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TX Firm Designs 3D-Printed Neighborhoods

Overland Partners has recently designed an architectural series of proposals for new 3D-printed neighborhoods in Texas.


Philly Council Passes New Construction Tax

The Philadelphia City Council narrowly voted last week to implement a new tax on construction projects.


$2B Housing Settlement Reached with NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority settled with federal prosecutors last week after a civil complaint was filed arguing that the agency exposed its residents to lead-poisoning risks and lie...


Elon Musk Plans to Make Bricks

Billionaire Elon Musk's Boring Company’s boring activities are slated to have an additional benefit—dredging up dirt to be used for bricks for lost-cost housing.


TX House 3-D Printed in Under a Day

Austin, Texas, is playing host to the first 3-D printed home that is both up to code and can house people as-is. With a construction cost of $10,000, the home may prove to be a feasible hous...


Concrete Pipes Could House Tiny Homes

Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture says it has developed an affordable housing alternative for those interested living in expensive cities with OPod Tube Housing, which transforms concr...


Concrete Pipes Could House Tiny Homes

In a move to provide an affordable housing alternative for those interested living in expensive cities, Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture has developed OPod Tube Housing, which transfo...


NYC Files False Lead Inspection Paperwork

A new report released by the Department of Investigation in New York City claims that the chairwoman of the city’s housing authority knew that agency inspectors were not performing required ...


Unwanted Cladding Could Build Migrant Housing

A London-based architecture firm could help solve the housing issue for incoming migrants.


Vivid Makeover Lures Tourists to Former Slum

A plan to apply fresh coats of colorful paint on houses in an Indonesian village has transformed a slum into a tourist mecca.


Firm Designs Housing for Homeless Veterans

Affordable housing developer Skid Row Housing Trust recently teamed up with architectural design firm Brooks + Scarpa (both of Los Angeles) to bring to life a 52-unit development called “The...


Fire Again Ravages CA Construction Site

An early-morning fire on Saturday destroyed an under-construction, 105-unit housing project near the Oakland, California, border—the second time the site has burned to the ground in the past...


President Proposes Cuts to EPA

The federal agency responsible for environmental protection efforts, enforcing lead-based paint renovation laws, and regulating chemicals found in paints and coatings would see a 31 percent ...


Carson to Lead Federal Housing Agency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be led by Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr, a retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate who ran against President Donal...


Grants Offered for Lead Work

The federal government says it will offer dozens of grants to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from lower-income households in order to protect young children.


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

Four contractors face fines after a 33-year-old worker fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening at a housing complex under construction in Florida, according to auth...


Zaha Hadid Successor's Speech Makes Waves

A controversial speech made by the architect who took over Zaha Hadid’s firm after her unexpected death last March has prompted response from the internationally recognized firm, Hadid famil...


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


Report: Construction Industry to Hit $713B

Most U.S. building sectors will enjoy modest growth in 2017, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 billion year ahead.


Lead Levels Prompt Relocation Efforts

In what some have described as a “Flint 2.0” situation, at least 1,000 residents of a low-income housing complex built near a former industrial site in East Chicago, IN, will soon be displac...


Guilty Plea in Sorority House Scam

A South Carolina attorney behind an effort to construct a 40,000-square-foot, $14 million sorority house at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has admitted to submitting false invoices,...


Builders See Slow, Steady Growth

U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a slightly faster pace in June, signifying that the market continues to inch toward recovery, new federal data shows.


Tampa Housing Authority Fires Builder

Allegations of “poor project management” and “ridiculous” change orders have led the Tampa Housing Authority to fire the builder in charge of a $25.6 million apartment project, according to ...


Funding Awards for Lead Removal

Fifteen local and state governments across the nation will share in $46.5 million in federal funding to help remove lead-based paint and other health hazards from homes.


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

Five contractors face a total of $115,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards at a troubled student housing construction project in Lincoln, NE.


Housing Official Accused of Bribery

A former Cleveland nonprofit housing official and two contractors face federal charges in a case involving cash bribes and improper lead-based paint abatement at several renovation projects....


Suit Targets Lead Paint Settlements

Maryland’s attorney general has sued several companies, accusing them of duping at least 100 lead-paint poisoning victims out of millions of dollars in settlement funds.


Report Questions Builders' Labor Worries

Construction industry groups have incessantly sounded alarms that the biggest challenge facing the recovering housing market is a lack of skilled labor; however, a new report seems to questi...


Architect Alejandro Aravena Receives Pritzker

A Chilean architect whose global body of work addresses key challenges humanity faces in 21st century has been selected as the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate.


Permits Strong in Mixed Housing Report

More single-family home construction permits were issued in October than in any month in the past eight years, according to new home construction data released Wednesday (Nov. 18).


