Friday, January 30, 2015

Proper Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Improper disposal of hazardous waste isn't only dangerous to the environment and employees, it is also illegal and could result in heavy fines. In order to mitigate the risks posed by hazardous wastes, business owners need to understand what constitutes hazardous waste and how to operate in an industry filled with Environmental Protection Agency regulations, state laws and municipal laws.


From ABC Newsline

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Construction Costs Increase Most Since 2008

A report by Rider Levett Bucknall shows that construction costs increased 1.66% from July 1 to Oct. 1. It was the largest increase since 2008. The report attributed the increase to improvements in financing for construction projects as well as a better market for commercial and residential construction. Honolulu and San Francisco were the top U.S. markets responsible for the increase.


From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Roofing Contractors Come Together to Aid Albuquerque Rescue Mission

The Albuquerque Rescue Mission received a "roof angel project" from RoofCare, which assists nonprofits with roofing repairs each year. The 8,000-square-foot building received an estimated $6,800 in repairs from RoofCare, while materials were donated by Tremco.


From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Old Cabell Hall in Charlottesville, W.Va., to get $1.3M Re-Roofing

Old Cabell Hall in Charlottesville, W.Va., is getting a $1.3 million new roof. The building, which is 116 years old, has both slate and rubber roofing from 1898 and the mid-1980s, respectively. The project will be able to use about 30% of the original slate.


From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Monday, January 26, 2015

Construction Could Decrease When Terrorism Insurance Expires

Supporters of terrorism insurance say the program revived commercial development after 9/11, and they are worried the current construction environment could go downhill when the insurance program expires Dec. 31. "Construction could slow and employers certainly wouldn't be looking to start any new buildings because they couldn't afford to take the coverage on themselves," says Janice Kirkner, president of the Maryland Association of Realtors. Opponents of the measure say private insurance companies can provide the policies without government support.

From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Solar Roof Design Could Provide Free Heating

A new roofing system designed for solar arrays is based on a dorma loft conversion model and could provide free heating to homes. The roof, assembled off-site with solar panels and aluminum, features a heat-recovery system and mechanical ventilation. It also collects rainwater.


From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606


Friday, January 9, 2015

Study to Assess Environmentally Friendly Roof Options

Several trade groups are assessing the benefits of different environmentally friendly roofing systems used at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville, N.Y. The correctional facility features increased insulation levels, cool roofs and vegetative roof areas. The study will examine temperature and rain data to help with future decisions on product selection.


From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mich. Condo Development Features Custom Green Roofs

A luxury condo development in Traverse City, Mich., will feature green roofs to assuage concerns about its proximity to the Boardman River. The custom green roofs can include drought-tolerant plants, ornamental trees, vegetable gardens and seating areas.


From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cedar Roofs Offer Advantages for Insulation and Durability

Cedar wood roofs are environmentally friendly, durable and weather-resistant. They also provide higher thermal resistance than other roofing materials and have natural oils that prevent decay and deter insects. White cedar roofs are becoming increasingly popular, as they cost less than red cedar and are made from new-growth trees.

From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mark Twain's Childhood Home to Receive New Roof

Mark Twain's childhood home will receive a new roof with wooden shingles to match the original look of the house. The current roof "dates back to the 1990-91 restoration of the Boyhood Home, so we've been 23 years with that roof," said Henry Sweets, executive director of the Boyhood Home and Museum.

From NRCA

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Monday, January 5, 2015

Obama’s Immigration Overhaul Order Draws Mixed Reactions from Construction Industry

President Obama’s November decision to enact immigration reforms by executive action could increase the shallow pool of workers available for construction jobs. It also could thwart congressional efforts to enact more permanent, more sweeping immigration reforms, an action some in the construction industry have said is needed more than a temporary fix.


From Construction Dive

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606

Friday, January 2, 2015

Infrastructure Construction in Emerging Countries is Opportunity for U.S. Builders

More U.S. construction companies, architects, engineers, and contractors have international building projects “on their radar,” according to American International Group. Those projects mostly involve transportation and energy infrastructure. The group quotes the World Economic Forum’s estimate that demand for infrastructure construction around the world is $4 trillion a year. 


From Construction Dive

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
407 N. Howard Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606