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  • Keystone XL bill clears Senate, faces veto

    AGC SmartBrief
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The Senate on Thursday voted 62-36 to pass legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline in spite of a presidential veto t -More- FIX YOUR CHALLENGED PROJECT FAST …and without costly contractual battles. Distrust, communication breakdown, and personal stress are all signs of a challenged project. Ventura Consulting Group's Turnaround Partnering Workshops have produced win-win results for 13 of the top 15 U.S. general contractors worldwide - And, we guarantee results. CLICK HERE TO FIX YOUR PROJECT NOW.
  • Jobless rate fails to count missing workers

    NRCA SmartBrief
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    The jobless rate is falling -- but it fails to take account of about 6 million "missing workers" who, for various reasons, st -More- 
  • Engineers develop world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge

    Construction News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Civil Engineers and pre-cast concrete specialists have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge.
  • Coming Soon: More Drone Insurance Options

    Top Stories from
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Contractors and engineers that are using drones soon may be able to buy standardized insurance coverage from a greater number of insurers.
  • Innovative Products: Lighting Controls

    BOM January Issue
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Engineers develop world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Civil Engineers and pre-cast concrete specialists have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge.
  • On-site visualization of planned buildings

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Using a new system, architects, developers or their clients can view a 3D model of a building in its intended shape, precisely where the building is to be constructed. This will give them a much clearer, realistic impression of the design.
  • Green walls, effective acoustic insulation

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    The benefits provided by green walls has been the focus of recent research. A scientist has concluded that walls comprising plants offer great potential for absorbing noise and could be used as acoustic insulation.
  • Self-repairing subsea material

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Embryonic faults in subsea high voltage installations are difficult to detect and very expensive to repair. Researchers believe that self-repairing materials could be the answer. The vital insulating material which encloses sensitive high voltage equipment may now be getting some 'first aid'.
  • New 'electronic skin' for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable 'electronic skin' closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but also what direction it's coming from. The study on the advance could have applications for prosthetics and robotics.
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Conformal Coating System utilizes multi-valve technology.

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Available in conformal coating, dispensing, and/or potting platforms, Precisioncoat V features multi-valve technology that allows for application of dots, lines, fills, glob tops, and spray coat areas. Conformal coating and dispense valves move smoothly along 3-axis system, with option to add fully programmable fourth and fifth axes for tilt and rotation capabilities. With Windows®-based software, users can customize each program based on material and pattern. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Coating Machinery | Conformal Coating…
  • Black-Body Coating suits applications to 2,000°F.

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Demonstrating emissivity greater than 0.90 at temperatures to 2,000°F, HiE-Coat™ 840-M has been formulated for metal surfaces such as stainless steel. Jet-black, water-dispersed, ceramic coating is used for gas-fired burners to optimize thermal efficiency of commercial and consumer appliances, industrial ovens, and furnaces. Applied by sponge brush, roller, or spray equipment, VOC-free coating provides coverage rate of approximately 360 ft²/gallon based on 2 ml dry film thickness. This story is related to the following:Ceramic Coatings | High Temperature Coatings
  • Electric Paint suits 3D printing applications.

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Consisting of electrically conductive liquid wire, Electric Paint can be used as cold-soldering medium or conductive adhesive. Non-toxic and solvent-free, product is suitable for rapid prototyping, repairing PCBs, and painting circuits and sensors on any surface. Once printed or applied, paint dries quickly at room temperature and can be removed with soap and water. This story is related to the following:Adhesives and SealantsSearch for suppliers of: Electrically Conductive Adhesives |
  • Chemical-Resistant Coating protects concrete surfaces.

    29 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Protexior® Chemical Resistant Epoxy Top Coat & Primer Kit, combining Novolac epoxy protection integrated with silicone resin technology, protects insulated and un-insulated steel and concrete surfaces. Resistant to wet-dry thermal cycling, boiling water, and steam, this corrosion- and heat-resistant (up to 450°F), low-VOC coating meets ISO 20340 and ASTM B-117. Indoor/outdoor solution can be applied by roller or spray, and typical uses include piping, vessels, valves, ducts, and plenums. This story is related to the following:Epoxy Coatings | Heat Resistant Coatings
  • Broadband Anti-Reflection Coatings come as standard options.

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    YAG-BBAR broadband coating provides <1.0% reflectance per surface over its 500&ndash;1,100 nm wavelength range and absolute reflectance of <0.25% where it is optimized at 532 and 1,064 nm. Offering extended UV performance, VIS-EXT BBAR reduces reflection from 350&ndash;700 nm and provides <0.5% average reflectance per surface over its 350&ndash;700 nm range. Both broadband anti-reflection (BBAR) coatings are offered off-the-shelf on PCX lenses and can be applied to any uncoated optics. This story is related to the following:Anti-Reflection Coatings |
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  • Interview: George McCarthy, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Miriam Axel-Lute: How do you like being back in Boston? George McCarthy: I love being back in Boston. It’s a different place than when I lived here 30, 40 years ago. When I grew up here, they were selling brownstones on Mass. Ave. for $1 dollar, and the South End was considered a dangerous place to live. Now, the South End has million-dollar condos and some of the best restaurants in Boston, and you can’t get there, it’s just too popular. The boom that happened over the last 40 years here is extraordinary and the quality of life has gone up immensely. They figured out ways to lay out…
  • Sprawl vs. Unions

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some of the most conservative members of the labor movement—the building trades— are learning that how cities grow really matters. The lessons they are learning are a common-ground road map between labor, environmentalists, and advocates for urban justice. Activists have long understood that some union members see the value of smart growth. The Food & Commercial Workers oppose new Walmarts, for example, and the Amalgamated Transit Union supports coalitions to protect and expand transit service. But connections have been less common with the building trades—the unionized electricians,…
  • Out from Under the Table

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Bobbie Ousley and his wife woke up one day in 2002 to a pool of water—water so high it kissed their knees. Panicked, Ousley immediately rushed to his studio, which housed five sewing machines, fabric, thread, and every other tool one would find in a tailor’s studio. “My first thought was going in there and trying to get my cloths up off the racks, and to put them up to higher places,” he says. He was too late. The storm left his fabric and thread soaked and unsalvagable and three sewing machines were beyond repair. As he tossed out his supplies, Ousley was reminded of one thing owners…
  • Interview: Senator Mel Martinez and Mayor Henry Cisneros

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    At the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Summit on September 15 and 16, five former secretaries of the Department of Housing and Urban Development joined a panel discussing their time at HUD. Right after the panel, Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute and publisher Harold Simon sat down for further conversation with two of them—Mel Martinez, who was HUD secretary under President Bush from 2001 to 2004 and went on to serve a partial term as a senator from Florida, and Henry Cisneros, a former mayor of San Antonio who was HUD secretary under President Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Martinez…
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    2 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
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    HomeStars - News and Updates

  • A message to owners of home improvement businesses:

    Andrea O
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Our HomeStars Best of Awards (BOA) were launched seven years ago to recognize top-rated companies that we believe are the most trustworthy and have been recognized for great work by validated homeowners. We know that people take note of the Best of Awards badge and that it informs their hiring decisions. As this award has […]
  • Update to Assisted Reviews (aka Add a Review) 

    Andrea O
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Last week, HomeStars was referenced in Toronto media after a home renovation company (GarCon Building Group) went bankrupt. Concerns were raised about the validity of some of this company’s reviews on HomeStars, in particular those published using our assisted review tool. Assisted reviews are designed to help contractors get homeowner reviews for the work they’ve […]
  • Happy Holidays from HomeStars

    Andrea O
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    HomeStars would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday. Our website will be shutdown for maintenance December 27th and 28th. Over the holiday season our offices will be closed from December 24th – January 2nd. During this time there may be a delay in review moderation and email response times. We thank […]
  • Best of 2014 – Are you one of the best?

    Andrea O
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, it signifies another annual time of celebration, the HomeStars Inc. Best of Awards season!!! Each year, hundreds of companies across Canada are celebrated as HomeStars’s Best and we are excited that the announcements of who was the best in 2014 are just around […]
  • The One of a Kind Show 2014 – Want to Go?

