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  • OSHA Changes Injury Reporting Rule

    Construction Informer Blog (Duane Craig)
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Starting in January 2015, employers in states covered by federal OSHA must report all work related fatalities, in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses to OSHA within 24 hours of the event, according to Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Employers in states with OSHA-approved state plans must check with […]Related Posts:OSHA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Changes to Reporting RequirementsPerspectives on the Construction Economic Reporting NumbersConstruction to Follow Same Disability Reporting Rules as Everyone Else…
  • All About IdeaXChange - FAQ

    Contracting Business
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    By Kate Kelly, Community Leader XPERTS At the center of IdeaXchange are industry thought leaders who initiate engaging conversations and lend their unique insights and perspectives. Xperts, as we call them, bring provocative issues to the forefront and help uncover the opportunities buried in business challenges. You can follow your favorite contributors and discover new thought-leaders. WHAT DO I DO? read more
  • Free Webinar: How to Use Cloud Rendering in Navisworks

    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog
    Thomas Schwaiger
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Wednesday September 24th at 10am PST/1pm EST. Register here. Join me (Thomas Schwaiger) for a webinar on using Navisworks Simulate and Manage with Autodesk A360 Cloud Rendering. You will learn about streamlined workflows for creating renders for your whole-project model. This session will teach you how to: Quickly create stunning renders of your multi-disciplinary models Employ easy-to-use render settings including geographic location Make use of improved consistent material support Register for this FREE webinar here. See below for some examples of renderings from Rendering Pro of the week.
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of September 8 – 12, 2014
    Kendall Jones
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 8 – 12, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama Wingate Subdivision Pump Station […]
  • Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Redeux)

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    Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    This past week I gave a presentation on a panel entitled “Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” before my local bar association. Thanks to those who attended, my co-presenters and the bar association for sponsoring....By: Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • The future face of molecular electronics

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take on the roles currently played by comparatively bulky wires, resistors and transistors. A team of researchers has identified a potential candidate for use in small-scale electronics: a molecule called picene.
  • Changing temperature powers sensors in hard-to-reach places

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Researchers have taken inspiration from a centuries-old clock design and created a power harvester that uses natural fluctuations in temperature and pressure as its power source.
  • Can a stack of computer servers survive an earthquake?

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    In high-seismic regions, new facilities often are engineered with passive protective systems that provide overall seismic protection. But often, existing facilities are conventional fixed-base buildings in which seismic demands on sensitive equipment located within are significantly amplified. In such buildings, sensitive equipment needs to be secured from these damaging earthquake effects.
  • C2D2 fighting corrosion

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people cannot reach.
  • Learning how things fall apart: How bonded materials, from airplane wings to dental crowns, lose their bonding

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Materials that are firmly bonded together with epoxy and other tough adhesives are ubiquitous in modern life -- from crowns on teeth to modern composites used in construction. Yet it has proved remarkably difficult to study how these bonds fracture and fail, and how to make them more resistant to such failures. New research reveals how bonded materials, from airplane wings to dental crowns, lose their bonding.
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    Contracting Business

  • All About IdeaXChange - FAQ

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    By Kate Kelly, Community Leader XPERTS At the center of IdeaXchange are industry thought leaders who initiate engaging conversations and lend their unique insights and perspectives. Xperts, as we call them, bring provocative issues to the forefront and help uncover the opportunities buried in business challenges. You can follow your favorite contributors and discover new thought-leaders. WHAT DO I DO? read more
  • Give Your HVAC Customers an Emergency Contact List

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Service Roundtable provides monthly downloads of documents that can help improve your business's standing with customers and improve service. This month: emergency contacts are vital. read more
  • Free Belimo Webinar Today

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    In this 30 minute webinar, contractors will learn how to set up an economizer to match the specific climate zone profiles, and code requirements of different regions. read more
  • Refrigerant Producers, Systems Manufacturers Meet at White House to Discuss Alternatives, Timetable

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    News from Johnson Controls/DuPont President Obama has a plan — a Climate Action Plan — to greatly reduce emissions from HFC refrigerants. The purpose of today's meeting was to obtain commitments and hear plans by industry leaders on how they intend to join in on this ongoing mission. read more
  • How to Use an Air Balance Hood

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    By Rob 'Doc' Falke Air balancing used to be a term reserved for the testing and adjusting of commercial HVAC systems. Today, in the residential and light commercial HVAC industry, the term air balancing is more accurately applied to HVAC System Diagnostics, Field Measured-Performance Verification, or Installed Efficiency Documentation. read more
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Zink Flake Basecoat and Topcoat features PS-11036 approval.

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    According to approval to PS-11036 from Chrysler, DELTA-PROTEKT® KL 105 with VH 301.1 GZ meets/exceeds requirements for corrosion performance, gauging, and consistent torque versus tension performance on threaded fasteners. This zinc flake basecoat plus topcoat, providing corrosion protection and consistent assembly torque, is free of harmful heavy metals, such as Cr-(VI), and conforms to EU guidelines relating to 2000/53/EC, REACH, and 2002/95/EC. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Topcoat Coatings | Automotive Component…
  • Automated Fiber Inspection Systems support IEC 61300-3-35.

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    To meet criteria of International Standard IEC 61300-3-35, Automated Fiber Inspection Systems provide digital imaging up to 800 X, automatic focus adjustments, and extensive analysis capabilities for most fibers. Increasing requirements for laser damage threshold, optical performance, and reliability necessitate advanced level of both incoming and post process inspection to achieve required quality levels. This story is related to the following:Test and Measuring InstrumentsSearch for suppliers of: Inspection Systems |
  • Silicone Release Coating offers flat release profile.

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Targeting low-platinum, solventless systems, Silcolease®Poly 356 provides flat release over broad range of strip speeds, enabling label manufacturers to boost productivity. Product provides good cures at high coating line speeds, effective cure on thermally sensitive substrates, and wide range of release levels with addition of release modifiers. Silcolease®Poly 356 anchors to most substrates and has optimized bath stability. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsPolymers | Release Coatings
  • PIM-Compliant Overprint Varnish protects flexible packaging print.

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    DigiGuard Gloss 310 protects and enhances appearance of HP Indigo Electroinks® applied on HP Indigo digital presses used in form, fill, and seal packaging applications. Protective overprint varnish meets European Plastic Implementing Measure (PIM) for food contact and exhibits slip properties that facilitate coated web feed. Resistant to heat from heat sealing operation, product can be applied via flexo, gravure, or roll coater or on separate varnishing/finishing station. This story is related to the following:Food Processing and PreparationSearch for suppliers of: FDA Approved…
  • Water Resistant Coating withstands elements.

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    By imparting water repellency, HydraBan® 430 helps maintain structural integrity of paper and corrugated shipping boxes while they are in service or in transit. This, in turn, helps protect container contents. FDA-compliant, water-based coating, effective for applications where exposure to environmental conditions – cold, heat, humidity, moisture – is unavoidable, is repulpable, printable, and gluable. It can be run with or without dilution and applied off-line, in-line, or via flexo. This story is related to the following:Water Resistant Coatings…
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    Construction Law RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News

  • The public is tired of governmental mismanagement

    WhistleBlower Security
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Let the elections begin - Ontario is deep in municipal election campaigns across the province. One issue without question within Ontario governments is the need to address an increasingly aged and inadequate public infrastructure system....By: WhistleBlower Security
  • OFCCP Announces Another Proposed Rule: No More Pay Secrecy!

    Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that it will publish its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on "pay transparency" in tomorrow's Federal Register and provided a link to the pre-publication version on its website. This NPRM is...By: Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
  • Illinois Court Holds Insurer Improperly Delayed Declaratory Judgment Action

    Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    In FCCI Ins. Co. v. Westfield Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1421 (Ill. App. June 27, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois had occasion to consider whether an insurer was estopped from asserting policy defenses to coverage when it waited...By: Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
  • OFCCP Releases Proposed Rule Prohibiting Adverse Action Against Employees and Applicants Discussing Pay

    Cooley LLP
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    On September 15, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13665 (“EO 13665”) banning contractors from taking adverse...By: Cooley LLP
  • Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Redeux)

    Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    This past week I gave a presentation on a panel entitled “Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” before my local bar association. Thanks to those who attended, my co-presenters and the bar association for sponsoring....By: Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard
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    HomeStars - News and Updates

  • Shingle Warranties 101

    Andrea O
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Shingle warranties can often be confusing and come with many stipulations. In the lastest HomeStars U, Danny Areia from City 1 Roof Works shares the basics  homeowners should know about warranties on asphalt shingles. 1)   Do you research before picking a shingle: Make sure you know about the manufacturer of the shingle and the limitations […]
  • Roofing 101

    Andrea O
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The roofing industry is largely unregulated so homeowners must be vigilant when choosing a company. Gordon Bailey from Academia Roofing & Attics offers up a checklist of items homeowners should keep in mind when hiring someone for the job. 1)   Don’t hire if they haven’t looked in your attic A good roofer will check your […]
  • Popular Pool Renos

    Andrea O
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Greg Mulvey from Classic Pools and Landscaping takes us through the top five most popular pool renovations. #5 Waterfalls Adding a waterfall to your pool’s landscape is a very popular reno. There are two main types of waterfalls: Sheer descent: a sheet of water that goes over either a stone or brick wall Cascading: made […]
  • New Pools 101

    Andrea O
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Thinking about getting a pool but not sure of what your options are? Keith Evans from Land Effects Outdoor Living Spaces Ltd. discusses the different types of pools available in today’s market and their cost. Concrete Pools The most expensive option starting at $80,000 Involves excavating the backyard and custom-forming the concrete shell These pools […]
  • Top 5 Furniture Trends

    Andrea O
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Steve Forberg from Decorium Furniture  discusses the top five furniture trends currently defining today’s eclectic looking home. 1. Industrial reclaimed furniture: Mixing modern elements with rustic wood items and industrial metal. Popular items: Wooden chairs, white lacquered tables, industrial metal lamps 2. Upholstered beds Highly customizable; choose your fabric, sizing and finishings Allows you to create […]
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    Auburnrefinishing » Blog

  • Dura Seal Provincial Red Oak Refinish

    Scott Avery
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    We just completed a refinishing project for our client in Meadow Vista, California. She is doing a remodel and requested a color that would compliment the copper sink and copper colored veining in her granite counter tops. The kitchen cabinets were knotty alder. What finish was used: Stain color – Dura Seal Provincial Sealer – Glitsa Green Label Floor Sealer Top Coat – Glitsa Multikote satin finish. If you are looking through this page, there is something very important to know in order to achieve this exact color. You will need to use either a conversion varnish sealer or…
  • How many times can you sand a wood floor?

    Scott Avery
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    This is a very common question I have heard over the years, “How many times can you sand my wood floor?” There are a number of variables that we can talk about for a little bit that should help you. 1) What type of flooring is in your home? Wood flooring is milled in a variety of thicknesses. In order to make sure we just level the discussion between engineered flooring and solid wood flooring, the area that is capable of being sanded is the wear-layer. The wear layer for solid flooring tends to average about 5/16″ thickness. For engineered flooring, this can vary to as…
  • Lagler Dustless Refinishing Equipment

    Scott Avery
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    This video discusses our equipment that we use to refinish hardwood floors. Enjoy and feel free to contact us if you have questions.
  • Can Bamboo Flooring be Refinished?

    Scott Avery
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    About 10 years ago the bamboo flooring market was on fire. This proliferation of interest in bamboo as a flooring material meant that there was also a surge in manufacturers selling the product and it has ended up in a lot of homes. If you own a home with bamboo and it’s time for a renewed look, then this post is a good practical guide for you. Bamboo is a product manufactured buy assembling pieces of bamboo together with adhesive. Different methods of bamboo construction are: Carbonized- a process of steaming under controlled pressure and heat. The carbonizing process can reduce the…
  • When the small details add up

    Scott Avery
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:24 pm
    There are a lot of details that do not get seen when a hardwood floor gets installed unless you watch your contractor every step of the way. Because this leads to tense relationships between a contractor and client in most cases, it is better that you learn to understand what requests to have before a project versus becoming an overbearing customer. An often overlooked detail that requires minor extra effort and tools is to add spline or “slip-tongue” to areas of a project when needed. Spline is the hardwood flooring equivalent of a biscuit in woodworking that is cut to length and…
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  • Contractors, Keep Your  Marketing Message Short and Sweet with Twitter

    Gina Scarpa
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Want to convey how great your home improvement company is without being too longwinded? Twitter is the perfect social media tool for you! Each tweet is allowed a maximum of 140 characters, which means that everyone has to be short and sweet when posting updates. Twitter boasts 255 million monthly active users, and 500 million Tweets are sent per day. Why 140 characters? In his book, Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind, Twitter found Biz Stone writes, “The international limit for text messages is 160 characters. In our early prototypes, the amount of characters…
  • Did You Know? 13 Social Media Facts for Contractors

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Being someone who builds things for a living, I imagine you have to be pretty precise when it comes to measurements. Off an inch here or there and in six months the drywall is cracking. You also have to be fairly exacting in terms of knowing your numbers when you estimate or bid jobs, one wrong calculation here or one missed decimal there and your project just went from profitable to pitiful. Point is…you gotta like numbers if you swing a hammer for a living, so I want to take this post and BORE EVERYONE WHO ISN’T INTO NUMBERS TO DEATH…because I think you math…
  • Know Your Numbers

    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    The finished product of marketing is the advertising; print, radio, television or online are all the final result of what the marketing department puts together. These ads are the “creative” that you see that either compels people to to buy or file away in their memory for the time being. The platform that you consume the advertising on has to be the “science” part of the equation. In other words, if you sold hearing aids would you advertise on the radio or in print? This is why you need to know your numbers Obviously the hearing aid question is a bit extreme, but you…
  • What Are Your Sacred Cows?

    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    I spend a lot of time thinking about, managing and planning growth for my business here at Darren’s and for clients as well. It is obviously more people than just me these days. I have a great team I work with and I am very thankful for them and I probably don’t tell them that enough. I spent time thinking this Father’s Day weekend about plans for marketing, advertising, promotions, new product rollouts, content…all of it. And I thought about this too Part of the thinking around change includes something that is just as important…what remains the same. The…
  • The State of Contractor Marketing

    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    It’s September 2014 and summer is just about behind us. I hope you’ve had a very productive season and you are on your way to a fantastic year both personally and professionally. If you’ve been watching the news you know the construction industry has recovered nicely, to the point that you probably struggled a bit finding good help as construction hiring was on fire. If you were lucky enough to have a full compliment of staff, I hope you were able to work to your capacity. Capacity has become a big deal for me this year to drive home in my posts, my conversations and my…
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Free Webinar: How to Use Cloud Rendering in Navisworks

    Thomas Schwaiger
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Wednesday September 24th at 10am PST/1pm EST. Register here. Join me (Thomas Schwaiger) for a webinar on using Navisworks Simulate and Manage with Autodesk A360 Cloud Rendering. You will learn about streamlined workflows for creating renders for your whole-project model. This session will teach you how to: Quickly create stunning renders of your multi-disciplinary models Employ easy-to-use render settings including geographic location Make use of improved consistent material support Register for this FREE webinar here. See below for some examples of renderings from Rendering Pro of the week.
  • Autodesk® Exchange Apps Hackathon September 20-21

    Lee Mullin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    You may have noticed in the top right corner of most of your Autodesk applications a little X, ever tried clicking it? It'll take you through to the Autodesk Exchange App Store for your product, this year we launched our Navisworks App Store, where developers from all over the world can upload their apps and make them available to the world. For example currently on the newly released Navisworks 2015 App Exchange there are free apps like Properties+ to summarise which properties you see in your view, a PDF reader for Navisworks, allowing you to add many more drawings to your…
  • On-demand webinar: Using Quantification in Navisworks for Better Results

    Thomas Schwaiger
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    In this webcast, we demonstrate how new quantification features in Navisworks can help improve estimating for better project results. Autodesk® Navisworks, include Suite Premium and Ultimate editions, helps make material costing faster, easier, and more accurate than ever before. Topics include: How does Navisworks Support quantification? What about 2D quantification workflows? Also read this post on 2D and other not so well-known features in Navisworks. Where is this process integrated into design and production? Watch the webinar "Using Quantification in Navisworks for Better…
  • Collaborative clash resolution with BIM 360 Glue

    Lee Mullin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Last week there was a big new update to BIM 360 Glue, Joan Allen, Senior Product Manager for BIM 360 Glue talks to us about it in more detail. One of the many advantages of using cloud-based products and services is the immediate, automatic access to product updates. The Autodesk BIM 360 product team thrives on providing regular, timely updates, often based on direct feedback from customers. The latest BIM 360 Glue update - designed and developed in response to customer feedback - provides powerful new clash resolution capabilities, so that you and your team can more efficiently and…
  • Point Layout 2015 is here!

