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  • How a Chinese Company Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/16/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing. Such 3-D printers have been around for several years and are commonly used to make models, prototypes, plane parts and even such small items as jewelry.
  • PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals
    From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately. But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours. Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made...
  • Dutch firm building a house with a giant 3D printer

    03/25/2014 10:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ecumenical News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Art Villasanta
    Currently rising layer by layer in Amsterdam is the world's first house to be built by 3D printing technology. Dutch architectural firm Dus Architects commissioned the 20-foot tall 3D printer given the name, "Kamermaker," or room builder. The project to build the 3D house is simply called the "3D Print Canal House." Dus had Kamermaker built when it decided upsize the scale-model rooms it was already 3D-printing and turn them into the real thing. What Kamermaker does is to build a series of rooms that can be snapped together to form an entire house, Lego-brick style. So far, the printer...
  • Report: DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • 3D printing could transform home building

    01/22/2014 10:29:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 22, 2014
    Building a 2,500-square-foot house in less than 20 hours? It sounds like a tall tale, but a professor at the University of Southern California says it is absolutely possible. He would toss out traditional building practices and replace them with a single 3D printer. It's called contour crafting, creator Behrokh Khoshnevis, the director of the manufacturing engineering graduate program USC, tells CBS News. "Construction the way its done today is very wasteful," he explained in a presentation at TEDxOjai. "Our solution benefits from advanced technology...it is essentially a way of streamlining the process of construction by benefiting from the experience...
  • 7 great reasons why you should consider building your next house with Straw Bales

    01/17/2014 2:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    StrawBale blog ^ | January 1, 2014 | Andrew Morrison
    Why Build With Straw Bales? Straw bale construction lends itself well to an owner builder project. Some of the applications well suited for straw bale include: a cottage, office, garage, studio, and an art barn. You don’t have to limit yourself to these smaller projects. Thousands of people have successfully built their own straw bale house. As a world leader in straw bale education we want to help you every step of the way. I’ve created a great introductory video on why to build with straw bales. You can watch that by clicking the play button below. Please read on...
  • The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours

    01/08/2014 9:51:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    MSN's Innovation ^ | November 20, 2013 | Mark Hattersley
    The University of Southern California is testing a giant 3D printer that could be used to build a whole house in under 24 hours. Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has designed the giant robot that replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, this squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home according to a computer pattern. It is “basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building,” says Khoshnevis. The technology, known as Contour Crafting, could revolutionise the construction industry. The affordable home? Contour Crafting could slash the cost of home-owning, making it possible for millions of displaced...
  • 3D-Printed Room Looks Like Gaudí On Steroids, Could Signal New Age Of Architecture

    12/30/2013 4:48:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The International Science Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | Ben Wolford
    Architects in Zurich have erected an impossibly ornate room entirely from 3D-printed blocks. The designers say it's the first time anyone has used a 3D printer to design a work of architectural art from sandstone and could suggest a new way of thinking about building construction. "We aim to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism," said the architects on the project's website. We'll attempt to classify and reduce it anyway: It basically looks like Antoni Gaudí crammed all the flourishes of La Sagrada Familia into a 172-square-feet room. Designed by "customized algorithms," the architects say the work (called...
  • Netanyahu Defies Americans, Will Announce Extended Construction

    12/25/2013 5:40:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to announce extended Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria next week, Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday. The announcement is expected to come parallel to the release of another 26 terrorists as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA). With the planned announcement, Netanyahu has essentially rejected a request by the United States, which had asked him to hold off on new construction announcements so as not to hurt the ongoing peace talks with the PA. Previous announcements on construction raised the ire of the PA, which demanded that Israel cancel any tenders it has...
  • A bold new future for construction materials approaches (Self-forming 4-D skyscrapers?)