    Andrea O
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    If you’ve got a long list of people to buy gifts for this December but aren’t in the mood for the mall or online shopping, the One of a Kind Show is for you! It’s the largest consumer craft show in North America, featuring the works of over 800 exhibitors. The One of a Kind […]
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    Darren | Slaughter

  • Why Now is a Great Time to Use Adwords for Contractors

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Contractors have a great opportunity now more than ever to use Google Adwords to their advantage. With Cost per click continuing to go down & usage going up, you can shuffle some of your ad dollars around to take advantage of lower click costs. The post Why Now is a Great Time to Use Adwords for Contractors appeared first on Darren | Slaughter.
  • Facebook vs. Youtube Video: For Me, It’s Not Even Close!

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    So what if Facebook has a billion users? So what if they are getting billions of video uploads? Read my lips, Facebook will not fool me again! If I have to pick a horse to back in this race, it’s going to be YouTube every time! Why? I just feel like YouTube is a better partner in the long run. How about you? The post Facebook vs. Youtube Video: For Me, It’s Not Even Close! appeared first on Darren | Slaughter.
  • What Your Website Could Learn From Southwest Airlines

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Your website is your home base. It’s the one place on the web no one can tell you what to do. Sometimes thats good, sometimes that’s bad. What I will tell you is this, you need to control as much of the user experience your audience has with your brand as possible. From your initial advertisements to their final contact, you want your prospects finding you on a platform you own…your website, which is why Southwest protects this one thing so dearly…watch the video to find out what it is! The post What Your Website Could Learn From Southwest Airlines appeared first on…
  • What Your Website Should Have in 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Any homeowner is going to expect you expects a contractor to have a minimum set of tools, a license, insurance and the obvious skills needed to perform the job at hand. But before all that, they need to be able to get at the right information on your website they need to make a decision on hiring you. After doing about 30 website reviews since New Years, I still see a lot of contractor websites that are missing the most important info for homeowners. So, I’m here to help! Here is what Your Site NEEDS to Have in 2015! Homepage: Seems obvious right? But it’s not so much having one…
  • Winning The Long Game With Postcards

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    In my weekly newsletter yesterday, I talked about postcards and how you can take a 3-second ad and turn it into a year-long billboard placed right inside your prospects kitchen with one simple step. Watch the video to see how you can too. If you want to get the details on from yesterday’s newsletter, sorry, you gotta sign up! But you can sign up by clicking here, then entering your email address in the sidebar. The post Winning The Long Game With Postcards appeared first on Darren | Slaughter.
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Revit to BIM 360 Glue improvements

    Lee Mullin
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    It's fair to say I get overly excited about small improvements in our products, and this is one I've been waiting for a few months for. When pushing a model from Revit to Glue historically we have created a lightweight DWF file to push up to BIM 360 Glue, this minimises the bandwidth used rather than uploading the entire Revit model, and allows you to run the faster iterative design review more quickly. In the latest release of the Revit exporter in BIM 360 Glue we now give you the option to push to DWF or the Navisworks NWC file format. You may be wondering why you may want to use…
  • Quantification is for so many more than just the estimators

    Lee Mullin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Quantification in Navisworks has now been available for around 18 months and during that time I've shown it to many customers, whilst there are obvious benefits for the estimators and quantity surveyors, the people who seem most excited about the possibilities are not in those teams, why? A typical Bill of Quantities can take weeks to build, verify and validate, this can be dead time for planners, site managers and buyers who need to make rough estimates in the meantime of quantities needed for purchases, transportation needed for planning and many more tasks on any construction project.
  • BIM Brunch Interview

    Lee Mullin
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I recently participated in an interview with BIMcrunch, a UK industry resource. I talk about my favourite buildings and where I see value in BIM, and some of my favourite Twitter accounts, take a look at the link below: -
  • Autodesk University 2014 is upon us! The force is strong with this one!

    Lee Mullin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    It's not long to go now, 2 weeks and we'll all be at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2014! The good news, alot of you have signed up for my class, a follow up to the popular Star Wars themed class in 2012, "CO6968 - The #EmpireBIMcrew Strikes Back", talking about the renovation of the Millennium Falcon using BIM 360, Point Layout and Recap. So many of you have signed up, it's now full, so thank you, can't wait to see you there! For those specialist fabrication contractors there's the MEP & Structural Fabricator Forum on the Monday,…
  • Extending The BIM 360 Ecosystem With Component Content

    Paul Walker
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    When we launched the new BIM 360 Layout app and feature within BIM 360 Glue, we also updated Autodesk Point Layout to accommodate the capability of easily pushing and pulling models with layout points to and from the BIM 360 Glue web environment.  These updates put the finishing touches on a digital, model-driven ecosystem that connects the point creation process in the office directly to the construction layout process on the jobsite.  (See the workflow diagram here:  And with the connections between client, cloud…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • How to Be Everywhere All At Once… Managing a Landscape Company

    LMN Admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
      January 27, 2015 @ 10:30am – 11:20 am How to Be Everywhere All At Once – Managing a Landscape Company Mike Lysecki, CEO of the Landscape Management Network Everyone wants a growing, thriving, profitable landscape company… until you inherit the problems that come along with more people, more jobs, and less time to manage it all! Mike Lysecki from TBG Landscape will share their story and the systems that kept them sane while they grew from a backyard startup to one of North America’s top 100 landscape contractors. See for yourself the systems that help the company flow…
  • Can’t get to Congress? Download Mark Bradley’s Presentations

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    January 7, 2015 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am How to Run A Job Like Your Competition Can’t… Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network If you are tired of facing competition that works too cheap, then learn some proven ways to beat them at their own game. Reduce prices without sacrificing profit; join Mark Bradley of TBG Landscape, with an in-depth overview of how he trains staff to plan, organize, and supervise a jobsite, from mobilization to final punchlist. Attendees will learn: – How to value-engineer construction before it starts, to deliver the most…
  • Green and Growing Presentations [Mike Lysecki]

    29 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    January 7, 2015 @ 1:00 PM – 1:55 pm The Paperless Landscape Company – And The Tools That Can Get You There Mike Lysecki, Director, Landscape Management Network Don’t waste another year spending hundreds of hours sorting, filing and re-entering paperwork. Your staff ’s time would be far better spent preparing and checking estimates, collecting payments, planning and preparing jobs… the real work that impacts revenue and profits. Mike Lysecki, former director of operations at TBG Landscape (one of North America’s top 100 landscape firms) gives a live overview and demonstration…
  • Landscape Ontario Congress Talks [Mark Bradley]

    29 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    January 7, 2015 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am How to Run A Job Like Your Competition Can’t… Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network If you are tired of facing competition that works too cheap, then learn some proven ways to beat them at their own game. Reduce prices without sacrificing profit; join Mark Bradley of TBG Landscape, with an in-depth overview of how he trains staff to plan, organize, and supervise a jobsite, from mobilization to final punchlist. Attendees will learn: – How to value-engineer construction before it starts, to deliver the most…
  • Incentive Systems for Landscape Foremen (Goals + Bonuses)

    LMN Admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Create Incentive Systems for Your Landscape Foreman Using Clear Goals and Metrics.   Last month we looked at how to set goals for sales + design staff.  Using their rewards as the foundation for their sales goals, the sales goal, and why we need it hit, is crystal clear for both parties.  You need your staff to hit a certain sales goal to be worth the wages you pay them.  Good people want to work for a company that can afford them opportunities for success.   With a clear sales goal, their success is your success, and vice versa. But selling the work is the easy part.  It’s…
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • Guest opinion: Rethinking Modular Construction for Schools

    Janet Field
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    I came across this guest opinion about modular construction for schools. The author Shelley Taylor is a Clallam County resident and member of a coalition to prevent tax increase. In her article she talks about modular construction as a state of the art, practical and affordable alternative to conventional construction. In fact she does a great job of conveying the same message we do each day.… Read More... The post Guest opinion: Rethinking Modular Construction for Schools appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Owners and Construction Managers Need to Contract and Communicate Directly!

