Author Archive | Gary Parr

Vented-Roof Design Eliminates Wind Damage

Brian BrookheartFounding MemberVADA LLC, Olney, IL In commercial roofing, wind-uplift calculations are performed on every building to determine the wind-uplift pressures that will be exerted on the building during its service life.  Designers need to determine the uplift of the corners, perimeter, and field to properly design a roofing system. UL1897 and FM4474 uplift tests …

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Fifth Generation to Lead Belden Brick and Belden Holding & Acquisition Inc.

The board of directors of Belden Holding & Acquisition Inc., the parent company of The Belden Brick Co., Canton, OH, announced the three new management promotions of Bradley H. Belden, Robert T. Belden, and Brian S. Belden at Belden Holding & Acquisition, Inc. and The Belden Brick Co., LLC, Redland Brick Inc., and Belcap Inc., respectively. …

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Agencies Work to Prevent Construction-Site Fires

Raymond O’Brocki American Wood Council According to the most-recent numbers from the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA (nfpa.org), U.S. fire departments responded to more than 3,700 construction site fires each year between 2010 and 20141. These fires caused $172 million in direct property damage annually to buildings of all materials that were under construction2. …

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Illinois Holocaust Museum Recognized

The Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Illinois) has named Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center as one of Illinois’ 200 Great Places, in honor of the state’s Bicentennial in 2018. The announcement was made as part of National Architecture Week, which showcases the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions …

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Take charge of your building’s health

Steve Kleber, Kleber and Associates Here’s a scary scenario: You and your family live in a multi-story apartment complex, one that you have been living in for 10 years. You have diligently paid your rent on-time every month for those past 10 years, even as rents have risen. After a long day of work, you come …

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Geothermal Heating, Cooling Education Course

With the renewal of Federal Tax Credits for geothermal HVAC, this is the time to learn how to implement geothermal HVAC systems on all of your projects. Geothermal expert Jay Egg of Egg Geothermal, Kissimmee, FL, will present his course “Introduction to Geothermal Systems Technology” at the 2018 IGSHPA Annual Conference and Expo, March 27 and …

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NIBS, NBI Issue Guidance to Help Cities Meet Energy Goals

Many cities and states across the United States have begun to recognize that existing code-based mechanisms do not  help them achieve their building energy-performance goals. Codes largely focus on design requirements for a limited number of building characteristics, but do not require verification that the design results in actual, measurable energy savings. That is why …

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Construction Industry Adds 8,000 September Jobs

Construction employment increased by 8,000 jobs in September to the highest level since October 2008, amid a tight labor market that may be keeping contractors from hiring as many workers as they need, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA. Association officials said construction employment …

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Dodge Momentum Slows in September

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 8.4% in September, to 116.4 (2000=100) from the revised August reading of 127.1. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. Both components of …

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