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The Dodge Momentum Index increases in March

The Dodge Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, moved 1.7% higher in March to 151.4 from the revised February reading of 148.8. According to the March data, the Index hit its highest level since the summer of 2018 as a result of an increase in institutional projects that entered the planning stage, and which came on the heels of a similar gain for the sector in February. While healthcare and lab projects continue to dominate institutional planning, March saw a more broad-based selection of project types including education and recreation buildings.

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HMA officers, board elected for 2021

The Board of Directors of the Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA) elected Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber Company, Inc., Antigo, Wisconsin, President of the HMA at their National Conference and Expo in Austin, Texas, March 23. Other HMA officers for 2021 are Vice President Tommy Petzoldt, East Perry Lumber Company, Frohna, Missouri; and Executive Vice President Linda Jovanovich, HMA, Pittsburgh.

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Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association elects 2021 officers

Members of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association (SCMA) elected officers for 2021 at the association’s Annual Meeting on March 24, in Austin, Texas. Zack Rickman, Atlanta Hardwood Corporation (AHC), Mableton, Georgia, was elected SCMA president. Cassie Lewis, Turn Bull Lumber Company, Elizabethtown, North Carolina, was elected SCMA vice president.

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The Cool Roof Rating Council publishes ANSI/CRRC S100-2021 standard

The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) announces the release of the 2021 edition of the ANSI/CRRC S100 standard (formerly the CRRC-1 Standard), which received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on March 29, 2021. The ANSI/CRRC S100 standard is an American National Standard that provides a consistent reference in building energy codes and voluntary green building programs—such as the International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE 90.1, and the International Green Construction Code—regarding the measurement of the surface radiative properties of roofing materials.

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Aramco and American Concrete Institute announce new Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials

Aramco and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) announce the launch of NEx: A Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials to develop and promote the use of nonmetallic materials in the construction sector. “The Center’s mission will be to collaborate globally on using nonmetallic materials in the built environment by driving research, education, awareness and technology adoption,” said Jeffrey W. Coleman, ACI President. “Expanding incorporation of nonmetallic materials and products in the built environment will improve sustainability, contribute to a lower carbon footprint, and enhance the durability and longevity of structures.”

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Architecture billings climb into positive territory after a year of monthly declines

Continuing the positive momentum of a nearly three-point bump in January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached its first positive mark since February 2020, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). February marked the first time the design contract score rose back into positive territory since the pandemic began with a score of 51.6 compared to 48.8 in January.

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February sees further decline in national construction starts

Total construction starts fell 2% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonbuilding construction starts posted a solid gain after rebounding from a weak January, however, residential and nonresidential building starts declined, leading to a pullback in overall activity.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.