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Billboard highlights ODOT’s bidding policy

A Columbus, Ohio-based billboard campaign launched by the state's cement/concrete industry draws attention to Ohio Department of Transportation’s “asphalt escalator” policy. The current bidding system, which is contrary to federal highway recommendations, allows contractors to increase their final bill based on the current price of oil and cost the state nearly $37 million in change orders during 2009-2010. The digital billboards have been placed in nine locations around Columbus.

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ASTM D04 eyes standard for resolving paving material test result differences

Buyers and sellers of road and paving materials will be the primary users of a proposed standard under Subcommittee D04.94 on Statistical Procedures and Evaluation of Data, part of ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials.

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USGBC channels Reagan in responding to LEED critics

The U.S. Green Building Council applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high-performance buildings.

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Feds’ LEED leanings linked to broader regulatory burden

In a mid-July hearing, “Continuing Oversight of Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: Job Creators Still Buried by Red Tape,” the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform heard how the General Services Administration’s exclusive use of a single green building rating system—the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard—adversely impacts energy efficient building product sources.

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YouTube-wise concrete crew a poster child for protected concerted activity

A new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) webpage describes the rights of employees to act together for their mutual aid and protection, even if they are not in a union. A map at www.nlrb.gov/concerted-activity guides users to more than a dozen recent protected concerted activity cases.

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