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Made in America

Why Should You Care? “Made in America,” “Buy America,” “Buy America,” American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Made in the USA, Assembled in the USA…why should you care? Are these all the same? What do all of these mean and what is the difference? It can all be very confusing. Some of these terms are used …

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PCA Forecasts Less Growth in 2019 and 2020

Rising Interest Rates, Deficits Factor Into Trend The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence Group forecast for cement consumption over the next two years, shows less growth compared with 2018. This year’s rate of change is 2.9 percent. Growth ebbs to 2.6 percent in 2019 and to 1.6 percent in 2020. “We are expecting relatively …

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Storage Issues Got You Stumped?

Informal Interpretations Offer Solutions and Savings The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address storage issues. AFSA’s informal interpretations are provided to AFSA members by Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services Roland Huggins, PE; Senior Fire Protection Engineer Russ Bainbridge, PE; and Technical Programs Specialist Tom Noble, CET. These opinions are …

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Tips for a Successful New Year

Do You Accept the Challenge? A new year is upon us as we gear up for a fresh start in both our personal and professional lives. We all have a goal that we strive for in the new year – maybe it’s joining a gym and losing some weight, maybe it’s saving up for a …

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Construction Employment Rises by 280,000 in 2018

Associated General Contractors of America Surveys Contractors for 2019 Construction employment increased by 38,000 jobs in December and by 280,000 jobs, or 4.0 percent, over the past year, while the industry’s average pay accelerated and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of …

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Protecting Storage Occupancies

Issues Concerning Smoke and Heat Vents When protecting storage occupancies there are several issues that can impact the selected protection methods. This article will discuss conditions where smoke and heat vents or mechanical smoke removal systems could potentially be installed along with sprinklers and the issues that might arise. The International Building Code (IBC), 2015 …

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2019 Construction Economic Forecast

ABC Reports Momentum Will Persist for Several More Quarters U.S. economic performance has been brilliant of late. Sure, a considerable volume of negativity has surrounded issues such as the propriety of tariffs and shifting immigration policy, but the headline statistics make it clear that domestic economic performance is solid. Nowhere is this more evident than …

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Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems

The Importance of Accuracy A variety of factors have contributed to the increased implementation of dry pipe sprinkler systems. The inclusion of exterior design elements such as exterior canopies, in addition to NFPA 13’s prohibition of the use of antifreeze in new installations, has forced designers to include dry pipe systems in buildings. When properly …

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