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AR University Opens US's Largest Mass Timber

For the first time this year, students attending the University of Arkansas were able to settle into the recently completed Adohi Hall.


Construction in Cincinnati Continues After Fatality

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), work resumed on a Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) mixed-use project after suffering a partial collapse that resulted in the injury of four workers and on...


Port Covington Project Underway in Baltimore

The first phase of Port Covington’s riverfront mixed-use development project in South Baltimore is reported to be in full swing, three years after city officials approved public financing.


Residential Tower Features Swimming Pool Balconies

Paris-based architecture firm Hamonic + Masson and Associés have released renderings of a residential tower slated to be built in the southern coastal city of Limassol, Cyprus—an Eastern Med...


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.


Seattle's Rainier Square Tower Tops Out

Just ten months after the project began, the 850-square-foot Rainier Square Tower in Seattle has reportedly topped out, thanks to its radical composite steel framing system, otherwise known ...


USGBC Releases LEED Residential Report

The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”


Skyscraper Now Officially Seattle's Second Tallest

After two years of construction, the Rainier Square Tower has officially become Seattle’s second tallest skyscraper in the city. The $370 million tower is slated to top out later this month,...


Virginia Tech Announces $1B ‘Innovation Campus’

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University—more commonly known as Virginia Tech—has recently announced its partnership with data-driven real estate investment firm Lionstone Investm...


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.


World's Tallest Modular Buildings Completed

Last week, Singapore celebrated the completion of a pair of 140-meter-high concrete module towers. According to Bouygues Batiment International—the construction company who built the develop...


Hudson Yards Developer Plans Canada Project

Planned for downtown Toronto, Oxford Properties Group—the developer behind New York City’s Hudson Yards—is working on a C$3.5 billion ($2.7 billion) mixed-use complex.


Green Building Council Announces LEED Homes Awards

Late last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes residential projects, developers and builders that use LEED to impr...


San Fran Named Most Expensive Place to Build

This year’s International Construction Market Survey, conducted by U.K.-based cost consultant company Turner & Townsend, revealed that San Francisco, California, has peaked as the world’s mo...


TX Firm Designs 3D-Printed Neighborhoods

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


NY Firm Reveals Mirrored Necklace Design

New York City-based architecture firm REX has released the final design for its mirrored Necklace Residence project.


Part of NYC's $25B Hudson Yards Unveiled

An opening ceremony on Friday (March 15) morning marked the official public debut of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, showcasing the eastern half of the project, which i...


Development Plans Released for PA Arena Site

The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins recently announced to this city the development plans for a 28-acre site that used to house the team’s former arena.


$250M OH Stadium Clears Construction Hurdles

The development plan for Cincinnati’s new $250 million stadium has been approved by city council, allowing the team to move forward with construction and remain on track to meet the 2021 sea...


NC Apartment Project Trench Collapse Kills 1

According to reports, a trench collapse at an apartment complex project in North Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday killed one and injured two more.


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.


CA Mandates Solar Panels for New Homes

California’s Building Standards Commission gave the final approval last week that mandates the requirement for solar panels on new homes, slated to take effect in 2020, making it the first s...


New Fix Proposed for Sinking Millennium Tower

A new fix has been proposed to help stop San Francisco’s Millennium Tower from continuing to shift. Since the tower’s opening in April 2009, it has sunk 18 inches and tilted 14 inches to the...


Elon Musk Files Permits for CA Brick Store

Billionaire Elon Musk is officially moving forward with his plans to sell bricks made from tunnel waste, a byproduct of one of his other ventures, The Boring Company, which will be celebrati...


Study Predicts Skyscraper Growth Through 2050

In a recent study that accounts for current socio-economic stability lasting for the next 30 years, authors Jonathan Auerbach and Phyllis Wan predict that the construction of skyscrapers wil...


Marines Build 3D-Printed Concrete Barracks

Earlier this month, the Additive Manufacturing Team at Marine Corps Systems Command, working in collaboration with Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force, used a 3D printer to create ...


ABC Launches New Career Resource

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., working in collaboration with more than two dozen real estate industry associations, has created a website that allows users to explore different ca...


Twisting Tower Tops Out in NYC

The first of two towers that will “dance together” on Manhattan’s skyline, collectively known as The Eleventh, recently topped out, with construction work continuing to progress.


Apartments Designed to Recall Gasholders

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo recently converted a former gasworks in Hilversum, located in the Netherlands, into a residential area that features cylindrical apartment buildings reminisce...


USGBC Announces LEED Home Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council recently celebrated the winners of the 2017 LEED Homes Awards, an honor given to projects, architects, developers and homebuilders innovating in the residenti...


3D-Printed Cabin Made from Living Tiles

The Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities, located in Oakland, California, and developed by 3D printing research studio Emerging Objects, features an exterior populated with 4,500 of two types—one...


CA Officials Pass Solar Panel Mandate

Last week, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a mandate that will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels, making it the first state in the nation to have such...


Home Owners Rebuilding after CA Wildfires

Home owners in California’s wine country, where fires ripped through acres of land and homes last fall, are now starting to rebuild.


Bjarke Ingels: New NYC Towers Will 'Dance'

In late April, Bjarke Ingels Group released renderings for two new skyscrapers that are set to “dance” on New York City’s skyline, each building designed with consideration for the views of ...


PA Developer Seeks to Remove Falcon Nest

A Pennsylvania developer is facing opposition from the skies regarding a luxury apartment development in downtown Pittsburgh.


