NDA Newsletter
Feb. 4, 2011

There's still time to register for the NDA's 38th Annual Convention
With all of the bad weather across most of the country, doesn't a trip to the desert Southwest sound nice? There really isn't anything like Las Vegas in March. The pools will be open, the warm sun will be shining down on you and the entertainment capital of the world will be at your feet. Is there really a better time than right now to register for the NDA's Annual Convention, the largest exposition of demolition equipment and services in the world? This year's convention features three leading magician/illusionists at our Monday Night Theme Party, our raffle for a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle, sessions on refrigerant recovery, personal protective equipment for demolition workers, insurance and use the Association's website to market your company. Las Vegas is sizzling and you need the warmth. Register now.More

NDA to introduce Disaster Response Program at 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas
The National Demolition Association will be introducing the Association's new National Disaster Response Program March 7 at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This new Association initiative is designed to provide the nation with access to demolition companies interested in responding to large natural or man-made disasters. The NDA intends to set-up a national database of member companies available to respond to large events similar to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and hurricane Katrina. The goal is to be able to identify interested member firms that can provide equipment and manpower in a timely manner.

The NDA intends to set-up an 800 number that disaster response coordinators on the federal and state level can access to alert demolition companies to their needs. The NDA hopes to provide qualified second response capabilities on a national basis for large disasters while assuring prompt payment and limited liability.

NDA past President Tom Robinette of Robinette Demolition, Inc. of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., his general superintendent and former NDA Safety Committee Chair Jerry Myrick and RDI's emergency response team coordinator will present the new program following NDA President Ray Passeno's State of the Association address March 7 in the Mirage Exhibition Center at the Association's 38th Annual Convention. Mr. Robinette, Mr. Myrick and Mr. Stahr designed the NDA's Disaster Site Worker Training & Certification Program developed as part of the Association's OSHA alliance. More

Demolition has green effect in Victoria, Canada
Times Colonist
Demolition of a building has begun as Victoria, Canada, moves to make good on its promise to replace green space lost when the Burnside Gorge Community Center was built in 2007. Victoria, Canada, bought the building to offset the need for additional green space. Since the purchase, the building had been rented to three small businesses. Their leases have expired and demolition of the building is under way. More

NDA's 16th Annual Demolition Academy registration
It is time to register for the NDA's 16th Demolition Academy being held March 5-6 in concert with the Association's 38th Annual Convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The NDA's annual safety and management training program will be offering the demolition-specific OSHA 10-hour training program as well as sessions on: basic industrial hygiene for the demolition industry; fall protection; developing and utilizing an engineering survey; generational communication; OSHA's new crane standard; and what to do when a disaster strikes.

The Demolition Academy agenda and registration form are posted on the NDA's website, www.demolitionassociation.com. For information or to register for the 2011 Demolition Academy, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.More

Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines Version 1.0 released
After a year of review and a pilot program trial, the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation is proud to announce the release of the Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines Version 1.0. This final version includes revised calculators and checklists that will assist ready mixed concrete producers in making their plant operations as sustainable as possible and ensuring that the concrete industry remains a leader in environmental stewardship.More

Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report by Earthjustice and two other environmental groups. Unsafe hexavalent chromium levels were found in groundwater near a landfill used by Allegheny Energy's 1,710-megawatt Hatfield's Ferry power plant in Pennsylvania's Greene County. More

Economic growth pace rises in Midwest and West
Reed Construction Data
The national economic activity index increased at about a 2.5 percent annual pace in December. This was notably slower than in November due to temporary weather related layoffs in December. Seventeen states experienced lower economic activity in December than in November. This is consistent with recent monthly reports for consumer spending and business investment.More

Deadline for applications for NDA's Environmental Excellence Awards approaching
Environment Committee Chair John Lloyd of Lloyd's Construction Services in Savage, Minn., has extended the deadline for project or product submission for NDA's new Environmental Excellence Awards program designed to highlight the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship has been extended by the Association's Environment Committee to Feb. 11. 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.

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. More

Nonresidential construction spending dips in December
Blame it in part on the bad weather, total nonresidential construction spending — which includes both privately and publicly financed construction — dipped 1.6 percent in December, and is down 6.4 percent from December 2009. This, according to the Feb. 1 construction spending report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Total nonresidential construction spending totaled $552.2 billion in December on a seasonally adjusted annual rate.More

Zero waste among corporate green goals
Construction & Demolition Recycling
A survey conducted in the formation of a State of Green Business Report has found that companies are making sustainable packaging and zero waste goals high priorities. In a news release announcing its fourth annual State of Green Business Report, GreenBiz, Oakland, Calif., says American corporations are identifying sustainable packaging and landfill avoidance as environmental priorities. More

Association to host industry roundtable at annual convention
NDA President Ray Passeno from Bierlein, Inc. in Midland, Mich., will be hosting a Demolition Industry Roundtable at the Association's 38th Annual Convention to discuss industry and Association issues at 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. PST March 8. The goal of this important session is to identify those issues of concern for the Association's members. Information gathered at this session will assist the 2011-2012 board of directors to plan for the future.

If you are unable to attend but have any questions or concerns that you would like addressed at the convention roundtable, please forward them to either President Passeno at rpasseno@bierlein.com or NDA headquarters at info@demolitionassociation.com. More

UK construction industry bounces back in January
Project Datafile
The latest figures from Markit/CIPS are welcomed with a collective sigh of relief from the construction industry after the unforeseen 0.5 percent contraction in the wider economy between October and December. "The U.K. construction sector showed a welcome bounce-back from the snow-related drop in activity late last year," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. Civil engineering, commercial construction and house building all reported their highest activity in January since last August, ending a four month phase of decline.More