“Even though we had a similar upturn in design billings in late 2010 and early 2011, this recent showing is encouraging because it is being reflected across most regions of the country and across the major construction sectors,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.
In February, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 2, in conjunction with a group of fellow trade unions and builders, announced the continuation of a new and successful stimulus program that “focuses on putting people back to work and giving consumers a great deal,” according to the released announcement. It’s called the … Read more
The U. S. Economy added 243,000 jobs in January – the fastest rate since April, 2011. The increase appears to be a solid one based on economic information collected in government surveys. The official government unemployment rate declined from 8.5% to 8.3%. Manufacturing added 50,000 jobs and 21,000 new jobs were added to construction. Read … Read more
WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more
The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.
PASADENA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Harmon, Inc., one of the nation’s largest full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, is digitizing project workflows with BluebeamSoftware. The company is rolling out Bluebeam PDF Revu, the leading PDF editor for the design and construction industry, to 200 users and plans to make Revu its primary … Read more
The implementation of design-assist in the project delivery process has brought the glazing contractor on the design team early in the game; however, it also has him paying for professional liability insurance for contractors. Read more at USGlass on page 16.
A solar photovoltaics industry group is citing a market analysis of the industry as evidence that China is heavily subsidizing the development of solar-manufacturing capacity and using low-priced exports to topple the U.S. solar-manufacturing sector.Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is postponing its plan to specify and regulate the required content of “reasonable testing programs” of manufacturers of non-children’s consumer products, including architectural glass, and this will save manufacturers of architectural safety glazing materials time and money, industry members say. Read more at The USGlass News Network.
“Everyone wants to be in a daylit space these days. When tenants are looking for a new space, it’s all about how much light comes in,” said Eric Duchon of Cushman and Wakefield during his presentation on “Transparency in the Service of Sustainability: Addressing the Market Demand for Glass Buildings.” Duchon made his presentation on … Read more