December 3, 2008
- Making Sense Of Green Building Standards And Rating Systems
  Today’s construction market presents a laundry list of challenges for developers and other construction professionals. Keeping informed and ahead of the many programs, rating systems and soon to be released green building standards is a full time job. More
- Construction Industry Is Poised For A Rebound
  The construction industry, beset by one of the biggest drops in employment in the current economic downturn, could be poised for a rebound under President-elect Barack Obama's expected stimulus package. More
- Green Building Is Bright Spot In Otherwise Tough Economy: Multifamily Projected To Spend $41B In Green Dollars In 2009
  New York--The U.S. green building market is accelerating at a dramatic rate, McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green Outlook 2009: Trends Driving Change report says. More
- Steel Industry Sets An Emissions Example
  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 Sector Performance Report brings good news to the American steel sector. More
- October 2008 Crude Steel Production
  Brussels – World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 100.5 million metric tons (mmt) in October. This is 12.4% lower than the same month last year and 6.9% below September 2008. More
- October Imports Up 1 Percent Vs. September
  Washington, D.C. – Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 2,964 ,000 net tons (NT) of steel in October 2008, including 2,344,000 NT of finished steel (up 1 percent and down 5 percent, respectively, vs. September final data). More
- Non-Residential Construction Index Falls: AIA
  NEW YORK - A forward-looking index of U.S. nonresidential construction activity fell to the lowest level in its 13-year history last month as spending slumped on healthcare and educational facilities, an architects' trade group said on Wednesday. More
- Outlook Grows More Dire For Housing Market
  The financial shocks of September and October appeared to dash any hopes for a quick recovery in the housing market, where the precipitous declines in sales and prices — the problems at the heart of the current credit crisis — have only worsened. More
- Lessons Learned? The Steel Industry Hopes So
  While domestic steel producers hope for the best in 2009, they're hunkered down now for a long, hard winter -- idling furnaces and plants, cutting back on spending and laying off workers as they try to ride out a nose-diving world economy. More



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