Posts Tagged 'March 2016'

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LEED Committee Adopts Pilot Credits on Resilient Design

The U.S. Green Building Committee’s LEED Steering Committee approved three pilot credits on resilient design, the first of which encourages designers, planners and building owners or operators to plan for a wide range of natural disasters or disturbances, as well as consider long-term trends affecting building performance such as changing climate conditions. 

Injury and Illness Reporting Goes Electronic

About a year after OSHA’s new injury and illness reporting requirements took effect, the agency launched a webpage where employers can electronically report cases. Employers now have three ways to report incidents: electronically through the new web portal, osha.gov/report; by phone, (800) 321- OSHA; or at the nearest OSHA Area Office. 

Oversight Committee Favorably Marks Up Neutrality Legislation

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671) would increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.

ICC Updates Building Code for Tornado-Prone Regions

The International Code Council (ICC) approved building code changes for tornado-prone regions requiring enhanced protection for new school buildings and additions on existing school campuses, as well as facilities where people regularly assemble, such as gymnasiums, theaters and community centers. 

Price Increases Ahead for Drywall, Painting and Landscape Services

The price of plastering and drywall services is forecast to jump 7.7 percent in 2016. Additionally, prices for painting services are anticipated to increase 5.9 percent, and prices for landscape architecture and design services are expected to escalate 3.4 percent. 

House Passes Resolution to Withdraw WOTUS Rule

Last November, the Senate voted to nullify the WOTUS rule, which would dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land use across the country. 

Disaster Preparedness: Protections Every Contractor Should Have in Place

There is no one-size-fits-all plan for disasters, but that doesn’t mean contractors shouldn’t have a basic strategy. Realistically, contractors require specialized plans for different situations. Developing a plan isn’t difficult, but too many contractors neglect to carry through and take the steps necessary to continue improving their plans. 

Best Practices for Evaluating Insurance Investments

Making a higher spend at the beginning by investing in the cost of quality and minimized risk can often result in much greater savings at the end. 

Techniques to Maximize SDI Coverage and Streamline the Claim Process

SDI policies are viable risk transfer options that offer many benefits. Many of the drawbacks related to the claim process can be eliminated through advanced policy language negotiation, especially for larger policy purchasers, which will be perceived by the carrier as repeat customers. Drawbacks that cannot be negotiated can be minimized by employing preparation, organization and diligence, as well as competent legal counsel. 

2016 Insurance Market Forecast

While it’s important to understand the economics of the insurance industry, there is nothing a business can do to positively affect it. In the long run, the only way to reduce the cost of risk is to reduce the frequency and severity of claims that drive the cost. An effective risk control program and a partnership with the right broker who can thoughtfully present a company’s program to the insurance marketplace is the key to lowering costs. 

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