Optimize Energy Performance With the Whole Building Design Guide

Content on www.wbdg.org is updated regularly to reflect the latest standards, laws and regulations. It is presented at a non-expert level and geared toward team members who need to know enough about a topic to make educated decisions that drive the project’s direction and development.

2014 Senate Races to Watch

Alaska is the last state in our series on races that could have a major impact on the 2014 Senate elections. Sen. Begich is fighting an uphill battle in a deeply conservative state. Democrats will attempt to make the race about GOP nominee and former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, but the true wild card will be the unpredictable Alaska electorate and its penchant for third-party spoilers. Expect this race to go down to the wire and factor heavily into Senate control.

A Contract Compliance Framework Can Reduce Risk

It is important for attorneys and insurance advisors to work closely together to ensure that the contract language captures the commercial intent of the risk being retained and that the risk is transferred in an enforceable manner.

Building Envelope Considerations for Food Processing Plants

  The selection of essential components that comprise the building envelope—walls, ductwork, roof and interior doors—have a significant impact on a food processing plant's efficiency, durability, safety and sanitation.

Broad-Based Recovery Ahead?

For nonresidential construction to experience a dramatic upturn, there needs to be a high degree of confidence among developers, financiers and government budgeting officers. That level of confidence simply does not exist and recent events haven’t helped.

Community Tops Economy When It Comes to Sports Facilities

  While a sense of community spirit is enough to compel cities and universities to continue investing in new athletic facilities,  construction starts in the sports facility segment tend to be erratic. Only so many professional and minor league franchises consider new or upgraded facilities each year.

FMI Reports Skilled Labor Shortage Among Contractors

Fifty-three percent of the general contractors, construction managers, mechanical/plumbing contractors and heavy/highway/civil contractors responding to FMI’s 2013 U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report stated they’re facing a shortage of skilled labor.

Sound Construction: The Impact of Wall Building Techniques on Noise

  Sound masking technology can be used in combination with walls built to the suspended ceiling or demountable partitions in order to provide a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to deck-to-deck construction.

What Is Your Company Doing to Help Close the Skilled Trades Gap?

  Three contractors offer insight on how their companies are dealing with the pending shortage of skilled craft professionals.

The Connected Jobsite

Today, the construction industry faces something beyond the emergence of a new technology. The three fundamental aspects of information management—computing, communication and networking—are converging.


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