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WA Expects to Reopen Residential Construction

According to reports, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to reopen residential construction, among other types of construction projects, in the upcoming weeks while the state begins to r...


UK Residents Evacuated Over Material Concerns

Residents living in a Hoxton, London-based housing block have recently been instructed to evacuate their homes within 12 months due to an installation issue.


Panel Approves $100M Millennium Tower Fix

A panel of independent experts has recently approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco.


National Lab Details $13B Building Plans

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced a 10-year, $13 billion construction program, aimed at upgrading its Los Alamos, New Mexico-based facility.


Hadid-Designed FL Skyscraper Now Complete

The first and only residential skyscraper in the United States designed by architect Zaha Hadid, Miami's “One Thousand Museum,” has recently reached completion, according to officials.


CA Issues Nearly $600K in Wage Theft Citations

At the end of May, California’s Department of Industrial Relations reported that a Los Angeles-based Labor Commissioner’s Office issued citations for unpaid wages and various penalties to Un...


NRCA Announces Roofing Day Details

The National Roofing Contractors Association will be coming together for their annual Roofing Day, scheduled for April 3-4. The industry invites its members to register for the event, hosted...


TX Firm to Print House, License Technology

An Austin-based company is bringing its 3D-printing technology to the masses, starting with one of the first such homes in Texas.


Asteroid-Tethered Structure Is Ultimate High-Rise

You would have to buy a spacesuit, because your residence would be at an elevation of 32,000 meters (105.000 feet). Step outside, and you would be in a near-vacuum. The temperature would be ...


Builders Turning to Faster, Cheaper Robot Labor

Construction’s goals mirror most industries: find ways to professionally, quickly and safely complete projects while keeping costs down.


Apartment Builders Unearth Historic Coffins

The jobsite of a future 10-story apartment complex in Philadelphia’s Old City has been transformed into an archaeological dig.


Report: Lead Poisoning ‘Off the Charts’ in U.S.

“Nearly 3,000 areas in the U.S. have lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint [MI] during the peak of that city’s contamination crisis,” a new report finds.


Painter Expected to Plea in $900K Theft

A Pennsylvania house painter is expected to plead guilty to bilking a couple out of nearly $1 million while doing work for them, according to local reports.


Owner, Contractor Face Hefty Lead Fines

Federal regulators have levied nearly $300,000 in total fines against three New Hampshire companies for allegedly failing to follow lead-based paint regulations at a commercial and residenti...


Repeat Fall Hazards Result in $92K Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators have imposed a $92,400 fine against an Alabama contractor with a history of safety citations for alleged fall hazards.


Undercover Sting Nets 23 Contractors

Contractor licensing officials in California have nabbed 23 alleged unlicensed operators, including eight painters and decorators in the Los Angeles area.


CA Companies Settle Lead Lapses

One of the largest lessors of single-family residences in the U.S. and a California general contractor will pay more than $46,000 to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations...


Firm Apologizes for Tilting Condos

A Japanese construction supply company has apologized for supplying faulty pilings for a major condominium complex that is tilting just 10 years after it was built.


Companies Cited for Failing to Stop Work

Two California contractors are facing more than $300,000 in fines after they allegedly failed to stop working on a construction site after they were ordered to fix cave-in hazards.


Spec Tool Designed for Paint Projects

Sherwin-Williams has created a free specification writing tool to help create coatings specifications based on the unique criteria of each project.


NV Contractor Gets 15 Years for Fraud

A former construction company owner will spend more than 15 years in prison for his role in a massive $58 million scheme to gain control and defraud Las Vegas-area homeowners’ associations.


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


OSHA Fines Piling up for LA Contractor

A nationwide roofing contractor, with a history of safety violations, faces a new six-figure fine for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other hazards.


Phony Contractors Nabbed in 9 States

PHOENIX--More than 430 unlicensed painters and other contractors have been rounded up in a multistate sting.


Fines, Violations End in Felony Plea

VANCOUVER, WA--A driveway paver with a mountain of unpaid fines for everything from child labor to licensing violations has now pleaded guilty to a felony charge.


Contractor Hit with $6M Judgment

NEWARK, NJ--Authorities have obtained a $6.34 million default judgment against a New Jersey contractor and his companies after their conviction on hundreds of consumer-protection violations.


