To address questions about working on jobsites amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) hosted a virtual town hall forum titled, “Returning to Work: COVID-19 Issues and Answers.”
Steve Rank, executive director of safety and health for the Iron Workers, informed members that the union has developed a form to report if any members have been infected. Rank encouraged local unions and contractors to send these forms in so leadership will [more]
The percentage of contractors who plan to employ more people in the next six months has been cut nearly in half since Q1 2020. That’s according to the Q2 2020 Commercial Construction Index (CCI), released by USG Corp. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In Q1 2020, 61% of contractors surveyed reported that they plan to employ more people in the next six months. That percentage dropped to 32% in Q2 2020. However, nearly half [more]
The value of U.S. contract glazier activity declined again in May, according to glass industry research firm Key Media & Research (KMR). Spending in nonresidential architectural glass and glazing construction was down 1.3% from April and 1.9% from May 2019, at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate.
KMR’s glass and glazing activity figures are developed from the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly construction spending report, with weighting and models applied to industry-relevant subsectors.
Overall nonresidential construction declines were less [more]
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 919 – Bird-Safe Buildings Act yesterday as part of the Invest in America Act. This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), requires that public buildings being constructed, acquired or altered significantly by the General Services Administration incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features. Quigley first introduced this bill in 2010.
“In a time when wildlife faces unprecedented, human-driven challenges, we have an obligation to be responsible members [more]
Nearly all contractors have experienced or are expecting project delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to the Q2 2020 Commercial Construction Index (CCI), released quarterly by USG Corp. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which included a quarter spotlight focused on contractors’ response to COVID-19.
When asked if they are currently expecting project delays due to COVID-19, 87% of contractors said yes. The same percentage reported expecting project delays in the next three [more]
Contractor confidence took a major hit in the second quarter of 2020 due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commercial Construction Index (CCI), released quarterly by USG Corp. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, plummeted 18 points to 56, the largest quarterly decline since the index’s launch in 2017.
The key drivers of contractor confidence, backlog, new business and revenue, all experienced drops in the second quarter. Contractors’ confidence in the ability of the market [more]
They say the numbers don’t lie, so co consider these:
U.S. commercial buildings consume more than $120 billion in annual energy costs. That’s according to the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey released in 2016 (Note: The 2012 study is the most recent edition; the 2018 survey is due out late in the summer of 2020).
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that in 2018, the residential and commercial sectors accounted for about 40% (or [more]