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Nonresidential Building Construction Spending Takes a Step Back in November

01/23/2013 by Bernard M. Markstein

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Nonresidential building construction spending dropped 1.2% at a seasonally adjusted (SA) rate in November after rising 0.5% in October. But not seasonally adjusted (NSA) year-to-date spending was 6.0% higher than the same period in 2011.

“For lease” private projects spending were down 1.1% (SA) in November after bounding up 1.7% in October. Year-to-date for lease spending increased 8.4% over 2011. Lodging construction spending fell 1.7% in November after soaring 5.0% higher in October. Office construction spending took a bigger hit in November, down 2.2%, after increasing 0.7% in October. Retail construction spending slipped 0.2% following a healthy 1.6% advance in October. On a year-to-date basis through November, lodging spending increased 25.5%, office construction spending increased 4.0%, and retail construction spending increased 8.5% from 2011.

Construction spending for institutional projects in November sank 1.2% after inching up 0.3% in October. On a year-to-date
basis, spending was up 1.1% from 2011. All the categories in this group were down in November, but all were higher than in 2011 on a year-to-date basis except for religious construction spending (-8.4%) and amusement and recreation construction spending (-0.3%).

Manufacturing construction spending fell for the second month in a row, down 1.0% in November and down 1.3% in October. Despite these recent declines, year-to-date spending was up 19.2% from 2011.

U.S. Nonresidential Construction
(billions of U.S. current dollars)

  Monthly Figures (1)
(latest actual values)
3-Month Moving Average Year-to-Date (NSA)
  Sep-12 Oct-12 Nov-12 Sep-12 Oct-12 Nov-12 Jan-11 to
Sep-11
Jan-12 to
Nov-12
For Lease 94.7 96.3 95.2 94.9 95.8 95.4 80.0 86.7
  Month-over-Month
  % Change
-1.7% 1.7% -1.1% 0.3% 0.9% -0.4%    
  Year-over-year
  % Change (NSA)
5.0% 9.8% 6.5%       -2.8% 8.4%
     Lodging 11.1 11.6 11.4 11.4 11.4 11.4 8.0 10.1
  -4.3% 5.0% -1.7% -0.9% 0.2% -0.4%    
  23.5% 30.0% 21.8%       -25.3% 25.5%
     Office 36.2 36.5 35.7 36.5 36.7 36.2 31.9 33.2
  -2.8% 0.7% -2.2% 0.3% 0.6% -1.4%    
  -0.3% 7.4% 3.3%       -9.0% 4.0%
     Commercial
     (mainly retail)
47.4 48.2 48.1 47.1 47.7 47.9 40.1 43.5
  -0.2% 1.6% -0.2% 0.6% 1.3% 0.4%    
  5.9% 7.7% 5.8%       9.7% 8.5%
Institutional 154.0 154.5 152.6 156.2 155.4 153.7 142.6 144.2
  -2.4% 0.3% -1.2% -0.8% -0.5% -1.1%    
  -3.6% -0.2% -1.2%       -4.6% 1.1%
     Health Care 39.2 40.1 39.9 40.9 40.6 39.7 36.4 37.3
  -8.0% 2.3% -0.5% -1.5% -0.7% -2.2%    
  -3.5% 3.2% -1.1%       0.8% 2.5%
     Education 84.5 84.1 83.8 85.3 84.6 84.1 78.1 79.1
  -1.0% -0.5% -0.3% -1.0% -0.7% -0.6%    
  -3.7% -1.8% -1.3%       -5.2% 1.2%
     Religious 3.7 3.7 3.5 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.9 3.6
  -2.9% 0.7% -6.0% -1.2% -1.6% -2.7%    
  -11.1% -6.4% -11.2%       -20.2% -8.4%
     Public Safety 9.9 10.0 9.8 10.0 10.0 9.9 9.4 9.4
  -1.9% 1.4% -2.6% -0.8% 0.1% -1.1%    
  -4.8% -0.2% -7.6%       -9.7% 0.8%
     Amusement/
     Recreation
16.7 16.6 15.6 16.2 16.4 16.3 14.9 14.8
  4.2% -0.7% -5.7% 1.9% 1.3% -0.8%    
  2.8% 5.3% -4.3%       -5.2% -0.3%
Manufacturing 49.1 48.5 48.0 48.2 48.5 48.5 37.0 44.1
  2.3% -1.3% -1.0% -0.1% 0.6% 0.0%    
  4.0% 6.1% 3.5%       -1.5% 19.2%
Total (2) 297.8 299.3 295.8 299.3 299.7 297.6 259.6 275.1
  -1.4% 0.5% -1.2% -0.3% 0.1% -0.7%    
  0.4% 4.1% 1.4%       -3.6% 6.0%

(1) Monthly figures are seasonally adjusted at annual rates (SAAR figures).
