Employment in the construction industry is predicted to grow at a rapid annual rate of 2.6 percent, equating to 1.6 new million jobs between now and 2022, according to the latest 10-year employment and labor force projections from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
RedVector would like to congratulate the winner of the First Annual Excellence in Engineering Award, Mark Fisher of WK Dickson. Fisher was nominated by his coworkers for finding creative solutions to problems. In fact, one wrote of Mark that, “no one embodies the title of problem solver better.”
The U.S. green building movement started to gain momentum in the early 1990s, when growing awareness about energy efficiency and environmental preservation prompted a widespread demand for “greener” structures—those designed to use natural resources more efficiently and reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation. But it would be roughly another decade before the U.S. Green Building Council introduced us to what would become the most widely recognized green building rating system in the world: LEED.
In August 2013 the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the newest edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®), the most widely used standard in the United States for electrical safety. Since then, 15 states have already begun the process of updating their current statutes to reference the 2014 NEC. According to the NFPA website, the new code covers the latest requirements on electrical wiring and equipment installation issues and includes important changes such as:
Older workers will soon start leaving the American workforce in large numbers. According to the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C., about 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 (retirement age) each day for the next 15 years, leaving AEC firms and employers in countless other industries looking for ways to attract and retain a younger generation of workers. One key differentiator will be a strong opportunity for personal growth and development.
Staying compliant with the latest industry regulations and standards is critical to the success of your organization. Now is the time to start thinking about two important deadlines coming up in December: training employees for the first phase of the new OSHA hazard communication standard, and the sexual harassment training requirements under California Assembly Bill 1825.
Research and advisory services firm Bersin by Deloitte completed a study recently that focused on the utilization of learning and development initiatives among U.S. organizations. The results reveal companies with strong learning cultures are more successful—from higher innovation and productivity to better customer service, quality, and overall profit. Statistically, those organizations are:
Adopted throughout the United States, the International Building Code (IBC) is a model building code developed by the International Code Council and used in the design, construction, and compliance process to ensure safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Knowledge of the IBC and its contents is essential to your success in the AEC industry, and RedVector has just released 12 new mobile-ready courses to help you stay at the top of your game.
Renewal dates have a way of sneaking up on all of us, but having the right information can make all the difference. At RedVector we make it easy to stay up to date with a License Requirements tool built right into our home page that quickly links professionals with the courses they need. If you maintain a professional license in Florida or Wisconsin, here’s a heads-up on three new requirements for 2014:
The construction industry is no doubt a dangerous one. Of the 4,188 U.S. worker fatalities that occurred in 2011, 738 (nearly 18%) were in construction, and the leading causes of death—falls, electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between—have been dubbed the “Fatal Four” by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).