    Gregg Kelly
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Lean Construction and the Construction Manager We have all seen the cartoon of “What the Customer Expected” and unfortunately experienced some version of it ourselves. I recently attended a Lean Construction Workshop and the problem exercise was how to manage actual project costs as compared to initial estimates. Many times the discussion circled back to a lack of understanding between the owner and the project team.… Read More... The post Owners and Construction Managers Need to Contract and Communicate Directly! appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Modular Construction for Student Housing, Another Example.

    Linda Bee
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Modular Classrooms Many universities today are in a fight to compete for students. Housing is a top consideration for new students, and without sufficient on-campus student housing, colleges and universities can become non-competitive. Northumbria University in Shieldfield, England utilized modular construction so they could move quickly to keep up with the demand in the marketplace and to ensure that they would have state of the art student housing.… Read More... The post Modular Construction for Student Housing, Another Example. appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog |…
  • A.L.I.C.E. Program and Modular Classrooms Part 1 of 3

    Linda Bee
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    What does one have to do with the other? We are frequently asked by school administrators if modular classrooms comply with the ALICE program? First, let’s define what ALICE stands for. The acronym means Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate or run-hide-fight, a federal Homeland Security Department program originally created for use in workplace settings which is now becoming a standard of training for schools, teachers and students K-12.… Read More... The post A.L.I.C.E. Program and Modular Classrooms Part 1 of 3 appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • What can be built in 360 hours? With modular construction…

    Linda Bee
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    …Something amazing. Whoever thought you could build an entire building in just 15 days? Modular construction is changing the way we build! In 2011, the Broad Group, a Chinese sustainable building company, built a 30-story hotel in 360 hours soon after erecting a 15-story building in just a week. We thought this was just amazing and wanted to share it with you.… Read More... The post What can be built in 360 hours? With modular construction… appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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    Affordable Building Concepts

  • Dream Decks!

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Looking to expand living space in your Nashville area home but are out of options within your walls? Why not look outside, instead? Affordable Building Concepts can customize a new deck to fit your style and budget!Building a deck can be a smart way for property owners to maintain or even improve their home's value. After all, it is less expensive than building an additional room, but still enables homeowners to expand their living space!A recent survey conducted by Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report found that more than 85% of the cost of building a wooden deck could be recouped during resale!
  • Top 10 Most Valuable Home Improvements

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Good news! If you're thinking of remodeling your home this year, the amount of money you're likely to recoup on home improvements is on the rise. Below you'll find 10 of the most valuable home improvements in regards to recouping your costs.Front door replacement. For example, a midrange steel door (one with a glass panel), costs approximately $1,162 and adds $1,122 to your home's value; 96.6% of the cost.A wooden deck addition. Affordable Building Concepts in Nashville has this one under control! We specialize in customized decks! Deck prices vary based on size, material, etc.Siding…
  • Aluminum Patio Covers

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Are you thinking of adding an aluminum patio cover to your home? A new patio cover is one of the most affordable home improvement projects for home owners. Affordable Building Concepts patio covers provide many benefits and years of pleasurable use.Aluminum patio cover by ABCPatio Covers Extend Living Space ‑ You can bring the comforts of the indoors outdoors with a new patio cover! Patio covers can be easily installed practically anywhere to add on comfortable living space. You can convert an old deck into a relaxing get‑away. Needing another kitchen? Create a patio kitchen under your…
  • Add an Amazing Garage!

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Are you in the market for a new garage? At Affordable Building Concepts, garages are our main focus here in Middle Tennessee.Garages have been our primary line of business throughout our company’s history. We bring a solid reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction. We are proud of the work we do and we stand behind it. Our garages are built according to your city’s codes. All permits are secured through Affordable Building Concepts Garages, for your protection.What types of garages do we offer? All types including:Single Car GarageTwo Car GarageThree + Car GarageTwo-story…
  • Fun for the Imagination!

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    With the holidays fast approaching, are you searching for the perfect gift for your son or daughter? Affordable Building Concepts in Nashville has the perfect solution! We offer quality DIY playhouse kits that range anywhere from a cottage to a firehouse!The Victorian MansionOur children’s playhouses give your kids a place to get away while giving you the extra space you need and add to the beauty of your home and backyard! At Affordable Building Concepts, we also offer premium Gorilla wooden swing sets at prices you can afford. We also offer options for professional installation…
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  • Liebherr Signs Distribution Agreement with Heavy Machines Inc.

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. announced a new stocking distribution agreement with Heavy Machines Inc. for the state of Maine; the Memphis, Tenn., area; and an expanded territory that includes Louisiana and the Shreveport trading area.
  • Cummins, Chongqing Break Ground on Chinese Engine Plant

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Chongqing Cummins Engine Company, a 50:50 joint venture between Cummins and Chongqing Machinery and Electric Co., Ltd. (CQME), broke ground for its new plant in Northern New District of Chongqing, China on Jan. 27, 2015. Covering approximately 66 acres, CCEC’s new facility will include a tech center dedicated to High Horsepower (HHP) engine engineering and a new engine manufacturing plant. Construction on the tech center is expected to finish in 2016, and the plant is expected to be put into use in 2018.
  • Caterpillar, Komatsu, Volvo Sued for Antitrust Violations

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    International Construction Products LLC (ICP) filed an antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court court on Thursday against Caterpillar Inc., Komatsu America Corp., and Volvo Construction Equipment North America LLC.
  • CNH Industrial Construction Equipment Sales Up in 2014

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    CNH Industrial N.V. announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 results, indicating a 2.7 percent increase in construction equipment sales for the year. For the fourth quarter of 2014, the company reported consolidated revenues of $8.4 billion, down 10 percent compared to Q4 2013. The company reported consolidated revenues of $32.6 billion for 2014, down 3.8 percent compared to 2013.
  • Atlas Copco Recognized for Sustainability

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Atlas Copco ranked 23rd on the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index. The list was presented on Jan. 22 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The company was also listed first overall in the machinery industry. This is the ninth time that Atlas Copco has appeared in the Global 100 rankings.
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    AEC Business

  • 10 Reasons to Redesign Your Dated AEC Website

    Aarni Heiskanen
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    I browsed through a couple of dozen engineering firm websites recently. These were companies with a turnover between 10... The post 10 Reasons to Redesign Your Dated AEC Website appeared first on AEC Business.
  • New Mobile Services for the Construction Site

    Aarni Heiskanen
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Mobile, cloud-based services are entering the construction site. Here are four recent examples of the trend. Gilbane... The post New Mobile Services for the Construction Site appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Reducing Everyday Business Costs: 3 Steps towards a More Cost-Effective Business Model

    AEC Business
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    While Lloyds Bank recently reported a considerable dip in business confidence in the Southwest of England, overall... The post Reducing Everyday Business Costs: 3 Steps towards a More Cost-Effective Business Model appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Gamestorming – Bring Structure to Innovation

    Aarni Heiskanen
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    In this episode of the AEC Business Podcast Dave Gray, founder of XPLANE and co-founder of Boardthing,... The post Gamestorming – Bring Structure to Innovation appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Truckast – Logistics and Commerce for Concrete

    Aarni Heiskanen
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    This is my interview with Kurt Kratchman, CEO of TRUCKAST, Inc. Can you tell a little bit about your company’s background?... The post Truckast – Logistics and Commerce for Concrete appeared first on AEC Business.
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  • Vancouver Oil Tank Removal-the importance of professionals

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    If you are removing an oil tank in the Vancouver area, it is in your best interest to hire a professional removal company. Many are tempted to try and remove a buried tank themselves which can leave them open to environmental scrutiny, failure to comply with several government policies and risk other injury or damage. As professionals, it is the company’s responsibility to take care of everything involved in the safe and complete removal of an underground oil tank. These service normally include detection of the tank and surrounding contamination to the complete removal of the tank and…
  • Worried Over a Possible Hidden Oil Tank on your Property?