(2) Total may not equal the sum of its components due to rounding.
Source: Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. Calculations: Reed Construction Data

The Forecast
Nonresidential construction spending is estimated to increase 5.3% in 2012, and is forecasted to rise 3.5% in 2013 and to rise 8.4% in 2014.

U.S. Nonresidential Construction
(billions of U.S. current dollars)

  Actual Forecast
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
For Lease 131.5 88.9 87.1 94.2 100.3 108.5
   Year-over-year % Change -31.0% -32.4% -2.1% 8.1% 6.5% 8.2%
     Lodging 25.5 11.6 8.9 11.1 12.3 13.6
-28.8% -54.4% -23.7% 24.6% 11.6% 10.3%
     Office 51.9 37.9 34.6 36.0 38.0 41.0
  -24.3% -27.1% -8.5% 3.8% 5.6% 8.1%
     Commercial (mainly retail) 54.1 39.5 43.6 47.1 50.0 53.8
-37.3% -27.0% 10.4% 8.1% 6.0% 7.8%
Institutional 187.4 161.1 154.7 155.8 157.0 167.4
  -3.4% -14.0% -4.0% 0.7% 0.7% 6.7%
     Health Care 44.8 39.3 39.7 40.6 41.8 45.4
-4.4% -12.3% 0.9% 2.3% 2.9% 8.7%
     Education 103.2 88.4 84.3 85.0 85.0 90.1
  -1.6% -14.3% -4.6% 0.9% 0.0% 6.0%
     Religious 6.2 5.3 4.2 3.9 3.6 3.8
-14.3% -14.6% -20.1% -8.8% -5.4% 4.9%
     Public Safety 13.8 11.2 10.2 10.2 9.9 10.3
5.4% -19.1% -8.2% -0.1% -3.1% 3.6%
     Amusement/Recreation 19.4 16.9 16.2 16.1 16.6 17.8
-11.1% -12.7% -4.5% -0.7% 3.1% 7.3%
Manufacturing 56.8 40.4 41.4 48.2 51.3 58.5
  6.8% -29.0% 2.6% 16.5% 6.5% 14.0%
Total (1) 375.7 290.4 283.1 298.2 308.6 334.4
-14.2% -22.7% -2.5% 5.3% 3.5% 8.4%

(1) Total may not equal the sum of its components due to rounding.
Source: Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. Forecast: Reed Construction Data.

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02/19/15 January’s Drop in Starts a Match for Usual Seasonality
02/18/15 CMD’s Q4 2014 U.S. Regional Construction Starts
02/12/15 A Baker’s Dozen Mid-February Economic Nuggets
02/11/15 A Pictorial Comparison of U.S. and Canadian Job Markets (Part 2)
02/11/15 A Pictorial Comparison of U.S. and Canadian Job Markets (Part 1)
02/06/15 January Provides Forward Progress for Job Creation in U.S. and Canada
02/06/15 The Cement and Concrete Industries are being Storm-tossed by Oil’s Price Drop (Part 2)
02/06/15 The Cement and Concrete Industries are being Storm-tossed by Oil’s Price Drop (Part 1)
02/06/15 BOGO Days for some of the World’s Major Currencies (Part 2)
02/06/15 BOGO Days for some of the World’s Major Currencies (Part 1)
02/05/15 CMD's 2014 Construction Starts Snapshot
02/04/15 What’s to Like or not Like in Today’s Economy?
