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November Nonresidential Construction Materials Project Prices Fall

01/11/2013 by Bernard M. Markstein

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Overview
Prices for inputs used in nonresidential construction fell for the second month in a row. Lower oil prices were a major factor in the continued decline. A drop in steel and copper prices contributed to the fall in November’s construction costs.

In the near term, the outlook is for building materials prices to hold steady or decline slightly as companies continue to delay investments while the politicians in Washington thrash out a budget deal and the federal debt ceiling approaches. After that, expect prices to rise roughly in line with or slightly faster than overall inflation. Greater than forecasted growth would result in higher building materials price inflation.

Construction Materials Inflation
The Producer Price Index (PPI) for materials and components used in construction inched up 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted (SA) basis in November, after rising 0.1% in October according the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). November marked the fourth consecutive monthly increase for the index. On a not seasonally adjusted (NSA) year-over-year basis the index was up 2.4% and was up 8.8% since November 2009. Meanwhile, prices for raw materials used in construction or to produce products used in construction fell 0.4% following no change in October. The index was up 2.5% from November 2011 and up 6.2% from November 2009.

Meanwhile, an index that measures inputs used in nonresidential construction (excluding capital equipment) plunged 1.3% (NSA) in November after falling 0.5% in October. On a year-over-year basis, the index was up 0.6% in November.

US Construction-Related Price Indexes

  Percent Change
  Monthly
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
3-Month Moving Average
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
Year-over-year
NSA data
3 Years Ago
NSA data
  Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12
Composite Indexes (Exclude capital equipment)      
Construction Materials*
(Unprocessed materials)
-0.4 0.0 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.3 2.5 2.9 3.2 6.2
Materials and Components for Construction*
(Processed goods)
0.1 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.0 2.4 2.2 2.1 8.8
       
Inputs to Construction
(Residential and Nonresidential)
(Includes inputs to maintenance and repair)
-1.1 -0.4 0.9 -0.2 0.4 0.4 1.0 2.0 1.7 12.4
    Inputs to New Construction -1.0 -0.4 0.9 -0.2 0.4 0.4 1.2 2.2 2.0 12.4
        Inputs to Residential Construction -0.7 -0.4 0.7 -0.1 0.3 0.4 1.7 2.5 2.3 11.7
        Inputs to Nonresidential Construction -1.3 -0.5 1.2 -0.2 0.5 0.5 0.6 1.8 1.6 NA
            Inputs to Commercial Construction -0.7 -0.3 0.8 -0.1 0.4 0.3 0.9 1.6 1.4 NA
            Inputs to Industrial Construction -1.0 -0.3 0.8 -0.2 0.5 0.4 0.7 2.0 1.8 NA
            Inputs to Heavy Construction -1.6 -0.5 1.3 -0.3 0.6 0.5 0.5 2.0 1.5 NA
       
    Inputs to Maintenance and Repair -1.2 -0.4 1.2 -0.1 0.5 0.3 -0.3 0.6 -0.3 13.5
        Inputs to Nonresidential Maintenance
        and Repair
-1.3 -0.3 1.1 -0.1 0.5 0.3 -0.7 0.3 -0.8 13.6
        Inputs to Res Maintenance and Repair -1.1 -0.5 1.0 -0.2 0.5 0.5 1.4 2.5 2.4 13.0
       
  (Indexes include installation and overhead)      
New Warehouse Building Construction 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.2 2.5 2.5 3.8 6.7
New School Building Construction -0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.5 3.1 7.3
New Office Construction 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.3 1.5 2.4 4.8
New Industrial Building Construction 0.1 0.5 -0.2 0.2 0.1 -0.1 1.2 1.0 1.9 4.7
       
Other Related Indexes      
PPI Finished Goods* -0.8 -0.2 1.1 0.1 0.9 1.0 1.5 2.3 2.1 10.7
PPI Finished Goods less food and energy* 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.2 2.1 2.3 6.5
CPI Urban Consumer* -0.3 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.4 0.4 1.8 2.2 2.0 6.4
CPI Urban Consumer less food and energy* 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 1.9 2.0 2.0 4.9
       