Robots Learn to Build Prefab Timber Modules

Researchers based out of ETH Zurich university recently created a new robotic construction method, which is being used to create a computer-designed modular house.


Anti-McMansion Group Lobbies for Regulation in CA

Coastal neighborhoods of San Diego have begun organizing in protest of “McMansions”—miniature, contemporary mansions—that residents say are taking advantage of a developmental loophole and r...


Donut-Shaped Apartment Building Opens

A former Domino sugar site in New York has been made all the sweeter with the completion of a donut-shaped apartment building, the first structure to open at the 325 Kent location. Leasing i...


New $1B Development, Lagoon Slated for Orlando

A Florida developer whose portfolio already includes the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye is setting its sights closer to Walt Disney World with a proposed $1 billion development: O-Town West.


Scotland House Uses Range of Material, Spatial Style

In the latest project by London-based architecture firm Hanson Architects, a traditional home was essentially flipped, setting bedrooms on the ground floor and the living room on the first, ...


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...


International Builders' Show Runs Through Thursday

The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show is in full swing at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.


Families at CA School Suing Developer

Families at a Los Angeles-area school have filed a lawsuit against a developer saying the noise and dust from the construction will harm students.


Manhattan Zoning Law Limits Skyscraper Projects

A new zoning law in Manhattan may restrict the development of future skyscrapers in a specific neighborhood, but a project that is currently underway may be exempt from the new restrictions.


Human Skeletons Tallied at Building Site

In an updated report filed in the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court late last week, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons have been removed from a city constru...


Landslide at Malaysian Construction Site Kills 11

A landslide at a construction site in Malaysia killed 11 workers over the weekend, and more developments are slated on the region’s hillside, officials say.


NH House Explosion Kills Painter

A house explosion that killed a painter last week is now under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Architect Wins Design Contest with Looping Towers

With the inclusion of a running track and a pool, Milan-based architect Peter Pichler’s design for an apartment complex in the Netherlands will act as both a hub for health and social activi...


Stone-Inspired Skyscrapers Take Shape in Beijing

Beijing’s Chaoyang Park Plaza is nearly complete after the environment-inspired structure topped out more than two years ago.


Supertall Skyscraper Slated for NYC

The world’s tallest residential building is slated to crown New York City’s skyline, following the city’s architectural trend of supertall skinny skyscrapers.


$1B Gehry Project Files Building Permits

The $1 billion, Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use project slated for downtown Los Angeles has filed building permits.


Jenga Tower Reshaping Austin Skyline

A project billed as “the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi” is taking shape and slowly impacting the skyline of Austin, Texas.


Ceiling Collapses Amidst $2M Reno on Park Avenue

A ceiling collapsed Saturday morning during a $2 million renovation in a Park Avenue co-op, according to reports.


OKC Oculus Provides Center of Multifamily Home

Oklahoma City is getting its own moon—or, rather, a moon-shaped oculus that will be front and center for a new multifamily housing unit in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.


Work on World's Skinniest Skyscraper Halted

Construction has halted on the world’s skinniest skyscraper, and it may not begin again any time soon.


Fixes Proposed for Millennium Tower

The leaning tower of San Francisco might finally have a fix—assuming an agreement can be reached.


Fire Destroys Boston Apartments Under Construction

An eight-alarm fire in Boston claimed a five-building luxury apartment complex that was under construction early Sunday morning.


Downtown Seattle to Get Residential Tower

A new residential tower will be gracing downtown Seattle’s skyline.


Corrosion Renders Carolina Condo Unsafe

A North Carolina apartment building has been evacuated due to extensive corrosion.


Arson Suspected in Latest CA Construction Blaze

Arson investigators parsed through the charred remains Monday morning (July 10) of a fire that ripped through an Oakland, California, construction site early last Friday (July 7).


CO Shifts, Backs Developers

The combined movements of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Supreme Court have effectively shifted the attitude toward developers when it comes to construction defects.


The House That Hemp Built: Alt-Concrete Studied

Tel Aviv-based architecture firm Tav Group has given new meaning to the term “green building" with a private residence it designed in the northern Israeli city of Ein Hod.


Berkeley Lab Delves into Zero Net Energy

In an effort to help California meet its zero net energy goals, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—with $2 million in funding from the California Energy Commiss...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring five articles on the challenges and growth of different architectural coatings and related materials, is now available online.


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...


Illinois Home Builders Decry Proposed Tax

Experts in the home-building industry are speaking out about a proposal by Illinois legislators that would levy a 6.25 percent tax on home repair and maintenance services.


New High-Rises Proposed for $5B Mile in TX

Frisco, Texas’ $5 billion mile just got a little bit bigger. Developers along the Dallas North Tollway just announced two residential high-rises will be added to the vast mixed-use campus.


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.


Dubai Developer Offers Underwater Villas

For the prospective homeowner whose finances are going swimmingly, a Dubai developer is offering villas that offer a decidedly different perspective.


Throwing Shade: Boston Mayor Pushes for New Tower

Officials in Boston have begun pushing for the construction of a proposed 775-foot tower in Winthrop Square. Their opposition? The state’s shade laws.


Dubai Sees Another High-Rise Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire Sunday (April 2) at a tower under construction in Downtown Dubai—the latest in a spate of high-rise fires in the area since 2012.


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

A residential building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, was destroyed and nine nearby structures were damaged when a massive five-alarm fire ignited and tore through the city's...


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.


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...


Interior Paint Demand to Rise

New studies forecast the growth of interior and architectural paint demand to increase about 3 percent per year to 535 million and 835 million gallons, respectively, in 2020.


