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Thanks to favorable median home prices, affordability, inventory, and cash buyer competition, cities like Indianapolis and Birmingham may be just what first-time buyers are looking for

Arizona ballot initiative would give voters a say on net metering

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If voters approve, utilities would have to continue to give solar customers a one-to-one credit for most of the excess power they send to the grid.

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Home renovation is expected to reach $325 billion by early 2017, marking the highest level in 10 years

Codes, regulations hampering green residential construction

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Building codes, local zoning ordinances, and rules governing aesthetics within the boundaries of homeowners’ associations have not always kept up with advances in sustainability.

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With the hopes of luring young, college-educated employees, and the employers who hire them, away from big cities, suburbs are undergoing development projects meant to mimic the urban aesthetic and

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Kitson & Partners has visions of its Florida development, Babcock Ranch, becoming the standard for ensuing ultra-sustainable communities across the United States

Revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction available

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The document contains design information for structural lumber, glued laminated timber, structural-use panels, cross-laminated timber, poles and piles, I-joists, and structural composite lumber.

San Francisco becomes first big U.S. city to require solar panels on new buildings

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The new San Francisco law makes it the first major US city to mandate solar panels on new construction.

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In some aspects of the economy, the real estate bust has had the sustain of a high-quality guitar, as its effects are still being felt today

Columbia, Mo., may require rentals to pass energy-efficiency test

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The proposed policy offers two options: the Department of Energy’s “Home Energy Score” or a similar energy-efficiency score through Columbia Water and Light.

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The debate rages on between renting and buying, and this time it focuses on what’s best for those entering their golden years

Dept. of Energy introduces Home Improvement Catalyst to encourage energy efficient remodels

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The goal is to increase market adoption of high-impact energy efficient technologies in the home remodeling industry. 

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Golf courses are unable to compete with the wide appeal of intricate fitness centers and sports fields and complexes

AHV Communities' neighborhoods of detached rentals could change the perception of leasing a place to live.

NRCA updates online wind-load calculator for roof designs

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The updated tool can be used to determine design wind loads applicable to perimeter edge-metal flashing system design, which helps regarding compliance with ANSI/SPRI ES-1 requirements.

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The labor shortage isn’t a myth, but it may no longer be as big a factor in low production levels as it once was 


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April 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


The building community reports on the growing popularity of bringing the indoors outside.

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