Construction firms expect demand to grow in 2014

Many firms plan to start hiring again and most contractors predict demand will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey, conducted as part of Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, provides a generally […]

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Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower features color-changing, iridescent exterior

The Exploration Tower is a symbol of Port Canaveral's revitalization.

Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral beckons visitors with its unique appearance as its color changes in different light and at different angle. Opened in November 2013, the Port’s iconic welcome center showcases the first use of Valspar’s new Kameleon Color mica coating as spray-applied to Firestone Metal Products’ UNA-CLAD metal wall panels by Linetec. An […]

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New construction starts up 5% in December, 6% for 2013

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New construction starts in December grew 5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $554.5 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.  Although both nonresidential building and housing settled back during the final month of 2013, the nonbuilding construction sector (public works and electric utilities) finished the year on a […]

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SBIC Recognizes High-Performance Building Leaders

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The National Institute of Building Sciences’ Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recognized the 2013 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards winners at Building Innovation 2014: The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo. The SBIC Jury selected six winners ranging across four categories. Each of the six award-winning projects, products, initiatives and innovations demonstrate leadership in […]

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Construction employment declines by 16,000, but unemployment rate also declines

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Construction employment declined by 16,000 in December but the industry unemployment rate fell to 11.4 percent, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the new employment data was likely impacted by cold weather, but also reflects underlying weakness in the construction sector. Construction […]

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Ten mold inspection steps before buying a commercial building

Mold consultant Phillip Fry has published a list of ten mold inspection steps that need to be taken to protect a real estate buyer: A careful physical, visual inspection of the roof, attic, all interior rooms, garage, basement, crawl space, and the heating/cooling system to find evidence of building defects, maintenance problems, water intrusion, water […]

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Construction spending increase by 5.9% between November 2013 and 2013

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Total construction spending increased between October and November and for the year amid growing private-sector demand, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted, however, that the spending levels were held back by declining public sector investments for both the month and the year. […]

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Receives Recycling Award at Greenbuild 2013

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The Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States, was recently presented with Tarkett’s ReStart Award for returning a total of 53,170 pounds of flooring for recycling. The award was given during a reception in the company’s booth at the 2013 […]

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CertainTeed leads gypsum board industry in environmental claim validations

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CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to complete the UL Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) process for its full line of gypsum products. Specifically, UL Environment provided third-party verification for environmental claims including Recycled Content, Regional Materials and Mold Resistance. Additionally, the company secured Permanent Formaldehyde Absorption Capacity validation for its industry-only AirRenew®, which features VOC-scavenging technology […]

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Slight Contraction for Architecture Billings Index Contracts Slightly

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After six months of steadily increasing demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) paused in November.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was […]

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