Photo: Public Domain Pictures

Buyers are finding that houses are too expensive in cities like Austin and Denver


Photo: BAKOKO/Creative Commons

New York City leads the list of the areas where demand most outstrips supply

Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: Steven Depolo/Creative Commons

Only nine cities performed better than national averages, according to the annual Metro Monitor report

Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photo: U.S. Geological Survey/Creative Commons

More than 2,000 U.S. properties have experience 10 or more damaging floods

Flooding in Minot, N.D. Photo: xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons

The guide has hundreds of case studies and is organized around disruptive events including droughts, flooding, and landslides

California had 2.5 home sellers leaving for every out-of-state buyer that moved in. 

Texas and U.S. flags on display in downtown Houston. Texas is a red state. Photo: Matthew Colvin de Valle/Creative Commons.

The median household income is higher in blue states


Photo: Josbert Lonnee/Creative Commons

Energy use for lighting in 2035 will be 75% lower than it would have been if LEDs had not entered the market

Photo: Pixabay

Every market is different when it comes to housing inventory, demographic drivers, and industry influences


Photo: Mark Scott Johnson/Wikimedia Commons

Chile could provide more affordable softwood to replace some of the supply from Canada

The Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. Photo: Stefan Fussan/Wikimedia Commons

Decreasing supply is a far greater concern to the housing economy


House Flipping Rises To Highest Level In Six Years

Photo: Tim Collins/Wikimedia Commons

Most houses are purchased with cash by flippers, which indicates that more financing is available for home transactions

Photo: Paul Brennan/Creative Commons.

Cape Coral-Fort Myers in Florida increased its available housing by 36.7 percent over the last year.

Photo: Bonnie Bogle/Creative Commons

The updated standard is estimated to deliver up to $21.7 billion in energy bill savings and avoid approximately 143 million metric tons of carbon pollution over a 30-period

A house in Dallas. Photo: Caliber Roofs/Wikimedia Commons.

New York City and Dallas need the most new construction


Pin-Up Houses. Photo: Joshua Woodsman/YouTube screenshot

The 74 sf home on stilts consists of 21 insulated panels, all connected by threaded rods, and costs only $1,200


Eliminate the Need for House Wrap

The ForceField® Air & Water Barrier System creates a code-compliant, integrated system that eliminates the need for house wrap.

Introducing Icynene ProSeal – An ultra-low closed cell SPF innovation

Featuring a high insulating R-value, ultra-low VOC spray foam innovation, Icynene ProSeal sets a benchmark for high-performance closed-cell spray foam insulation.

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. 

September 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


No one wants to hear about how great it was 30 years ago. Experience is one thing, but relevance is just as important. 

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