VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 147   FEBRUARY 22, 2012


By Bruce Jervis


Arbitration clauses are interpreted liberally in order to give full effect to this alternative method of dispute resolution. If there is a close call on the arbitrability of an issue, including questions regarding the scope or application of the clause itself, courts generally favor arbitration. But there must be limits. ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) is hoping that Congress will approve several proposals promoting energy efficiency before adjournment in January. Although it is an election year and lawmakers are facing multiple priorities, the advocacy group believes that bipartisan support for several of these measures provides a realistic shot at passage. Among the issues undergoing congressional consideration are the recently introduced Smart Energy bill (H.R. 4017), increased appropriations for various energy-efficiency  programs (Construction Advisor Today, Feb. 17, 2012, “Obama Requests Funding Increases for Four Key Federal Efforts to Reduce Energy Use in Buildings”), and S. 1914, which would provide a new tax credit for home efficiency upgrades. ... Read more.


By Steve Rizer


Although productivity in the non-residential construction sector continues to improve, the rate of improvement is slowing, according to the results of a new survey released by FMI, which provides management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry. More than half of the professionals responding to the survey reported improvement, but most of them indicated only a slight change. ... Read more.





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