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UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


Border wall prototypes (worth $3 million) were recently demolished, after serving their purpose for the Trump administration. With an additional $20 million used to pay for prototypes and smaller mock-ups by the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2017, which have also since been dismantled, do you think the extensive testing period will pay for itself in the years after the final structure is complete?


With China’s Crystal skybridge (also known as a "horizontal skyscraper," which connects several high rises) set to open later this year, do you think we will see other dense cities making use of connecting their existing structures in the sky for more commercial and residential space?


ASTM International announced a new test method for detecting corrosion-inducing bacteria. Do you think that industry professionals will be persuaded to new techniques, or continue to practice conventional test methods?


Aldermen in Evanston, Illinois, recently declined to paint a rail bridge that reportedly does not belong to the city; the bridge belongs to the Union Pacific railroad company. Do you think the company should be held accountable for the bridge's appearance?


Swiss chemicals company Sika is interested in buying a portion of BASF’s $3 billion construction chemicals business, which will reportedly be up for sale this month. Do you think this is a good move?


Authorities for Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium are seeking $30 million from the state to make repairs to the facility, saying they’d like to get the structure in “preventative maintenance mode.” Do you think preventative maintenance on a structure like this is feasible?


What did you enjoy most about SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019?


The company—which gets about $4 billion in incentives—behind a $10 billion Wisconsin project is now unsure what kind of facility they’re going to put on the property. Do you think large incentives are appropriate for construction projects like this one?


Research out of Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging has characterized the different odors of acrylic paints and identified the harmful odorous substances. Do you think such research is helpful to the industry?


A recent update for the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium project reports that the project is one-third complete and officials have exceeded their diversity performance goals. Do you think such success in these goals will become more common?


According to a recent report, by percentage, New York City’s fatal falls more than doubled the national number. Throughout the United States, 17 percent of worker deaths were caused by fatal falls, whereas fall events were behind 36 percent of work deaths in NYC. Are you surprised by these numbers?


Just before the government shutdown, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Management and Budget that ban the retail use of methylene chloride, but not the commercial use. Do you think this is a good idea?


A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violations. Do you agree with this ruling?


PaintCare Inc. has launched a new grant competition with the goal to develop recycling options for latex paint. Do you think this will help solve the problem of leftover architectural paint?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2019?


Ontario recently unveiled plans for legislation that open up the restrictive bidding process for municipal and public projects, which can only hire from particular union groups or contractors. Do you think this is a positive move?


2019 color trends for commercial projects have recently been released. Do you think commercial spaces need special considerations for their interior coating aesthetics?


Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?


California officially approved the requirement for solar panels on new homes, which will now be added into the building code. Do you think the savings in energy costs justify the regulation?


Officials have proposed a new fix for San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower, that involves drilling piles into bedrock from the sidewalk on the building’s southwest corner, instead of the micro piles going into the bedrock through the concrete foundation. Do you think this is a better option?


Rice University researchers recently reported building a "better" epoxy with the addition of graphene foam, noting that it is substantially tougher than pure epoxy. Do you think this will be a long-term epoxy solution?


Will newly developed nanomaterials like graphene revolutionize the protective coatings industry in the next 10 years?


A group of workers and environment and public health advocates recently notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ban on the use of methylene chloride in paint strippers. Do you think enough action has been taken against methylene chloride to date?


OSHA recently released its Top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout making up the top five violations at least three years in a row. Is this what you expected?


Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—was officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction. Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a project?


The Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in California. Do you agree that the companies should be held responsible?


Two more paint companies have reportedly joined other manufacturers and box stores in discontinuing paint-stripping products that contain methylene chloride and NMP. Do you think the industry is moving in the right direction regarding these chemicals?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


The state of Massachusetts has set aside funds in the budget to help home owners deal with crumbling foundations as a result of pyrrhotite-tainted concrete. Do you think the state should be doing more to help?


To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality app that trains users in settings that mirror actual environments, without the associated dangers. Is this a step in the right direction to combat fall hazards?


A Maryland county is the latest jurisdiction to consider banning pavement sealers containing coal tar and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Should these products be banned?


A recent survey found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for project data and managing conflict resolution. Do you think embracing more technology would help mitigate some of these issues and ultimately save money?


The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think laws like these are justified?


