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Major Agreement Inked between American Subcontractors Association and ZamRay.com
Signing Marks Second Major Milestone in Two Weeks Coming on the Heels of LEED Certification Announcement

Following a successful CONEXPO-CON/AGG tradeshow, ZamRay.com continues its momentum with its announcement of a nationwide agreement with the American Subcontractors Association (ASA). The agreement will effectively allow all ASA members access to ZamRay’s on-line construction toolkit through their respective local ASA chapters. Each participating ASA chapter will receive financial benefits from every member that signs up and uses the ZamRay.com service. This newly formed relationship provides benefits for all parties involved.

ZamRay.com has been experiencing exponential growth since its inception in January 2011. The driving factor for this growth has been meeting a critical unmet need of organizations, which is assisting with dead inventory. The organizations also value ZamRay’s inherently green solution and keeping materials out of landfills. In fact, in another major announcement last week, ZamRay.com has been identified to deliver up to four points for LEED certification. ASA members using ZamRay.com can help projects achieve LEED success.

ZamRay’s primary service will allow ASA members to place their surplus inventory into a construction-only, online, and proprietary classified advertising marketplace. This effectively opens up the surplus materials to thousands of prospective buyers across the United States. Buyers can search by material type, geography or price. The intrinsically green solution from ZamRay, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, is ideal because it keeps excess inventory out of the landfills and in proper use situations. Plus, the days of losing money on dead inventory are now over.

And while ZamRay is ideal for excess inventory, it also will allow members to buy and sell construction equipment, vehicles and real estate. Furthermore, ZamRay allows companies and individuals to post resumes or jobs, join the service directory for future project bid opportunities and obtain access to industry-related articles and news among other benefits. A detailed list of ZamRay’s benefits includes:
  • Buy/sell surplus construction materials and supplies (new and used
  • Buy/sell construction equipment and vehicles (new and used
  • Post/view jobs and resumes
  • Nationwide service directory to promote your company
  • Access to construction industry news, article, events, forums and information
  • A green solution by re-using surplus material compared to it ending up in the landfill

Anyone doing business in the construction industry can buy or sell on ZamRay. First time incentives provide ads as buy one, get four ads free. After the initial ads, placements are just $24.99 / 90 days for anyone. And, ASA members get an additional 15% off all ads as part of the agreement.

“We are tremendously excited to work with ASA on a national level,” said Kurt Fisher, managing partner for ZamRay. “ZamRay.com will allow subcontractors to perform their jobs more effectively while providing financial benefits to participating chapters. It’s a win for all involved.”

“This timely agreement offers ASA members greater reach, flexibility and efficiency in buying and selling equipment and other items — exactly the kind of sensible cash-flow solutions subcontractors are looking for right now,” said ASA Executive Vice President E. Colette Nelson, Alexandria, Va. “We’re eager for members and chapters to start benefiting by working with Zamray.”

Interested companies can visit ZamRay at www.zamray.com or contact ZamRay at 303-450-0778.

About ZamRay
ZamRay.com is the premier online resource for all sectors of the construction industry. The site includes useful categories such as: materials marketplace; used equipment listings; services directory; employment; news and connections. More importantly, it is a community of construction professionals from the field to the office; coast to coast.

About American Subcontractors Association
The American Subcontractors Association is recognized as the united voice dedicated to improving the business environment in the construction industry. The ASA mission is to amplify the voice of and lead trade contractors to improve the business environment for the construction industry and to serve as a steward for the community. The ideals and beliefs of ASA are ethical and equitable business practices, quality construction, a safe and healthy work environment, and integrity and membership diversity. You can learn more at www.asaonline.com.

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ENGLERT To Distribute RHEINZINK® Products

RHEINZINK® America, Inc. and Englert have announced formation of a strategic marketing alliance. Englert, a leading manufacturer of standing seam metal roofing and rainware products, will serve as a distributor of RHEINZINK roofing and façade systems and drainage goods.

The agreement calls for Englert to market and supply RHEINZINK coil and sheet for standing seam roofing, batten seam roofing, flat lock seam roofing and wall cladding, corrugated and flush wall panels, soffits and ½” round gutter systems.

“We view this as an extremely important partnership,” said Chip McGowan, president of RHEINZINK America. “The quality reputation that Englert enjoys will only be enhanced by the addition of RHEINZINK products to the Englert line.”

“We are delighted to be allied with RHEINZINK,” said Tom Dyszkiewicz, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Englert. “This alliance gives owners, architects and roofing contractors access to a line of roofing products that will meet their needs under any conditions,” Dyszkiewicz said.

Englert is headquartered in Perth Amboy, NJ, and has ten field service offices throughout the U.S. plus sales coverage of Canada.

RHEINZINK America, Inc. led the introduction of zinc as an important architectural material in North America and continues to provide comprehensive technical support to architects and contractors. Environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable, RHEINZINK presents a distinctive appearance with outstanding longevity.

To learn more about the availability of RHEINZINK products from Englert, call Englert at 732-826-8614 or RHEINZINK at 781-729-0812.

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Garland Revitalizes its Liquid-Applied Restoration System

The Garland Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high-performance solutions for the commercial building envelope, has recently upgraded its multipurpose liquid waterproofing roof restoration system. The new product, White-Knight® Plus/White-Stallion® Plus, is a highly reflective multi-purpose, single component aliphatic urethane coating designed to maintain, restore, and upgrade the performance of existing aged single-ply, metal, smooth BUR, and modified bitumen roofs. It boasts even higher reflectance, emittance, tensile strength, and tear strength than its predecessor.

