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AHJ Perspective

Finger Pointing 101 Well, it happened again! A major fire struck a high-rise building, resulting in fatalities to civilians and injuries to firefighters. Who is to blame? Some wanted to blame the fire service because the building was lacking built-in fire protection equipment. Others wanted to blame the building for …

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Construction Jobs Increase

Associated General Contractors of America Looks at 2018 to be a “Strong Year” Forty states added construction jobs between November 2016 and November 2017, while 39 states added construction jobs between October and November, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association …

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A Look Back… and A Look Ahead

Ferguson Fire & Fabrication Celebrates 30 Years in the Industry In 1988, gas was 91 cents a gallon, the Redskins won the Super Bowl, and the most advanced technology for designing a sprinkler system was a blueprint, a pencil and a cup of coffee. Around this time, there were also …

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Conducting Flow Tests

Look to NFPA Standards for Recommended Practices Industry and nationwide hydrant flow tests can vary greatly. Most people don’t know the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a “recommended practice” for conducting a flow test: NFPA 291, Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants. The 2017 edition …

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New Construction Starts in 2018 Increase Three Percent

Dodge Data & Analytics Predicts Deceleration but Still Growth Dodge Data & Analytics has released its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2018 will climb 3 percent to $765 billion. “The U.S. construction industry …

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ABC’s 2018 Construction Economic Forecast

Better Business Climate Expectations Help Drive Asset Prices Higher If someone were casting roles for a production of The Tortoise and the Hare, the U.S. economy would be a favorite to play the tortoise. While this analogy may be a bit harsh, economic growth remains mostly slow, but persistent. It …

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FMI Forecasts Continued Growth in Construction

Increase of 5 Percent in 2018 Predicted FMI Corporation has released its latest construction forecast, the FMI Outlook, in a new streamlined format, designed to improve user experience and access to important data. FMI’s Q3 2017 forecast predicts an increase of 4 percent for total construction put in place for …

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AFSA Graduates Inaugural ITM Class

Program Promotes Student Success The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to have graduated its first Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) Inspector Development Program cycle and the results are in! Students and supervisors have given the program high marks, while boasting well above national first-time passage rates on NICET …

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