2011 sets new record for federal disaster declarations
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The year 2011 will go down as a record-setting year when it comes to federal disaster declarations, industry analysts say. With another three months left in 2011, and hurricane season continues until Nov. 30, the number of federal disaster declarations already exceeds 2010's record, according to the Insurance Information Institute. More
2011 C&D Recycling Forum: 'A World of Change'
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Green building targets and scorecards have provided more material for C&D recyclers in the past few years while a pending lawsuit addresses a potential threat to access to those materials. Attendees of the C&D Recycling Forum, held in Baltimore in late September, heard presentations addressing each topic at a session called "A World of Change." More
NDA new website 'What's New Tour'
We have been hard at work at making improvements to the NDA website. To view the latest improvements, click here for the "What's New Tour."
Billionaire joins team tackling urban redevelopment
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Billionaire Warren Buffett made his fortune backing winners. Now that the second-richest man in the U.S. is working to give away the bulk of his vast wealth, he's aiming to take the same approach. Buffett was recently in Indianapolis to lend his support to a new holistic approach to urban redevelopment. It's an idea he's betting will help break the cycle of poverty that for decades has gripped struggling inner-city neighborhoods across the U.S. More
Get ready for ENR's 2011 Demolition Insert
McGraw-Hill's Engineering News-Record magazine has announced the publication dates for their 2011 Demolition Insert. One of the largest public relations and marketing efforts that the NDA undertakes every year outside of its own extensive public relations program, ENR's Demolition Insert presents NDA members with an opportunity to showcase their project skills and capabilities in one of the world's premier construction publications. ENR's Demolition Insert will reach close to 250,000 construction professionals, including over 100,000 contractors, over 50,000 public and private owners, and over 50,000 design engineers. The Demolition Insert will also be posted on ENR's website for the next 12 months.
This year's ENR Demolition Insert will run in the Nov. 28 issue of the magazine. Materials and photos need to be sent to NDA Executive Director Mike Taylor at by no later than Oct. 21. For more information about this excellent member benefit and marketing opportunity contact Mike Taylor at 1.800.541.2412 or ENR's Director of Special Project Al Dalessandro at 914-219-5070 or al_Dalessandro@mcgraw-hill.com.
NDA offers keys to successful demolition projects
Architects, engineers, real estate developers, general contractors and purchasing agents should have a basic understanding of the demolition process and what's involved in a standard demolition contract before embarking on a demolition project. The National Demolition Association is offering a free planning guide and sample contract language to help buyers keep to project schedules and costs, and avoid unforeseen liabilities. More
Concrete dam demolished for documentary
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Wanted: Use of construction site, anywhere in the world, located on open water. Must be willing to allow construction and demolition of a concrete dam using Second World War-style aerial bomb. That's the gist of an advertisement placed on the Internet by Windfall Films of London and Hugh Hunt of Cambridge University's department of engineering. More
Top 10 construction safety tips
Each year, there are thousands of injuries and triple-digit numbers of fatal accidents related to machine and equipment operation. A lot of these accidents involve the operator, but over half involve people on the ground — spotters, co-workers, laborers, shovel hands, passers-by and sidewalk superintendents who get too close. And because of the forces and physics involved, these are usually not first-aid injuries. More
NDA Links & Logos Program
More and more NDA member companies are participating in the NDA's Links & Logos Program, greatly increasing the Search Engine Optimization of both the NDA website and the sites of member companies as well. The NDA is asking each member to post the NDA logo on their websites. The logo will link back to the NDA website. In turn, the NDA will post each member's logo in the NDA online directory with a backlink to the company site. For easy instructions on how to quickly boost your company's SEO while proclaiming your membership in the NDA, click here.
OSHA outlines expectations on enforcement, assistance with residential fall protection
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In a memorandum written to OSHA Regional Administrators, Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary for Occupational Safety and Health issued a temporary policy that will guide enforcement and compliance assistance in relation to the new residential fall protection directive, STD 03-11-002. The policy, which became effective Sept. 22, will remain in effect until March 15, and all State Plans and OSHA Area Offices are expected to follow it. 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.
NDA considering 1st Demolition Rodeo in San Antonio
The NDA wants to help its regular members with team building within their companies. Therefore, the association is working on our first Demolition Rodeo to be held at the 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio in March. Tentative plans called for a sponsored event involving operator skill tests involving a small grapple and one using a skid steer. Cash prizes and NDA jackets denoting the winner's success will be offered. The event would be held March 11 in the Gonzalez Convention Center during expanded exhibition time. More information about this exciting event will be available shortly.
'Unexpected good news': Nonresidential construction spending up 1.6 percent
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An Oct. 3 report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that nonresidential construction spending, which includes both privately and publicly financed construction, was $553.1 billion in August, up 1.6 percent for the month and 0.1 percent higher from one year ago, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors. "[This] should be considered a bit of unexpected good news," Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu said. More
Serve on the NDA's board of directors
National Demolition Association Past President Raymond E. Passeno of Bierlein Companies, Inc. in Midland, Mich., chair of the Leadership Development Committee is searching for NDA Regular Members interested in serving on the organization’s board of directors. Serving as a director on the NDA’s board is a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. You will be helping the demolition industry’s trade association develop programs that will benefit its members while working with people who have the same experiences you do as a demolition contractor. Service involves three one-year terms and four quarterly board meetings per year.
For more information, contact Ray Passeno at email@example.com or 989-496-0066. You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1-800-541-2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recyclers lead US environmental industry to $312 billion
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Led by the recycling industry, the U.S. environmental sector as a whole is recovering ahead of the economy, but growth is still slow and industry leaders have tempered expectations for the third and fourth quarter. EBJ says that it was the best year for a long time for recyclers of metals, glass, plastics, and paper, although construction and demolition waste suffered from the lack of construction activity. Rising commodity prices rather than increased volumes are said to be behind the strong performance. 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