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Meet the 2024 RIA Candidates

Meet the candidates and watch the interviews below featuring the five RIA Board of Directors candidates for the 2024 elections. Please take a moment to watch each video! Voting is open to RIA members March 18 through March 25; links to vote will be sent via email. Election results will be announced on March 27, with the new board members installed at the RIA Convention in Dallas April 8-10. To register for the RIA convention, visit Want to listen on the go? Find this on the Restoration Today podcast stream on your favorite

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Construction Job Openings Remain Elevated at 413,000 in January, Says ABC

The construction industry had 413,000 job openings on the last day of January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. JOLTS defines a job opening as any unfilled position for which an employer is actively recruiting. Industry job openings decreased by 21,000 last month but are up by 120,000 from the same time last year. “The number of construction industry job openings remained elevated in January,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Yet there were signs of potential

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Negative Air Duct Cleaning White Paper: Original Post + NADCA Response

In January, C&R posted a news item, under Industry News, detailing the release of a short white paper called Effects of Negative Air Duct Cleaning on Flex Ducts. This did not appear under editorial content, was not paid, nor did it appear in any print editions of C&R. The entire news item was later removed from the C&R website; you can now read it below. This week, NADCA released an official response to the white paper. You can read the response below. For ease of navigation, here are links to both sections: JUMP TO WHITE PAPER JUMP TO NADCA

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ISSA Elects New 2024 Board Members

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to announce the following individuals have been elected to serve on the 2024 ISSA Board of Directors, which will be led by incoming ISSA President Matthew J. Schenk of Midlab Inc. Vice President/President-Elect: Laurie Sewell, Servicon Supplies Executive Officer: Adam Camhi, Sunbelt Rentals Manufacturer Director: Bill Simpson, Ecolab Inc. Distributor Director: Debbie Sardone, Speed Cleaning Inc. BSC Director: Ricardo Regalado, Rozalado & Co. Commercial Cleaning. Returning Board Members In addition to Schenk, the following 2024 Board members are returning from the 2023 Board: Past President/International Director:

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Success! 2023 International Restoration Convention and Industry Expo Thrives in Orlando

This April 24th, 25th and 26th marked the most attended and most robust International Restoration Convention & Industry Expo. The gathering, which took place at Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, convened more than 1,000 restoration professionals from across the United States, as well as Canada and Australia, for a fast-paced three days of continued education and networking amidst the palm trees and balmy breezes of central Florida. Filled with learning opportunities, the 2023 International Restoration Convention & Industry Expo offered attendees the chance to select one of four pre-convention courses through which they could

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NADCA Announces Scholarships for Fall Technical Conference in Texas

Applications Must be Submitted by August 10 The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) — also known as the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association — today announces a scholarship program for its 2023 Fall Technical Conference that will take place September 7-9 at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Scholarships are available for first-time attendees only. NADCA membership is not required. Interested individuals are invited to submit an application for consideration. If selected, scholarship recipients will receive one (1) complimentary registration to NADCA’s 2023 Fall Technical Conference. NADCA’s Fall Technical Conference

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IICRC S700 Standard Available for Second Public Review

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has opened a second public review for the revised draft IICRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration. Download the draft Standard and submit your comments online from July 28 to September 11, 2023, here:  As part of the ANSI 45-day public review period all comments must be submitted using the online comment form no later than September 11, 2023.  The IICRC S700 Standard describes the principles, processes, and procedures for assessing the presence, intensity of impact and boundaries of fire residues

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American Federation of Restorers Launches as Member Organization

Publisher’s Note: AFOR founders Zach and Mike will be joining the Restoration Today podcast in the coming weeks to discuss AFOR – stay tuned! American Federation of Restorers (AFOR), a newly-founded member organization in the property damage restoration industry, is pleased to announce its recent launch. Founded by two restoration professionals with nearly 30 years of combined experience, the new organization looks to bring much-needed reform to the restoration industry. Most of the existing membership organizations in the industry exist for the primary benefit and advocacy of company owners and executives. AFOR aims to

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases in May, First Time in Nearly a Year, Says ABC

National nonresidential construction spending decreased 0.2% in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $1.06 trillion. Spending declined on a monthly basis in nine of the 16 nonresidential subcategories. Private nonresidential spending fell 0.3%, while public nonresidential construction spending increased 0.1% in May. “Nonresidential construction spending declined in May, ending a streak of 11 consecutive monthly increases,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “While spending is up more than 17% over that span, manufacturing-related

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New AGA Legislative Update May 2023

RIA’s AGA Legislative Task Force is responsible for monitoring legislation across the United States that may impact restoration professionals in the areas of mold remediation, pesticide application, contractor laws & regulations, prevailing wage and more. The following update is being provided to help RIA members stay informed of key legislative developments. Florida Florida SB 1718 was signed into law on May 10, 2023. SB 1718 Summary Prohibiting counties and municipalities, respectively, from providing funds to any person, entity, or organization to issue identification documents to an individual who does not provide proof of lawful presence in the United States;

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