August 2018

Also in the August 2018 Issue:

Insulation: the Missing Key to Energy Efficiency

This summer has seen a series of all-time heat records being set worldwide. In July, a global heat wave stretched over most of the northern hemisphere, with locations all over the globe recording their highest-ever temperatures. These dangerous heat waves are likely to continue and worsen, making energy efficiency and lowering environmental impact vitally important.

Commissioning Explained Using the Human Body as an Example

Whenever someone asks me about my job and I respond with Commissioning Engineer, I usually get a blank stare. Commissioning can be difficult to explain to people who don’t have a background in construction or are hearing about it for the first time. Simple explanations, like quality assurance or quality control, can be vague and

Power and Energy’s Impact on the Insulation Industry

There’s a great deal happening throughout the energy industry, including the greater adoption of digital technologies to increase performance—all of which spell increased opportunities for the insulation industry. Oil and Gas, including LNG While global energy demand will continue to increase, growth will be slower—an average of about 0.7% a year through 2050—compared to an

Politics Fuel Changing Prices for Energy

Washington was a key driver of second-quarter energy costs, with political actions and regulatory intervention affecting power sources from oil and coal to solar and wind. In May, U.S. crude reached $70 per barrel—for the first time since November 2014. Among key contributing factors to the rise were fears of constrained Iran supply following President

Construction Cost Data Shows Effect of Trade Disputes as Aluminum and Steel Costs Increase

Construction costs accelerated again in June, with steep increases for a wide range of building and road construction materials as tariffs against foreign goods come into effect, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America of new Labor Department data. Association officials say that contractors will have to assume much of

Safety Matters: What Exactly Is a Competent Person?

One of the most frequently cited Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards during inspections of construction projects is 29 CFR 1926.20, which reads in part: “Such programs shall provide for frequent and regular inspections of the job sites, materials, and equipment to be made by competent persons designated by the employers.” So, what exactly

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