Month: September 2014

How to Offer Universal Design Techniques to Your Home Building or Remodeling Work

While universal design is frequently used in projects responding to aging-in-place or mobility issues, it’s not a construction technique intended to respond strictly to those factors. In residential construction, universal design is intended to create living spaces that can be used by the most people to the fullest extent possible without the need for additional …

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Metal Roofing Making a Mark as a Durable “Last Roof” Option

A lighter, sturdier and more wind-resistant roofing material is becoming increasingly popular among residential construction professionals and home improvement companies. Metal roofing, a style of roofing material made of lightweight but extremely durable steel or aluminum, is becoming more common in American construction and remodeling projects, according to an article at Remodeling. Traditional Exterior by …

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Silica Dust Standards and Innovative Products Work Together to Keep Workers Safe

With new standards for exposure to silica dust under consideration, new products are already being fielded that improve silica dust safety and reduce the amount of airborne crystalline silica on constructions sites. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new rules that improve silica dust exposure standards by reducing the permissible exposure …

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Meritage Homes Expands Home Building to Southern Region

A Top 10 national homebuilder has expanded its operations to cover the southern region of the United States. Meritage Homes has opened a new South Region office in Atlanta, Georgia. The new regional office will incorporate offices in Nashville, Tennessee, along with operations in Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg area of South Carolina, according to the …

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Homebuilder Confidence on the Rise After the First Six Months of 2014

A major measure of homebuilder confidence shows increased consumer optimism among first-time homeowners and residential home builders in the United States in the latter part of 2014. In July, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment measure — a leading indicator of homebuilder confidence — rose almost 10 percent, to 53 from June’s 49, …

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