Posts Tagged ‘ President Joe Biden ’

United States, EU Throw Weight Behind Sanctions

Apr 5th, 2022

Financial sanctions have dealt a “pretty significant blow” to Russia, says Isabelle Icso, director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. More sanctions are likely on the way courtesy of the U.S. and the European Union (EU), all while markets rile, and businesses leave to protect their profits and reputations. […]

Biden-Harris Administration Launches Building Performance Standards Coalition

Jan 31st, 2022

President Joe Biden aims to retrofit four million buildings and two million homes during his first term. The White House says the administration’s new Building Performance Standards Coalition signals progress toward that goal. The partnership includes 33 state and local governments striving to deliver cleaner, healthier and more affordable buildings. Jeff Weaver, president of Clarkston […]

States Suffer, Building Codes Questioned in Wake of Deadly Tornadoes

Dec 16th, 2021

Several states across the Midwest and the South are recovering after deadly tornadoes ravaged parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee on December 10 and 11. According to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshar, at least four tornadoes touched down in Kentucky and one was on the ground for more than 200 miles in the […]

Infrastructure Bill Provides Funding for State and Local Building Energy Codes

Nov 23rd, 2021

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law on Nov. 15, 2021, by President Joe Biden, includes an appropriation of $550 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding and $500 million in State Energy Program funding for state and local governments to adopt and implement building energy codes. This could bring more opportunities for the increasing […]

Biden Mandates COVID Vaccines for Federal Employees, Contractors

Sep 10th, 2021

President Joe Biden issued an executive order mandating that federal government workers, contractors and employees of contractors who do business with the federal government receive vaccinations against COVID-19. The measure is part of the administration’s plan to stop the Delta variant and boost COVID-19 vaccinations among federal employees, according to the White House. The news […]

Associations Press for Interventions Over Lumber Prices at the Highest Levels

May 24th, 2021

The costs for building materials remains a red-hot issue for suppliers and construction firms, as representative associations plea with government officials to investigate and take action. In late March, a cohort of 36 construction-related organizations, including the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Associated […]

President Proclaims May National Building Safety Month

May 3rd, 2021

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation last week, making May 2021 National Building Safety Month, to “recognize the importance of strengthening our buildings and infrastructure to serve the needs and ensure the safety of every American.” The proclamation also acknowledges and honors building safety professionals and addresses the impact the building industry can have on […]

Amid a Renewed Focus on Climate, Companies Say the Earth is Worth More Than a Day’s Celebration

Apr 22nd, 2021

More than 50 years ago today, 20 million Americans took to the streets, across college campuses and hundreds of cities, “to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward,” say officials for earthday.org. The activities of that day helped to spur the passage of new environmental laws in the U.S., they say, including the […]

American Jobs Plan Calls for $213 billion in Building and Retrofitting

Apr 19th, 2021

With an eye on U.S. infrastructure, environmental protection and competition with China, President Joe Biden debuted the American Jobs Plan in recent weeks, calling on Congress to place significant investments into rebuilding the U.S. economy. As the second part of a presidential agenda labeled “Build Back Better,” the plan focuses on job creation and improvements […]

Democrats Aim to Raise Minimum Wage to $15/hr.

Feb 1st, 2021

With Joe Biden sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, the new administration comes with an agenda for providing ongoing aid to Americans—including increases to the federal minimum wage. Those changes, the President says, should not only provide immediate relief for the lowest-earning workers, but additional improvements going forward. “Hard working Americans deserve sufficient wages […]

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