Economists: Housing Market Improving

U.S. builders are expected to break ground on 1.33 million units in 2016 and hit 1.56 million units in 2017, a new forecast suggests.


Multifamily Surge Drives Housing Data

U.S. builders broke ground on more residential projects last month than they have in nearly eight years, new government data suggests.


States, Cities Win Grants to Remove Lead

More than $101 million in federal funding has been awarded to 32 cities, counties and state governments to combat lead-based paint.


Buildings Implode in Real Time, Slo-Mo

When buildings come down and the sound “boom” is involved, people tend to take notice.


2nd Guilty Plea in Housing Scam

A Florida contractor has pleaded guilty to his role in a $36 million low-income housing scheme.


Housing Starts Hit 8-Year High

New-home construction accelerated in July, but the pace of multifamily homebuilding was not a contributor.


Housing Chief in Hot Water over Lead

Controversial comments about lead poisoning victims made by a Maryland top housing official have dozens of lawmakers calling for his resignation.


Roofer to Pay $1.6M in Wage Case

MILWAUKEE--A Wisconsin roofing contractor will pay $1.6 million in restitution and damages after underpaying workers on federally funded housing projects, according to authorities.


Home Building Hits 8-Year High

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. housing market has apparently drained the last dregs of winter and is well back on the road to recovery, new government data suggests.


4th Guilty Plea in HUD Bid Rigging

The owner of a New Jersey plumbing and heating company has admitted bidding collusion that netted him nearly a quarter-million dollars in federally funded housing contracts in one year.


NYC Building Corruption Probe Nets 50

One man accused of greasing some of the highest-ranking palms in New York City's building agencies remained at large Thursday (Feb. 12), after 49 co-defendants were rounded up in one of the ...


50 Held in NYC Building Corruption Probe

In one of the biggest corruption crackdowns in New York City history, authorities have announced the indictment of 50 city building inspectors, contractors, clerks and other defendants in a ...


Home Sweet Housing Starts in 2014

U.S. builders broke ground on more than one million new homes and apartments in 2014—the highest level recorded since the boom of 2005 and 8.8 percent higher than the 2013 total, the federal...


Teen Cooks Up a Wood Alternative

A 16-year-old in India has taken waste generated by her family’s rice farm and turned it into a building material with the potential to benefit millions of lives.


Report: $50M Diverted from NJ Lead Fund

For the past decade, New Jersey officials have “virtually robbed” some $50 million intended for lead hazard controls in order to pay routine bills and salaries, according to a new investigat...


Housing: What Americans Want

From affordability to energy efficiency, Americans want a lot from their homes—and are not always getting it.


OSHA Fines 4 NY Housing Contractors

Fall hazards, electrical problems and other safety violations on an affordable-housing project in New York may cost a general contractor and three of its subs thousands of dollars in fines.


U.S. Construction Sees a Happy New Year

If you build it in 2015, they will come—and live, learn, heal or work in it, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $612 billion year ahead.


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...


London Cracks Down on Dream Digs

London's toniest community is going after its icebergs, before the icebergs take down the community.


Sisters to Share $3.8M Lead Award

For the fourth time in two months, a Baltimore jury has returned a seven-figure judgment against a Baltimore landlord for lifelong health injuries suffered by a tenant exposed to lead paint ...


$860k Paint Bribe Nets Short Jail Term

Painting contractor Harry P. Miconi should be out of prison before he turns 80.


NYC Plans Building Energy Overhaul

Aiming to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, New York City’s mayor has unveiled a sweeping plan to retrofit thousands of public and private buildings.


Report: Lead Deal Averts Prison Term

A Florida landlord who had been facing decades in prison for lead-paint violations has reached a new deal with prosecutors that may give him probation only, reports say.


NY City Council Approves ‘Poor Door’

A controversial plan to install separate entrances and elevators for affordable-housing and luxury-condo residents in the same building has gained approval in New York City.


Global Housing to Grow through 2018

Swelling urban populations, despite an overall population decline, will keep the world housing market hot through 2018, a new market forecast reports.


LEED Homes Grow Worldwide

The world continues to go green with its living spaces, according to a new report by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Pop-Up Shelter May Aid Disaster Relief

A new lightweight, affordable, pop-up shelter could benefit the homeless and victims of natural disasters worldwide, its developer hopes.


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...


Disaster-Hit States to Compete for $1B

The federal government is committing nearly $1 billion to help communities stricken by natural disasters develop ways to rebuild more resiliently.


High Honors Elevate Low-Income Designs

Four California housing projects serving low-income communities and the homeless have been nationally recognized for their design, materials and building techniques, illuminating a housing s...


Venezuela Crunches a New Housing Idea

The key to solving tomorrow’s housing and steel shortages may lie in the junkyards of today, experts in Venezuela are finding.


AIA Honors Top 10 Housing Designs

White roofs, owner-controlled façades, high-performance insulation, and polished concrete flooring are among the technologies starring in this year's top housing designs, according to the Am...


