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Witnessing a disaster: What workers need in the aftermath of tragedy

Construction Dive

Contractors should have a plan in place to help employees left behind after a jobsite accident, especially as some seek compensation for mental suffering, according to experts

Contractor Networking - How To Connect With Local Business Owners

Contractor Bookkeeping

Making a few good local business connections can go a long way in helping your construction business grow. Networking can spark mutually beneficial partnerships, lead to new opportunities, and attract more clients through word of mouth.

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Cellar Vs Basement | What Is Cellar | What Is Basement

CivilJungle

What Is Cellar? A cellar is a part of a building that is present entirely below the level of the curb. The cellar is used mainly as a storage location, as it is completely underground. A type of wine cellar is the most popular option for storing food and other drinks, as it is out […].

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Want To Turn Your Home Into A Creative Space? Here’s What You Need

The Constructor

While working in a creative field, you’ll often find yourself disturbed if the ambiance around you isn’t fit to be your workspace. To avoid reaching.

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

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

3 Tips for Equipment Upkeep on Urban Projects

Construction Business Owner

3 Tips for Equipment Upkeep on Urban Projects. Elizabeth Manning. Wed, 02/26/2020 - 09:07. Master construction fueling processes and equipment maintenance tasks on all of your tight city jobsites with this top advice

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179D Tax Deduction Allocated from Government Buildings

Green Building Law Update

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation reviving the Section 179D energy efficient commercial building tax deduction and while much has been written about the much needed boost to green building, little has been said about the enormous benefits available from government owned buildings. The § 179D federal tax deduction was brought back from the dead. This was Congress’ tax extenders bill bringing back to life expired tax provisions. This post will not consider the extended tax breaks for racehorses and auto racetracks nor the reduction in taxes for domestic beer and spirts, and not the § 179D deduction for privately owned buildings, but rather it will focus on the energy efficient commercial building deduction for government owned buildings. Unremarkable, the Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act of 2019 amended the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, SEC. 131. ENERGY EFFICIENT COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS DEDUCTION. IN GENERAL. – Section 179D(h) is amended by striking ‘‘December 31, 2017’’ and inserting ‘‘December 31, 2020’’. EFFECTIVE DATES. – The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to property placed in service after December 31, 2017. But the import of those few interlineated words, is in the instance of energy efficient commercial building or property that is installed on or in property owned by a Federal, State, or local government or a political subdivision where the owner of the property may allocate the § 179D deduction to the person primarily responsible for designing the property (the designer). Of course, the government does not pay federal income tax such that it cannot utilize a tax deduction , so that tax deduction may be allocated to a taxpayer. The deduction will be allowed to the designer for the taxable year that includes the date on which the property is placed in service. The § 179D deduction had been in effect since January 1, 2006, but the systems and buildings must have been placed in service by December 31, 2017, which is when § 179D expired, prior to this revival. And it should not be lost on anyone that this tax deduction was revived back to December 31, 2017 (. when it last expired) and will remain effective through December 31, 2020. The IRS has issued guidance, that a designer is a person that creates the technical specifications for installation of energy efficient commercial building property (or partially qualifying commercial building property for which a deduction is allowed under § 179D). A designer may include, for example, an architect, engineer, contractor, environmental consultant or energy services provider who creates the technical specifications for a new building or an addition to an existing building that incorporates energy efficient commercial building property. A person that merely installs, repairs, or maintains the property is not a designer. If more than one designer is responsible for creating the technical specifications, the government owner of the building may determine which designer is primarily responsible and allocate the full deduction to that designer, or at the owner’s discretion, allocate the deduction among several designers. An allocation of the § 179D deduction to the designer of a government owned building must be in writing and will be treated as satisfying the requirements of tax code with respect to energy efficient commercial building property (or partially qualifying commercial building property for which a deduction is allowed under § 179D) if the allocation meets the simple and straightforward requirement of the IRS guidance and contains: (1) The name, address, and telephone number of an authorized representative of the owner of the government owned building; (2) The name, address, and telephone number of an authorized representative of the designer receiving the allocation of the § 179D deduction; (3) The address of the government owned building on or in which the property is installed; (4) The cost of the property; (5) The date the property is placed in service; (6) The amount of the § 179D deduction allocated to the designer; (7) The signatures of the authorized representatives of both the owner of the government owned building and the designer or the designer’s authorized representative; and (8) A declaration, applicable to the allocation and any accompanying documents, signed by the authorized representative of the owner of the government building and designer. In most instances that allocation form is no longer than one page. A tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot (i.e., this tax incentive is based on the area of the building not the dollar amount expended) is available to owners of new or existing buildings who install (1) interior lighting; (2) building envelope, or (3) heating, cooling, ventilation, or hot water systems that reduce the building’s total energy and power cost by 50% or more in comparison to a building meeting minimum requirements set by ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 for buildings and systems placed in service after January 1, 2017 (before that date ASHRAE 90.1-2001 was used). Note the maximum amount of the § 179D deduction to be allocated to the designer is the amount of the costs incurred by the owner of the government owned building to place the energy efficient commercial building property in service. A partial deduction may be allocated. Be aware the Department of Energy maintains a public list of software that may be used to calculate energy and power consumption and costs for purposes of the comparison against the prototype ASHRAE 90.1-2007 building. Selection of the ideal software for a particular building type can be key. In 2020 when Big Pharma is “out” and Jagged Little Pill is “in” many if not most new buildings constructed this year in states where the adopted energy code is the 2015 IECC or later, will meet the required level of performance above the ASHRAE standard. And LEED as well as 4.0 projects will in the vast majority of instances qualify. Deductions of $0.60 per square foot are available in instances in which individual lighting, building envelope, or heating and cooling systems that partially qualify by meeting certain target levels or through an interim lighting rule issued by the IRS. Bringing back to life the dormant § 179D tax deduction will not bring about the zombie apocalypse (. I’m fairly confident?) but it will revive the moribund U.S. green building industrial complex, including incentivizing energy efficient government building. Moreover, given that buildings use more than 40% of energy in the U.S., this tax incentive can benefit not only the designer of a government owned building, but given the concomitant one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions coming from those buildings (more than any other sector in the economy), also repairing the world. This law firm regularly works with owners, tenants, designers and others in securing green building incentives, including advantaging the § 179D tax deduction. Codes and Regulations Energy Environmental Green Building 179d 179d allocation energy efficient commercial building environmental attorney Kaplow LEED Section 179d Stuart Kaplow