Production Index: Construction Supplies* 1.4 -0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 -0.2 2.5 2.1 3.0 15.4
Retail Sales: Building & Equipment Supplies* 1.6 -1.2 2.7 1.0 1.0 2.0 5.9 7.3 0.2 20.8

*Seasonally-adjusted data for percent changes for monthly and 3-month moving average data
NSA = Not seasonally adjusted, NA = Not Available
Source: Producer Price Index (PPI) - Bureau of Labor Statistics; Production Index - Federal Reserve Board; Retail Sales - Census Bureau

Construction machinery prices rose for the second month in a row, up 0.8% (SA) in November after rising 0.5% in October. Construction machinery rental rates advanced 1.0% (NSA) after jumping 1.8% in October. The shift towards renting construction machinery for construction projects over the last several months has resulted in rental rates rising faster than purchase prices on a not seasonally adjusted basis for five consecutive months. However, on a year-over-year basis, rental rates were only 0.6% higher, considerably lower than the 4.1% increase for purchase prices. Similarly, rental rates were only up 2.8% since November 2009, also well below the 9.1% purchase prices increase.

US Construction-Related Price Indexes

  Percent Change
  Monthly
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
3-Month Moving Average
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
Year-over-year
NSA data
3 Years Ago
NSA data
  Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12
Assembled Equipment      
Hand and Edge tools 0.0 2.0 0.3 0.8 0.5 -0.1 3.2 3.2 1.2 3.6
Power Hand Tools 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.4 1.2 1.2 2.9
Appliances* -1.0 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.3 3.7 5.1 5.1 6.6
Furnaces -0.2 1.0 -0.5 0.1 0.2 -0.2 0.5 1.9 1.8 5.9
Construction Machinery* 0.8 0.5 -0.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 4.1 3.6 3.0 9.1
Construction Machinery Rental (incl. oilfield equip.) 1.0 1.8 -0.1 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.6 0.9 -2.4 2.8
Trucks over 14,000 Ibs. GVW 0.5 0.3 -0.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.2 1.8 1.5 2.1 7.8
Metal Doors, Sash and Trim 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 2.2 2.1 9.7

*Seasonally-adjusted data for percent changes for monthly and 3-month moving average data
NSA = Not seasonally adjusted, NA = Not Available
Source: Producer Price Index (PPI) - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Cement and Concrete
Cement prices rose for the second month in a row, up 0.2% in November, after increasing 0.4% in October. Cement prices were up 3.6% from November 2011 but were down 5.6% from November 2009.

Prestressed concrete products prices edged down 0.1% in November following no change in October. On a year-over-year basis, prices fell 0.2%, while they were 2.0% higher than they were in November 2009. Precast concrete products prices slipped 0.2% in November after increasing 0.5% the previous month. Prices were 1.3% higher than November 2011 and were 4.8% higher than November 2009.

US Construction-Related Price Indexes

  Percent Change
  Monthly
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
3-Month Moving Average
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
Year-over-year
NSA data
3 Years Ago
NSA data
  Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12
Construction Commodities      
Dimension Stone 0.1 -0.1 1.0 0.3 0.1 0.3 1.6 1.3 2.0 5.3
Cement 0.2 0.4 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.1 3.6 3.9 0.3 -5.6
Construction Sand, Gravel & Crushed Stone* -0.3 -0.1 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.3 2.1 2.6 2.9 5.5
Softwood Plywood -3.6 0.7 2.9 -0.1 1.8 1.7 21.0 22.8 27.0 29.4
Hardwood Lumber 0.2 0.8 -0.5 0.1 0.6 0.3 1.7 1.0 -0.9 7.3
Softwood Lumber* 5.3 -2.7 2.6 1.7 0.8 0.6 13.7 6.7 11.8 21.6
Other Commodities      
Industrial Natural Gas* 0.4 0.2 2.0 0.8 1.8 1.7 -8.2 -11.7 -13.7 -16.6
Plastic Resins & Materials -0.6 1.4 0.3 0.4 0.6 -0.2 2.3 3.9 -0.1 21.7
Insulation Materials -0.5 -0.7 -1.4 -0.9 -0.5 0.6 5.1 5.5 5.6 15.9
Iron & Steel Scrap 11.9 -11.4 -0.3 -0.4 -1.4 -0.2 -11.0 -27.3 -19.5 41.1
Iron Ore 0.1 0.0 -1.8 -0.6 0.4 -0.3 1.2 4.7 4.7 22.9
Copper Ores -4.4 6.3 0.7 0.8 2.5 1.6 1.3 11.8 -6.5 17.7
Copper Base Scrap* -2.7 0.0 7.0 1.3 1.5 0.7 -0.7 2.7 -5.7 23.8

