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Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Legal

ASHRAE releases new version of energy efficiency standard for buildings

November 4, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

SHRAE has released an expanded, revised version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It contains more than 100 changes from the 2016 version, including numerous energy-saving measures. The new version “focuses on energy-saving […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Trump allows Texas border wall construction to begin without standard environmental reviews

November 1, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

More than 30 regulations are included in the latest waiver including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. It covers construction of physical […]


Construction Processes, Financial

NYC construction spending to hit $190B by 2022

October 30, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The Building Congress also called on federal and state government officials to step up their investments in the city’s infrastructure and transportation systems. Of particular importance to the group is adequate funding of the Gateway Program by President Donald Trump’s […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Federal bill would end mandate for iron in water infrastructure projects, allow alternative materials

October 29, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Several municipalities have regulations in place that significantly restrict the types of materials available used for infrastructure projects. Those receiving funds from several federal agencies, such as the Federal Highway Administration would have to make changes, should the bill become […]


Construction Techniques

New coal ash aggregate helps concrete cure

October 29, 2019

Via: Construction News ScienceDaily

Coal ash is the less notorious byproduct of coal-fired power plants. It’s the residual solid waste that comes from burning coal. While it doesn’t have the same deleterious reputation of its airborne counterparts, tens of millions of tons of ash […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

U.S. military demands landlords address health hazards in troop housing

October 28, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

Three branches of the U.S. military are more intently scrutinizing housing landlord Balfour Beatty Communities with concerns over health hazards and maintenance practices, according to a Reuters report. The Air Force issued an ultimatum for Balfour Beatty to submit a […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Interaction of Expertise

NY-NJ Port Authority approves $4.5B of airport projects

October 28, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The AirTrain project at LaGuardia, which is still undergoing an environmental review, will use the design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) delivery method. The authority has not yet awarded the construction contract for the project. The new AirTrain at LIA could also be delivered […]


Construction Processes, Legal

San Francisco’s office development fees set to more than double

October 25, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The theory behind the linkage fees is that they will help meet the demand for new affordable housing generated by new nonresidential projects, but, for two of the largest employer organizations in the U.S., it’s not that simple. “ABC NorCal […]


Construction Processes, Legal, Procurement

Avoid the Pain Points in Trump Tariffs

October 25, 2019

Via: ENR

More than 1,000 days into the current administration, there is no escaping that the “Trump tariffs,” as they have come to be known, have caused a significant hike in material costs on most construction projects. The tariffs on imported materials […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise

Architecture Billings Index downturn moderates as challenging conditions continue

October 24, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

While architecture billings moderated in September, design activity shows signs of remaining sluggish at U.S. architecture firms, according to a new report released today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score in September is […]