01/29/15 An HVAC Perspective on Upcoming Construction Markets (Part 2)
01/29/15 An HVAC Perspective on Upcoming Construction Markets (Part 1)
01/26/15 Bank of Canada Cuts Rate, ‘Loonie’ Suffers Unflattering Rout
01/21/15 SOTU’s Three Construction Sidebars
01/19/15 Twenty major upcoming Oil & Gas and Electric Power construction projects - Canada - January 2015
01/19/15 Twenty major upcoming library and museum construction projects - U.S. - January 2015
01/16/15 Cheap Oil Fuels a Whirligig of Economic Thingamajigs (Part 2)
01/16/15 Cheap Oil Fuels a Whirligig of Economic Thingamajigs (Part 1)
01/16/15 Target in Canada: Goliath Receives a Spanking and Runs Away
01/15/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - December 2014
01/15/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - December 2014
01/15/15 Ten Mid-January Economic Nuggets
01/14/15 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - December 2014
01/14/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - December 2014
01/14/15 CMD’s December Starts Stayed Steady
01/12/15 Charlie Hebdo? There is no Option, One Has to Speak Out
01/09/15 Six Sparkly Diamonds in December’s U.S. Labor Market Report
01/08/15 Sidekick or Leading Actor? Canada Must Decide (Part 2)
01/08/15 Sidekick or Leading Actor? Canada Must Decide (Part 1)
01/06/15 Rescuing the Word Optimism from Storage and Placing it Back in Circulation
12/23/14 Twenty major upcoming Public Assembly and Defence, Law construction projects- Canada- December 2014
12/23/14 Twenty major upcoming Convention Center and Military construction projects - U.S. - December 2014
12/19/14 Minus Forty and Minus Fifty Equals Plus Six-and-a-half (Part 2)
12/19/14 Minus Forty and Minus Fifty Equals Plus Six-and-a-half (Part 1)
12/18/14 The U.S. Economy in Maps (Updated)
12/17/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - November 2014
12/17/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - November 2014
12/15/14 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - November 2014
12/15/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - November 2014
12/15/14 CMD’s November Non-residential Construction Starts Behaved Normally
12/11/14 Feeling Perplexed about the Economy? Concentrate on Five Variables (Part 2)
12/11/14 Feeling Perplexed about the Economy? Concentrate on Five Variables (Part 1)
12/05/14 November was Fourth Best Month for U.S. Employment since Recession
12/05/14 If Construction isn’t your BFF, it’s at least a very good Buddy
12/03/14 The Lower Price for Oil will give Politicians Headaches on their Migraines
11/21/14 Twenty major upcoming Private and Government office building construction projects-Canada-Nov. 2014
11/17/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - October 2014
11/14/14 Non-residential Construction Starts Rose Gently in October
07/10/14 The Importance of Matching Volume to Contractor Capacity in JOC Procurement Strategy
07/10/14 Consider a Seed Project as Part of Your JOC Procurement Strategy
07/10/14 The Best Unit Price Book for Your Job Order Contract
07/02/14 ECONOMIC NUGGETS – July 1, 2014
10/23/14 Twenty major upcoming Water Treatment Plants and Manufacturing & Warehousing construction projects - U.S. - October 2014
10/23/14 Twenty major upcoming Alberta and British Columbia construction projects - Canada - October 2014
10/15/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - September 2014
10/15/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - September 2014
09/17/14 Twenty major upcoming midwest and northwest construction projects - U.S. - September 2014
09/17/14 Twenty major upcoming medical and educational construction projects - Canada - September 2014
09/17/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - August 2014
09/17/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - August 2014
08/15/14 Twenty major upcoming medical and educational construction projects - U.S. - August 2014
08/15/14 Twenty major upcoming industrial and water treatment construction projects - Canada - July 2014
08/15/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - July 2014
08/15/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - July 2014
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07/24/14 Twenty major upcoming entertainment facility and stadium/arena construction projects - U.S. - July 2014
07/24/14 Twenty major upcoming Ontario and Quebec construction projects - Canada - July 2014
07/24/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - June 2014
07/24/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - June 2014
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07/14/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - June 2014
03/13/14 The Transition from Craft Worker to Manager
02/25/14 Estimating Construction Activity Durations
02/03/14 Infographic: Where Can You Use Project Leads in the Construction Process?
11/19/13 RSMeans White Paper Examines Break-even Point for LED Versus Fluorescent Lighting
11/20/13 RSMeans White Paper Examines Break-even for LED vs. Fluorescent Lighting
10/09/13 Job Order Contracting
08/13/13 Job Order Contracting (JOC) as a Project Delivery Method
07/25/13 The Canadian Economy’s Two Great Blessings
07/23/13 Creativity and Interpersonal Skills in Value Engineering
06/10/13 Recent Trends That Support the Need for Life Cycle Costing
05/20/13 Construction Contract Terms: "Paid When Paid" and "Paid If Paid"
05/15/13 Walterdale Bridge budget balloons
04/26/13 Landscaping Estimating: To Bid or Not to Bid
04/11/13 Pricing the Estimate
04/05/13 The Special Maintenance Requirements of Multi-Family Housing
03/27/13 Asphalt Placement
03/05/13 Green Practices for Exterior Home Improvements
02/18/13 Green Building Cost Estimating
02/15/13 Construction Economic Notes – February, 2013
02/01/13 Hazardous Wastes: Site Assessment and Remediation Methods
01/24/13 Door Sweeps
01/11/13 Eliminating Phantom Loads
11/05/12 Recycled-Content Tile
10/05/12 Fiber-Cement Siding
09/18/12 Return on Your Green Home Improvement Investment
08/09/12 Green Building Solutions to Stormwater Runoff
08/07/12 An “Aha” Moment Solves Challenge of Cost Estimating Local Circus Roof
07/19/12 Estimate Types
06/20/12 Ground-Source Heat Pump
06/04/12 Programmable Thermostat
05/29/12 Recycled Plastic/Composite Fencing
05/22/12 High Performance Coatings
05/15/12 Waterproofing
05/14/12 Universal Design for Outdoor Living
05/08/12 Tips for Estimating Concrete Work
05/01/12 Estimating Wood and Plastic Windows
04/23/12 What Is Universal Design?