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Whether you are planning to sell you property or not or you are having sleepless nights worried over a possible storage tank on your property? Whatever the scenario is, it can be unnerving to worry over a hidden oil tank. There are chances that the damage has already been done. There could be a spill on the property and it could be reaching the threshold of your neighbors. What exactly can you do for this? If you are worried over the presence of an oil tank on your property, look for signs. The first and foremost thing you can do is look for some easy to identify signs that can tell you there…
  • Responsibility of an Owner of Contaminated Site

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    A contaminated site is a property which has above the permissible limit of contaminants in its soil. Such a property is not only dangerous to the property inhabitants but also poses threat to the safety and health of the neighboring area. Hence, it is the responsibility of the owner of a contaminated site to ensure removal of an existing oil tank on the property and carry out land remediation work. For Exceptional Cases There are certain cases where the removal of the oil tank is not feasible. Its removal may damage the structural integrity of the house or the nearby constructions. In such…
  • Choosing the Right Commercial Oil Tank Removal Company

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are many oil tank removal companies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland area. Finding the best commercial oil tank removal can be quite tricky! One needs to be sure that the service provider that they hire is simply the best in terms of service quality, safety assurance and reasonable priced. If you are looking for the best bet when it comes to hiring a oil tank contractor in your area, consider the following points for sure: Expertise and Experience: It is important to know the number of years the company has been in the business. If they have worked for over 5 years, they have the…
  • Oil Tank Removal New Westminster-What it takes?

    4 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    What is the first think that comes in your mind when you find an oil tank buried on your property? If it is oil tank removal, you are on the right track. If you take it lightly, then you need to think broadly. There are multiple reasons why you should remove an oil tank from your property. Let us have a look at the various factors you need to know for oil tank removal in New Westminster. Determining the Cost Factor Homeowners who have found an oil tank buried on their property generally feel worried about the cost of oil tank removal in New Westminster. Every time, it is not necessary that an…
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  • How To Have An Environment Friendly Pool

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:16 am
      Say good-bye to pools designed to hurt the environment and hello to ones that are environmentally friendly. That is right, environmentally friend pools that are run with energy efficient equipment and nontoxic chemicals. This means a safer cooler way … Read More >>
  • How To Make Home Pools Handicapped Accessible

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
      Making your home pool handicapped accessible, is important if you have elderly or someone with mobility issues living with you. A quick dip in the pool becomes problematic for these people, and having a wheelchair accessible pool would allow … Read More >>
  • How To Properly Use Pool Toys To Ensure Kids Safety

    14 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    How To Properly Use Pool Toys To Ensure Kids Safety Pool toys are great to have on the swimming pool as they make swimming more interesting. Some pool toys are designed in such a way that they necessitate group action, … Read More >>
  • Regulations on Pool Safety

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
      Owning a house with a pool is a great way to add fun and excitement to your home, especially if you have kids. Swimming is great exercise, and pools provide a great environment for relaxation. It should be noted, … Read More >>
  • Choosing The Right Shape Pool

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
     What Shape Of Pool?   As a homeowner there is nothing like being able to choose your own style of pool. One thing you must be careful with is the shape of the pool. Depending on the size of your backyard … Read More >>
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    Constructive Thinking

  • It’s not exactly rocket science

    Steve Clem
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Long before I was a builder, I was fascinated by space. In fact, my first career goal was to become an astronaut. To help me get there, as a middle schooler I was fortunate to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. – and I still have my flight suit! I commanded a simulator mission in which we had to land in an Iowa cornfield, but like that flight, my space career soon drifted off target. Instead, I’ve put my technical knowledge to use in solving the challenges involved with creating buildings, especially how to enable them to have less impact on the environment. But I never fully let go of…
  • Life cycle thinking

    Skanska USA
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Life cycle management, facility information management, BIM for facilities management: whatever you may wish to call it, this practice has huge potential to reshape how buildings are delivered. Just as building information modeling/virtual design and construction was an emerging effort some five years ago but is now common for design and construction, finding ways to smartly and electronically package design and construction data for facilities management uses will similarly be standard practice five years from now, said Mike Clark, Skanska national manager of VDC project support. Key to such…
  • From the State of the Union: a brighter light for U.S. infrastructure

    Richard Cavallaro
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    U.S. infrastructure, from our roads and bridges to our courthouses and water systems, is in great need of investment. So the White House’s recent effort to increase private sector participation in public infrastructure projects through Build America, a government-wide initiative to increase collaborative infrastructure investment and economic growth, is an encouraging step towards increasing public-private partnerships in the U.S. – and I’m looking forward to further P3 announcements that I’m expecting President Obama to address tonight during the State of the Union address. As you…
  • How this architecture grad came to love construction

    Skanska USA
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Amanda Hu has had a busy year-and-a-half since joining Skanska after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with an architecture degree. Having planned to be a designer, this Texas native didn’t know what to expect from construction – but she’s come to love its fast-paced ways, teamwork and constant learning. During a break from her estimating work at our Oakland, Calif., office, she spoke with us: When I joined Skanska, I didn’t know what I’d be doing. I wound up in preconstruction, and I really like it. Rather than dealing with one project, I’ve worked on…
  • How do you move a fragile 15-ton painting?

    Skanska USA
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    With the recent opening of our Harvard Art Museums renovation and expansion project in Cambridge, Mass., it’s worth recapping one of the most significant activities of this landmark project. That was moving and lifting a 76-year-old, 13- by 12-foot irreplaceable painting that’s integral to fragile plaster affixed to a 16-inch-thick masonry wall. Rarely do lifts personally matter so much to all involved, as this painting – called a fresco – depicts the builders of the original art museum in action in the 1920s. The fresco had to be moved for the project to proceed, and our team was…
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  • Evidence Lockers Add Optimum Security For Skokie PD

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Skokie Police Department has always had high-standards when it comes to facility security and efficient storage space. However in 2010, they realized that the 27,000-square-foot-facility was no longer enough space to support their police force. Renovation began with a design by SRBL Architects of Deerfield, IL, in an effort to support the department’s goals of […] The post Evidence Lockers Add Optimum Security For Skokie PD appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Custom Storage Solutions in Healthcare

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Sometimes a customer comes to us with a problem that can’t be fixed with one of our basic products. That’s when we call on our team at Spacesaver Group to create an engineered to order (ETO) product that provides a custom storage solution. The post Custom Storage Solutions in Healthcare appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Avoiding FLIPLs With Spacesaver Storage Solutions

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Each year, more and more Army equipment is written off because of inadequacies in the FLIPL process. At the U.S. Army bases in Afghanistan alone, an internal report published in October by the Pentagon’s inspector general stated that nearly $420 million in weapons and other “sensitive items” have gone missing from the bases, and are not likely to be recovered due to mismanagement and improper accounting. The post Avoiding FLIPLs With Spacesaver Storage Solutions appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Thinking Outside the Box, or in this Case—Container

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Many of Spacesaver’s unique and innovative storage solutions are the direct result of a problem or challenge presented by the customer—challenges such as more space, increased security or greater work efficiency. In the following story, three different military branches share a similar need—safety. The post Thinking Outside the Box, or in this Case—Container appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Stop Recruiting; Let Your Facilities Do the Work!

