Tag Archives: United States

Metal import tariffs cause upset, confusion in U.S. and Canada

In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that the United States would be imposing tariffs on metal imports from Canada, the European Union, and Mexico, the Canadian government introduced dollar-for-dollar retaliation duties. Beginning July 1, a number of U.S. steel products faced fees of 25 percent, while an array of aluminum products cost Canadian importers 10 percent more.

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Selecting and installing anti-ram fencing

Vehicle ramming attacks are on the rise in the United States and abroad. Therefore, many government agencies are assessing vulnerabilities in their facilities and public spaces. Anti-ram fencing, which is more cost-effective and practical than bollards, is ideal for restricting unauthorized vehicle access to a facility and for protecting office buildings, critical infrastructure, hazardous materials, and people who are in high-risk areas or adjacent to roadways or parking lots where free access is not required.

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Using EPDs to spark change

In recent years, building and design professionals have witnessed a significant shift in what is considered a sustainable construction project. The more stringent requirements of the latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) rating system have raised the bar for project teams with sights set on LEED certification. The same has been true for building product manufacturers. The best way for manufacturers to demonstrate their progress toward more sustainable products is to obtain an environmental product declaration (EPD), a rigorous, third-party examination of a product’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle.

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Green, lean, and safe strategies for sustainable outcomes

Construction operations are highly fragmented and complex in nature. This often leads to high levels of waste, making it difficult to build sustainable projects. This article explores an integrative approach to building green, lean, and safe projects—it proposes incorporation of lean construction strategies into sustainable design and construction to achieve desirable outcomes benefiting society, economy, and environment.

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