

I was shocked to learn that the construction sector, operation, and maintenance of the built environment is responsible for 45% of the total UK’s carbon emission from the recent study published in the UK. The report went on to add that 32% of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition business, and nearly 13% of […]. The post How can we reduce the carbon footprint in the Construction Sector? appeared first on The Constructor. Concrete Technology

Job Order Contract Best Management Practices

Job Order Contracting

Job Order Contract Best Management Practices involve a focus upon LEAN collaborative construction planning, procurement, and project delivery processes and the associated integration of people, process, information, and people. Not all Job Order Contracts (JOC) and JOC Programs are the same. In fact, many JOC Programs have failed to employ LEAN principles.

10 Ways Drones are Changing the Construction Industry Forever

The Constructor

Drones are the cutting-edge technology of the modern world. Every industry has started profiting from this technology. The construction industry is not lagging. The construction industry has begun using drones for various purposes, from surveying the land at the starting of a project even to provide a warranty to the finished project. Here are ten […]. The post 10 Ways Drones are Changing the Construction Industry Forever appeared first on The Constructor.

Zillow CEO Says Pandemic-Related Homebuying Trends May Continue for Years

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Zillow CEO Says Pandemic-Related Homebuying Trends May Continue for Years. cbroderick. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 09:51. There’s a multitude of reasons why homeowners are moving or considering a move: more space, privacy, safety. Indefinite changes to lifestyles, such as remote working and fleeing urban areas, are impacting buyer interests, according to CNBC. Rich Barton, CEO of Zillow, calls this a “great reshuffling” and predicts these pandemic-related trends will continue for several years.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

The Era of Smart in Construction


Are you ready for the era of smart in the construction industry? Ready or not. It is coming, as the IoT (Internet of Things) is poised to help in connecting various smart devices together. This can include everything from sensors, to wearables, and so much more. The increasing need for data analysis and integration of analytics will push this forward in a number of industries, including construction. Mordor Intelligence forecasts the global IoT market will reach $1.2

From lobby to penthouse, elevators can be a 100% touch-free experience


The average person in today’s world is more acutely aware of germs than ever before. This new awareness is beginning to change aspects of our daily lives and is causing us to think more deeply about things once performed by rote; shaking hands has been replaced with fist and elbow bumps, our hand washing routines have become akin to surgeons scrubbing in, and our feet are doing their best imitation of our prehensile cousins’ for things like opening bathroom doors or stalls

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Smart Offices Entice a Return to Work


It’s time to return to work, and despite what some people might say many want to return to work. Even Gartner predicts by 2022, 60% of hybrid workers will prioritize a “wellness-equipped smart office” over a remote office. And for the construction industry, well, sometimes going to the jobsite isn’t optional. However, we are going to need to create that “wellness-equipped smart office” if we want to entice people back into buildings, field trailers, and the jobsite.

Vanguard Truck Centers Opens 19th Location

Construction Equipment

Vanguard Truck Centers has opened a new location in Georgetown, Texas, marking the eighth facility in Texas and the 19th overall for the Volvo Trucks dealer group across six states. Vanguard Truck Centers continues to be one of Volvo Trucks’ important dealer partners,” said Peter Voorhoeve

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Change in Georgia Lien Law


On August 5, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp signed Georgia Senate Bill 315 into law. This new law, which is codified at Title 44, Chapter 14, Section 366 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, substantially changes the way Georgia interprets statutory interim and final lien waivers. Change in Law.

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It's a Seller's Market, According to Fannie Mae

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It's a Seller's Market, According to Fannie Mae. cbroderick. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:03. Fannie Mae’s recent Home Purchase Sentiment Index found that the number of consumers believing it is a good time to buy is dwindling, while sellers believing it is a good time to sell has increased. These attitudes prove how the housing market is now a seller’s market, according to HousingWire. In June, 61% of Americans believed it was a good time to buy, but that amount has dropped by 8%, to 53% in July.

Dodge Index Inches Higher in July

Construction Equipment

The Dodge Momentum Index moved to 124.7 in July, up 3.4 percent from June’s reading of 120.5 2000 = 100). The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning. For July, the commercial component increased 5.3 percent, and the institutional

Power Overhead


Solar is expanding its presence in new construction at a rate that equals or exceeds retrofitting. Solar roofing systems are known to generate energy and help reduce monthly electric bills which make them an ideal up-sell or incentive in new developments. One prominent name in roof-integrated solar is GAF Energy. The GAF Energy solar system couples attractive and affordable solar technology with fast, easy installation.