Owner, Manager Guilty in Cave-in Death

MILPITAS, CA—A California jury has convicted a construction company owner and project manager for causing the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas.


New Scam on the Block: Stealing Home

NEW YORK—What do nine New York residences, a tiny house in Texas, and a log cabin in Oregon have in common?


'Border Blitz' Nails 17 Contractors

SACRAMENTO—Fly-by-night painters, pavers, carpenters and other contractors skirting licensing laws are now facing criminal charges after a roundup by authorities in two states.


Wage Probe Nets 16 Construction Firms

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 1,000 employees of homebuilders across Utah and Arizona will collect back wages totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars after a federal investigation unearthed i...


Behr Bows New Pro Line

SANTA ANA, CA—Behr Paints has launched a new professional-grade line of paints formulated for high-turnover and other price-driven environments.


Boss Challenges Worker Noncompliance

A Florida contractor has just notched his sixth and seventh sets of federal safety violations since 2012, this time drawing $184,000 in fines for willful and repeat violations at two work si...


FL Plans New Squeeze on Defect Suits

How long should builders be on the hook for latent construction defects that later cause failures in their infrastructure, buildings and homes?


FL May Cut Builder Lawsuits Again

A new bill in Florida seeks to further tighten the time that building owners would have to sue builders, developers and other contractors over construction defects.


Sandy Fraud Claims Spur FEMA Review

Facing thousands of fraud accusations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reopen and review every flood insurance claim—up to 144,000 in all—filed by owners of homes damaged or des...


Flurry of Defects Follows Building Boom

The condo boom in New York City’s burgeoning Brooklyn borough is apparently bringing a boomlet in construction defects with it.


NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


NV Tightens Construction Defect Law

Nevada has become the first U.S. state to overhaul its construction defects law to reduce the number of homeowner lawsuits brought against builders.


Stings Snare Dozens of CA Contractors

More than 30 contractors, including nine painters, are facing licensing and other charges after two undercover sting operations by California authorities.


Owners Give Remodeling a Healthy Push

A remodeled home is a healthy home—and Americans want healthy homes, according to a new survey.


EPA Proposes Changes to Lead Rule

Lead-safe training requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule could be eased under proposed revisions.


Olympic Bows New Latex Line for Homes

Olympic Paint and Stain has launched a new brand of flat and semi-gloss interior latex paints for residential applications.


Bad Practices Endanger UK Workers

Forty percent of 1,748 building sites failed health and safety checks in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


4 in 10 Work Sites Fail Safety Checks

Fall hazards and other bad practices endangered workers at hundreds of building sites in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


Asbestos Violations Spur $379K in Fines

Two Washington renovation companies are facing 19 willful and serious safety health violations after allegedly exposing workers to asbestos during an apartment demolition project.


CEO Surrenders In Manslaughter Case

The CEO of a California construction company has returned to the United States to face manslaughter charges stemming from a trench collapse that buried an employee alive.


Dream Home has a Nightmare Glitch

Mark and Brenda Voss's gorgeous new $680,000 oceanfront home in Florida has everything they ever wanted—except the lot underneath.


CA Contractor Sting Nets Painters

A sting operation in California has nabbed 10 suspected unlicensed contractors, including five painters.


Home Improvement Set to Surge

Residential contractors, start your engines: U.S. home remodeling is poised for robust growth in the months to come.


7th OSHA Case for Stucco Contractor

A Pennsylvania masonry contractor already deep in overdue debt to federal authorities for chronic, serious safety violations can now add $235,700 to his tab.


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Painter Accused of Intimidating Workers

Federal authorities have obtained a "rare and extraordinary" court order to prevent a New Hampshire painting contractor from retaliating against employees during a long-running wage dispute.


Fed OSHA Steps in on AZ Rule

Unsatisfied with the rigor of Arizona's residential fall-protection rules, federal regulators are following through with a threat to impose their own.


Builder Confidence Hits 7-Month High

U.S. home builders are building not only homes, but also confidence, as construction activity continues its upturn, according to a new report.


Builders: Material Shortages Easing

Lots and labor may remain in short supply, but building materials have become easier to obtain in 2014, U.S. homebuilders report in a new survey.


Feds Ban Builder for Wage Violations

A Detroit-based contractor has been barred from bidding on federal contracts for up to three years after investigators found that the firm had failed to pay $415,000 in wages.


