NDA Newsletter expands
The National Demolition Association's NDA Newsletter will now be a weekly member service provided to all association members. The expanded coverage in the newsletter will include information on the demolition process from sources around the world. The NDA has signed an agreement with MultiView, Inc. of Irving, Texas, to provide content from over 17,000 sources across the globe on "all things demolition globally." This effort is part of the Board of Director's Strategic Plan to enhance the organization's communications outreach to our members. It is tied to the NDA's Organizational Vision and Mission to provide our members with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry.
NDA Board to meet in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., in September
The Fall Board of Directors Meeting of the National Demolition Association will be held at the Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. Sept. 24-25. The Board will also be discussing various program initiatives and the proposed changes to the organization's By Laws among other items. For information about the upcoming Board Meeting go to www.demolitionassociation.com or call 1-800-541-2412.
NDA Web site Buyer's Guide upgraded
As part of a new agreement with MultiView, Inc. of Irving, Texas, the NDA is greatly expanding its "Find a Product" section of our Web site, www.demolitionassociation.com into the NDA Demolition Industry Buyer's Guide. This searchable database will allow everyone providing products and services to the demolition industry to showcase their offerings to our Web site users in an easy-to-use format. The new Demolition Industry Buyer's Guide will offer enhanced listings for our Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors as well as our Associate members. The new Buyer's Guide will also offer exceptional opportunities to advertise to the demolition industry in a variety of formats. Links will be provided to the sites of all companies who choose to subscribe to enhanced listings in the Buyer's Guide and advertisers will be able to show their products and services in a variety of ways including video format. The goal of the NDA Demolition Industry Buyer's Guide is to expand the marketing opportunities for our associate members on the Association's Web site while enhancing the value of membership in the NDA.
NDA comments on Lead Renovation Rulemaking for Public & Commercial Buildings
The National Demolition Association has provided comments on the U.S. EPA's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) dealing with Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program for Public & Commercial Buildings. The agency's ANPR outlined EPA's plan to proceed with the development of regulations addressing the hazards of exposure to lead created by interior renovation, repair and painting projects in public and commercial buildings. EPA intends to develop rules under Section 402 of the Toxic Substances Control Act to deal with work in public and commercial buildings similar to current rules for lead-based paint in targeted housing and child-occupied facilities. For more information about the NDA's comments, call 1-800-541-2412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDA to submit presentation concept for Brownfields 2011 in Philadelphia
The National Demolition Association is submitting a presentation concept for the 2011 Brownfields Convention scheduled for April 3-5, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Association has previously made presentations on the role of the Demolition Industry in Brownfields at the EPA/ICMA Brownfields Conference in Detroit several years ago. The basic premise of the presentation is to explain to the audience of government and industry leaders the role the demolition industry plays in the Brownfields program. For the 2011 conference the NDA proposes to develop a showcase of successful Brownfields projects undertaken by association members. Included in the presentation will be a section on the legal and regulatory issues that a demolition contractor confronts on a Brownfields site as well as the recycling opportunities that exist on these contaminated sites. The association is looking for any successful Brownfields projects conducted by our members to use as cast studies. Please contact NDA Headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or email@example.com to participate in this important environmental education effort by your association.
US Conference of Mayors releases Brownfields report
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, at its June 11-15 meeting in Oklahoma City released a report saying that 22,530 Brownfields sites in 136 U.S. cities have the potential for productive reuse. The report shows that these sites include gas stations, or other idle or vacant commercial or industrial sites where contamination is suspected or found not to be severe, offering opportunities for sustainable redevelopment, generating jobs and tax revenue, conserving energy and offering other tangible benefits. The nation's mayors called for a National Environmental Trust Fund to be administered by the U.S. EPA to support grants to cities for the development of environmental infrastructure, pollution prevention and reductions, environmental cleanup and Brownfields remediation and redevelopment. A copy of the report is available at www.usmayors.org
NDA Learning Center made easier
One of the key elements of the association's training program is its NDA Learning Center on the organization's Web site, www.demolitionassociation.com. Developed in concert with Portico Learning Systems of Baton Rouge, La., the innovative web-based educational is designed to provide over 7,000 training opportunities for NDA members and their staff. Comprehensive courses are available in all of the safe work practices confronted by the industry's workforce as well as programs in computer skills, management training and office skills. Developed to supplement the on-site Demolition Academy, the NDA's safety and management training program, the NDA Learning Center allows employees to study and work at home, at their own pace to enhance their skills and improve their work practice. Several of the programs available in the NDA Learning center fulfill the certification requirements set by OSHA. Visit www.demolitionassociation.com and see just how easy it is to train your workers for the future.
Demolition begins at Pennsylvania cleanup site
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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reports that demolition work to bring down two buildings in Punxsutawney, Pa., on the site of groundwater and soil contamination will begin July 12. Contractors from the DEP will take down the vacant Berlin Metals Building, which formerly housed an electroplating business. More
'Atlanta Model' transforms housing
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One of the greatest challenges facing large American cities is affordable housing: How do you encourage prosperity in a city, often called gentrification, while still maintaining affordable housing? For Atlanta, a historic milestone has been achieved in overcoming some aspects of this conundrum. Many Atlanta citizens have noticed the impact of this achievement: lower crime rates, healthy neighborhoods and substantially better outcomes for low-income families. At the end of December 2009, the last families moved out of the distressed and crime-ridden public housing projects, and demolition is under way. More
'Demolition by neglect' rules go before East Baton Rouge, La., panel
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Proposed changes to the city-parish's law against "demolition by neglect" would bring the Department of Public Works into the evaluation process and leave no question that the city-parish has the final say on the matter. The law, which applies to homes in Baton Rouge's two local historic districts—Drehr Place and Spanish Town, prevents a property owner from letting a building deteriorate to the point where it becomes structurally unsound. More