ABC Releases State Rankings on Policies Affecting Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its annual update to “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific policies and information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. The scorecard highlights states that have created a free enterprise-based environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and calls attention to states where strategic improvements need to be made. The Merit Shop Scorecard grades states on their policies on prevailing wage and project labor agreement mandates and Right to Work status, as well as their construction job growth rate, … Read more

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Not All Vapor Barriers are Created Equal

By Wes Robb Vapor barriers…are they all the same? What is the difference between a vapor barrier and a moisture barrier? Isn’t a water vapor barrier the same as soil and gas vapor barrier? There is a good deal of confusion in the industry about vapor barriers. The terms vapor barrier and moisture barriers are often used interchangeably when they are very different elements designed for very different purposes.  Adding to the confusion is the fact that many label moisture barriers as “water vapor barriers” as a way to distinguish them from soil gas vapor barriers. There is a good … Read more

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BuildSteel Provides Educational Resources for Building Professionals Using Cold-Formed Steel Framing

PITTSBURGH, Pa., – BuildSteel, a newly launched collaboration of steel and construction industry organizations, provides educational resources for building professionals on the uses and benefits of cold-formed steel framing. The website serves as an educational center, continuously updated with new content and examples showing how steel framing can be used to meet the growing demands placed on building today’s low- and mid-rise structures. Building owners, architects, contractors and engineers may not fully understand all of the design, economic and sustainable benefits provided by cold-formed steel. The BuildSteel site will fill that gap by providing a wide variety of tools … Read more

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Best Practices for Temporary Protection of Finishes

Mitigating risk in hospitals, sterile jobsites The construction process has countless stages, both inside and out, that can take months or even years to complete. Whether the project is large or small, residential or commercial, each of the construction pieces is sure to overlap, challenging workers to temporarily protect finishes that continue to be subject to foot traffic, weather or just “plain ol’ dirt.” Because superintendents cannot afford to replace or repair already-finished areas, they are responsible for providing crews with procedures and products that prevent any dings or damage. A simple way to prevent damage to finishes is to … Read more

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