    12/16/2013 4:14:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New Civil Engineer ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexandra Wynne
    Building on the Moon, 4D printing, self-repairing bridges, movement monitoring quadrocopters, 3D printed concrete houses and generating electricity from unwanted noise may all sound like science fiction. But at computing giant Autodesk’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week, it all began to look a little realistic. There was a growing movement throughout the conference that urged engineers to rethink their traditional methods, to look outside their organisations for innovative ideas and to place themselves on a higher plane of thinking to allow the computers to do the repetitive leg work. But there was another faction present that wanted to...
  • SketchUp's Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

    12/15/2013 7:48:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Inhabit Blog ^ | November 20, 2013 | Lidija Grozdanic
    What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That’s the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening‘s WikiHouse – a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be downloaded by anyone, customized to fit the user’s needs and sent to the 3D printer. The components are then snapped together using less than 100 screws to make rooms that can be rearranged as easily as you would rearrange furniture.The WikiHouse Open Source Construction Kit can be downloaded by anyone interested in building a house. What distinguishes it from the modular houses of the 1950s...
  • Energy construction jobs booming as more than $100 billion in new building planned

    09/18/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Downstream capital spending projected to hit $100 billion over the next three years will create labor shortages, especially in skilled trades, panelists said at a conference Wednesday morning . The Gulf Coast will see much of that spending — and the tight labor market — as companies build or expand refineries, chemical plants and pipelines, speakers told oil and gas leaders at a forum sponsored by the research firm IHS. But the labor demand will not approach the heyday of 2007, characterized by relentless recruitment wars between companies and double-digit wage inflation. speakers said. Wage growth for skilled trades probably...
  • Critics say it’s time NY ends 1885 Scaffold Law

    08/31/2013 12:43:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2013 3:20 PM EDT | Michael Gormley
    Years before skyscrapers, when New York City’s tallest building was still the 281-foot spire of Wall Street’s historic Trinity Church, state lawmakers passed the Scaffold Law, which made property owners and contractors liable for most “gravity-related” injuries to workers on construction sites. … Some New York government agencies and contractors say the cost of the insurance, which can often be double that of other states, is hitting a crisis point that could soon suspend work on bridges, schools and the recovery from Superstorm Sandy.“It increases the cost of doing business and decreases what we are capable of doing in New...
  • Housing Starts and Permits Drop to 1982 (Reagan) Levels, Multifamily Starts Fall 26%

    07/17/2013 2:15:45 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Housing starts fell 9.91% in June. 1 unit starts, however, only fell 0.84%. It was multi-family starts that dragged down the overall number. sdata 1 unit starts have fallen to 1982 levels. hs1unit0717 The same for 1 unit building permits. 1unitperm Multifamily starts fell 26% and fell back to September 2012 levels. mfstarts0717 Where were you in ’82?
  • Recovery? Housing Starts Rise 6.8% in May, But Lowest Since 1981

    06/18/2013 8:33:22 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 16 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/18/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the US Census Bureau, privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000. This is 6.8 percent above the revised April estimate of 856,000 and is 28.6 percent above the May 2012 rate of 711,000. Single-family housing starts in May were at a rate of 599,000; this is 0.3 percent above the revised April figure of 597,000. The May rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 306,000. While this is good news, the print of 6.8% was far below the expectation of 11.4%. Privately-owned housing units authorized by building...
  • Construction Grows Sharply in Judea and Samaria

    06/09/2013 2:32:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/6/13 | David Lev
    Despite rumors of a building freeze in Judea and Samaria in the past months, construction in Jewish communities in the region grew sharply during the first three months of 2013. Construction was up 176% during the period, as compared to a year earlier. According to Channel Two, building in pre-1967 Israel actually slowed during the period compared to a year earlier, while growing sharply in the lands liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. Construction in areas within the 1948 armistice borders fell 8.9%, Channel Two said. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, January 2012 saw a...
  • Israel to Build in Jerusalem, U.S. Angry An official in the White House reacts angrily to news

    05/29/2013 8:07:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/13 | Elad Benari
    An official in the White House reacted angrily on Wednesday, after Channel 10 News reported that Israel had approved tenders for the construction of 300 new homes in Jerusalem and plans to build more housing units beyond the “Green Line”. The report explained that the tenders in question, for construction in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood, were published last November, right after the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral move at the United Nations which got it upgraded to the status of a non-member observer state, and before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began his latest push for the renewal of peace talks. Channel...
  • Install ceiling fan in room with low roof and no previous wiring in ceiling?