    Sunny Hira
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:38 pm
    It was less than a year ago that we launched Point Layout. Here is a quick refresher on Point Layout: Autodesk Point Layout automatically generates points from models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Autodesk Navisworks software. As you add points to the design, you embed X, Y, and Z coordinate information into your model. Each X, Y, and Z coordinate includes a unique point number and description. You can use the data you added to the model to inform the coordination process throughout the project lifecycle. Then you can export point coordinates to your compatible total station in…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • MLP Business Seminar, Workshops & BBQ

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Common Problems… Simple Solutions MARK BRADLEY, President of TBG Landscape and Landscape Management Network in Brooklin, Ontario Canada, was a huge hit at New England Grows this year. He returns to Massachusetts by popular demand to deliver even more of his practical business tips. Mark will guide landscape professionals through ten simple systems that solve problems limiting the potential of so many landscape businesses. You’ll learn how Mark’s company sets up accounting systems, builds a plan for profit, calculates the right price for every job, and creates an environment where…
  • LMN Sales and Support will be closed Monday Sept 1 for Labour Day

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    LMN Sales and Support will be closed on Monday Sept 1st, 2014 for the Labour Day stat holiday. If you need any assistance or have any questions feel free to email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.   LMN sales and support will be back open on Tuesday Sept 2nd at 8AM EST. The post LMN Sales and Support will be closed Monday Sept 1 for Labour Day appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
  • LMN has a New Update! – July 2014 Release Notes

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    LMN Release Notes for July 2014 Update LMN Time New Feature: Add Forgotten Employees to Timesheet Adding a (forgotten) employee to a timesheet that has already been completed was an unnecessarily inconvenient task. For construction jobs, it was simple enough, but for maintenance timesheets, it involved adding the employee to each and every job on the timesheet one at a time. No small feat if your crew hit 15-20 sites that day… So to make it easier, we’ve added the ability to add a new employee to an existing timesheet by copying an existing employee’s hours. Here’s how to do it: 1.
  • NOTICE: LMN Will be down for a Scheduled Update July 28th 9-12PM EST

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Starting at 9pm EST and going to approximately 12PM EST on Monday July 28th, LMN will be down for a new update. Update notes will be posted following the update to update our users. LMN TIME NOTE: LMN Time will be updated and crews will be unable to clock in/out during the scheduled downtime. However, LMN Time will get highest priority during this update and we expect LMN Time downtime to be less than 30-60 min. Don’t forget, crews can always edit their time afterwards to make any necessary adjustments to their timesheets if needed. The post NOTICE: LMN Will be down for a Scheduled Update…
  • Paperless Snow Tracking and Jobcosting Made Easy Seminar

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    It’s 1am and the snow’s coming down heavy. It’s all hands on deck as you battle the elements, people, traffic, and random raised sewers and black ice patches. Then your equipment breaks down and salt prices double… if you can get it. And while all this is going on, you need to keep excellent records, pay your staff and subs, service your customers, and still make money. This course won’t fix everything, but it will show you a way to a much more efficient and a profitable snow business. In this course you’ll learn: - How to setup your accounting for better…
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • Lexington High School Expands with Permanent Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    MODULAR CONSTRUCTION IS LEXINGTON’S SOLUTION Triumph Modular Provided Lexington High School with 18,000 sq. ft. of Classroom Space, over the summer break. The building was ready for student’s first day, on time and on budget! Take a look at these images of the modular building featuring 15 new classrooms the students of Lexington High will occupy.… Read More... The post Lexington High School Expands with Permanent Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Contemplating Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Savvy owners and developers are increasingly looking to modular construction methods to accelerate their projects. A growing awareness of the potential to realize the many benefits of building modular is what draws contractors, developers and owners to consider modular construction methods. Before a decision is made to go down the modular path, there is due diligence to be done.… Read More... The post Contemplating Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Run to Home Base 2014

    Janet Field
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This Saturday July 19, 2014, Triumph Modular will once again participate in the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. As a proud sponsor of the event, Triumph will be on the concourse with some give-away items for the first 300 passersby. Run to Home Base is an event that means so much to so many people. … Read More... The post Run to Home Base 2014 appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • New England Sports Tickets Drawing Winner Announced

    Janet Field
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    First, we would like to thank all whom have taken the time to respond to our survey. We very much value your opinions and will be taking the feedback into consideration in the coming weeks and months. Meeting and exceeding your expectations is our over arching goal at Triumph. We are continuously striving to “redefine modular” so thank you for your role in our mission.… Read More... The post New England Sports Tickets Drawing Winner Announced appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Toolkit for Educators Considering Modular Classrooms

    Janet Field
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    We were particularly impressed with a recent publication by the Modular Building Institute aimed to help school administrators, teachers and parents when embarking on the path of learning more about modular or portable classrooms. There are many considerations when doing so and the toolkit for educators does a terrific job of summarizing the considerations and making recommendations for steps to ensure a well informed decision making process.… Read More... The post Toolkit for Educators Considering Modular Classrooms appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • Convert Your Website Visitors Into Clients With Lead Magnets

    Matt Handal
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In an earlier post, I explained why your website doesn’t have a traffic problem. I told you the real problem with your website is one of conversion. In this post, I’m going to give you step-by-step directions to fix that problem. What Is Conversion? That might be a new term for you. But conversion basically means you take a website visitor to the next stage. For example, if a visitor subscribes to your email list that’s a conversion. If a website visitor calls you up, that’s a conversion. If an email subscriber becomes a client, that’s a conversion. You want to continuously move…
  • Listen to Me Share Proposal Wisdom And Make A Fool Of Myself

    Matt Handal
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I’ve been experimenting with podcasting lately. I recently appeared as a guest on two construction-related podcasts. I thought I’d share these with you because I drop some proposal wisdom and I clear up any misconception about what I do for a living (spoiler alert: I have a job just like you). Construction Industry Podcast In this first one (which you can hear here) I speak with Cesar Abeid about proposals. And being the flag waving, bald eagle flying, ugly American that I am…I instantly give US specific examples and narrowly avoid causing an international incident. We…
  • The Systems That Help Me Deal With Email Overload

    Matt Handal
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    When you add up all the email I get in my home and work accounts, I get hundreds of emails each day. As Tim Ferris likes to say, email is everyone else’s priorities for your time. And frankly, email overload is something I struggle with. I’m sure I’m not alone. Maybe you have hundreds or thousands of unread emails nagging at your psyche. Over the last several months. I’ve seen several high profile people declaring “email bankruptcy.” They’ve simply admitted defeat and deleted all their emails. That’s not an option for me. And that’s…
  • The Present and Future of Business Development in the A/E/C Industry

    Matt Handal
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I struggled with whether or not I should publish this next podcast. The audio isn’t great. But after a ton of editing and post processing, I think I’ve got it listenable. And I think the topic and conversation is important enough to post in this less than perfect state. My guest on this podcast is Scott Braley, one of the people behind the Society of Marketing Professional Services Foundation’s book, “A/E/C BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – The Decade Ahead.” Scott details how the book, and research, came together; what was left on the cutting room table; why the book is…
  • The Ultimate SF330 Guide (with Template)

    Matt Handal
    18 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever proposed on Federal, or even state, A/E contracts…you’ve probably run into the Standard Form 330 (sf330). People often struggle with the sf330. But you don’t have to. In this post, I’m going to explain: How to fill out the SF330 How to structure your information What to add to your submission I’m not going to go over much of the obvious. Instead, I’ll answer common questions and give you some strategies you may have not considered. And I’ll even give you a sf330 template that will be easy for you to use in Microsoft Word and the…
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  • Tips For Keeping Your Electrician Job

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    Once you have received training as an electrician, you will be ready for employment. After spending so much time training and earning certifications, you want to find a job as an electrician and keep it. You choose the career path as an electrician to be able to do what you enjoy as well as help people. Once you have found the perfect position, you want to do what is right to hold your position or even work your way up the company ladder. Below is a simple guide as to how you can maintain your position with an electrical company and remain successful in your endeavors. Customer Friendly When…
  • How to Avoid DIY Plumbing Nightmares

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    When owning a home, you understand that is much upkeep to consider. From the mechanics of the home to everyday cleaning and maintenance, you will have to take daily steps to ensure your home stays in top condition. One area of constant concern is the plumbing systems. The plumbing systems are imperative to the daily operations of the home. From washing clothes to drinking water, we rely on the plumbing system to function. While certain plumbing projects are easily DIY, there are many that are not and disaster can strike at any minute. Below are a few tips on how you avoid DIY plumbing…
  • 10 Tips to Become a Pro Gas Engineer

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    A gas engineer is someone who has the proper skill and safety training in the gas industry. The engineer will know how to install, repair and service appliances that function on gas. This could include boiler or other heating systems. To become a gas engineer, one must gain the proper training and have on-site experience to be able to work individually. This position requires heave training and certain qualifications to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Apprenticeship To begin a career, an individual can sign up for an apprenticeship. This training will focus on safety and the…
  • How Electrical Training Courses Can Change Your Career

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Electrician work is a respected profession as it offers individuals the opportunity to work with home and business owners, keeping electrical systems in check. There are several career options available in the electrical field, but these careers require electrical training courses. Many electricians have basic knowledge but do not have the training to gain employment in advanced careers. By earning additional training, electrician professionals are able to change careers and make even more money and feel more productive. There are several options for training that can put you in a new career,…
  • Considering Self Employment?