    30 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    If you have ever been on a college campus, you know that the atmosphere that each university possesses is unique. Every space on campus—new and old—can leave an impression on students, professors, parents, and future recruits. As the world of college and academics is ever evolving, the accompanying athletic programs are undergoing change as well. […] The post Stop Recruiting; Let Your Facilities Do the Work! appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
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  • Five Commercial Construction Trends To Watch In 2015

    Kendall Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    See which trends in the commercial construction industry will be making a splash in 2015. We’ve got a rundown on why we feel that 2015 will see more technology adoption, increased construction spending and employment and with better project collaboration and healthier buildings.
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of January 19, 2015

    Kendall Jones
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Take a look at some of the “hottest” commercial construction projects out to bid in your state. This is just as small sample of all the great bidding opportunities available in Construction Data’s Lead Manager database.
  • Top Five Coolest Buildings Of 2014

    Kendall Jones
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    We’ve picked five of the coolest buildings that completed construction last year. The list spans the globe with commercial construction projects shaped like the sun, a horseshoe and a kitchen utensil, one designed by a Pritzker Prize winner and another made of lots and lots of wood.
  • Architecture Billings Index Ends 2014 On The Rise

    Kendall Jones
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    The ABI finished 2014 strong with a score of 52.2 in December. All but two months of the year had increases in demand for design activity, shaping 2015 up as strong year for construction spending and activity.
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of January 12, 2015

    Kendall Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Check out our Hot Projects to see some of the most searched commercial construction projects from the previous week for each state in our coverage area. We have thousands of projects from early planning, bidding and sub-bidding as well as recently awarded contracts and bid results.
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor (Duane Craig)
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Google+ Construction DaaS offers the chance to get out from under desktop costs and management, but it takes the right vendor. The desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) vendor market is set to become even more crowded, as suggested by the Computerworld Forecast Study 2015. That means more choices for construction companies wanting to dump the costs of self hosted desktops and … Continue reading What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor → The post What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with Construction News and Commentary.
  • Mobile Apps Explosion Offers New Game for Construction (Duane Craig)
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Google+ Small and medium sized businesses are spending more on mobile devices and the infrastructure to support them, as reported in ITBusinessEdge. Spending on mobile apps tops the list of mobile budget items, and 60 percent of surveyed SMBs said mobile was critical for their businesses. In return for their investments they’re realizing savings and operational efficiencies … Continue reading Mobile Apps Explosion Offers New Game for Construction → The post Mobile Apps Explosion Offers New Game for Construction appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with…
  • Top 3 AEC Industry Business Challenges for 2015 (Duane Craig)
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Google+ Companies in the AEC industry will find the answers to their biggest 2015 challenges will have to come from within. Their tests will lie in responding to volatile markets, handling the talent crunch, and mitigating growing enterprise and project level risks, according to Kent Goetjen, PwC Engineering and Construction (E&C) leader. The dramatic change in commodity pricing, particularly oil and … Continue reading Top 3 AEC Industry Business Challenges for 2015 → The post Top 3 AEC Industry Business Challenges for 2015 appeared first on Construction Informer Blog -…
  • Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions (Duane Craig)
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    Google+ By Todd Bryant A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision on a Miller Act payment bond claim by a subcontractor has stirred discussion. The court’s ruling concerns construction claims against project bonds made on public works by subcontractors, and whether separate payment and performance bonds are needed. The Big & Little Millers These claims relate to a Miller Act payment bond … Continue reading Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions → The post Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with…
  • Construction Recruiting Strategies Derailed by Managers (Duane Craig)
    31 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    Google+ Successful construction recruiting strategies might require looking more closely at your existing managers and the career paths your company has mapped out for new hires. Morrissey Goodale LLC, an AEC management consulting and research firm, found that 24% of AEC leaders said their most recent key hires left their previous firms because of poor relationships … Continue reading Construction Recruiting Strategies Derailed by Managers → The post Construction Recruiting Strategies Derailed by Managers appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with Construction News…
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    123 Remodeling

  • Toilets Just Got Smarter

    123 Remodeling
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    With the introduction of the Numi Smart Toilet, Kohler has changed the way you will think about toilets forever. These new toilets will make you look forward to your trips to the bathroom, and once you’re in there you might not want to leave. Your bathroom might even surpass the living room as the entertainment center of your household. We’ve been using the same old boring toilets for centuries, and it’s time to bring modern technology into our bathrooms. This new toilet from Kohler brings a much-needed element of creativity to toilet design. Once you try this toilet, you…
  • 50 Insanely Cool Remodeling Ideas for Your Dream House

    123 Remodeling
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    1. Underground Parking Why park in the driveway when you can park in the driveway? 2. Heated Driveway A radiant heating system is installed under the driveway so you never have to shovel again! 3. Smart Toilet A remote controlled toilet with bluetooth, music, heated seat, foot warmer, deodorizer, and a bidet. BUY ON AMAZON 4. Bookshelf Door Just a bookshelf, move along, nothing to see here… 5. Secret Room Under the Stairs Everyone loves secret rooms. 6. Ping Pong Door This might be the coolest door in the world. 7. Evolution Door Nevermind… THIS is the coolest door in the world.
  • Best of Houzz Award – Back To Back Champs

    123 Remodeling
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    We are starting this year out with some great news! 123 Remodeling has, yet again, been awarded the Best of Houzz Service Award of 2015 for client satisfaction! This prestigious award is given to professionals that meets Houzz’s highest rated client satisfaction by the Houzz community.  Last year, we were honored the same award from Houzz because of the high-quality top reviews we have received by customers and we’re happy to do that again in 2015. See for yourself why 123 Remodeling has been chosen by many as a remodeling company they can trust and depend on. We have some great…
  • Motorized Shades Chicago

    123 Remodeling
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Motorized Shades Chicago — Free Installation Are you interested in remote-controlled window shades? If you live in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs, 123 Remodeling will provide free installation in your house or condo. We are the number one source for motorized shades in the Chicago area. Call us today today to get a free estimate (773) 685-6095, or click the button below: Get a Free Estimate About Serena Motorized Shades Serena is the leader in remote-controlled window shade technology. Their shades are ultra-quiet, and they offer supreme convenience with state-of-the-art technology…
  • Luxury Closet Design Ideas

    123 Remodeling
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    If you put a lot of effort into your wardrobe, you probably want a large walk-in closet to store all of your nice clothes. A luxury closet is a great addition to any master bedroom, whether you’re redesigning your entire bedroom or just upgrading the closet. We’ve put together this list of photos and ideas to help with your luxury closet design. If you have more clothes than storage space, you should definitely consider upgrading to a nice walk-in closet.  It’s good to have enough space so you’re not always rotating clothes in and out. Instead, treat yourself to a…
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  • Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About

    Metal Roofing Pro
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:01 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 some of the oldest and most reputable roofing systems in […] The post Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Is Metal Roofing the Right Option for Your Home?

    Metal Roofing Pro
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Should You Get a Metal Roof for your Home? Today, more and more homeowners are choosing to go with a metal roof. Why? Simply because a metal roof is a superior quality product that proves to be the best investment for your money. By installing a metal roof on your home, you will enjoy an […] The post Is Metal Roofing the Right Option for Your Home? appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • How to Install Metal Roofing – DIY Guide

    Metal Roofing Pro
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Intro: There are numerous high quality, cool metal roofing systems and profiles offering an energy efficient and Eco-friendly green roofing alternative to conventional asphalt shingle roofs. Today, homeowners can choose from a wide range of materials and systems including aluminum, galvanized and galvalume steel, zinc and copper. Modern residential and light commercial metal roofing systems […] The post How to Install Metal Roofing – DIY Guide appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details – Will Standing Seam Work on your Roof?

    Metal Roofing Pro
    7 Jan 2015 | 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.
  • Copper Roofing – Buyer’s Guide for Homeowners

    Metal Roofing Pro
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Copper has been used as a roofing material for thousands of years. Copper is a green building material offering durability, longevity, and sustainability expected in green building, and sustainable development. Copper roofs, when properly installed, can last for as long as 100 years. That is 100 years of a leak free roof service, with little […] The post Copper Roofing – Buyer’s Guide for Homeowners appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
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  • How to Keep Humpty Dumpty From Falling Off Your Wall

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
        Your retaining wall, that is. (And that’s not really what this article is about). If you have a garden in the Nashville area, chances are you’ve found it a challenge to landscape properly because of the frequent slopes and hills. That’s why retaining walls are useful. You may already have some of these walls dotting your Nashville landscape. Or you may have never heard the term “retaining wall” in your life. No matter which end of the spectrum you’re on, you can always glean from the perspective of others—hence this post. Maybe a retaining wall is just what you…
  • What’s In Your Entryway?

