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Builder optimism bounces in May after 4 month slide

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about their sales prospects, reflecting strong demand for newly built homes with existing homes in short supply. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released May 15 rose two points to ...

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A construction efficiency success story (access required)

Construction is not a game of inches – not by a long shot. Rather it’s more like a contest to see who can whittle their tolerances down to the nearest millimeter or less. At least that’s the intent of Portland, ...

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California moves to require solar panels on all new homes

Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on May 9 moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020. The new building standard — unanimously approved by the five-member California ...

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Utility commission OKs new rate class for solar power users

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a plan to move Idaho Power customers who generate their own solar electricity to a new rate class. The regulatory commission also on May 9 ordered Idaho Power to study those ...

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