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    I came across this really interesting article on BBC News. If you are thinking about a career as a self employed gas engineer or electrician take a couple of minutes to read this article.
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    AEC Business

  • List of Top 50 Construction Management Blogs

    Aarni Heiskanen
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Direct Capital listed TOP 50 construction management blogs. I’m very happy to announce that made it to... The post List of Top 50 Construction Management Blogs appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Visible Experts and AEC: The Impact of High Profile Thought Leaders on Business Development

    <a href="">Sylvia Montgomery</a>
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    By: Sylvia Montgomery AEC firms have a distinct advantage when it comes to visibility. A great many... The post Visible Experts and AEC: The Impact of High Profile Thought Leaders on Business Development appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Selecting Your Office Location: What Are Your Options?

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
      Taking the plunge to start an entirely new business is one that should be never taken... The post Selecting Your Office Location: What Are Your Options? appeared first on AEC Business.
  • All About Crowdfunding for SMEs

    Aarni Heiskanen
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    If you are an SME or have an idea you want to put out there as a... The post All About Crowdfunding for SMEs appeared first on AEC Business.
  • 12 Construction Projects That Have Reshaped the London Skyline

    Aarni Heiskanen
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    This interactive graphic, kindly provided by Randstad CPE, tells the story of London’s changing skyline, as seen... The post 12 Construction Projects That Have Reshaped the London Skyline appeared first on AEC Business.
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    Oil Tank Removal Vancouver

  • Steps involved in Commercial Oil Tank Removal Services

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    An oil tank found on your property is not a pleasant sight. It needs to be removed as soon as possible. It can come to you as legal liability that can lead you in trouble. There are many companies that provide oil tank removal services. If it is found on your commercial property, it is not a good sign. Contact an expert oil tank removal company in Vancouver that can help you in the following stages of removal: Detection of Oil Tank Detecting an oil tank is very important. As professionals are well-aware of the signs that may suggest there is an oil tank. A professional oil tank removal…
  • Why Quick Detection of Oil Tank is Important?

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Finding an oil tank in the backyard or in any area of your home can be frustrating due to the hazards associated with it. The trouble gets multiplied with the existence of a leaking oil tank. They used to be the source of heat in the past which were buried under the house. With passing time, such tanks remained unattended and even many homeowners were unaware of it. How these Oil Tanks are detected? Quick Oil tank detection is important to avoid serious hazards. First time, when you notice any oil patches on walls or dead spots on the grass, it indicates the existence of oil tank on your…
  • How to Remove Oil Tank from your Residence?

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    Tanks storing oil can be found in any area of your home. Locating these tanks is not easy. But there are few signs that help you locate an old oil tank, buried in the backyard of your home. How to locate oil tanks? Depending on the region you are living in, these oil tanks could be found above or below the ground. If you found it above the ground, it is easy to monitor. The home heating oil usually has a tendency to freeze in extreme cold so as a means to keep the oil liquid and flowing was a need. The above ground tanks were easy to deal with when you could actually convert from oil to gas…
  • Residential Oil Tanks in Vancouver-Responsibilities of Buyers and Sellers

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Many homes in Vancouver still have a heating oil tank, hidden in the backyard. They are normally hidden underground in backyards and filled with sand. These unused buried oil tanks start leaking with rust over the time and produce harmful effect on the residents of a home. Therefore, the removal of residential oil tanks in Vancouver is essential. It also has adverse financial effect on the value of the property. Bylaws of 12 municipalities, it is necessary to remove the heating residential oil tank in Vancouver. All the contaminated soil also be removed and it is equally important to replace…
  • Understanding the Process of Oil Tank Removal in Vancouver

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:49 pm
    If you have heating oil tank at the backyard of your home then think of its removal as it can be hazardous. Let us learn about the process of removing oil tank step by step. Figure out the Location You need to find the oil tank first. Identifying its location is very important. As a homeowner, if you are not familiar with the fact where it is located then take help of any oil tank removal contractor. He will pay a visit to your home and determine the location. Equipment Required You have found where the oil tank is placed. Now you need to determine how to remove it. The experts pay a brief…
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    North Coast Packaged Homes Tales from the Trenches

  • Is It Time to Start Your Plans??

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Are you planning on starting construction in June?  If so, you are not alone so obtaining a building permit can take longer than expected – so let’s review some time frames. Planning is the place to start inquiring about what you can do (or not do) on your property.  Setbacks and lot coverage are basic requirements but many planning departments (especially city planning departments) are now requiring design review.  It is critical to find out if this is required for your project as the design might be dictated by architectural guidelines.  Additionally, there…
  • Five Months After the Delivery of a Brentwood Model

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    And the progress continues on up in the Gold Country on this modified Brentwood Model:    And per the client: This is the first of what looks to be three days for the Taylor team to add stone to the house front.  Tahoe River Rock is the name of the cultured stone we selected for our house.  Individual stones are smeared with an ample heap of mortar and then it is squished onto the wall.  As Brenda realized today, "it's an art form" to apply these stones.The Taylor team got it done a bit faster than expected, just 2 1/2 days and we really like the…
  • Three Months After the Delivery of a Modified Brentwood

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    This package was delivered three months ago and the client sends updates all of the time."After 7 days of painting, no telling how much paint, the workers have departed at last today, mid-afternoon.Now the house is ready for interior finishing, electrical to begin early next week.  It's time to order the cabinets and pick out & purchase the flooring. We will first focus on finishing the outside; stucco, stone work, decking & railings to make it complete and safe for visitors.It's also time to order the garage door, so we can stage our interior materials and bring over our…
  • Two Weeks after the Delivery of a Modified Brentwood Model

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    "Today, completed 2 weeks since we received the house package.  We're ready for the roof sheathing nail off inspection and I made the call to the county building department, with a request for morning inspection to support putting felt on the roof starting at noon.Tomorrow, Tuesday, promises to be very exciting with all that we want to get done before the rain moves in:... like finish nailing the roof, lots of detailed work in the roof structure, get all of the plumbing holes poked in the roof, perhaps install the 3 sky lights, the gutter guy will install our gutters (waiting on down…
  • The Many Benefits of Panelization

    5 Mar 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Panelized construction saves both the owner and the contractor time and money.  Higher quality, efficiency and project control all contribute to these savings.From saving time to controlling costs with guaranteed quotes, higher quality and reduced construction waste, it is not surprising that more and more home builders and their clients are choosing panelized construction.Making Dreams a RealityWith the technology that is currently available and the adaptability of using a panelized system no two panelized homes are ever exactly alike.  Whether you are working with a design…
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    A Civil Engineer

  • Types of Rebar Support in RCC Member

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    RCC member is composed of reinforcement and concrete. Typically we use deformed steel bar as reinforcement. But the question is - what is Rebar support and why do reinforcements need them.Block What is the "rebar support?To prevent displacement of reinforcement during working and concreting we provide supports to them in RCC members. These are called rebar support. Not clear? Keep reading...Why does reinforcement need supports?In reinforced cement concrete (RCC) member, we provide concrete cover for all reinforcements. Because if the reinforcement exposes to weather it…
  • Components of Superstructure of a Building BCT-5

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    I have seen many times in various question and answer website that a similar question asked repeatedly. That is "what is the superstructure?".what is the superstructure?As described in Dictionary, "Superstructure is the part of a building or construction entirely above its foundation or basement".From the universal point of view, the definition is true.From the civil engineers point of view, the superstructure is "the structure which is built on substructure".That means, we can say, the structure built above plinth is the superstructure.What is plinth?Plinth is a layer of cement-sand mortar…
  • Types of Mortar Joint Used to Make Masonry Wall