*Seasonally-adjusted data for percent changes for monthly and 3-month moving average data
NSA = Not seasonally adjusted, NA = Not Available
Source: Producer Price Index (PPI) - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Energy and Related Products
Diesel fuel prices plunged 11.0% (SA) in November after escalating 2.2% in October. Diesel prices were 4.0% (NSA) lower than they were in November 2011 but 50.0% higher than they were in November 2009.

Industrial natural gas prices moved higher for the fourth month in a row, rising 0.4% (SA) in November after increasing 0.2% in October. Despite recent price increases, industrial natural gas prices were down 8.2% from a year earlier and 16.6% lower than three years earlier. Of late, natural gas prices have experienced upward pressure as demand grows faster than supply following a long period in which supply climbed faster than demand. Natural gas prices will continue to move higher in the short run but remain well below the price for oil.

Plastic resins and materials prices fell 0.6% (NSA) in November after jumping 1.4% in October. Prices were up 2.3% from November 2011 and were up 21.7% from November 2009.

Asphalt prices plummeted 7.5% (NSA) in November after increasing 2.9% in October. Prices were 3.2% higher than they were in November 2011 and were 27.6% higher than they were in November 2009. Meanwhile, asphalt roofing prices sank 0.5% in November after advancing 0.7% in October. Prices were a modest 1.4% higher than November 2011 and 3.8% higher than November 2009.

Plastics pipe prices were 0.6% (NSA) higher in November after surging 2.4% in October. They were 11.8% higher than they were in November 2011 and were 26.9% higher than they were in November 2009. Plastics plumbing fixtures prices have risen more slowly, inching up 0.1% in November after increasing 0.2% in October. Prices were 1.7% higher than in November 2011 and 4.8% higher than in November 2009.

US Construction-Related Price Indexes

  Percent Change
  Monthly
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
3-Month Moving Average
from Previous Month

NSA data unless
otherwise indicated
Year-over-year
NSA data
3 Years Ago
NSA data
  Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12 Oct-12 Sep-12 Nov-12
Manufactured Materials      
Gypsum Products 0.4 -0.7 -1.3 -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 14.9 14.1 17.9 14.1
Petroleum refineries -8.3 -2.7 5.9 -1.8 3.1 3.3 -3.8 6.2 4.0 40.9
Diesel Fuel* -11.0 2.2 9.2 -0.2 5.2 6.1 -4.0 12.6 7.5 50.0
Asphalt -7.5 2.9 -2.7 -2.4 -0.9 -2.9 3.2 8.2 5.1 27.6
Asphalt paving mixture & block mfg. 0.0 0.1 -0.8 -0.3 -0.4 -0.5 4.5 4.2 3.7 18.2
Asphalt shingle and coating materials mfg. -0.5 0.6 0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.4 1.6 -1.0 -2.9 8.6
Asphalt Roofing -0.5 0.7 0.3 0.2 -0.3 -0.4 1.4 -1.9 -3.9 3.8
       
Paint 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.5 11.0 11.4 15.1
Plastic Construction Products 0.4 0.2 0.8 0.5 0.0 -0.2 4.5 2.7 2.3 11.9
    Plastics Pipe 0.6 2.4 1.2 1.4 0.7 -1.5 11.8 5.4 1.3 26.9
    Plumbing Fixtures 0.1 0.2 -0.3 0.0 0.3 0.2 1.7 1.7 1.7 4.8
Vitreous Plumbing Fixtures -1.1 1.9 NA -0.1 NA NA 1.1 2.3 0.3 4.8
Ceramic Tile -0.5 2.7 -1.6 0.2 0.3 -1.0 0.4 0.2 -2.5 -0.6
Flat Glass 0.3 -0.1 1.0 0.4 0.6 0.5 2.3 1.8 2.3 1.6
       
