Category: Industry News

  • Save Time and Get Paid While Protecting Lien Rights

    Protecting lien rights is often an afterthought, an unfortunate reality seeing as how oftentimes it’s too late to seek relief amid payment discrepancies on a job. And while lien rights and processes differ from state to state, there are general steps contractors can take to protect themselves. “If you do construction work, if you don’t…

  • Associated General Contractors of America Launches Campaign to Combat High Suicide Rates

    The Associated General Contractors of America has launched a new public awareness campaign to help combat high suicide rates and improve mental health within the construction industry. According to the association’s CEO, Stephen E. Sandherr, there are 53.2 suicides per 100,000 workers compared to a national construction workplace fatality rate of 10.2 per 100,000 workers.…

  • Construction Contractors Struggle to Find Workers

    A new survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that 91% of construction contractors are having a tough time finding workers, which has limited the number of jobs added during August. An analysis of federal employment data released by the AGC reports that construction firms added 16,000 jobs in August. “Nonresidential…

  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technician Program Certifies 1,000th Glazier

    The Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (AGMT) program certified its 1,000th glazier since the program’s start in 2019. The AGMT program is North America’s only American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited, third-party assessment of an experienced glazier’s knowledge and abilities. Mike Marye, an Indianapolis glazier, and member of IUPAT District Council 91, completed both the Knowledge-Based…

  • Virginia Law Prohibits Pay-if-Paid Clauses in Most Construction Contracts

    A bill to shore up payment protections in the construction and glazing industry in Virginia has been signed into law. Senate Bill 550 was signed into law in April by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. The bill amended a portion of the Virginia Prompt Payment Act and a component of the Virginia wage theft statute. The amendments…

  • ASHRAE, International Code Council to Jointly Develop New Carbon Emission Standard for Buildings

    The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the International Code Council will jointly develop a standard to assess carbon emissions across the entire building life cycle. The proposed standard, ASHRAE/ICC Standard 240P – Evaluating Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Carbon Emissions in Building Design, Construction and Operation, will provide a whole-life carbon approach…

  • Lack of Qualified Workers Continues to Plague Construction Industry

    Construction employment continues to be a cause for concern in the industry as contractors struggle to find qualified workers, reads an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. The organization released data on Aug. 19, 2022, that showed construction employment in July trail pre-pandemic levels in 15 states. The analysis prompted association officials to…

  • Four of 10 AIA Top Green Building Projects in 2022 Glazed with Vitro Low-E Glass

    Vitro Architectural Glass announced that four of the 10 buildings selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) as the top green building projects of 2022 were glazed with Solarban solar control, low-E glasses. The four winning projects include three renovated buildings with additions and one new build. The winning…

  • Momentum Index Improves in July Thanks to Increase in Nonresidential Projects

    The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) increased 2.9% to 178.7 in July thanks to an increase in data center, office and warehouse projects, says the Dodge Construction Network. The DMI is a monthly measure for nonresidential building projects in planning. According to the Dodge Construction Network, the DMI is shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential…

  • Commercial and Multifamily Starts in Largest US Metro Areas Increase by 24 Percent

    The value of commercial and multifamily construction starts in the top 20 metropolitan areas of the U.S. increased by 24% from 2021 throughout the first six months of 2022, according to the Dodge Construction Network. Throughout the U.S., commercial and multifamily construction starts increased by 18% year-to-date. The number of commercial and multifamily starts in…