Plans are in place for offshore wind development both off the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. and in the Great Lakes. Is your business preparing for the coating work that will come with more U.S. offshore wind structures?


The CDC recently found that some of the heat index guidance given by the OSHA might not be sufficient. Do you think your industry takes proper precautions when dealing with heat safety?


A report on issues at a Texas football stadium has found that cracks in the concrete slabs occurred because of excessive water, a result of re-tempering the initial concrete mixture. Is there ever a time when this practice is appropriate?


Officials from chemical company Arkema were recently indicted over explosions that occurred at a Texas plant during Hurricane Harvey last year. Should the company face charges over an incident brought on by such extreme conditions?


NASA recently revealed the finalists for its latest Mars habitat design competition. Is it worth our time and money to work on structures to house people on Mars?


Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials say that the one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Atlanta’s $1.5 billion sports venue is finished, about 11 months after the building opened to the public. Do you think the intricate design of the roof was worth the multiple construction delays it caused?


Labor shortages and rising steel prices are among some of the top concerns shown in the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Are these issues among your top concerns?


Last month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Field with Irises near Arles.” Do you think art conservation such as this is important for coatings companies to be a part of?


The Philadelphia City Council voted last month to implement a new 1 percent tax on construction projects, which would generate about $22 million annually to fund affordable housing. Do you think this is a good plan?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the city is inviting architects from all over the world to participate in a design competition for the O’Hare Airport expansion plan. Do you think this is an effective way to approach big projects?


The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year. Do you agree with this move?


A recent industry roundtable discussing facade maintenance cited access point maintenance as an issue that building owners need to be more aware of. Do you agree?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last month that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, prohibiting the consumer and commercial paint-stripping uses for the chemical. Do you agree with this move?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that in the six months that it has been enforcing its new silica rule it has issued 116 violations. The majority of companies were cited for not measuring silica levels at all. Does this surprise you?


A recent feature argues that, with regard to air and water barriers, the importance of fastener penetrations, such as at cladding attachments, is often overlooked and underestimated. Do you agree?


A recent D+D feature described several cases of roof-coating failure that had initially stumped roofing professionals. Have you ever had a job failure that wasn’t caused by what you initially thought?


The EPA recently granted approval to the Kansai Paint Group for its paint that repels mosquitos, the first of its kind to be approved by the agency. It is slated to be available in the U.S. this summer. Is this something you will invest in?


Are you or your company participating in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down held this week?


A recent feature notes that proper training programs are a necessity to prepare workers to recognize variables that cause a roofing system to fail. Do you agree?


A recent blog on the role of architects states, "As a professional providing a service, an architect's first duty is to his or her client, with a supplementary duty to the public for safety and welfare." Do you agree?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a new bulletin regarding hearing loss brought on by solvent exposure. Do you think the painting industry properly educated on ototoxicity?


Concrete sealers, like almost every other construction material, have limitations. Which facet do you think is the most misunderstood?


The Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red. What color do you think it should be?


Researchers have started modifying the color of a certain bacteria, which they say could lead the way to “growing” biodegradable, non-toxic paint. Do you think research such as this is worth pursuing?


Officials in charge of San Francisco’s sinking/tilting Millennium Tower are looking at micropiling as a way to stabilize the structure. Do you think this will be a sustainable solution?


Reports surfaced last month that New York State police is investigating Turner Construction for bid-rigging and kickback schemes. Do you think the U.S. has a pay-to-play problem in the construction industry?


A report recently surfaced that details Apple employees accidentally running into the brand-new headquarters’ interior glass panels and hurting themselves. What kind of remedy do you think would best fix this problem?


Preliminary research released last month on China’s “air-purifying tower” has found that since launch, the tower has created more than 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day, reducing smog levels to moderate on otherwise severely polluted days. Do you think the greenhouse technology employed here will take off in other cities?


According to a D+D feature published in January, hybridization and specialty additives will allow further development in the realm of waterborne roof coatings. Which area do you think will see higher performance?


Last month, a developer demolished a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in Montana, prompting outrage from building conservancy groups. Do you think the developer had a right to demolish the building?


A Bahamas developer recently filed suit against China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages and charges the firm with submitting fraudulent bills and collecting undeserved fees in regard to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort. Do you think the amount of damages the developer is claiming is accurate?