Steel Mill Products -1.3 -1.9 1.0 -0.7 -1.1 -1.1 -9.1 -8.5 -7.1 15.4
Steel Pipe and Tube* 0.3 0.0 -2.1 -0.6 -1.2 -1.7 -6.7 -5.0 -3.4 25.7
Hot rolled bars, plates & structural shapes -2.0 -1.7 0.8 -1.0 -1.3 -1.0 -12.0 -10.2 -9.1 18.7
Extruded Aluminum rod, bar and other shapes -0.7 2.7 -0.6 0.4 0.6 -0.8 -5.1 -7.1 -10.1 7.0
Architectural Metalwork 0.2 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6 0.7 1.4 7.5
Metal Plumbing Fixtures* 0.0 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.2 1.6 1.8 1.6 5.8
Builders’ Hardware 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.2 1.2 0.4 -0.6 8.0
Sheet Metal Products 0.0 -0.1 0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -1.4 -0.8 -2.3 7.3
       
Copper and Copper Products -3.6 3.4 2.3 0.6 1.7 0.8 -1.7 4.2 -8.7 14.1
Copper and Brass Mill Shapes -3.3 2.8 3.6 1.0 1.8 0.9 -0.9 4.7 -10.3 6.4
    Nonferrous Pipe and Tube -1.5 5.2 4.7 2.7 2.7 0.6 -1.1 0.4 -17.0 15.2
       
Building Brick -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -3.4 -2.7 -2.4 -6.0
Ready Mix Concrete* 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 2.4 2.7 2.7 1.6
Concrete Block & Brick -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.1 0.8 0.8 1.2 1.0
Prestressed Concrete -0.1 0.0 -2.7 -0.9 -0.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4 2.0
Precast Concrete Products -0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 1.3 1.9 1.7 4.8
Concrete Pipe -0.7 2.0 0.4 0.5 0.8 0.3 3.2 4.3 2.3 4.9
       
Wood Kitchen Cabinets 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0 2.7 2.8 2.3 5.7
Millwork (window, door, cabinet)* 0.0 0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 1.2 1.5 3.2 5.3
Engineered Wood Products 1.2 0.0 2.8 1.3 1.3 1.1 9.7 8.9 8.8 15.3
Laminated Plastics -0.1 -0.5 0.0 -0.2 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.9 1.4 6.8

*Seasonally-adjusted data for percent changes for monthly and 3-month moving average data
NSA = Not seasonally adjusted, NA = Not Available
Source: Producer Price Index (PPI) - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copper and Copper Products
Copper ores prices sank 4.4% (NSA) in November, ending four months of increases, and partially offsetting October’s 6.3% surge. Despite the recent increases, prices were up a moderate 1.3% from November 2011. Meanwhile, prices were up 17.7% from November 2009.

Copper base scrap prices slumped 2.7% (SA) in November after no change in October. Prices were down 0.7% from a year earlier, but were up 23.8% from three years earlier.

Prices for copper and copper products plunged 3.6% (NSA) in November after rising an almost equal 3.4% in October. Prices were 1.7% lower than November 2011, but were 14.1% higher than November 2009.

Copper and brass mill shapes prices tumbled 3.3% in November after jumping 2.8% in October. Prices were down 0.9% from November 2011, but were up 6.4% from November 2009.

Other Metals
Steel mill products prices declined for the second consecutive month in November, falling 1.3%, after decreasing 1.9% the previous month. Prices were down 9.1% from November 2011, but were 15.4% higher than November 2009. Hot rolled bars, plates, and structural shapes prices skidded 2.0% after falling 1.7% in October. Prices were down 12.0% from November 2011, but were up 18.7% from November 2009.

Extruded aluminum rod, bar, and other shapes prices slipped 0.7% in November following a 2.7% surge in October. Prices fell 5.1% from November 2011, but rose 7.0% from November 2009.

