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Concrete defies construction input price drop

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) data indicates that construction input prices decreased 1.3 percent on both a monthly and year-over-year basis, the latter metric representing the first such occurrence in nearly three years.

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LEED rating system development goes nimble

Sources:  U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

USGBC has announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the 20-year-old green building rating program whose most recent update was released in April. The standard is revised through a continuous improvement process, USGBC challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable with each new version.

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Lehigh Hanson, haulers weigh aggregate fleet efficiency in app pilot

Sources: Trelar Logistics, Inc., Austin, Texas; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson Inc. and trucking partners are testing a cloud-based, Trelar Logistics platform in central California, Phoenix and Seattle to measure improved fleet utilization, plus aggregate delivery booking and scheduling metrics. A vocational vehicle marketplace, Trelar connects dump truck owners, sand & gravel and stone producers, plus contractors via an application programmed to increase order and routing transparency; reduce delays; and, provide tracking, real-time data and automated payments.

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Union-endorsed apprenticeship program proposal rattles AGC, ABC

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

proposal paving the way for associations to play stepped up roles in industry-recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP) development and oversight is drawing criticism from the two leading contractor groups due to its exclusion of construction. 

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OSHA committee reviews confined space, PPE fit requirements

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The U.S. Department of Labor will convene the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health to discuss proposals to add a reference to the OSHA definition of "confined space" that applies to welding activities in construction, plus clarification of agency requirements for the fit of personal protective equipment. The committee will meet 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held in Conference Rooms N-5437 A-D at Department headquarters, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20210.

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