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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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Construction economists differ on 2013 market outlook

American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker, National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe and Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu shared their thoughts on next year’s business outlook during a late-June webcast.

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Congress, Obama make two-year, $105 billion highway funding commitment

Although it represents no real gain in dollars made available via years of short-term extensions, HR 4348 (dubbed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21) was signed into law by President Obama two days after the July 4 holiday. A two-year (FY2013-14, for a total of 27 months), $105 billion extension of the federal highway bill, MAP-21's ceremonial signing occurred at the White House with construction workers on hand to represent putting Americans to work repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges.

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EPA Stormwater Framework spotlights pervious slab, permeable paver solutions

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists the agency’s regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement integrated approaches to reduce pollution and the impact of overflow events.

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