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The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region accelerated in June, more evidence the economy was strengthening after a disastrous first quarter.

"The economy has improved markedly in recent months," said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "Signs point to continued growth in the coming quarters, and further improvement in labor market conditions."

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000 for the week ended June 14, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

#Economy #JoblessClaims 

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The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region accelerated in June, more evidence the economy was strengthening after a disastrous first quarter.

"The economy has improved markedly in recent months," said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "Signs point to continued growth in the coming quarters, and further improvement in labor market conditions."

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000 for the week ended June 14, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

#Economy   #JoblessClaims  

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Greater consumer interest in green homes has contributed to the ongoing growth, leading McGraw Hill Construction to anticipate that by 2016, the green single family housing market alone will represent approximately 26 percent to 33 percent of the market, translating to an $80 billion to $101 billion opportunity based on current forecasts.

The findings also suggest that lenders and appraisers may be starting to recognize the value of green homes, making it a factor that could help encourage the market to grow if there is more widespread awareness across the US, according to Harvey Bernstein, vice president, industry insights and alliances for McGraw Hill Construction.

#GreenConstruction  

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In the wake of natural disasters and school shooting incidents, education professionals across the country are looking for innovative ways to better protect children while they learn. A new building approach from Salt Lake City, Utah-based Leland A. Gray Architects is designed to contribute to that goal.

The firm is adapting the concrete thinshell structural approach for K-12 schools in Utah, according to a report by KSL.

#disasterpreparedness   #SaferSchools  

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Futuristic Construction Materials

Scientists are constantly on the look out for lighter, stronger, and more energy-efficient materials. Here's a glance at some materials that will change the way we build things in the future.

#BuildingMaterials #Science 

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Futuristic Construction Materials

Scientists are constantly on the look out for lighter, stronger, and more energy-efficient materials. Here's a glance at some materials that will change the way we build things in the future.

#BuildingMaterials   #Science  

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    From the beginning stages of design for the Caterpillar Visitors Center, Caterpillar leaders knew they wanted to make the building unique. They also didn’t want to negatively affect the local environment, so they planned it to be as green as it could be.

    “We were designing it to be LEED gold certified,” said Kathryn Spitznagle, manager of the Visitors Center. The U.S. Green Building Council has a four-tiered rating system called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and gold is the second highest rating the council has. “It became a very collaborative effort. Designers, construction, architects, everyone had to make sure they were doing things as green as possible.”

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Contractor Rush is proud to be sponsoring Josh Reaume in the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Speedway. This will be Josh’s Nationwide Series debut and we couldn’t be more proud to be able to apart of this special day for Josh. Green flag drops at 7pm on ESPNews. Make sure to tune in and cheer the number 23 car on!! Good luck Josh! 
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Acclaimed Portland-based architecture firm Skylab Architecture worked with Contractor Skanska USA Building to complete yet another impressive sustainably designed building. The Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant is a new 11,490 square-foot facility that will provide office space for 36 engineers and a visitors reception area for public interface. This design not only employs clean modern design, but it also channels stormwater through a green roof system, making it out as one of the most progressive facilities of its kind.

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President Obama will challenge companies Thursday to expand their use of solar power, part of his ongoing effort to leverage the power of his office to achieve goals that have been stymied by Congress. The new initiative comes as the White House is hosting a Solar Summit aimed at highlighting successful efforts on the local level to speed the deployment of solar energy.

Although some large solar plants are coming online and it is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it accounts for roughly 1 percent of the nation’s electricity generation.

#Solar #roofs 
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