Index shows positive signs for future construction activity

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.3% in August, marking the fifth consecutive month the index has increased. The increase follows a 1.7% increase in institutional planning in July and a 1% increase in commercial planning, with 14 projects valued at … Continue reading

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FEMA will require states to evaluate risks of climate change

Beginning in 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will require states to evaluate the risks climate change poses to their communities to gain access to millions of dollars of disaster preparedness funding, according to www.bdcnetwork.com. The goal is for … Continue reading

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Construction employment helps to fuel economy

Construction employers added 45,000 jobs in April, helping to fuel U.S. employment growth and push the country’s unemployment to its lowest level since May 2008, according to www.constructiondive.com. April was the best month for construction employment since January 2014, and … Continue reading

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Roof inspections ordered in Conn. city to reduce risk of cave-ins from snow

Structural inspections have been required for old buildings and those with flat roofs in Danbury, Conn., to reduce the risk of cave-ins caused by snow build up from storms. “There’s a snow test they can do, they can figure out … Continue reading

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ODU Local 2014 Economic Forecast and Analysis for Hampton Roads

Forecast Data as presented by ODU Economists: http://www.odu.edu/forecasting/regional/analysis • Real Gross Regional Product up 2.20% (Historical average for region, 3.10%) • Employment up 1.5%, unemployment rate 5.3% (2013 unemployment rate, 5.9%) • Retail Sales – expected to grow by 3.6% … Continue reading

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CNA offers tips for safe snow removal

As winter weather continues to pummel the U.S., it is helpful to review Chicago-based CNA’s tips to protect against the risks of excessive snow buildup. Snow accumulation quickly can reach critical limits, resulting in a partial or complete structural collapse. … Continue reading

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OSHA rule would extend compliance date for crane operator certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal also would extend to the same date the … Continue reading

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Hints that roofing shingles need replacement

Dull, cracked or bubbled roof shingles are signs that a roof needs to be replaced, writes Mark Huffman. Estimates for re-shingling work should include costs for removal and disposal of the old shingles, Huffman notes. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/when-is-it-time-to-replace-your-roof-031413.html   ConsumerAffairs.com (3/14)

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GAF to Open Third ISO and TPO Manufacturing Facility

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, today announced plans to open a combined polyisocyanurate (ISO) and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) manufacturing facility in Cedar City, Utah. The opening of this plant is expected to result in at least 50 new jobs. … Continue reading

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GAF Adds Two New Lifetime Shingles

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, proudly announces two new Lifetime Shingles: Grand Sequoia IR and Sienna™. Grand Sequoia IR Shingles, a new addition to GAF’s Specialty Shingles category, are a Class 4 impact-resistant version of GAF’s popular Grand Sequoia Lifetime Designer Shingles. … Continue reading

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