04/17/12 Estimating Masonry
04/10/12 Mold-Resistant Paints
04/09/12 Natural Landscaping
04/03/12 Elevator Terms
03/27/12 What Are Green Products?
03/20/12 HVAC Measurement & Control Instruments
03/14/12 Green Material Alternatives for Plumbing Fixtures
03/13/12 Operable Skylight
03/06/12 Sound Control
03/02/12 Budgeting & Financing Green Construction
02/28/12 Doors
02/22/12 Greening Your Firm
02/17/12 Coatings
02/14/12 Signage
02/10/12 Roofing Defects
02/07/12 Wall & Roof Insulation
02/06/12 Roofs: energy efficiency strategies
01/31/12 Masonry
01/24/12 Membrane Roofing
01/18/12 Commercial Real Estate and Green Construction
12/19/11 Electronic Access Control
12/14/11 Renewable Energy & Distributed Generation Technologies
12/13/11 Membrane Roofing
12/06/11 Types of Paint
11/29/11 Automatic Temperature Controls
11/21/11 Green Materials
11/15/11 Metal Roof and Wall Products
11/08/11 Windows
11/04/11 Tubular Skylights
11/01/11 Flooring Products
10/25/11 Insulation Tips
10/18/11 Glass and Glazing
10/11/11 Focus on Metal Roof & Wall Panels
10/04/11 Are Online Ads An Endangered Species?
10/04/11 Estimating Tips for Doors
09/27/11 Metal Roof and Wall Panels
09/27/11 Performance Bonds Guarantee Clients Receive Exceptional Service
09/20/11 Estimating Tips for Concrete
09/15/11 Deconstruction for Green and Economic Benefit
09/13/11 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
09/06/11 Wallboard: Safety Considerations & Material Handling
09/01/11 4 Ways for Businesses to Create a Good First Impression on Twitter
08/30/11 Estimating Tips for HVAC
08/23/11 Plastering Tips
08/16/11 Landscape Design & Construction
08/11/11 Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Green Building
08/09/11 Green Building Rating Systems, Standards, & Guidelines
08/02/11 Tips for Estimating Concrete Reinforcing
07/25/11 Risk Management & Estimating
07/21/11 Green Alternatives for Concrete
07/19/11 Competition, Risk, and Construction Company Failure
07/18/11 Building Program for Green Design
07/12/11 Evaluating Products Over Their Life Cycle
07/12/11 Flooring: Cost Considerations
07/05/11 Universal Design: Conveying Systems for Residential Applications
06/30/11 Low-Cost Green Strategies
06/28/11 Bricks are from Venus, Clicks are from Mars
06/28/11 Sound Control Methods and Costs
06/21/11 Floor Tiles
06/20/11 Value Engineering for Cost Control
06/17/11 Zombie Avoidance Techniques for Building Product Manufacturers
06/14/11 Glass: Overview & Cost Considerations
06/08/11 Blogs & Websites: The 5 Signs of Website Wellness
06/07/11 An HVAC Controls Overview
06/06/11 Building Product Manufacturers & Green Products
06/01/11 Is Fear of Sharing Information Costing Your Company Sales?
05/31/11 Green Building
05/26/11 What Are Green Products?
