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Jennifer Hicks Jennifer Hicks edits SmartBrief newsletters on construction, green building  and freight railroads, among other areas. Before joining SmartBrief, she was a college professor for 12 years and owner of a consulting business that worked with government agencies and Fortune 100 companies on improving the content and usability of their website. She considers herself very fortunate to live on Cape Cod. You can follow her on Twitter @SB_AEC.

The Associated Contractors of America released their 2016 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report today, and the results were fairly optimistic although the majority of respondents expect about the same dollar volume of projects they compete for this year to be in line with last year. That said, 63% of the more than 1,500 firms from around the country who participated in the survey indicate they’ll increase their workforce by up to 25%, while only 6% see layoffs on the horizon.[…] Continue Reading »

Three construction-focused economists discussed the state of the US construction economy in a panel presentation/webinar presented by CMD iSqFt at Greenbuild on Thursday.

Where the construction economy is now compared with where it was

“The US economy is where it’s at,” Alex Carrick told me in an interview prior to the panel discussion.[…] Continue Reading »

James Cameron, filmmaker and deep-sea explorer, says there are strategies individuals can take to help mitigate climate change, and he offered suggestions to the 10,000 attendees at Greenbuild in Washington, D.C., during the plenary session. Cameron is passionate about climate change, calling it a “clear and present danger” that will “destabilize the world” and “exacerbate” the increasing violence we’re experiencing.[…] Continue Reading »

Ten thousand people from 86 countries have gathered for Greenbuild in Washington, D.C., this week where the theme is “monumental green.” And that was certainly hammered home by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and one of the founders of the US Green Building Council during his plenary address.

First: Green, lots and lots of green

Some say LEED, USGBC’s is losing its allure, particularly as alternative rating systems for sustainably designed and built buildings proliferate, including the Living Building Challenge, Green Globes and others.[…] Continue Reading »

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on some of the construction technology on display at the October 2015 BIMForum in Orlando, Fla. The post focused on Fieldlens, the second on NoteVault.

Cloud-hosted Viewpoint construction software are collaborative project management tools. Its Viewpoint for Projects lets members of project teams use a browser to access a project’s documents, data and drawings.[…] Continue Reading »