Architect Turns Cement Factory into Castle

Architect Ricardo Bofill’s first encounter with the cement factory was in 1973, when he set out to make the abandoned structure his home.


Fire Destroys Nearly Complete Complex

A new luxury apartment complex in New Albany, Indiana, that was set to start housing residents within the next month is now undergoing demolition after flames ripped through the building on ...


Evacuations Lifted After Crane Safety Scare

More than a dozen buildings surrounding a high-rise construction project in downtown San Francisco had to be evacuated this week, when concerns about the stability of a crane and 2-ton concr...


Adhesives Formulated for ‘Tough’ Jobs

Construction product manufacturer DAP (Baltimore) has released a new line of construction adhesives, reportedly formulated for tough jobs including the installation of subfloors, drywall, he...


China to Ease Israel’s Labor Woes

China has agreed to send up to 20,000 construction workers to Israel to help alleviate the country’s labor shortage.


Feds: Multifamily Production Plunges

Residential construction starts in the U.S. were down 18.7 percent in November after hitting a nine-year high in October, with multifamily starts taking an especially big hit, according to C...


Case Hits Builder in Fatal Balcony Collapse

State contractor licensing regulators in California want to suspend or revoke the license of a general contractor linked to the deadly collapse of a Berkeley apartment building balcony in Ju...


Canadian Firm to Market ‘IKEA Box’ Houses

While tiny houses have become a ubiquitous trend in recent years, a Canadian architecture firm is promising to take the idea to the next level this coming year, with a model house kit that c...


Leaks, Mold Mar Disney-Built ‘Utopia’ Town

Celebration, FL, was built by Disney 20 years ago in the shadow of its Magic Kingdom theme park, but based on residents’ complaints about the condition of their homes, the town may be far fr...


Former Chinese Diplomats Face Charges

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two former Chinese diplomats in a six-year scheme involving forced construction work.


Homebuilding Giant Told to Pay $16M

One of the United States’ largest homebuilders has been ordered to pay $16.3 million in damages for mishandling the finances of the homeowners association at a condominium complex it was bui...


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


Feds: Multifamily Production Drops 38%

Multifamily construction dropped sharply in September, bringing nationwide housing starts down 9 percent to an annual rate of 1.05 million units, according to new federal data.


17 Killed in China Building Collapse

Four buildings in a city in eastern China collapsed early Monday (Oct. 10), killing at least 17, according to reports from the scene.


Haiti: Infrastructure Damage Impedes Aid

Still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck six years ago, the Republic of Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last week, in terms of infrastructure and housing destruct...


Hurricane Exacts Death, Destruction

As Hurricane Matthew churns toward the southeastern coast of the U.S., the devastation from the powerful Category Four storm is being assessed in the Caribbean, according to reports.


Construction Spending Remains Flat

U.S. construction spending was down ever so slightly in August, according to new data released by the Department of Commerce, which also revised its July numbers to reflect a slight downward...


Condo Builder, Subs Settle $36M Dispute

After six years of litigation, a large Southeastern U.S. builder and more than a dozen of its subcontractors have agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a construction defect lawsuit involvin...


French Firm Touts Passive ‘Lego Homes’

A French company looking to make homebuilding quick, easy and eco-friendly has begun to expand internationally, building what some are calling a “real-life Lego home” in Spain.


LA Architect Takes on Detroit Hut Job

A Los Angeles architect is taking on a new project that might seem unexpected coming from a former Frank Gehry partner: Filling a largely vacant sector of Detroit with corrugated-steel “huts...


Campaign Promotes Building with Concrete

As some campaign to broaden the use of materials like wood in commercial and residential building, an industry group is touting the benefits of an old standby: concrete.


California Luxury Condo Tower Sinking

It’s only eight years old, and home to some very wealthy and noted San Franciscans—and the Millennium Tower, sources say, is sinking faster than was ever anticipated.


Industry Group Updates Sealant Standard

A fenestration industry group has released a new document detailing best practices with regard to sealants.


UK, US Construction Spending Lags

Uncertainty stemming from June’s vote to leave the European Union may play into lagging numbers in the U.K. construction industry in July, while brand new numbers on American construction in...


Floor Collapse in India; 9 Dead

Nine workers were killed after a 13-story residential building under construction partially collapsed Friday (July 29) morning in Pune, India, reports said.


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.


Cracking Concrete Probe Continues

One year after launching a probe into hundreds of cracking and crumbling residential concrete foundations, officials say the concrete companies linked to the foundations did not intentionall...


Passive House Reaches New Heights

When students move into the apartment housing at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City next year, some will find themselves in a trendsetting structure: The world’s tallest...


Construction, Fenestration Numbers Rise

Residential construction was on the uptick in the U.S. in 2015, bringing numbers in the windows and doors industry up with it, according to a new report from the American Architectural Manuf...


Construction Spending Plunges

After a strong March, new federal data shows that U.S. construction spending fell 1.8 percent in April—the largest drop since January 2011.


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Mineral to Blame in Cracking Foundations

Officials in Connecticut have determined that concrete aggregate is partly to blame for hundreds of deteriorating residential foundations throughout the eastern part of the state.


Officials Target Berkeley Balcony Firms

Five contractors that worked on a balcony that collapsed in Berkeley, CA, last year could face suspension or revocation of their contractors licenses, according to state licensing officials ...


‘Love It or List It’ Homeowners File Suit

A reality TV renovation turned into a nightmare for one North Carolina couple, a new lawsuit contends.