FL Contractor Faces $228K in Fines

A Florida carpentry company faces $228,690 in proposed penalties for failing to provide fall protection at four work sites, according to federal regulators.


Builder to Pay $250K in EPA Case

One of the nation’s largest home builders has agreed to pay $250,000 in federal fines to resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations at building sites across Utah.


Waterproofing Contractor Fined $66K

A New York masonry and waterproofing contractor faces $66,600 in proposed fines for more than a dozen serious safety violations at a residential project, according to federal regulators.


Ohio Targets Contractor, Roofer

An Ohio concrete contractor and roofer are facing thousands of dollars in civil penalties for allegedly violating the state’s consumer protection laws.


Contractors Stung in ‘Border Blitz’

Authorities in California and Nevada have rounded up 19 unlicensed residential contractors in a joint “border blitz” sting operation that focused on the South Lake Tahoe area.


NY Builder Blamed in Fraud

A New York residential contractor has been accused of defrauding homeowners out of tens of thousands of dollars for work he never provided or supplies he never ordered over the last 18 month...


Lowe’s to Settle RRP Case for $500K

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $500,000—the largest penalty of its kind yet imposed—to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules.


Homeowners Sue Reality Show for $2.8M

A new Spike TV reality show that aims to right the wrongs of shady contractors is accused of letting 200 gallons of raw sewage into the home of a California family and refusing to clean it u...


Undercover Sting Nets 121 Contractors

More than 120 California-based contractors, including 56 painters, were nabbed in the state’s latest round of undercover sting operations, aimed at cracking down on unlicensed operators.


Titan Expands Impact Sprayer Line

Residential, property-maintenance and light commercial applications have a new airless-sprayer option in Titan Tools' Impact 400.


37 Contractors Settle RRP Lead Cases

Dozens of commercial and residential contractors and trainers will share responsibility for more than $274,000 in fines for violating federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting standards, ...


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...


Fines, Education Follow Wage Fraud

"Do as I say, not as I did" will be a Chicago contractor's message for peers, as the company pays a hefty fine and agrees to educate others after defrauding nearly 100 workers of their fair ...


Wage Fraud to Cost Contractor $395K

A Chicago-based commercial contractor will pay nearly $400,000 in back wages and damages for cheating 96 painters, drywall hangers, masons and other workers out of their proper compensation,...


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


CDC Finds High Lead Levels in Painters

Lead is not dead as a threat to painters, and occupational exposures are still putting that profession at elevated risk, despite decades of improvement elsewhere, a new federal study reports...


Painter Fined $460K in 6th OSHA Case

A Long Island, NY, painting and stucco contractor has added 15 new federal health and safety citations and more than $460,000 in fines to the 50-plus citations and $400,000-plus in fines it ...


NY Dismissed from Bridge Painter’s Suit

The City of New York has been released from a multi-defendant lawsuit by a former bridge painter who alleges that his years on the job caused his lung cancer.


Architect’s $3.2M Jury Award Upheld

A Texas construction firm that built hundreds of homes according to architectural plans it did not buy violated the architect's copyright, a U.S. court of appeals has ruled in affirming a mu...


EPA Fines MO Remodeler in Lead Case

A Missouri contractor has agreed to pay $30,000 to resolve allegations that it violated federal lead-safety regulations in restoring a 19th-century home.


Contractor, Family Sentenced for Fraud

A California home-improvement contractor, his daughter and son-in-law have been sentenced for failing to pay payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance premiums.


Building Jobs, Spending Keep Growing

U.S. construction unemployment hit a six-year low in September, on the heels of a four-year high in project spending the month before, the federal government reported.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

U.S. construction spending in August reached levels not seen in more than four years, driven by a booming residential sector, according to new federal data.


Undercover Sting Nets 75 Contractors

California-based painters were among 75 contractors nabbed in the state's latest round of undercover sting operations, aimed at cracking down on suspected unlicensed operators.


Contractor Liable in Fatal 9-Foot Fall

A Wisconsin homebuilder is facing more than $15,000 in federal fines and multiple citations after a worker was killed in a fall of less than 10 feet.


Builder Gets 10th OSHA Case in 4 Years

A "recidivist" Massachusetts framing contractor cited eight times since 2009 for federal health and safety violations is facing two new cases that carry more than $300,000 in fines.


