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Largest CFS simulated earthquake testing at UC San Diego

The University of California San Diego along with its partners were preparing for the largest simulated earthquake testing for mid-rise cold-formed steel building systems (CFS) less than a week after a recorded 5.2 real earthquake took place in San Diego. Months of design and planning went into preparation for the June 15 testing. It included erecting the tallest ever CFS-framed test...

Developing A Sales System

When it comes to selling, what is your “Holy Grail?” Do you dream of that “perfect system,” which maximizes your chances of closing deals? Successful contractors follow defined systems and processes that lead them to higher sales. Considerable commitment is required to implement these systems but it is these systems that separate high-growth, high-quality...

36 Mass Timber Conference videos available on YouTube

If you missed the Mass Timber Conference in March and want to discover more about current opportunities and obstacles for cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber construction in North America, there are now 36 videos from conference workshops posted on YouTube. Topics range from fire safety challenges...

Technology article examines seismic design coefficients for steel-clad wood-frame shear walls

A new technology article has been added to the Technical Resources library on ConstructionMagNet.com. The article, “Development of Seismic Design Coefficients for Steel-Clad Wood-Framed Shear Walls” examines the results of a study funded by the National Frame Building Association to test and analyze steel-clad wood-framed shear walls to develop seismic design coefficients needed by...

Construction job losses worst since 2013, ABC reports

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3— The U.S. construction industry lost 15,000 net jobs in May according to an analysis of today’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). This represents the industry’s worst month since December 2013, when payrolls also shrank by 15,000 jobs. Including April’s estimate, which was downwardly...

Discovering a cure for concrete cancer

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, have discovered a cure for concrete cancer utilizing discarded glass. Concrete cancer is a chemical reaction that leads to the degradation of concrete. “Every year, millions of tons of glass bypass recycling centers and end up in North American landfills,” says Assoc. Prof. of Engineering...

Free guide explains sound isolation and noise control for steel buildings

In designing and constructing modern buildings, sound control is vital in ensuring acoustical comfort and productivity for occupants. A new resource, “Facts for Steel Buildings #4: Sound Isolation and Noise Control,” available as a free download from AISC, provides building owners and designers with a basic understanding of these issues and useful tools for...

Money Talk: New rules to impact the lease/buy decision

– By Mark Battersby- Even as credit becomes more readily available, whether to buy or lease is a question facing many builders and contractors. While there is no one correct answer that fits every situation, nor every rural building business, compared to the simplicity of buying, leasing is far more complicated and may be...

2017 Frame Building Expo call for presentations

The National Frame Building Association is seeking presentations for its 2017 Frame Building Expo. The Expo is scheduled to be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, March 7-10, 2017. You are invited to share your expertise and experience with your peers by submitting a proposal for an educational...