‘Serial Violator’ Hit with $385K OSHA Tab

A New Jersey contractor with a lengthy record of recent past safety violations, now faces more than $385,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards.


Work Halts After WWII Devices Unearthed

Work on a £90 million ($126 million) luxury multi-family residential project in Liverpool, England, remained halted Wednesday (March 16) after several World War II devices were discovered at...


Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in t...


Houzz Says Remodelers See Green in 2016

U.S. home renovation and design companies forecast more widespread revenue and profit growth in 2016 than they experienced in 2015, a new survey suggests.


Repeat Hazards Spark $80K in Fines

Following a fatal fall at a Kyle, TX, construction site and a later inspection that also revealed fall hazards, the federal agency that oversees worker health and safety has fined a San Anto...


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.


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.


SURE House Shines in Solar Contest

Students from the Stevens Institute of Technology are basking in the glow of top honors at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 after designing, building and operating “a coast...


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.


Drop in Immigration Fuels Labor Shortage

A new report suggests that an immigration slowdown is contributing to the rising cost of construction and widespread labor shortages in the industry.


Oldcastle Buys Glazing Leader for $1.3B

Hoping to expand its reach in the glazing market, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope has announced a binding agreement to acquire C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), of Los Angeles.


Construction Spending Hits 7-Year High

U.S. construction spending in July reached levels not seen in more than seven years, according to new federal data.


2 Workers Perish, 1 Missing in Landslide

Days after a landslide killed two construction workers, search teams in Alaska still have not found the body of a building inspector who is presumed dead.


Housing Starts Hit 8-Year High

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


Painter to Pay $500K in Wage Case

A New Hampshire painting contractor accused of underpaying more than 150 employees and retaliating against one of them has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in wages, damages and penalties...


Robot Prints Houses One Wall at a Time

Billed as the world’s biggest free-form 3D printer, the machine can build walls like the body builds bones, is "prettier" than previous attempts at printing 10 houses in one day and is “more...


‘Reckless Gamble’ Leads to Jail Time

Choosing to defy a "stop work" order on a Milpitas, CA, job site has led to prison sentences for two California construction company agents, according to authorities.


Bosses Get 2 Years in Cave-in Death

The owner and project manager of a California construction company will spend two years behind bars in connection with the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas, according to authori...


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.


Drones Report for Construction Job Duty

A growing number of U.S. construction companies are looking to fly drones around their jobsites to get a better look at progress and perform inspections.


Drones Seeing Use in Infrastructure

Those who see what might appear to be a UFO buzzing around a bridge probably can skip calling the Federal Aviation Administration.


Interior Coating Designed to Stop Odors

Sto Corp. has released an interior coating product formulated to eliminate indoor odors.


Judge Denies Request in Balcony Collapse

BERKELEY, CA--The contractor that built the apartment where six students were killed in June has been denied access to building components removed as part of the criminal probe.


Steel Yourself for a Well-Contained Home

DETROIT--Seeking a home that withstands hurricanes and boasts walls that "have a story to tell?"


Need a New Home? Contain Yourself

DETROIT--Remember when a shipping container was just a shipping container? Those hulking steel boxes (technically, intermodal freight containers) have come a long way from their beginnings a...


D.A. Taking on Fatal Balcony Failure

BERKELEY, CA--Severe dry rot doomed a balcony that ripped loose from an apartment building and sent six college students plunging to their deaths, city building inspectors say.


'Rot and Decay' Seen in Doomed Balcony

BERKELEY, CA--Confirming earlier suspicions, city building inspectors have reported severe dry rot in the balcony that tore loose from an apartment building in California, killing six studen...


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

AMES, IA--Authorities are investigating a scaffolding accident that killed two workers Friday (June 22) at a new student housing project near Iowa State University.


Water Eyed in Fatal Balcony Collapse

BERKELEY, CA--Moisture and wood rot are the early suspects in the devastating collapse of an apartment balcony that killed six and injured seven in Berkeley, CA.


Man Held in $100M L.A. Arson

LOS ANGELES--A 56-year-old city resident has pleaded not guilty to torching a high-rise under construction last December, igniting an explosion that left more than $100 million in damage.


L.A. Man Held in $100M Blaze

LOS ANGELES--Authorities have charged a 56-year-old man with setting a massive blaze last December that destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaged nearby buildings, and close...


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.


What Millennials Want in a Home

HOUSTON—Millennials are finally expected to enter the housing market in the coming years, making homebuilders eager to learn what the new market wants.


Developer Faces $500k Runoff Tab

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—A San Juan developer has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle federal claims that it improperly discharged stormwater into a Puerto Rico stream and violated other permit re...


9 Contractors Cited at Luxury Home Site

DORAL, FL—Million-dollar-plus homes in a new Florida development now have an additional price tag: more than $150,000 in safety fines from the top of the contracting chain to the bottom.


EPA Trains Lead-Paint Focus on NE

NASHUA, NH—Part carrot and part stick, a new federal approach to lead-paint enforcement is playing out in New Hampshire.


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.


Worker Poisoning Spurs $4M Suit

PORTLAND, OR—A home-improvement contractor and four other companies are facing a $4 million lawsuit in the death of a worker who was told to use a bucket as a toilet in the back of a work va...


In IL, They Nestle on a Trestle

URSA, IL—Whatever their economic status, Tom and Janelle Shaffer will never live on the other side of the tracks. That's because they live on top of them.


