From the category archives: Sustainability


Waste Rating System Unveiled for Businesses

Companies and facilities have an updated tool to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals through project certification and professional credentialing. The TRUE Zero Waste rating system helps organizations understand how materials flow through their facilities, as well as set benchmarks, track performance, educate employees and identify opportunities for products to be reused. TRUE-certified projects—of which there are 88 around the world—meet a minimum of 90 percent waste diversion for 12 months from landfills, incinerators or the environment. 

Residential Green Building Continues to Gain Traction

At least one-third of single-family and multifamily builders say green building represents more than 60 percent of their portfolio, according to a new SmartMarket Brief from Dodge Data & Analytics in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders. Within that group, nearly 30 percent of multifamily builders are “dedicated” to green building, meaning it comprises more than 90 percent of their portfolio. 

Oklahoma Will Be Home to Largest U.S. Wind Farm

Work is under way on the 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher facility in the Oklahoma panhandle—set to be the largest wind farm in the United States and the second biggest in the world. It will generate electricity for more than 1 million customers in the South Central United States via 800 turbines. 

A Renewed Focus on Resiliency in Wood Construction

  In light of several recent natural disasters affecting North America, there is renewed focus on the resiliency of buildings. Because ongoing development will increase the total number of buildings exposed to these extreme weather events, the construction industry must play an active role in enhancing resiliency.

Sealing in Building Performance: Innovations Spark New Opportunities for Energy Savings

With the development of aerosol-based sealing, the tide has begun to turn on duct leakage. During the past six years or so, hundreds of commercial buildings across the country (and the world) have solved previously unsolvable ventilation issues, energy waste concerns, poor indoor air quality and other factors directly related to duct leakage. 

Market Overview: Creating Sustainable Growth With Surety Bonds

  Changes in the surety market have created opportunities for construction companies across the nation to achieve controlled and sustainable growth. 

A construction company must establish a strong network with legal and accounting professionals in order to be successful, but building a relationship with a surety bonding company places a contractor in a caliber of its own. Bonding capacity and prequalification transform businesses and help them prosper. 

The Federal Preemption Bind on Local Energy Policy

When it comes to energy efficiency in buildings, rapid technological advances are being undermined by outdated regulations. Decades-old federal laws currently prohibit states from setting energy standards for some of the most modern appliances, including heating and cooling systems and water heating equipment. 

Industry lobbyists working in Washington, D.C., set the standards, which bind states and cities from moving to more stringent rules in local energy codes than the current federal mandate. This “preemption” effect presents a major barrier to reducing energy waste for many states and jurisdictions in pursuit of better energy performance in building stock and achieving climate action goals. 

Stay Compliant With the Updated NPDES Permit

  During the past decade, lawsuits arising from violations of federal and state environmental regulations have made environmental compliance a critical topic. In particular, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit covering stormwater discharges from construction activities has been a major issue for the construction industry. 

Four Common Paths to Transitioning Ownership

Throughout the next decade, numerous baby boomers who own construction businesses will retire and exit the marketplace. For many, a good portion of their personal wealth is tied up in the business. To maximize financial gain upon retirement, owners will benefit from a well-planned transition strategy.

The New Advantages of Tin-plated Roofing

In addition to lasting 40 or more years depending on the material, metal roofing is significantly lighter in weight than standard tiles, 100 percent recyclable, and will not spark or flame during fires or if hit by lightning. 
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