05/24/11 Thermal & Moisture Protection: An Overview
05/20/11 The Building Envelope
05/17/11 Waterproofing Tips
05/16/11 Negotiating Contracts: Terms of Payment & Cash Flow
05/16/11 Blogging: Website Heal Thyself
05/10/11 Concrete Walls
05/03/11 Window Considerations
05/03/11 Metals Compared to Wood for Sustainable Construction
04/19/11 Masonry Estimating Tips
04/18/11 Landscape Planning and Scheduling
04/12/11 Storm Water Collection & Infiltration
04/12/11 Foundation Coatings
03/29/11 Green Building Products
03/23/11 Commissioning the Green Building
03/21/11 Metals Compared to Wood for Sustainable Construction
03/15/11 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
03/01/11 Roll Up Doors
02/23/11 Building Program for Green Design
02/18/11 Estimating Concrete
02/15/11 Building Signage
02/01/11 Overview of Escalators
01/21/11 Building Deconstruction Process
05/02/11 Why Building Product Manufacturers and Social Media Are a Marriage Made in Heaven
05/06/11 Building Product Manufacturers: How Understanding Architects Can Help Your Business
01/18/11 Estimating Conveying Systems
01/14/11 Maintaining Building Materials Used in Multi-Family Housing
01/11/11 What is Meant By the Term Single-Ply Roofing?
01/04/11 Special Purpose Flooring
12/21/10 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
12/20/10 Maintenance Challenges of Apartment and Condominium Facilities
12/14/10 Membrane Roofing
11/22/10 Green/Sustainable Construction
11/16/10 Metal Roof and Wall Panels
11/15/10 What is Life Cycle Costing?
11/09/10 Window Options & Cost Considerations
11/02/10 Flooring: Cost Considerations
10/26/10 Fiberglass-Free Insulation
10/21/09 Distributors & Manufacturer Representatives
10/18/10 Graphic Formats Used in Drawings
10/12/10 Metal Roof and Wall Panels
09/28/10 Tips for Estimating Structural Steel
09/20/10 Variables That Affect Project Management
09/14/10 Considerations for Energy-Efficient Windows
08/24/10 Cementitious Coatings
08/17/10 Exterior Improvements
08/16/10 Securing People
07/27/10 Cotton Insulation: Overview & Costs
07/15/10 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
07/13/10 Sound Control During Design
07/06/10 How to Handle Construction Materials to Prevent Mold
06/28/10 Sound Control Methods and Costs
06/15/10 Glass and Glazing
06/21/10 How to Maximize the Benefits of Exterior Security Lighting
06/14/10 Green Wood Products
06/04/10 SmartBuilding Index
06/01/10 Regional Housing Construction Tracking and Forecast Information
05/28/10 How to Find Regional Construction Tracking and Forecast Information
05/27/10 Managing Contract Terms and Conditions
05/24/10 Building Product Manufacturers
05/18/10 Practicing the Art of Sustainability - Why Atlanta's Current Building Codes Need Updating Now
04/13/10 A Glossary of Coating Terms
03/23/10 Cost Accounting and Financial Statements
03/16/10 Tips on Window Pricing
02/23/10 Learning to use EE
01/19/10 A Review of General and Administrative Expense
12/28/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — December 2009
12/02/09 Accounting Methods and Procedures
11/16/09 Why Use Project Management?
11/10/09 Window & Glazing Estimating Tips from RSMeans
11/06/09 Audited Financial Statements
11/06/09 BIM 1.0, BIM 2.0, BIM 3.0 Revisited
11/09/09 Bringing Credibility to BIM
10/30/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — October 2009
01/11/10 Earn AIA CEU Credit Attending RCD Webcasts
10/13/09 Windows & Glass: Security Measures
10/13/09 Special Purpose Flooring
10/09/09 How SMART is BIM?
10/09/09 Share Your BIM Projects
09/29/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — September 2009
09/28/09 Accounting and Record Keeping
09/17/09 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
09/15/09 Window Installation
09/11/09 BIM Tool Provides a New View
09/09/09 SmartBIM Spaces…A Review
09/09/09 The Creation of a Window
09/04/09 LEED® v3: The Rundown
09/03/09 Exterior Security Lighting
08/31/09 Inside Sales Opportunity - CO
08/27/09 How to Cut Builder Tech Costs without Cutting Effectiveness
08/26/09 Inside Sales Opportunity - GA
08/26/09 Jobsite Photographs
08/18/09 Modular Buildings and Swing Space: Educational Facilities
08/14/09 Green Products: Solar
08/12/09 Acoustical Security
08/06/09 An Integrated What-If Engine
08/06/09 Why BIM?