A short documentary, “Starship Chicago,” by filmmaker Nathan Eddy, was recently released with the hope of saving the city’s polarizing James R. Thompson Center from being sold and, presumably, demolished. What do you think should happen to the iconic building?


The seventh stadium under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the world’s first modular stadium, made of shipping containers, allowing it to be disassembled and reassembled practically anywhere. Do you think this type of stadium construction will catch on?


In early December, it took officials two attempts to implode Michigan’s Pontiac Silverdome. After the initial attempt, no one spoke about the situation until 30 minutes before the second attempt the following day. Do you think that was handled appropriately?


A recent survey found that workers in the Generation X age group are unhappy, overworked, and ready to change jobs, and 81 percent of all workers would consider leaving their current roles for the right offer. Does this statistic surprise you?


In November, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons had been removed from a city construction site. Have you ever run into anything bizarre on a job site?


The Denver Green Roof Initiative that passed last month in Colorado not only requires new, large buildings to be constructed with green roofs but also requires buildings of a certain size to install green roofs when the current one is up for replacement. Do you think more cities should follow suit?


A Canadian worker’s recent death has been blamed on an allergic reaction to walnut-shell blasting media. Should these products be subject to further safety regulations?


The retaliation portion of OSHA's Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses puts another layer of enforcement on Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which prohibits any person from discharging or discriminating against an employee who reports a fatality, injury or illness. Do you think this is necessary?


A “Live Stadium Cam” has been set up so that those interested can watch the construction of the new NFL Raiders stadium in Las Vegas, which broke ground in mid-November. Do you think there is value in live streaming construction?


Local government officials in Rome have enacted an ordinance that heavily restricts automotive traffic on the boulevard next to the Colosseum after extensive cleaning and restoration work that was recently completed. Architects have said that the traffic was a major reason for the amount of soot and grime that had to be cleaned off the historic structure. Do you think more historic sites should limit traffic?


Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a controversial bill on worker safety, effectively mandating that 180,000 city construction workers need 40-55 hours of safety training before December 2018. Do you agree that this extra training is needed?


A home builder in Springfield, Missouri, decided to take catching construction equipment thieves into his own hands recently, investing in GPS tracking devices for all of his equipment and, eventually, helping the police. Would you invest in similar practices to protect your own equipment?


OSHA recently began enforcement of its new silica standard in the construction industry. Has your company made adjustments to comply with the new rule?


Specialty chemicals firm Arkema is facing a criminal investigation by the Harris County District Attorney, in addition to a number of lawsuits from neighbors and first responders in Crosby, Texas, where one of its facilities was the location of a number of explosions triggered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in August. Do you think the company should be held liable for what happened in the wake of the hurricane?


A middle school in Washington is the first in the U.S. to use a new graffiti-resistant coating on its campus, and school district officials consider it a low-cost investment for preventing future damage. Do you think more schools should incorporate such a coating?


In response to Hurricane Irma, the secretary of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation suspended the regulation that a licensed general, building or residential contractor is required to subcontract out roofing work, allowing repairs in the state to get done quicker. Do you agree with this decision?


The $3B Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline began construction in September, having received the last of the necessary state permits earlier that month. However, the pipeline does face at least one more hurdle: A lawsuit brought by a group of Catholic nuns whose plot of land would be divided by the construction, which says the division breaches their religious freedom. Do you agree?


Registration for SSPC 2018 is now open! Are you planning to attend?


In mid-September, Farrow & Ball reformulated its paint by adding pigment after years of customer complaints of the paint’s opacity. Some designers even began refusing to use the product. Have you ever refused a client’s preference because you didn’t like the product?


After three Miami construction cranes snapped in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said that the city would consider stricter codes for the cranes in the future, even if it would cause building costs to rise. The cranes are currently supposed to withstand 145 mph winds. Do you think crane codes should be increased?


The president of the Gilders’ Studio noted in an interview with D+D last month that industry-wide education is lacking when it comes to understanding what exactly gilders do. Do you think the knowledge gap between specialties in the industry has gotten too wide?


A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?


A plan for a bullet train in Texas continues to move forward, while Caltrans recently released a report supporting its plans to expand rail travel in California. How great a role will rail play in the next 20 years of transit development in the U.S.?


A Canadian coating company is getting a federal boost on a product that it says will act more like insulation, effectively saving consumers money and energy. Do you think such a coating will do well once it gets on the market?


