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Good News in AIA 2016 Firm Survey

The AIA’s (American Institute of Architects, Washington, aia.org) annual firm survey report, The Business of Architecture 2016, contains good news for architects, contractors, and facility owners. Likely the best news is that non-residential-construction has almost returned to the level we enjoyed before the Great Recession. Nonresidential construction was estimated to be $450 billion by the …

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Commercial Conversation #52

It’s a new week and time for another podcast. This weeks topics include NCARB’s latest report on new architects, social media, Los Angeles construction, and the replacement of LaGuardia airport. Gary L. Parr is editorial director of Commercial Building Products magazine, and Paul Nutcher is president of Green Apple Group. (more…)

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Restrooms Reflect on Company Management

Unpleasant restroom experiences create damaging and lasting impressions that make it hard for business to recover in the minds of consumers, according to the sixth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by Bradley Corp., Milwaukee, WI. “This is the sixth time that Bradley Corporation has conducted the Healthy Hand Washing Survey, and each year Americans …

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FMI: Skilled Labor to Slow Construction Growth

FMI‘s (Raleigh, NC) recent survey of its Construction Personnel Executives Group, showed that “24 percent of respondents will be unable to bid more work and 32 percent will experience slow growth if their companies cannot reasonably meet the need for skilled labor and tradespeople.” Top executives at the largest contract firms in the U.S. took part in …

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Managing uncertainty topic of new report

While the construction industry is often associated with cost and schedule problems, little data has been compiled about typical levels of uncertainty, reasons, and remedies.  McGraw Hill Construction today released its new SmartMarket Report, Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction, that addresses this issue by identifying: Key drivers of uncertainty that create …

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Building energy management systems sales to reach $5.6B by 2020

The market for building energy management systems (BEMSs) continues to grow, driven by technology advances as well as a growing familiarity among customers with the benefits that BEMs provide. A number of new and existing companies are developing software-based platforms to help customers squeeze cost-reducing energy efficiency and operational benefits out of their building portfolios. …

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Demand for weather-resistant barriers to reach nearly $5B 2016

Demand for weather resistant barriers (WRB) is increasing at double-digit annual growth rates and is expected to reach nearly $5 billion by 2016, consulting firm Principia. The growing need for energy efficient buildings is driving this demand, and advances in building science, combined with new and evolving codes, are causing fundamental shifts in the demand …

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