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AIA pushes back on possible Trump architecture mandate

Construction Dive

The AIA said an executive order mandating neoclassical architecture styles for federal buildings would increase construction costs and schedules and result in sub-optimal buildings

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Verisure To Create 1,000 Jobs In North East England

Business Facilities

Europe’s largest domestic alarm provider will invest nearly $4M in a 104,000-square-foot facility at the Quorum Business Park, North Tyneside. Read: Verisure To Create 1,000 Jobs In North East England at BusinessFacilities.com.

Best Value Facilities Construction/O&M Planning, Procurement and Project Delivery

Job Order Contracting

Best Value Facilities Construction/O&M Planning, Procurement and Project Delivery can only be achieved with a concerted focus upon change management, education, and leadership.

AAC Blocks Adhesive – Procedure, Specification, and Advantages

The Constructor

AAC block adhesive is a polymer-based versatile jointing material specially designed to provide high bonding, durability and speed up the build. Building Technology Guide AAC Adhesive

New Orleans building inspectors suspended over alleged Hard Rock project negligence

Construction Dive

Vehicle GPS records reveal the city employees may have not even visited the property on the dates they said they inspected it

Ports And FTZs: Tidal Wave

Business Facilities

The economic impact of U.S. seaports has a far reach, extending from the direct to the indirect and beyond. There are an estimated 2.2 million jobs that depend on ports. Read: Ports And FTZs: Tidal Wave at BusinessFacilities.com.

3D Printing Captures UVM STEM Complex

PC Construction

PC Construction’s Virtual Construction Department recently teamed with The University of Vermont’s FabLab to produce a 3D print model of the University’s award-winning STEM Complex. The construction of the STEM Complex was completed by PC. All Education & Campus Our Crew

Architecture Billings Continue Growth into 2020

Construction Superintendent Magazine

Starting the year on a strong note, architecture firm billings strengthened slightly in January, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects. AIA’s Architecture Billings Index score of 52.2 for January compared to 52.1*

Built Robotics releases 1st fully autonomous construction machinery in US

Construction Dive

New software allows GPS and LIDAR to work within previously specified locations for excavation work

SimpliSafe Creating 572 New Jobs In Virginia

Business Facilities

The producer of self-installed home security systems will invest $5.5 million to establish a new customer support center in Henrico County, VA. Read: SimpliSafe Creating 572 New Jobs In Virginia at BusinessFacilities.com.

Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete | Type of Non-Destructive Testing Concrete

CivilJungle

What Is Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete? This test provides immediate results, strength, and real properties of the concrete structure. Non-destructive testing of concrete is a method to obtain the compressive strength and other properties of concrete from existing structures.

Liquid Penetrant Test on Concrete: Purpose, Procedure, and Applications

The Constructor

Liquid penetrant test, also known as dye penetrant inspection (DPI) or liquid penetrant inspection (LPI), is a non-destructive testing. How To Guide Non-Destructive Tests Concrete Technology Concrete Test Concrete Tests

The Dotted Line: How to get payment from slow-paying general contractors

Construction Dive

Construction legal experts say there are a number of tactics subcontractors can use — ranging from politeness to state laws — to collect money owed to them

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Freshpet Investing $264M In New Texas Manufacturing Facility

Business Facilities

The new pet food manufacturing facility will create 427 new jobs in Ennis, TX with help from a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant. . Read: Freshpet Investing $264M In New Texas Manufacturing Facility at BusinessFacilities.com.

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Types of Concrete Construction Joints | Tips on Placing Joints in Concrete | Tips on Placing Joints in Concrete

CivilJungle

Concrete joints are used to compensate when concrete expands or shrinks with changes in temperature. Concrete joints are normally used to prevent cracking when concrete contractions, creating training, tools, sawdust, and placement of joint builders.

School districts in California are stepping in to provide affordable housing for faculty and staff

BD+C

The affordable housing shortage in the U.S. is particularly acute in California, where less than one-third of the state’s households can afford a median-priced home that now tops $600,000 , or more than twice the national average

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NLRB issues final joint-employer rule

Construction Dive

The ABC said the ruling should provide clarity to contractors about their responsibility under the National Labor Relations Act

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Who Will You Meet At LiveXchange?

Business Facilities

If your company has active or ongoing site selection projects, you can't afford to miss LiveXchange, the biggest show of the year for site selectors. Read: Who Will You Meet At LiveXchange? at BusinessFacilities.com.

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Hip Roof Vs Gable Roof | What Is Gable Roof | What Is Hip Roof

CivilJungle

While there are dozens of possible roof designs to consider for a new or newly remodeled home, there are two, in particular, that stand out for their enduring popularity and timeless appeal: hip and gable roofs. But what exactly are modern, gabled roofs?

How Suffolk Construction Is Changing Its Safety Processes by Predicting the Future

Construction Business Owner

How Suffolk Construction Is Changing Its Safety Processes by Predicting the Future. Elizabeth Manning. Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:28.

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Construction Dive readers concur: Cellphones negatively affecting jobsite productivity, safety

Construction Dive

In Part 2 of an in-depth look at personal phone use, anecdotal survey results expand on the management, and sometimes lack thereof, of this "dangerous distraction "

Data Center Industry Locations: Data-Driven Growth

Business Facilities

As the demand for data continues to expand exponentially, new data centers are being built on sites closer to consumers (also known as “edge” locations) and modular, pre-fab units are speeding construction. Read: Data Center Industry Locations: Data-Driven Growth at BusinessFacilities.com.

Dog-Legged Staircase | What Is Staircase | Advantages & Disadvantage of Dog-Legged Staircase

CivilJungle

What Is Staircase? A staircase is a set of steps that lead from one floor to another. It is provided to allow the means of ascending and descending between the various floors of the building. The room or enclosure of the building, in which the staircase is located, is known as a staircase.

Seven architects aim to design the “newsstand of the future”

BD+C

Nemo Monti and Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily newspaper, have created a project to create a new model of the “newsstand for the 21st century.”

Denver airport chief takes blame for $1.8B Great Hall P3 debacle

Construction Dive

Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day allegedly made the admission to city council members in closed-door sessions, but also said Ferrovial-led Great Hall was given "too long a leash "

Accurate Energetic Systems Investing $9.7M In Tennessee Expansion

Business Facilities

AES will modernize and expand its operations at its 1,300-acre site in McEwen, TN, resulting in 80 new jobs. Read: Accurate Energetic Systems Investing $9.7M In Tennessee Expansion at BusinessFacilities.com.

Concreting in Construction | Classification | Properties | Grades | Advantage & Disadvantage | Quality Control

CivilJungle

Introduction of Concreting in Construction Concrete is most frequently used man-made construction material in the world and is second only to water as the most used substance on Earth.