In August, construction on the world’s skinniest skyscraper was halted because of severe cost overruns. This is partially due to an omission of major necessities—such as cranes—from the budget. Have you ever forgotten to budget for something your project needed?


Two wood-framed buildings under construction were destroyed in separate fires in Boston last month. Some officials are now considering stricter rules with the all-wood building method that’s gaining in popularity. Is this a good idea?


As part of an ongoing color war, artist Anish Kapoor has been banned from using artist Stuart Semple's color-changing paints, Phaze and Shift, after previously being banned from several of Semple's product lines. This is in response to Kapoor getting exclusive artistic rights to using Surrey Nanosystems' Vantablack. Do you think this color war is still justified or has it gone on long enough?


Specifier Sheldon Wolfe writes in the most recent “Let’s Fix Construction” blog post that he’s concerned about how the job of specifier will be impacted in the coming years with technological advancement. Are you worried about the role of specifier?


To preserve Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec yet not disrupt the building itself, the plan is to construct a glass casing about 6 feet from the concrete lining around the entire perimeter of the building. Do you think this is a good solution?


PPG released its 2018 Color Forecast that included focal shades for its various paint lines as well as the color of the year. All were shades of black. Do you love or hate this forecast?


In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed or proposed changes to several rules that were promulgated under the Obama administration. Is this good or bad news?


In a recent Let’s Fix Construction Blog, specifier Cherise Lakeside made the claim that millennials in the industry are being neglected, notably by manufacturers and product reps. Do you agree?


In late May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1279, a measure that makes it more difficult for homeowners' associations to file lawsuits against builders over construction defects. Do you think this measure was a good idea?


How much do you think regulations regarding lead paint abatement will relax during the Trump administration's tenure?


A group of South Korean designers has proposed inserting towers into the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoia trees. Do you think this is a good idea?


Vienna-based LightGlass Technology debuted a line of self-illuminating glass for use in windows, doors, elevators and other construction efforts. Is this technology worthwhile?


The mayor of Philadelphia has created a task force to tackle saving the city’s historic buildings and updating preservation guidelines. Do you think having this committee will be effective?


Colorado is revamping its construction defects law to give developers and homeowners a chance to work out problems outside of the courtroom. Is this a good idea?


Environmental Protection Agency officials have proposed to cut two programs that help much of the country with lead paint safety in order to comply with President Donald J. Trump’s budget cuts. Do you think states will be able to pick up the slack if these federal programs are cut?


A New York architecture firm announced plans to tether a structure from an asteroid, with residences at an elevation of 105,000 feet. Do you think this project is possible?


Manufacturers are increasingly using robots to perform repetitive tasks to save time and money. Is this a serious threat to the construction work force?


President-elect Trump announced a $1 trillion infrastructure improvement plan as part of his campaign, but some critics say that will be difficult to achieve. Do you think the plan will come together in 2017?


Hyperloop One and design firm Bjarke Ingels Group recently unveiled more detailed plans for the Hyperloop, a hybrid mass-transit system that would combine high-speed transporters with smaller, autonomous vehicles, being considered in the United Arab Emirates. Is the Hyperloop the future of transit?


The 2016 Better Roads Bridge Inventory indicates that a greater percentage of American bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete than were last year. What's the best way to address this problem?


Which social media platform do you refer to the most?


Several high-profile pipeline breaches, including a gasoline spill and explosion in Alabama, gasoline leak in Pennsylvania, and crude oil release in Oklahoma, have dominated the headlines recently. Do these incidents indicate a growing problem with American pipelines?


How likely are you to use or specify an entirely new product?


A group of Dutch universities and businesses joined forces to create what they call the world’s first “biobridge,” in this case a footbridge incorporating very strong girders made from environmentally friendly biocomposite materials. Is technology like this likely to be scaled up for larger infrastructure uses?


Several towns in New Jersey have been adding a thin blue line paint between the double-yellow center lines on roadways to show they value the work of police officers. What do you think of this practice?


Are you planning to attend SSPC 2017 Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in Tampa, FL?


Surveys have been sharing Americans’ receptivity to other ways to help fund transportation infrastructure. Which options do you think offer the best chance of supporting necessary bridge and highway projects?


