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MATT LEEGreen building materials are shaping the future of construction.   

By Matt Lee

A rapidly growing trend in building design is the move towards green building materials and sustainable architecture. The “Green Movement” has spread throughout consumer’s lives, affecting everything from their choice of clothing to what food they eat. Thanks to an increased awareness of environmental concerns, more people than ever are opting for more green lifestyle choices. The same trend is happening in architecture.

INFRASTRUCTUREThe construction industry needs to train people to build infrastructure.   

By Peter Dyga

The United States has a $2 trillion, 10-year deficit in its infrastructure investment. Those numbers, from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), reflect how far we have fallen behind in maintaining and upgrading our transportation, water and school systems. However, money and time tell only part of the story – we need to train people who will construct roads, water treatment systems, buildings and beaches.

FIVE STEP REVENUE RECOGNITIONIt’s time to get ready for the five-step revenue recognition standard.   

By Jennifer Costello

Since the beginning of time, or at least that’s the way it feels, construction contractors have recognized revenue from long-term contracts using the cost-to-cost percentage-of-completion method. Under this method, judgment and subjectivity were pretty much nonexistent. There were rules, and we followed them. 

FINANCIAL MODELING FOR CONSTRUCTIONHere are some project management best practices in financial modeling.   

By Paul Brussow

With construction costs comprising between 60 percent and 85 percent of the budget for commercial developments, the need to efficiently oversee and balance resources is a top priority. Key to this challenge is the project manager (PM), who synthesizes data on costs, materials and time to maintain the integrity and momentum of the job. 

DATA CENTER CONSTRUCTIONLocation matters for data center construction.   

By Steven Cooke

In today’s hot commercial construction market, the data center-building sector stands out as a particular bright spot. Driven in large part by the booming cloud services and IoT markets, data center construction in the United States is expected to grow by more than six percent a year through 2022. And as demand for data-related services continues to grow, more and more companies are entering this high-growth sector or expanding their current operations to take advantage of the seemingly limitless demand for more data.

COMMUNICATION MISTAKESHere are seven steps to prevent common mistakes in contracts.   

By Julia M.I. Holden-Davis

Construction contracts come in many shapes and sizes: from a handshake to several hundred-page agreements with numerous attachments. No matter the size, many of the same concerns exist and must be addressed. Here are seven questions to ask yourself to avoid some of the most common mistakes:

CONTRACTORS AND ELDER ABUSESeven ways to protect contractors from potential financial elder abuse claims.   

By James C. Earle

Financial elder abuse is a new area of potential civil and criminal liability for California contractors. This article outlines the relevant laws and the steps contractors can, and should take to mitigate the risks of liability.

VAPOR INTRUSIONThe first step to solving a vapor intrusion problem is recognizing it.   

By Wesley Robb

Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when petroleum products or volatile chemicals contaminate groundwater, soil or a vapor plume then migrate into the breathable air of a building. It is a concern that was first brought to the public’s attention in the 1980s, but only recently grew awareness to the point where building developers are routinely exploring solutions for mitigating the risks associated with VI. 

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