17 The recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Fla., which attracted 596 exhibitors, reports a 17% increase in qualified attendance over the previous year — the fourth consecutive year of attendance growth. 10.2 A recent economic research study by NKBA shows each year homeowners remodel upward of 10. 2 million kitchens — roughly 1 in 10 of all households — and 14.2 million bathrooms. 24.4 From the U.S. Green Building Council, Massachusetts had the most LEED-certified gross square footage in 2016 at about 24.4 million (136 total projects and 3. 73 per-capita-certified GSF). Colorado ranked second at 3.17 percapita- certified GSF) and Illinois was third at 2. 82. New York (2.5) and California (2.39) rounded out the top 5. 36,000 The Associated General Contractors of America reports construction employment increased by 36,000 jobs in January to the highest level since November 2008 as employers increased paydays in an effort to address a chronic worker shortage, AGCA explains. 27.8 The Air-Conditioning Contractors of America, in its comments about the recent bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the death tax, notes in 2006, family businesses spent an estimated $27.8 billion to comply with the law. 4 An 18-month study conducted by the University of Toledo and Impact Products, reveals there are four core areas in a restroom from which the most odors emanate: missing the target (uric acid producing odor on the floor, shoes and clothing), splashes, urine in grout areas and ineffective maintenance. 3.9 The Dodge Momentum Index (via Dodge Data & Analytics) rose 3.9% in January to 142.6 (2,000=100) from its revised December reading of 137.3. The index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The January increase was due to a 12.1% increase in institutional planning outweighing a 1% decline in commercial planning intentions.
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