Incorporating chemically engineered reinforcement technology used in the high performance fabric industry, the new product achieves a tensile strength of 1700 psi and a tear strength exceeding 700 lbf./in. Its reflectance rating is 0.87, its emittance rating is 0.89, and it has an SRI (Solar Reflectance Index) rating of 110.

White-Knight/White-Stallion Plus systems are recommended for restoring and revitalizing aged roof systems. Whether used as a base coat or topcoat, the system applies easily by brush, roller, or spray. Its gray-colored base coat helps installers to properly gauge topcoat placement and thickness.

According to Tom Stuewe, Garland’s product manager, “The new and improved White‑Knight Plus system provides 32 to 64 wet mils [26 to 53 dry mils] of additional waterproofing protection to an existing roof system. It’s a cost-effective way to extend the life of a mature roof to allow adequate time for budgeting eventual replacement.”

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com, contact us directly, or phone your local Garland representative at 1-800-321-9336.

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On Center Software Academic Program Offers College Scholarship

On Center Software is pleased to announce its 2011 Academic Program Scholarship is now open to applicants. The scholarship will be awarded to a university student currently enrolled in a construction-engineering program at an accredited U.S. school.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student during both the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. To apply for the upcoming fall semester, students must complete a case study using On Center Software’s Quick Bid and/or On-Screen Takeoff programs, and submit it before May 31, 2011. Free trial software licenses are available for students who wish to participate, because it is On Center Software’s goal to provide the next generation of construction professionals with the tools they need to succeed in the industry.

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on the following criteria:
  • Professionalism of case study
  • Content
  • Industry knowledge and standards
  • Level of software usage
  • Grammar
  • Format

Possible case study topics include:

  • Electronic plans and bidding
  • The cost and effect of change orders on a project
  • Rapid takeoff with several methods of organization
  • Takeoff ideas and concepts for customers using software

The winner of the On Center Software Academic Program Scholarship will have his/her case study published on www.oncenter.com, and it will be showcased within universities across the U.S.
For a complete list of rules and requirements, please contact On Center Software’s Academic Program representatives at educator@oncenter.com, or call us at 800.880.8254.

About On Center Software, Inc.
Located in The Woodlands, Texas, On Center Software, Inc. is a privately held company providing software and training to construction-industry professionals. The company’s mission is to transform the estimating, takeoff and project-tracking experiences for construction-industry professionals by developing and supporting innovative, practical, comprehensive software solutions that turn winning bids into profitable projects. The On Center Software suite of products includes Quick Bid, On-Screen TakeoffÒ, Digital Production Control™ and the Digital Takeoff Table® 2.

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GSA’s Peck Receives Henry Hope Reed Award from Notre Dame
Award recognizes GSA’s commitment to creating and preserving public architecture.

GSA Commissioner of Public Buildings Robert A. Peck is the recipient of the 2011 Henry Hope Reed Award presented by the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. The prestigious award is given to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art through writing, planning, or promotion.

“Creating and preserving legacy public architecture is Bob Peck’s passion and he’s been a leader in this movement for the last several decades,” said GSA’s Administrator Martha Johnson. “GSA, its customers, and the nation have been the beneficiary of his vision to create sustainable public architecture for future generations to enjoy.”

Peck has had an illustrious career in both the private and public sectors. As Commissioner of Public Buildings, a position he has held twice in both the Obama and Clinton Administrations, he oversees a federal portfolio of 370 million square feet of space in federally owned and leased facilities with an annual budget of more than $8.6 billion. This portfolio includes sustainable federal office buildings, courthouses, and land ports of entry designed and built by some of the most renowned architects in the country under GSA’s Design Excellence program.

Peck has also served as managing director of commercial real estate broker Jones Lang LaSalle, where he advised corporations, government and nonprofit institutions on real estate portfolio strategy. He has served as the President of the Washington Board of Trade and as a Vice President at the American Institute of Architects.

Previous public sector positions include: Chief of Staff to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan as well as associate counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works. He also worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Federal Communications Commission.

The Reed Award is presented annually through the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, a national leader in incorporating the ideals of traditional and classical architecture into the task of modern urban development.
As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:
  • Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
  • Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
  • Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
  • Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of government wide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.

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Interest in Kitchens and Bathrooms Beginning to Build
Homeowner preferences for universal design elements remain strong
Steady market for remodeling and renovation projects

Economic pressures and the overall decline in home values resulted in the more modest design of kitchens and bathrooms in recent years. That trend appears to be changing towards homeowner preference for larger, and in some cases additional, kitchens and bathrooms. Households continue to desire products and features that promote energy efficiency and adaptability in the use of space for seniors and those with accessibility concerns.

Residential architects are reporting that business conditions are stabilizing and there is a healthy demand for remodeling and renovation projects. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Surveyfor the fourth quarter of 2010, which focused specifically on kitchens and bathrooms.

“We are not seeing the same level of demand for larger and additional kitchens and bathrooms as we saw during the peak of the housing market, but there has been a shift away from downsizing those rooms that has taken place the over last two years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Key considerations are the amount of pantry space, dedicated recycling centers and the integration with family space allowing for easier child care and home entertaining.”
Popular kitchen products and features* 2010 2009
Larger pantry space: 43%     47%
Recycling center: 40%     52%
Integration with family space: 38%     41%
Renewable flooring materials: 35% 46%
Computer area / recharging stations: 33%     43%
Renewable countertop materials: 32%     46%
Drinking water filtration systems: 26%     30%
Adaptability / universal design: 26%     28%
Double island: 22%     20%

* Index score computed as % of respondents reporting increasing minus those reporting decreasing popularity

Baker added, “In order to help manage utility costs, homeowners are still opting for items such as water saving toilets and LED lighting. Accessibility within the home and demand for universal design principles continues to be a priority and should remain so for the foreseeable future given the aging U.S. population.”

