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Citing a goal to modernize reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue a final rule requiring Clean Water Act-regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written reports.

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is questioning the Quebec government’s decision to bypass the usual building code development process by allowing construction of taller (more than five stories) wood buildings on the basis of a guide developed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec and FPInnovations, a private research center dedicated to supporting the Canadian forest industry.


In “The 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile,” American Road and Transportation Builders Association Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black estimates the value of public and private transportation construction and maintenance work at upwards of $275 billion, an investment generating nearly $510 billion in annual economic activity or 1.6 percent of the GDP.


In partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named  U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winning teams: 130-134 Holdings LLC, for the proposed 475 West 18th residential condominium building in New York City, incorporating extensive use of wood structural elements throughout 10 levels; and, The Framework Project LLC, proposing a 12-story namesake building in Portland, Ore., constructed primarily of cross-laminated timber, and comprising of five levels of affordable housing, ground floor retail, five levels of office space, and roof top amenity space.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee, has selected the HP Compliance Data Exchange (CDX) service as a preferred platform to support a materials regulatory compliance program, which assists 850-plus member companies and their suppliers meet growing global regulatory requirements—among them EU REACH, RoHS rules and Conflict Minerals reporting.