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Winter-battered construction activity returns to projected levels

Source: McGraw Hill Construction, New York

New construction starts in March advanced 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $521.4 billion, based on measurements of three major sectors: 1) nonresidential building, which picked up the pace after its lackluster performance at the outset of this year; 2) nonbuilding construction, logging a moderate gain; and, residential building, which settled back as single-family housing remained sluggish.

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Construction Specifications Institute publishes MasterFormat 2014

Source: Construction Specifications Institute, Alexandria, Va.

CSI and Construction Specifications Canada released the 2014 updates to MasterFormat, their flagship product used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects.

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Top LEED critic endorses ICC’s green code development

Sources: American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), New York; CP staff

A group of associations representing a wide range of building and construction industry stakeholders—and frequent critic of methods behind the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system—AHPBC issued a statement in support of the International Codes Council (ICC) transparent process for developing the 2015 International green Construction Code (IgCC) as it convened for its expert committee hearings in Memphis.

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