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High-Performance Homes

Desert Comfort: Next-Gen HVAC and Indoor Air Quality

A more efficient conditioned air distribution system optimizes zoned heating, cooling, and fresh-air ventilation equipment for ideal indoor comfort

Quality Matters

Limit Lumber Waste: 3 Effective Strategies for Home Builders

Dumpsters overflowing with lumber are merely a symptom. To really reduce lumber waste on your jobsites, you need to address your systems

New-Construction Projects

U.S. Housing Starts Are Rising, but That May Not Be the Case for Much Longer, Experts Say

Single-family housing starts rebounded in August after falling in July, but a drop in building permits could signal a slowdown in new construction during the fall season

New-Construction Projects

How Much Does New Home Construction Cost in 2022? Here’s a Full Breakdown

It's no surprise that new-home construction costs surged amid a supply-chain storm and a labor shortage mid-pandemic, but just how pricey are new residential projects?

Q+A

Attracting Talent in Today’s Skilled Labor Market: 84 Lumber's Maggie Hardy Knox

The president of the lumber and building materials supplier talks about the chronic shortage of skilled construction labor and what it's doing to attract, train, and keep the best associates

Labor + Trade Relations

Driving Forces of a Skilled Labor Shortage—and How to Overcome Them

The construction industry has battled a skilled labor shortage for over a decade, but pandemic-related challenges made recruiting new workers harder than ever before

Quality Matters

Better Attic Insulation: Simple Solutions for 4 Common Problem Areas

Home builders generally do a good job with blown-in-place attic insulation but should take care with these common trouble spots to ensure a better insulation job and greater home energy efficiency

Jobsite Safety

Excavation and Trench Safety Best Practices for Construction Jobsites

Trenching and excavating are two of the most dangerous activities in the construction industry. Know the risks and the corrective measures you should take on your jobsites to ensure crew safety

New-Construction Projects

Builders Pause New Projects as Home Sales Slow, but Experts Say the Time to Build Is Now

Regional builders are holding off on new construction projects as buyer demand dips, but experts worry that delayed development will add to a decades-old housing shortage 

Software + Apps

This Construction Simulator Video Game Offers a Low-Stress Glimpse Into the Building Industry

The newest iteration will include a multiplayer mode that allows players to work toward common goals on simulated construction sites

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