Survey reveals increase in equipment finance activity
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The equipment finance industry began to regain volume in 2010 following two years of decline, according to the 2011 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity. The SEFA reported an overall 3.9 percent increase in volume in 2010. This modest growth follows two years of decline. In 2009, equipment lease and loan origination declined by 30.3 percent, while 2008 saw a more modest decline of 2.2 percent, according to the SEFA results. More
Shift to environment-related jobs will affect building operations, demolition firms in Canada
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Clarity and better training will be essential if the construction industry wants a piece of the green job pie that is expected to boost the Canadian economy over the next five years. According to Canada's Environmental Careers Organization, a human resource organization focused on environmental jobs, the Canadian green sector is expecting significant growth over the next few years. More
NDA Fall Education Program set for Baltimore
The Education Committee of the National Demolition Association will be holding its Fall Education Program Sept. 23-24 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., north of Baltimore. Part of the Education Committee's 2011-2012 program to provide training opportunities for our members, the fall program will offer the NDA's demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety & Health course; a course on Demolition Estimating taught by Demolition textbook co-author Richard J. Diven of R.J. Diven, Inc.; and one on Demolition Project Site Management by the other Demolition textbook author, Mark Shaurette, Ph.D., of Purdue University's School of Building Construction Management. The OSHA demolition-specific 10-hour training course provides a certification from the instructor.
These courses are designed to provide practical hands-on instruction in construction safety and health, estimating and project management. The safety and management training are part of the NDA's mission to provide our members and their employees with the tools necessary to be leaders in the demolition industry. Registration forms for the Fall Education Program will be mailed to every Regular member the week of July 25 and posted on the NDA's website. For more information, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
It isn't easy being green in Europe
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Many of the new sustainable buildings popping up around Europe contain technology to make use of solar power and rainwater, and aim to transform surrounding neighborhoods. But these state-of-the-art developments in cities like Madrid and Paris haven't resolved the debate over whether going green pays off for investors. While new buildings generally have adopted green designs, the economic argument hasn't been strong enough to persuade most owners of existing properties to upgrade. More
NDA to co-sponsor 2nd Annual C&D Recycling Forum in Baltimore
The NDA is co-sponsoring C&D Recycling magazine's Second Annual C&D Recycling Forum Sept. 25-27 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., just north of Baltimore. This event follows the NDA's 2011 Fall Education Program scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Turf Valley. The C&D Recycling Forum will offer a host of diverse programs covering recycling and reuse issues of importance to the demolition industry. Program specifics and registration information will be available shortly from both the NDA and C&D Recycling magazine. Registration forms for both the Fall Education Program and the 2011 C&D Recycling Forum will also appear in the September/October issue of Demolition magazine.
EPA drops requirement for third-party testing on lead paint removal
After carefully weighing all available information and considering the public comments, EPA has concluded it is not necessary to impose new lead-dust sampling and laboratory analysis, known as the clearance requirements, as part of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. The agency believes that the existing lead-safe work practices and cleanup requirements will protect people from lead dust hazards created during renovations jobs without the need for additional clearance requirements. More
Expand your market using the NDA's website
There are a number of ways to use the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com, to market your company's products or services. Regular NDA members can increase the number of states they are listed in on the NDA's Find a Contractor map on the website for $100 each additional listing. Companies can advertise on the NDA's website and in its expanding Demolition Buyer's Guide through Multiview, Inc. of Irving, Texas. Advertisements can also be placed in the NDA Newsletter, the weekly informational newsletter sent electronically to all NDA members. For more, information about these marketing opportunities on the NDA's website contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
OSHA to hold ACCSH meeting
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OSHA will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health July 27-28 in Washington, D.C. ACCSH work groups will meet July 27, and the full committee will meet July 28. ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, has advised the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health for more than 35 years on construction standards and policy matters. ACCSH meetings are open to the public. More
NDA's fall board meeting scheduled for Asheville, NC
The board of directors of the NDA will be meeting Oct. 7-8 at the grove Park Inn in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Part of the planned activities of this year's Fall Board of Directors Meeting includes a visit to Volvo Construction Equipment's North American headquarters and its equipment proving grounds in Asheville Oct. 7. The NDA is also planning dinner and a tour of the historic Biltmore Estate, summer home of the Vanderbilt's on Oct. 8. NDA President Don Rachel invites all NDA members to attend this important event. He encourages association members to invite their clients and potential members of the organization to all of the association's board meeting so that they can see the benefits of membership in the association. For more information about the October board of directors meeting, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Tougher building codes equate to more relief funds under bill before Congress
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By mandating strict building codes, states would become eligible for more relief money after hurricanes and other major disasters, under a bill pending in Congress. At present, codes in Alabama and 33 other states do not go far enough to allow them to qualify, according to Ruth Guerra, a spokeswoman for the bill's sponsor, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. Nor is Alabama among 15 states that could become eligible by making minor changes to the codes or their enforcement. More
NDA changes exhibitor contract for San Antonio
The NDA's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for March 11–14 at the Gonzalez Convention Center on the Riverwalk in San Antonio will be the first time that NDA has held an annual convention in Texas and the first time the association has utilized a convention center. Changes to the NDA's exhibitor contract involve enlarging the size of exhibit booth size from 8 x 10 to the "industry standard" 10 x 10 size. This will mean an increase in exhibitor space for those companies in the NDA's equipment area as well as its standard booth area. Fees for exhibiting at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention have increased slightly, for the first time in a number of years, but the actual square footage price with the increase in booth-space size will go down from prior conventions. The exhibitor contract will be sent to every Associate member and previous exhibitors at an NDA convention shortly. More
Construction law: In construction industry, succession planning is a must
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Does your construction business have a succession plan in place? If not, it should. When it comes to the construction industry, where so many businesses are either family owned or closely held by a small group, planning for the future can be a major challenge. With such businesses, the idea of "keeping it in the family" is often front and center, and the great unknown of what may happen when the business' founder is no longer able or willing to be in charge can lead to much concern and uncertainty. More
Convention Committee prepares for 2012 show in San Antonio
The Convention Committee of the NDA is completing work on the program for the association's 39th Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which is planned for March 11–14. This year's show will feature a real Texas rodeo at the Monday Night Theme Party, which will include a PBR bull riding, two country western bands, line dancing, armadillo racing and a mechanical bull to ride. A Texas barbeque will be served. Next year's NDA golf tournament will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort outside San Antonio. The Convention Committee is considering a demolition rodeo at next year's show, similar to those events held by the solid waste industry, to test the skills of the demolition industry's operators. A number of skill test events will be held in the Gonzalez Convention Center attached to the Hyatt Regency on March 12 in the NDA's exhibit hall. Look for more information about the NDA's 39th Annual Convention shortly.