Courtesy of Inland Kenworth A piece of heavy equipment loads a large dump truck. Large construction trucks will be required to cut fuel economy 10% by 2018 to meet new federal greenhouse-gas rules. Related Links: First Fuel-Economy Standards Hit Construction Trucks The Flip Side of Fuel Economy: Less Cash for Road Construction Heavy Truckers Say Goodbye to the Stick While construction industry leaders aren’t objecting to the new efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that were announced on Aug. 9, they are not pleased with the likely long-term repercussions of the standards.“It's probably a good thing," explains Brian Deery,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.