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As 2011 comes to a close, NDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NDA Newsletter a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6.

PCBs in caulk: A looming issue for the C&D industry
American Recycler    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March 4, 2011 issue: Polychlorinated biphenyls contained in building materials, particularly caulk, are rapidly becoming a large issue for the demolition and construction industry, and for society as a whole. At the same time, environmental remediation of PCBs presents C&D contractors with a widening stream of new revenue opportunities. John Lloyd, owner of Lloyd's Construction Services of Savage, Minn., is also chairman of the environmental committee of the National Demolition Association. More

Entrepreneur creates world's lightest, strongest steel — in less than 10 seconds
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
June 17, 2011 issue: A self-taught inventor named Gary Cola has developed a process for manufacturing steel that results in the creation of a product that's 7 percent stronger than the strongest steel — and 30 percent lighter. The steel is also incredibly ductile — meaning that it can crumple a great deal before reaching a breaking point. His heat-treating process only takes 10 seconds. More

Dust: More than a nuisance
Construction & Demolition Recycling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aug. 5, 2011 issue: Demolition contractors, operators of crushing plants and operators of several types of equipment used in the demolition and recycling process face the challenge of controlling dust. When working at a job site or facility in a residential, commercial or mixed-use neighborhood, the importance of dust control escalates, as the last thing a contractor or subcontractor wishes to deal with are nuisance complaints from neighbors. More

5 things you should never say while negotiating
Inc. via American Express Open Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
April 29, 2011 issue: Every entrepreneur spends some time haggling, whether it is with customers, suppliers, investors or would-be employees. Most business owners are street smart, and seem to naturally perform well in negotiations. You probably have a trick or two — some magic phrases to say, perhaps — that can help you gain the upper hand. But, often, the moment you get into trouble in a negotiation is when something careless just slips out. More

Massachusetts: The future of C&D recycling
American Recycler    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March 11, 2011 issue: When it comes to landfill restrictions, Massachusetts appears to be the strictest in the United States, although many see it as enlightened environmental policy, a forerunner of America's landfill future. "We don't have many landfills in Massachusetts, but we do have a lot of landfill restrictions," declared Dan Costello, president of Costello Dismantling, based in Middleboro, Mass. "Instead of landfills, there is a network of construction and demolition processing and recycling facilities, not only in Massachusetts, but around the region that have developed to meet the need of recycling C&D material." More

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Wood 1st or safety 1st?
Journal of Commerce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
May 20, 2011 issue: We hear a lot about sustainable development these days, but are governments and the construction community really walking the talk? In the ongoing pursuit of "greener" and "cheaper," are social elements being left behind? The fire in a six-story structure in British Columbia, Canada, on May 3, 2011, is a case in point. More

Groundbreaking demolition textbook now available in e-formats
NDA and Purdue University Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
June 10, 2011 issue: The nation's first university textbook on the subject of the demolition process, "Demolition: Practices, Technology, and Management," is now available for reading on all e-book readers, including Kindle, Nook and iPad devices. "Since its publication in a print format in 2010, sales have been brisk," said Michael R. Taylor CAE, executive director of the NDA, which teamed with Purdue University Press on the publication of the book. More

Construction company keeps 60,000 tons of waste out of landfill
Inhabitat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 21, 2011 issue: It's no secret that building construction creates an excessive amount of waste: the EPA estimates that the U.S. produces more than 136 million tons of construction and demolition debris each year. Dozens of government-run recycling initiatives have started to help mitigate this issue, and many construction companies, like Reno Contracting in Southern California, launched their own programs to much success. More

Huge boulder no match for nonexplosive demolition compound
Daily Commerical News and Construction Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March 4, 2011 issue: It's not every day that excavators come across something they can't handle — like a boulder one and a half times as big as a single-car garage. But an excavation was brought to a halt at a downtown Vancouver, Canada, construction site by a boulder just that big. Exhausting what seemed like all options, the frustrated excavator turned to Ecobust Distribution International Inc. for a solution: a nonexplosive liquid mixture that carries a big punch. More

Watch the implosion of the Condit Dam
CBS News via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief Nov. 4, 2011 issue: Washington state's century-old 12-story hydro-power Condit Dam on the White Salmon River is the second-tallest dam to be demolished in U.S. history. Its owner, PacifiCorp, elected to remove the dam rather than pay to install fish passage structures that would have been required for re-licensing. More

Pentagon renovation complete after 17 years
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
June 24, 2011 issue: The last construction barriers have been removed, the pneumatic hammers have fallen silent and the final displaced employees have returned. After 17 years, the job of renovating the Pentagon is complete. Little remains to be done but the paperwork closing out the $4.5 billion program, which when it began was the world's largest reconstruction project. The remaking of the 6.5 million-square-foot, 29-acre site is considered such a success in industry circles that its "design-build" techniques have influenced other federal projects. More
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