Popular bathroom products and features*            2010    2009
Water saving toilets: 58% 63%
LED lighting: 46% 49%
Accessibility / universal design: 44% 50%
Doorless showers: 42% 47%
Radiant heated floors: 41% 52%
Hand showers: 34% 36%
Linen closet / storage: 21% 29%

* Index score computed as % of respondents reporting increasing minus those reporting decreasing popularity

Housing market business conditions

AIA Home Design Survey Index for Q4 2010 (any score above 50 is positive)

  • Billings: 45(up from 42 in Q3 2010)
  • Inquiries for new projects: 56 (up from 49 in Q3 2010)

“The encouraging signs for the still struggling residential market are the increase in inquiries for new projects and that project backlogs at firms – the amount of work in-house and under contract – can now support current staff for over three months. Backlogs have been slowly trending up since early 2009.” said Baker.

Specific construction segments (index score computed as % of respondents reporting improving minus those reporting weakening conditions)

  • Kitchen and bath remodeling: 45
  • Additions / alterations: 39
  • First-time buyer / affordable home market: -23
  • Custom / luxury home market: -25
  • Move-up home market: -27
  • Townhouse / condo market: -38
  • Second / vacation home market: -56

About the AIA Home Design Trends Survey
The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. Residential architects are design leaders in shaping how homes function, look, and integrate into communities and this survey helps to identify emerging trends in the housing marketplace. Business conditions are also monitored on a quarterly basis. Future surveys will focus on overall home layout and use (June 2011) specialty rooms and systems (September 2011) and community design trends (December 2011).

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org. Twitter: http://twitter.com/AIA_Media

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Architecture Billings Index Shows Nominal Increase
Commercial / industrial sector strongest performing building category

During the first two months of 2011 the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is not exhibiting the strength of business conditions that were seen in the final quarter of 2010. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.6, up slightly from a reading of 50.0 the previous month. This score reflects a modest increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.4, compared to a mark of 56.5 in December.

You can see this press release online here: http://www.aia.org/press/AIAB088452

“Overall demand for design services seems to be treading water over the last two months,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “We’ve been preaching patience and cautious optimism for a full recovery because there continues to be a wide range of business conditions for architecture firms that are also influenced by firm size, practice specialties and regional location. We still expect the road to recovery to move at a slow, but steady pace.”

Key February ABI highlights:
  • Regional averages: Midwest (55.3), South (50.1), West (49.1), Northeast (46.4)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (55.0), mixed practice (51.3),
  • Multi-family residential (49.7), institutional (48.9)
  • Project inquiries index: 56.4

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI. These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the White PaperArchitecture Billings as a Leading Indicator of Construction: Analysis of the Relationship Between a Billings Index and Construction Spending on the AIA web site.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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ASSA ABLOY Puts A New Handle On Construction And Design With SARGENT And Corbin Russwin Push/Pull Trim

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, now offers push/pull trim in both SARGENT and Corbin Russwin product lines. Designed to make entry and exit “hands-free” in education, healthcare and commercial facilities, and tested for durability, this push/pull trim is the most reliable and attractive alternative to existing push/pull products.

“Many facilities have doors that people struggle to go in and out of every day,” said Leslie Saunders, vice president of product development, ASSA ABLOY. “Most users don’t give a second thought to how that could improve – but they should. Push/pull trim makes it easier for the end-user to open a door, especially if they don’t have their hands free.”

The new push/pull trim combines an ergonomic, attractive paddle design with rugged construction and ligature-resistant features. With a large, smooth, curved and tapered paddle, users can use hands, hips or elbows to open the door. Designed to withstand the demanding conditions of institutional and commercial use, the trim is through-bolted for maximum stability.

The push/pull trim can be mounted either horizontally or vertically to meet the requirements of the opening, and its sleek contemporary styling complements any interior. The push/pull trim is available in both SARGENT and Corbin Russwin product lines as ANSI Grade 1 mortise and bored locks and is available in a variety of stylish, durable finishes including brushed stainless steel. In addition, the paddle has the option for Push and Pull signage that can also be customized to meet design requirements.

Push/pull trim is available with MicroShield™ anti-microbial coating, a germ barrier that inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms in healthcare and educational applications.

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience. For more information visit http://www.assaabloy.com/en/com/.

Since 1839, Corbin Russwin has manufactured safe, secure and durable locking hardware. The company offers commercial grade 1 mortise locks, bored locks, exit devices, high security key systems and electromechanical hardware. Architecturally, Corbin Russwin offers products that are both aesthetically pleasing and designed to surpass most performance standards. Visit our website for complete product specifications, http://www.corbinrusswin.com/.

Founded in the early 1800’s, SARGENT is a market leader in locksets, cylinders, door closers, exit devices, electro-mechanical products and access control systems for new construction, renovation and replacement applications. The company's customer base includes commercial construction, institutional, and industrial markets. Included in SARGENT’s product offerings are windstorm certified locks and exit devices, hardwired and wireless access control devices, decorative levers and a patented and high security key systems. Visit our website for bored lock, mortise lock, exit device and key system product specifications, http://www.sargentlock.com/.

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Young Home Buyers Will Lead Housing Market Recovery, Says NAHB

Generation X –young families and adults ages 31 to 45 – are likely to lead the home buying recovery as it gets underway, according to real estate experts who spoke at an educational webinar produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in partnership with Builder magazine

These potential home buyers are most likely to think it's a good time to get off the fence – and have strong opinions about the design features their new homes will include.

At 32 percent of the population of home-buying age – generally defined as those who are at least 30 years old, the Gen X population cohort isn't the largest, but it's the most mobile, said presenter Mollie Carmichael, principal of John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Irvine, Calif. "They are in full force with their careers and they need to accommodate growing families," she said.

