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Regulators demand 'environmentally positive' equipment
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The European Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have unveiled a sweeping new set of regulations that will see construction equipment become 'environmentally positive' by 2020. In an unprecedented show of cooperation, officials on both sides of the Atlantic have laid down a challenge that machines must make a positive contribution to air quality, environmental noise and carbon dioxide emissions. More



Tax rule that would've hurt small business is repealed
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Congress has repealed a tax provision that small businesses said would have buried them in paperwork and forced them to pay for hours of extra accounting services. The provision, passed in 2010 as a way to raise money to pay for health care reform, would have forced all businesses to file special tax forms to report anyone with whom they did more than $600 worth of business in a given year. More

Recycled steel use growing with energy efficient buildings
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Recycled steel is less expensive and more environmentally sound than drawing materials from nature, and its recyclability is virtually endless. Recycled steel has always been important in construction, but now it is finding new roles in structural applications as it helps improve energy efficiencies in commercial buildings and housing, becoming a high national priority for green buildings that seek to conserve resources and contribute to energy savings. More

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New construction in Canada will reach $300 billion by 2014
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CanaData is projecting that current dollar spending on new construction in Canada will rise to $301.4 billion by 2014. The level this year, based on Statistics Canada's survey of owner's investment intentions, is expected to be $240.6 billion. If a $300 billion construction market is achieved in 2014, it will be an almost doubling in dollar value over 10 years, since 2004's level was $154 billion. Furthermore, CanaData's projection of investment spending over the next three years is relatively conservative. It's made up of cost increases that rise faster than volume increases. More



JCB assists in Haiti reconstruction
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A small fleet of JCB machines are assisting in the rebuilding of Haiti's earthquake ravaged land. Two JCB excavators and a wheeled loading shovel were purchased by international charity Oxfam and donated to the not-for-profit organization Disaster Waste Recovery, which is using the machines to clear waste and recycling from Port Au Prince, Haiti. More

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With rugged efficiency Clement's DemoStar handles a variety of demolition materials. DemoStar’s Clement Bathtub body of abrasion-resistant AR450 steel minimizes weight while handling really tough loads. A characteristic of Clement’s bathtub design is longitudinal braces that efficiently support the body. Choose DemoStar in either frameless or frametype models. Learn More. 


Study: Substituting wood for steel can cut costs
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An analysis of six-story wood-framed buildings by cost and project management consultancy BTY Group indicates that replacing steel frames with wood is saving more than 10 percent in construction costs on some building projects in the Vancouver, Canada, area. BTY had previously prepared a report commissioned by the Urban Development Institute comparing wood-framed design with reinforced concrete and light steel frame equivalents after a 2009 amendment to Canada's British Columbia Building Code permitted construction of wood-framed buildings up to six stories tall. More

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4 ways to make social technologies relevant to your business
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Social networking and the collection of tools they have spawned have moved solidly into the strategy toolbox for organizations. Too many people think of social tools as only being for sales and marketing when in reality, there are valuable uses in the back office. With that thought firmly implanted, there are a handful of social technology concepts that are mandatory for every organization. More



Global cement consumption expected to reach new highs
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U.K.-based International Cement Review has published its latest Global Cement Report, a 400-page analysis and forecast for the worldwide cement industry, with detailed coverage of over 160 countries. By 2012, worldwide cement consumption is forecast to reach a record 3,859 million tons. More

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Iconic buildings change India's skyline
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The skylines of India's major cities are changing fast as iconic new office buildings and luxury apartment blocks serve the burgeoning business elite. In Chennai, India, an office complex shaped like six giant butterflies with a central spine will soon house 24,000 employees of Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest technology firm. The huge glass and steel structure, called the Siruseri complex, cost $500 million and includes water features, landscaped gardens with 146 kinds of trees, solar panels and has a gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. More
 
 
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