Dodge Momentum Index increases in July


The Dodge Momentum Index moved 3.4% higher in July to 124.7 2000=1000) from the revised June reading of 120.5. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics , is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. During the month, the commercial component increased 5.3% while the institutional component was unchanged

No Estimate Yet for Chicago Looting Damage As Downtown Access Remains Limited

ENR Construction

Transportation in and out of downtown Chicago will be restricted during overnight hours to residents and workers only

Construction industry adds 20,000 employees in July but nonresidential employment dips


Construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in July but the gains were limited to housing, while employment related to infrastructure and nonresidential building construction slipped by 4,000, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data released today.

Fast-Moving Isaias Dishes Out Disruption in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

ENR Construction

Forecasters fear the tropical storm is just the first of many this season

5 Best Work Boots for BrickLayers for Standing ALL Day

Work Gearz

Working with cement, water and bricks is all it takes for the job of a bricklayer. And the part of your body that gets most effected in this is your feet which have to endure all the cement dust, water, and brick debris. I understand your pain and hard labor and care for you. . That’s why in order to protect your feet from all the harsh elements of working with bricks for constructing buildings, I have come up with a list of the best work boots for bricklayers.

Standard 2BHK Flat RCC Design And Calculation

Construction Cost Estimating

Today, let us design an average plan of a general 2BHK apartment. What's more, we should just take dead and live loads. Include wind loads and seismic loads as indicated by zone in the wake of rehearsing with dead and live load. The thought is basic – Slab lays on beams. Beams lay on columns and Columns lay on footings. So design slab first, at that point utilize the load from load to design beams. Beams will put load on columns. Also, columns on footings.

Concrete Institute and Post-Tensioning Institutes expand partnership


The American Concrete Institute and the Post-Tensioning Institute expanded their partnership to increase efficiency for design of structural post-tensioned concrete structures. The partnership formalizes efforts through the new joint ACI-PTI Committee 320, Post-Tensioned Structural Concrete Code.

Rural Australian Health Clinic is Sensitive to the Community

Natural Building

The ‘Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Services Clinic’ was built using rammed earth sourced exclusively from the site. It is built around a sheltered courtyard, where Australian hardwoods are used to minimize the heat effect. Built in Newman, a remote town located 1200 km north of Perth, the clinic places wellness at the center of the community and offers access to better healthcare.

This Instagram Account Connects Millennials to Historical Homes

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This Instagram Account Connects Millennials to Historical Homes. cbroderick. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:08. One woman turned to Instagram in order to help bridge the gap between younger generations and historical homes, and it’s working. It may seem like a big job for one social media account, but the account is an offshoot of a listing website for old homes, CIRCA, created by the same woman, Elizabeth Finkelstein.

Deadly Baltimore Blast Revives Concerns About Natural Gas Infrastructure

ENR Construction

The city's utility, Baltimore Gas & Electric has come under increasing criticism about the age of its system

10 Outdated Home Features to Replace with Smart Tech

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10 Outdated Home Features to Replace with Smart Tech. cbroderick. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:16. With the rising interest in smart home technology, many seemingly normal home features can now be considered outdated. says if sellers do not have a new home built within the past two years, these 10 features most likely remain in the home and sellers should consider replacing them with modern technology prior to listing.

No Estimate Yet for Chicago Looting Damage, Downtown Access Remains Limited

ENR Construction

Transportation in and out of downtown Chicago will be restricted during overnight hours to residents and workers only

A simple solution for sealing leaks

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A simple solution for sealing leaks. kcichowicz. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:33. DuPont ™ FlexWrap ™ EZ creates a durable seal around building penetrations such as HVAC lines, vents, wires and gas lines. A uniquely flexible, self-adhering flashing, FlexWrap ™ EZ helps prevent air and water intrusion and improves energy efficiency, so builders and contractors can make every project a sure fit

The Cost of RFIs and Best Practices for Construction Professionals

Construction Junkie

A Request for Information (RFI) is a standard business practice that construction professionals use throughout a project to get clarifications on specific parts of the construction documents.

Danny Lipford

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Danny Lipford. mbeirne. Mon, 08/10/2020 - 08:41