17th Demolition Academy intensive training program runs in tandem with demolition convention in San Antonio
The NDA will present its 17th Demolition Academy — an intensive safety and management training program aimed at professionals involved in all aspects of the demolition process — at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio on March 9-10. The program immediately precedes the association's Annual Convention in the historic city. The NDA Convention, the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world, runs March 10-13, opening March 10 with a golf tournament. More
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NDA announces keynote speaker, events, at 39th Annual Convention
A leading construction industry economist, Dr. Anirban Basu, is the keynote speaker at the National Demolition Association's 39th Annual Convention in the historic city of San Antonio March 10-13. His address, entitled Understanding the Construction Economy: Your 19th Nervous Breakdown, is sure to generate a good deal of discussion and interest, said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, NDA executive director.
NDA Member-Get-A-Member Program
The best indicator of a vibrant, service-oriented association is a growing membership base. The Member Services Committee of the board of directors of the NDA believes now is the time to recruit new members to our organization. Therefore, the committee has developed its exciting new Member-Get-A-Member program that provides valuable incentives for our current members to assist the NDA in attracting new members.
Still time to advertise in the Convention issue of Demolition magazine
There is still time to advertise in the March/April Convention issue of Demolition magazine, the voice of the National Demolition Association and the demolition industry. The Convention issue of Demolition enjoys a Bonus Distribution at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention at the Grand Hyatt on the Riverwalk and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, March 10-13. Convention exhibitors that take a full-page ad in any of the three Convention issues of the magazine receive a $100 discount from the gross rate for their advertisement.
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention is the largest exposition of demolition products, services and equipment in the world and presents the association's Associate members with a fantastic opportunity to market their products to the demolition industry in three ways: on the Exhibit Hall floor in the Gonzalez Center in San Antonio, in Demolition magazine, the association's website or its weekly NDA Newsletter. Booth sales have been very strong, and the association expects great attendance in its first visit to Texas. An advertisement in demolition will educate your clients to the products and services you are offering to make them more productive and profitable. For more information, call demolition magazine at 1-800-541-2412. Click here to view the 2012 Demolition Rate Card and Editorial Calendar.
Deconstructing Detroit: Can large stock of vacant homes, schools spur a new industry?
As Detroit Mayor Dave Bing continues his aggressive plan to tear down 10,000 blighted homes during his tenure, leaders of a burgeoning industry believe the city has a unique opportunity to create jobs through deconstruction rather than simple demolition. As of late 2009, Detroit was home to more than 33,500 vacant homes, according to a recent survey. And while many of those were in good condition, others were awaiting demolition or fire. More
Efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities in residential construction extended by OSHA
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OSHA announced that its temporary enforcement measures applying to fall protection on residential construction jobs will stay in place until Sept. 15. The key benefits they afford to contractors in this sector are having OSHA area offices give their requests for compliance assistance top priority and potentially having penalties cut by 10 percent. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. More
Rebuilding America's infrastructure with soda bottles
Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Share
Could recycled soda bottles be the answer to America's aging infrastructure woes? This may seem like a crazy question, but over recent years the use of special composites of recycled plastic as a building material in the U.S. and abroad have increased dramatically, and this may be just the beginning. More
Recruiting and hiring best practices
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The law not only protects employees from work-related injury and illness, but also from poor business practices that can result in wage and hour, wrongful termination, constructive discharge, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. While Employment Practices Liability Insurance can protect companies against employment-related lawsuits, proactively managing exposures to lower the frequency and severity of claims is critical. More
USGBC's LEED program to open for public comment
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The U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., has announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program will open March 1. The comment period, which will close March 20, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process. "LEED sits at the core of the green building movement, and is critical in realizing our collective mission," says Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, USGBC. More
Construction backlog falls at end of 2011; still up from previous year
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Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its Construction Backlog Indicator for the fourth quarter of 2011. CBI declined 3.2 percent from the previous quarter from 8.1 months to 7.8 months, but is still up 10.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of nonresidential construction work under contract to be completed in the future. More