Construction starts down 18.5% from last year | Architecture Billings Index up again in Aug. | Albany, N.Y., center to receive estimated $4.4M roof
September 22, 2017
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Construction starts down 18.5% from last year
Construction starts down 18.5% from last year
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ConstructConnect says nonresidential starts declined 9.8% in August and were valued at $28.7 billion, while year-over-year overall construction starts were down 18.5% The declines were led by sharp decreases in commercial and institutional construction.
Construction Dive (9/19) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
News & Trends
Architecture Billings Index up again in Aug.
The Architecture Billings Index increased in August, marking the seventh month in a row that the call for design services has gone up. The commercial/industrial and mixed-practice sectors increased, but the institutional and multifamily sectors saw declines.
Construction Dive (9/20) 
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Albany, N.Y., center to receive estimated $4.4M roof
The Egg, a performing-arts center in the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y., will receive a new roof. The estimated $4.4 million project will be completed in 2018.
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Iowa veteran receives new roof
Iowa-based Titans Roofing and Exteriors is providing a free roof to veteran Richard Novy through the company's "The Titan Project." Titans chose Novy for his service to the community, including having fostered more than 150 children.
KWWL-TV (Waterloo, Iowa) (9/21) 
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Energy & the Environment
Wis. town adds a green roof to City Hall
The City Hall building in De Pere, Wis., now features an 8,000-square-foot green roof. It cost $250,000 to install, and it should extend the life of the roof and pay for itself through reduced heating and cooling costs, the city claims.
WBAY-TV (Green Bay, Wis.) (9/21) 
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Solar installers changing business model
With Tesla's Solar Roofs, solar installers are being forced to change the way they find and market to prospective buyers. Sunrun will sell panels through Comcast, and Vivint Solar is building panels alongside its Vivint Smart Home sister company.
Bloomberg (9/21) 
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In the Office
Facilitators help groups accomplish more together
Good facilitators don't have to be formal leaders -- they just need to be able to bring people together to work toward solutions. There are many ways to facilitate effectively, including forgoing an agenda, using small groups to collaborate and providing more information in a written format than through speaking, Brandon Klein writes.
Fast Company online (9/15) 
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Increase charisma by staying positive and interested
You can boost your charisma by maintaining a positive attitude and interest in others, writes Dan Black. "You should make a daily commitment to shift your attitude toward the positive, no matter what happens to or around you," he writes.
Dan Black on Leadership (9/18) 
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Government & Regulatory
Plan for $1.5T in tax cuts gains momentum
Plan for $1.5T in tax cuts gains momentum
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Congressional momentum is growing for a deal to reduce taxes by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Issues that haven't been resolved include the plan's impact on the budget deficit and whether to pursue permanent tax cuts.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Fed signals rates will increase in Dec.
The Federal Reserve says it is confident enough about the US economy to raise interest rates further and to start reducing its $4.5 trillion balance sheet next month. The Federal Open Market Committee expects the economy to continue expanding at a moderate pace and the job market to keep strengthening.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/20),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/20),  Bloomberg (9/20),  Politico Pro (subscription required) (9/20) 
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NRCA offers silica regulation resources
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new rule regarding worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in construction that takes effect Sept. 23. The OSHA regulation sets out new protocols for minimizing worker exposure to silica that are more comprehensive than the previous rule and will require greater compliance efforts on the part of contractors. NRCA has developed tools for contractors to use to comply with provisions of OSHA regulation. Find more information here.
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New roofing industry association focuses on underlayment
Carlisle SynTec Inc., Carlisle, Pa.; Gardner-Gibson Inc., Chicago; Maryland Paper Co., Williamsport, Md.; and Mid-States Asphalt, Tuscaloosa, Ala., have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC) to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for residential and commercial structures. Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, AUC's inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations. Learn more here.
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