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Everyday we see the masonry wall here and there. Some appealed to us and some not. But did we notice how the joints are formed in wall?When we make masonry wall we just combine bricks or concrete block with mortar. This mortar can be cement mortar or lime mortar etc. Whichever mortar you use no matter, the mortar joint should be strong, water-tight, good looking and weather resistant.Read more: Traditional Brick Bond Patterns Used in Masonry Wall Construction The thickness of joint should be from 1/4" to 1/2". And it's done by a tool or a trowel.Below are some common types of mortar…
  • Components of "Sub-Structure" of a building, BCT-4

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    We have considered "Sub-structure" as 3rd work phase of building construction in our tutorial series. We left a "work-phase" that is "ground work". Because we discussed about that topic several times here in this blog. You can read them in following links -6 ground works to Prepare a Land for Building Construction.7 Preliminary Works to Do Before Starting Construction ProjectIn this post we'll discuss about sub-structure of a building.First of all, we should know "what is sub-structure"?"The structure below ground level can be defined as sub-structure".Someone defined sub-structure as "the…
  • Important Tasks of Construction Mobilization, BCT-3, PH-1

    31 Oct 2013 | 10:04 am
    Dear readers I'm extremely sorry for not publishing last posts in scheduled time. I was busy in some personal projects.In previous post of this building construction tutorial series, we divided complete building construction works into 8 work-phases. In this post we are going to discuss the first phase of building construction that is mobilization.Mobilization is the preliminary works of any construction project. In a board sense, construction mobilization refers to the processes and tasks that are undertaken before the actual groundwork begins. It needs the following important tasks to be…
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    Pool Fence News | Pool Fencing Blog | Pool Safety Fence Information

  • The Best Plants for Around a Swimming Pool

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Part of the appeal of a swimming pool are the plants around it as they add to the atmosphere of fun, relaxation and getting away from it all. What types of plants are the best to grow? Before You Buy Ask yourself these questions to help you decide what types of plants you need to plant around your swimming pool: Is the style of your existing garden formal or informal? You may want your pool landscaping to blend in with what’s there already, but you may want to bring in an additional ambiance of, say, the tropics or an English summer garden. What colors do you prefer? Color refers to…
  • Pool Winterization Process

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
      Winter can be a hard time for outdoor recreation.  You can’t swim in frozen water, but did you know that it can also damage your pool’s internal workings if you’re not careful? Here are some easy steps to take to winterize your pool and prepare it for the cold months ahead. Protect Protect your pool first by checking its pH balance - a good pH balance at the beginning of the winterizing process is recommended in order to prevent staining in your pool during the winter.  If your alkalinity or calcium content is too high, you may be in for some nasty marks later on.
  •  How To Choose The Best Pool Fence Company

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Finding a good pool fence company is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your swimming pool.  It can also be vital for protecting the people you love.  This is especially true when it comes to installing and maintaining pool enclosures.  Having a durable pool fence installed can increase your peace of mind, especially if there are small children who live on the property or who regularly come by to visit.  Fortunately, there are a number of online resources that you can turn to when searching for a reputable provider to install a new pool fence and gate.
  • How Much A Pool Cost?

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
      Owning  a pool is not a cheap proposition. Whether you opt for an above ground or a built in variety, there are many costs associated wit having a pool. How much a pool  costs is contingent upon how much you plan to use it in the course of a year. Living in the temperate climates of California, Florida and Texas, the need to have a pool appears to be more urgent, then in other sections of the country.     Once you have decided the type of pool you want, the question of affordability should enter the picture. To have an above ground pool, the start-up costs are around $…
  • Benefits Of The Self-Closing Pool Gate Latch

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    If you have a swimming pool, one of your first concerns should be having a fence and gate latches that will keep out children.  Did you know that the #1 cause of death in toddlers is drowning?  Kinda’ makes you take a second look at your pool area, doesn’t it? Both federal and state governments have codes in place that require fencing and certain kinds of gate  latches in home pool areas.  To often there is no enforcement of these codes.  It is up to the homeowner to see that the codes are met.  This is to protect the homeowners as well as any wandering children.  Most kids…
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    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork Systems » News

  • Concern over lack of housing in England

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsEngland is still short of an adequate level of construction, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government, despite a recent spike in house building over the past 12 months. And the lack of new homes is something that concerns homeless charities and organisations that look after those without a permanent roof over their head. Building firms started construction work on 137,000 residential properties during the year to June, that’s an increase of 22% on the same period last year. But that figures is still far from the 300,000 new…
  • 5 Ways You Can Spot a Cowboy Builder

    20 May 2014 | 7:09 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsEveryone that falls foul of a rogue trader says the same thing. “How could I not see that coming?” Not only do they cause you huge upheaval but they can cost you thousands of pounds in the process. Massive costs, huge disruption and even court battles are just some of the things that can come about when you use “less than reputable” tradesmen. The majority of builders are honest, hardworking people. However some take advantage, some try to get something for nothing, and some will take you for everything you have if you let them. So what is the…
  • Construction output shrinks 2.8% in February

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsExtreme weather took its toll on the construction industry in the first quarter of 2014 as output fell by 2.8%  (£270m) compared with a month earlier, according the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But in the three months to the end of February, construction output grew 0.3% compared with the previous quarter. This means that despite signs of improvement, the construction industry remains 13.2% below its pre recession peak. The ONS said the wettest winter on record had caused delays in building work and that repairs of flood damage had not yet…
  • New Software Could Reduce Scaffolding Prices

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsNew guidance in the way that scaffolding is designed could slash costs for temporary structures. The latest technical guidance from the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has been hailed as a ‘step change’ that will drive up standards, enhance site safety and dramatically speed up the design process for the most common structures. It also includes a software package that can generate generic designs that automatically comply with European Standards and is a radical departure from the old ways of working. Until now, engineers…
  • Construction Starts on New Liverpool Exhibition Centre

    21 Feb 2014 | 6:50 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsWork has begun on a £40m exhibition centre and a £26m hotel on Liverpool’s historic waterfront, to be known as Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL). The development is being constructed in King’s Dock as part of the Liverpool City Council development, and plans to open by the summer of 2015. The complex, including a 216-room four-star hotel, will host national and international conferences, trade and consumer exhibitions and sports events and it’s hoped the project will create around 1,300 jobs. The project has been funded purely from…
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    Constructive Thinking

  • Finding a common language in safety

    Skanska USA
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Our project sites’ increasing diversity is providing a great need – and a great opportunity – to develop effective ways of communicating with workers speaking limited or no English. Bridging any language divide is particularly critical regarding safety. Our Pegasus Park project team in South Florida faced both of these challenges, as 38 craft workers came from China to assemble the project’s centerpiece: a 110-foot statue of the mythological Pegasus stallion fighting a fire-breathing dragon. Those workers – there to perform specialized work – only spoke Chinese. Given those…
  • What you missed from the Build America Infrastructure Investment Summit

    Skanska USA
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    American infrastructure is in great need of investment, and it will take strong political leadership to make meaningful improvements. As one step toward that larger goal, it was great that the Obama Administration on October 9 hosted the Infrastructure Investment Summit to rally support for the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide effort launched in July to advance the U.S. market for public-private partnerships. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew were among…
  • Keeping the “ring of risk” in the middle

    Skanska USA
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Brad Pollitt has dedicated his career to healthcare design and construction, having since 1989 overseen University of Florida Health/Shands’ more than six million square feet of facilities. With planning underway for Skanska’s second hospital for UF Health/Shands – the $225 million expansion for their hospital’s cardiovascular/neuroscience programs – we talked with Pollitt about succeeding through integrated teams and the future of healthcare project delivery. Brad Pollitt, vice president of facilities University of Florida Health/Shands – Gainesville, Fla. How do you select…
  • Unlikely partners in green building

    Michael McNally
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    News broke yesterday that the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Chemistry Council will be working together to improve LEED, the foremost green building certification system. That’s a partnership that personally matters a lot to me. Creating buildings that have minimal environmental impacts – and that even seek to improve the health of those living and working inside – requires more than just inspired clients, designers and builders. Doing so also requires manufacturers that are committed to producing harm-free building materials. But as you may recall, for too long the…
  • This Calatrava masterpiece comes to life – exactly as envisioned