The Tides of Tomorrow: Cities on Water

SAN FRANCISCO—Tired of mowing the lawn? Tomorrow's floating cities may be your savior.


MS Contractor Fined in Fatal Fall

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS—Federal safety authorities are proposing $58,700 in fines against the employer of a Mississippi construction worker who perished in a 20-foot fall.


Wave of the Future: Cities on Water

SAN FRANCISCO—The cities of the not-too-distant future are bound for the ocean—and substantial political independence.


7 Share $2.6M Chinese Drywall Payoff

NEW ORLEANS—In an about-face, a Chinese manufacturer of contaminated drywall has paid more than $3 million in a suit by seven Virginia families whose homes were damaged by the material.


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


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?


UK Adopts Home-Size Minimums

New homes in the UK will be less cramped under newly approved minimum space standards.


Silica Rule's Foes Report New Costs

Slashing silica exposures in the workplace will cost billions of dollars more than the government estimates, opponents of the plan say.


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.


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


Embattled Floor Giant Offers Test Kits

Besieged by accusations of excessive formaldehyde in its Chinese-made laminate flooring, Lumber Liquidators is providing free test kits to thousands of U.S. customers who have the popular pr...


Secret Service Wants White House Model

Building an $8 million fake White House would help the beleaguered Secret Service better protect the real thing, the agency's director says.


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...


Migrant Workers Strike in Dubai

An unlikely scene played out this week in downtown Dubai as hundreds of South Asian migrant construction workers building a luxury apartment high-rise went on strike to demand more money.


Construction Employment Levels to Surge

U.S. contractors, start your engines: Construction employment is set to shift into high gear, growing 29 percent by 2022, compared to just 11 percent in all other industries, according to a ...


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.


More Fire Danger Seen with New Homes

Modern building materials, designs and furnishings have their advantages, but they also stoke a faster, deadlier house fire than their older counterparts, new research finds.


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.


'One Slip Away from Death'

A Florida subcontractor with multiple egregious fall violations already under its belt is facing a new case that carries nearly $80,000 in fines.


First Straw Houses Hit the Market

Despite their bad rap from the Big Bad Wolf, straw houses cannot be huffed and puffed and blown out of existence.


3D Printing Pops Out Apartment, Villa

A Chinese engineering firm is claiming two firsts in the global race to master 3D-printed construction: the first mansion and the tallest building.


Fed OSHA Rejects AZ Fall Guidelines

As expected, federal safety authorities have rejected Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


Developer Sees Red over Trendy Hue

A red-hot paint job in Santa Ana, CA, has sparked a legal dispute between property owners.


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


U.S., UK Construction Hiring to Surge

New forecasts on both sides of the Atlantic put construction job seekers in the driver's seat this year, with projects on the upswing and many firms planning to expand.


System Touts 3-Step Mold Solution

California Products has introduced a family of ready-to-use products designed to fully remediate mold and mildew and to prevent their recurrence.


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...


...And the Drain Played On

When life hands you gutters—and in residential construction, life always hands you gutters—why not make ... music?


New Lead Paint Law Keeps MD Busy

Although three years in coming, a sweeping new lead paint law for Maryland landlords has unleashed an avalanche of inquiries to state environmental officials.


Housing: What Americans Want

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


London Cracks Down on Dream Digs

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


Arson Weighed in L.A. Apartment Blaze

A massive overnight blaze in downtown Los Angeles has destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaging nearby buildings and closing parts of two major highways.


Home Maintenance? Not Here

It took only two weeks and one tool to build a home that won't need maintenance for at least 50 years.


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 ...


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.


Suits Halt Modular Record Breaker

Work on what would be the world’s tallest modular building has ceased amid bitter litigation between its contractor and developer.


Home Design Spurs a Film Noir Divorce

A Brazilian architecture firm may have a career in film if design does not pan out.


City Targets Construction Defect Law

Taking aim at an increasingly unpopular state law, a Colorado city has adopted an ordinance designed to reduce lawsuits over construction defects and increase development of affordable housi...


Home Improvement Set to Surge

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


Workbook Knows the Score on Safety

Preventing job-site accidents requires drilling into indicators that can flag hazards long before an incident occurs, according to a new workbook designed to help employers do just that.


Fall Hazards Rack Up $355K in Fines

The recent crackdown on falls in residential construction has gotten expensive for violators, even when no one is injured, as two Florida contractors can newly attest.


Free Workbook Promotes Safety at Work

A new workbook aimed at evaluating and improving safety on the job has been published.


Study Urges Action on Residential Falls

The leading cause of death in the construction industry exacts its greatest toll in the residential sector, with clear trends that merit additional oversight and training, a new study says.


LP Spray Foam Touts HP Performance

Dow Building Solutions has unveiled a low-pressure (LP) spray foam system designed to provide the same performance as high-pressure (HP) drum foam insulation, but without the need for large ...


Project Aims to Contain Homelessness

Surplus shipping containers, which have been finding a home in a variety of architectural applications, are now providing homes themselves.


Hemp Humps in the Building Arena

The sturdy fiber long confused with its Cannabis cousin has cast off its stoner reputation and is finding a new home in the building industry.


‘Gravity Doesn’t Give You a 2nd Chance’

Leaving workers "one slip, trip or step away from deadly or disabling injuries," a Connecticut contractor is facing nearly $300,000 in fines for federal fall, electrocution and other hazards...


Residential Construction Rebounding

Home builders are walking taller in the wake of new Census Bureau estimates that show spending on both single- and multifamily construction soaring in the last year, according to the Nationa...


