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EPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead-Paint Rule in Connecticut

EPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead-Paint Rule in Connecticut

Warning of inspections in June, the agency invited 200 contractors and property managers in Connecticut to attend an information session about the rule.

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Builders in Pacific Northwest Hit Up for Licensing Fee

Builders in Pacific Northwest Hit Up for "Licensing Fee"

Letters seek a $150 fee from builders for using a patented but vaguely defined moisture removal process. Advocates call it a "patent troll." Patent owners disagree.

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Honda Builds an Experimental House

Honda Builds an Experimental House

The net-zero energy house in California includes many energy-efficiency features and comes with its own battery-powered car. Honda says it will give plans and specs away for free.

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Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

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An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners.

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Demand for Existing Houses Falls

Demand for Existing Houses Falls

Citing government data, the National Association of Home Builders says new home sales are "effectively flat" and that sales of existing homes show a "significant decline."

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Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding

Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding

Remodeling magazine's annual cost vs. value study ranks projects by the proportion of money that can be recouped when reselling the property.

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New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete

New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete

The BASF Corp. unveils a liquid admixture for use in concrete exposed to freeze-thaw cycles. It will produce a mix that's as much as 30% stronger than air-entrained concrete.

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NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion

NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion

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The building-industry trade group says new federal rules would require permits be issued for a greater number of projects and would lead to delays.

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Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated

Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated

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Complaints from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois claim Azek PVC decking is defective. The lawsuits have now been consolidated in a New Jersey court.

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This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver

This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver

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A French design firm develops a prototype for a 1615-sq.-ft. house built from blocks of foam insulation and laminated-veneer lumber.

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