As Congress shifts its attention from health care back to tax reform, many are hoping for legislators to pass a new tax reform bill by the year’s end. The White House, along with the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance, recently released a tax reform plan: Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. This framework plans to lower the corporate tax rate and bring down the tax rate for pass-throughs as well.
To keep up with industry trends and important court decisions, AIA Contract Documents are reviewed and updated every 10 years. One of the important changes to the 2017 documents includes a single Sustainable Project Exhibit that can be added to any AIA document to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable projects. This exhibit is meant to replace the Sustainable Projects documents included in the Conventional (A201) family of AIA Contract Documents.
The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction and renovation projects is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute an ever-increasing percentage of total building life cycle expenses due to rising utility rates. As a result, sustainable construction practices promoting net-zero building designs have become a prevalent industry objective. However, peak sustainability is rarely accomplished due to the high costs and a lack of resources available in the early stages of design and planning.
As research continues to bring forth new ideas and techniques to promote healing, one idea specifically aims to create sustainable medical facilities that improve the health of patients as well as the environment.
Construction companies, general contractors, developers, and property owners involved in land clearance and disturbance activities will want to take note of the new Stormwater Construction General Permit (Construction General Permit) issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that took effect Feb. 16.
With many new green flooring material trends on the rise, choosing the right material for application and LEED certification can be difficult. Following are the top flooring materials to help keep projects LEED-certified.
Green Seal released a proposed standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54) Feb. 3, as well as the rationale for the standard and a review of thermal insulation products.
Green Seal recently released a revised version of its GS-11 Standard that covers most types of architectural coatings available on the market today. The new standard is a compilation of the previous GS-11 version and the GS-47 Standard for Stains and Finishes.
Sustainable design and construction is a rapidly evolving and growing sector of the building industry. However, it presents new challenges and legal considerations for owners, architects and contractors.
With the construction industry rebounding and creating more frequent and longer projects, more regularly are industry professionals looking to hotels as their “home away from home.” As travel shifts from being a part of the job to a temporary lifestyle, the ability to maintain routines and have homelike comforts, like the ability to prepare favorite meals, unwind in a spacious living area after a long day and have a designated workspace to maintain productivity, naturally increases. Continue »
In the construction business, you spend day in and day out with the Earth. From moving it, to digging it up, to working around it, there’s no getting around it; the construction business is all about it. However, while the industry is all about the Earth, there is also a growing trend in construction toward practices to protect it. Continue »
The California Energy Commission (CEC) took emergency action to ensure the toilets, urinals and faucets sold in the state will be the most water-efficient in the country.