08/06/09 The Green Product Platform for BIM
07/28/09 Mechanic's Liens
07/27/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — July 2009
07/20/09 Green Wood Products
07/17/09 Cost Estimators Winning Work With BIM
07/16/09 Before You Start a Project
07/16/09 Becoming an Invited Bidder - More Tips
07/16/09 Becoming an Invited Bidder - Tips
07/16/09 Becoming an Invited Bidder
07/16/09 SmartBIM Object Modeling Guidelines for Revit
07/15/09 Interference Check and BIM
07/10/09 Green Considerations: Focus on Concrete
07/09/09 Contractor Registration and Licensing
07/02/09 Pre-Bid Site Inspection
06/26/09 A Look at Contractor Failure: Part 2
06/25/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — June 2009
06/23/09 Flooring
06/19/09 Local Renovation Projects Looking to JOC (Job Order Contracting) to Cut Costs
06/19/09 Metal Roofing Maintenance & Repair
06/19/09 RicciGreene Associates
06/19/09 Doug Thornton AIA, LEED A.P. of AERC, PLLC
06/18/09 A Look at Contractor Failure: Part 1
06/12/09 Owners and SmartBIM Objects – What You Need To Do
06/10/09 Dealing with the IRS
06/10/09 Estimating Metal Roof Systems
06/05/09 Getting Paid on Construction Contracts
06/02/09 BIM Coordination and Collaboration
06/02/09 An HVAC Controls Overview
05/29/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — May 2009
05/28/09 Marketing Your Construction Firm on the Cheap
05/20/09 Little Habits with Big Payoffs for Contractors
05/12/09 SmartBIM Spaces
05/11/09 Building Deconstruction
05/11/09 Low-Cost Green Strategies: Windows & Daylighting
05/07/09 AIA Show Recap as Seen by the SmartBIM Solutions Team
05/07/09 Low-Cost Green Strategies: HVAC & Plumbing
05/07/09 Cost Considerations for Steel Tubular Scaffolding
05/06/09 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
05/05/09 Windows
05/04/09 Identifying Green Products
05/04/09 Estimating Tips for Concrete
05/01/09 Universal Design: Flooring Options
04/29/09 Mold-Resistant Construction Methods for Windows & Doors
04/29/09 The Entrepreneur Mindset
04/27/09 Green Walls & Ceilings: A Guide to Product Selection
04/27/09 Business Case Study - Survey Of Spending Patterns In Educational Facilities
04/24/09 Recycled-Content Carpet Options
04/23/09 Selecting Energy-Efficient Lighting
04/23/09 Taking Advantage of the Recession: Hiring the Right People
04/21/09 Metal Roofing 101
04/16/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — April 2009
04/16/09 Striving for Excellence
04/20/09 Cork as a Green Flooring Option
04/08/09 Owners - It's Time to Substantially Increase Your Architect's and Engineer's Fees
03/17/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — March 2009
03/05/09 There's a Solution to Performing Time Consuming Quantity Take-Offs
03/03/09 Overview of Doors
02/20/09 SmartBIM Library is Half-Off for a Limited Time Only
02/19/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — February 2009
02/09/09 You are Wasting Your Money
01/22/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — January 2009
01/20/09 Obama: 'Dramatic Action' On Economy Needed
01/14/09 Use of BIM Jumps Dramatically Over Last 12 Months
12/15/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — December 2008
12/10/08 Minimizing the Size of Family Files (Revit Objects)
12/02/08 Roll Up Doors
11/20/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — November 2008
11/18/08 Focus on Metal Roof & Wall Panels
11/11/08 Maximize Online Advertising Dollars
11/07/08 Architects and Engineers, WE NEED YOU
11/04/08 Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
10/29/08 Why Do You Need SmartBIM Objects
10/28/08 Why Building Information Modeling?