    05/17/2013 12:44:25 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 59 replies
    Question for you all, since you're always knowledgeable about these things. I want to put a ceiling fan in a room. The room is on one of the ends or "wings" of the house, has an HVAC "out" register in the near-middle of the ceiling, and is always always always scorching hot or freezing cold. I know this is caused by a lack of cross ventilation where the cold/hot air would be exchanged for hot/cold. The attic goes across the top of the main part of the house, then sort of squishes down to a lower roof where you can't...
  • Goin’ Down: Mortgage Purchase Applications, Treasury Rates, Construction Spending Decline

    05/01/2013 9:34:58 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    While we await The Fed’s FOMC rate decision at 2pm (as if it will change!), we had some good news and bad news today. First, the good news. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released their weekly mortgage applications indices this morning. Applications rose 1.8% from the previous week. Unfortunately, mortgage purchase applications fell 1.37% while refinancing applications rose 2.80% and is at its highest level since the week ending January 18, 2013. The HARP share of refinance applications increased from 32 percent last week to 34 percent this week, the highest level since MBA began tracking HARP applications in February...
  • GDP Disappoints (2.5%A Vs 3.0A Expected), Treasury Yields Fall, Debt to GDP = 105%

    04/26/2013 9:33:04 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Q1 Real GDP was released by the BEA this morning. It was a mixture of disappointment and good news (for retailers). Real GDP grew by 2.5% (annualized), but analysts were expecting 3.0%. So, this was a swing and a miss. According to the BEA, “The acceleration in real GDP in the first quarter primarily reflected an upturn in private inventory investment, an acceleration in PCE, an upturn in exports, and a smaller decrease in federal government spending that were partly offset by an upturn in imports and a deceleration in nonresidential fixed investment.” Personal consumption expenditures rose 3.2% in Q1,...
  • New Home Construction in March Surges to Highest Level in 7 Years

    04/16/2013 11:04:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    US News ^ | 04/16/2013 | Meg Handley
    Residential construction shot up significantly in March as homebuilders broke ground on the most multi-family homes in seven years, a report from the Commerce Department showed Tuesday. Housing starts rose 7 percent from upwardly revised levels reported in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of about 1.04 million units, according to the Commerce Department, almost 47 percent higher than levels reported in March 2012. Construction activity significantly outpaced projections from economists polled by Bloomberg, which put starts closer to 930,000. Starts reported in March also inched toward what economists consider a more normal level of about 1.5 million annual...
  • Housing Recovery? Mortgage Refi and Purchase Applications Fall, Pending Home Sales Rise

    02/27/2013 2:15:46 PM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    he USA is experiencing an investor-related housing recovery via foreclosure sales, flipping and investors. But as foreclosure discounts normalize, will the housing market continue to recover? Probably not if the deleveraging occurs in the housing market. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released this morning, mortgage applications fell -3.76% from the previous week. Purchase applications fell -5.15% (NSA) while refinancing applications fell -3.27%. Tight credit still prevails along with negative equity and a glue-like employment recovery. The share of applications that are for refinancing fell slightly to 76.9%. The only product that actually grew was government Adjusted Rate Mortgages...
  • January Seasonal Blues: Employment Dropped -2.84 Million In January, Construction Dropped -272k

    02/03/2013 9:38:29 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/03/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Every year, employment drops by almost 3 million during January. While the drop was worse than 2012, it is on par with the drops in 2010 and 2011. Of course, the Census Bureau whips out the old X-12 ARIMA smoothing models (maybe even the new and improved X-13!) and produces this much more palatable chart. Phew! That is much better for the media (and economy cheerleaders like Mark Zandi) to tout. Thanks to the ARIMA smoothing model, employment INCREASED by +157.000! As my students know, I like the raw, unsmoothed numbers. All the smoothed numbers tell you is … over...
  • 2013 Housing Recovery? Housing Starts Surge, But Economy Remains Weak

