Industry News (August-September’08)

Make the “Move to Metal.”

For building owners and architects who want to know more about using metal in their projects, the Metal Construction Association’s new “Move to Metal” program offers a chance to discover the benefits of using metal by attending the 18th annual METALCON trade show and conference this fall in Baltimore.

Sponsored by the MCA, METALCON International and The Metal Initiative, the program offers this opportunity only to qualified architects and building owners. Applicants for the program must be involved in non-residential development and have not previously attended METALCON.

“There’s no better spot to learn about metal than METALCON,” says Claire Kilcoyne, show director for METALCON. “It’s the only event totally focused on the use of metal in the building envelope. For someone who wants to know how using metal can benefit their business, this event has everything they need to know — from the latest products to the chance to meet with literally thousands of industry experts who staff the booths and those who present the educational programs.”

METALCON runs from October 1-3 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore. It offers a 50-session conference program, more than 400 product exhibits and daily live demonstrations of the latest field techniques.

The “Move to Metal” package includes domestic airfare to Baltimore, hotel accommodations for one night, complimentary admission to the METALCON exhibit hall, a full conference program package (a value of $420) and admission to a special opening day reception.

Applications for the program are available through the Metal Construction Association at www.metalconstruction.org.

U.S. Green Building Council re-launches Greenbuild365
The U.S. Green Building Council has re-launched its Greenbuild365 website. Visitors will find increased educational offerings, podcasts and expanded resources, along with year-round access to plenaries and master speaker presentations from USGBC’s annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo — the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement.

“The building industry is changing; we are no longer designing and constructing buildings in the same way we have always done,” said Peter Templeton, senior vice president of research & education, USGBC. “The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health.”

As part of UTC’s commitment to Greenbuild365, online courses will be available to team leaders at 1,700 Habitat for Humanity sites across the country at no charge. Visit www.greenbuild365.org.

NCCER plans careers week
The National Center for Construction Education and Research’s fourth annual Careers in Construction Week will take place October 13-17.

Careers in Construction Week is designed to increase public awareness of the hard work and contributions of our nation’s craft professionals. In addition, this week promotes recognition among parents, teachers, guidance counselors and students of the rewarding career opportunities available in construction.

“2007 was a success,” says Don Whyte, NCCER president. “Thirty-eight governors proclaimed Careers in Construction Week in their state and the week received recognition from the White House. We encourage contractors and schools to use this week to honor our craft professionals and recognize construction as a rewarding career.”

During this week, NCCER will also broadcast the 2008 Build Your Future career awareness video. This video is distributed free of charge and features interviews from real craft professionals who are already experiencing a rewarding construction career. Contractors, schools and industry associations throughout the country will conduct career fairs and various construction-related activities to help promote construction career opportunities in their communities.

All organizations planning an event during this week should submit their event online at www.careers.nccer.org.

ANSI partners with ICC to deliver I-Codes in Spanish
The International Code Council has partnered with the American National Standards Institute to distribute the recently released Spanish versions of the 2006 International Codes in electronic format. These codes include the International Building, Fire, Residential, Energy Conservation, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Property maintenance codes. The popularity of the International Codes globally has provided the impetus for the Code Council to pursue development of these codes in multiple languages. In addition to interest outside the U.S., ICC has experienced an increase in demand for the codes in Spanish from the Spanish-speaking community within the U.S.

“The Code Council is committed to partnering with others to provide the most current building safety solutions in as many different formats and languages as possible in order to serve the global community,” says ICC business and product development senior vice president Mark Johnson. “The code council is pleased to partner with ANSI to make it easier for building professionals to have access to the Spanish codes through the Institute’s state of the art electronic delivery system.”

Having the codes available electronically and in Spanish will not only save time in accessing them but will expand their usage and application as well, thereby enhancing the overall level of safety. The 2006 International Codes in Spanish can be obtained by visiting the ANSI eStandards Store at www.webstore.ansi.org/.

Roofing Industry Alliance releases ergonomics report
The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has released “Identification and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders,” a report identifying best practices for reducing repetitive-stress injuries in roofing workers through education; redesign of work activities; and improved design of tools, equipment and materials.

The report focuses on ergonomics, the science of fitting workplace conditions and physical demands to a work force’s physical capabilities. The alliance hopes this report will promote a proactive approach to ergonomics through risk management by identifying and mitigating factors that may contribute to worker injury or illness.

The alliance was established in 1996 within the National Roofing Foundation, a separate but related educational and research organization of NRCA, to address critical industry issues. The organization is open to all roofing contractor and industry partners. Alliance members are committed to securing the future excellence of the roofing industry.

The ergonomics report is $40 for NRCA members and $80 for nonmembers. To purchase the report, contact NRCA’s Customer Service Department at 866-275-6722 or info@nrca.net. For more information about the alliance, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the alliance’s executive director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

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