Conducting an energy audit is one of the most compelling opportunities for cutting utility bills for commercial facilities, according to green energy expert Bernie Kotlier, who spoke at a recent public service workshop sponsored by the NorCal National Electrical Contractors Association/International
Stimulus-funded infrastructure projects are saving and creating more direct construction jobs than initially estimated, according to a new analysis of federal data released by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.
The United States and European Union (EU) are implementing significant regulations that mandate nonroad equipment with the lowest emissions in history. Canada and Japan are expected to release similar regulatory programs this year. These regulations, which are known as U.S.
With solar Power expected to generate more than 1 terawatt-hour (1 billion kilowatt-hours) of electricity in the United States in 2010 and continuing to expand rapidly, the key question is how companies can best capture market share.
Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal recently announced proposals for wind energy for his state, the most controversial of which is a $3 per megawatt-hour excise tax, the first of its kind in the United States.
The second annual Osram Sylvania (Danvers, Mass.) Socket Survey reveals a paradox in Americans’ attitudes toward lighting: while 74 percent have switched to an energy-saving lamp in the past year, the vast majority still don’t know about the impending federal phase-out of incandescent bulbs, startin
If I were a pessimist, I could bemoan the fact that most economists think 2010 will be another tough year for nonresidential construction and that full recovery may not be realized until 2011 or later. But pessimism is for people who have no hope.
While worldwide reactions were tepid at best to the December 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and specifically about to the inability of political leaders attending the event to tackle climate change, more optimistic news emerged from the conference on at least one fron
Deteriorating demand for construction services continued to drag on the economy as new federal figures show another 53,000 construction workers lost their jobs in December 2009 and the industry’s unemployment rate climbed to 22.7 percent, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
In a classic case of the tail wagging the dog, upgrades to the nation’s electrical grid may be finally catching up to the technologies it has served. Widely available electricity has been the foundation for countless innovations in telecommunications in the modern age.
Underscoring the continued weakness of the nation’s housing market, sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 11.3 percent in November 2009 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 355,000 units, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
We are sure to see an overall enforcement campaign that addresses ergonomics and more. In the words of Jordan Barab, “Under this new administration, OSHA is heading back to the original intent of the OSH Act. We’re back in the enforcement business.”
Leading construction experts and economists agree that the economy is emerging from its deepest and longest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even with a modest boost from government stimulus dollars, it will be a very slow crawl out of recession and into recovery.