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INDUSTRY NEWS 2012 Construction To Remain Flat WASHINGTON—The 2012 Dodge Construction Outlook from McGraw-Hill Construction predicts that overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain essentially flat, despite growth in multifamily housing and commercial buildings. The level of construction starts in 2012 is expected to be $412 billion, following the 4% decline to $410 billion predicted for 2011. Among sector forecasts: ã Multifamily housing will rise 18% in dollars, continuing it
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  www.info.hotims.com/37992-2 Business (Overall) $46,672 $48,805Liberal Arts (Overall) $35,508 $40,834Engineering (Overall) $58,669 $60,291Petroleum Engineering $77,278 $82,740Chemical Engineering $64,889 $66,058Computer Engineering $60,396 $62,849Mechanical Engineering $58,110 $60,142Civil Engineering $51,321 $52,058 All Degrees $48,288 $51,171 BETHLEHEM, Pa.—The average sal-ary oer to Class o 2011 engineeringmajors has risen 2.8%, rom $58,669to $60,291, according to a new surveypublished by the National Associationo Colleges and Employers (NACE).According to NACE’s Fall 2011 Sal-ary Survey, the average salary oer topetroleum engineering graduates grew7.1% to $82,740, making it the highest-paid major in this report.Also ranking on the highest-paidlist, chemical engineering graduatessaw their average salary oer increase1.8% to $66,058. Computer engineer-ing graduates posted a healthy 4.1%increase to their average salary o-er, bringing it to $62,849. Oersto mechanical engineering graduateincreased 3.5%, rom $58,110 to$60,142. Engineering GradsGet Higher Offers Average Starting Salary Offer By Degree Major 2010 2011 WASHINGTON—The 2012 DodgeConstruction Outlook rom McGraw-HillConstruction predicts that overall U.S.construction starts or next year will remainessentially at, despite growth in multiam-ily housing and commercial buildings.The level o construction starts in 2012is expected to be $412 billion, ollowingthe 4% decline to $410 billion predictedor 2011.Among sector orecasts: ãMultifamilyhousingwillrise18%in dollars, continuing its moderate, upwardtrend. ãCommercialbuildingwillgrow8%. Warehouses and hotels will see the largestpercentage increases, but improvementor ofces and stores will be modest. ãTheinstitutionalbuildingmarketwill slip an additional 2% in 2012, ater alling15% in 2011. The tough fscal environ-ment or states and localities will continueto dampen school construction, and theuncertain economic environment will limitgrowth in health-care acilities. VRF Certifcation ARLINGTON, Va.— The Air-Condition-ing, Heating, and Rerigeration Institute(AHRI) has launched a new certifcationprogram or variable rerigerant lowmulti-split air-conditioners and heatpumps (VRF). This is AHRI’s 37th cer-tifcation program.“Having a VRF program will pro-vide the assurance that manuacturers’perormance ratings or the equipmenthave been independently verifed,” saidBill Tritsis, AHRI’s vice president o certifcation. Smart Grid Is Topic CHICAGO—Discussion o smart build-ings evolved into discussion o the smartgrid at Schneider Electric’s Editor’s Eventhere on Oct. 12 –13.Melissa O’Mara, solution vice presi-dent, green buildings or SchneiderElectric’s Buildings Business, saidthat though the Smart Grid is beingdiscussed more, it won’t really have “ar-rived” until “the majority o buildings 2012 ConstructionTo Remain Flat are integrating with the grid in this way.”James Potach, Schneider senior vicepresident, energy solutions put it anotherway. “We’ll know the Smart Grid is herewhen using it is as common as pickingyour utility.”The event also included the presenta-tion o a case study o the Shedd Aquar-ium in Chicago.The aquarium, which attracts two mil-lion guests each year, has implementeda number o sustainability strategies,including replacing its dual chiller plantwith a centralized chiller plant, and in-stalling a rainwater system on the roo o its ofce building. The aquarium isresearching urther strategies, includingusing rainwater in its animal systems. 6 ASHRAE Journal ashrae.org November 2011 INDUSTRY NEWS   This article was published in ASHRAE Journal, November 2011. Copyright 2011 American Society of Heating,Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. Posted at www.ashrae.org. This article may not be copiedand/or distributed electronically or in paper form without permission of ASHRAE. For more information about ASHRAE Journal, visit www.ashrae.org.  www.info.hotims.com/37992-27  Advertisement formerly in this space.
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