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June 30, 2020, 9am PDT
It might have been wishful thinking to assume the pandemic would cause big declines in costs for materials and labor in the construction industry.
The Dallas Morning News
March 26, 2016, 9am PDT
A unique partnership is making it easier to construct and own a home in the Cleveland neighborhood of Ohio City, located in Cleveland..
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 8, 2011, 1pm PST
Emily Badger of The Atlantic Cities explores the economic and environmental advantages of refurbishing old buildings over constructing new ones.
The Atlantic Cities
July 26, 2011, 6am PDT
While most homebuilders take measures to control cost, such as modifying the plan layouts or building more energy-efficient homes, few revamp their business strategies by creating specialized division for distressed markets.
The Economist
November 15, 2010, 10am PST
Joe Peach explains the technology behind five materials that will dramatically increase sustainability in the building industry. Among the list are wool bricks which are stronger, greater insulators and don't require firing to set.
This Big City
February 18, 2010, 7am PST
New housing and apartment construction was up 2.8 percent in January, according to the Commerce Department. That's 591,000 new units.
October 10, 2009, 7am PDT
Avi Friedman has some ideas of how to make housing more affordable. He says that the focus is too much on the mortgage and subsidies side and not enough on lower building costs.
Northwest Hub
May 11, 2009, 7am PDT
Builder Magazine presents six lessons for builders to learn from the housing bust, including 'limit your land holdings', 'build smarter', and 'diversify beyond new-home construction'.
Builder Magazine
September 4, 2008, 10am PDT
Engineers at USC have developed a new technique for '3-D printing' houses.
Boing Boing
June 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A new AIA report shows that new homes under construction are getting smaller in response to market forces.</p>
June 15, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Despite the housing downturn, houses in excess of 20,000 square feet are still being built by the very wealthy — with no sign of a slowdown.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>An old-fashioned community barn-raising in Masonville, Texas could in fact be a glimpse of the future.</p>
Fort Collins Now
May 23, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>High gas prices and slowing construction rates in exurban areas may mean that the era of "driving until you qualify" for affordable housing may be over soon.</p>
California Planning & Development Report