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
        No matter what kind of home you have—apartment, house, duplex—there’s an entryway situation by the front door. And even if you rent your place, there’s a way to make it your own with natural stone. If you live in Nashville, the answer is simple—make it a local design by using limestone slabs or bricks (limestone is local to the Nashville area). If you don’t like the look or color of limestone, don’t worry—we’ve got plenty of tips for getting creative with your entryway.   Steps Yes, adding steps if you don’t already have them—or if you want to replace…
  • How to Make Your Yard a Natural Refuge

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
        Whether your goal is a natural habitat for local wildlife or to plant only native flowers, woodland garden design is for you. This kind of landscape design focuses on repeating nature in an organized fashion right outside your window. Do you want a woodland design in your yard? There are plenty of reasons besides attracting nearby animals, but bottom line, this type of landscape mimics the best parts of nature. You like moving water? Got it. Trees? Plenty. Native plants? All about it. You get the idea.   What does it look like? You can probably picture what we’re talking…
  • When Is a Good Time for a Deck?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
        We would say, “Anytime!” but we know that doesn’t fly here in Middle Tennessee. You can’t install a deck in January with a smile on your face because you’re either wet or cold. However—and this is surprising—winter is actually the best time for building a deck. So even though you might not think of winter as a good time for building, well, anything, read on to find out why you should change your thinking.   The When Adding a deck is a great way to extend your square footage without costing an arm and a leg. Of course, that means your extra “room” can only…
  • Series #8—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Water Features

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
        Last time, we talked about adding a pool to your backyard landscape. Today, we’re going to breeze past the pool debate and move into a discussion on the ease and beauty of adding a water feature. And we’ve got one word for you: ambience. Decorative coy ponds, outlying waterfalls, and sparkling fountains serve one main purpose, and that is to make sure your landscape has the feel of a living, moving presence. Moving water can transform your outdoor patio into a backyard paradise.   Bubbling Fountains Do you like to bird watch? Your best bet is to install a fountain…
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  • Top 5 Predictions for the 2015 Real Estate Market

    Steve Sanders at
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    And what it all means for Home Sales, New Home Construction, Land Sales and Development What is the 2015 real estate market going to look like?  Will home sales finally soar, or are we instead going to see the market drop? Is 2015 finally the year when construction and development hit full recovery?  The Great Recession has left so many professionals in the real estate industry anxious for things to be like they were before the housing markets crashed, but hiccups in 2014 unfortunately showed that the road to recovery could be slower and longer than many hoped. What do the experts think is…
  • 5 Reasons to Sell Land and Lots in Fall and Winter

    Steve Sanders at
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Why Every Season is Selling Season for Lots & Land The Fall and Winter seasons can be the ideal time for you to find buyers when you are selling vacant land or residential lots.  Some landowners who wish to sell land – and even well-meaning real estate pros – mistakenly take their vacant land listings off the market for a few months during this time of the year because of outdated or inapplicable beliefs about “Selling Seasons” for real estate.  Read on for 5 reasons why the Fall and Winter seasons can be a great time of the year to sell residential lots and land, and learn why…
  •’s New Featured Listing Ad Program Explodes Your Network

    Steve Sanders at
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    One of the primary benefits of placing your residential lot and land listings on is that we expand your marketing network to lot and land buyers you normally would not reach, and Featured Listings already receive the highest exposure on the web site. Well, now we’veexpanded our Featured Listing program to give you huge new exposure to even more buyers, with customized advertisements displayed on more than 100 major web sites…for FREE.  Boom. Customized Advertisements for Your Property Help You Sell Land & Lots We make it easier for you to sell…
  • Online Customer Support Center Helps You Get More Out of

    Steve Sanders at
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We have launched our new Online Customer Support Center and think you will really love how it enhances your customer service experience on and helps you get more out of your membership. The Online Customer Support Center is the newest feature that adds to’s customer-focused philosophy, and joins our existing 24-7 telephone hotline and customer support email interfaces.  Now there are 3 ways that you can get help and support on Site Updates & Improvements You may have noticed that we’ve added a number of major site improvements at…
  • Understanding Property Taxes

    Steve Sanders at
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whether you own a vacant lot, single-family home or a commercial building, you likely will pay property taxes. These types of taxes have been collected in the U.S. since early colonial days, and they are not going away. In the words of Benjamin Franklin…”Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Here’s some information to help you better understand property taxes. What are Property Taxes? A property tax is a tax that is imposed by a local government entity, like a county, city or town, on the value of property in its jurisdiction. Unlike income or inheritance taxes that…
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  • 8 Strategies for Better Energy Efficiency in a Retrofit or Addition Part 2

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Homes built as recently as the 1980s are riddled with gaps in the building envelope and have far too little insulation to measure up to modern energy efficiency standards. Retrofitting an old home will make it more comfortable, will reduce energy costs and will make it kinder on the environment. The question is; where do you get the most bang for your retrofitting buck? Here is a basic guide to help you to decide where your money is best spent. Strategy Three: Consider a Window Retrofit Windows are always a poor option for energy efficiency, but modern fenestration technology has really…
  • 8 Strategies for Better Energy Efficiency in a Retrofit or Addition Part 1

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Homes built as recently as the 1980s are riddled with gaps in the building envelope and have far too little insulation to measure up to modern energy efficiency standards. Retrofitting an old home will make it more comfortable, will reduce energy costs and will make it kinder on the environment. The question is; where do you get the most bang for your retrofitting buck? Here is a basic guide to help you to decide where your money is best spent. Start with an Energy Audit Conducting an energy audit of the home will show where the biggest gaps in the building envelope are. Knowing where the…
  • 5 Ways using Raised Heel Trusses will Save you Money

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    What is a Raised Heel Truss? Raised-heel trusses are engineered wood trusses fitted with a heel where the bottom chord intersects with the perimeter wall plate which raises the top chord. This additional space allows you to increase the amount of insulation you can use without compressing it. As with all modern trusses, raised heel trusses are engineered utilizing advanced manufacturing, quality materials and advanced design techniques. Not only do these techniques exceed building code requirements, they also ensure uniformity and accuracy in your roof framing. How Raised Heel Trusses save…
  • Guide to Nail Gun Safety

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Nail gun safety is a point of contention as carpenters and builders often argue against safety measures, such as sequential triggers, as impeding progress and taking up too much time. Nearly 40,000 nail-gun injuries are reported to emergency rooms across the US every year and OSHA claims that nail gun injuries account for 14% of their reported injuries. Not only operators are at risk of injury; 12% of nail-gun injuries happened to bystanders. With these staggering results, it may be time to rethink nail gun safety. While new users are more likely to suffer injury (the CDC reports that two out…
  • New OSHA Regulations for Reporting Severe Injuries

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new regulation which require employers to notify them when severe injury or death occurs on a construction site. The regulations include death, amputations, the loss of an eye, or hospitalization. This rule is in effect as of January 1st, 2015 and is based on the results from the 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez: “Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. We can and must do more…
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  • How to Select your Dream Bathtub Illustrated & Bathtub Cost Details

    Remodeling Guru
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Well, it’s getting really cold out, with Winter officially here, and I must say there is no better way to get warm and cozy than taking a nice long soaking in a comfy bathtub! So are you a bath junkie, looking for a new beautiful tub to soak in? It is easy to dive into […] The post How to Select your Dream Bathtub Illustrated & Bathtub Cost Details appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel

    Remodeling Guru
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Are you looking to remodel your kitchen this year? If so, then you need to know the following facts and figures for the year 2015. Generally speaking, kitchen remodeling projects fall into the following three categories: minor, major, and upscale. Minor According to the Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value report, a national average cost for […] The post Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top 3 Green Home Improvement Ideas that Make Money & Sense

    Remodeling Guru
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Are you one of the many millions of homeowners overpaying for their utilities, but your home still feels cold and not as comfortable as you would like it to be? Well, fortunately there are a few ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Ideally, any home improvements you invest in should result […] The post Top 3 Green Home Improvement Ideas that Make Money & Sense appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top 50 Bathroom Remodel Ideas 2014 – 2015

