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      Construction Equipment Giant Caterpillar Announces Move to Texas

      After nearly a century in Illinois, construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has announced its relocation to Irving, Texas, near Dallas. “We believe it’s in the best strategic interest of the company to make this move, which supports Caterpillar’s strategy for profitable growth as we help our customers build a better, more sustainable world,” chairman and CEO Jim Umpleby explained in a statement. According to The Wall Street Journal, Caterpillar is not receiving any incentives from the state to make the… Read More »Construction Equipment Giant Caterpillar Announces Move to Texas

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        Construction Input Prices Are up 21% From a Year Ago, Says Associated Builders and Contractors

        Construction input prices have increased dramatically since this time last year, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the trade group Associated Builders and Contractors. More specifically, construction input prices are up 21.4%, while nonresidential construction input prices are up 21.9%. Input prices are the costs directly incurred by the creation of a good or service, such as direct materials and labor. The increases occurred in 10 of 11 subcategories in May. The largest were in natural gas… Read More »Construction Input Prices Are up 21% From a Year Ago, Says Associated Builders and Contractors

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          Dodge Momentum Index Shows Gains in May, Despite Fears of Recession

          The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) jumped 7% in May to 176.2 (2000=100), up from the revised April reading of 165.2. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. In May, the institutional component of the Momentum Index rose 9%, and the commercial component increased 6%. May’s increase in the Dodge Momentum Index pushed the level of… Read More »Dodge Momentum Index Shows Gains in May, Despite Fears of Recession

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            Sara McCann Case Study

            Sara McCann is the CEO and Creative Director for Hive Collective, a collection of brands devoted to luxury products and high-quality services. When a project required a minimalistic fan with a clean look that works with any type of interiors, McCann went to Big Ass Fans. Take a look at how the Haiku fan worked with the project both aesthetically and functionally.

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              Case Study: Kraemer Consulting Engineers

              With over a quarter billion square feet of construction, engineering, and management under his belt, Jason Bush of Kraemer Consulting Engineers (KCE) has solved a lot of problems for his clients by finding just the right product for their situation. When faced with a unique challenge with temperature requirements in an Arizona beverage brewing and storing facility, it was clear Big Ass Fans was the obvious choice. Find out why Big Ass Fans was selected for the job.

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                Case Study: Maui Brewing

                Since 2013, Maui Brewing Company has been using Big Ass fansalongside other efforts, such as solar power, to reach their goal of 100%sustainable manufacturing. Find out how Big Ass Fans has helped keep the team and storefront cool enough to have a higher AC set point, and in turn decrease electrical consumption and maintain their sustainability goals.

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                  An In-Depth Conversation With AIA’s New CEO

                  Lakisha Woods, the new CEO of the American Institute of Architects, joined the editors of Architect magazine for a discussion about her career in construction, her vision for the future, and her new book, Never Get Their Coffee. Here are some highlights: I looked around the room, and saw that out of 150 people there, only one was a woman, and she came up to me and immediately befriended me. We had many conversations after that. Other members often assumed… Read More »An In-Depth Conversation With AIA’s New CEO

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                    MIT Researchers Develop Lab-Grown Wood Substitute

                    Scientists at MIT have developed a lab-grown, plant-based substitute for wood that can be customized for stiffness, density, and form, the Woodworking Network reports. “The idea is that you can grow these plant materials in exactly the shape that you need, so you don’t need to do any subtractive manufacturing after the fact, which reduces the amount of energy and waste. There is a lot of potential to expand this and grow three-dimensional structures,” said lead author Ashley Beckwith, a… Read More »MIT Researchers Develop Lab-Grown Wood Substitute

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                      A New Biden Administration Initiative Will Update Building Codes for Climate Resilience and Energy Efficiency

                      As hurricane season commences, the Biden administration has announced a campaign to promote more resilient construction. The National Initiative to Advance Building Codes is designed to help buildings withstand damage caused by natural disasters including wildfires, tornadoes, and floods. The codes ensure, for example, that roofs can withstand hurricane-force winds, that construction materials are resistant to flood damage and that insulation helps reduce heating and cooling costs, officials said. The effort will begin with federal buildings. The newer codes, AP… Read More »A New Biden Administration Initiative Will Update Building Codes for Climate Resilience and Energy Efficiency

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                        SPECLAB: Take the Guesswork Out of Comfort

                        HOW DOES SPECLAB WORK? SpecLab combines CFD with airflow data collected in our state-of-the-art Research & Development facility. This allows you to customize and test your solution before it’s installed—saving you both time and money. SPECLAB ALLOWS YOU TO: Visualize how our products interact with equipment, vehicles, walls, and any other obstructions in your space. Evaluate thermal comfort outcomes both with and without Big Ass Fans products using industry-backed calculation methods. Test multiple products and configurations before buying, ensuring you… Read More »SPECLAB: Take the Guesswork Out of Comfort

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