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California Safety Chief Named New Head of OSHA

A new administration signals that changes are coming to OSHA.

The Home Depot Sponsors ‘Signing Day’ for Trade School Students

The home improvement center teams up with SkillsUSA to celebrate high school graduates entering careers in the trades.


Construction Labor Shortage: Study Finds 430,000 Workers Needed

The construction industry is getting busier every day and needs to hire a lot more workers to keep up.


Builder Confidence Drops as Interest Rates and Material Costs Increase

Historic lumber prices and normalizing mortgage rates are causing concern for home builders.


PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended to May 31

The PPP Extension Act of 2021 is now official, giving small businesses across the U.S. more time to secure much-needed...

Construction Industry Still Struggling With Skilled Labor Shortage

New analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows construction firms still have trouble finding and hiring skilled laborers...


OSHA Releases Ten Most Cited Violations for FY 2020

Fiscal year 2020 was a complicated year for workplace safety.

Members of Congress Urge Federal Action on High Lumber Prices

With the cost of construction materials on the rise, homebuilders look to Washington for a solution to the biggest problem...


Builder Confidence Holds Steady Despite Record High Lumber Prices

The home building industry is as busy as ever, though certain challenges are becoming real and undeniable concerns.


Housing Starts Stumble to Start the Year

Home building activity dropped in January for the first time in six months. Is this the first sign of a...


Record High Lumber Prices Still Hindering Home Building

The problems that plagued the home building industry in 2020 seem to have followed it into the new year.

National Worker’s Group Criticizes OSHA’s COVID-19 Safety Standards

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is not happy with how the federal government has handled worker safety...


Home Building Insights from the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study

Take a deep dive into the world of modern kitchen design and renovation.


Housing Starts End the Year at the Fastest Pace Since 2006

Home building activity surged at the end of the year, setting the stage for a busy 2021.


New Home Sales Dropped in November Yet Remain Strong

New home sales are slowing a bit but demand remains high. Can home builders keep up?


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?

US Commerce Department Cuts Tariffs on Canadian Lumber

The decision comes as trade officials look to normalize the price of lumber in the United States and provide relief...


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...


Home Builders and Remodelers Optimistic Heading Into Winter

Remodeling and home building are in high demand, and industry pros anticipate no letup over the next few months.


2021 International Builders’ Show Goes Virtual

The 2021 International Builders' Show is moving online out of an abundance of caution.


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...