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Construction Industry Fatalities Increase

Construction Industry Fatalities Increase

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A report from the AFL-CIO shows the fatality rate increased in 2012, and the energy boom in the West could have something to do about it.

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1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice

1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice

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Cut a board wrong and you blew a few bucks; build a house on the adjoining property and you may blow $1.8 million.

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Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs

Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs

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The proportion of women working in the construction industry is about the same as it was 30 years ago--less than 3% overall.

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Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging

Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging

A national survey finds the number of houses being built isn't enough to keep up with job growth in 32 states, a trend that will push up prices for homebuyers in the long run.

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More Builders Go Green

More Builders Go Green

More buyers want the energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and durability that green building fosters, and more builders are adopting green strategies in their projects. The trend affects both single-family and multifamily builders and developers.

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Shortage of Lots Worries Home Builders

Shortage of Lots Worries Home Builders

Builders are finding it tougher to find developed lots, and homebuyers can expect to pay more as a result.

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The University of Georgia Builds a Farmstead of the Future

The University of Georgia Builds a Farmstead of the Future

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The Future Farmstead Program includes a demonstration home that's all about "living and working smart." The net-zero-energy living laboratory is a collaboration between the university, students, and a long list of public and private partners.

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Affordable Housing Program Goes from Project to Product

Affordable Housing Program Goes from 'Project to Product'

Auburn University's Rural Studio began its affordable housing program in 2005 to bring better low-cost housing to the people of Hale County, Ala. Now the houses are headed to the commercial marketplace.

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Virginia Farmhouse Wins Top LEED Honors

Virginia Farmhouse Wins Top LEED Honors

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Passivhaus-certified 'Earthship Farmstead' is LEED Platinum rated and has a roof where sheep could graze (but probably shouldn't)

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Icynene Boosts R-Value of Spray-Foam Insulation

Icynene Boosts R-Value of Spray-Foam Insulation

Icynene says its new Classic Plus will make it easier for builders to meet stricter energy-code requirements.

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