Use www.thecorpyard.org to barter, buy, and sell items — such as fiberglass tanks and waste water treatment filters — that you don't usually see on eBay or Craig's List. Though developed and run by the consulting engineering firm Eco:Logic, sales are completed offline directly between the buyer and seller.
Procurement affects ability to meet ‘green' goals
LEED-accredited professionals report that integrated project-delivery methods are more likely than design-bid-build to meet certification goals, with qualifications-based selection (QBS) being the most successful procurement procedure. This is the first finding by research commissioned by the Charles Pankow Foundation and the Design-Build Institute of America. To read Sustainable, High Performance Projects and Project Delivery Methods: A State of Practice Report, visit www.dbia.org.
OSHA clarifies safety-apparel rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that all highway and road-construction workers — not just those working where the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requires it — wear high-visibility, reflective vests. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 425 road construction work zone fatalities from 2003 to 2007.
Conservation efforts praised
Four public agencies and city/state initiatives have earned the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water State of the Union Award for outstanding landscape water-efficiency programs. The winners are the city of Indian Wells, Calif.; Inland Empire Utilities Agency (Calif.); Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District; and the San Antonio Water System's Conservation Department. The annual awards program is sponsored by Rain Bird Corp (www.rainbird.com).
Environmental policy change made (a little) easier
No sense in reinventing the wheel when you can download sample documents and staff reports from www.greencitiescalifornia.org and modify them to suit local requirements.
State facilities go solar
Delaware DOT subsidiary Delaware Transit Corp. (DTC) has received a $1.5 million Federal Transit Administration Transit Investment for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program grant through the stimulus package to retrofit facilities with solar panels that will power lighting, computer, and air conditioning systems. The agency expects to save about $91,000 on electricity and 367,000 pounds in carbon dioxide every year.
A national day of recognition
Members of the public toured facilities of fabricators, mills, service centers, galvanizers, hollow structual sections producers, and bender-rollers at more than 170 events nationwide organized for the American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC) first SteelDay. AISC also launched www.steelTOOLS.org, a social networking and file-sharing site for designers, engineers, and others in the construction industry. Visit www.steelday.org.
CMAA publishes 2010 standards
For the first time in six years, the Construction Management Association of America has revised and expanded its Construction Management Standards of Practice. With an emphasis on sustainability and risk management, the guide also includes best practices in Building Information Modeling (BIM). It provides owners and agencies with guidelines for what to expect from their construction service providers. Visit http://cmaanet.org/bookstore.