Oklahoma had its largest earthquake ever, at a magnitude of 5.8, last month, and the state ordered more wastewater injection wells to be shut down. How should the state and neighboring Texas proceed in light of the increase in quakes over recent years?


A recent report issued by the CDC found that construction workers appear in the top five on a list of occupations with the highest suicide rates. What do you think is the cause?


FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money, including roads and bridges, to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?


Last month, a painter fell to his death on a water tower job, working for a firm with numerous safety violations and falls in its history. What more can be done to prevent such tragedies?


Fresno, CA, recently banned the use of galvanized pipe for water service in new construction and remodels from fears of corrosion and drinking-water contamination. What do you think of this move?


The United States Department of Energy recently awarded $137 million in funding to organizations, including one Fortune 500 coatings company, to foster development of technologies to improve commercial and passenger vehicle efficiency. Should large, for-profit companies be eligible for such grants?


Starting Oct. 25, contractors seeking federal contracts over $500,000 will be required to disclose any civil and administrative proceedings against them violations of any of 14 listed workplace protections in the past three years. Do you agree with this action?


This summer has been characterized by excessive heat warnings and a “heat dome” in the central United States. How do you protect workers who must be outside in these conditions?


Upcoming federal regulations governing injury reporting have been put on hold after an industry lawsuit; the new rules would effectively prohibit employers from drug testing employees after an injury or illness is reported, because testing could be considered to be retaliation. Are these rules a good idea?


A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?


Mergers have been everywhere in the coatings industry lately, with giants like Sherwin-Williams and Valspar, Dow and DuPont getting in on the act. Are all these corporate marriages good news or bad?


San Antonio, TX, recently became the largest American city to ban the use of sealants made with coal tar, which the U.S. government says contains carcinogens. Should more municipalities consider a ban?


New Jersey recently called for a stop to any transportation infrastructure work that was deemed "nonessential," because the state's legislature couldn't agree on a funding mechanism. Is a summer roadwork shutdown a viable option for a government that's having trouble lining up money?


What’s the best way to maintain a safe jobsite?


A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Have you witnessed or experience this in your field?


The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Solar Roadways a total of $1.6 million to study the possibility of constructing roads with solar panels. Are solar roads an ideal way to harness energy from the sun?


When renovating an old structure, like a ship, where does the responsibility for informing workers about possible lead exposure lie?


Will new rules extending overtime protections to more workers help or hinder the construction industry?


A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?


How much weight do you give to announcements of new coatings technologies discovered in the lab?


How has the downturn in oil and gas production affected your business?


Should more states consider usage fees for motorists in order to help fund transportation infrastructure?


OSHA recently finalized its rule to better protect workers from respirable silica dust exposure, but several industry groups are against it. What do you think?


How do you like to learn new skills for your job?


As a coatings professional, when you tackle “small” painting jobs around the house, do you still observe the same kinds of safety precautions you do on the job?


When it comes to selecting a paint and coatings supplier, which of these is most important?


Do you take advantage of free webinar programming offered by Technology Publishing Co. and other organizations?


When do you hire a consultant?


Is it more important to complete projects on time or within budget?


When companies are charged for fraudulently posing as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), what do you think the appropriate punishment should be?


Recycled concrete is often used in nonstructural applications like highways and sidewalks. Do you think it is likely to find a place in buildings and bridges?


Which is your preferred method of resolving project and contract-related disputes?


Do you take advantage of funds made available by the federal government for surface transportation or other projects?


Drones are becoming so popular in construction and other industries that a commercial “droneport” specifically for the vehicles is being designed. Do you think a drone airport is necessary?


Steel manufacturers in Europe have cut more than 5,000 steelworker jobs in the past year. Manufacturers blame cheaper Chinese steel imports for causing the problem. Do you agree?


With the costs, time delays and structural problems involved in new rail transportation projects in Australia and California, should engineers be looking at Hyperloop-like alternatives, which can be built at a fraction of the cost, for future projects?


How many trade shows or other industry events do you attend per year?


Would you recommend a career in coatings for your son or daughter?


Drones are increasingly being used for bridge inspections; do you think drones are as effective at detecting bridge defects as people are?


What technology do you use to view your PaintSquare Daily News newsletters?


Will you be attending the SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT conference Jan. 18-21 in San Antonio?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed fine increases for 2016?


Does your company offer bonuses during the holiday season?