Softwood Lumber and Gypsum
Single-family housing construction is the main factor driving demand for softwood lumber and gypsum products. The single-family housing market continues to improve, creating increased demand for these materials.

The PPI for softwood lumber soared 5.3% (SA) in November after tumbling 2.7% in October. Prices were 13.7% higher than November 2011 and were 21.6% higher than November 2009.

Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. come under the purview of the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). For each month, the level of exports permitted and any relevant export fees are determined by where the average price of softwood lumber over a specified four week period prior to that month falls within a four tier regime. The categories, from most restrictive to least restrictive and the related prices determining which category is in force for the month, are as follows.

  • The first category is for an average price of $315 per thousand board feet or lower
  • The second category is for an average price of $316 to $335
  • The third category is for an average price of $336 to $355
  • The fourth category, is for on an average price of $356 or higher and eliminates all restrictions on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States

Over the past several months the price of softwood lumber has fluctuated significantly with the result that the relevant tier for Canadian exports kept changing. Looser restrictions typically produce an upsurge in imports, pushing prices down and subsequently resulting in a lower tier. That in turn pushes prices higher, resulting in a higher tier and more imports.

The average price for the October tier was $341, resulting in tier 3 restrictions and sending prices lower due to increased imports. Those lower prices produced an average price of $326 for the November tier, resulting in tier 2 restrictions for the month. Although prices subsequently rose, the average price for December was $334, just below the price to trigger tier 3. However, with tier 2 restrictions still in place and single-family construction activity continuing to ramp up, softwood prices continued to rise. Those higher prices meant an average price of $357 for January, high enough to result in tier 4 — no restrictions on Canadian exports. Presumably, a flood of Canadian softwood imports will send prices down this month. Meanwhile, Reed Economics estimates the February average price will be $377, keeping tier 4 in place and keeping downward pressure on prices. Stockpiling of lumber may help keep prices low in March as well.

In 2011, six gypsum producers sent letters indicating they would raise prices 35% in January 2012. But the November PPI was up less than half that amount (14.3%) from December 2011. At the same time, prices were up 14.9% from November 2011 and were up 14.1% from November 2009.

Although only partially successful with their 2012 price increase, last year several gypsum producers announced price increases of 25% to 30% effective January of this year. It remains to be seen what their success will be this time around. Although residential construction, along with commercial construction, is improving and is expected to continue to improve, it is doubtful that the full price increases will prevail.

Outlook for Construction Materials Prices
Despite challenges like the fiscal cliff, the U.S. economy has improved and continues to grow, although at a slower pace than would be desirable. Europe is coping with its troubles even as many of its economies are mired in recession. The slowdown in growth in Europe is a drag on world economic growth and reduces exports of construction machinery to Europe.

Despite these and other hurdles, which include the approaching U.S. federal debt ceiling, the Reed Construction Data forecast is for construction activity to continue to grow this year and next. Mild upward pressure on construction materials prices will emerge as some of the obstacles are addressed. The outlook is for 2013 building materials prices inflation to proceed at roughly the same pace or a little faster than overall inflation.

If the U.S. economic growth exceeds our forecast of real (inflation-adjusted) growth of 2.7% for the year, there will be greater construction activity and faster materials price inflation. Faster growth in the rest of the world would contribute to higher construction materials prices. Significantly higher energy prices for a sustained period would send building materials prices up at a faster rate as well.

