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How houses were cooled before air conditioning
How houses were cooled before air conditioning
Just a few weeks ago, New York City was hit with a heat wave that brought 90-degree temperatures and humidity to an already sweaty summer in the city. One particularly sticky evening, while switching the air conditioning on at home, we found ourselves ...
Houston designer creates her dream home in country
Houston designer creates her dream home in country
On a two-lane road off Texas 105, Lauren Prestridge has built the house of her dreams.
These floor plans put outdoor living within reach of bedrooms (even upstairs)
These floor plans put outdoor living within reach of bedrooms (even upstairs)
Call it porch creep, or terrace takeover. These floor plans expand outdoor living to less-expected areas, like outside of secondary bedrooms upstairs or connected to main-level guest suites. Not that your buyers are likely to mind the invasion...
Overcoming code barriers
Overcoming code barriers
Making the most of innovations in energy efficiency demands a technical understanding of the whys and hows behind the codes themselves. Here's how to bone up on what your code official will be looking for.
Policymakers hearing more taxpayers pipe up about their growing burden
Policymakers hearing more taxpayers pipe up about their growing burden
Researchers and policymakers know people are more likely to pay their taxes when they're confident they are paying their fair share. But these days, many North Texans wonder how they'll survive surging property values as their annual tax bills climb ev...
Filling the void: How construction executives can embrace diversity in an evolving workforce
Filling the void: How construction executives can embrace diversity in an evolving workforce
Less than a generation ago, the American labor pool was whiter and older, according to government demographic statistics. But the most recent data point to a rapidly changing workforce, one defined by greater diversity, a retiring baby boomer generatio...
New minimum energy code affects home building Sept. 1
New minimum energy code affects home building Sept. 1
In the past state legislative session, a bill was passed that mandates a new minimum energy code for most new residential construction and some remodeling work.
The bricks in this house are all made from industrial waste
The bricks in this house are all made from industrial waste
When two recent architecture school graduates in the Dutch city of Rotterdam decided to build their own house on an empty lot, they chose a material that has never been used in a home before: bricks made from local trash. Called WasteBasedBricks, the b...
DOE invests $14 million to increase energy efficiency of US homes and buildings
DOE invests $14 million to increase energy efficiency of US homes and buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14 million in funding for projects to significantly increase the efficiency of U.S. homes and buildings. These projects are designed to cut energy costs while leading to greater demand for new building...
Will high-speed rail ever happen in Texas?
Will high-speed rail ever happen in Texas?
Building a high-speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is proving to be a dreadfully slow process, which fuels skepticism whether it will ever materialize.
Austin, Dallas lead the state in adding new construction jobs
Austin, Dallas lead the state in adding new construction jobs
With all the construction cranes in the area, it's no surprise that more people in North Texas are working in the building sector.
Former Dallas mayor's 'clean coal' effort struggles to survive
Former Dallas mayor's 'clean coal' effort struggles to survive
As Dallas mayor in the mid-2000s, Laura Miller spearheaded a Texas-wide campaign against a power conglomerate's plans to build 11 coal-fired power plants. She earned widespread recognition in environmental circles when TXU, now known as Energy Future H...
Clarity needed for formaldehyde rule, NAHB tells EPA
Clarity needed for formaldehyde rule, NAHB tells EPA
NAHB volunteers and staff met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) May 9 to talk about the Federation's concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. Th...
What you need to know about OSHA's new regulations on workplace injuries
What you need to know about OSHA's new regulations on workplace injuries
Every year, employers within certain industries who have more than 10 employees have been required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to maintain a log of safety data and make a summary available internally for all employees to...
The top 25 building trends of 2016
The top 25 building trends of 2016
We present our annual list of the city's Best Builders who highlight the top 25 building trends for 2016. From space planning to outdoor living to those custom conveniences you didn't know you couldn't live without, in today's new sanctuaries you never...
Courts may play pivotal role on voting rights in 2016 election
Courts may play pivotal role on voting rights in 2016 election
The Supreme Court decided a presidential election 16 years ago based on how votes were counted. This year, a shorthanded court seeking to avoid the limelight may help decide who can vote in the first place. Petitions challenging restrictions on voting ...
Favorable demographics will push home building demand
Favorable demographics will push home building demand
The future of home building, multifamily development, remodeling, and land development in the U.S. looks strong, despite ongoing challenges associated with industry expansion and rising regulatory concerns. NAHB's chief economist Robert Dietz says U.S....
