While Houston dropped 49 percent in construction starts thanks to the oil price crash, other Texas cities are thriving

Huge fraud case involving alleged engineering impostors uncovered in California

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California authorities have charged two men with a 12-year scam in which the pair allegedly posed as licensed professionals and drew up engineering and architectural plans for homes, apartments, co

Specific age groups, races, and income levels saw bigger jumps into the renting pool than others

City living trend will change some suburbs

Bungalow houses in Chicago. Photo: Robin Amer/Creative Commons.

The average urban home is worth about 2% more than the average suburban home, according to Zillow.

Detroit works to restore functional housing market

Houses in Detroit. Photo: Stan Wiechers/Creative Commons.

Civic and business leaders have identified eight neighborhoods that they believe have the best chance of a revival.

Could your biggest obstacle to business success be you?

12 home building fallacies that get in our way

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Even with increased hiring efforts, the number of open positions continues to rise

Trend away from long rails reduces costs of PV installation

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Rail-free racking fixes solar panels directly to individual roof mounts, instead of standard long rails.

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Stagnant wages and rising home prices lower consumer optimism

How big of a house

Home builders and architects share their observations on house statistics and buyer domographics.

Lumber Liquidators must pay $13.2 million for importing illegal wood into the U.S.

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The company has also been placed on probation for five years, during which it must implement a strict environmental compliance plan.

2013 Census survey results regarding construction sector workers

A closer look at construction sector data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 survey 

DOE rules change for ceiling fan light kits and 12 other rules

The Department of Energy has finalized a list of 13 total rule changes for 2015

Multigenerational house plan by Robert Hidey Architects, Fiano at Pacific Ridge, Plan 1

The term multigenerational refers to at least three generations under the same roof, though homes designed for two generations are often tagged that way

A recent study by KB Knowledge indicates that tight tech budgets are affecting the construction industry

Recent report says reduced tech funding has led to a host of issues, including lack of industry innovation 

The NKBA has combined some certifications

The association has combined two of its existing certifications


Building Science: HP+ Wall System
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Building Science: HP+ Wall System
Builder Tim O’Brien takes Adam Grubb to a home under construction to get an inside look of how the building envelope is created using the BASF’s trademarked high performance (HP+) wall system.

January 2016

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Homebuyers on the hunt are obsessed. Here’s how your website can capitalize on their drive and focus

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