    Skanska USA
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    This Saturday, Florida’s first STEM-focused college, Florida Polytechnic University, will mark its formal opening and the beginning of the 2015 school year. The Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building that is the centerpiece of the campus was designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and built by Skanska, as part of a collaborative team of numerous design and construction partners. You might be impressed by the project’s facts: this 160,000-square-foot structure was completed on-time and within the strict $60 million budget. This was accomplished despite such immense…
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    Vancouver General Contractors

  • Bedroom Decorating Ideas

    Meagan Dieroff
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Your bedroom is your sanctuary, a place where you can relax at the end of the day and just be yourself. So if it doesn’t feel like one, it’s time to make it so. Decorating your bedroom should be a fun and personal activity, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Here are some ideas for getting started. 1. Lighting The right kind of lighting can make your bedroom feel soothing and peaceful. Some overhead light fixtures can be too bright, so consider small bedside lamps instead. A wall-mounted one next to your bed is perfect for when you want to read. Other strategically placed lamps can…
  • Pinterest Picks of the Day – Must Pin Porches

    Nelly Prljaca
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    It’s the middle of summer now, the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. You and your family will certainly want to make the most of your backyard, whether it’s by hosting lively barbecues or simply soaking up some sun on a cozy lounge chair. This can be done so much more comfortably when you’ve got a great porch! The pins below feature some of our favorite porches on Pinterest! For a cool coastal style that’s just a bit bohemian, all you have to do is draw inspiration from the porch above. A rocking lounger and two comfy couches make it an inviting place for relaxation, while the…
  • Which Hardwood is right for me; Solid or Engineered?

    Nufloors Canada
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    So you are renovating, and you have always wanted hardwood flooring . How do you decide between solid or engineered hardwood? Each has their pros and cons and the decision can be a tough one if you don’t know the difference between the two. Here are some of the particulars of both solid and engineered hardwood, and a couple key points to think about before making your decision. Solid Hardwood Solid hardwood is a solid piece of hardwood from top to bottom. Solid hardwood thickness can be 3/4″ to 5/16″ and can be used on grade or above grade. Solid hardwood is best used in family…
  • Technology in the Home

    Hussain Khatheer
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Written by Hussain Khatheer Love it or hate it, technology continues to progress into a category of its own, in our basic needs pyramid. While there was a time when the technologies were simply too expensive and out of reach for the general population, these same devices are becoming increasingly more intuitive and economical; all the while, presenting us with feasible options to add simplicity and safety to our lives and homes.   Home systems do have a wide-range that scale between $2000 to $1million with choices from remote-controlled lighting, swimming pools, security cameras, window…
  • Pinterest Picks of the Day: Artfully Antique

    17 May 2014 | 8:53 am
    Trends may come and go, but there’s something about those antique styles that make them truly classic. It’s just a matter of balancing antique motifs with more contemporary looks to ensure that no one mistakes your home for a time capsule! In this edition of Pinterest Picks of the Day: Artfully Antique; we’re happy to show you how!   The kitchen shown in this pin has a mix of classic country style and old manor house refinement. Elegant silver towel racks, faucets, and other hardware combine with glass servingware to give the space an upscale appeal. Wood countertops and cabinets…
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  • What Construction Companies Need To Know About OSHA’s Updated Reporting & Recordkeeping Rule

    Kendall Jones
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration updated their rule about reporting and recording work-related injuries. The new rules take effect on January 1, 2015 and expand the reporting requirements for certain injuries. The new rule requires that all fatalities have to be reported within eight hours. In addition, all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of September 8 – 12, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 8 – 12, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama Wingate Subdivision Pump Station […]
  • Strategies For Success In Better Times – Open Letter From Construction Data President Bill Black

    Bill Black
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    For the past few years, frankly, the Commercial Construction industry has been a tough place to be. Many of our customers were scrambling, taking any and all work they could find. Now, with employment in overall construction, including residential, showing positive trends our industry is bouncing back. That’s terrific news and many of our customers […]
  • Construction Employment Hits 5-Year High, Industry Adds 20,000 Jobs In August

    Kendall Jones
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Employment in the construction industry continued to grow with 20,000 jobs added in August. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the construction industry was at 7.7 percent in August.  The unemployment rate is slightly higher than the 7.5 percent reported in July, but is the lowest rate for the […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of September 1 – 5, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 1 – 5, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama Harbor Freight Tools Location: […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • OSHA Changes Injury Reporting Rule (Duane Craig)
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    Starting in January 2015, employers in states covered by federal OSHA must report all work related fatalities, in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses to OSHA within 24 hours of the event, according to Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Employers in states with OSHA-approved state plans must check with […]Related Posts:OSHA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Changes to Reporting RequirementsPerspectives on the Construction Economic Reporting NumbersConstruction to Follow Same Disability Reporting Rules as Everyone Else…
  • Is Construction in a Dark Age of Moisture Damage Prevention? (Duane Craig)
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Dark Ages, so called because civilization forgot a lot of stuff, led to human misery on a grand scale. Now, some people claim construction has entered just such a phase when it comes to mitigating moisture and mold problems in buildings. George DuBose, vice president at Liberty Building Forensics Group®, says his firm is seeing a […]Related Posts:Guarding Against Construction Deaths as Simply Collateral DamageIke Reveals the Fragility of Roofing Moisture BarriersConsumers in the Dark About Solar Power Purchase AgreementsNonresidential Construction Backlog Drops, Signaling…
  • Empowering Construction Employee Wellness (Duane Craig)
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    By: Kristin Hodgkinson When people discuss health and safety in construction, the typical topics pop up; proper headgear, avoiding falls, and lifting and electrical safety. But what about employee health and well-being? With such a focus on avoiding work-place accidents in the short-term, employers in construction can sometimes overlook the significant damage that unhealthy employees can […]Related Posts:Marvin Offers Employee Haven Despite Dismal TimesGrabbing the Advantage of Joining Company and Employee GoalsWellness Programs Offer Salvation From Creeping Health Care PremiumsUpdate:…
  • Infographic Offers Surprising Details About Skyscrapers (Duane Craig)
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Chase Culpan at the Calgary Window and Door Guys did up a fascinating infographic on skyscrapers. Besides listing the tallest skyscrapers, the graphic details the cities with the most buildings over 300 meters (984 feet) high, the most iconic buildings in this class, the first skyscraper, the evolution of the skyscraper and illuminating facts about these very […]Related Posts:Info Graphic Tells Surprising Story About MBA Degree ValueIt’s All In The DetailsAttending to the Nuclear DetailsShort -Form Contracts Offer Speed But Attention To the Details is a MustAGC Economist Offers…
  • Choosing Between Laminate and Luxury Vinyl Tile (Duane Craig)
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    (Thanks to Selby Carpets for providing and sponsoring this post. Selby offers every type of carpet and flooring in the London area for both commercial and business premises. Whatever type of flooring you go for, and whether you’re looking for commercial flooring or something for the home, you’re assured of a durable, cost-effective purchase.) With all the flooring […]Related Posts:Building Green Luxury: Part 2Building Green Luxury: Part 4Building Green Luxury: Part 3Luxury Homebuilder Shares Green PerspectivesConsider the SRI When Choosing Cool Roofing Materials
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    MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing

  • Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details – Will Standing Seam Work on your Roof?

    Metal Roofing Pro
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Are you planning to install a standing seam metal roof over your newly constructed house or replace an old leaking roof on your home? You have made the right choice, as a standing seam metal roof will last a lifetime, offering you superior protection against leaks, fire, and inclement weather conditions. A standing seam metal […] The post Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details – Will Standing Seam Work on your Roof? appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Metal Roof vs. Shingles – What your Regular Roofer will Never Tell you!

    Metal Roofing Pro
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Your home is your most prized possession, and no other roofing system can keep it better protected than a metal roof. For discerning homeowners who want to make a long term investment into their home, and to be sure that they are getting a premium roofing material, metal shingles are a top choice. While they […] The post Metal Roof vs. Shingles – What your Regular Roofer will Never Tell you! appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Residential Metal Roofing Prices

    Metal Roofing Pro
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Introduction: In this guide, we cover the history of residential metal roofing in the US, along with important environmental considerations, side-by-side comparisons, and the latest consumer pricing information. Historical Background: Believe it or not, there was a time when residential metal roofing was pretty much unheard of in the United States. Then, came along the […] The post Residential Metal Roofing Prices appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Water Collection Systems for Standing Seam Metal Roofs

    Metal Roofing Pro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Have you ever considered getting a rainwater collection system for your home? A standing-seam metal roof with its smooth surface provides an ideal platform for harvesting rainwater using a sloped metal roof. Englert Inc., a metal roofing and leafless gutter manufacturing company committed to the environmental cause is now offering a 3 in 1 fully […] The post Water Collection Systems for Standing Seam Metal Roofs appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About

    Metal Roofing Pro
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A notion that installing a “tin” roof over your house may seem old fashioned, or be somehow associated with the unattractive tin roofs on industrial warehouses, could not be further from the truth when it comes to modern metal roofing. Tin metal roofs are one of the oldest, most reputable roofing systems in the world, […] The post Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
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  • No Weeds? Yes, There’s a Way!