    Sheri Hosale
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    When focusing on design, bathrooms are often overlooked and neglected. Reclaiming the lavatory as a stylish space which fits well with the rest of the house not only increases the value of your home, it can also turn a functional room into a personal sanctuary. Read on to learn what to expect from bathroom design […] The post Top 50 Bathroom Remodel Ideas 2014 – 2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Waterproofing Your Basement and Incorporating Finishing Touches

    Remodeling Guru
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Once you decide to turn your basement into a cozy livable space, the hard part is figuring out how to plan for, prepare, and start the actual basement refinishing and renovation process. Basements of most homes are dark spaces with awkward layouts, water seepage problems, lack of ventilation, electricity, plumbing, metal beams and many other […] The post Waterproofing Your Basement and Incorporating Finishing Touches appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
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  • What Were They Thinking? Top 10 Building and Remodeling Mistakes

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Ten of Our Favorite Building & Remodeling BlundersFrom across the internetphoto credit#10: Missed it by that credit#9: Like a bridge over troubled... nope. Just a credit#8: Our local credit#7: Manhole...Manhalf cover.  photo credit#6: George of the Jungle. Watch out for credit#5: Architecture by M.C.Escherphoto credit#4: That should take care of your credit#3: It's fine. I did the same thing with a tree out credit#2: Your driveway is finished, Mr. Knievelphoto credit#1: You said you had a 'handicapped…
  • How to remove a stripped or broken screw in seconds!

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    How To Remove A Stripped or Broken ScrewI have watched more people strip or break screws installing decking, cabinets, doors... you name it. A lot of them ruin whatever it's stuck in trying to get it out. The one thing they have in common? Most of them don't know how easy it is to fix. Take a look6 second stripped screw removalI know what you're thinking...You're welcome.Daniel Batal is the author and owner at Focalpoint Renovations
  • Does Vimeo beat YouTube for SEO?

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
      Does Vimeo beat YouTube for SEO? Good question!"Geez. SEO again, Daniel??"   Sorry, but...Yeah.Listen, part of being a business owner nowadays is knowing how to advertise and drive business your way. For guys like me in the remodeling and renovations industry, all we used to have to do was drop $5,000-$7,000.00 on a prime spot in our local Yellow Pages and.....boom, that was our advertising budget for the entire year.Why wouldn't you? It was delivered directly to every home and used by virtually anyone who had a telephone and a need. Even better, they would advertise on…
  • Did Google Lie To Us?

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
     Did Google lie to us about the EMD update?Ah, the never-ending hunt for better Google SERP.(That's 'Search Engine Results Page' for anyone who is unfamiliar)Businesses and website owners are constantly trying to do all the right things that will get our websites right up on the first page of Google when someone types in any number of search words or phrases that  relate to what our websites are all about.It used to be a lot easier before Google got a lot more savvy with their algorithm and began figuring out who was using tricks to get their pages to rank higher in these organic…
  • Ugly Entryway Gets A Facelift

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Here we go again! Check out this entryway transformation...We encourage you to stop by our website to see our other  remodeling and renovations projects!
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  • Use FieldLens with Android Wear!

    Aubree Munar
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hey wearable enthusiasts: Stop digging into your pockets for notifications from FieldLens! You can use FieldLens with your Android smartwatch. Android Engineer Alexander Gazarov talks a little bit about the history of this technology (for those who don’t know), and shares how to use FieldLens with your Wear below: A short history on Android Wear from Alex: What is Wear? The name says it all: It is a device which is on you all the time and which is readily accessible without the need to go into your pants pockets or your bag. Since FieldLens is all about efficient communication, it is…
  • 2015: 3 Residential Construction Trends to Watch

    Angie Mansfield
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    According to a November press release by Dodge Data & Analytics, the construction industry should enjoy some growth this year — up 9% to $612 billion in new construction. That’s an improvement over 2014’s 5% increase. Much of the growth will be in commercial buildings, but housing should see some growth, too. With more homes expected to be built this year, we’re taking a look at some of the residential construction trends you might be seeing as you work on new projects. Single and Multifamily According to Dodge, single-family housing should get a 15% boost in…
  • Here’s One Astonishing Fact About the Rise of Tall Buildings

    Daryl Lang
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This month The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released their annual year-in-review looking back on 2014. Some of the information in the report is fairly common knowledge. For example, you could probably guess that the tallest building that opened in 2014 was One World Trade Center in New York. But do you know which country built the most tall buildings in 2014? If you guessed China, you’re exactly right. But that’s not the most astonishing fact. As we were reading the tall buildings report, were were blown away by this chart. Take a look: That’s…
  • From Construction to NFL, and Sometimes Back Again

    Aubree Munar
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We already know that construction requires focus, hard work, planning, coordination and (in some cases) impressive shows of strength. So it shouldn’t surprise us that several professional football players and coaches have come from a construction background, or transitioned into a construction career after they’ve hung up their cleats. As we look forward to Super Bowl Sunday, let’s take a look at 3 players who had success both on the gridiron and on the jobsite. Louis Henry Saban We’ll start with Lou Saban. Not only was Saban a standout college football player in his own right (and…
  • Wish I’d Had FieldLens

    Dustin Chapman
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many of you know me as a FieldLens Success Coach. What you might not know is that I was one of our first beta testers more than two years ago. From the moment I got my hands on the app, I knew what it was capable of. It’s been extremely fun to watch FieldLens develop into something so amazing and useful on jobsites of all sizes. But every so often I reflect on the nearly 12 years I spent working for a general contractor, and a situation will come to my mind where I stop and think, “Man, FieldLens would have made that process or situation so much easier.” I’d like to share one of…
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    Intech Equipment & Supply

  • Stay Safe with Grizzly Fall Protection Cart

    Jake Jacobson
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Safety should be the number one priority at any jobsite. Keeping employees safe is the most important thing for any contractor or building company. Shortcuts that may compromise safety should never be allowed, and every contractor should invest in products and equipment that will protect employees and prevent accidents or injuries. Workplace mishaps can also affect productivity and bring progress to a halt. In addition, workers are likely not fully focused on their work if they are worried or anxious about their well-being and physical security on the job. The Cleasby Grizzly fall protection…
  • Graco E-20 Spray Machine for Smaller Specialty Projects

    Jake Jacobson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    The Graco E-20 electric reactor spray machine is the perfect tool for jobs involving sprayfoam insulation materials. Got a smaller or unique spray foam project and want to get it finished fast? Here is your solution. This machine is designed especially for lower output jobs, because it does not need a large diesel powered generator.  In fact a licensed electrician can hook it up to shore power so you can power the E-20 without a generator.   The Reactor E20  has lots of features designed to keep your jobsite up and running with minimal downtime. The built-in system diagnosis feature is…
  • Spray Foam Insulation and Energy Mortgages

    Jake Jacobson
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    One of the major considerations for any property owner—whether they own and are improving an existing property, or are having a brand new property built—is financing. This will be a major factor in determining what type of property the individual or business can afford to build, or the scope of renovations they will be able to make to their current property. Most property owners will need to borrow money in order to build or renovate a home or business. The terms and conditions of the loan they are able to get will play an important role in their plans from that point on, and may even be…
  • We’ve Got You Covered for Roofing Supplies

    Jake Jacobson
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Roofing is an area where you can’t afford to cut corners. The same thing goes for the equipment and supplies needed to install the roofing materials involved in your jobs for customers. You want to be able to get your job site up and running right away, and keep it moving smoothly until the project is completed. In situations involving a roof that is compromised or in need of immediate repair, the ability to get the roofing materials you need quickly is even more imperative. You (and your customers) cannot afford to wait around due to delivery delays or other issues. You also don’t want…
  • Get a Great Deal on Graco Foam Machines and Parts

    Jake Jacobson
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Graco is one of the leading names in the spray foam equipment industry. Their proportioners, sprayers, pumps and spray guns are among the most popular around. Many contractors and building firms rely upon these machines to complete their jobs quickly and efficiently, while also avoiding waste of materials. While most contractors would likely tell you that each piece of Graco equipment they own is well worth every penny it costs, the harsh reality is that contractors often have to operate within tight financial constraints. This means they are eager to look for every possible opportunity to…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • 10+ Stunning Old Famous Structures Under Construction Pictures

