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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    It feels like parts of the world keep spinning, while others are set off their axis. You may have projects to complete, while your suppliers are considered non-essential. This can cause backlogs in your work, as you try to find ways to keep meeting client expectations as you can. Here are a few delays you can expect related to COVID-19, now and for several months into the future.Inspections Many ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Member News
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    California law requires sale of only pressure-regulated spray bodies. This change to a more water-efficient product will phase in water savings of up to 25% on spray zones. New installations will be more efficient. Existing systems can be upgraded for lower water bills.Make the change!Work through your old inventory. We will remind you to select the correct product when replenishing. Advise ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Business Tips
    Friday, October 16, 2020
    The Business Journal is seeking nominations for top real estate projects for its 15th annual 2020 Top Projects Awards. Winning companies will be featured in the North Bay Business Journal and honored at a virtual awards celebration in December.Nominations close Friday, October 30. Nominated projects must be located in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Marin or Solano counties and be available for ...read more
    Categories: Community, Event Related, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    On September 22, 2020, the President signed Executive Order 13950 – Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO 13950). The new Executive Order is intended “to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating[.]” To implement that goal, EO 13950 states that the government’s policy is “not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the Federal workforce or in ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Member News
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    Payroll taxes are one thing that you’ll need to pay as part of your contracting business. As of September 1st, the federal government gave businesses the option to decline withholding these taxes from employee paychecks, as long as they meet certain requirements. There are benefits to this program, but also possible drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know.What Are Payroll Taxes? Payroll taxes are ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020
    Laws are hitting the books to avert infernos from demolishing structures By SUSAN WOOD The North Bay Business Journal Pat Avila knows firsthand how important fire resistant construction is to her living space. In Sonoma County’s devastating Tubbs Fire of 2017, the longtime real estate agent’s residential complex with 46 homes in the Fountaingrove neighborhood burned down when embers penetrated ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Safety
    Monday, October 12, 2020
    Objective: To create awareness on the rights and responsibilities that employees have under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act and other state and federal regulations   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers and workers to comply with occupational safety and health standards. You have rights under OSHA, but you must also follow all of the OSHA ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Builders Corner, Safety, Construction Education & Training, Cornerstone Partner News
    Monday, October 12, 2020
    Mahalo to our members and guests for making the 44th Annual Marin Builders Association Golf Classic - Luau on the Links a tremendous success. We welcomed more than 70 players at Indian Valley Golf Club on Friday, October 9th for a fabulous day of golf, camaraderie, sportsmanship, delicious food & refreshments. Players and supporters celebrated our commitment to education as a portion of the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Event Related, Member News, Scholarship, Cornerstone Partner News, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News
    Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    Do you blink your eyes and the day is done? Do you often go weeks or even months without taking a day or two to see what’s new? This is a common problem for anyone who runs a small business. It is so easy to get wrapped up in daily tasks that you forget about professional development. However, investing this effort is the best way to avoid becoming obsolete and have a better guarantee of knowing ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member News
    Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    Molds are everywhere and have existed for millions of years. When mold spores drift through the air and land on moist surfaces such as damp wood, paper, carpet, food, ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, wallpaper, or fabric they can grow and spread. We can’t eliminate mold, but to avoid potential harm to buildings and occupants, we can and should take steps to keep mold from growing in our ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, Member News
    Monday, October 05, 2020
    The Strong Frame moment frame is a smart, economical solution to your design challenges. Our new guide comprises several sections, including design requirements and considerations, product, anchorage and installation information.Download the Strong Frame Design Guide
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    Have you ever met someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life from the time they were a small child? Some people are like that. They are practically born knowing where to go. For the rest of us, it’s important to find a good fit. But having a career is so much better when you know you can bring passion to your work. Here are five ways you can tell that your passion (and your future) ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Community, Member News
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    SUSAN WOOD THE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL September 29, 2020 With more than 200,000 American lives taken already, the six-month battle with COVID-19 may also morph into a war of words. A new California law requires businesses report coronavirus cases to their employees. But North Bay law firm specialists say the new rules come with thoughtful intentions but convoluted details. Assembly Bill ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Builders Corner, Community, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    Objective: To review critical safety principles related to safe forklift operationPoints to emphasize:Current employer training and certification is required.Complete the pre-operational checklist.Know your travel route.Drive with loads down.Know and do not exceed your load and weight capacity.Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to download the complete training ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Member News, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety
    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    In with the Old Story by Jess D. TaylorGreenLynx and the World of ReusePhoto Credit Paige Green “There are so many different lives that a 2 x 4 can have,” muses Nicole Tai on a warm July morning. As I follow her through the bright, airy showroom, her words transform what I initially perceive to be just stacks and stacks of wood, much of it leaning against the walls, organized by size and shape. ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Green Building - Sustainability, Member News, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    September 22, 2020, Novato, CA: Roohian Inc. announced today the rollout of a new service providing on-site and on-demand COVID-19 management and testing for businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.   This service is provided in partnership with CP Lab Safety, Emery Pharma, and DiaCarta as part of the newly launched REVEAL Program to provide diagnostic COVID-19 RT PCR tests and antibody ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    There are some general rules that apply to almost all hammers and other striking tools. Never use a striking tool for any purpose other than that for which it was intended. Never use a striking tool with a loose or damaged handle or with a mushroomed head or dull cutting edge. Conditions vary, but it can never hurt to wear goggles when using striking tools.Click here to download the complete ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Member News, Community
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Solar company leader sparks connectivity and goodwill Grassroots collaboration spearheads movement to provide Wi-Fi to underserved populationBy Judith M. Wilson Special to the Marin IJ The primary objective of any business is financial success, but for some, the true measure of impact goes beyond the bottom line to include some type of altruistic endeavor. When Aran Moore founded Sun First Solar ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Press Release
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Like some industries, construction has a tendency to put people at risk for illness or injury. This is why so many tasks require personal protective equipment (PPE). There are many types of PPE you may need, depending on your field and the kind of work you do. Here’s what to expect from headgear, masks, gloves, boots and more.Masks The recent pandemic has made masks a topic of national attention. ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Member News
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    When you work in construction, you’ll need protection in case something goes wrong. This is where insurance can make a big difference. There are a variety of types of insurance for businesses, and some of them are specifically designed for industries like construction. Here are the most common forms of coverage for contracting businesses, and how to tell when you need them.General Liability As a ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Business Tips
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    In this crazy time of the COVID-19, it is not the time to cut corners to your detriment. While well intentioned contractors are always attempting to keep costs down to make a profit, they make some mistakes regarding workers’ compensation insurance.   Most common mistakes are:Certifying with the Contractors License Board that they do not need workers’ compensation insurance as they have no ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Member News
    Thursday, August 20, 2020
    Although the economy (and the construction industry in particular) seems poised for steady growth over the next few years, it’s hard to tell when that might change. Even if the world isn’t swept away by a housing crisis like 2008, your business will have to face an economic downturn from time to time. What companies do to prepare determines which ones make it to the other side. Here’s a few tips ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a lot of upward mobility. But how soon can you start? Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Community
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    You know it could be coming, and it might even happen within the week. When whole states are shutting down construction projects to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, it may not take long before your contracting business is affected. There are times throughout your career that you will need to suspend work on an ongoing project due to weather problems or even a contract dispute. If you have to ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Community, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
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