Housing Groups Allege Pittsburgh Fraud

Four housing organizations are accusing the City of Pittsburgh and its former wunderkind mayor of systematically defrauding the federal government of tens of millions of dollars in low-incom...


Decision Tossed in Navy Housing Suit

In a case closely watched across the building industry, a Hawaii construction contractor has won a major victory on appealing a contract suit against the government.


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.


Navy Plans Bases Hot Off the Press

Tomorrow’s Navy housing may soon be popping out of a printer near you.


Prison, $786k Tab in Section 8 Fraud

A public housing director and her husband will serve several years in prison and pay nearly $800,000 in restitution for eight years of fraud involving the federal Section 8 rent-subsidy prog...


2013 Housing Starts Notch 6-Year High

After a rollercoaster finish to the year, total U.S. home construction and permits ended 2013 at their highest annual levels since 2007, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday (Jan. 17...


Housing Recovery: Starts Jump 22%

U.S. builders broke ground on more homes in November than they had in more than five years, as builder confidence and employment also surged.


Housing Chief Admits HUD Fund Theft

The former director of a Dallas-area public housing corporation is facing five years in prison for stealing more than $125,000 in federal funds to pay for hotels, illegal drugs, and other pe...


Growing Greener Affordable Housing

Bricks that are grown instead of fired, fire-resistant insulation from fungal waste, and other novel bio-inspired products for the affordable-housing market shared the winners' circle this w...


Painter Admits to Paying $860K in Bribes

The 77-year-old owner of several Connecticut painting and contracting businesses has admitted to paying more than $860,000 in bribes to a public housing authority.


Homebuilding to Hit 60.9M Units in 2017

Housing construction is forecast to surge over the next several years, especially in developing countries where the demand will be fueled by increased rural-to-urban migration, according to ...


Contractor Blames Worker Buried Alive

An employee who was buried alive at an apartment project in May failed to exercise ordinary care for his own safety, leading to the accident that claimed his life, according to court documen...


Mural Wings its Way to New Record

A 32-story-tall phoenix is set to soar to a new world record this weekend in Ontario, Canada, in the form of the world's tallest mural.


Construction VP Admits Bid Rigging

The former vice president of a Detroit construction management company has pleaded guilty in the long-running federal investigation into bid rigging at a public housing complex in Detroit.


Baltimore Housing Pays $6M Lead Tab

Baltimore’s public housing authority has paid more than $6.7 million to lead-poisoning victims in six lead-based paint cases, according to officials.


Masonry Workers Get $600K Payday

New York City masonry workers who were underpaid by nearly $600,000 for work on a public housing project in Brooklyn will receive the wages and costs owed to them, under a new settlement.


$1.7B Released for Public Housing Work

The United States’ 1.2 million public housing units will be getting some much-needed repairs and renovation with the 2013 release of $1.7 billion in capital improvement funds by the U.S. Dep...


Developer Gets Jail for Kickbacks

A New York City real estate developer will spend 22 months behind bars for siphoning off more than $200,000 in kickbacks from a general contractor on an affordable-housing project in Brookly...


Housing Takes Hit to 10-Month Low

U.S. housing production took an unanticipated nose dive in June to its lowest level since August 2012, due to a slowdown in the multifamily sector, according to new data from the Commerce De...


$7,600 Fine for Worker Buried Alive

Federal investigators have fined a contractor $7,600 in the first of two worker deaths at a problem-plagued apartment construction project in Fayetteville, AR.


Rental Companies Fined for Lead Lapses

Three property management companies in Oregon and Idaho will pay more than $15,000 in fines for failure to disclose lead-based paint hazards to renters.


Home Building Hits 5-Year High

The U.S. residential construction industry may be crawling, slowly but surely, out if its post-recession funk.


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.


Trade Groups Fight ‘Guest Worker’ Plan

A cap on the number of “guest worker” visas granted to U.S. construction companies under a proposed immigration agreement has industry groups up in arms.


Construction Jobs Notch 3-Year High

With 48,000 jobs added in February, more Americans are working in construction than at any time in the last three and a half years, a new report shows.


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...


Group Calls for Immigrant Builder Reform

Fifty percent of workers in one of the most active construction markets in the U.S. are undocumented, underpaid and less likely to receive life-saving worker training, according to a recent ...


Building Revival to Spur Cement Gains

LAS VEGAS—With the fiscal cliff behind and 950,000 housing starts ahead for 2013, cement consumption is set to boom, with 8.1 percent growth projected through this year, according to a new e...


Infill Surge Gives Old Lots New Life

When it comes to housing in the U.S., infill is in. That's right: Abandoned parking lots and underused commercial and industrial spaces are rapidly being replaced by housing nationwide, the...


 
 
   

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