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Ellington Home Wins Energy Efficiency Contest
The home of Steve and Janis Moser, at 55 Kreyssig Road, Broad Brook was completed in August of 2016 and recently won the 7th annual Zero Energy Challenge. The Mosers' home had the lowest overall Home Energy Rating Score in the challenge, for the extremely efficient home they built, primarily by themselves.(Tue, 23 May 2017 14:56:38 GMT)

Home builders can't find enough workers
Builders throughout the country are struggling to find workers, and it's causing major problems: Labor costs are rising, homes are taking longer to complete and buyers are facing higher prices. "We are now at the point that there is a serious shortage of workers," said Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders.(Thu, 18 May 2017 14:44:27 GMT)

What you should consider before hiring an architect
The "Ask a Builder" series is dedicated to answering some of the many questions Fairbanks residents have about building, energy and the many other parts of home life.(Thu, 18 May 2017 10:09:32 GMT)

Illinois Home Builders Decry Proposed Tax
Experts in the home-building industry are speaking out about a proposal by Illinois legislators that would levy a 6.25 percent tax on home repair and maintenance services. The bill is one of 12 amendments to Senate Bill 9, a measure sponsored by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson , as part of a budget proposal that would collect and/or hike taxes on everything from manicures to movie streaming to sugary soft drinks.(Thu, 18 May 2017 05:52:58 GMT)

Illegal builds hurt industry consumers, councillors told 0
Illegal home building puts owners at risk and threatens the livelihoods of legitimate builders, members of the city's finance committee were told Tuesday. Illegal home building puts owners at risk and threatens the livelihoods of legitimate builders, members of Sudbury's finance committee were told on May 16. Siloni Waraich, vice-president of Tarion , which administers the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, said they are working with the city and Sudbury and District Home Builders' Association to deal with an approach some illegal builders use to get around the rules.(Wed, 17 May 2017 18:43:26 GMT)

Three Easy and Essential Advanced Framing Techniques
Stick-built homes that don't use these techniques are missing an easy opportunity to save energy and cut construction costs Standard three-stud T-wall framing is often used where partitions intersect exterior walls. This method creates a hard-to-insulate void behind the three studs.(Wed, 17 May 2017 11:32:20 GMT)

Bob Day accused of 'sham contracting' before building business went belly up
He was the senator whose vote was pivotal to the Coalition's crusade to stamp out lawlessness in the building sector through the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission. But now Bob Day will be investigated by the workplace umpire amid claims he engaged in sham contracting before his home building empire went bust last year.(Wed, 17 May 2017 00:26:17 GMT)

US factory output surges in April; homebuilding stumbles
Construction workers build a single family home in San Diego, California, U.S. on February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo WASHINGTON: U.S. manufacturing production recorded its biggest increase in more than three years in April, bolstering the view that economic growth picked up early in the second quarter despite a surprise decline in homebuilding.(Tue, 16 May 2017 19:32:39 GMT)