In sharp contrast, even though they constitute 41 percent of prospective home buyers, Baby Boomers continue to wait for the market to improve, and their decisions to delay retirement also delay their decisions to downsize into a smaller home, Carmichael said.

Most of the 10,000 buyers and potential buyers in 27 metro areas that the consulting company surveyed were optimistic about a new home purchase, with between 85 percent and 89 percent saying that it was a good time to buy a home. Only 13 percent said they thought home prices would continue to fall, further evidence that it's "not all about price," she said. "They want something compelling, from a design or personalization standpoint," said Carmichael.

In addition, though the average home size is shrinking, a majority of prospective buyers said they would like a bigger home than the one they have. "These are first-time buyers or younger families looking for more room to grow," she said.

Seventy percent said that they were willing to pay $5,000 more for a green home, but those responding to the survey said that they expected new homes to already have many green technology features. They also said they would pay a premium for dark wood cabinets, a separate tub and shower and a fireplace in the living room, and more preferred a great room over formal spaces.

And while community amenities are important to Gen X buyers, 46 percent said they prefer a home in a large-lot, suburban development, versus the 21 percent looking for a traditional or "walkable" neighborhood.

Webinar panelist Heather McCune, director of marketing at Bassenian/Lagoni Architects in Newport Beach, Calif., also emphasized that design will be important in generating sales in the emerging marketplace. "The notion of 'build it and they will come' no longer works. Design matters," she said.

McCune said buyers are looking for homes with a connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, even in colder climates, to create the perception of greater home size, even if the space is only usable for part of the year. They also want more storage, an open floor plan and flexibility in the garage.

"While Gen X numbers are smaller than the birth cohorts before and after them, their numbers have been enlarged by steady immigration," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "Gen X may wait longer than their predecessors to establish their own household or buy a home because of the recent recession impacts, but the trends are still likely to occur as they have for past generations."

This webinar was one in a four part series entitled New Horizons: Setting a Course for Success in the New Market. The series was sponsored by Simonton Windows and ThermaTru.

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Contractors' Cost Squeeze Intensifies As Prices For New Buildings Stagnate While Construction Material Prices Escalate Further In February
Latest Producer Price Index Figures Show Prices Soared for Diesel, Steel, Copper and Insulation Materials; Construction Association Officials Outline Measures to Help Industry Cope with Rising Costs, Low Demand

Financial pressures on contractors grew worse in February as prices for key construction materials rose sharply even as prices construction firms charge for completed projects remained stagnant, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said the price squeeze will make it harder for the construction industry to recover and urged federal officials to act on a series of recovery measures the group outlined yesterday.

“With construction spending hovering near a 10-year low, contractors are holding bids steady even while being hit with staggering price increases for key inputs,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “That combination threatens to add to an already appalling toll of laid-off workers and shuttered construction firms.”

Prices for materials used in construction leaped 1.1 percent in February and 6.1 percent during the past 12 months, while price indexes for finished buildings stayed nearly level during the same timeframe, the economist noted. He added that construction costs also outran the producer price index for finished goods, which rose 5.6 percent since February 2010.

Simonson said price increases were particularly intense for four essential construction inputs. Diesel fuel prices climbed 7.1 percent in February and 40 percent for the year; prices for copper and brass mill shapes increased 4.5 percent and 20 percent, respectively; steel mill product prices rose 4.7 percent and 13 percent, respectively; and prices for insulation materials rose 3.5 percent in February and 6.0 percent for the year.

Weak demand for both public and privately financed construction, which is driving up the number of contractors bidding on projects, is forcing contractors to hold the line on bid prices, Simonson noted. The producer price indexes for new office, industrial and warehouse construction rose less than one percent over 12 months and the index for new schools was up just 1.4 percent.

Association officials said the new data underscores the need for federal officials to act on a series of measures the group outlined yesterday in its new recovery plan, “Building a Stronger Future.” “Reviving demand for construction, particularly private sector construction activity, is essential to sustaining broader economic growth,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.

View the latest producer price index tables for construction.

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PPG Issues White Paper On Energy Savings With ‘Cool’ Wall, Window, Roof Systems
Study shows value of IR-reflective coatings on roofs, vertical surfaces of tall buildings

PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) coil and extrusion coatings group has issued a white paper demonstrating the superior energy performance of buildings with infrared (IR)-reflective coatings on metal walls, window frames and roofs.

The 12-page document, Energy Savings in High-Rise Buildings Using High-Reflective Coatings, summarizes an energy modeling study conducted by an independent energy and environmental analysis firm on prototype eight-story office buildings in 12 North American cities.

The study showed that, when IR-reflectance for metal wall, window frame and roof coatings was increased from 5 percent to 70 percent, total building energy costs were reduced by 1 percent in cold-weather cities such as Boston, Chicago and Ottawa, and by up to 4 percent in warm-weather cities such as Mexico City and Phoenix.

The study showed that cooling loads for prototype buildings were cut by 2 percent or more in cold-weather locales, and by as much as 7 percent in sunny climates. Size requirements for fans and air-handling units (AHUs) also were diminished by 3 to 7 percent.

The study concluded that “the small premium paid for heat-reflective coatings [compared to standard fluoropolymer coatings] pays for itself many times over in energy savings for the building owner … even in cold climates.”

In addition to combined savings for high-reflectance walls, window frames and roofs, the white paper details energy and equipment size reductions for each as individual components, and for escalating reflectance levels from 25 to 65 percent.

