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  • The deadline for submitting abstracts for GPD China 2010 has been extended to Jan. 20, 2010, according to a Dec. 17 release. GPD China 2010 will be held in Beijing, June 2-3.Abstracts already sent are are under review. Notification of accepted or rejected abstracts will be sent in January 2010. Abstracts should be submitted--maximum 150 words per abstract--as e-mail attachment...
  • Builders in November broke ground on more U.S. homes, a sign the recovery in homebuilding may carry through into 2010.Housing starts rose 8.9 percent to an annual rate of 574,000, the Commerce Department said today [Dec. 16] in Washington. Building permits, a sign of future construction, climbed to the highest level in a year.Government tax credits, lower home prices and borrowing costs near...
  • The producer price index for finished goods spurted 1.2 percent in November, not seasonally adjusted (1.8 percent, seasonally adjusted), and 2.4 percent over 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday [Dec.15]. A jump of 7 percent in the PPI for crude petroleum drove up both the finished-goods and construction indexes. Even aside from the oil-price leap, construction...
  • Glass and construction-materials group Cie de Saint-Gobain said Wednesday that Turkey's Sisecam and Mansour-Maghraby Investment and Development Co. of Egypt have been given the go-ahead by the European Union Commission to take a minority stake in Saint-Gobain's project to build a float glass plant in Egypt.
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has released the AAMA 505-09, a test procedure, and QAG-1-09, a quality assurance processing and monitoring guide, according to a Dec. 14 release.AAMA 505-09, Dry Shrinkage and Composite Performance Thermal Cycling Test Procedure outlines a laboratory method to measure the amount of dry shrinkage and retained composite...
  • Construction's unemployment rate continued to rise in November, climbing to 19.4 percent from October's 18.7 percent, while the nation's overall jobless rate declined slightly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.Job creation has become a prime topic in Washington, as congressional Democrats work on new measures aimed at bringing more people back to work. Infrastructure spending is...
  • The next Glass Performance Days China conference will be held in Beijing, June 2-3, 2010. Submit your abstract(s) before or by the set deadline–Dec. 16--to be reviewed and selected for presentation during the event. Submit each abstract--maximum 150 words--as an e-mail attachment to brown.onduso@gpd.fiClick here to find proposed topics and more information about the event.
  • Focus on small businessThe Obama administration plans to channel money from the government's massive financial bailout program to small businesses as part of an effort to limit the political and economic damage of high unemployment.
  • The good news about the world economic recovery is coming fast and furious. Chinese industrial production is growing at an amazing rate; U.S. retail sales are almost back to levels of a year ago; and home prices in Canada, for both new and existing properties, are on an upswing.
  • Most of us by now are accustomed to hearing the term “net zero” when talking about innovative houses and small commercial buildings. But now we’re starting to hear about a concept that is even more avant-garde: the triple-zero house.It’s the brain-child of German architect and engineer Werner Sobek. By triple-zero, Sobek means a building that is energy self-sufficient (...
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