Increases in Store for Construction Starts, Natural Gas Investment and BIM Usage

  Total construction starts are expected to rise 9 percent to $555 billion in 2014, with single-family housing leading the way for the second consecutive year, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2014 Dodge Construction Outlook.

Thirteen Ways to Look at OSHA Compliance

The Obama administration’s focus on OSHA and other government agencies has been less about compliance and more about enforcement. For the construction industry, this means more inspections, more citations and larger fines. Find out how a construction company can improve its safety program, reduce its OSHA citation and penalty exposure, improve profits and stay out of trouble.

Treasury Fund Infuses $10 Billion Into Small Business Loans

A report by the U.S. Department of the Treasury found community banks receiving capital through the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) increased small business lending by $10.4 billion since the worst of the recession.

Chicago Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking

The Chicago City Council voted 32-17 to adopt the Energy Use Benchmarking & Transparency Ordinance.

Study Pinpoints Commercial Construction as a $9.6 Billion Business in Alabama

Commercial construction and the industries that feed it stimulated $9.6 billion of business in Alabama in 2010, according to a study the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

SBA Proposes Changes to Surety Bond Guarantee Program

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to implement provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013 that would raise the maximum contract amount for which the SBA can guarantee a bond from $2 million to $6.5 million, or to $10 million if a federal contracting officer certifies the guarantee is necessary for the small business to obtain bonding

Third Time’s a Charm?

After back-to-back elections filled with big promises and eventual disappointment, Republican onlookers can be forgiven for any skepticism regarding their chances of winning the Senate majority in 2014. But for all of the wasted potential and missed opportunities of the past two cycles, Republicans will enjoy distinct structural advantages this coming November that were lacking in years past. In short, 2014 represents the party’s best chance to seize control of the upper chamber.

SPF for the Building Envelope

Among its many benefits, spray polyurethane foam seals the structure to reduce air infiltration and insulates to control heating and cooling losses. It  also can be used as a seamless low-slope or flat roofing product on some buildings.

Managing Environmental Exposures on Health Care Projects

To mitigate environmental exposures, contractors should consider taking a program-based approach, including risk transfer through a comprehensive contractor pollution liability policy that provides coverage for a wide variety of exposures and includes remediation costs.

Contractors Renovate Home of Boston Bombing Victim

More than 75 companies, including Cobb Hill Construction and EnviroVantage, donated materials, time and labor to add a wheelchair-accessible bedroom, bathroom and kitchen to the home of a man injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.


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