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Lumber Prices Down Nearly 40 Percent From May Peak

The price of lumber has been dropping all throughout June. But how long will this trend last?

Construction Employment Slips By 20,000 Jobs in May

The construction industry is spinning its wheels as material shortages continue causing non-residential construction to sputter.


Construction Training Program for Girl Scouts Launches This Fall

Only 11 percent of construction workers in 2020 were women. The Home Depot Foundation and the Girl Scouts of the...


When Will Wood Prices Go Down?

Lumber is currently historically expensive. But exactly how long will that be case?


Building Material Costs Climb to Record Highs

The cost of construction materials is up across the board, putting a unique strain on homebuilders across the country.

Trade School Students Win Scholarships From The Home Depot

The Home Depot is giving a helping hand to the next generation of construction workers.


Remodeling Industry Celebrates National Home Remodeling Month

As the home improvement craze continues to sweep across the U.S., a leading industry group shares resources and tips all...

Austrian Startup Unveils Multitasking Construction Robot

A new construction robot is in development that can handle a bunch of jobsite tasks ... and it can climb...


Lowe’s Revamps In-Store Shopping Experience for Pros

Lowe's is changing things up in its stores to create a smooth, consistent shopping experience for construction professionals.


California Safety Chief Named New Head of OSHA

A new administration signals that changes are coming to OSHA.


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...

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‘Shark Tank’ Star and Lowes Launch Home Improvement Competition

From specially designed hauling handles to an innovative soil testing system, hundreds of small business owners competed to be featured...


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Which Home Improvement Projects Are Most Popular in 2021?

Good news, contractors: Home improvement spending is expected to rise in 2021, and the majority of home owners are planning...


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.


13 Frontline Workers Receive Home Repair Relief From Super Bowl Campaign

Lowe's also donated $100,000 toward home repairs in Tampa.

Home Depot Reveals Improved Pro Paint Rewards Program

The Home Depot is further expanding their pro loyalty program with the addition of rewards for paint purchases.

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 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...


Continued Growth in Single Family Starts Keeps Home Building on Track

Consistent demand for housing has led to one of the busiest periods for home building in years. And it doesn't...


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.


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.

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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.


ICC Publishes Guidelines for Virtual Building Inspections

The coronavirus pandemic has made remote virtual inspections a necessity. But are they here to stay?


Florida Contractor Charged With PPP Fraud

And he might have gotten away with it, too...


Homebuilding Sector Drives Construction Employment Surge

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


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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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Nonprofit Helps Girls Build the World They Want to See

Girls Garage is the manifestation of Emily Pilloton's mission to 'inspire a community of fearless builder girls everywhere.'