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New Home Sales Hit 13-Year High Mark in July

New home sales continued to climb in the peak of summer, leading to one of the best months for home building in more than a decade.

Construction Officials Critical of Virginia’s New Emergency Safety Standards

Last week, Virginia became the first state to enforce a set of new safety standards in response to rising risks...

One Major Way the Coronavirus is Affecting Construction

The coronavirus has found a way to make an impact on the construction industry in the U.S., but maybe not...

National Association of Home Builders Publishes Guide to Common Residential Code Questions

The new field guide serves as a portable resource, answering questions for contractors on the jobsite.

Which Construction Jobs Are the Hardest?

While home improvement shows make work look easy, CraftJack's recent survey reveals what contractors and consumers consider to be the...

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Home Improvement Spending Expected to Surge

A recent Harvard study brings good news for contractors: Business will be booming again in 2021. Here's why.

New Legislation Seeks To Expand National Apprenticeship System

The U.S. House passed a bill that could lead to a boom in apprenticeships. It awaits Senate approval.

Builder Confidence Holds Strong as 2020 Ends

2020 was a uniquely challenging yet busy year for the home building industry. Will that productivity continue into 2021?

Home Builder Confidence Index Surges to Another Record High in November

Builder optimism is skyrocketing heading into the end of the year.

Home Depot to Give Employees Permanent Pay Raise

This has been a particularly rewarding year for The Home Depot thanks to fervent public interest in home improvement and...

Construction Worker Wages Higher Than National Median

Working construction might be a taxing career, but you can be paid well for your efforts.

Hilti Develops Autonomous Construction Robot

Hilti is bringing even more tech to the jobsite with their latest semi-autonomous robot.

Summer Home Buying Surge Slows in September

New home sales in September dropped for the first time in months. Is this a sign of further declines to...

SURVEY: Contractors Concerned With Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

COVID-19 isn't going away soon, leaving contractors to figure out how to work through.

Construction Officials Call For Nationwide Vaccination Distribution Plan

A COVID-19 vaccine is coming, eventually. Construction officials want the government to have a plan when it does.

Highlights From Milwaukee PIPELINE Episode 3

Milwaukee PIPELINE was back last week with all new tools and products to unveil. See everything you might have missed...

Lumber Prices Finally Fell in October (But Are Still Way Too High)

Lumber prices dropped in early October, but not nearly enough, and now home builders and lawmakers are working together to...

Young Professionals Week for Home Builders Starts Oct. 12

The week will include webinars and other events showcasing life as a young professional in the home building industry.

New Company ‘RenoRun’ Delivers Materials Directly to Your Jobsite

RenoRun wants to bring you everything you need for a job directly to the jobsite.

DOL Proposes Rule to Clarify the Definition of an Independent Contractor

Independent contractor or employee? The U.S. Department of Labor wants to simplify that question.

Home Builder Confidence Hits All-Time High Despite Lumber Price Concerns

Home builders across the United States are feeling good about the current state of the housing market. But could lumber...

Homebuilding Sector Drives Construction Employment Surge

Residential construction led the way to another positive month for construction employment.

Home Builders Association Meets With National Economic Council Over Lumber Prices

High lumber prices are stifling the construction industry. Will the federal government step in to help?

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Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...

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Study: COVID-19 Protocols Hamper Productivity

The study dives into exactly how coronavirus mitigation is impacting productivity and takes a look at some potential long-term effects.

July Housing Surges for Third Month in a Row

The housing industry is getting back to work following hard times earlier in the year. But will it last?

OSHA Issues New Coronavirus Guidelines for Construction Workers

Can construction workers safely resume work while risking exposure to COVID-19? OSHA has some ideas.

Will Skilled Labor Be in Worse Shape in 2 Years? Here’s What Pros Think

Construction professionals answered a survey to give their thoughts on the future of skilled labor in the industry. Here are...

Builder Confidence Drops to Historic Low Amid Pandemic Concerns

A major home-building index suffered its worst drop since 1985.

Construction Jobsite Thefts Increasing During Pandemic

Construction job sites full of valuable equipment and tools have been shut down and abandoned in the wake of the...