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  • Major Omaha-area construction projects face a shortage of workers

    03/11/2015 4:28:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | March 9, 2015 | Janice Podsada
    Some are calling it one of the biggest construction projects in the country right now — the $400 million expansion of Google’s data center operations in Council Bluffs, a massive undertaking involving roughly 2,000 construction workers with no deadline announced. “We don’t how long it’s going to be going on, we just know that they’re continuing to build,” said Bob Mundt, president and chief executive of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007, Google has invested more than $1.5 billion in its facilities in the Lake Manawa area and now at a 975-acre site opposite the MidAmerican energy...
  • United States set to feel more pain resulting from illegal immigration

    03/10/2015 8:08:01 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 41 replies ^ | Mar 10, 2015 | By Melody Dareing
    Illegal immigration has long plagued American craftsman and has far-reaching implications that communities and federal, state and local governments have yet to realize, according to those who have worked in the construction industry. “If you wait 20 years, you’re going to see what happens to all of these houses and buildings,” said Kevin Larsen, a veteran brick mason with 33 years of experience. Larsen left his trade several years ago and now works at a railroad yard. He applauds the federal judge’s Feb. 16 decision to halt President Barack Obama’s executive order that protects as many as five million immigrants...
  • An economic riddle: Where are all the construction workers?

    02/28/2015 10:57:18 AM PST · by posterchild · 48 replies ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | Michael Santoli
    The housing bust and Great Recession might have scared a generation of would-be construction workers away from the building trades. That’s the strong suggestion of some new research by the Federal Reserve, which explored why shortages of construction workers are emerging even as large numbers of people who seem good candidates for that type of work remain under-employed. A working paper by Fed economist Andrew Paciorek notes that construction employment growth has badly lagged the recovery in the labor market as a whole.
  • A Room-Sized 3D Printer Will Make Freeform Concrete Design Easy

    02/28/2015 12:24:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jamie Condliffie
    Concrete is an amazing building material: cheap to create, strong when used correctly, and hard-wearing, too. But turning it into exotic and shapely forms can be prohibitively complex and expensive. Now, a 3D printer capable of producing one-off moulds as large as a phone booth could help turn architectural dreamw into affordable reality. The Engineer reports that a collaboration between 3Dealise, a 3D engineering company, and Bruil, a construction company, has spawned the new device. The pair claim that the machine—pictured below—can "create irregularly curved surfaces, lightweight half-open mesh or honeycomb structures, and even ornamental craftwork." The printer is used...
  • Forget Pizza Delivery: How Drones in Construction and Agriculture Help Save Time and Money

    02/24/2015 1:49:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Autodesk ^ | February 12, 2015 | Jeff Walsh
    When people discuss business uses for drones, they tend to jump to the novelty end of the consumer market—from the drone hobbyist with a GoPro camera to a complete overhaul of delivery services. “In the press, you always hear that Amazon will deliver a book, or pizzas will come to your house,” says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president at Autodesk, during a recent discussion on drones at Gigaom Structure Connect. “That is a cute thing to talk about, but the real action is in B2B industrial applications. That is where we’re watching the democratization of a broad use of drones...
  • Sarah Palin TV Show Goes Maverick over Massive Automated Home

    02/18/2015 12:01:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Consumer Electronics Pro ^ | February 17, 2015 | Jason Knott
    Sound Concepts installs the largest Elan g! system ever in 43,000-square-foot home featured in 'Amazing America with Sarah Palin' and 'Clash of the Ozarks' cable TV shows. Home amenities include a tanning room, golf simulator and deer processing plant. How do you get your home or technology installation featured on national television? Make it enormous, make it impressive and create an original house that blows people away. Having recently appeared on both Discovery Channel’s “Clash of the Ozarks” and Sportsman Channel’s “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” this Arkansas residence has many unique and luxurious features, including the largest ELAN g!...
  • Houses hot off the 3D printer

    02/14/2015 4:46:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! Homes ^ | February 11, 2015 | Ilyce R. Glink
    Robotic building by Contour Crafting won the grand prize in a NASA magazine's Create the Future contest.In the not-too-distant future, building a new home may be as simple as printing it out. The process of wielding 3D printers to make homes is in its infancy today, but someday soon you may look out your window at a large-scale printer, swiftly spitting out a whole home under the instruction of just one operator. "Generally, they'll be much cheaper, much faster, much safer and with much nicer architectural features [than traditional homes]," says Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, creator of and lead researcher for...
  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 5:58:17 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-22-1015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 01/21/2015 While Crude Oil and Dr. Copper are often cited as economic indicators, as @Not_Jim_Cramer notes, in fact Lumber prices are the most correlated with ISM and GDP of all industrial commodities. That is a problem. Lumber prices are tumbling and are breaking the 6-year up-trend that has 'proved' the recovery. With no CCFD manipulation and less financialization than crude, perhaps Lumber is the real canary in the economic collapse coalmine... Lumber is the most correlated to ISM and GDP of all the industrial commodities... and that is not good for the US economy...
  • World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China

    01/21/2015 6:45:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNet ^ | January 20, 2015 | Michelle Starr
    A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground construction and industrial waste, such as glass and tailings, around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a special hardening agent. Now, WinSun has further demonstrated the efficacy of...
  • Reports: Obama Mulling Sanctions on Israel