    01/17/2013 12:26:12 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Housing starts climbed above the lowest points since 1960. That shows you how dreadful the housing market has been since peaking (locally) in September 2005. One-unit starts rose 8.07% in December while multiple unit starts (aka, apartments) rose 20.28%. As we already know, homebuilder confidence remain flat even though starts are improving, particularly apartment starts. Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments fell more than forecast last week to the lowest level in five years, pointing to further improvement in the labor market. Applications for jobless benefits decreased by 37,000 to 335,000 in the week...
  • Wikihouse demonstrated how const. system can be used to easily print & build affordable shelter

    01/05/2013 5:09:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PSFK ^ | May 17, 2012 | Emma Hutchings
    Open source house design community WikiHouse demonstrated their construction system at Milan Design Week, providing a visual update on the project. Their goal is to make it possible for anyone to download and print a timber structure using a CNC milling machine, and then fit the pieces together to build an affordable house ready for cladding, wiring, insulation and plumbing...
  • Slow demand forces Titan to lay off 60 (Last in a series of 150 layoffs at 3 midwestern plants)

    12/19/2012 10:06:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Rubber News ^ | December 19, 2012 | Mike McNulty
    FREEPORT, Ill.—Titan International Inc. has laid off about 60 workers at its plant in Freeport because of slumping demand for construction tires. The cuts are the last in a series of layoffs that began shortly before the November election at the company's three U.S. tire plants, according to Titan CEO Maurice Taylor Jr. All the cutbacks are part of the firm's construction tire segment. Quincy, Ill.-headquartered Titan's tire factories in Bryan, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, also experienced layoffs during the past two months, about 90 between the two facilities, Taylor said...
  • Nuland: Israeli Construction is 'Provocative'

    12/18/2012 9:30:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/19/12 | Elad Benari
    For the second day in a row, the Obama adminstration criticized Israel on Tuesday for its decision to build new housing units in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, often wrongly described by anti-Israeli media as an "illegal settlement in east Jerusalem". “We are deeply disappointed that Israel insists on continuing this pattern of provocative action,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. “These repeated announcements and plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace. "Israel’s leaders continually say that they support a path towards a two-state solution, yet these actions only put that goal further...
  • THE UNABRIDGED SECOND AMENDMENT

    12/11/2012 6:49:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    firearmsandliberty.com ^ | 1991 | J. Neil Schulman
    If you wanted to know all about the Big Bang, you'd ring up Carl Sagan, right ? And if you wanted to know about desert warfare, the man to call would be Norman Schwarzkopf, no question about it. But who would you call if you wanted the top expert on American usage, to tell you the meaning of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution ? That was the question I asked A.C. Brocki, editorial coordinator of the Los Angeles Unified School District and formerly senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Publishers -- who himself had been recommended to me...
  • Home Sweet Shipping Container: Detroit Housing Project

    11/23/2012 4:14:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Karin Halperin
    The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year. Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children’s toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters. But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That’s when architects and designers, especially those with a “green” bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists’...
  • Building Sustainable Skyscrapers from Laminated Veneer Lumber

    11/23/2012 1:13:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Utne Reader / Conservation ^ | The November/December 2012 Issue | Sarah DeWeerdt
    Some architects believe that in order to build the sustainable cities of the future, we need to look back to the log cabin era and build “skyscrapers” out of wood. Just over a century ago, the architects and engineers who invented the skyscraper set us on the path to becoming an urban world. Tall buildings of concrete and steel helped make urban density—and the increased sustainability that comes with it—possible. But the buildings themselves come at a heavy, and often hidden, environmental price. Concrete and steel are some of the most energy-intensive materials on the planet. The manufacture and transport...
  • Crane Collapses From Building Under Construction In Midtown

    10/29/2012 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    CBS New York ^ | October 29,2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The FDNY is at a high-rise under construction in Midtown where a crane has collapsed. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Monday at the building on West 57th Street. The top of the crane, about 75-stories up, could be seen dangling down from the luxury building. WATCH LIVE: CBS 2 | LISTEN NOW: 1010 WINS | WCBS 880 All residents of buildings on West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues have been ordered to move to lower floors. All others have been told to avoid the area. There is no falling debris, but the...
  • Tiny spider is a big roadblock