Visit www.ppgideascapes.com to download the white paper, or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332) to order a printed version.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Dri-Design Perforated Panels Top Office Building

The mechanical penthouse on the 10-story headquarters building of Edward Jones in St. Louis is clad with perforated Dri-Design panels. The panels utilize approximately 3,500 sq. ft. of 1.5mm VM Quartz Zinc.

The panels were fabricated by Dri-Design and installed by Industrial Sheet Metal, St. Charles, MO.

Architectural design was provided by Arcturis, St. Louis, MO.

Dri-Design panels can be made from a variety of materials including painted aluminum, zinc, copper and stainless steel and are 100% recyclable. Panels are available in any Kynar color in both standard and custom sizes.

For more information on the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System, call 616-355-2970 or visit www.dri-design.com.

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Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 Launches with Enhanced Usability, Advanced Features to Streamline PDF-Based Digital Workflows
3D Viewing, Exclusive New VisualSearch, Measurement Cutout and Better Foreign Language Support Highlight Latest Edition of High-Performance PDF Editing Solution

Bluebeam Software today announced the launch of its new Bluebeam PDF Revu 9, the latest, fully-loaded version of its PDF platform technologies that provides a smart, simple solution to create, markup, edit and manage PDF files. Unveiled today at CONEXPO 2011, the premiere international gathering for the global construction industry, Revu 9 takes the quest for paperless construction projects to a whole new level with more than 30 enhanced features to streamline PDF markup, viewing, processing, collaboration and sharing.

"Revu 9 is truly fully loaded. We took everything our users love about Revu for project communication, incorporated their feedback and feature suggestions and made it better," said Bluebeam Software CEO Richard Lee. "The result is more power, more flexibility and enhanced usability to help our customers get their job done."

Revu 9's new 3D PDF viewing capability enables users to navigate through complex models on screen and rotate, spin and zoom to gain a dynamic view of the project. Using just a mouse, users can refine their perspective and vantage point, as well as isolate and view various specific elements, make transparent layers to drill down into masked details and even save these specific views in the document so that project collaborators can have the same perspective. Advanced animation features also make it easy to cycle through all 3D views within the document.

The exclusive new VisualSearch™ function adds a new dimension to document search capabilities over simple text-only search. Users simply highlight a specific visual element or symbol to find and Revu 9 searches for instances of that element across the current document, all open documents, recent documents or files in a specific folder. Even better, users can instantly apply markups and hyperlinks simultaneously to all identified VisualSearch results, eliminating a time-consuming manual process.

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 also adds a highly-requested function to its takeoff tools - area cutouts. This feature is ideal for design and construction professionals to account for room obstructions in area measurements and create more accurate estimates.

Improved foreign language support has also been baked in to tear down communication barriers and enhance global collaboration. New Unicode text support enables users to add text-based markups in any left-to-right reading language. Additionally, a markup translation feature instantly translates markups to more than 55 languages. Users can even dictate their markups verbally through a microphone while Revu 9 converts them to text markups on any PDF.

The latest version also enables users to seamlessly convert PDF files back to their original native MS Office® file formats with export capability to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as HTML for online use and search-ability. The MultiView™ Extended capability enhances productivity by allowing users to run multiple sessions of Revu concurrently and move document tabs dynamically between the sessions. Tabs can also be dragged and dropped to an attached second monitor for expanded viewing and more efficient review. When it's time for a clean slate, the new Erase Content option enables users to delete all unwanted text and images by simply selecting the desired area and clearing it all with a single click. For better issue tracking, Revu 9 has powered up the integrated Markups list by enabling users to assign custom statuses to markups. Statuses can even be assigned text and color properties that change depending on the selected state.

"Even with all these incredible new features and capabilities in Revu 9, we know that some users are craving more tools to push the limits of electronic workflows," Lee said. "For these PDF power users, we are introducing Bluebeam PDF Revu eXtreme™, a new edition of Revu with advanced functionality to satisfy tech-savvy professionals."

Revu 9 eXtreme adds optical character recognition (OCR) for scanning and converting paper documents to text searchable and selectable PDFs, PDF form creation capabilities, document redaction capabilities for added security and powerful scripting capabilities for automated batch-processing of multi-step desktop functions for even greater efficiency and time savings.

Bluebeam representatives will offer live demonstrations of Revu 9 at Booth #H-31711 throughout CONEXPO, which runs March 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. During a live press event at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, company officials will highlight some of the product's most innovative new features for media representatives. Immediately following the press event, a Project Director and Project Engineer from McCarthy Building Companies, one of the top 10 U.S. commercial builders and a long-time user of Revu, will be on hand to share case studies and insights about how the company uses Bluebeam to digitally manage documents throughout the life of a project.

Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 is available in three editions - Revu Standard for general CAD and Office users ($179 per seat), Revu CAD for AutoCAD®, Revit® and SolidWorks® users ($239 per seat) and Revu eXtreme for PDF power users ($299 per seat). Volume discounted pricing is available for multi-seat purchases. Bluebeam Software products are sold direct and through a global network of resellers. For more information about Bluebeam PDF Revu 9, visit www.bluebeam.com.

About Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Not your typical software company, Bluebeam Software makes smart, simple solutions for paperless workflows based on the PDF format. Founded in 2002 in Pasadena, California to support CAD-to-PDF creation for the aerospace industry, Bluebeam's award-winning PDF creation, markup and editing solutions are used today by the world's top architectural, engineering and construction firms, as well as government agencies, accountants and even attorneys, as an intuitive, easy-to-use, PDF-based solution for dramatically improved workflow and more sustainable, paperless operations. For more information, visit www.bluebeam.com.

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Pilkington Online Calculators Offer A New, Interactive Design With Updated Performance Options
Pilkington North America, Inc. has redesigned and updated its Sun Management and Thermal Stress online calculators to include an interactive format, new products, updated performance data and improved features.

