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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.
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Silica Dust
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Silica Dust
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rul...
Abbott writes book on life, convention of states
Abbott writes book on life, convention of states
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will publish a book next month, 16 months into his first term.
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...
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.
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...
Abbott needs to actively address pay inequality
Abbott needs to actively address pay inequality
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently expanded the number of women sitting on the Texas Commission for Women from seven to 15 and issued five key points for it to consider: women-owned businesses, STEM education, volunteerism, women and children's health and...
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...
Texas hamstrung when it comes to properly funding employee pensions
Texas hamstrung when it comes to properly funding employee pensions
Retired state employees have gone 15 years without a cost-of-living adjustment, with no relief on the horizon next session. In an exchange with a House Appropriations Committee subcommittee, Keith Brainard of the National Association of State Retiremen...
How a good construction safety program can save lives
How a good construction safety program can save lives
Cutting corners — it's always risky, particularly when it comes to safety.
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 ...
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...
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...
Seeking inspiration from ancient technologies
Seeking inspiration from ancient technologies
As durable infrastructure, material innovation and global sustainability develop into significant driving forces in today's engineering, the importance of looking through the lens of the past to design for the future becomes more and more clear.
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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.
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.
Department of Agriculture invests $103 million in emergency watershed projects
Department of Agriculture invests $103 million in emergency watershed projects
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $103 million in post-disaster recovery and the rehabilitation of aging dams in 19 states.
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 ...
How overtime pay changes could affect Texas employers
How overtime pay changes could affect Texas employers
The Department of Labor's impending proposal to dramatically change the cost of overtime pay exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act may force Texas employers to increase pay to an estimated 400,000 employees if the proposal is finalized without ...
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, ...
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....
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...
NAHB urges congress to prevent new silica rules from taking effect
NAHB urges congress to prevent new silica rules from taking effect
The National Association of Home Builders recently urged Congress to take action to keep the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new silica standards from taking effect.
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...
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...
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.
Plans for 'coastal spine' to protect Houston from hurricanes lacks Congress participation
Plans for 'coastal spine' to protect Houston from hurricanes lacks Congress participation
After nearly a decade of bickering and finger pointing, Texas scientists and lawmakers finally seem to agree that building some version of a "coastal spine" — a massive seawall and floodgate system — would best help protect the Houston regi...
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 ...
Tips to avoid workers' compensation mistakes
Tips to avoid workers' compensation mistakes
Workers' compensation claims are a part of the business when working in the construction or sheet metal industry. Dangerous worksite areas combined with complex and hazardous job requirements create an environment where injuries and accidents can ̵...
3 concepts that will shape the future of construction
3 concepts that will shape the future of construction
The U.S. construction industry often boxes itself in when facing obstacles or uncovering the newest emerging trends, while similar situations are occurring in nations across the globe. That international perspective can offer unique solutions and a sen...
Popular Social Security benefit cut looming for seniors
Popular Social Security benefit cut looming for seniors
A popular Social Security benefit that has allowed seniors to boost their lifetime payments by as much as $60,000 is being phased out, leaving many with significantly lower retirement incomes.
Supreme Court divided on Obama's immigration actions
Supreme Court divided on Obama's immigration actions
The Supreme Court appeared closely divided along ideological lines during oral arguments in a case that could torpedo the Obama administration's controversial executive actions on immigration.
Seeking bold tax overhaul, Texas lawmaker to test congress
Seeking bold tax overhaul, Texas lawmaker to test congress
Over two decades in Congress, Rep. Kevin Brady has always been popular with colleagues. Now that the genial Texas Republican has become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Brady has got real power, too.
Construction industry is split across a safety culture spectrum
Construction industry is split across a safety culture spectrum
Contractors at the top end of the spectrum report experiencing higher project quality, greater impact of safety on their project ROI and better ability to retain and attract new staff than those at the low end of the spectrum.
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.
Financing trends in the construction industry
Financing trends in the construction industry
Construction financing continues to be a challenge for many contractors in the United States. Even during the pre-recession period, lending to construction firms presented challenges to most banks. This was due to a number of economic factors, includin...
Trump makes dramatic turnaround on eliminating national debt
Trump makes dramatic turnaround on eliminating national debt
Donald Trump has had a 14-figure change of heart in three weeks.
Best ways to reduce energy consumption
Best ways to reduce energy consumption
We know adjusting the thermostat, using blinds, opening windows or using electronics such as a heater or air conditioning unit has an impact on the amount of energy consumed in homes. But a new study looks at which of these is the most efficient when i...
Homeowners considering old-fashioned storm shelters after years of severe weather
Homeowners considering old-fashioned storm shelters after years of severe weather
The destructive power of severe weather has some East Texans looking for an old form of protection: the storm shelter.
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.
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.
Women with vocational qualifications earn 15 percent less than men
Women with vocational qualifications earn 15 percent less than men
Young women with vocational qualifications earn 15 percent less than their male peers, a significantly bigger pay gap than for those with academic qualifications, according to new research.
US Treasury: Construction industry faces highest tax burden
US Treasury: Construction industry faces highest tax burden
Construction shoulders a bigger tax burden than any other industry in the United States with an effective rate over 30 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Associated Builders and Contractors responded to the rep...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Construction unions: Headed for extinction or poised for a resurgence?
Construction unions: Headed for extinction or poised for a resurgence?
Unions were once a bastion of the middle class, but the years have seen a dwindling of union members, particularly in the private sector — including in the construction industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total union membe...
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.
Scientists are developing self-healing concrete
Scientists are developing self-healing concrete
Scientists at the University of Victoria are working to cement their lead in making so-called smart concrete that heals and seals cracks, greatly reducing potential infrastructure disasters and extending lifespans of buildings and structures.
Study: Construction industry is split across a safety culture spectrum
Study: Construction industry is split across a safety culture spectrum
A new study from Dodge Data & Analytics establishes a safety culture spectrum based on the performance of 254 U.S. contractors on 33 leading indicators of a safety culture. The new "Building a Safety Culture SmartMarket Report," available for free down...
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.
Builder of tornado-damaged school gets more scrutiny in Dallas ISD
Builder of tornado-damaged school gets more scrutiny in Dallas ISD
The company that built a Red Oak ISD elementary school, where some walls collapsed during the December tornadoes because of alleged faulty construction, is getting more scrutiny in Dallas ISD.
The Dotted Line: Why overlooking general conditions can derail a construction contract
The Dotted Line: Why overlooking general conditions can derail a construction contract
You've just signed a major construction contract, and you know everything you think you need to know — price, scope of work, directions on sending certificates of insurance, start date and estimated completion date. Unfortunately, some contractor...
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...
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 ...

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