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March 15, 2012
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Industry Access

New Concealed Vertical Rod Exit Devices Provide Higher
Level of Security

Detex Corporation has introduced a new concealed vertical rod exit device that ensures latching on closing. Generally, deadlocking latches must be held retracted to allow the door to close and re-latch.  While the door is open, some devices use only one step to hold back the latch – not enough to activate the latch hold-back. But now all Detex CVR devices use a unique six-step latch hold-back method that keeps the latch retracted while the door is open, regardless of whether the pushpad is pressed lightly or hard. The latch will always engage when the door closes, and performance is much more reliable.

Detex Concealed Vertical Rod panic and fire exit hardware is made for heavy use applications, but is also designed to look good on the job.  Enhancing the architectural aesthetics of any decor, it fits a variety of doors, including narrow stile aluminum or hollow metal doors without mullions, wooden double doors, and wide stile aluminum doors without a mullion.

To learn more about the new CVR device, visit www.detex.com or email us at marketing@detex.com.

Access-control provider Security Brands Inc. has acquired American Access Systems, a Denver-based manufacturer of keypads, card readers and telephone-entry systems for more than 30 years, reported Professional Door Dealer. Full Story

Click here for more Industry Access news including recent new hires, merger & acquisition activity and who's offering new products.

* DHI Members may submit news releases to be considered for inclusion in DHI's IndustryWatch. Send to: jmadden@dhi.org

Business Update

With the model for delivering health care undergoing a major overhaul, hospital design and construction could be in store for a major makeover as well. Leaders are trying to figure out how to maintain, renovate or build facilities that mesh with the new delivery paradigm. H&HN's Lee Ann Jarousse talks with Dale Woodin, of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, about trends in hospital construction. Click here to listen to the podcast.

A recent Building Design & Construction feature identifies seven keys to "Highest value, lowest cost" for healthcare construction. Full Story

Window & Door has published its annual 2012 Top 100 Manufacturers report. Over the past few years, following the housing market collapse, the Top 100 has evolved into an annual summary of the past year's plant closings and layoffs. Those seemed to slow in 2010, but they continued in 2011, particularly among the larger players. Full Story

Nonresidential construction companies analyzed by Sageworks, Inc. posted an average sales increase of about 10% in 2011, marking the sixth year out of the last seven in which nonresidential builders outperformed privately held residential builders, reported Forbes.com. Full Story

Zero energy commercial buildings are cropping up across the U.S. from California to New York state, according to a new report by the New Buildings Institute (NBI) and the Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium (CBC). Today's ZEBs are still mostly small buildings, but include K-12 schools, offices, university buildings, recreation centers, assembly halls, and more, reported Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Full Story

Savvy investments in energy efficiency retrofits for buildings could yield more than three times their value, mounting to about $1 trillion in energy savings in a decade, says new research from Deutsche Bank and The Rockefeller Foundation. The study said that yield would be just one of the returns if $279 billion were spent for retrofits of residential, commercial and institutional buildings in the U.S., reported GreenBiz.com. Full Story

Construction & Design

Construction spending in the U.S. unexpectedly fell in January as commercial and government projects slowed, a sign the building industry will take time to rebound. The 0.1% drop, the first decline since July, followed a revised 1.4% gain in December that was lower than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed. Full Story

Nearly $2 billion worth of new facilities are in the planning, design or construction stages at the University of California at San Diego. The broader University of California system has more than 200 projects under way at its 10 campuses and five medical centers, together valued at $8.9 billion, according to the Hechinger Report. Full Story

Reed Construction Data details 20 of the largest upcoming hotel and retail construction projects. Click here to view the chart.

Security & Safety

Integrating solutions like fire, HVAC, access control and video enables campuses to pull in every available bit of data during an emergency. Doing this allows security officials, law enforcement and fire personnel to better respond to a crisis, reported Campus Security. Full Story

Government Affairs

The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2012 (S2148), introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), seeks to restore the "Opt-Out" provision removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule in April, 2010. This legislation has been directed to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), on which Inhofe presides as Ranking Minority Member. Full Story

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 9, 2012, the release of responses to comments for the ENERGY STAR Windows, Doors and Skylights Version 6.0 Product Specification Framework Document. In the comment response summary, the EPA noted including the possible requirement of two sets of installation instructions (one for new construction and one for replacement) and the addition of an air leakage requirement, as well as air infiltration installation recommendations. Full Story

New Jersey state officials announced $100 million in new funding to address emergent needs for construction and repairs at facilities in the state's poorer school districts, reported NJ.com. Full Story

A group of Senate Democrats introduced a plan March 6 that would expand a housing program aimed at rehabilitating residential and business properties, reported The Hill.  Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the measure that expands the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan, and would offer $15 billion in grants for fixing up residential and commercial properties left vacant following foreclosure. Full Story

California will dish out $602 million for local jail construction in 11 counties, reported The Los Angeles Times. The money is intended to help county facilities handle an influx of inmates, part of Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment strategy to reduce chronic overcrowding at state prisons. Full Story

On March 15, a new Florida building code will go into effect, reported TCPalm.com. The new, 2010 edition of the Florida Building Code contains the greatest changes in the way buildings are designed, constructed and/or remodeled/repaired since the initial implementation of the statewide building code referenced as FBC, 2001 in 2002. Full Story

Small Business News

Labor Relations

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took several actions that were considered controversial within the business community. One of them was to approve a poster that virtually ALL employers will have to post beginning April 30, 2012. The poster requires employers to inform employees of their workplace rights. (www.nlrb.gov/poster) Some in the business community say the poster encourages employees to think about organizing. The requirement to post was delayed when the NLRB discovered that many employers, especially small businesses, did not think they had to post the poster since they did not have a union. The reality is that most employers are covered by the National Labor Relations Act even if you do not have a union and for most regardless of your size. 

Some business groups sued the NLRB and said it did not have the authority to issue the poster. A federal court has ruled that the NLRB did have the authority, but the NLRB stretched the interpretation of what its enforcement authority allows it to do.  The NLRB wanted the failure to post to be an "automatic" unfair labor practice. The court rejected that and the NLRB's effort to penalize employers by extending the statute of limitations for unfair labor practice complaints if you did not post the poster. The decision says, "The Court points out that nothing in this decision prevents the Board from finding that a failure to post constitutes an unfair labor practice in any individual case brought before it."

Since the decision gave neither side what it wanted, it is possible there will be an appeal.

DHI's Jerry Heppes sits on the board of the Small Business Legislative Council. If you'd like more information on these or other issues affecting small businesses, feel free to contact him at jheppes@dhi.org.

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DHI News

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This week the DHI Board of Governors arrived at DHI Headquarters in Chantilly, VA for the 2012 Spring Board Meeting. The board has decided to move forward with a full rewrite of the DHI strategic plan so the DHI Strategic Advisory Council and Foundation Board of Trustees officers are joining them later this week for the 2012 Strategic Planning Meeting.

Foundation News
The Door Security & Safety Foundation

The online inspection tutorial Fire Door Inspections: Understanding the Fire-Rated Opening is now recognized as a Continuing Education Provider for AIA (AIA/CES). Additionally, the Foundation has partnered with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to promote and sell the online inspection tutorial. These alliances will bring extensive reach and credibility to the issue of inspections and will support the mission of the Foundation.

The Foundation Board of Trustees will be also be arriving to Chantilly, VA this week for their 2012 Spring Board Meeting and to partake in a one-day strategic planning meeting. The Foundation will align their future with the newly determined DHI strategic plan.

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