June 10 - June 16, 2013
Architects in the UK, where the average one-bedroom home is 495 square feet, are fighting for larger mandated minimum home sizes. Do you agree with this effort?
June 3 - June 9, 2013
What is your biggest source of work stress?
May 27 - June 2, 2013
Experts say more lives could be saved in tornado-prone regions by building codes and ordinances that mandate basements and sheltering spaces. What do you think?
May 20 - May 26, 2013
How do you most often hear of new paint or coatings technologies?
May 13 - May 19, 2013
What should Congress do about undocumented workers in the U.S.?
May 6 - May 12, 2013
The buyer of a foreclosed, century-old home sold for $3,600 was awarded $115,000 because she did not receive an EPA lead notice. Who should be responsible for such notifications?
April 29 - May 3, 2013
Do you have a preferred “green” building system for design and construction?
April 22 - April 28, 2013
Would you recommend your chosen profession to your child or another young person?
April 15 - April 21, 2013
Durability + Design is developing a Video How-To series. What topics would interest you most?
April 8 - April 14, 2013
Who should have final say over whether a mural is appropriate for public display?
April 1 - April 7, 2013
Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to allow homeowners to opt out of the EPA’s lead-safe painting requirements. Do you support this plan?
March 25 - March 31, 2013
What’s your preferred social media platform?
March 18 - March 24, 2013
What paint/coatings trends are you watching most closely right now?
March 11 - March 17, 2013
The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.8 percent at the end of 2012. What’s your prediction for the end of 2013?
March 4 - March 10, 2013
Do you think sales restrictions on spray paint help prevent graffiti vandalism?
February 25 - March 3, 2013
How integral is a smartphone or tablet to your work?
February 18 - February 24, 2013
A French court has awarded damages to an architect whose museum design was altered by an addition decades later. What do you think of this?
February 11 - February 17, 2013
What professional association member benefit is (or would be) of most value to you?
February 4 - February 10, 2013
North Miami Beach has passed an ordinance that restricts the use of certain exterior paint colors by businesses. What’s your take on this?
January 28 - February 3, 2013
What mode of transportation do you take to and from work?
January 21 - January 27, 2013
With the new Congress seated and a second term for President Obama underway, what do you expect of jobs and the economy this year?
January 14 - January 20, 2013
As the economy demands doing more with less, what do you feel gets shortchanged most often in the process?
January 7 - January 13, 2013
What kind of New Year’s resolutions have you made for this year?
December 24, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Which song best captures your overall view of 2013?
December 17 - December 23, 2012
How is uncertainty over the “fiscal cliff” crisis affecting your business decisions for 2013?
December 10 - December 16, 2012
Would you advise a young person to follow in your chosen career?
December 3 - December 9, 2012
How has your staffing been in 2012?
November 26 - December 2, 2012
Where do you weigh in on green practices and products?
November 19 - November 25, 2012
Overall, who do you think makes the better managers on construction projects?
November 12 - November 18, 2012
What do you do with leftover paint?
November 5 - November 11, 2012
A worker in the doomed Florida parking garage reported cracks just before it collapsed. Have you ever been concerned about the safety of a building where you worked?
October 29 - November 4, 2012
It’s finally decision time. So, who gets your vote for President on Nov. 6?
October 22 - October 28, 2012
How much does your company participate in community or volunteer projects?
October 15 - October 21, 2012
Where do you fit in the Digital Age?
October 8 - October 14, 2012
How do you think today’s “green” coatings compare overall with conventional paints?
October 1 - October 7, 2012
Some cities are considering regulating exterior paint colors for commercial buildings. Is this a good idea?
September 24 - September 30, 2012
In your experience, what is the most common cause of premature coating failures?
September 17 - September 23, 2012
How big a factor are illegal/undocumented workers in today’s coatings industry?
September 10 - September 16, 2012
If you had it to do over again, would you choose the same profession? Why or why not?
September 3 - September 9, 2012
What is the owner’s obligation to inform a contractor about lead or other hazardous material in a coating to be removed or disturbed?
August 27 - September 2, 2012
Housing starts have hit their highest pace in 4 years. Do you expect this to help your business?
August 20 - August 26, 2012
What types of mistakes do you see most often in coating work?
August 13 - August 19, 2012
How do your current new hires and applicants generally compare to those of yesteryear?
August 6 - August 12, 2012
A Pennsylvania painting company owner faces criminal charges for the electrocution of an employee. Authorities say he ignored the presence of high-power lines on a job site. Is the charge fair?
July 30 - August 5, 2012
Would you advise a young person today to pursue a career in the coatings industry?
July 23 - July 29, 2012
How much do you keep tabs on color trends?
July 16 - July 22, 2012
What is your most important criteria of selection when you are purchasing or specifying coatings?
July 9 - July 15, 2012
Climate change has been the subject of lively debate in this newsletter and website (durabilityanddesign.com) in recent weeks. What's your opinion of the extraordinarily hot weather affecting much of the nation and what it may mean in relation to climate change?
July 2 - July 8, 2012
In a major decision in the climate-change debate, The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on June 26 ruled that the EPA is correct in its plans to regulate heat-trapping gases (so-called greenhouse gases), dismissing arguments that the science of global warming is suspect. What is your opinion of this decision?
June 25 - July 1, 2012
What is the most common cause of coating failures?