Pilkington North America, Inc. has redesigned and updated its Sun Management and Thermal Stress online calculators to include an interactive format, new products, updated performance data and improved features.

The Pilkington Sun Management Calculator is an interactive online tool for generating 3-Part Specifications in CSI (Construction Specification Institute) format. 3-Part Specifications are easily incorporated into project plans. The Sun Management Calculator provides solar, optical and thermal properties of Pilkington glass products. It includes a variety of exterior appearance color options, a range of glass thicknesses and single or double glazing options, including the latest Low-E 4th Surface Technology. The calculator also includes project photos and links to the Pilkington project reference page for a quick review of actual projects.

With new interactive features, the Pilkington Thermal Stress Calculator will help you determine if you need to heat treat different types and combinations of glass under different conditions to resist breakage from solar induced thermal stress. With single and double glazing options, the Thermal Stress Calculator offers a wide variety of glazing combinations. It even accounts for the building’s location and shadows from overhangs.

Please visit http://www.pilkingtoncalculators.com/ or www.pilkington.com/na to create fast, easy 3-Part Specifications and determine the heat treatment requirements for a multitude of glazing combinations.

For further information, interviews or images please contact Sharon Urban at 419-247-3895.

About Pilkington
The Pilkington name has been closely associated with glass since 1826. In 2006, Pilkington plc was acquired by the NSG Group of Japan, and the name Pilkington was retained as a brand for the Group’s building and automotive products. The enlarged NSG Group is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building trade, the automotive industry and the specialty glass sector, with manufacturing operations in around 30 countries on four continents and sales in around 130 countries. In the fiscal year ended 31 March 2010, the Group reported sales approximately US 6.3 billion dollars. Of the Group’s consolidated sales, 44 percent were generated in Europe, 29 percent in Japan, 13 percent in North America and 14 percent in the rest of the world.

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Congressman Allen West Announces $21 Million Grant to Build Fort Lauderdale Airport Runway

Congressman Allen West (FL-22) announces today the award of a $21 million dollar Federal grant to the Fort Lauderdale –Hollywood International Airport to be used towards the construction of a much needed, second commercial runway.

The runway project will generate at least 11,000 jobs and be complete in the fall of 2014 with an estimated budget of $791 million.

The additional runway will ease air traffic delays, which in turn, will encourage more visitors to our community and bring an influx of business to the hotel, restaurant and growing cruise industry.

“We’re very glad that Congressman West was able to help us make this happen,” Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Director Kent George said. “We are one of the most delay-prone airports in the country, and this funding is critical to our ability to serve the millions of passengers that come through our doors every year.”

Congressman West worked with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport through the grant process to ensure the funds would be allocated to the runway project.

“This runway is long awaited and much anticipated,” West said. “At this crucial time for our economy, it is imperative that we encourage this kind of development, which will bring thousands of jobs with it and boost tourism – South Florida’s number one economic engine.”

The Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport is ranked among the top 25 airports in the United States, servicing more than 21 million passengers.

Counter to the national trend, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has experienced 18 consecutive months of passenger growth since September 2009. It is ranked as one of the fastest growing major airport hubs in the country.

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Plan To Revive Construction Industry Released By Trade Group As Sector Lost Jobs In 317 Out Of 337 Metro Areas During Downturn
Associated General Contractors of America Outlines Measures to Boost Private and Public Construction Activity, Releases New Analysis of Construction Jobs Lost Since January 2007

PHOENIX – The Associated General Contractors of America released a new national plan today detailing measures to stimulate demand for construction. Officials said the plan was needed to reverse construction employment declines that have taken place in 317 out of 337 metro areas since January 2007, according to new data the association released today.

“Our goal is to rebuild a devastated construction market that has left millions jobless, littered cities with incomplete projects and sapped much needed revenue, commerce and customers out of our economy,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Considering the scope and impact of construction job losses, the last thing any of us can afford is a repeat of the past four years.”

The plan, called “Building a Stronger Future, A New Blueprint for Economic Growth,” outlines measures to help boost private sector demand for construction, help tackle a growing infrastructure maintenance backlog and reduce needless red tape and regulations. Sandherr said the association developed the plan to overcome the years-long construction downturn that has left over 2.2 million construction workers unemployed and the industry’s unemployment rate at 21.8 percent, more than twice the national average.

Sandherr released the plan and the new employment figures, during a visit to Phoenix, Arizona, which has lost more construction jobs – 91,400 – than any other metro area since the start of the construction downturn in January 2007, a 54 percent decline. Nationwide, 28 cities lost 50 percent or more of their construction jobs, including Boise, Idaho; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Medford, Oregon; and Merced, California, Sandherr noted.

The metro areas that lost the most construction jobs during the past four years, besides Phoenix, included Las Vegas (-61,900 jobs, -61 percent); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (-57,700 jobs, -51 percent); the Atlanta area (-57,700 jobs, -42 percent); and the Los Angeles area (-56,200 jobs, -37 percent).

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, Arizona (-65 percent, -4,200 jobs) and Bend, Oregon (-65 percent, -5,200 jobs) lost the highest percentage of construction jobs of any metro area. They were followed by St. George, Utah (-62 percent, -5,200 jobs); Las Vegas; and Naples, Florida (-61 percent, -13,700 jobs).

Only 14 metro areas added construction jobs during the past four years, while employment levels were unchanged in another six. The five metro areas with the largest construction employment gains were all in Texas: Beaumont-Port Arthur (3,400 jobs, 21 percent); Longview (3,100 jobs, 26 percent); Midland (2,100 jobs, 15 percent); El Paso (1,900 jobs, 14 percent); and Odessa (1,800 jobs, 17 percent).

