Commercial And Residential Construction Adds 110,000 Jobs

Commercial And Residential Construction Adds 110,000 Jobs As the nation reopens and restrictions are lifted, the industry helped add over 100,000 jobs in March, bringing its overall pandemic job growth to 931,000 jobs added since April 2020… Read More Fro Construction Pros https://www.forconstructionpros.com/asphalt/news/21354937/construction-adds-110000-jobs-in-march

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Housing Organizations Ask Government To Intervene On Lumber Prices

Housing Organizations Ask Government To Intervene On Lumber Prices Led by the National Association of Home Builders, over 35 organizations, urged U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gina Raimondo and other government officials to help curb soaring lumber prices… Read More Kitchen & Bath Design News https://www.kitchenbathdesign.com/housing-organizations-seek-u-s-curb-on-soaring-lumber-prices/

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The Olson Company Wins Top Award At Annual Homebuyer’s Choice Awards

The Olson Company Wins Top Award At Annual Homebuyer’s Choice Awards The single-division homebuilder was awarded “The Eliant” award at the 25th Annual Homebuyers’ Choice Award for the sixth time since 2012… Read More Cision PR Newswire https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-olson-company-takes-home-top-award-at-the-25th-annual-homebuyers-choice-awards-presented-by-eliant-301261872.html

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4/8/21: EconUpdate by P. Duffy

EconUpdate by P. Duffy   Purchase loan apps dip 5 percent from previous week, but up 51 percent year-on-year What does this mean?  Rising interest rates are impacting demand for refinances, but purchase loans remain in high demand. The Market Composite Index for mortgage apps decreased 5.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans falling 5 percent (but up 51 percent year-on-year) and refinance activity falling 5 percent (and down 20 percent year-on-year).  The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to…

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Five Remodeling Trends for 2021

Five Remodeling Trends for 2021 These remodeling projects are going to be trending this year… Read More Lincoln Journal Star https://journalstar.com/lifestyles/5-home-remodeling-trends-to-watch-for-in-2021/article_65bf9ef8-ec0d-58dd-8a40-59b7cae3531a.html

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Green Building Advocates Issue Statement Regarding Antimicrobial Building Products and Appliances

Green Building Advocates Issue Statement Regarding Antimicrobial Building Products and Appliances While antimicrobial building products have risen because of the pandemic, some advocates have issued a joint statement on why there needs to be more research into the effectiveness and safety of these products… Read More Mindful Materials http://www.mindfulmaterials.com/antimicrobials-letter

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RESNET Joins Forces With House X To Give Home Buyers Access To Home Energy Ratings

RESNET Joins Forces With House X To Give Home Buyers Access To Home Energy Ratings RESNET, which awards HERS Index certifications, is collaborating with House X, a consumer-focused residential real estate online marketplace, to provide energy rating scores to House X home buyers… Read More Cision PR Newswire https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/home-shoppers-can-now-access-home-energy-ratings-through-house-x-marketplace-301259941.html

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How Decarbonizing Concrete Can Help Meet Net-Zero Climate Targets

How Decarbonizing Concrete Can Help Meet Net-Zero Climate Targets Concrete and Cement are essential for building, but also highly emissions intensive; however, smart procurement policies can help lower their impact on carbon emissions… Read More Green Biz https://www.greenbiz.com/article/smart-procurement-policies-can-help-decarbonize-concrete

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Plans Announced To Create Green Mixed-Use Building At Former Chicago Hospital Site

Plans Announced To Create Green Mixed-Use Building At Former Chicago Hospital Site The proposed redeveloped site hopes to meet the sustainability standards of the Living Building Challenge and has Jason McLennan (primary author of the WELL Building Standard) as one of the designers… Read More Energy News Network https://energynews.us/2021/04/06/former-chicago-hospital-site-provides-a-blank-slate-for-equitable-efficient-development/

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Stevens Institute Signs Agreement With Renewable Energy Company

Stevens Institute Signs Agreement With Renewable Energy Company The university will source 100% of its energy from renewable source ENGIE North America starting in October thanks to a deal facilitated by energy consultant Gotham 360… Read More Hudson Reporter https://hudsonreporter.com/2021/04/05/stevens-to-become-more-sustainable/

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