10/29/08 10 Questions To Ask About BIM Objects
10/20/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — October 2008
10/14/08 Focus on Membrane Roofing
10/08/08 The Object Mess
10/07/08 Implementing BIM to Your Office
10/06/08 Meeting the Needs for Governmental BIM Compliance while Avoiding Current Liability Obstacles
10/07/08 Accordion Doors
09/18/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — September 2008
09/16/08 Window Considerations
09/15/08 The BIM Transformation is Manageable with the NEW SmartBIM Library v3
09/14/08 KOLBE Windows and Doors vs. Building Information Modeling
09/12/08 The Evolution of Building Information Modeling: BIM 1-2-3
08/19/08 The Changing Landscape of Construction
08/15/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — August 2008
08/11/08 BIM 101 Overview - From Hand Drawings, CAD and now BIM
08/12/08 Draper, Inc. on BIM Object Developments
08/05/08 Tips for Building Concrete Sidewalks
07/17/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — July 2008
07/08/08 IFD Library Partners work to establish standards for creators of BIM software
06/23/08 Architectural Education
06/20/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — June 2008
06/17/08 Parametric Revit Objects – Part I - Fundamentals
06/17/08 Window Glazing Coefficients
06/01/08 Frequently Asked Questions About Building Codes
06/05/08 Calling All Current and Prospective Revit Users - This Blog Is For You
05/12/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — May 2008
05/06/08 System Requirements for SmartBIM Library
05/06/08 SmartBIM Library 2.0 Release Notes
05/05/08 Building Information Modeling Moves into AEC Mainstream, Adding Value to Project Delivery Process
04/16/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — April 2008
04/08/08 Flooring: Cost Considerations
03/31/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — March 2008
02/08/10 General Contractors & Trade Contractors
03/11/08 A Look into Sound Control
02/21/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — February 2008
01/24/08 Building Element Models (BEM)
01/18/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — January 2008
12/31/07 2008 Materials Price Outlook
12/28/07 Increase in Nursing Home Construction Cost Outpaces Hospitals
12/26/07 Dallas-Fort Worth's Economy has Plenty of Energy heading into 2008
12/24/07 Housing Market Continues to be Depressed at Year's End
12/24/07 Surprise! Increases in Energy Efficiency Lead to More, Not Less, Energy Use
12/21/07 LEED Certification Primer
12/21/07 Latest Construction Cost Index Change is Below Consumer Price Index Change
12/21/07 U.S. Construction Costs Take a Breather in Latest Quarter
12/21/07 Canada's November Labour Market Remains Strong But with some West-East Shifts
12/19/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — December 2007
12/18/07 Economic Support for Construction Softens
12/18/07 Metal Buildings
11/16/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — November 2007
10/15/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — October 2007
12/17/07 20 of the Largest Upcoming Military and Convention Center Projects — December 2007
12/17/07 Construction Inflation Soars in November
09/15/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — September 2007
12/14/07 Looks like Santa will need Some Extra Helpers this Season
12/14/07 Borrowing Rates Down but Credit Market Still Fragile
12/14/07 Subprime Mortgage Crisis Morphs into a Bad Debt Crisis
12/13/07 Construction Equipment Shipments Steady Now; Expected to Rise 7% in 2008
12/13/07 U.S. Employment Growth Now +1.1% vs Peak Level of +2.1%
12/13/07 Construction Starts Inch Higher in November
12/13/07 Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
12/12/07 Canada's GDP Grew Faster than Expected in Third Quarter
12/12/07 Recession in the U.S. is Avoidable
12/12/07 Four Reasons Why the Bank of Canada Dropped Interest Rates
12/11/07 Cost Increases Easing Except for Nonresidential Labor
12/10/07 Permits Rising in Markets that Missed the Housing Boom
12/10/07 Myrtle Beach Leads the U.S. in New Housing Intensity
12/10/07 Coast to Coast: November 2007
12/06/07 Construction Spending will Decline 2.3% in 2007; Then Climb 4.2% in 2008
12/06/07 U.S. Construction Forecast Tables — Issued December 2007
12/05/07 “Seniors’ Boom” Redefines Retirement
12/05/07 Plans for New Royalty Regime may Tax Alberta's Economy in 2009
12/04/07 Canadian and U.S. Economic Overviews, 2008 to 2010
12/03/07 A Primer on Construction Costs
12/03/07 Seven States Now in Recession
12/03/07 Slower Construction Activity Won't Reduce Demand for Construction Skills Training
12/03/07 Sacramento's Economy Sidelined in 2008; Recovery in 2009
12/03/07 Core Inflation Still Under Wraps in Both Canada and U.S.
12/03/07 Miami, Chicago and Three Cities in California Leading Construction Cost Gains
12/03/07 Strong Canadian Dollar Will Moderate Non-Residential Construction Costs
11/28/07 What Halts Home Price Deflation? Fear of Losing a Bargain
11/28/07 Pittsburgh is Making Less Steel, But its Economy is Still Strong
11/28/07 Denver may be a Mile High, But its Economy is based on a Solid Foundation
11/28/07 Foreign Investment Positive for Canada, Say Statistics Canada and Fraser Institute
11/28/07 20 of the Largest Upcoming Private Office and Government Office Projects — November 2007
11/28/07 CanaData Expects 95.5 Million Square Feet of Non-residential Building Starts in 2007
11/27/07 Coating Considerations
11/16/07 Mid-November Stock Market Prices Fall Back 5% to 7%
11/16/07 Construction Materials Price Index Down 0.2% in October
11/16/07 China Overtakes Japan to Become Canada's Second-Largest Customer
11/16/07 Construction Starts Decline Again in October
11/16/07 Economic Environment for Construction Improves Slightly
11/16/07 Canada's Labour Market Tightens Versus U.S.