    10/02/2012 6:07:09 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 15 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 8 September 2012 | Vianna Davila
    It's the eight-legged discovery of the millennium! An endangered species of spider not seen in more than three decades unexpectedly appeared in Northwest San Antonio two weeks ago. Biologists and science buffs, rejoice. There's just one downside if you're an area commuter: The spider, no bigger than a dime, showed up in the middle of a $15.1 million highway underpass project on Texas 151 at Loop 1604. And in this particular case of nature vs. man-made road, the arachnid wins. The highway project is on hold indefinitely. SNIP . . . No other spiders have been spotted in the hole...
  • Rise of the World Trade Center (1969-1973)

    08/09/2012 5:05:10 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    various | 9 August 2012
    Photos are from: The World Trade Center: A Tribute by Bill Harris Requiem World Trade Center: Once Upon a Time in New York City by Hideaki Sato
  • New U.S. Embassy Compound at Hague: Cost Creeps Close to Quarter-Billion

    04/30/2012 12:16:20 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 30, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. State Dept. today revealed that it has begun searching for contractors to design and build a new embassy compound at The Hague in The Netherlands, a project that could cost as much $210 million, according to its own estimates. Development of the 10-acre site will include a new office building, Marine security guard quarters, shops annex, utility building, "perimeter security, vehicle and pedestrian access control facilities, utility building, surface parking and a vehicular emergency egress bridge," according to a solicitation that U.S. Trade & Monitor located via routine database research. State's Bureau of Overseas Building Operations first will...
  • TransCanada Corp. to begin construction of Keystone pipeline

    02/27/2012 9:41:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The HIll ^ | 2/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    TransCanada Corp. said Monday it plans to begin building a major portion of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline despite the Obama administration's decision to reject a key permit for the project. The company told the State Department in a letter Monday that it will begin construction of a section of the pipeline that runs from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The stand-alone portion of the project, which TransCanada dubbed the Gulf Coast Project, will cost $2.3 billion and will be completed in mid-to-late 2013, according to the company. The project must still receive other regulatory approvals....
  • Mike Defends 1 WTC $1B Overrun

    02/11/2012 12:37:38 PM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 11, 2012 | Savid Seifman
    <p>Giant projects such as the reconstruction of 1 World Trade Center, or Freedom Tower (pictured), always end up costing more than the original estimates because “that’s just part of the way the world works,” Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.</p> <p>“It would be really naive on any big project to say it’s never going to come in for more,” Bloomberg said.</p>
  • Limited household formation threatens mortgage market (Only 51% of adults are married)

    12/14/2011 7:37:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    HousingWire ^ | December 14, 2011 | Andrew Scoggin
    Single-family originations will likely dip in 2012 because of fewer refinances, according to Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac. The market will see a refinance burnout, Nothaft said, with a dwindling pool of eligible borrowers and higher mortgage rates by the second half of 2012. Nothaft projects $1.3 trillion in single-family mortgage originations in 2011, compared to $1.14 trillion in 2012 and $1.07 trillion in 2013. The Freddie Mac projections for 2012 come as a Pew Research Center study showed a record-low number of adults married in the U.S. About 51% of all adults were married as of 2010,...
  • Made In America

    12/09/2011 6:45:33 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 11 replies
    Made In America (Video of home built entirely of American made products)
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang's construction drive said to kill hundreds of college students

    11/30/2011 12:14:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 11/29/11
    Pyongyang's construction drive said to kill hundreds of college students 2011-11-29 14:26 North Korean college students have reportedly died in a spate of accidents at construction sites amid intense efforts by Pyongyang to prepare for a milestone political event next year, a source familiar with the issue said Tuesday. The alleged accidents sparked rumors that an estimated 200 college students have died at various construction sites in the North's showcase capital city of Pyongyang, the source said. He did not elaborate on the alleged deaths and asked not to be identified, citing the issue's sensitivity. The development comes as the...
  • Want to See the Human-Sized Hobbit House That Costs Less Than $5,000 to Build?