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01/14/16 CMD’s December Starts Fell Slightly More than Usual Seasonal Decline
01/08/16 U.S. and Canada December Jobs Reports Should Quell some Jitters
01/07/16 Eight Demography Charts that Explain U.S. Construction Activity
01/05/16 Bumpy Ride for Stock Market Investors in 2015; More of Same in 2016?
12/23/15 U.S. Put-in-place Construction Growth to be near 9% in 2016 and 2017
12/17/15 A Momentous Fed Rate Hike as Afterthought
12/17/15 State and Province Rankings by Year-to-date Engineering/Civil Starts
12/17/15 States and Provinces Ranked by Year-to-date Non-residential Building Starts
12/16/15 Twenty major upcoming Public and Defence, Law Enforcement construction projects-Canada-Dec 15
12/16/15 Twenty major upcoming Convention Center and Military construction projects - U.S. - December 2015
12/15/15 Thirteen Mid-December Economic Nuggets
12/10/15 Non-residential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - November 2015
12/10/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - November 2015
12/10/15 CMD’s November Starts Recorded Normal Small Seasonal Decline
12/10/15 Big Shifts in U.S. and Canadian Foreign Trade Statistics
12/08/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - November 2015
12/08/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - November 2015
12/04/15 November Jobs Report a Sugar Cane Treat in U.S.; A Lump of Coal in Canada
12/04/15 A Diversity of Performances among U.S. Building Product Manufacturers
12/01/15 Winners and Losers in the U.S. Energy and Transport Equipment Sectors
11/27/15 The Cornucopia-of-Cash Dilemma in a Capacity-Challenged Economy
11/23/15 Twenty major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects-Canada-Nov. 2015
11/23/15 Twenty major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects - US - Nov. 2015
11/23/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - October 2015
11/23/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - October 2015
11/23/15 CMD’s First Three Quarters 2015 U.S. Regional Construction Starts
11/23/15 Sustainability: A Most Unlikely Rallying Cry with Seven Billion Adherents
11/13/15 U.S. Economy and Construction Markets – Executive Summary for Greenbuild
11/13/15 Non-residential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - October 2015
11/13/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - October 2015
11/13/15 Mild Seasonal Pullback in CMD’s October Starts
11/06/15 October’s Jobs Reports: Terrific for U.S.; Maybe Marvelous for Canada
11/05/15 Where Job Prospects are Brightest and Home Ownership is Cheapest
10/29/15 On a Scale of 1 to 10: A Rating of U.S. and Canadian Housing Markets
10/21/15 Twenty major upcoming Water Treatment Plant and Manufacturing & Warehousing projects - October 2015
10/21/15 Twenty major upcoming Alberta and British Columbia construction projects - Canada - October 2015
10/21/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - September 2015
10/21/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - September 2015
10/20/15 There’s an Elephant at the Door Selling Carbon Pollution
10/19/15 Honing in on 10 of the Hottest-topic U.S. Employment Categories
10/16/15 Eleven Mid-October Economic Nuggets
10/15/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - September 2015 - Revised
10/15/15 Non-residential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - September 2015 - Revised
10/15/15 CMD’s Starts Suffer Slide in September - Revised
10/09/15 Mild Turbulence in U.S. and Canadian Labor Markets
10/07/15 Canada’s Export Train Chugging across Rougher Terrain
10/05/15 Construction Material Prices more Noteworthy For their Declines than Increases
10/02/15 September’s Jobs Report Delivers Bad News/Good News to Federal Reserve
10/01/15 Canada’s July GDP Growth Silences (for now) Recession Talk
09/28/15 ‘Nota Bene’ Observations from CanaData’s Construction Outlook Conference
09/25/15 U.S. Put-in-place Construction Spending Close to $1.2 Trillion by 2017
09/24/15 The Sometimes Mysterious Sources for Put-in-place Construction Statistics in the U.S. and Canada
09/23/15 Twenty major upcoming Midwest and Northwest construction projects - U.S. - September 2015
09/23/15 Twenty major upcoming educational and medical construction projects - Canada - September 2015
09/18/15 What’s the Real Reason the Fed is still holding the Line on Interest Rates?
09/17/15 A Bang-on Prescription for What Ails Canada, But…
09/15/15 The Sons and Daughters of Newfoundland and Labrador Face a Familiar Dilemma
09/14/15 Non-residential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - August 2015