11/16/07 Canada a Job-Creating Machine in 2007
11/16/07 British Columbia's Economic Prospects in 2008 Appear Solid
11/13/07 Two Sectors Hold Back Employment Growth, But Two Others Sustain It
11/13/07 The Trois-Rivières Economy adopts New Industrial Structure
11/13/07 The Prospects for Saguenay and its Aluminum Industry are Bright and Shiny
11/13/07 Construction Outlook Weakens Due to Second Round of Credit Tightening
11/13/07 U.S. Construction Forecast Tables — Issued November 2007
11/12/07 Window to the Future
11/08/07 House Prices in Canada Continue to March Upward
11/08/07 Round Two of the Mortgage Mess
09/24/07 Mixed-mode Building Design Combines Old and New Ideas
11/08/07 Declining U.S. Dollar Boosts Construction in the Farm States
11/08/07 Louisiana and Utah Jump into First Place in Latest Growth Measure
11/08/07 Coast to Coast: October 2007 Report on Canadian Construction Projects
11/08/07 Construction Equipment Shipments Remain Depressed
11/06/07 The Outlook for Hotel Demand Appears Strong Despite the Loonies Flight
11/06/07 Executive Summary of CanaData’s 22nd Annual Construction Industry Forecasts Conference
11/06/07 Construction Costs Rise 4.2% to 4.6% for Light-framed Buildings in September
11/07/07 Economic and Construction Outlooks for Ten Key States
10/31/07 Drivers of Commodity Prices are Domestic and International
10/31/07 Resort and Retirement Markets Still the Leaders in Housing Intensity
10/31/07 Houston Widening its Lead in the Single-Family Housing Market
10/31/07 The Prospect of Higher Inflation Points to Higher Interest Rates in Canada
10/15/07 Checklists Identify Potential Envelope Design Improvements
11/06/07 Overview of Canadian Construction Markets
10/30/07 Insulation
10/29/07 20 of the Largest Upcoming Warehouse and Water Treatment Facility Projects — October 2007
10/29/07 U.S. Warehouse Construction Steady at a High Level
10/29/07 Strong Labour Markets Leading to Higher Wages
10/29/07 Public Construction Boom Set to Ebb
10/26/07 Canada and U.S. Diverge in Construction and Manufacturing Jobs Outlooks
10/24/07 Greenroofs as High Performance Design
10/24/07 Canada's Employment Growth Moves at Double the U.S. Pace
10/24/07 Low Unemployment Rate will Continue to Put Pressure on Ontario Construction Wages
10/24/07 Deterioration in Home Affordability Points to a Weaker Housing Market in Canada
10/23/07 Broad Inflation Indexes Ease in 2008 — Probably
10/21/07 What Makes a Building Product Green
10/24/07 Lighting Considerations in Green Building
10/24/07 Water Conservation in Green Buildings
10/24/07 Rainwater Collection Systems
10/24/07 Efficient Cooling Methods for Green Buildings
10/24/07 Controlling Heat Transfer in Green Buildings
10/24/07 Limiting Heat Loss Through Windows
10/23/07 Formaldehyde Use in Building Construction
10/23/07 Using Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
10/22/07 Financial Environment for Construction Improves Again in October
10/22/07 Decline in Equipment Shipments in Latest Month Restrains Prices
11/05/07 Greening Healthcare
10/19/07 Daylighting Controls
10/19/07 Use of Windows, Skylights and Light Pipes in Daylighting
10/19/07 An Overview of Daylighting
10/19/07 An Overview of Solar Ventilation Air Heating
10/19/07 Types of Collectors for Solar Water Heating
10/19/07 An Overview of Solar Water Heating
10/19/07 Cooling Load Advoidance
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10/19/07 The Shrinking U.S. Dollar is a Risk for Construction Demand
10/19/07 Components of Passive Solar Heating Designs
10/19/07 An Overview of Passive Solar Heating
10/23/07 Improving Indoor Air Quality
10/19/07 An Overview of The LEED Rating System
10/19/07 Cost Considerations in Building Deconstruction
10/17/07 Building Deconstruction
10/25/07 Roofing Considerations in Green Building
10/19/07 Green Site Selection and Development
10/24/07 Reducing Energy Use in Buildings
10/18/07 Starts Decline Seasonally in September
10/17/07 Green Demolition
10/18/07 Integrating Solar Power Generation into Buildings using Thin Film PV
09/10/07 Compost Company Promotes Green Environment
03/31/06 Green Roof Sets An Example For Minneapolis Sustainable Design

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