Chip and Joanna Gaines: Build your business around passion, authenticity
Chip and Joanna Gaines: Build your business around passion, authenticity
A packed auditorium of home builders and industry members eagerly awaited the arrival of the Sunbelt Builders Show opening session leaders, Chip and Joanna Gaines, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Chip and Joanna, ...
Texas Supreme Court ruling helps bar the door to public release of company records
Texas Supreme Court ruling helps bar the door to public release of company records
A Texas Supreme Court decision that one open records advocate said "blew a hole in the Texas Public Information Act" has been used in the past few months to shield records ranging from Uber's driver information in Houston to how much singer Enrique Igl...
The dotted line: How construction firms can manage the 'necessary evil' of change orders
The dotted line: How construction firms can manage the 'necessary evil' of change orders
Construction projects, like anything else in life, are subject to change.
Over 20 percent of home builders have already used aerial drones
Over 20 percent of home builders have already used aerial drones
Results from a recent NAHB survey of single-family builders show that a majority of them (66 percent) are aware that unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., drones) have been used on construction sites, and 22 percent have already used a drone in their own con...
Declines for residential construction employment as job openings persist
Declines for residential construction employment as job openings persist
The count of unfilled jobs in the overall construction sector remained elevated in April after a post-Great Recession high in March. However, the count of total jobs in the residential construction sector has declined for two straight months.
Changes in the FHA's insurance rates foster sustainability in multifamily housing
Changes in the FHA's insurance rates foster sustainability in multifamily housing
For decades the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has been helping individuals and families be part of the American dream of owning a home or property. FHA's role of insuring loans has helped millions of borrowers get better interest rates for both ...
Gender politics playing a big role for Trump, Clinton
Gender politics playing a big role for Trump, Clinton
She has no stamina. She shouts. She's got nothing going for her but being a woman.
Company creates color-coded hardhats to stop catcalling at Brooklyn construction site
Company creates color-coded hardhats to stop catcalling at Brooklyn construction site
A Brooklyn construction company has created color-coded hardhats for its workers to wear in an effort to reduce catcalling and harassment.
4 construction technology innovations enhancing productivity in the field
4 construction technology innovations enhancing productivity in the field
When industry professionals reference construction technology, the first topics that might come up are likely drones, building information modeling (BIM), 3-D laser scanning technology, virtual reality, 3-D printing and advancements in high-performance...
Comptroller: Texas lags nation in job growth
Comptroller: Texas lags nation in job growth
The slumping energy industry is dampening Texas' economy just as lawmakers face a new obligation to pour billions of dollars into transportation, the state comptroller told legislative leaders Monday.
5 charts that reveal the future of residential construction
5 charts that reveal the future of residential construction
The residential construction industry's recovery has moved along a slow and steady path as the housing market struggled to find its footing after the crash eight years ago. Despite the lack of surging growth in homebuilding, economists are optimistic a...
Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course
Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course
The concept isn't new, but "agrihoods" are gaining in popularity, said Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow for the Urban Land Institute, an organization that focuses on land-use issues. He tracks about 200 agrihoods, where residential development coexis...
Why closed crawlspaces make sense
Why closed crawlspaces make sense
While foundation vents are supposed to prevent crawlspaces from developing moisture issues, over the course of a couple of centuries of home building, it's become apparent that this theory doesn't always hold up. But smart builders have found a way to ...
Low-maintenance features to offer 55-plus buyers
Low-maintenance features to offer 55-plus buyers
Most 55-plus communities boast that yard maintenance is included, which is great, but that's just the beginning. To truly attract the 55-plus buyer, low-maintenance amenities must extend beyond the yard to the entire home. Since these buyers tend to tr...
Brexit unlikely to hurt homebuilding, but these things can
Brexit unlikely to hurt homebuilding, but these things can
Though Brexit-related uncertainties and global economic pressure are not expected to have any major impact on U.S. homebuilding activity, there are other factors that can pull it back. Land and labor shortage has become a valid concern and so are tedio...
Supreme Court lets Texas continue enforcing voter-ID law
Supreme Court lets Texas continue enforcing voter-ID law
The U.S. Supreme Court let Texas continue, for now, to enforce a voter-identification law that two lower courts said places a disproportionate burden on racial minorities.
D-FW zooms to top of US homebuilding markets
D-FW zooms to top of US homebuilding markets
Dallas-Fort Worth is topping the country in home starts this year.

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