Construction employment up in 40 states and DC

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months and in 30 states and D.C. between April and May, according to an analysis today by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data.  Association officials said the employment gains help, but that construction employment remains […]

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Paper connects green infrastructure, health and resiliency

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has published a research paper, “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities” that discusses the connections between green infrastructure, health and community resiliency. The paper reviews a growing body of literature which illustrates that how we design buildings and communities has profound consequences for our health and […]

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Code change will reduce hot water waste, save Americans time and money


Plumbing inspectors, manufacturers, engineers, contractors, labor representatives and other industry technical experts voted overwhelmingly recently to make a change to plumbing codes that will ensure hot water pipes in new homes and commercial buildings are insulated. Overall, insulation of hot water pipes will shorten the amount of time spent waiting for hot water at showers […]

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Five Myths of Tubular Daylighting Devices

Michael Sather, commercial marketing manager at Solatube International Inc., Vista, CA

Are these myths preventing you from specifying/purchasing tubular daylighting devices for your commercial facility? Many people are familiar with the concept of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), often generically referred to by more informal names such as solar tubes, sun tunnels, light pipes, or tube lights. The general concept is simple: A dome, attached to a […]

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Firestone Names 2014 Partner in Quality Award Winners

East Richland Elementary School, Olney, IL  Contractor:  Industrial Contracting  System:  CladGard SA, UC-14

Firestone Building Products recently recognized 189 firms across the United States, Canada and Mexico with its 2014 Partner in Quality Award. The annual award honors an elite group of Firestone Building Products Red Shield(tm) Licensed Roofing Contractors for a high level of craftsmanship and the skillset required for superior roofing installations. Firestone Building Products Red […]

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Green roof industry grows by 10% in 2013

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association announces a 10 percent growth rate for green roofs in 2013 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. The Washington DC Metropolitan Region saw the installation of 2,164,926 square feet of green roofs in 2013. Washington has adopted public policies and programs […]

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Webcast forecasts growth in nonresidential construction


A recent webcast featuring economists from Reed Construction Data, American Institute of Architects and the Association of General Contractors of America outlined the economic state of the construction industry in the U.S. They addressed key business opportunities, target growth markets, and the impact of market conditions on the performance of different construction sectors. During the webcast, […]

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IP video raises awareness of wildlife conservation through education, entertainment and endowment

Photo courtesy of American Eagle Foundation.

“Critter cams,” using Axis Communications IP cameras let viewers share in the daily lives of animals usually hidden in forests, groves or high atop trees. The high-quality streams, often running 24/7 in HDTV-quality, are an important educational tool to protect, preserve and promote awareness of wild animals and the threats they face in a changing […]

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Ask Questions, Then Design Lighting

Cheryl Ford, marketing manager for OSRAM Sylvania, Danvers, MA.

Lighting design should be part of the initial facility design phase to ensure effective illumination and energy savings. The intended use for a building and the owner’s design goals not only affect the layout, finishes, and furnishings, but have a significant impact on lighting needs and energy costs. Unfortunately, lighting often is not discussed in […]

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Precast concrete rings create artificial reef structures


Wayfarer Environmental Technologies’ OysterBreak artificial reef structures use strategically placed submerged precast concrete rings which employ the oyster’s inherent nature of clustering to fill in the gaps, creating an artificial reef. The system uses stacks of specially designed concrete rings similar in size, shape, and weight to spacer rings used on manhole risers, but featuring […]

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