09/14/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - August 2015
09/14/15 CMD’s August Starts Suffer Engineering Collapse
09/14/15 A Dozen Mid-September Economic Nuggets
09/10/15 Fascinating Statistics (for Canada, Saudi Arabia and Others) From the Latest US Foreign Trade Report
09/09/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - August 2015
09/09/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - August 2015
09/04/15 In August’s Jobs Reports, U.S. Stayed on a Roll; Canada Needs Effort to Find Positive Spin
09/02/15 Q2 GDP Numbers in U.S. a Hearty Broth; in Canada, a Watery Stew
09/01/15 The Broad Strokes U.S. and Canadian Economic Outlooks
08/26/15 CMD’s First Half 2015 U.S. Regional Construction Starts
08/26/15 The U.S., China and the Dow − the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
08/21/15 Twenty major upcoming medical and educational construction projects- U.S.- August 2015
08/21/15 Twenty major upcoming industrial and water treatment construction projects - Canada - August 2015
08/21/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - July 2015
08/21/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - July 2015
08/21/15 As Fall Approaches, Key Aspects of the U.S. and Canadian Construction Outlooks
08/17/15 Non-residential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - July 2015
08/17/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - July 2015
08/17/15 CMD’s July Starts Staged Major Retreat
08/17/15 A Dozen Mid-August Economic Nuggets
08/09/15 U.S. adds 215,000 Jobs in July but Fed has achieved only Half its Mandate
07/31/15 Economic Stickhandling across the Gordie Howe International Bridge
07/23/15 Our World on this Day, July 23, 2015
07/22/15 The Mighty U.S. Dollar
07/20/15 A Dozen Mid-July Economic Nuggets
07/16/15 Non-residential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - June 2015
07/16/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - June 2015
07/16/15 CMD’s June Starts Treaded Water
07/15/15 Drought-stricken California: Wanting to be ‘Green’, but Forced to Love Brown
07/14/15 Twenty major upcoming entertainment facility and stadium-arena construction projects-U.S.-July 2015
07/14/15 Twenty major upcoming Ontario and Quebec construction projects - Canada - July 2015
07/13/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - June 2015
07/13/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - June 2015
07/10/15 Canada’s June Labor Report Sustains a Bleak Streak
07/08/15 CARE Survey Projects 4.7% Lower Canadian Non-Residential Construction Spending in 2015
07/08/15 A Short Shelf-life for Greece’s ‘Glorious’ Defiance
07/06/15 Stock Markets under the Shadow of Greece, China and Store Closings
07/03/15 June’s 223,000 U.S. Jobs Increase Hit the Bull’s-eye
06/29/15 The Greek Spiral: Two Lessons for the Rest of Us
06/29/15 Politics is 50% Economics and Economics is 50% Politics
06/25/15 The Role of Capacity Utilization Rates in Launching Industrial and Engineering Construction
06/24/15 Construction Material Pricing as Design Innovation Proliferates
06/18/15 A Still Moderate Core for U.S. and Canadian Construction Material Costs
06/16/15 A Dozen Mid-June Economic Nuggets
06/15/15 Three Graphs that Define Two Countries
06/12/15 Twenty major upcoming Northeast and Southeast construction projects - U.S. - June 2015
06/12/15 Twenty major upcoming recreational and retail, wholesale, warehouse construction projects - Canada
06/12/15 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - May 2015
06/12/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - May 2015
06/12/15 CMD’s May Starts Soared by Nearly One-third
06/10/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - May 2015
06/10/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - May 2015
06/10/15 How are Earnings Performing in the U.S. and Canada?
06/05/15 One-third of a Million New Jobs in U.S. and Canada in May
06/04/15 Trick Knees and Wonky Hip Joints in Today’s Stock Markets
06/03/15 U.S. Put-in-place Construction Spending to reach $1.2 Trillion by 2017
06/01/15 CMD’s Q1 2015 U.S. Regional Construction Starts
06/01/15 The World Oil Market: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Tribal Council
05/28/15 What’s it take to be a City Labor Market Leader?
05/26/15 Three More Months until the Intermission Ends
05/25/15 The Wisdom to Unlearn a Not-valuable Lesson
05/21/15 Housing Markets in the U.S. and Canada have Mud in their Cuffs
05/21/15 Twenty major upcoming Atlantic and Manitoba, Saskatchewan construction projects - Canada - May 2015
