Bernard Markstein, Reed Construction Data's chief economist, discusses various factors that will affect the economy this year, including major risks, such as the "[s]harp reductions in government spending" and the "sudden, significant increase in oil prices" over a long period. Markstein projects that total construction spending will rise by 8.8% this year and by 11.1% next year.Reed Construction Data
The Green Building Initiative has released "The Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction," to help federal agencies meet sustainability mandates in the construction of new buildings "without having to go through all the expense of formal certification," says Jerry Yudelson. The guide relies on standards of the Green Globes rating system.Engineering News-Record
Net-positive buildings to give back resources to the environment Buildings that reach net-zero use in energy and water can further sustainability by returning resources to the environment and becoming net-positive, according to this article. This is the goal of the Living Building Challenge, which has tougher standards than LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council. "All of the green building programs that exist in the world are built around a notion of doing less harm, so we turned that on its head and we're trying to define what 'good' looks like, which is a very different thing," said Jason McLennan, CEO of the International Future Living Institute that grants Net Zero Energy Building Certification.GreenBiz.com
As small businesses continue to cope with a difficult winter, it's important to focus on planning your marketing strategy to build demand for the months ahead, writes Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora. Also, tighten your belt so you can avoid taking cash advances, and consider doing your taxes early to get that chore out of the way before business picks up.Fox Business Small Business Center
Why branding matters for small businesses Branding is often neglected by small businesses but really should be one of the first considerations, Graphic D-Signs CEO Dan Antonelli says in this interview. Begin with a professionally designed logo, Antonelli advises, and then work to refine the other aspects of your brand such as your website, social outreach and business cards.Intuit Small Business Blog
NRCA University offers CERTA class NRCA University will offer CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization March 13 in River Grove, Ill. With CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization, participants can earn continuing education units by learning about new industry best practices for torch-applied polymer-modified bitumen roof systems and gaining the teaching skills needed to train others regarding torch safety. Find more information here.
NRCA's Repair Manual for Low-slope Membrane Roof Systems will help you identify problems and permanently repair low-slope roof membranes. Learn the most reliable long-term repair procedures for built-up, polymer-modified bitumen, thermoplastic and thermoset roof systems. With instructions for more than 150 repairs, the manual is designed to be used on job sites. The NRCA member price for the manual is $115, and the nonmember price is $230. Purchase here.