Engineers in England plan to build a new pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge to serve the type of transportation Europeans embrace. Do you think infrastructure projects like this in the U.S. would encourage Americans to do more walking or biking?


How much do you (or your company) depend on or use coating manufacturers’ color forecasts in your business?


Is there a shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions in your company?


Should a federal agency, like private companies, receive a monetary penalty of some kind when OSHA finds safety or health violations at one of their worksites?


During the winter and holiday season, how much is your workload affected?


The House of Representatives recently passed a six-year transportation bill, but it includes funding for only the first three years. To “unlock” the last three years of spending authorization, Congress must come up with the money first. If the bill becomes law, where do you think new funding should come from?


The Golden Gate Bridge is getting a $76 million metal "net" system to deter jumpers from using the bridge to end their lives. Do you think this is a good use of those funds?


Who should be responsible for paying for lead-based paint abatement?


How would you describe your email habits?


It seems that bridge failures have been making the headlines more frequently, and many U.S. bridges are nearing or exceeding their life expectancy. Do you think most bridges are safe?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed rule on Beryllium limits?


Researchers are currently developing a glass-based coating for ships and rooftops. Do you believe this will be beneficial for protecting them from heat and sun?


How often do you or your employees seek additional training?


Drones are seeing more use in infrastructure work. Does your company plan to use them?


What are the odds that Congress will come through with a three-year or longer transportation bill this year?


Worker fatalities are on the rise in the energy industry. Why do you think that is?


How have advances in coatings technology kept up with innovation in other construction materials?


Which of these most influences your decision to purchase or specify a coating?


How much gray hair does your staff have?


How will you spend Fourth of July?


While Duke Energy will pay more than $100 million in an EPA case for a coal-ash spill, two companies will each pay just $2,000 for a tunnel collapse that injured five workers. Does EPA have too much enforcement power, OSHA not enough, both, or neither?


Legislators have introduced a bill that would allow homeowners without small children or pregnant women to decide whether to require contractors to comply with EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule regarding lead-safe practices. Good idea or bad idea?


An industry-backed bill in Michigan—tougher than federal law--would allow pipeline companies to keep inspection, safety and other records secret. How does that sound to you?


Does OSHA need more authority to address its most flagrant repeat violators?


Planning a vacation this summer?


California regularly sets up “stings” of unlicensed contractors by posing as homeowners, soliciting bids for projects that require licenses, then arresting the individuals. What do you think of this strategy?


Florida is weighing a seven-year statute of limitations on lawsuits over construction defects. What time limit should exist for filing suit over construction defects after a project is completed?


Indiana has scrapped its 80-year-old system for setting minimum wages on major public-works projects. What do you say?


A recent poll of women architects in the UK found increased reports of sex discrimination just since last year. What do you see?


Proponents of emergency city curfews say they deter violence and destruction. Foes say curfews restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens. What say you?


A proposed Iowa law would require companies planning mega-projects to obtain agreements with 75% of the affected property owners before seeking eminent-domain authority. Good law or bad law?


A Chinese company has just built a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days from prefab components. Would you live in it?


Five years after the deadly BP explosion in the Gulf, which aspect of the offshore industry still needs the most safety attention?


The owner of a nationally protected mansion in the UK is facing a prison term for modernizing the home in violation of the law. Does the punishment fit the crime?


Should federal agencies have the right to mandate safety and security rules (such as hair length and protective gear) that may conflict with religious preferences?


NIOSH has recommended that all U.S. workplaces be smokefree (including e-cigarettes). Do you support this idea?


Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


The UK, which has the world's smallest houses, has for the first time adopted minimum space requirements in homes. Good idea or bad idea?


A Chinese company has 3D-printed a five-story apartment building. Would you live in it?


March Madness will cost employers $1.2 billion for each hour of lost worker production in the first week of the tourney. Is the madness affecting your workplace?


OSHA will not investigate a scaffolding collapse in Portland that damaged property but did not injure anyone. Should some federal agency be required to review job-site accidents that occur when no one is working?


What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?


The Urban Death Project, led by an architect, is proposing a three-story human composting operation that would turn "bodies into soil-building material." What do you think of this idea?


A new system allows workers to anonymously text information and photos about site hazards and near misses to employers. Good idea or bad idea?