Plasterer Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Yogi Berra would have called it "déjà vu all over again," as a Texas stucco contractor confronts its second round of repeat federal citations in three years for scaffolding hazards.


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


Smart Brick Has a Leg Up on LEGO

Lighter, tighter, stronger buildings could be on the way if a LEGO look-alike brick receives funding for full-scale production.


OSHA Hits Roofer 5th Time in 3 Years

A roofing contractor already in arrears to federal authorities for more than $110,000 in fines is now facing new violations and a hefty new penalty.


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.


Unsung, Rebels Architect Solutions

The words rebel and architect aren’t often paired, but a new documentary series showcases seven such individuals—including Pakistan’s first female architect—who are rethinking ...


Runoff Case to Cost USAF Builder

One of the nation’s largest private builders of military housing will pay $310,000 to resolve allegations of federal Clean Water Act violations at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.


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.


Builder Cited 5th Time in 5 Years

An Illinois builder’s failure to address the same violations over and over and over has now earned him willful citations and fines totaling $55,000, the Occupational Safety and Health Admini...


Drywall to Make a Global Splash

Having survived a global recession and now gaining favor in developing countries, the global drywall market is in for a robust run in the next several years, a new forecast shows.


AIA Dampens ’14 Construction Outlook

The infamous winter of 2013-14 is now taking the blame for a reduction in nonresidential construction spending that will affect activity for the rest of the year.


MT Contractor Gets Prison in Fraud Case

A Montana construction company owner with a checkered past will serve more than eight years in federal prison and pay a multimillion-dollar judgment in a fraud case that spans several states...


Judge OKs Suit over Architects’ Plans

Major architectural firms may be held legally responsible to future occupants of their designs, even if the firm does not build the project or control the construction decisions, the Califor...


Repeat Violation Seen in Worker Death

A Montana roofing contractor faces $14,000 in federal fines for repeatedly failing to provide fall protection for a worker—this time, with fatal consequences.


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.


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.


FL Home Restorer Gets Prison Term

A Tampa businessman will serve four years in prison for lying about millions of dollars worth of contracts in an effort to defraud investors, authorities say.


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.


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.


Stand-Down Harnesses 1M Against Falls

From a military base in Seattle, WA, to a YouthBuild event in Braintree, MA, to a stadium in Atlanta and a rebar maker in Longview, TX, more than one million U.S. construction workers are ge...


1M Workers Pledge to Stand Down

From Palo Alto, CA, to Daytona Beach, FL, more than one million U.S. workers are expected to take a break from working at heights this week to talk about falls—the leading cause of death in ...


Jitters Amid U.S. Job Improvement

Construction unemployment in the U.S. has dived to a seven-year low, sparking another call for increased training to head off labor shortages during the industry's recovery.


Owners’ Lead Dodge Backfires

A Boston landlord who tried to evict pregnant tenants rather than provide the appropriate lead-paint abatement for their units, will pay $23,000 to resolve allegations of housing discriminat...


Construction Employment Notches High

Six million people now work construction in the United States—a five-year high, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.


OSHA Slams Contractor in Near-Collapse

A contractor’s failure to brace an empty shell of a building left it a death trap on the brink of collapse on untrained workers, federal authorities have determined.


U.S. Builder Forfeits $55M in Felony Fraud

A New York-based construction multinational has pleaded guilty to defrauding some of the world’s largest companies of tens of millions of dollars.


U.S. Links Problem Drywall, Health Woes

Americans exposed to emissions from drywall made in China "may have experienced adverse health effects or a reduced quality of life," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ...


Construction Giant to Pay $55M in Plea

One of the largest construction firms in the United States will forfeit $55 million after pleading guilty to felony fraud involving a lengthy list of prominent clients.


China Company Builds 10 Homes in 1 Day

Bee-swarm-intensity construction projects are nothing new for China. After all, it took one builder just 15 days to construct a 30-story hotel there.


Architects Begin 3D Printing a House

An enormous print job is underway in Amsterdam—where architects say they are using a giant 3D printer to build a 13-room traditional Dutch canal house.


Global Coatings Market: $186B by 2017

Construction, cars, manufacturing—and the billions of painted and coated surfaces they generate—are all on the rebound, driving steady global growth in paint and coatings for the next few ye...


Lead, Fall Hazards Beset Museum Project

Two Ohio contractors are facing multiple serious health and safety citations for lead-based paint and fall hazards on a historic restoration project at a museum complex.


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

Rebounding construction, industrial output and motor vehicle production will all fuel global demand for paint and coatings by more than 5 percent annually in the years ahead, a new forecast ...


Fast-Thinking Worker Rescued in Blaze

In a daring effort caught on video, a 56-year-old construction worker managed to escape a blazing apartment complex just seconds before it collapsed Tuesday (March 25) in Houston.


Feds Set to Reject AZ Fall Guidelines

Federal safety authorities are poised to reject Arizona’s tailor-made regulation for residential fall protection, saying the 2012 revised statute falls short of federal standards.


Contractor Jailed in Paralyzing Fall

A supervisor for an Ontario contractor has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and her company fined $75,000 for a fall that left an employee paralyzed.


Young Architect Plan: Aid for Service

Young architects have as much to offer their communities as new doctors, teachers and lawyers—and should be offered the same incentive to serve.


Housing Leads Construction Comeback

U.S. construction is off to a roaring start in 2014, with both employment and spending increases notching their highest levels in years, according to an analysis of new government data by th...


