Global construction is likely to continue building upon its recovery in 2011
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This past year brought significant improvements for construction equipment manufacturers. In 2009, global demand declined significantly, especially in developed markets, and manufacturers under-produced to lower inventory levels. This resulted in dramatic declines in sales and profitability, causing credit measures to deteriorate rapidly for rated issuers. In 2010, global demand picked up and good emerging market growth has helped meaningfully improve issuers' credit measures. More
EPA says new tool will encourage use of safer chemicals and products
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced new criteria to help businesses and other entities identify safer chemicals. The move is part of EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program. DfE works in partnership with industry, environmental groups and academia to help industry choose safer alternatives to chemicals that may pose a concern to human health or the environment. More
Mirage extends value room rate for 38th Annual Convention
The Mirage's $139 - $199 a night room rate for the National Demolition Association's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas March 5-8 has been extended until Feb. 1, which is the deadline for registrations for this year's show. This means that you need to make plans now to register for the NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world. This year's convention will feature three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use of the Association's website to market your company.
Analysis: Can green construction beat the building blues?
After a 2-year slump in the construction market, U.S. building materials firms hope a trend to so-called green or energy efficient — building will steer them back to growth. The U.S. market for new, non-residential 'green buildings' — such as offices and factories — is forecast to more than double to as much as $145 billion in five years, according to industry researcher McGraw-Hill Construction. More
Association to host Demolition Industry Roundtable at Annual Convention
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-2012 board of directors to plan for the future.
If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the Convention Roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at firstname.lastname@example.org or NDA headquarters at email@example.com.
NDA By Laws to be updated
Forty days prior to the NDA's Annual Meeting on March 8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, proxies and a draft copy of the proposed revisions to the Association's By Laws will be forwarded to every Regular member of the organization. The goal of the proposed revisions is to update the Association's By Laws to make it more responsive to the needs of all of its members. Elements include changes to the membership criteria, an Associate member seat on the board of directors and provisions to allow for use of electronic communication for any future Association legal issues.
Those members who will be unable to attend the March 8 Annual Meeting at The Mirage in Las Vegas can submit their proxy to the Association's secretary by faxing it back to Association headquarters in Doylestown, Pa. If members have any questions or concerns about the proposed improvements to the Association's By Laws, they may contact By Law Committee Chairman and Association Vice President Don Rachel at Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., at 763.424.1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible plans to demolish UK's 2012 Olympic stadium after games
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The architect working on football club Tottenham Hotspur's plans for a new stadium has revealed it would demolish the Olympic stadium in London if it won the bid to take it on after the 2012 games. KSS Design Group's David Keirle said most of the Populous - designed structure - which is close to completion and was specifically designed to be used again - would be replaced because it was not suitable for football with most of the seats too far from the pitch. More
Register now for NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as sessions on: basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry; fall protection; developing and utilizing an Engineering Survey; Generational Communication; OSHA's new Crane Standard; and what to do when a disaster strikes.
The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Texan builds artful, green homes out of trash
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Texas home builder Dan Phillips transforms trash into artful treasures, creating intricate floor mosaics with wood scraps, kitchen counters from ivory-colored bones and roofs out of license plates. The fantastical houses which spring from his imagination are made almost entirely with materials which would otherwise have ended up in a garbage dump. More
Submit applications for NDA's Environmental Excellence Awards
Environment Committee Chair John Lloyd of Lloyd's Construction Services in Savage, Minn., has extended the deadline to Feb. 11 for project or product submission for NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the Demolition Industry's commitment to environmental stewardship. The first ever NDA Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas during the first week of March.
For more information about this innovative program, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Application information is also available on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com.
NDA launches online training
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The NDA has launched an online training system offering more than 2,000 courses that meet the specialized needs of the construction industry. NDA's Online Training, powered by the courseware management source Portico Learning Solutions, is available to NDA members and the industry at large. More
NDA to host New England member dinner
National Demolition Association Executive Director Mike Taylor will be speaking at the Environmental Business Council of New England's Fifth Annual Construction and Demolition Materials Regional Summit Jan. 21 at the Sheraton in Framingham, Mass. The Association, as part of an ongoing member outreach effort, will be hosting a dinner for all of its New England states–members Jan. 20. NDA President Ray Passeno and Treasurer Peter Banks will also attend.
The Association hopes that our New England members, Regular and Associate, will invite potential members and clients such as general contractors, architects and developers to the Jan. 20 dinner at Ken's Steakhouse in Framingham, Mass. For more information about this event, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.