• February 20, 2017 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Estimates of water consumption in large (greater than 200,000 square feet) commercial buildings from the 2012 CBECS are now available in this report: Water Consumption in Large Buildings Summary. Included in the report are annual water consumption estimates (Table W1) and daily estimates (Table WD1). Additionally, a public use microdata file is available for users to perform custom analysis. For information on how the data were collected, see How was water usage information collected for commercial buildings?

    “U.S. Energy Information Administration”

  • February 20, 2017 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Through education and product innovation, Hilti is supporting customers as they develop and implement compliancy plans for the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Standard for construction.Because of Hilti’s commitment to helping contractors provide a safe working environment, the company has scheduled a series of webinars and has a whitepaper about the OSHA RCS Standard. Companies can also speak with their local Hilti sales representative for more information. 

    Details on the OSHA §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Standard
    First introduced in March 2016, the OSHA RCS Standard introduces more stringent “permissible exposure limits,” moving from approximately 250 micrograms/m3 averaged over an 8-hour day to 50 micrograms/m3 averaged over an 8-hour day. All companies that engage in silica-generating applications, such as cutting, grinding, drilling or breaking concrete and/or masonry, have until June 23, 2017 to fully comply with the new standard and have a written exposure control plan on file. 

    In the new standard OSHA provides companies with three different options for compliance:

    1. Table 1: A table of pre-defined applications and approved control solutions available in the market today. (Table 1)
    2. Performance or ‘Objective data’: Providing objective data proving exposure associated with the control method used.
    3. Scheduled air monitoring program: Establishing frequency of exposure monitoring activities.

    OSHA will also require companies to offer medical surveillance (exams) to employees that are required by the standard to wear a respirator for more than 30 days per year. 

    Hilti Addresses the New Standards
    Hilti’s U.S. team has been diligently researching the new guidelines, as well as the impact it will have on customers. As part of these efforts, Hilti enlisted the help of a third-party consultant to arrange a workshop for OSHA executives, industry experts and more than 30 large U.S. construction company representatives. The workshop helped to clarify details about the new standards and provide answers to common questions. This white paper, “Understanding New OSHA Standards for Silica Dust in the Construction Industry”, summarizes all the information covered during that seminar. 

    Hilti employees that engage with contractors have also received training on the new standards, so they can help address the needs of contractors who are reviewing their compliancy options. 

    In addition, Hilti is hosting two webinars (Feb. 28, March 15, and March 29) to help educate and answer customer questions about the new OSHA RCS Standard. 

    Hilti currently has an extensive dustless product portfolio that will help companies comply, and the company is committed to developing additional innovative products, as well as creating objective data (outlined in Option 2: Performance Option), to help customers comply with the OSHA §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Standard. 

    To attend a webinar, download the white paper and other documents related to the new standard, please visit Hilti online. OSHA information about the new standard can be found at

    Click here to download the whitepaper
    Click here to register for a webinar
    Click here for Table 1

  • February 14, 2017 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FMI executives share their retrospectives on how 2016 shaped up for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry and give valuable insights into what’s ahead for the next 12 months.

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  • January 13, 2017 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    In 2017 top performers will have choices. Will they come to your company, stay or leave? If you don’t have a solid plan and process in place to attract, engage and communicate with your best employees, your company could suffer.

    We’ve done the homework for you and identified 7 talent management trends that are gaining momentum for 2017. Cut through the clutter and get ahead of your workforce needs with a focus on sourcing and recruiting, streamlined onboarding, real-time performance feedback, prepping Millennials to become managers and more.

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  • December 01, 2016 11:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Since the changes incorporated in the Construction Reform legislation went into effect four years ago, there have been many questions from Ohio’s public owners and contractors concerning applicability—selecting the appropriate delivery system, owner and contractor responsibilities, proper procedures, etc. Often-times, answers to the questions can be difficult to find in lengthy contract documents and hundreds of pages of codes and rules.

    To help simplify and clarify the process, AGC of Ohio created a quick-reference guide. The Ohio Guide to Construction Project Delivery Systems provides a brief overview of each project delivery system available for public building construction—the defining characteristics, basic responsibilities, and pros and cons.

    AGC of Ohio has taken great strides to share the Guide with public owners covered by Ohio’s public construction laws. It is also available to members free of charge.

    To order copies, contact Glenna Keys at or Taylor Hobbs at — Office number (614) 486-6446.

  • November 30, 2016 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Are you looking for innovative ways to help reduce the cost of health care for your company and remain ACA compliant?  Are you interested in understanding how to give employees more choice and flexibility in benefits (and SAVE money)?  

    Introducing the AGC Alternative, a new, dynamic and cost-effective way for AGC member firms to provide quality health insurance and other employee benefits.

    Discover how the AGC Alternative works by watching this 2-minute video:

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  • November 29, 2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has guidance to help determine whether a worker should be considered an employee or independent contractor.  According to a DOL blog, the administrator’s interpretation “analyzes how the Fair Labor Standards Act’s definition of ‘employ’ guides the determination of whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the law. It discusses the breadth of the FLSA’s definition of ‘employ,’ and provides guidance on the ‘economic realities’ factors applied by courts in determining if a worker is indeed an employee.” Learn more.


  • November 18, 2016 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • November 09, 2016 10:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The ConsensusDocs Coalition, of which AGC is a primary partner, is making all of its standard construction bond forms free. ConsensusDocs bond forms are the only industry standard forms written and endorsed by 40+ industry associations, and the only ones available for free to the design and construction community. "The importance of bond forms is often overlooked. Fair and balanced bonds can facilitate maximum competition, limit contingencies, and help ensure project viability," states Joanne Brooks, vice president and counsel at The Surety & Fidelity Association of America, a member of the ConsensusDocs Coalition. "Providing complimentary access to the ConsensusDocs industry-standard bond forms will help all project participants." Learn more and start using your complimentary subscription today at
  • November 01, 2016 9:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Does your company use towels, rags or absorbents to clean machinery, parts or spills?  If yes, then you will want to know about a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that may exclude your “solvent-contaminated wipes” from the hazardous waste regulations.  The federal rule took effect in January 2014 in states where EPA still runs the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program. Ohio is not part of the RCRA program, however the Ohio EPA is in the process of adopting the policy, as is many other states.  

    It took more than a decade for the U.S. EPA to revise its regulations under RCRA, the federal statute governing the disposal of solid and hazardous waste, and conditionally exclude solvent-contaminated wipes from certain federal hazardous waste management requirements, provided that businesses clean or dispose of them properly.  Practically speaking, this means that your company may not need to send these wipes to special disposal facilities or comply with shipping manifest rules – which should translate to cost savings.

    See the complete article from AGC of America to learn more about the rule and its potential impact. View a copy of the complete federal rule.  For more information, visit the U.S. EPA’s website or the Ohio EPA’s website.

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