Construction Jobs, Spending Hit Highs

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. construction industry, which is seeing its highest employment rate in nearly five years and its steepest spending increase since 2006, the Asso...


Fire Destroys $227M Construction

Cleanup and the search for answers continue in San Francisco, where a nearly completed multimillion-dollar luxury apartment building went down in a massive blaze last week.


Deco Flooring Designed for Tough Wear

Floor protection and restoration provider Thermal-Chem Corp. has rolled out a new decorative system designed to be LEED-friendly and traffic-tough.


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...


Ice Age Tusk Found at Construction Site

A fossilized mammoth tusk believed to be between 20,000 and 60,000 years old has delayed construction of a Seattle apartment building.


Construction Blaze Probed

Investigators are searching for the cause of a blaze that ravaged a four-story multi-residential building under construction in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.


Developer Gets 27 Years in Prison

A former real-estate developer who left neighborhoods riddled with blighted homes and bilked investors out of millions has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, according to federal authorit...


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...


In Focus: Urban Living’s Big Squeeze

What does it look like when thousands of people share one square kilometer of living space?


Boston Landlords Face Lead Fines

Two Boston-area housing providers accused of skirting both lead-paint disclosure laws and rental laws regarding families have agreed to sanctions and fines to resolve lead and discrimination...


Foam Market to Spring Forward

“Particularly robust growth” in U.S. construction will bring “significant opportunities” for foam insulation and other products made from plastic foams in the years ahead, a new market forec...


Public Housing Gets $1.4M Lead Cleanup

Hundreds of tons of lead-laced soil has been removed from a public housing complex in Newark, NJ, after a $1.4 million, year-long effort by the Environmental Protection Agency and partners.


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


Ex-Official’s House Hits the Skids

A former San Francisco building official’s house undergoing an unpopular major renovation tumbled down the city’s hilly terrain this week.


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.


Construction Gains, But Will it Last?

The rollercoaster ride of U.S. construction spending has climbed to a four-and-a-half-year high, but the progress of individual sectors remains mixed, keeping builders cautious about the fut...


Doorknob Ban Could Show Leverage

Vancouver, British Columbia, has banished the doorknob, possibly sending it the way of the dodo in the process.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


New Guide on Corrosive Drywall Offered

Technical guidance on assessing and addressing the corrosive drywall plaguing tens of thousands of U.S. structures is now available from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.


Labor Squeeze Seen Amid Robust Growth

A banner year is in store for U.S. construction and engineering firms—if they can find enough skilled labor to support the boom, new reports advise.


Road Crew Finds 10K-Year-Old House

Construction crews widening a highway in Israel stumbled across what could be some of the earliest examples of urban planning: a 10,000-year-old home and a 6,000-year-old temple.


10,000-Year-Old House Discovered

A routine dig on Israel's Highway 38 became anything but when crews happened upon two staggering architectural finds: a 10,000-year-old home and a 6,000-year-old temple.


Construction Boom Faces Labor Bust

U.S. construction and engineering may be facing the best and worst of times, as a near-trillion-dollar industry forecast collides with widespread employer reports of a skilled labor shortage...


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...


Building Community Aids Typhoon Relief

Humanitarian building and architecture organizations are assisting in the global effort to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has ravaged the central Philippines and claimed thousands of l...


Infrastructure Cripples Typhoon Relief

Buckled and smashed infrastructure across the central Philippines is hampering the global effort to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate and homeless survivors of deadly Typhoon Haiyan. ...


Ecofriendly Paint Protects Wood

A California manufacturer of treated wood products has teamed up with North America's largest paint recycler to introduce a new protective coating for exterior lumber.


DOE Honors Housing Leaders

Dozens of contractors, researchers, national laboratories and building science organizations across America have been awarded Housing Innovation Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy for a...


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 ...


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.


Collapse of New High-Rise Kills 2

Authorities are investigating the collapse of a new high-rise apartment building that has killed at least two people in Colombia's second-largest city.


EPA Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


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...


Shutdown Squeezes Loans, Safety

Public housing authorities, cities and states are waiting for federal loan and grant checks, and workplace safety inspections are on hold as a result of the U.S. government shutdown, federal...


Father, Son Builders Held in Collapse

Authorities in Mumbra, India, have arrested two builders of a doomed residential complex that collapsed Saturday (Sept. 21), killing three—the region's sixth fatal building collapse in six m...


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.


New Coating Protects against Wildfire

Approaching wildfires have typically left no options for vulnerable homes in their path. Now, researchers say, they have one.


Apartment Building Collapses, Kills 2

At least two people are dead after a seven-story residential building collapsed Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) in Alexandria, Egypt.


Billionaire ‘Iceberg Houses’ Take Heat

In recent years, many of London’s extremely wealthy residents have decided to expand their mansions, not up or out, but down.


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.


‘Smart’ Paint Aims for Energy Savings

Intelligent Shield, new from EnviroECOats, is a “smart” exterior coating designed to be highly reflective, self cleaning, mold resistant, and energy saving, the manufacturer reports.


Public Works Construction Growing

Despite a slow economy, the new-construction market is expected to see a slight recovery in 2013, aided by modest growth from large bridge and public works projects, a midyear analysis shows...


Construction Update Sees Fits in Starts

The fitful recovery of the new construction market continues, with strong growth projected for the housing sector, "modest gains" for commercial building and public works, and institutional ...


Greeks Nab Architect Wanted in Collapse

A British architect wanted in connection with the 2005 collapse of a residential tower in Pakistan that killed 78 people has been arrested in Greece, according to numerous reports.


