DuPont Safety & Construction, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, today announced the release of the DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainVent™ Rainscreen to provide advanced protection against moisture damage in exterior wall systems. The product is the business’ first roll good offering that creates a 6mm (0.25”) space for water drainage and air movement for drying behind cladding.
The latest step in an ongoing regulatory saga, on Jan. 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule reducing the negative impact of employer electronic injury and illness recordkeeping rules originally adopted by the Obama-era agency.
The Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications final rule published on November 8, 2018, requires employers to document their evaluation of their crane operators (see 29 CFR 1926.1427(f)(6)). To provide more time for employer compliance with new evaluation and documentation requirements, OSHA already made the effective date February 7, 2019. While OSHA will be fully enforcing the requirement that employers must evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes independently, this memorandum provides guidance on the enforcement of the documentation requirement.
Given the frigid temperatures that recently affected much of the U.S., now seems a particularly good time to discuss how framers can best deal with the cold on the jobsite. Chris Tatge, National Framers Council (NFC) executive director and owner of Dynamic Construction in Madison, Wisconsin, offers some advice for dealing with the cold that can be particularly helpful for newer framers wondering how veterans learn to cope.
Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced the launch of the patent-pending LSSR slopeable and skewable rafter hanger. It’s the first product of its kind designed to allow retrofit installation after rafter systems have been assembled in place.
New Jersey state lawmakers were at it again in 2018, seeking new state laws to establish fire safety standards, protocols and building labels for certain light frame residential construction; a move that would ultimately have placed restrictions on the use of component manufacturers’ products.
MiTek USA’s Hardy Frame® brand has just launched its Cold Formed Steel Moment Frame Design Manager, a web-based software program that is the latest in a long line of shear-wall system solutions from MiTek.
Floor systems in student housing face a very real threat: parties. As witnessed in the recent floor collapse at Clemson University, large groups of students and dancing are a potentially dangerous mix.
One school system in Virginia wanted to celebrate a different life-changing moment for the seniors who were starting careers right after graduation. In Henrico County, public school administrators held a ceremony in late March called "Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day."