Pascagoula, Mississippi experienced the highest percentage increase in construction employment (47 percent, 1,600 jobs) during the past four years. Other metro areas adding a high percentage of construction jobs included Longview; Beaumont-Port Arthur; Lawton, Oklahoma (20 percent, 300 jobs); and Odessa.

“In too many metro areas, the construction industry is a mere shadow of what it was just four years ago,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, who prepared the new employment analysis. “This new data should make it pretty clear that the sector’s revival is anything but guaranteed.”

Sandherr said the recovery plan emphasizes boosting private sector demand, which once accounted for 76 percent of all construction activity, but now accounts for only 60 percent. It calls for approving pending trade agreements to boost demand for manufacturing and shipping facilities, repealing the alternative minimum tax and making permanent the tax cuts that were first put in place in 2001 and 2003.

The plan also identifies new tax credits to encourage retail and restaurant upgrades, improve the efficiency of commercial buildings and help contractors invest in new, more efficient construction equipment. And it urges Congress and the Administration to finally end the double taxation of U.S-based businesses that succeed in international markets.

Sandherr noted the plan includes measures to tackle infrastructure problems that cost American businesses an estimated $100 billion a year due to delays and lost productivity. It calls for significant reforms to federal surface, aviation and waterways programs. And it urges federal officials to refocus on efforts that are clearly in the national interest, streamline the years-long federal review process, and find new ways to leverage private sector dollars.

Sandherr added that the plan also includes comprehensive measures to reduce costly, time consuming and needless regulatory burdens. It calls on Congress to pass legislation limiting major new regulations, reform the approval process for new highway and transit projects and oppose well-meaning labor and Buy American mandates that do little to create new jobs and a lot to add costs and delay work.

The plan also highlights the need to repeal a costly new mandate set to begin next year that requires governments at all levels to withhold three percent of the cost of virtually all major construction projects from contractors. “For an industry where most firms are lucky to make three percent in profit on a project, this new mandate will either put a lot of people out of work or needlessly inflate the cost of public construction,” Sandherr cautioned.

“Building a Stronger Future: A New Blueprint for Economic Growth”

The Plan’s Fact Sheet

Metro construction employment changes since January 2007 and since January 2010.

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American Institute of Architects Offers Assistance to Japan’s Architects, U.S. Agencies Coordinating Disaster Relief
Encourages Members to Contribute to Relief Organizations

The American Institute of Architects today issued the following statement on the Japan earthquake, to be attributed to Clark Manus, FAIA, 2011 President of the AIA:

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan as a result of this horrific earthquake and tsunami. We are in contact with our colleagues at AIA Japan and the Japan Institute of Architects to offer not only our condolences but our profession's technical and professional expertise when the initiative begins focusing on rebuilding. The AIA has members that are able to participate in rapid damage assessments to help people quickly and safely return to structures, or to keep people away from unsafe structures. More than 1,000 AIA members have received specific training to perform this work and the AIA is in touch with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Japan Institute of Architects (JIA) to offer these resources.

“Japan is already at the forefront of disaster preparedness from which other countries can learn. First, however, we know from our shared experiences following the earthquake in Haiti, earthquakes in New Zealand, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the tsunami in South-east Asia that the Japanese need our prayers as well as assistance now and during the long effort toward recovery and rebuilding. We are encouraging our nearly 80,000 AIA members to do what they can to contribute to organizations best able to provide the immediate assistance the Japanese people need in the aftermath of destruction.

“Two other points:
  • The AIA is renewing its call made last year for Congress to fund the Codes and Safety for Americas Act (CASA). Currently targeted for Latin America, CASA would enable USAID to assist countries in dealing with the mitigation of disasters by training professionals in both the public and private sector to enhance their understanding of building design codes and standards;
  • The U.S. has its own vulnerabilities outside of the San Andreas Fault region in California that need to be further addressed. The Pacific Northwest has seismic hazards that are remarkably similar to those in Japan, and an earthquake off the coast of Oregon or the state of Washington could trigger a tsunami throughout the region. In the Midwest the New Madrid fault experienced a series of earthquakes up to an estimated 8.0 in 1811 and 1812. Building codes in each of these regions should be re-examined in light of the Japan quake.

“The utterly devastated lives and communities of northern Japan are foremost on our minds. This unimaginable compound natural disaster cries out for a swift response to help alleviate the suffering and salvage the remaining fabric of families, friends, and loved ones.”

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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Construction Employment Declines In 36 States Between January 2010 And January 2011, And In 20 States Between December And January

Florida and Nevada Experience Largest Annual Declines, While Georgia and Kansas Lose Most Jobs for the Month. Texas and Maine Add Most Jobs for the Year, California and Vermont Add Most Jobs for the Month

Thirty-six states lost construction jobs between January 2010 and 2011, even as more states added construction jobs than lost them between December and January, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. Association officials cautioned that despite the increase in monthly employment, the construction industry is still facing severe economic headwinds.

“It is encouraging to see more states adding jobs instead of losing them between December and January,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Yet despite those monthly gains, we’re still a long way from seeing the kind of construction employment figures states experienced in 2006 and 2007.”

The largest percentage drop in construction employment for the year occurred in Nevada (-12.9 percent, -8,400 jobs), followed by Georgia (-12.5 percent, -19,100 jobs); Wisconsin (-8.2 percent, -8,000 jobs); and Kentucky (-8.2 percent, 5,700 jobs). Florida lost the most construction jobs over the past 12 months (-24,000 jobs, -6.7 percent). Other states experiencing large overall declines in construction employment included Georgia; North Carolina (-13,900 jobs, 7.7 percent); and New York (-12,500 jobs, -4.0 percent).