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
        Have you ever been frustrated by the constant surge of weeds in your garden? Have you ever wished you could touch each weed with a magic wand and they would disappear? We don’t have a magic wand to offer you, but we do have some keys to weedless gardening that will make your life a lot easier! Part of it has to do with good mulch practices, and part of it has to do with—you guessed it—natural stone.   Mulching and Quiet Soil Mulch is a wonderful invention of gardening. You can use it to fertilize your soil, protect plants from scorching sun and torrential rains, and…
  • Series #6—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Child’s Play Area

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
        Are your kids getting older, but the backyard keeps staying the same? Spice things up in your landscape by adding a play space for your kids. You don’t have to spend a whole lot to get the creative retreat your kids are begging for, either. Loads of DIY ideas are floating around, making it easy to update your yard to match your growing family.   Backyard Games Playing games outside is one of the best parts of being a kid—and sometimes the best part of the homestead for a tired parent! Kids are very good at inventing outdoor games, including simply taking a ball outside…
  • Be a 2014 Stone Trendsetter

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
        Wonder what a “stone trendsetter” is? It’s you! Using natural stone in your landscaping this summer and fall, you can be at the height of landscaping fashion. Just what are these trends? We’re glad you asked. There are so many creative things landscapers are using stone for, we just had to write a blog post about it!     Fire & Water This year, the “fire and water” concept has risen in popularity. Poolsides with candles atop columns, hot tubs with bowls of fire flickering in the evening light, and other fire-and-water combinations create a dramatic…
  • Series #5–Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Backyard Paradise

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
        Do you long for the lazy days of vacation, the wind billowing through linen curtains as you swing in a hammock nearby? We all do, of course! But what if a beach or mountain getaway isn’t possible because of a time crunch at work? The solution: make your home a vacation destination—specifically, the back porch. Whether it’s a roofed addition or an open deck, creating your very own “staycation” spot is not as far out of reach as it might seem.   What’s a staycation? You can probably tell that the term “staycation” is a combination of “stay” and…
  • Why Is the Grass Always Greener?

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
        If you own your own home or maintain your own lawn, you probably ask yourself this question every time you drive down the street. Why do the neighbors’ lawns always looks so much more lush? Do they pump a gallon of Miracle-Gro into the sprinkler system every morning? Something like that. But it’s really less complicated to maintain a soft, vibrant green lawn than it looks. It may seem like the ones who are retired or at least work less own the best lawns, but you can have it just as green—with less time—with a little know-how.   Proper Mowing Technique Did you know…
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  • Practical Fixes for Noisy Ducts

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    In homes and offices, rattling ducts can really add to the noise pollution and seriously affect those who live and work there. While you may not be able to stop the HVAC from rattling, you can prevent that sound from being transmitted into your living and working areas so you can restore the peace and quiet. You can also use materials that absorb sound to reduce your ambient noise to manageable levels. It may not even be the HVAC that is causing all the ruckus. Ducting is a great conductor of sounds and will happily ferry the sound of your noisy neighbors’ music, TV or appliances into the…
  • Inexpensive and Effective Ways to Cool a Home

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    While spending a lot of money securing a home’s building envelope is a very effective way to use less energy, we also need to be cognizant of our energy usage. One effective way to cut costs is to find inexpensive ways to keep your home cool in the summer to minimize HVAC usage. Sleeping porch A common features in older homes, the sleeping porch is a screened-in or louvered porch which shades one side of the home. Using louvered windows encourages air flow which works with the shade to further reduce temperatures. Deciduous foliage Trees and creepers are a great way to shade windows…
  • Considering a raised floor?

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Question Should I consider a raised floor in my new home design? Answer Raised floors offer a wealth of benefits from improved flood resistance to easier access to pipes and wires. If your property is in flood-risk area, on a slope or poor drainage, a raised floor can help you to overcome these challenges. Raised floors will reduce the cost of grading and levelling the site. Add to this a reduction in the risk of damage from pests such as termites, as well as improved curb appeal and you could have a winning formula for success. Be sure to check our other news and helpful tips at the official…
  • Preventing Sub-Floor Squeaks Part 2

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Call backs for squeaky floors can be extremely costly and time consuming. When squeaks originate in the sub-flooring, these call backs can really eat into your already slim profit margins. Here are some tips on installation techniques that can help to prevent the dreaded squeaky floors. Adhesives Select sub-floor adhesives according to the standards set for them. PL-400 sub-floor adhesive meets that standards but if you select another one make sure it meets the minimum standards for your end use to ensure it is strong enough and will maintain its bond over time. Always read the instructions,…
  • Preventing Sub-Floor Squeaks Part 1

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Contrary to popular belief, squeaky floors are not just an ‘old home’ problem. Most squeaks originate in the finished flooring (especially from poor installation of hardwood) but occasionally they can be in the sub-floor system if the proper care is not taken during installation.  Sub-flooring systems built to minimum code requirements are more susceptible to squeaking over time. Minimum code can allow for joists depths to be smaller and thinner sub-floor panels but the cost to build to higher than minimum code requirements is not a lot. Keep in mind that finished flooring like ceramic…
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  • How Roofing Prices are Manipulated by Insurance Companies (using Xactimate)

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Insurance companies do not pay for you to do high quality roofing. If you want to do it right you may want to get away from insurance work. Or you will have to lower your standards. Advice from a Roofing Forum Discussion to a contractor looking to get into insurance work. This is a guide for homeowners with storm damage roofs on how to avoid getting scammed by insurance companies into installing a poor quality roof. It is clear from the quote above that when it comes to roof replacement that involves insurance companies, property owners get the short end of the stick in terms of quality,…
  • Metal Roofing Prices for Materials and Installation

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    A new metal roof can be one of the most expensive roofing material options, rivaled only by the likes of Slate, Clay Tiles, natural Cedar Shingles and Shakes and Synthetic roof shingles. However, it is possible to have a metal roof installed on a budget – relatively inexpensive, compared to the materials listed above. It is important to understand that a metal roof will always cost more money than asphalt shingles, but there are a number of affordable options to consider. Below we will take in-depth look at average installation prices charged by contractors that specialize in metal…
  • Roofing Shingles Calculator

    28 May 2014 | 11:50 am
    Many homeowners want to know what percentage of their new roof installation cost (when the roof is being installed by a contractor), goes into the shingles and other materials / accessories, needed for installation. This Roofing Materials Calculator will help you estimate this cost, and will include all needed accessories – not just the cost of roofing shingles. To estimate shingles and accessories prices, enter roof ground dimensions, roof slope, and roof type (hip or gable) into the calculator below: Roof Length: Roof Width (Gable Side): Roof Pitch: Roof Type: Gable RoofHip…
  • Metric Roofing Calculator – for UK and Europe

    5 May 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Estimate re-roofing cost in the United Kingdom! This tool helps homeowners calculate the approximate price to install a new Clay or Concrete Tile roof, or a flat roofing membrane on your residence in Great Britain, Ireland and Western Europe. Prices for UK are in GBP, and in Euros for Ireland and other Western European countries. This tool is created as an alternative to our main calculator, which is designed for US and Canada, calculating prices in USD, using sq.feet (vs. the metric system used in Europe). To calculate roof in Feet, go Imperial Roof Calc. House Ground Dimensions: x Meters…
  • Why Roofing Prices Keep Going Up

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    For the last 10 years I’ve been amazed and frustrated with the fact that the cost of roofing materials continues to rise. Every spring, distributors send out notices to contractors that read something along the lines of: “Dear Customer, XYZ Manufacturer has increased the selling price of their product, and we have to pass the added cost on to you. Beginning March 1st, the cost of ABC Product is going to increase by 7%, and most accessories will go up 3-8%… blah blah blah…” I noticed that right in front of me was a document that showed ALSIDE’s material…
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  • Refinishing Hardwood floors – Step by Step Instructions

