Building codes officials deliver historic improvement in energy efficiency
Sustainable Business Share
More than 500 state and local code officials voted on changes to the nation's model energy code to achieve energy savings of 30 percent relative to the 2006 model code. The new 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) meets the 30 percent savings goal sought by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State Energy Officials, governors, lawmakers and the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC). More
Federal stimulus good for commercial construction
Reed Construction Data Share
Any further government stimulus is likely to increase spending on commercial building and apartment construction, as developers avail cheaper credit to meet higher demand, predicts Jim Haughey, chief economist for Reed Construction Data. More
Apply for 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards
Application information about the NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the Demolition Industry's commitment to environmental stewardship were forwarded to every NDA member in September. The deadline for project or product submission is Dec. 31. The first-ever NDA Environmental Excellence Awards will be presented at the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas during the first week of March, 2011.
For more information about this innovative program, contact NDA Headquarters at 1.800.541.2412. Application information is also available on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com.
US Navy seeks new ship breaking techniques
Demolition & Recycling International Share
The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Services Center (NFESC) and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) are looking for established new technologies that would help reduce emissions to the environment during ship breaking/demolition activities. Of particular interest is the reduction of metal cutting emissions and occupational exposures in naval shipyards and other locations. More
London landmark reopens
Construction Week Online Share
The landmark property closed in December 2007 for an extensive revamp that covered everything from its iconic entrance to its 268 rooms and suites. Established in 1889, The Savoy was originally managed by Swiss hotelier César Ritz and maitre chef Auguste Escoffier. For over a century, it was the stopping point for royalty, prime ministers and Hollywood stars, attracting the likes of Sarah Bernhardt, Lily Langtry, Dame Nellie Melba and the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. More
Construction gets connected
Connected World Magazine Share
For years the construction industry has been classified as being one of the most notoriously slow adopters of technology. However, from the field to the office, contractors are adopting more technology than ever before—and much of it in the connected variety. More
Oldest building in Nanaimo, British Columbia, gets a facelift
Winnipeg Free Press Share
The Bastion is an 11-meter-high, white octagonal tower — it is Nanaimo, British Columbia's oldest building, and has served as a trading post, a stronghold, a jail and an office space before its current incarnation as a heritage site and interactive museum. But that lengthy history has taken its toll on the 157-year-old icon. More
Use your Association to train your people
The National Demolition Association makes safety and management training available to all of its members in a variety of settings. The NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy, scheduled in conjunction with our 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, will be held March 5-6, 2011. Demolition Academy attendees will be able to visit the Convention Exhibit Hall at The Mirage at no additional charge on March 6, 2011.
A second great source of training material is the web-based NDA Learning System on the Associations website, www.demolitionassociation.com. Maintained by Portico Learning Systems of Baton Rouge, La., the Association's Learning System offers over 7,000 courses in a variety of languages covering a broad range of safety, management and technology training. Employees can take certification courses at home in their spare time and NDA member firms can use the NDA Learning System to manage their workers' training and certification. Visit the NDA Learning System and try the system out. You'll be amazed at just how versatile it is.
A third highly successful safety training system provided by the Association is our Demolition Safety Talks. Designed to be used as topic material for tool-box safety meetings held on the jobsite, the Demolition Safety Talks cover all of the major safety issues confronting the Demolition Industry. If you are dealing with a specific safety issue such as fall protection or scaffolding safety, there are Demolition Safety Talks available on those subjects and many, many more. The Demolition Safety Talks are designed as documentation tools for NDA members to show that they provided specific jobsite training to their work force on a regular basis, an OSHA requirement.
For more information about any of these programs, call NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.
Nonresidential construction spending points lower in September
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Share
While total construction spending edged up in September, private nonresidential construction slipped 1.6 percent, according to the Nov. 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-over-year basis, private nonresidential construction spending is down 24.6 percent. Meanwhile, total nonresidential construction spending – which includes both privately and publicly financed projects – was flat for the month and is down 12.4 percent from September 2009, and now stands at $559.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted annual rate. More
Get ready for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be hosting its 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas, March 5-8, 2011. The Convention Committee of the NDA has made a number of improvements to next year's show to make it more informative and entertaining.
The Magic is Back has been selected as the theme for our 38th Annual show. The theme party on March 7 will feature three of Las Vegas' most exciting magicians and illusionists who will dazzle the eye and challenge the mind.
The NDA's 24th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at a new course, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, and will start at noon, with more prizes, contests and a post-outing luncheon.
The Convention Committee has selected Clyde Fessler, the marketing guru from Harley-Davidson to start next year's show off on March 7. Mr. Fessler will be followed by four breakout sessions on Refrigerant Recovery, Personal Protective Equipment, Insurance and the NDA's website. The Committee has also planned an Industry Roundtable to discuss issues of concern to the demolition industry and your Association.
Delegate registration forms will be forwarded to every NDA member firm. It also appears in the Nov/Dec issue of Demolition, and will be available on the Association's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. Get ready for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas Strip, March 5-8, 2011. Don't forget about our 16th Annual Demolition Academy right before the Convention at The Mirage March 5-6.
Room rates for those who register prior to Dec. 3 at The Mirage are $135.00 per night so register now for next year's convention.
Britain cuts spending while investing in infrastructure
The Infrastructurist Share
It seems like ages ago that Obama presented his $50 billion plan for a National Infrastructure Bank—a project that initially had bipartisan support. But Republicans took control of the House in the elections, and John Boehner, set to become House majority leader, has already said that moving America forward "starts with cutting spending." On the other hand, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to severely slash government spending—only to follow up by calling for billions of dollars to be spent on the country's "first ever national infrastructure plan." More