05/21/15 Twenty major upcoming Courthouse and Jails and Prisons construction projects - U.S. - May 2015
05/21/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - April 2015
05/21/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - April 2015
05/19/15 A Week on Peachtree Street and a Strawberry-flavored Outlook
05/19/15 A Dozen Mid-May Economic Nuggets
05/08/15 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - April 2015
05/08/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - April 2015
05/08/15 CMD’s April Starts Falter after March’s Big Gain
05/08/15 The Alberta Election: Asking Dr. Phil’s Question
05/05/15 Urban Center Surprises in the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Regions
05/04/15 While U.S. GDP Growth in Q1 was a ‘Dud’, there’s No Cause for Despair
04/27/15 There’s No Such Thing as the Status Quo
04/27/15 ‘Blueprints’ come Before Hard Hats
04/24/15 Twenty major upcoming High-Rise Residential and Transportation construction projects-Canada-Apr 2015
04/24/15 Twenty major upcoming Residential and Transportation Terminal construction projects-U.S.-April 2015
04/24/15 Construction Starts in Pacific Coast Cities Led by San Francisco and Seattle
04/22/15 Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville versus the State of Florida
04/20/15 The Cheap ‘Loonie’ Effect: Is it Working?
04/16/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - March 2015
04/16/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - March 2015
04/15/15 A Dozen Mid-April Economic Nuggets
04/14/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - March 2015
04/14/15 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - March 2015
04/14/15 CMD’s March Starts Rose by 32.4% or Nearly One-third
04/10/15 Canada’s Okay March Labour Report Reflects a Making-do Economy
04/10/15 The Pricing Ups (and Downs) of the ‘Big 5’ Commodities
04/08/15 Fascinating Statistics Comparing Canadian Put-in-place Investment to Trend
04/07/15 NASDAQ’s 18% Growth Rate and the Acronym THINKBAD
04/07/15 A Lukewarm U.S. Labor Market Report for March
04/02/15 Walls and Ceilings: Does the Future Belong to Gardeners?
04/01/15 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - February 2015
04/01/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - February 2015
04/01/15 Broad-based Declines in CMD’s February Starts
03/26/15 Twenty major upcoming Hotel/Motel and Retail/Shopping Center construction projects-U.S.-March 2015
03/26/15 Twenty major upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Centre construction projects - Canada - March 2015
03/26/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - February 2015
03/26/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - February 2015
03/26/15 Graphs Showing the History of Housing Starts in 21 Major U.S. Cities
03/25/15 Three Factors Holding Back U.S. Construction Labor and Material Costs
03/23/15 Three Showcase U.S. Commercial Projects, Plus a Bonus
03/19/15 Are Ms. Cheap Oil and Mr. Gas Guzzler Looking Forward to a Hot Date?
03/18/15 Not All their Eggs in One Basket
03/13/15 Canada’s February Labour Market Report: How Dull was That?
03/11/15 Ten Mid-March Economic Nuggets
03/11/15 The Need to Fix the Enormous Pothole in America’s Highway Funding
03/06/15 Construction a Headliner in February’s Strong U.S. Jobs Report
03/06/15 Will OPEC Survive?
03/05/15 Twenty major upcoming California and Florida construction projects - U.S. - February 2015
03/05/15 Twenty major upcoming Canadian cities construction projects - Canada - February 2015
03/05/15 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - January 2015
03/05/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - January 2015
03/03/15 What Sets the U.S. Apart?
02/27/15 Two Leading Economic Indicators Now Confuse as much as Clarify
02/26/15 An Extraordinary Portrait of the New Homes Market in America’s 12 Largest Cities (Part 2)
02/26/15 An Extraordinary Portrait of the New Homes Market in America’s 12 Largest Cities (Part 1)
02/23/15 How Important is Foreign Trade to the U.S. and Canada?
02/20/15 Who Wins and Who Loses in Today’s Oil Price and Currency Turmoil? (Part 2)
02/19/15 Who Wins and Who Loses in Today’s Oil Price and Currency Turmoil? (Part 1)
02/19/15 Non-residential Construction Start Trend Graphs - January 2015
02/19/15 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - January 2015
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
10/19/07 U.S. Retail Sales Unspectacular but Solid in September
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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