After numerous warnings, federal OSHA has rejected Arizona’s residential fall-protection guidelines as too lenient. Should states be allowed to craft standards that are looser than federal OSHA’s?


Winter storms have wreaked havoc with buildings throughout the U.S. Northeast. How much snow and ice accumulation do you allow on your rooftops before removing or melting it?


The Keystone XL pipeline project is back on hold after a presidential veto, while the State Department reviews the project again. No action date has been set. What should happen next?


New York's 135-year-old Scaffold Safety Law holds employers and owners 100% liable in injury lawsuits if they fail to provide adequate equipment or training. A new bill would change the law to factor in the worker's responsibility. What do you think?


A Dutch architect is suing a former museum client, saying its expansion plans "mutilate" his design. Should architects retain legal rights over their design after the project is completed?


How do you rank your priorities in building design today?


Assuming the highest level of competence by each, who is generally the better painter: a robot or a human?


The magic coatings genie has offered you the coating of your dreams! So what’ll it be?


Los Angeles officials are weighing an ordinance that would require property owners to quakeproof thousands of vulnerable buildings within the next 30 years. Good plan?


Not attending SSPC 2015? Why not?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


SSPC 2015 is right around the corner. What part of the show are you most looking forward to?


Critics say that today’s “starchitects” are pushing design extremes that are structurally risky. What do you think?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


U.S. construction activity was up about 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. What do you see for 2015?


A new market forecast shows booming demand for silica sand in North America, just as OSHA prepares to limit silica exposures. So what’s the take-home message?


The major paint and color experts have all unveiled their 2015 Colors of the Year. How much do you think these selections influence design and color trends?


Overall, how do you feel about the year ahead for your company or your position?


What is your general impression of OSHA inspectors who visit your site?


Your New Year's magic genie has arrived to grant you one wish! So what'll it be?


Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2015?


Your New Year's magic genie has arrived to grant you one wish! What will it be?


Are you making New Year's resolutions for 2015?


What would help your business most in 2015?


How are you shopping for the holidays this year?


Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?


Wal-Mart has spent $2M appealing a $7,000 OSHA fine from the 2008 Black Friday trampling death of an employee. Should the appeal continue?


A building collapse in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter has raised concern over city building inspections, which do not include structural interiors. What do you think of this policy?


After 4½ years, the EPA is set to announce Dec. 19 whether it will reclassify coal ash as hazardous waste. What’s your prediction?


Do you expect to still be in a coatings-related industry in five or so years?


Do you conduct drug tests on your employees?


A new DOD policy will allow up to 1,500 undocumented immigrants with “high-demand skills” to serve in the U.S. military. Ok by you?


What is your top priority in evaluating a green building product?


"98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure s**t," renowned architect Frank Gehry recently declared with a middle-finger salute. What's your take?


The family of a U.S. worker killed on the job is calling for a $50,000 mandatory fine if a workplace hazard is found to "materially contribute" to a fatal incident. (The fine in their case was $2,300.) What do you think?


A proposed U.S. rule would ban “pay secrecy” by federal contractors and allow those workers to openly share wage information. What do you think?


Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Will you vote?


U.S. regulators have reinstated an employee fired for making a secret video of a failed inspection test. Whom do you back?


What is the best way for employers to ensure that employees who are provided fall protection actually wear it?


How well do you think weight limits are being enforced on bridges and highways?


Overall, how much do your clients really care about using green building materials and processes?


Do you see safety hazards (including personnel) on the job serious enough to report if you could do so completely anonymously?


Should the American Institute of Architects amend its Ethics Code to "prohibit the design of spaces for torture or killing?"


Several contractors have been busted for using MBE/DBE-certified firms as “pass-throughs” to gain government contracts. How common do you think this practice is?


A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?


About how often do you see full compliance with fall protection on a project?


San Francisco has slapped "Earthquake Warning" labels on buildings whose owners are not complying with a new retrofit program. Owners are crying foul. What do you think?


The U.S. will force companies that owe federal fines for hazmat violations to pay up or shut down. Good plan or bad plan?


Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has said that architects “have nothing to do with the workers.” Should architects concern themselves with worker conditions on their projects?


The U.S. EPA is weighing its next move on dangerous chemical paint strippers. What should that move be?


Fewer young U.S. architects are seeking licensing. How important do you think it is for architects to become licensed?


 
 
   

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