construction in April plunged 31% to $147.2 billion (annual rate], which followed a 40% surge in March.
This edition includes the application of new ground snow load tables for Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington; new research from Norway and Japan on the probability of snow sliding off roofs; current concepts about how snow density changes over a winter season; snow loads on air-supported structures; updated provisions for nonbuilding
structures, including open-frame equipment structures, pipes, and cable trays; and calculation of snow loads on process piping.
will also support healthy consumption of construction chemicals in nonbuilding
For the year so far, there has been only one bright spot in the construction sector: nonbuilding
construction, which covers roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Several chapters cover seismic design for building structural and nonstructural components, nonbuilding
structures, and structures with particular properties or existing under particular seismic conditions.
Freedonia analyst Gleb Mytko states, "The global market will continue to be driven by above average growth in the large Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions." The nonbuilding
market for construction aggregates is expected to outperform the building segment through 2017, as many countries will invest heavily in their public infrastructures.
With a continuing high proportion of the infrastructure and building works budget being allocated to new work, the commitment for renewal work on both building and nonbuilding
infrastructure is important.
These and other trends are presented in Precast Concrete Products, a new report tracking building and nonbuilding
market prospects over the next five years from Cleveland market researcher Freedonia Group.
Although residential building still has a way to go, commercial building and nonbuilding
construction is slowly making a comeback.
starts will dip 28% to $6.9 billion as the already beaten down housing construction market falls only an additional 4% to $8.1 billion, according to the report.
The pattern of activity during the first half of 2008 featured wide swings from month-to-month for nonresidential building and nonbuilding
construction, often due to the impact of unusually large projects, said Murray.
Total construction in 2008 and 2009 will be down 4% and 1% based upon large decreases in residential construction that will not be offset by gains in nonresidential and nonbuilding