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USING GEOFOAM TO SIMPLIFY COMMON SITE PREP CHALLENGES By Nico Sutmoller Contractors have successfully used expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam to simplify site preparation since the 1960s. Projects built with the material include road beds, bridge approaches, levees and other civil jobs. Now, geofoam is increasingly solving a host of construction challenges in commercial buildings and large residential applications. GEOFOAM OVERVIEW ...

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Achieving Acoustic Comfort in Green Buildings

BY NIKLAS MOELLER Sustainability is one of the driving forces in the field of construction today, a road that has largely been paved by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). However, for much of its history, LEED paid little attention to acoustics, drawing criticism from building professionals ...

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Cost-Effective Mobile Apps for Contractors

SAVE TIME, SAVE MONEY AND WIN NEW BIDS BY KEVIN HALTER CO-FOUNDER AND VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GETABLE, ON-DEMAND EQUIPMENT RENTAL PROCUREMENT Many contractors are wary of spending money on new mobile applications, because they have been successful for years without them. They do everything with flip phones, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Outlook, and ERP/accounting software. Contractors invest in people, equipment ...

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LEED Credential Exams to Feature v4 Material

WILL YOU BE READY? BY THERESA LEHMAN, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE SERVICES MIRON CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the newest version of its Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) v4 rating system in November of 2013 at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.  The updated version of the rating ...

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Built to Last

Q&D CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF BUILDING BUILDINGS, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY BY DAVID BUNKER Q&D Construction, a Nevada Chapter AGC member, started in 1964 with a $650 kitchen remodel on Crampton St. in Reno, Nev. And true to the pride in his work from the company’s first day, Norm Dianda, founder of the company, still knows, a half century later, ...

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Innovation Indoctrination

ADDING CREATIVITY TO THE COMPANY PLAYBOOK BY STEVE TYINK VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS INNOVATION MIRON CONSTRUCTION Innovation in the workplace stems from the environment in which you work. When the office setting allows for collaboration, it’s easier for employees to come up with solutions to problems and formulate new ideas. This collaboration is one of the keys to success, especially ...

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Are Contractor-Controlled Programs Right for Your Company?

FOUR TIPS TO HELP DRIVE THEIR SUCCESS BY DOUG CAUTI LIBERY MUTUAL INSURANCE The long-awaited recovery of the commercial construction market has many general contractors evaluating the role Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIPs) may play in better managing risks. When deciding if this approach makes sense for their companies, general contractors should understand the four tips that drive the effectiveness ...

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Better, Faster, Stronger: Benefits of BIM

Originally published in Line//Shape//Space. Line//Shape//Space is a blog from Autodesk dedicated to helping designers and drafter succeed in their small businesses. Does the thought of moving your small business to a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow make you want to hide in a broom closet while scarfing down an entire chocolate cake? Or when one of your team members suggests ...

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EPA Seeks Rebate Applications for Construction Equipment Retrofits

The EPA is now collecting applications for the 2013 Construction Equipment Funding Opportunity, a pilot rebate program for non-road engines. Submit your application by January 15 for a chance to secure $120,000 in funding.

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