Simonson noted fourteen states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between January 2010 and January 2011. Texas added the largest number of construction jobs for the year (33,400 jobs, 5.9 percent). Other states adding large numbers of construction jobs included Michigan (8,300 jobs, 6.8 percent); Pennsylvania (7,100 jobs, 3.3 percent); and Tennessee (4,400 jobs, 4.3 percent). Maine, meanwhile, added the highest percentage of new construction jobs (8.7 percent, 2,100 jobs), Simonson noted.

Harsh winter weather affecting much of the country in January likely contributed to some of the annual and monthly state job losses, Simonson cautioned. Among the 20 states losing construction jobs between December and January, Georgia lost the most (-6,300 jobs, -4.5 percent). Other states losing large numbers of jobs included North Carolina (-5,100 jobs, -3.0 percent) and Kansas (-4,800 jobs, -8.9 percent). Kansas lost the highest percentage of construction jobs, followed by South Dakota (-4.8 percent, -1,000 jobs) and South Carolina (-4.6 percent, -3,600 jobs).

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between December and January, while employment levels in Delaware remained unchanged, Simonson noted. California added the highest number of jobs (17,800 jobs, 3.2 percent), followed by Illinois (8,800 jobs, 4.6 percent); Michigan (5,900 jobs, 4.7 percent); and Ohio (5,200 jobs, 3.2 percent). Vermont added the highest percentage of construction jobs (5.4 percent, 700 jobs); followed by Maine (5.2 percent, 1,300 jobs); Michigan; and Illinois.

Association officials said the new construction employment figures indicate that more needs to be done to help the construction industry recover. They noted that the association was planning to release a comprehensive set of recommendations on March 15th designed to boost private sector demand for construction, help the nation address the infrastructure deficit and cut needless regulations and red tape.

“Allowing this industry to continue to stagnate will have significant long-term impacts on the strength of the labor market and the quality of America’s private and public buildings and infrastructure,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.

View construction employment figures by state and by rank.

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Construction Industry Adds 33,000 Jobs Between January And February, Even As The Sector's Unemployment Rate Is 21.8 Percent

Construction Workers May Have Benefitted from Improving Winter Weather as Industry Experiences Largest Monthly Employment Gain Since March 2007, Construction Officials Note

The construction industry added 33,000 jobs in February even as the industry’s unemployment rate was 21.8 percent, more than twice the national average, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. As welcome as the new figures are, association officials cautioned that it was too early to tell whether the industry is improving or simply benefitting from the more favorable weather in February compared to the previous month.

“Given what this industry has been through, figures like these are as welcome as they are long overdue,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The question now is whether these figures reflect a thaw in economic conditions for the industry, or the benefits of warmer weather and less snow in many parts of the country in February.”

Simonson cautioned that despite experiencing the single largest monthly gain in construction employment since March 2007, construction employment is still down by over 2.2 million from the industry’s April, 2006 peak, a nearly 30 percent decline. At that time over 7.7 million people worked in construction nationwide, while the industry now employs only 5.5 million people, Simonson noted. He added that for the 47th consecutive month, the February total was lower than the same month a year before.

The construction economist noted that both residential and nonresidential construction sectors added jobs in February. The largest gains came from the nonresidential specialty trade sector, which added 16,700 jobs during the month. Residential specialty trade contractors added another 11,000 jobs in February. The only segment of the construction industry to shed jobs in February was nonresidential building, which lost 2,000 jobs.

Association officials said that construction employment is likely to post modest gains at best through much of 2011 as stimulus funds dry up and private demand for construction recovers slowly. They added that continued uncertainty about the size and extent of federal budget cuts, combined with repeated delays in enacting multi-year infrastructure investment and repair programs, would make it hard for many construction firms to add jobs.

“As heartwarming as these gains are, it will be hard for the industry to build on this momentum in the face of weak demand and continued political gridlock,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The certainty that comes with having long-term federal investment programs in place for highway, transit, airport and water programs will give this industry the stability it needs to recover.”

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New Exhibit Explores Green Neighborhood Design
“Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling up Sustainability” features LEED for Neighborhood Development projects; currently on exhibit at AIA’s Washington, DC headquarters

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) “Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling up Sustainability” exhibit opened in Washington, DC. The exhibit uses LEED for Neighborhood Development, the first comprehensive benchmark for green neighborhood design, as a framework to explore the key elements of a sustainable community. Co-curated by USGBC, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and Farr Associates, “Neighborhoods Go Green!” is on display at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

“’Neighborhoods Go Green!’ celebrates the projects around the world that are helping transform our neighborhoods into walkable, sustainable and economically thriving communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. “The exhibit highlights the link between the importance of sustainability and the places where we all live and work.”

LEED for Neighborhood Development, launched in 2010, integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, while benefitting communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living, and protecting threatened species. One hundred projects have completed at least one stage of certification in the pilot program and about 75 projects have registered under the recently launched program.

Featuring text, photographs, and illustrations representing the features of a model green neighborhood, the exhibit showcases successful local and national LEED-certified projects, including Twinbrook Station in Rockville, Md., and Renaissance Place at Grand in St. Louis, Mo. Unique to the DC exhibit is the Region Challenge, designed to encourage dialogue amongst local stakeholders and potentially initiate neighborhood-specific policy.

The inaugural exhibit opened last November at the Chicago Architecture Foundation in conjunction with USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and will continue to tour the U.S. following its stop in the District. To learn more about the exhibit, on display until April 21, 2011, visit www.usgbc.org/ngg

U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, 16,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 162,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. More than 40,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 7.9 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 117 countries. In addition, more than 10,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 45,000 more homes registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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