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Off-Site Construction Council Releases Survey

The National Institute of Building Sciences has released the results of its Off-Site Construction Industry Survey, which found that a majority of professionals have utilized off-site compone...


WGSN Forecasts 'Neo Mint' as 2020 Color

Market trends firm WGSN recently released its color trend prediction for 2020, dubbing “Neo Mint” the upcoming color to watch.


AkzoNobel Updates Trends in Wood Finishes

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has updated its take on wood coating trends for 2018.


Dunn-Edwards Reveals 5 Color Trends for 2018

Dunn-Edwards Paints recently released its 2018 Color and Design Trends Report, which features five color palettes.


Report Tackles Worker Health Issues

Nearly a third of construction workers lack health insurance despite half experiencing at least one doctor-diagnosed health condition, according to a recent report.


AIA Forecast: Construction Up, Industrial Lags

Industrial facility construction won't be getting the same boost that commercial building will see in 2017, according to one major industry group.


AIA Posts Healthy Outlook for Construction

Retail, office and hotel construction is forecast to dominate the building recovery in 2017. However, industrial construction is projected to see almost no increase.


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


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...


Pantone Taps Nature for 2017 Color Choice

What color will we paint our walls in the coming year? Well, according to the Pantone Color Institute, the answer is green—more specifically, "Greenery.”


Creating Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Salt

A team of engineers in South Korea have used salt to create a “cost-effective and environmentally friendly” superhydrophobic surface.


Survey: Architecture Shows Gender Pay Gap

The results of a recent survey suggest a gender pay gap exists in the field of architecture, but also reveals signs that diversity in the industry is on the rise.


Survey: Health in Design Decisions

Nearly 70 percent of U.S building owners consider building health impacts when they make key decisions involving design and construction, a new survey suggests.


Denim Hue to Dominate in 2017

Color experts from AkzoNobel expect a blue to dominate interiors in 2017.


Shades of Purple Reign Supreme

PPG architectural coatings brands are passionate about purple for 2017.


US Voters Register Infrastructure Concerns

Nearly half of registered U.S. voters believe the country’s infrastructure has gotten worse over the last five years, according to a recent poll conducted by the Association of Equipment Man...


Assessing Project Disputes

While the cost and time devoted to resolving construction disputes is rising in some parts of the world, the United States stands out as the only global region achieving a decrease in those ...


Study Finds Costs, Causes of Disputes

Construction disputes in North America are taking less time and money to resolve, a new study suggests.


Design Demand ‘Modest,’ AIA Says

As thousands of architects, designers, business leaders and representatives converge this week in Philadelphia for the annual American Institute of Architects’ convention, the organization r...


Report Questions Builders' Labor Worries

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


PPG Launches Rebranding Initiative

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG has unveiled an update to its corporate brand.


Benjamin Moore Asks ‘Is it Still Paint?’

Benjamin Moore has launched a new ad campaign, focused on product formulation, prompting buyers to question their paint selections.


Architect Survey Sees Gender, Race Gap

Most female architects in the U.S. feel that there remains a gender gap in the industry, but males in the profession are divided on the issue, a new report shows.


China Bans ‘Bizarre’ Buildings

China is outlawing “odd-shaped” buildings as part of an attempt to regulate city growth.


Pantone Picks 2 Colors for 2016

For 2016, Pantone has veered from tradition and selected not one, but two colors deemed worthy of its coveted “Color of the Year” title.


Valspar Taps Color Trends for 2016

Color experts at Valspar say they have rounded up the prevailing consumer lifestyle influences and translated them into four inspiring color palettes predicted to trend in 2016.


JPCL 2016 Survey: Share Your Insight

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the coatings industry? The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) is preparing the annual forecast feature for its January ...


Campaign to Produce a Dull Paint Film

Is watching paint dry your thing? Well, imagine if you could enjoy the pensive pastime on the big screen.


White Stars in Color Trend Show

The leading paint hue in Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color trend forecast is Simply White.


Canadian Project ‘Raises the Roof’

A 10-story condominium building is taking shape in Montreal without the use of cranes or scaffolding.


Fall Color Trends Live in the Now

The world around us may be moving at a fast pace and steeped in technology and instant gratification, but Kelly-Moore Paints hopes to help us slow down and live in the moment.


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.


