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Nederlandsche Bank building, Amsterdam

The Cradle-to-Cradle Approach to Building

The circular economy. Cradle-to-cradle. The regenerative economy. Whatever you call it, an approach to building that eliminates waste would transform the next generation of the built environment.

October 14, 2022 - The New York Times

Single-Family Housing Construction

Housing Construction More and More Frequently the Product of Two Companies

The history of U.S. housing construction has traditionally been the story of many companies building a few homes a year. Now two companies alone are out-building the rest of the top ten homebuilders combined.

April 20, 2022 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

LaGuardia Airport

Delta Variant Slowing the Construction Industry

The spike in Covid-19 caused by the highly contagious Delta Variant is slowing the economic recovery in numerous sectors of the economy—case in point the construction industry.

September 7, 2021 - Construction Dive

LaGuardia Airport

Construction Costs Holding Steady During Pandemic

It might have been wishful thinking to assume the pandemic would cause big declines in costs for materials and labor in the construction industry.

June 30, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Coronavirus Economy

The New Normal for the Construction Industry

The changes coming to the construction industry to protect the safety and health of workers during the pandemic could stay in place for the foreseeable future.

May 3, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Seattle Light Rail Construction

30 Health and Safety Requirements Determine Which Construction Projects Can Restart in Washington

New construction projects are still on hold, but the state of Washington is allowing some projects to restart under strict health and safety guidelines.

April 29, 2020 - The Urbanist

Infrastructure Investment

How Local Projects Could Spur COVID-19 Economic Recovery

While some cities and states have prohibited all construction during the first few months of the pandemic, other locations are leaning on construction projects as a source of employment and improvements during tough times.

April 28, 2020 - Kayla Matthews

Coronavirus Economy

Layoffs Sweeping the Construction Industry

Halted construction work has contributed to a growing number of layoffs in the construction industry during the month of April.

April 17, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive


Shipping Delays Causing Construction Slowdown

Materials procured overseas are taking longer to arrive in the United States, and the delays are causing a ripple effect in the construction industry.

April 7, 2020 - The New York Times

Construction Industry

New York State, Pennsylvania Halt Construction

The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic deepened with the news that construction would be halted on all "non-essential" construction in the state of New York and in Pennsylvania.

March 30, 2020 - WHYY

Construction Worker

Homebuilders Aren't Keeping Pace With Millennial Demand

Places with a lot of Millennials are building homes, just not enough to keep pace with the large number of Millennials coming of homebuying age.

December 8, 2019 - CNBC

Green Buildings

Building Green for Quality of Life Improvements

The quality of life or residents might be the best way to measure the benefits of green building programs, according to the president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council.

November 30, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Down Payment

Housing Starts Hit Two-Year Low

Housing starts and permits are slowing nationwide. The current pace of construction would have been considered a trough in pre-recession economic cycles.

April 20, 2019 - Marketwatch

Chicago Harbor, City Skyline, Illinois

Comprehensive Building Code Update Approved in Chicago

Chicago's new building code is hailed as a major achievement for the city, labor unions, and the construction and development industries in the city.

April 12, 2019 - MAPS

Amazon Smart Home

Amazon's First Forays Into Homebuilding Are Worth Watching

A new player with a very familiar name has entered into the residential homebuilding market.

October 4, 2018 - Yahoo Finance

California Development

Construction Materials Increasing Building Costs

With the price of steel increasing significantly since the beginning of the year, the construction industry has little choice but to build through a more expensive process.

September 15, 2018 - The San Diego Union-Tribune


Construction Crane Capital of the United States: Seattle

Seattle has more construction cranes dotting the skyline than any city in the United States.

July 21, 2018 - The Seattle Times

Would-Be Tallest Timber Building Shelved in Portland

A planned and approved building in Portland would have pushed Cross Laminated Timber to new heights, but fell short of the needed financing to get done.

July 20, 2018 - The Architect's Newspaper

Housing Starts, Permits Declining

Housing starts haven't ben this low in nine months, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

July 19, 2018 - Reuters


Home Builders Experiencing High Costs and Slow Starts

The Trump Administration's tariffs on Canadian lumber are passing costs down to homebuyers, according to industry experts.

June 16, 2018 - The Dallas Morning News

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