    11/25/2011 9:24:01 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 56 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 11242011 | Liz Klimas
    This is not some set left over from The Lord of the Rings. This hobbit house is an honest-to-goodness man-sized home. Not only does it fit a family of four, but it cost just over $4,650 to build.
  • Mysterious project continues

    10/12/2011 10:37:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/12/11 | JULIE MASON
    White House reporters have tried all their sneakiest reporter tricks to find out what is really going on behind the green construction wall on the North Lawn. The 44 blog recently witnessed one journalist trying to extract details from a utility worker, to no avail. Trucks come and go from the White House construction site, their company logos covered for security. There is jackhammering, and digging. The cement truck tires get washed off before they leave the site -- no one wants a messy White House driveway.
  • August construction spending up 1.4%

    10/03/2011 10:05:59 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.3.11 | Ruth Mantell
    Outlays for U.S. construction projects rose 1.4% in August on public and private spending gains...Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected overall construction spending to decline 0.3%
  • Construction of new U.S. homes falls 5% (Housing starts)

    09/20/2011 6:22:13 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 15 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.20..11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Builders started construction on fewer new homes in August, government data showed Tuesday, underscoring how the depressed U.S. real estate market shows little sign of recovering. Housing starts fell 5% to an annual rate of 571,000 last month, compared with a downwardly revised 601,000 in July, the Commerce Department said. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to fall to 590,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis.
  • Home builder sentiment dips slightly in September

    09/19/2011 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 1 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.19.11 | Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes dipped slightly in September to remain in very low territory, according to an index released Monday. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell by a point to 14, on a seasonally adjusted index where readings above 50 are considered good. The index, which correlates closely with single-family housing starts, has held between 13 and 16 for the last six months.
  • The American working man slowly fades away

    08/28/2011 11:15:43 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 118 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Mike Dorning
  • Vladivostok Teeming with N.Korean Laborers

    08/19/2011 5:09:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/18/11
    Vladivostok Teeming with N.Korean Laborers In the scorching afternoon heat last Thursday, two Asian laborers sat in front of a grocery store near a building site in Vladivostok, Russia, cooling themselves with mugs of draft beer. When asked if they were North Koreans, the men asked, "Are you from South Korea?" One of the laborers, who was in his 40s, then said there were around 50 workers from all over North Korea, including Pyongyang and Nampo, at this particular site alone, and they can be seen at practically every construction site in Vladivostok. The entire Siberian city has turned into...
  • N. Korean Colleges in 'Shutdown,' and Did Not Even Admit Freshman Class

    08/04/2011 8:37:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    RFA ^ | 08/03/11 | Yang Hee-jung
    /begin my excerpts N. Korean Colleges in 'Shutdown,' and Did Not Even Admit Freshman Class Yang Hee-jung, Washington 2011-08-03 Last week, after returning from his visit to N. Korean colleges, a Russian expert on Korean affairs criticized the extended shutdown of colleges in Pyongyang from June this year to April next year in an attempt to build 'Strong and Powerful Nation,' calling it a waste of human resources unheard of even in socialist Russia(Soviet Union?.) Yang Hee-jung reports: Georgy Toloraya, Director of Korean Programs at Russian Academy of Sciences, said that it does not help producing N. Korea's professional talents...
  • N.Korean Students Forced into Construction Labor

    07/26/2011 7:26:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/26/11
    N.Korean Students Forced into Construction Labor Some 100,000 North Korean college students have been press-ganged into construction work. "The regime is trying to finish redevelopment of the Mansudae District in Pyongyang by April next year," a source familiar with North Korean internal affairs said on Monday. "Because it couldn't finish construction before the deadline, the regime ordered colleges in Pyongyang and other major cities last month to close for 10 months and drafted students to construction sites." The regime twice before changed the academic calendar for a "200-day struggle" in 1988 and an "Arirang" mass calisthenics performance in 2008. But...
  • Arizona calls for online donations in bid to build fence along entire border with Mexico

    05/08/2011 11:22:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:55 AM on 9th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not. They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.
  • Federal Government Funds Foreign Education Ministries as Schools Across U.S. Struggle with Budgets

    05/03/2011 9:04:11 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 05/03/2011 | Steve Peacock
    The federal government is stepping up efforts to relieve overcrowding in public schools, and it is merging those efforts with a concomitant infusion of educational technology and equipment—on behalf of the Ministry of Education (MOE), that is, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.