NFPA 285: What Contractors Need to Know

  NFPA 285 is the standard for fire testing in exterior walls when combustible materials, such as foam plastic continuous insulation and water-resistive barriers, are components within the wall assembly. This stringent and expensive test provides a specific method of determining the flammability characteristics of complete exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels.

When State Laws Conflict With Payment Bond Terms

Payment bonds are always associated with contractual terms, but sometimes they also are simultaneously regulated by statute. This results in a legal battle among the freedom of contract, public policy and statutory authority—and often leads to a big legal black hole.

Don't Be a Victim of Fraud: New Resource Verifies Sureties and Bonds

A number of cases have occurred in which federal Miller Act performance and payment bonds issued by unscrupulous individual sureties were found to be false, and the assets to secure the bonds were insufficient or nonexistent. In many such cases, the subcontractors and suppliers that the surety bond was supposed to protect were left with no remedy for nonpayment.

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Online Project Management Technology

In the face of global competition, rising materials and labor costs, and changing regulations, online project management technologies can help construction companies become more efficient by improving collaboration, modernizing IT solutions and streamlining workflow processes. Taking advantage of these new technologies not only helps lower operating costs and reduces building time, but it also helps increase profits. 

The Right Way to Do Collections and Get Paid on Time

Collections problems often stem from the fact that many commercial clients have poor payment records. However, the greater
problem is that most midsized construction companies do not have a well-organized system for collecting invoices. Instead, they make collection calls when they have the time or when they need money. This approach results in cash flow problems that could easily be prevented.

Holding the Government Accountable for Unreasonable Contract Administration

  In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified important legal principles concerning the federal government’s duty of good faith and fair dealing and its responsibility for differing site conditions. Metcalf Construction Company, Inc. v. United States controls future disputes with the federal government and also provides authority and rationale useful to contractors in disputes with any public or private project owner.

Why Workers Should Follow the ‘Three Points of Contact’ Rule

  When it comes to equipment-related falls, small things can make a big different. To safely mount, dismount, enter or exit equipment, three of four points of contact must be maintained with the vehicle at all times: two hands and one foot, or both feet and one hand.

U.S. Construction Volume Set to Expand

  Forty-one states and the District of Columbia received a Reed Construction Data Expansion Index greater than 1 in December—indicating overall construction volume will expand in the next 12 months to 18 months.

Bill Seeks to Extend Vets’ Educational Credits

  Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) introduced the Veterans Entry to Apprenticeship Act (H.B 3384), which would allow veterans to use their educational benefits for enrollment in pre-apprenticeship programs.

$668 Million Designated for Coastal Projects In Louisiana

  The plan serves as a financial update to the Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast adopted by the state legislature in 2012. Funding will come in part from money the state receives from legal settlements related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in 2010.


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