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Construction Processes, Legal

A majority of Americans would pay more taxes for better roads

December 5, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

The results of the HNTB poll mirror similar feedback from a national Bloomberg survey earlier this year, which found that just over half (55%) of Americans would support an increase in the federal gas tax if it meant improvements to roads and […]


Construction Processes, Legal

FL relaxes contractor licensing laws in Irma’s aftermath

November 30, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Florida, which has a stringent set of contractor licensing laws, suspended its licensed roofing contractor requirement in 2004 when Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan rolled through the state causing extensive damage. The state’s building codes were overhauled after Hurricane Andrew […]


Construction Processes, Legal

OSHA fines NJ contractor $191K for scaffold safety violations

October 25, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Scaffolding-related violations typically make an appearance in OSHA’s annual top 10 list of most frequently violated safety standards. Incorrectly assembled or misused scaffolding equipment can create fall hazards as dangerous as those faced by roofers or ironworkers. And a fall […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Taxes funding US highway construction aren’t enough

September 18, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

Improvements in fuel efficiency and a federal gas tax — which has remained unchanged since 1993 — have been largely responsible for stunted growth in gas-tax revenues that fund the HTF. To remedy that holding pattern, industry groups and lawmakers alike are […]


Construction Processes, Legal

US hotel supply starts to outpace demand

September 8, 2017

Via: Commercial Construction and Renovation

The U.S. lodging industry will continue to grow across all major metrics in 2018, but at a slower pace, according to a recent report by CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research. The company forecasts increases in occupancy, average daily room rate (ADR), revenue […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Seventy percent of contractors have trouble finding workers

September 7, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

A mid a construction boom, 70% of construction firms say they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions, according to the results of an industry-wide survey by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Chronic labor shortages […]


Construction Processes, Legal

How to survive a government shutdown

September 6, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

In 2013, after partisan squabbles around the Affordable Care Act, Congress failed to enact a spending bill, throwing the federal government into shutdown mode. As a result, more than 400,000 government workers were furloughed, and agencies deemed nonessential shuttered their windows […]


Construction Processes, Legal

New York City will require construction superintendents on building higher than three stories

September 1, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

New York City recently enacted legislation that will require contractors to hire construction superintendents for all major projects at buildings higher than three stories. Another new law requires the Department of Buildings (DOB) to notify OSHA about construction code violations […]


Construction Processes, Legal

The big small business: Inside the world of franchise homebuilding

August 30, 2017

Via: Construction Dive

From restaurant chains to rental cars, franchises abound in business. The construction industry is no stranger to the category (think Bath Fitter or Budget Blinds). Less prevalent, however, are franchises that build homes from the ground up. That franchise type […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Green building advocates erect icehouses on Penn. state capitol steps to make point on codes

August 29, 2017

Via: BDCNetwork

Advocates aiming to prompt Pennsylvania legislators to update the state’s building codes erected two icehouses on the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg to make a point about energy efficiency. One 8-foot-by-8-foot icehouse was built to current code; the […]