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Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


U.S. Disaster-Proofing Gets $1B Boost

Reeling from a deadly series of natural disasters, devastated communities across the U.S. now have an additional billion-dollar incentive to rebuild more resiliently. But the incentive has s...


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

U.S. construction industry groups are banding together to fight sharp limits on “guest worker” visas in an immigration agreement now emerging in Congress.


Immigrant ‘Crisis in Construction’ Seen

Half of the construction workers in Texas are undocumented, and seven in 10 are foreign-born—a dire situation with safety, social and economic implications for the entire industry, a new rep...


Companies Settle Navy Base Lead Case

Two military housing companies have paid a substantially discounted fine to settle federal lead paint disclosure violations on two New England Navy bases.


Valspar Lends Hands to Rebuild Haiti

Valspar Corp. and longtime partner Habitat for Humanity have launched a celebrity-studded initiative to help rebuild Haitian homes destroyed by last year’s earthquake.


Groups Plan Suit to Restore Lead Rule ‘Opt-Out’

A coalition of housing industry groups plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore an “opt-out” provision to EPA’s controversial new lead-safe practices rule.


ECONOMIC PULSE:
Home Sales Continue to Falter

Sales of new homes declined 2.2% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 308,000, down from a revised January rate of 315,000, the Commerce Department reported.


Economic Pulse:
New-Home Sales Decline in January

U.S. sales of new homes in January fell 11.2% from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 309,000, the Commerce Department reported.


Economic Pulse: Housing Starts Rise in January

U.S. housing starts rose 2.8% in January from the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 591,000, compared to December’s revised annual rate of 575,000.


Economic Pulse: Sales of Existing Homes Retreat

U.S. sales of existing homes declined 16.7% in December, in line with expectations that reflected the effect of the original November deadline for the first-time homebuyer tax credit, the Na...


Economic Pulse: Housing Starts Decline

New-home construction posted an unexpected 4% decline in December as harsh winter weather hit much of the country, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.


Housing Starts Regain Ground

Nationwide housing production rose 8.9 percent in November, and building permits reached their highest levels in a year, the federal government reports.


Economic Pulse: New-Home Sales Continue Rally with 6.2% Gain

New-home sales rose 6.2% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 430,000, up from a revised annual rate of 405,000 in September, the Commerce Department reported last week. Sales ...


Economic Pulse: Existing-Home Sales Rise Sharply

Sales of existing homes posted a sharp, 10.1% gain in October from the previous month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported.


 
 
   

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