    Saad Iqbal
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    1. Colosseum in Rome way back in 18462. Hoover dam during construction3. Golden Gate Bridge During Construction4. Subway Tunnel being Constructed in UK mid 18s5. All Female Survey Team working In UK6. Construction of Eiffle Tower7. Construction of Aswan Dam around 1899 in Egypt8. Statue of liberty under construction assembled in France before shiped to united states9. Queensboro Bridge under construction 190710. Nelson Column Under construction in April 1844 UK11. tower bridge under construction12. Under construction Manhattan Bridge Washington13. Under construction Manhattan Bridge…
  • Assistant Engineer (CIVIL) Required at UET, Lahore

    Saad Iqbal
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore invites from Punjab domiciled Pakistanis applications for the following posts on Regular  / Contract basis at UET and its campuses.Qualification Required:B.Sc. Engg. (Civil) from a recognized UniversityOr3 years Diploma of Associate Engineer (Civil) With 5 Year experience as sub engineer / OverseerPay ScaleBPS-17LocationLahore, Kala Shah KakuNarovalRequirementsRegistration with Pakistan Engineering Council as Professional engineering in case of Engineering disciplinesrespectively, is mandatory.Age Limit: 21 to 45 yearsThe Selection board…
  • Download Engineering Project Management by N.J. Smith Free PDF

    Saad Iqbal
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Managing Projects is one of the oldest and most respected accomplishment of mindkind. One stands in awe of the achievements of the builders of the pyramids, the architects of ancient cities, the masons and craftsmen of great cathedrals and mosques, and of the might of labour behind the Great wall of China and other wonders of the world. Today’s projects also command attention. People were riverted at the sight of the Americans landing on the moon. As a new road or bridge is opened as a major building rises, a new computer system comes online, or as a spectacular entertainment unfolds, a new…
  • Download Structural Steel drafting and Design free by David MacLaughlin Hector Estrada PDF

    Saad Iqbal
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Structural Steel is a very important part of architecture. The primary purpose of Structural Steel Drafting and Design is to provide students at both the associate and bachelor’s degree levels with a fundamental and practical knowledge of how structural steel is used to construct support frames for modern commercial and industrial buildings. Special emphasis is placed on how structural drafters in both structural design and fabrication offices prepare the working drawings required to help transform the architect’s vision and the engineer’s design into reality.Download Structural Steel…
  • Download Bentley PowerSurvey V8i Free Full Cracked

    Saad Iqbal
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Power Survey is a comprehensive survey data management solution. It provides surveying professionals with a complete set of survey-specific tools for both InRoads and GEOPAK. Built on MicroStation PowerDraft, the software directly processes the data from your field survey device and automatically displays the resulting graphics onscreen. You can then manipulate the data using PowerSurvey's editing, reduction, and adjustment tools.Features of Bentley PowerSurvey V8iData Collector Support Power Survey communicates with all industry-leading data collectors. Connect your data collector…
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    Techno Genome

  • Dear Readers I Need Your Help, Please Read The Following

    5 Jan 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Dear all the readers of Techno Genome, I would like to wish you all a very very Happy New Year 2015. I wish You get success in all the field in this year. I really need your help, as You know Techno Genome is a great blog on Civil Engineering and is focused in providing worthy articles about the same, since its inception. But To keep this blog alive and running I’ve to give the charges for its Hosting DNS and Internet Services required to put The Techno Genome up and running and so that I can write and publish articles over here and so that You can read it and gain knowledge. But…
  • Home Made Waterproofing Compound Cheaply

    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Today I’m here going to discuss about how to make waterproofing compound by self at the site during the construction with cheaply available materials. I know it has been a long time since my last article, and maybe you, who are following Techno Genome regularly know the reason behind that, anyways let us concentrate on today’s topic. First of all we have to understand what a Waterproofing Compound is, and why it is required in a Civil Engineering Construction works. A Waterproofing compound is nothing but a chemical in the form of liquid or powder which when mixed with concrete or…
  • To All The Readers Of Techno Genome

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hello everyone, I’m Ranadip, The Author and The Founder of Techno Genome . I’m really sorry everyone, because I’m not posting new articles for some time, this because I’m really really busy until mid of the next month, I’m preparing for Entrance of a Govt. Job, Wish me Best of Luck, as it is very much important for me to get this Job for supporting Myself and My Family and to Continue Techno Genome and its Excellence. I’m really sorry please wait a few days more, I will compensate all this gap in the next month with Some of the Finest Article Which You will…
  • Brickwork Quality Control

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Here I’ve listed the most important factors which are to be taken care of while doing Brickwork of any nature structural brickwork or face lifting works in brickwork for better appearance. These points mentioned below should always be taken care strictly in the site of construction for achieving a long lasting durable structure. The bricks should be of 1st class quality for structural works, or atleast of 2nd class quality in unavoidable circumstances, but those 2nd class bricks must posses atleast 60% of the field quality checks of bricks. The bricks should be immersed in water for a…
  • Septic Tank Design Easily 5 Minutes

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Septic System Design or Septic Tanks Design can be done in various process, but most of them are critical and time taking laborious process. Here in this article I have given tutorial on how to design Septic Tank Easily within 5 minutes and Determine Septic Tank Size. Here I will also discuss on this article about septic tank design about the general Septic Tank Construction for designing of septic tank successfully you have to follow the steps given below one by one Step 1: Septic Tank Design – Calculation of Numbers of User :  In any septic system design or septic tank design this is…
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    Whirlwind Steel's Blog

  • Seismic Codes: What You Need to Know for Steel Buildings

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The only objective in building to seismic codes is to prevent collapse in the most extreme seismic event that could occur at the building site. It is not to limit damage, maintain function, or to make repairs easier. Seismic codes are in place to save life and limb, that’s it. With that said, the International Code Council created a guide that draws together all of the necessary information about seismic codes and how they relate to various building types and needs. The Seismic Design Guide for Metal Building Systems is based on the 2006 International Building Code, ASCE/SEI Standard 7-05,…
  • 3 Social Media Advertising Tips for Contractors

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    By now you know you pretty much have to have a website for your business. However, that is not the end of your online journey; now you must learn to navigate social media advertising and promotion to drive traffic to your website and to build awareness in a larger audience. Everything from Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn, Youtube, and Pinterest hold opportunities to showcase your services and educate potential clients. These are the places you can share your blog entries and run campaigns. But like any marketing tactic you have to use these networks correctly or you will be wasting time and…
  • Soundproofing Your Metal Building

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Does your customer need a soundproofed garage for his kid who’s learning drums? Or maybe you have a client who needs a workshop for her band-saw, lathe, and other noisy tools. Possibly your customer is putting up a small metal building for manufacturing that needs to meet local noise ordinances. Time to study up on soundproofing a metal building. It isn’t difficult and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Metal buildings are easily sound-proofed using a few different techniques alone or in combination. Materials are readily available and construction time won’t be much longer. Insulation…
  • Trim Options for Your Steel Buildings

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Your trim options play two roles for your metal building. On the surface (literally and figuratively) they provide a tidier and more attractive aesthetic from the outside, and functionally the right trim pieces help your building to better weather the elements, protecting its components from the destructive forces of wind, rain, moisture, etc. Choosing poor quality trim pieces or incorrect installation techniques can make your building look cheap and shabby and will leave it susceptible to weather-related damage that leads to costly and labor intensive repairs or renovations. Metal…
  • Creating Your First Construction Newsletter

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are several ways to build a customer base and to entice existing customers to hire you for new projects, but digital marketing is one of the most powerful. In an era when people live connected to their smartphones and gadgets, sending the right message at the right time can make a big difference in terms of your company's branding as well as the actual dollars you bring in each year. Sending successful email newsletters is - believe it or not - one of the biggest and best ways to see a return on your marketing investment. Learn How to Create Successful Construction Newsletters…
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