MA Fines, Exposes Contractors

Adding a dose of public shame to its enforcement toolbox, Massachusetts has begun announcing the names of home-improvement contractors caught in the state's disciplinary net.


Sandy Sting Nets Unlicensed Contractors

Undercover investigators in New Jersey have nabbed eight alleged unlicensed contractors who gave bids to perform repairs to a Sandy-damaged home during a recent sting operation, authorities ...


2 Get Prison in Public Housing Scandal

Two former ranking officials with the nation’s largest municipal public housing agency will each serve 18 months in prison in a growing corruption scandal that netted them thousands of dolla...


Residential Market Posts Big Gains

U.S. home builders are more confident and they’re proving it, according to the latest economic indicators.


3 Firms Fined $465K for Shock Hazards

Three New York State contractors are facing major federal citations and six-figure fines for allegedly ignoring warnings from the local power company and allowing employees to work construct...


Scam on Woman, 87, Ends in Prison

A New Jersey contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison after pocketing more than $83,000 for performing minor repairs at the home of an 87-year-old blind woman.


Historic NH Homestead Needs Repaint

A project to paint the exterior surfaces of a historic New Hampshire homestead built on the state’s first mainland settlement is up for bid.


Philadelphia Cracks Minority Sub Scam

Nearly a dozen public housing contractors in Philadelphia have admitted paying a minority-owned business for its name to circumvent the city’s anti-discrimination contract rules.


$200K+ Fine Caps Years of Fall Cases

Florida's largest residential roofing contractor is facing egregious federal safety violations and $213,300 in fines for allegedly allowing employees to work without fall protection over man...


Painters Caught in CA Sting

Painters numbered among nearly a dozen off-the-book contractors newly nabbed in an undercover sting operation in the Sacramento, CA, area.


New Organic Paint Makes Quiet Splash

A New Hampshire mother-daughter team has launched a line of nontoxic paints for baby nurseries, classrooms and other rooms used by children.


Big Boxes Gaining on Paint Stores

The neighborhood paint store had better look over its shoulder: Big-box retailers are coming on strong, fueled by one-stop shopping convenience and lower prices, a new market study shows.


Licensing Blitz Nets 78 CA Contractors

Painters and other contractors with sex, weapon and drug convictions, revoked licenses, and other problems are facing criminal charges after being swept up in California's latest undercover ...


Dozens Receive Painting Accolades

An extensive wood finishing project at a new residence in Missouri, an elegant decorative painting endeavor at a Catholic church in Louisiana, and a vast wallpaper installation at a movie th...


Homebuilders to Pay $186K in EPA Case

Two national homebuilders have agreed to pay a total of $186,000 in federal fines to resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations at building sites in Maryland and Virginia.


Study: Homes Raise the Roof Risk

Harrowing plunges from skyscrapers and towers draw more attention, but the odds of a fatal fall are actually greatest much closer to home—on a residential roof, in fact, a new study shows.


Feds Team Up for Healthier Homes

Peeling paint, lead poisoning, failing roofs and other housing dangers are the focus of a new federal-level, multi-agency initiative to make American homes safer and healthier.


Erasable Paint Clears Wall Scrawls

Kids can doodle, students can figure, and office workers can brainstorm all over their walls with Sherwin-Williams' new Dry Erase 2K Waterborne Clear Gloss.


Paint Stripper Deaths Draw OSHA Alert

Stripping paint with a methylene chloride product in a tight bathroom space is a fast way to die, federal officials are warning contractors in a new Hazard Alert.


Graco Unveils 2 Handheld Sprayers

Graco Inc. has launched two new handheld sprayers designed for smaller painting projects.


Architect Plans to 3D Print a Home

A Dutch architect has unveiled plans to construct a modern house with no beginning or end.


Contractors Driven to New Careers

Thousands of unemployed contractors are shifting gears into other industries as construction continues reeling from the economic downturn, reports indicate.


U.S. Remodelers Bullish on 2013

Returning homeowner confidence has the nation's remodelers starting 2013 on a high note and forecasting record levels of activity for the first quarter.


Contractors Face New Laws Across U.S.

From lien laws to immigration issues, the new year has brought new fine print and mandates to contractors in many U.S. states.


OSHA Fines Piling Up for NJ Contractor

A New Jersey stucco contractor is racking up a hefty bill with federal safety authorities, having just added a $61,600 fine to an overdue six-figure tab from similar cases.


 
 
   

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