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Construction Job Openings Surge by 82,000 in December, Says ABC

The construction industry had 413,000 job openings in December, 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 increased by 82,000 for the month and are up by 54,000 from December 2021. “The number of open construction jobs surged in at the end of 2022,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The 5% of industrywide positions that were unfilled in December

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Revision of ANSI/IICRC SS00: 2021 Standard

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the initiation of the revision of the ANSI/IICRC SS00: 2021 Standard. Applications are now being accepted for volunteers to serve on the Consensus Body for the revision of the ANSI/IICRC SS00 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration. This SS00 Standard provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It does not attempt to teach comprehensive water damage restoration procedures; rather, it provides the foundation for basic principles of proper restoration practices. It does not attempt to include exhaustive performance characteristics or

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NADCA Publishes White Paper on Inspection and Cleaning of Open Air Plenums

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA); also known as the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association; today announces the publication of a white paper on methods of inspecting and cleaning open air plenums.  The paper addresses common contaminants found in open air plenums that can adversely impact the conditioned space, and provides guidance for the inspection and cleaning of those areas.  Open air plenums are found in both commercial and residential settings and consist of intended non-ducted air pathways formed in building cavities, voids, and spaces outside of the occupied zone of buildings.

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IICRC Standards Available for Public Review

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has opened public review for the following Standard:  Revised draft IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup. Download the draft Standard and submit your comments online from January 20, 2023–March 6, 2023 here: https://iicrc.org/s540/.  As part of the ANSI 45-day public review period, all comments must be submitted using the online comment form no later than the deadline indicated above.  The S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination

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IICRC Standards Available for Public Review

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has opened public review for the following Standards: Revised draft IICRC S800 Standard for Professional Inspection of Textile Floorcoverings. Download the draft Standard and submit your comments online from January 13 to February 27, 2023 here: https:Uiicrc.org/s800/ As part of the ANSI 45-day public review period all comments must be submitted using the online comment form no later than the deadlines indicated above. The S800 establishes a procedural standard and reference guide for professionally inspecting textile floor coverings. The standard defines basic operational procedures and

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Construction Job Openings Flat in November

The construction industry registered 388,000 job openings in November, 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 declined by 2,000 last month but are up 22,000 from the same time last year. “Once again, good news is bad news,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The economywide number of job openings remained elevated at approximately 10.5 million in November, virtually

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IICRC Standards Available for Public Review

 The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has opened public review for the following Standards as part of the ANSI 45-day public review period: Revised draft IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation. Download the draft Standard and submit your comments online from December 23, 2022 to February 06, 2023 here: https://iicrc.org/s520/ Draft IICRC S590 Standard for Assessing HVAC Systems Following a Water, Fire, or Mold Damaged Event. Download the draft Standard and submit your comments online from December 23, 2022 to February 06, 2023 here: https://iicrc.org/s590/ Draft IICRC S700 Standard for

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IICRC Updates

Volunteers Needed: The IICRC needs your expertise for the newly proposed American National Standard focusing on commercial resilient flooring. The BSR/IICRC S250 Standard for Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of Commercial Resilient Floor Coverings will describe the procedures to be followed by professional floor care providers to evaluate resilient flooring and apply the appropriate cleaning and maintenance processes. To submit your application, click here. 2023 Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Meet the newly-elected Board and Committee members here. Renewal Season Ending Soon: Renew your Certified Firm status before it’s too late! Log in today

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Florida and Arizona Are the Best States for Construction

For the fourth time, Florida claimed the top spot in Associated Builders and Contractors’ eighth annual Merit Shop Scorecard, a ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on policies and programs that strengthen career pathways in construction, encourage workforce development and advocate for fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects. “Each state plays a key role in creating the conditions for the best taxpayer investment in quality infrastructure,” said Ben Brubeck, ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs. “These policy and educational priorities are the foundation of creating

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Construction Employment Increases by 20,000 in November

The construction industry added 20,000 jobs on net in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has risen by 248,000 jobs, an increase of 3.3%. Nonresidential construction employment increased by 16,300 positions on net, with growth registered in all three subcategories. Nonresidential building added 8,200 net new jobs, while heavy and civil engineering and nonresidential specialty trade added 5,300 and 2,800 jobs, respectively. The construction unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in November, while unemployment across

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