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Residential Construction Witnesses Rebound

In a report regarding new residential construction statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that the industry recently witnessed a...


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...


Homebuilders Lennar, CalAtlantic to Merge

Two homebuilding companies recently reached a merger agreement that is resulting in the largest homebuilder in the United States.


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.


Design Standards Spark Suit

An Indiana city’s attempt at standardizing architecture within its limits has sparked a lawsuit—the outcome of which could have far-reaching implications, reports say.


Top Builder to Pay for Condo Defects

A Florida jury has ordered America’s largest homebuilder to pony up $9.6 million to remove and replace defective stucco, roofs and windows in a 240-unit complex in Jacksonville.


‘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.


EPA Eases Certification Rules Under RRP

Lead-safe training requirements under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule have been eased, the EPA announced Feb. 10.


NAHB Elects New Leaders for 2016

The National Association of Home Builders elected four senior officers to its 2016 Board of Directors at the association’s recent annual conference in Las Vegas.


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.


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.


NAHB Decries Joint Employer Change

Stating that a new rule regarding joint employer relationships would hurt housing affordability and small businesses, a Texas home builder also told Congress this week that the standard is “...


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.


Study: What’s 'Green' to Home Buyers

What is it about a “green home” that makes a potential home buyer want to spend green?


Marketing Mission: ‘Born to Build’

An 85-year-old Chicago-based concrete company has rolled out a marketing campaign designed to “celebrate and honor” the American construction workforce.


Housing Starts Hit 8-Year High

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


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--The Emperor Hadrian sure could have used the bricklayer Hadrian.


GC Pleads to Bribery over Code Fines

NEWARK, NJ--A general contractor from New Jersey has admitted bribing a local inspector in an attempt to avoid nearly $9 million in fines for fire-code violations.


Bot Can Build a House in 2 Days

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--Bricklayers, are you ready to meet your match ... or maybe your replacement?


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.


Worker Jailed in Fire Set to Hide Error

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--A framing subcontractor's employee will spend 18 months behind bars for torching a residential project in order to conceal a construction error in 2010.


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.


For Sale: Texas-Sized Fixer-Upper

MANVEL, TX—Here’s a home where you could live with 45 friends— and no one would have to share a bedroom.


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...


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?


NC Bill Targets Design Codes

RALEIGH, NC—Lawmakers in North Carolina are considering a bill that would prevent cities and towns from regulating home designs.


UK Adopts Home-Size Minimums

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


Builder Brothers in Trouble in IA

An Iowa-based home-repair contractor who allegedly collected substantial up-front payments and failed to finish projects will pay $102,000 in restitution to 25 victims, according to authorit...


Fall Risks at Plant Draw $75K Fine

A mobile-home manufacturer in Oregon faces $75,800 in fines for exposing unprotected workers to 13-foot falls and other hazards.


$20M Fraud Sends 5 to Prison

Years behind bars and millions of dollars in restitution await most of the players involved in a $20 million federal real-estate fraud case.


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.


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.


Homebuilder Gets 15 Years, $20M Fine

The "experienced con artists" behind a "longstanding and complex fraud" are in for some serious prison time and restitution, if the first sentence handed down in the case is any indication.


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.


Free Workbook Promotes Safety at Work

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


ANSI OKs Green Homebuilding Standard

The newly updated ICC 700 National Green Building Standard has gained approval by the American National Standards Institute—the first and only residential green building rating system to do ...


 
 
   

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