    12/04/2014 5:07:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/4/14 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem. The classified meetings were reportedly held several weeks ago and included officials from both the State Department and White House, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, which first reported on the meetings. The possibility...
  • Obama: US infrastructure ‘embarrassing’

    12/04/2014 7:40:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told corporate leaders Wednesday he was embarrassed by U.S. infrastructure that was "falling behind" countries like China who spent aggressively on construction projects. "I’d much rather have our problems than China’s problems. That I’m confident about. On the other hand, the one thing I will say is if they need to build some stuff, they can build it," the president said during a Q-and-A with members of the Business Roundtable. "And over time, that wears away our advantage competitively. It’s embarrassing. You know, you drive down the roads and you look at what they’re able to do." The...
  • Washington Stresses 'Consistent Opposition' to Construction

    11/19/2014 11:51:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    In what has become somewhat routine, the United States on Wednesday condemned Israel’s latest approval of construction in Jerusalem. According to Reuters, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke stressed Washington's "clear and consistent opposition to construction activity in East Jerusalem." "During this sensitive time in Jerusalem, we would see such activity as inconsistent with the goal of lower tensions and seeking a path toward peace," he added. The latest criticism from Washington was made after the Jerusalem municipality approved the construction of 78 new homes for Jews in Jerusalem. Municipal spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said 50 homes will be built in Har...
  • Psaki: Jerusalem Construction 'Exacerbates' Violence

    11/12/2014 3:40:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/14
    The United States Wednesday sharply condemned Israeli plans to build 200 new Jewish homes in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood, according to AFP, warning such moves would only "exacerbate" spiraling tensions in the city. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also denounced the alleged torching of a mosque blamed on suspected Jewish extremists calling it a "hateful and provocative" act and urging officials to investigate. "We are deeply concerned by this decision, particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem, as well as the unequivocal and unanimous position of the United States and others in the international community opposing such construction in east Jerusalem,"...
  • Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing man at construction site

    11/04/2014 5:37:32 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 04, 2014 |
    A man delivering drywall to a New Jersey construction site was killed Monday when a tape measure fell 50 stories, striking him on the head, authorities said. The 1-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground, according to Carly Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Jersey City's Department of Public Safety. It then ricocheted and struck Gary Anderson, 58, who had just stopped to speak with another worker who was in a pickup truck just before 9 a.m. in the city's downtown section....
  • First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More

    08/23/2014 2:35:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    3D blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO,, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    Building site of the first ever 3D printed estate in Gardiner, New York. New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico DiniÂ’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints. We have covered a lot of news concerning the 3D printing of houses, over the course of the last year or so. Whether...
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: •Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Reid blasts House on immigration bill one year since its passage

    06/26/2014 7:05:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday marked the anniversary of the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate and slammed the House for doing nothing on the issue. “Today marks the 365th day that the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has sat on their hands refusing to fix our broken immigration system,” Reid said on the floor. “The Senate was able to pass immigration reform 52 weeks ago because both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate understood the urgent need to mend our nation’s immigration laws.”
  • Unintended Consequences: Fly-Ash Shortage (Vanity)

    06/15/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 20 replies
    6/15/2014 | BwanaNdege
    I went to two different local concrete ready-mix plants on Friday, looking to get a small quantity (two buckets) of fly-ash for an R&D project. Both places mentioned the shortage of fly ash.
  • Big new project on I-95 in Baltimore

    05/30/2014 12:56:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Robert Thomson
    Drivers traveling into or through Baltimore on Interstate 95 are going to encounter a construction project that will replace the highway’s concrete deck along the 4.4 miles between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Exit 50 at Caton Avenue. Nothing like this has happened since the tunnel opened in 1985. If your summer vacation drives take you through Baltimore, if you plan to see the Orioles or Ravens, or will be visiting the Inner Harbor, Fells Point or Fort McHenry, you will want to be aware of this work, which is scheduled to end in 2016. The Maryland Transportation Authority project...
  • California: CEOs Rate It Worst U.S. Business Climate For 8 Years Running

    03/21/2014 7:02:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/21/2014 | Carson Bruno
    California's economy continues to experience a tepid recovery since the Great Recession. One reason why: according to CEO Magazine, California has had the worst business climate in the nation for the last eight years, due in no small part to policies out of Sacramento.Any economic growth in the Golden State is largely driven from the continued tech boom in Silicon Valley - although even it may not be immune to California's poor business climate. Depending on how one categorizes "small businesses"- typically, either fewer than either 50 or 100 employees - as of the 3rd quarter of 2012, between 96%...
  • California Republican lawmakers call for immigration reform

    09/12/2013 5:57:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A group of Republican California lawmakers are breaking with their party's skepticism over immigration reform and asking the U.S. Congress to give immigrants a path to citizenship to help their state's heavy dependence on migrant labor for agriculture and construction. Flanked by representatives of the state's agricultural, construction and restaurant industries, 16 Republican state senators and assembly members joined a national push to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • 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 · 44 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 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...

    12/11/2012 6:49:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 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’...