Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This December, the construction industry is projected to see a growth in 2016, changes to the NEC are predicted to impact the commercial and industrial facilities, and sustainability continues to be at the forefront of design.
Despite a weak global economy, the construction industry’s solid economic recovery in 2015 should continue in 2016. According to the 2016 construction industry forecast from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), growth in the nonresidential construction spending should increase by 7.4% next year, along with growth in employment and backlog. To read the whole construction forecast, click here.
Changes in and additions to the NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) have a significant impact on commercial and industrial facilities including dedicated equipment space, ground-fault protection (GFP), conductor sizing, arc energy reduction, surge protection, selective coordination requirements and health care, and solar systems rapid-shutdown systems. The adoption by many states does not typically occur until the year after the latest version is released. According to NFPA, there was more than 3,000 proposals submitted recommending changes to the 2014 edition of the NEC. To learn more about the code additions, click here.
Sustainability continues to remain at the forefront. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) says it will commit to scaling green buildings to more than 5 billion square feet over the next five years through LEED and EDGE green building rating systems.
“By encouraging the use of green building rating systems like LEED and EDGE in both the public and private sectors, countries can log immediate and measureable reductions of these emissions as their building stock uses less energy and water, creates less waste, saves money and creates a healthier environment for everyone,” said USGBC President Roget Platt.
To read the full description of the plans, click here.