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NAHB Opposes Drywall Law

September 29, 2012 Posted by Rick

Because of the China drywall fiasco, Congress is proposing new regulations. Because of the expanded regulatory powers handed over to government bureaucrats, the National Association of Home Builders is actively working to oppose the legislation.

International Green Construction Code

September 29, 2012 Posted by Rick

The article proposes that the new international green construction code will have a measurable impact on new construction in the U.S. Read to see for yourself.

After Hours Worked and Compensation

September 28, 2012 Posted by Rick

Although this article addresses family leave law eligibility, there is a broader lesson to be learned. It is important to keep accurate time records for exempt and non-exempt employees. Duties performed by non-exempt employees are often compensable, and may come back to bite you.

Low Priced Home Prices Rising

September 28, 2012 Posted by Rick

Another article indicating that housing market is picking up. After a while, even I will become a believer. But not yet. How can housing improve when we appear to be heading for another damn recession. Not that we ever really came out of the last one.

World’s Biggest Supercranes

September 28, 2012 Posted by Rick

Here’s a slideshow with the biggest cranes in the world. We’re talking lifting capacities of 2,000 to 7,000 tons! Does anyone in south Florida have need for that my lifting power?

Housing Market Is Poised to Recover?

September 27, 2012 Posted by Rick

Hey, the article quotes a professor from Wharton. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the biz school, but hardly any for professors, so who knows. She is almost adamant that we’re on an upswing.

220-story Prefab Building in 7 Months in China

September 27, 2012 Posted by Rick

You got to be freaking kidding me. They also built a 30 story building in 15 days. The mind boggles. I’d hate to anywhere nearby when it falls. More here.

Romney Tops Obama In Survey of Construction Executives

September 27, 2012 Posted by Rick

Maybe my fear of alienating readers by only slightly masking my political thoughts is unfounded. 71% of construction executives believe that Romney is the best choice. No wonder I feel at home when I’m hanging with the guys. You gotta love ‘em. More here.

Construction Industry Confidence Index Declines

September 26, 2012 Posted by Rick

After all the upbeat news, I thought I’d throw this in the hopper. This attitude is exactly how I feel and about the situation.”Many top construction executives believe the market will stay in a holding pattern until the election results come in and the new administration’s spending and regulatory priorities and the direction of the economy become clear.” The question is, what is everyones’ attitude if we don’t get a new administration……

Fort Lauderdale Airport Undergoing Major Expansion

September 26, 2012 Posted by Rick

This is bound to be a real joyfest for those of us that fly a lot. But heck, it is work for us in the construction industry. “Next month, passengers will see the first signs of a six-year, $450 million expansion of the airport’s Terminal 4, intended to foster international traffic growth and improve service.When completed in 2018, the terminal will double in size, add four gates – for a total of 14 – and provide double the number of restrooms, as well as new restaurants and concessions.”

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