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Previous Polls

December 16 - December 23, 2016
When it comes to promotion and technology, which of the following will receive the greatest investment at your company in 2017?

December 11 - December 17, 2016
A group of Construction Specifications Institute members have started an online initiative called “Let’s Fix Construction,” encouraging discourse on issues ranging from project collaboration to the lack of technical knowledge in construction documents. Do you believe construction is broken?

December 4 - December 10, 2016
Shortly after the U.S. election, the American Institute of Architects issued, and then apologized for, a statement in which the organization said its members "stand ready to work with" President-elect Donald Trump on schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. Was the apology warranted?

November 27 - December 3, 2016
A survey recently published by the American Institute of Architects indicates that the architecture industry has almost fully recovered from the recession and is seeing healthy profits. Do you feel that trend reflected in your business?

November 20 - November 26, 2016
Do you find safety rules and regulations governing scaffolds and scaffold-related hazards such as falls, failing objects, structural instability, overloading and electrocution easy to understand and follow? *Editor's Note: Poll answer options were updated Nov. 22.

November 13 - November 19, 2016
Some recent high profile projects have architectural designs that utilize ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) technology. Do you consider this material to be a viable option for years to come?

November 6 - November 12, 2016
Some subcontractors working on the new hockey arena in Detroit are facing fines for not hiring enough local workers; contractors have said they simply can't find skilled help in the area. Are local-hiring mandates on big jobs like this a good idea, or unfair?

October 30 - November 5, 2016
Will you be voting in the upcoming U.S. election?

October 23 - October 29, 2016
How important is it to you to use green building materials when they are an option?

October 16 - October 22, 2016
How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?

October 10 - October 14, 2016
University of Michigan researchers are working on a home lead test kit that can test paint for lead content down to 5,000 ppm, by dropping a chip into a solution and heating it. Good or bad idea?

October 2 - October 7, 2016
How likely are you to use or specify an entirely new product?

September 25 - October 1, 2016
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?

September 16 - September 23, 2016
FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?

September 11 - September 17, 2016
U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology, or BREEAM, has moved forward with plans to compete in the U.S. green building market. Will the use of this rating system take off in the United States?

September 4 - September 10, 2016
California is considering requiring building contractors to report any monetary settlements related to their work to the state's licensing board. Is this a good or bad idea?

August 28 - September 3, 2016
The recently completed U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis features transparent glass on its facade that could injure or kill birds in collisions, according to critics. The National Football League’s Vikings and stadium officials have decided to fund a $300,000 scientific bird study to determine the extent of the problem, if any, before installing any sort of bird deterrent. Good or bad decision?

August 22 - August 26, 2016
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?

August 14 - August 20, 2016
San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been found to have sunk 16 inches since it opened eight years ago—more than the 6 inches it was predicted to settle in its lifetime. What should be done now?

August 7 - August 13, 2016
When a safety inspector finds a potentially unsafe condition on a jobsite and notifies supervisors who then fail to warn workers of the danger, he or she should:

July 31 - August 6, 2016
After being found guilty in connection with the death of a 22-year-old worker on a New York City construction site, a general contractor was handed a sentence requiring it to fund and take part in a public service announcement regarding construction site safety. Was this sentence fair?

July 24 - July 30, 2016
How important do you think novel building materials, including natural substances like bamboo and synthetic materials developed in the lab, will be to the future of building construction?

July 15 - July 22, 2016
Do color forecasts and trends affect how you choose paint colors for design or renovation projects?

July 10 - July 16, 2016
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. Has this been your experience?

June 26 - July 2, 2016
What’s the best way to maintain a safe jobsite?

June 20 - June 25, 2016
How often do your clients request green products or green processes?

June 13 - June 17, 2016
Architect Rem Koolhaas recently told attendees at the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 conference that the architectural community needs an overhaul in terms of communication. “Architecture has a serious problem today in that people who are not alike don’t communicate,” he said, noting that differing opinions help deliver stronger design. Do you agree or disagree?

June 5 - June 11, 2016
What’s your attitude toward continuing education requirements?

May 29 - June 4, 2016
In a disagreement with a client, you usually:

May 22 - May 28, 2016
Which is your preferred method of resolving construction and design-related disputes?

May 15 - May 21, 2016
Which Zaha Hadid work is your favorite?

May 9 - May 15, 2016
Do you participate in the free webinars offered by Durability + Design?

May 2 - May 6, 2016
Are you or your company participating in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down held this week?

April 25 - May 1, 2016
Many high-rise residential towers in Dubai are designed with an extremely flammable cladding material as evidenced in a number of fires in the region. The use of the panels has been banned in new construction but many existing structures lack necessary safety upgrades. Should building owners be penalized for failing to make the upgrades?

April 17 - April 23, 2016
How much weight do you give to market-research studies?

April 11 - April 16, 2016
A Virginia architect was recently sentenced to 33 months in prison for bribing officials to obtain inside information about contracts at a Veterans Affairs’ hospital. Does the punishment fit the crime?

April 4 - April 10, 2016
When it comes to selecting a paint and coatings supplier, which of these is most important?

March 27 - April 2, 2016
China has recently outlawed “odd-shaped” buildings as part of an effort to regulate city growth. Do you think this will work?

March 18 - March 27, 2016
Which is your preferred green building rating system?

March 14 - March 20, 2016
When do you hire a consultant?

March 7 - March 13, 2016
Is it more important to complete projects on time or within budget?

February 29 - March 4, 2016
A judge recently said Answers in Genesis, a non-profit Christian group that is building a replica of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky, could collect sales tax incentives worth millions. Should religious groups like this be allowed to collect sales tax incentives?

February 22 - February 28, 2016
Do you use boutique paints on projects?

February 15 - February 21, 2016
How do you rank the priorities in building design today?

February 8 - February 12, 2016
Several recent studies suggest millennials could be the key to filling a shortage of available construction workers. Do you think tapping into this younger generation is the answer?

January 31 - February 6, 2016
What technology do you use to view your Durability + Design daily newsletters?

January 24 - January 30, 2016
What are the following sources of revenue for your company?

January 18 - January 24, 2016
What best describes your role in the industry?

January 11 - January 15, 2016
Do you think the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will implement its long-awaited rule on silica exposure this year?

January 3 - January 9, 2016
A number of skyscraper designs have caused concerns in the past year, including buildings already built and others that have yet to be approved. Do you think designers are trying to push the envelope too far?


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