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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August; Contractor Optimism Builds

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August; Contractor Optimism Builds

Posted: September 18, 2020 | Tradewinds

Associated Builders and Contractors reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019.

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Single-Family Housing Continues Growth in August

Single-Family Housing Continues Growth in August

Posted: September 18, 2020 | Tradewinds

Single-family starts showed continued growth in August but overall housing production fell 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units due to a double-digit percentage decline in multifamily production, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. The pace of single-family starts in August was the highest production rate since February.

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ELFA 2020 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity Reports New Business Volume Grew 10.5% in 2019

ELFA 2020 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity Reports New Business Volume Grew 10.5% in 2019

Posted: September 18, 2020 | Tradewinds

New business volume grew 10.5% in the equipment finance industry in 2019, according to the 2020 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity (SEFA) released by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA). The rise in new business volume marked the 10th consecutive year that businesses increased their spending on capital equipment. The 2020 SEFA covers key statistical, financial and operations information for the $900 billion equipment finance industry, based on a comprehensive survey of 100 ELFA member companies. While the report does not reveal the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the equipment finance industry—as it focuses on data from fiscal year 2019—it provides insight into multiple aspects of the industry, as well as the state of the industry preceding the pandemic.

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Vitro Glass introduces new sample kit for SOLARBAN low-e glass

Vitro Glass introduces new sample kit for SOLARBAN low-e glass

Posted: September 18, 2020 | Tradewinds

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has introduced a new Solarban® solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass kit featuring a more compact and environmentally friendly design.

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Delegated Design vs. Design Assist vs. Design-Build: Know the Differences to Avoid Unintended Liability

Delegated Design vs. Design Assist vs. Design-Build: Know the Differences to Avoid Unintended Liability

Posted: September 18, 2020 | Tradewinds

What is design-assist and delegated design? Owners, builders and design professionals are increasingly using this approach successfully, especially on more complex jobs. Design-assist helps bring the General Contractor, CMs and Trade Contractors earlier into the design process to support a more collaborative approach with a dynamic range of optional services from preconstruction through project close-out. Owners and design professionals can help facilitate the successful use of design-assist, but if done wrong, responsibilities can get confused.

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