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Trades’ talent dearth tempers strong construction employment figures

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

An AGC analysis of federal government data finds a mixed bag of positive indicators and growth constraints: Construction employment held steady in June at the highest level in six years; the number of unemployed workers with industry experience fell to the lowest total since 2001; and, contractors in many parts of the country are having a hard time finding enough qualified workers.

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Underwriter tracks rising prescription drug abuse among construction, manufacturing ranks

Source: CNA, Chicago

New CNA Risk Control, Claim and Actuary reports examine growing prescription opioid abuse in the U.S. construction and manufacturing industries, where an estimated 15.1 percent and 6.5 percent of workers, respectively, have engaged in illicit drug use.

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ISO technical standard defines green heavy/civil parameters

Source: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva

ISO/TS 21929-2, “Sustainability in building construction—Sustainability indicators—Part 2: Framework for the development of indicators for civil engineering works,” establishes core impacts for assessing sustainability performance in new or existing non-building construction.

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Seven structures charter Green Garage Certification log

Source: Green Parking Council, Alexandria, Va.

The first facilities to attain Green Parking Council (GPC) Green Garage Certification are Bank of America Plaza, Los Angeles; BG Group Place, Houston; Canopy Airport Parking, Denver; Charles Square Hotel, Cambridge, Mass.; Cornell University Forest Home, Ithaca, N.Y.; Silver Spring Metro Plaza, Silver Spring, Md.; and, Westpark Corporate Center, Tysons, Va.

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SCC 2016 organizers extend call for presentations

Sources: Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla

The committee overseeing the 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC 2016), May 15-18, 2016, in Washington, D.C., is reviewing abstracts for candidate papers and presentations through July 31. It invites engineers, architects, public works officials, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors, and concrete industry professionals to share their research, experiences and accomplishments in advancing SCC production and practice by submitting abstracts via the conference portal, www.scc2016.com.

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