FEMA Wants To Toughen Flood Regulation On Projects Using Federal Funds

Flooding in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Eric Hamiter/Creative Commons.

The proposal would prompt projects to be built as much as two feet higher. Some business groups say regulations would drive up costs

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Home prices have nearly reached 2006 levels, but it’s possible that the market is contracting


Flooding in Baton Rouge, La., in August. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

The projects began after a massive flood in 1983

Jacksonville, Tampa And Others Are Becoming Less Affordable

House in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo: Michel Curi/Creative Commons.

It’s becoming tougher to buy a house in the South and West

Vancouver to require zero-emissions on new buildings by 2030

Vancouver. Photo: domo k./Creative Commons.

All new buildings will have to be heated, cooled, and powered without any net emissions.

The Most Improved School Districts For The 10 Largest Metros

Lincoln Park High School in Chicago. Photo: Kseferovic/Wikimedia Commons.

A Brooklyn school system had the biggest jump from 2011 to 2015


Rendering: Babcock Ranch.

A 75-megawatt solar farm will provide power for Babcock Ranch during the day.

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Home builders are constructing homes that Millennials can afford.

Many Louisiana homeowners impacted by floods have no flood insurance

Flooding in Baton Rouge in August 2016. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

FEMA said up to $33,000 will be allotted for those affected by the storm, but most payments are more likely to be between $9,000 and $10,000.

Zoning laws prompt eviction of Portland, Ore., couple from their tiny home on wheels

Photo: Tammy Strobel/Creative Commons.

The house sits on a trailer, and is therefore classified as a mobile home. 

Alaska town votes to relocate due to climate-change driven sea level rise

Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve/Wikimedia Commons.

The move is estimated to cost $180 million. Dozens of other Alaskan villages are also threatened by rising sea levels.

New England’s Suburbs Face Decline In Population, Home Prices

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Residents in small Northeastern towns are heading to larger cities and warmer pastures.

Remodeling Spending Expected To Reach New High

Kitchen remodeling project. Photo: Colleen Lane/Creative Commons.

A lack of available homes encourages owners to remain where they are.

Wildfire in Alberta in May, 2016. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Creative Commons.

Floods and wildfires in Alberta have caused billions of dollars in damage over the last few years.

Houses in San Jose, Calif. Photo: Sean O'Flaherty/Wikimedia Commons.

A montly rent of $6,200 in Palo Alto forced city planner Kate Downing and her husband to move 40 miles away to Santa Cruz.

Neighborhood in suburban Cleveland. Photo: b k/Creative Commons.

Urban areas such as Detroit and Cleveland are suffering the most.


Building Science: Testing and Supervision

Part 3 of a 3-part series, this video takes us inside the testing and quality control of LP® SmartSide® engineered wood trim and siding.

Building Science: How LP® SmartSide® is Made

Part 2 of a 3-part series, this video takes us behind the scenes to look at the manufacturing process and the science behind LP SmartSide engineered wood trim and siding. 

Premium Floor Saves Time and Money

This premium floor system using thicker sheathing and deeper I-joists drives savings compared to conventional floors with 16 inch-on-center framing.

On the Job with LP SmartSide: Woodtex

In this exclusive video, we visit Woodtex, a customized shed manufacturing company located in Brentwood, Tennessee. Take a look at how this company's partnership with LP SmartSide helps give customers the best shed buying experience possible.

August 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


Builders and architects say the best way to persuade them to try a new product is by showing how it performs.

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