Uneven Job Growth in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry appears caught between divergent economic trends that aid employment in some areas and hinder it in others, according to Associated General Contractors of Amer...


U.S. Construction Job Picture Mixed

A new analysis shows uneven job growth in the U.S. construction sector.


Mouth-Watering Coating Tech Revealed

Strawberry lovers, rejoice! A new coating advance may help you to satisfy your cravings for a longer time period.


Consumer Reports ‘Decodes’ Paint Labels

From “washable” to “one gallon”—paint experts over at Consumer Reports hope to relieve some confusion when it comes to paint can labels.


Winners Named in Floating City Contest

From solar panels and wave-driven turbines to sea farms, the floating cities of the future are sure to be overflowing with green technologies.


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

Optimism is high as construction spending levels rose strongly in June compared to the past year, but the outlook is tempered by concerns over a lack of skilled workers in key areas, which m...


Spending on the Rise; Workers Needed

U.S. construction spending inched up in June to an annualized rate of $1.06 trillion, up 12 percent from year ago levels, according to newly released Census Bureau data.


Silver Billed as the New White

So long, white. Silver and other metallic colors are the hottest shades on the horizon. That’s the word from the National Coil Coating Association


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.


Study Forecasts a Roofing Rebound

Strong residential and nonresidential building construction activity will bring back the U.S. roofing market in the coming years, experts forecast.


Design Critique Tool Launched

NEW YORK CITY--A new messaging app aims to rid architects’ inboxes of endlessly confusing email chains.


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.


Gender Gap Still Divides Architects

SAN FRANCISCO—Although women make up nearly half of graduates from U.S. architecture programs, they also remain underrepresented in the field, according to a new report.


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?


The Tides of Tomorrow: Cities on Water

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


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.


So Long, Man Cave; Hello, She Shed

UNITED KINGDOM—Think backyard sheds are just a storage spot for gardening tools and lawn mowers? Think again.


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 ...


Copper Tops Trendy Hue Report

Step aside, ho-hum blues and greens of yore. Color experts at AkzoNobel say the go-to hue for 2015 is an elegant and warm copper.


Gravity Unfurls a 300-Year Bridge

A UK town is awaiting installation of the world's longest "flat pack" bridge—a unique structure that is transported flat and transforms under gravity into an arch.


U.S. Coatings Set for Strong Year

It's early yet, but 2015 is looking like a growth year for the U.S. paint and coatings market, if preliminary results from a new market forecast hold.


U.S. Coatings Market to Hit $28B

Architectural coatings will account for more than half of the 8.8 billion pounds of paint and coatings likely to be used in the U.S. during 2015, according to a market research firm.


Marsala to be the Toast of 2015

Here's a color you can drink to: Marsala, a “naturally robust and earthy wine red,” has been crowned “Color of the Year” by Pantone LLC.


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


Construction Leaders See Drop in Pay

Despite the “bright future” of the construction and engineering industry, those at the helm are making less money, a new report says.


Housing: What Americans Want

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


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


Design Line to Launch in Lowe’s

“New and improved” HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams brand paints will be available in Lowe’s home improvement stores and online come March 2015, according to a joint announcement.


Sugary Building Designs Bring Cheer

'Tis the season for architects across the U.S. to participate in sweet projects.


Employers Report 3 Million Injuries

From back injuries to the loss of a limb, more than 3 million U.S. private sector workers experienced a serious injury or illness on the job in 2013, according to a new report.


Design Meets Downsized Dwelling

A small house in South Africa is making big waves around the globe.


Coral Colors 2015 Outlook

Color experts at Sherwin-Williams have anointed an “uplifting, vivacious” coral the top trending color in 2015.


Public Garden’s Loos Lead the Land

In the battle of the bathrooms, the lush thrones of Longwood Gardens outside Philadelphia now wear the crown.


Architects Work Longer, Without Pay

Many architects in the UK are expected to work longer hours without pay, a new survey suggests.


Study Shows Your Brain on Architecture

Contemplative architecture in one's environment may provide the same health benefits as internally generated meditation.


MN Becomes 6th to Start Paint Recycling

The U.S. coating industry’s product recycling program has arrived in the Midwest.


Costuming Your Inner Starchitect

Need a last-minute look for your Halloween bash? How about pairing some thick-rimmed glasses and a black turtleneck? A swoopy dress and purple lipstick? Or perhaps a floral cardigan and whit...