    Remodeling Image
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Hardwood floors demand a fairly frequent refinishing whenever you feel that they are losing their luster. All you need to do is repair and re-sand the wood, along with some coats of refinish over the wood. Here is the step by step procedure: Step 1. Identify what kind of wood your floors have. Mostly oak, […] The post Refinishing Hardwood floors – Step by Step Instructions appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • A Guide to Selecting your Dream Bathtub

    Remodeling Image
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    So you are a bath junkie, looking for a new beautiful tub to soak in? It is easy to dive into the endless possibilities of bathtub looks, styles and finishes, and lose track of such important considerations as cost, comfort, quality, and fit. Between your budget, personal needs, space limitations, materials and aesthetic design preferences, […] The post A Guide to Selecting your Dream Bathtub appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • How to Give your Old Kitchen a New Look on a Budget

    Remodeling Image
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Kitchen remodeling is perhaps one of the most rewarding remodeling decisions you can make, especially if you’ve just purchased your home recently, and your kitchen looks like it is still 1950s! Or perhaps, it has been ages since a last major remodel in your kitchen. In this guide we will explore some creative kitchen remodel […] The post How to Give your Old Kitchen a New Look on a Budget appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Baby Shower Decoration Ideas 2014

    Remodeling Image
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:43 pm
    If done right, decorations for a baby shower can give the whole event that special feeling of exciting anticipation of the coming baby, highlight the warmth and love of family and friends, as well as celebrate the sweet joy of motherhood. To achieve the right mood and to set the tone of the party, decorations […] The post Top Baby Shower Decoration Ideas 2014 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2014

    Remodeling Image
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Are you thinking about renovating your living space? Then, consider starting from your kitchen! The kitchen is the center of your home, where you spend most of your time eating, preparing meals, and interacting with your family. If you are looking for fresh kitchen remodeling thoughts, consider these ideas and design trends popular this summer. […] The post Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2014 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
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  • What Lean Energy Means for Construction

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Builders are finding that the call for “lean” energy is growing, with clients aiming to build structures that are environmentally sound as well as cost effective. Many are familiar with “lean construction,” a concept that emphasizes quality and efficiency. In lean construction, project teams adapt to the process of building rather than adhering to a predetermined method. Lean energy is similar in that it seeks out the best possible scenario for energy consumption with as little waste as possible. Solar panel photo © lisafx/Bigstock Energy waste has traditionally…
  • There’s a New Customer in Town: Technology Companies

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Real estate developers and construction companies around the country are starting to pay some serious attention to the wants and needs of the technology sector. While it’s a given that there will be plenty of construction activity catering to tech companies in places like San Francisco and Seattle, the past few years has led to an increase in newer tech arenas in cities as large as New York, and in middle-sized cities like Austin, Texas. Design and construction for tech companies is different from traditional office builds, often requiring open floor plans, areas for recreation, and…
  • Hudson Yards: The Biggest Real Estate Development in the U.S.

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    On the island of Manhattan, a West Side rail yard from about 28th to 43rd Street has historically been a massive swath of underdeveloped space. Aside from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this part of town had been a virtual no man’s land where no Manhattanite wanted to work, live or play. Various real estate developers have tried to gain rights to this land since the middle of the 20th-century, but grand plans for development only resulted in a series of unrealized projects that included a new stadium for the Jets and a potential site for the Summer Olympics. The West Side…
  • Photos: FieldLens Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

    Daryl Lang
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    On most days you’ll find the FieldLens team working on phones and computers in our office, but Friday was a little different. We closed the office and walked away from our usual tools. Instead, we picked up hammers, screw guns, rasps, jab saws, and wheelbarrows, and got to work building houses. The FieldLens team volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity New York City project, which involves rebuilding 2 houses on a quiet street of single-family homes in Laurelton, in the borough of Queens. This Habitat project has a team of full-time staff and volunteers who work on site…
  • This Week in Construction News – 9/12/14

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    As in many homes and workplaces across the country, this week was spent reflecting on the tragic events of 9/11. As a New York City based company, we are proud to witness the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, and we are grateful for the hardworking men and women who are making it happen. Below are some top construction new stories from the past week, including a few great tributes to 9/11. Earth-cam Video of World Trade Center Memorial Construction Beautiful tribute to the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial. World Trade Center Construction is Nearing Completion It’s…
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    Intech Equipment & Supply

  • Ebook Informs Consumers About Insulating Spray Foam

    Jake Jacobson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    There have been a lot of myths, misconceptions and just plain inaccurate or outdated information related to spray foam, so it is understandable that some property owners have questions or concerns on the topic. Contractors, builders and others in the industry may not be able to spend a lot of time educating and informing customers and the general public on the true facts about spray foam. Fortunately, they now have a resource that can help. A handy new free ebook (which can easily be downloaded online) addresses common questions and concerns regarding insulating spray foam. The ebook is…
  • Spray Foam Equipment the Star of ICAA Convention

    Jake Jacobson
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Spray foam equipment and supplies will be among the main attractions at a major industry event this month. The ICAA (Insulation Contractors Association of America) will host their annual convention September 18 through 20 in Orlando. This event is a rare opportunity to get a sneak peek at the latest products and techniques in the industry, and to actually get some hands-on experience with the newest cutting-edge spray foam equipment. Of course, it’s also a great chance to make valuable connections and learn tips and strategies from leaders in the field. The theme for this year’s…
  • Coating Sprayers Used for First Passive House in China

    Jake Jacobson
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Image courtesy of National Coatings China’s Yangtze River Delta Region recently welcomed its first passive house, which was cause for celebration. A passive house is one in which the home uses very little energy from an active heat or power source. The structure is airtight and well-insulated, so energy is captured inside the home and outside air can’t enter via drafts or leaks. Heat comes mainly from solar sources, internal gains and other processes that don’t consume natural resources. Obviously, any region would encourage the development of passive homes, which reduces the local…
  • Spray Foam Guns: Importance of Proper Maintenance

    Jake Jacobson
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Spray foam guns are an essential piece of equipment for contractors who perform insulation and roofing projects involving spray foam. However, as with any other type of equipment, they only function at their best if they are maintained and cared for properly. One of the most important things you can do to keep your spray foam gun running efficiently is to keep it clean. Sticking to a regular cleaning routine can help, and there are also cleaning chemicals and lubrication products designed to make the process easier. However, you can also take a proactive approach and protect your spray foam…
  • We Take the Stress Out of Buying Spray Foam Machines

    Jake Jacobson
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Buying any sort of jobsite equipment can be a stressful and patience-testing experience. There are a lot of pressure points: worries over whether you will choose the right equipment, confusion about all of the available options and anxiety about how you will afford what you need. If your business revolves around installing or maintaining spray foam insulation, coatings or roofing materials, spray foam machines obviously play a vital role in your ability to provide your customers with the prompt and efficient service they deserve. So when you need to replace one or more pieces of equipment or…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • Defects in Brick Work and their Remedies

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    "sulphate attack on mortars, unsound materials, frost action, corrosion of iron and steel, crystallization of salts, linear changes resulting from variation in moisture content" While doing brickwork and after the brick is completed there are certain defects which has to be faced, these defects they must be avoided and remedial measure must be taken. These defects not only ruins the
  • Download Fluid Mechanics by E. John Finnemore and Joseph B. Franzini Solution Manual Free [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    As we all know fluid includes gases and liquids, things which are compressible and sometimes non-compressible and doesn't have a shape as a bulk but might have fixed volume in case of liquids. Mechanics is a branch of physics that deals with state of rest or motion of something or somebody   under the influence of an external force.  @import url(
  • India to build world's highest railway bridge Chenab Bridge in Jammu Kashmir

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    You might have travelled above 1000 feet in aero-plane but you must not have travelled at that much height with a Railcar, But Indian engineers are ready to lift such a bulky weighty weighing car of iron to a height 35 meters more than that of Eiffel Tower. @import url(; "The Project worth more than 90 million is being handled by the
  • Download The Wiley Dictionary of Civil Engineering and Construction by L.F. Webster

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    The definitions in the book have been compiled to be of use to those working in a wide range of professions related to civil engineering and trades involving architecture, engineering, surveying building, heavy construction, forestry, surface and open-pit mining, and public works.  "Download The Wiley Dictionary of Civil Engineering and Construction" @import url(http://
  • Download Civil Engineering Formulas by Tyler G. Hicks [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Book "Civil Engineering Formulas" by "Tyler G. Hicks" is a heaven for civil engineers practicing their work in the field, The book is a comprehensive easy to use tool containing hundreds of formulas used on almost every situation. Civil Engineering like all other engineering disciplines contains formulas that has to be memorized or that has to be used by engineers to find solution of a
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