Medieval Manor Mysteriously Emerges

What began as a routine excavation for a housing development has swelled into a full-blown encounter with unknown medieval wealth, power and mystery.


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.


Joblessness Drops; Jitters Don’t

Replacing old worries with new ones, the construction labor market in the U.S. may be swinging from glut to shortage in just a few short years, experts are saying.


Good News on Unemployment, But...

The U.S. construction industry jobless rate declined to 9.8 percent in June—the best June figure seen in five years and a showing that actually has industry officials warning of possible wor...


70% Surge Seen in Building Worldwide

Massive-scale homebuilding in India and China will drive skyrocketing construction activity worldwide over the next decade, according to a new forecast.


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Top 20 Cities Riding Construction Wave

New York City and two cities in Texas top a new list of 20 metropolitan areas that have spent the most money on new construction projects this year.


Residential Market Posts Big Gains

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


Construction Job Growth Continues

A new analysis shows a strengthening U.S. construction sector and some of the most promising figures seen since 2008.


Mumbai Building Cave-in Kills 10

A four-story residential building in central Mumbai, India, partially collapsed on Monday (June 10), killing ten and injuring six, according to various reports.


Drywall Made to Improve Air Quality

CertainTeed has expanded its indoor air quality (IAQ) gypsum board product line with the addition of AirRenew Essential for residential construction and remodeling.


Construction Jobs See All-Around Growth

Construction jobs are up and unemployment is down, with some of the most promising figures seen since 2008, a new analysis shows.


Historic Beach House Up for Repaint

A project to repair and paint a turn-of-the-century cottage at Eastern Point Beach, CT, is out to bid.


LEED Makes Free Offer to New Markets

Seeking a foothold in the scores of small and developing nations still outside the green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council is offering free LEED certification to projects in...


Skyscraper City Dims Speed Record

China has quietly backed off its much-trumpeted plan to build the world's tallest structure in the shortest time: more than 200 stories, in less than 90 days.


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.


Dream Guests: In the Pink, Seeing Red

Housing bust? What housing bust? Barbie has just opened a pair of life-sized dream homes—one in Florida, the other in Berlin.


UK Architects Fight Shrinking Homes

Feeling cramped in your home? Consider this: A new one-bedroom home in the UK is now about the size of a railcar on the London Underground’s Jubilee Line—46 square meters, or 495 square feet...


NYC Safety Sweep Nets $1M in Fines

New York City building officials drove home their annual construction safety push this week with news of almost $1 million in fines issued against nearly 900 low-rise construction sites acro...


Clear Coat Made to Protect Vinyl Siding

Nanotech coating maker Industrial Nanotech Inc. has introduced Nansulate Vinyl Fresh, a waterborne latex-based clear coat for revitalizing aged vinyl siding and preserving new vinyl siding.


Home Building Hits 5-Year High

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


$1.6M Brings Hoppy Ending to Frog Flap

A frog-phobic road contractor near Buffalo, NY, has been awarded more than $1.6 million after a local developer flooded his 37-acre spread into an amphibian homeland.


Frog-Phobic Man Wins $1.6M for Runoff

A New York State contractor with a lifelong fear of frogs has been awarded $1.6 million after a developer's runoff turned his property into a 37-acre marsh that drew a 13-year infestation of...


VT Contractor Charged in Fraud

A Vermont contractor hired to perform asbestos removal, insulation and other home-improvement work has been charged with pocketing more than $60,000 without completing the job.


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.


New Premium Interior Line is Zero VOC

Dunn-Edwards has introduced a new line of interior, low-odor, zero-VOC paints for schools, hospitality, hospitals and other commercial and residential applications.


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.


KS Paint Job Answers Gay Haters

A nonprofit peace group has put its house paint where its heart is—and, at the same time, right in the face of the nation’s most vocal homosexual-hating church.


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.


MPI Unveils Online Specifying Tool

MPI has rolled out a new web-based tool that allows paint buyers and specifiers to navigate hundreds of paint and coating types to determine the best product for a chosen application.


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.


TX Firm Accused of Serious Fall Hazards

A commercial and residential concrete contractor in central Texas is facing $46,000 in federal penalties for allegedly allowing employees to work at heights without fall protection.


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...


Hard Luck: Thieves Lift Stone Cladding

It's annoying enough when a passerby helps himself to flowers from your garden or the newspaper from your lawn. But snatching the stone right off the walls of your home? Twice?


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...


For Sale: $25M Dreamhouse. Must Like Pink.

Is there nothing Barbie cannot do? She designs homes, builds homes, and now she's taking on the recession-battered housing market.


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.


Russian Billionaire Sues NY Contractor

A Russian billionaire senator is accusing his Manhattan contractor of overbilling him and attempting to extort a multimillion-dollar contract for work at his $16 million Time Warner Center a...


Building Collapses in Egypt; 24 Dead

At least 24 people have been killed and 11 injured after an eight-story apartment building collapsed early Wednesday (Jan. 16) in Alexandria, Egypt, reports said.


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.


New Law Targets Chinese Drywall

Federal lawmakers say a new bill will help relieve some of the nightmares associated with tainted drywall and keep the product from reentering the U.S. market.


OSHA Cites Building Materials Chain

A major U.S. provider of building materials and construction services is facing a variety of serious citations and $41,000 in federal fines for alleged hazards at its work site in New Braunf...


Barbie Breaks Ground on Building Career

While Barbie has yet to give up her pink heels and silk for work boots and flannel, the blonde bombshell has broken ground in the construction toy arena.


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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