China Targets ‘Weird’ Buildings

China’s president is not a fan of distinctive design and construction techniques.


Construction Shows New Roles the Money

Pay scales throughout construction and engineering are comfortably back on the rise, but the power positions in those industries are shifting dramatically, a new report says.


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


Natural Green Stars in Trend Report

A natural, silvery-green will be the go-to paint hue in 2015, color experts at Benjamin Moore have announced.


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.


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


Virtual Tour Reveals New Paint Shop

Chrysler is showing off its brand-new Michigan paint shop with a little help from Google, giving anyone with Internet access an up-close look at its shiny new facility and fancy robots.


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.


Disappearing Paint Gets Permanent Role

Vanishing spray paint, which became immensely popular during the World Cup in Brazil, will become a permanent fixture in the game it has forever changed: European football.


Don’t It Paint My Brown Lawn Green?

The grass is always greener when there is plenty of water. And when there isn’t, there is paint.


Brown Lawns Paint a Pick-Me-Up

As the California drought sucks the color out of once-lush lawns, property owners are seeking ways to get their green back without triggering penalties for wasting water.


Construction Takes to Smokeless Tobacco

U.S. construction workers are lighting up less but dipping far more—a tobacco tradeoff that employers should try to snuff out, health officials are warning.


3D Printing Takes a Steely Turn

Looking for that structural steel component? Check the printer. A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the...


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


Sound, Structures Blend in Art

What would it look like if hit songs by The Beatles, Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley were buildings?


Vanishing Spray Paint is a Real Kick

Armed with an arsenal of aerosol, World Cup referees have a new trick up their sleeves to stave off a sneaky soccer move.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


Paris Bridge is for Too Many Lovers

Police evacuated a Paris footbridge Sunday (June 8) after a section of railing collapsed under the weight of padlocks left behind by love-struck tourists.


NYC Bridge Crews Loathe Love Locks

Hooking padlocks to the Brooklyn Bridge may be the latest romantic must for the lovestruck, but it’s become a big safety and corrosion headache for transportation officials.


Firms Report Booting Out the Boss

The number of U.S. design firms that are ousting their principals is on the rise, a new market survey finds.


A Floor You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

It's the rare flooring product that can satisfy both your design goals and your sweet tooth.


The White Stuff: Cars Stay in Neutral

Forget red. What is black and white all over? Answer: The global automotive coatings industry—which may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


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 ...


Cement to Stage Comeback

Rebounding construction in North America and Europe will jumpstart a comeback for the cement market in those regions, reversing a five-year decline, a new study suggests.


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 ...


Lexus Hybrid Will Paint Your Potrait

What has your car done for you lately? Lexus has taken the intuitive driving trend to the next level, creating a car that paints a portrait of the driver based on his or her driving habits.


Green Coating Market Primed to Bloom

When it comes to paint and coatings, green is as green does, with the global market for eco-friendly products well rooted for growth in the years ahead, according to a new market forecast.


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


Flex Marks the Spot for City Designs

Pop-up buildings and other temporary architecture, warehouse transformations, and group office space will be among the key design trends appearing in the American cities of tomorrow, the Am...


AkzoNobel Seeks New Life in Old Paint

The world's leading paint and coatings maker is making a new push to explore and improve paint recycling by closing the paint production loop.


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


Contractors Warn of Worker Deficit

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. construction companies report an insufficient pipeline of qualified craft workers, according to a new study.


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


Five School Designs Set Trends

Bold uses of color and finishes and an array of sustainable building technologies are featured in the latest round of educational and cultural project designs honored by the American Institu...


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


Residential Market Posts Big Gains

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


The West Inspires New Paint Colors

Kelly-Moore Paints says its new ColorStudio Collection features more than 1,700 shades inspired by light, lifestyles and hues of the West.


Design Help from Robotic Lights

Drop your paint brush and grab a stylus. University of Tokyo scientists have developed an augmented reality-based system that enables users to “paint” a room via tablet.


Bucket List: Painters Hit the Jackpot

Two house painters in New Jersey and Kansas have become bonafide millionaires, but the money didn't come from their day jobs.


Architect Plans to 3D Print a Home

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


New Year’s Color Parade Continues

Two more paint companies have added to the assortment of top colors and trends for 2013.


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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