9 From Danfoss’ recent symposium “Building Delivery at the Forefront of Market Transformation,” Nicholson Kovalchick Architects co-founder Brandon Nicholson notes passive design takes up to 90% of the energy required for heat out of the equation or up to 75% of total energy compared to a conventional building. “We use a science-proven approach to design healthy, zerocarbon buildings that make economic sense,” he said. 18,555 June’s national labor data showed positive signs for the construction industry. Hiring continued to improve with 16,000 jobs added in June with a large increase in specialty trade contractors (18,500), offsetting minor declines in residential (-1,500) and nonresidential (-3,200) building. Dodge Data Analytics notes the labor market remains strong and an uptick in the participation rate (62.7 to 62.8%) suggests it is slowly pulling discouraged workers back into the labor force. 141.1 The Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.1% in June to 141.1 from its revised May reading of 139.6. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which has been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The June bump was due to a 4.8% advance by the institutional component of the index, while the commercial component fell 1.3%. 3.8 From Cleveland-based industry research firm The Freedonia Group, demand for toilet fixtures, including water-closet bowls, flush tanks and urinals, is expected to rise 3.8% annually through 2021 to $1.2 billion. It adds rising building construction activity will fuel demand growth. 7.6 More from the Freedonia research: Through 2021, demand for plumbing fixtures overall is forecast to increase 5% per year to $7.6 billion with rising construction expenditures driving gains, especially in the residential market. 21 Via Kohler, according to research from the Alliance for Water Efficiency and Plumbing Manufacturers International, 21% of residential toilets still in service in water-stressed states are non-efficient. The study adds installing HE models could save up to 170 billion gallons of water per year in these regions. 3.5 HELP WANTED At the Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Workforce 4.0 symposium, the institute released “Training to Win,” a new report that shows over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely will need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs remaining vacant.
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