Ways to Make Your Building More Energy Efficient
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by Michelle Smith
1w ago
An energy efficient building can reduce maintenance and utility costs while also improving durability, lessening noise, and creating a healthy and safe indoor environment. Energy efficient construction can also limit damage to the ecosystem and reduce the use of natural resources which means fewer emissions of greenhouse gases, a known cause of global warming. There are many methods, materials, and resources to help designers, architects, contractors and building owners move towards creating an energy efficient building. Some methods to creating energy efficient construction include building a ..read more
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New Guide to Help Contractors Reduce Carbon Emissions
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by Michelle Smith
1M ago
Efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the construction industry are coming from both policymakers and the free market. A new guide from the Associated General Contractors of America, The AGC Playbook on Decarbonization and Carbon Reporting in the Construction Industry, is intended to help contractors navigate the changing marketplace and help to track and reduce overall carbon emissions. The guide has a four-step process for determining accountability for the various carbon emissions associated with construction. The intent is to ensure that the construction industry plays a leading role ..read more
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5 Trends Shaping the Future of Building
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by Michelle Smith
2M ago
In today’s fast-paced world, the construction industry is constantly evolving, and it’s essential to keep on top of the latest trends to ensure success. Keeping an eye on trends is necessary to stay ahead of the curve. Construction Today delves into five essential trends that are significantly shaping the future of building construction in the United States. These trends include sustainable construction practices, off-site construction, modular construction, building information modeling (BIM), and automation and robotics. Read more here > ..read more
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10 Construction Innovations to Watch
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by Michelle Smith
3M ago
Construction innovations are moving at a rapid pace and the industry now has a huge number of resources to advance construction technology. This is an exciting time for the industry. Here are 10 innovations that will shape the future of the industry. Read more from Autodesk > ..read more
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Who Are Today’s Home Buyers
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by Michelle Smith
4M ago
About 10.2 million households recently bought and moved into a new home. Using a 2021 American Housing Survey (AHS), the National Association of Home Builders investigated the characteristics of recent home buyers — including those who bought a brand-new home (new home buyers) and those who purchased a home for the first time (first-time home buyers). This study determined the income, age, financing, and type of home purchased to determine exactly what characteristics today’s homebuyers have in common. Read more from NAHB.org > ..read more
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Mortgage Rates Drop to Lowest Level Since May
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by Michelle Smith
6M ago
Mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest level since May 2023, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.60% as of January 18 compared to the week before when it averaged 6.66%. Mortgage rates remain more than a full percentage point lower compared to last year’s highest rates of 7.79%. This is good news for homebuyers who have been struggling in one of the toughest buying markets in decades. Read more from CNN.com > ..read more
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Could AI Help Solve the Bay Area’s Housing Crisis?
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by Michelle Smith
7M ago
Some property developers are looking to the promise of AI to aid the housing-starved market of the Bay Area. The primary goal is to cut down on design and building time while also saving money in the process. However, the Bay Area is known for slow-moving financing and permitting processes so all that computer brain power could still be wrapped up in red tape while representing only an incremental improvement. Read more from govtech.com > ..read more
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New Surge in Single-Family Homebuilding
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by Michelle Smith
7M ago
Homebuilding has surged in the U.S. to more than a 1-1/2-year high for single-family homes according to a report from the Commerce Department. Permits for single-family homes have also increased 0.7% in November, the highest level since May 2022. These numbers could continue to increase due to declining mortgage rates and incentives from builders to drive potential buyers back into the housing market. Read more from reuters.com > ..read more
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The Countdown Is On For IBS 2024
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by Michelle Smith
8M ago
The countdown is on for IBS 2024, register now! Don’t miss this year’s largest gathering for residential building professionals in North America, NAHB International Builders’ Show® in Las Vegas. Read all about the speakers, exhibitors, lodging and more here > https://www.buildersshow.com ..read more
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11 Construction Trends to Watch
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by Michelle Smith
9M ago
Construction is simply the largest industry in the world, but it’s also one of the slowest-growing industries. New technologies are looking to speed up the pace of change from incredible trends like 3-D printing, drone technology, living building materials and modular construction. Read more from Exploding Topics about more construction trends to watch ..read more
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