Today’s home is both wired and networked, not only for convenience and security, but for entertainment, too, as A/V home trends increasingly demonstrate. Contractors who perform home entertainment or automation installations can verify that the market is expanding as the home becomes the entertainment hub of people’s lives. For both the consumer and the contractor tracking the latest A/V home trends, here are some of the directions the industry is heading: Continue reading Top A/V Trends in Homes Across the U.S.
Summer may be a traditionally busy time in the construction industry, but this August turned disappointing for many building professionals. Based in part of positive trends in U.S. construction spending, economists polled by Reuters had predicted a 0.5 percent spending increase for August. Considering July saw a spending uptick of 1.2 percent, the forecast seemed reasonably conservative. Continue reading Spending on Construction Across U.S. Unexpectedly Down in August
A well-stocked construction site is a major advantage for your crews and site managers. Unfortunately, a this kind of site can also be a tempting target for thieves, both inside and outside your organization. Here are some ways of preventing construction site theft that can be effective at reducing losses at all levels. Continue reading Preventing Construction Site Theft Is a Constant Concern
When the economy is sluggish, home remodeling often falls by the wayside in favor of basic maintenance. With the general economy picking up these days, however, there’s been a promising and steady increase in spending on remodeling. Continue reading Home Remodeling Market Remains Busy as U.S. Homeowners Continue Making Improvements
The Tempe construction scene has a new entrant you’ll want to keep an eye on if residential construction is an interest of yours. In early October, the boutique real estate developer OliverMcMillan broke ground on one of the most recent upscale residential developments in Tempe. Continue reading Construction Begins on High-End Apartments in Tempe
After several years of a construction boom, Minneapolis construction projects are being slowed by a cement shortage. Besides increased building across commercial and residential construction sectors, the situation has been exacerbated by the spring floods on the Minnesota and Mississippi in 2014, the construction of the St. Croix River Bridge and the Vikings’ stadium in Minneapolis. Continue reading Cement Shortage Impacts Minneapolis Construction
After the longest and most severe housing recession in history, experts look for a solid single-family home construction rebound in 2015. Consistent job growth, increased demand from household formation and low interest rates all support the expected increase in demand for new detached homes. Continue reading Single-Family Home Construction Projected to Increase in 2015
In line with Apple’s corporate philosophy of creating the smallest environmental footprint possible, their new Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, is being constructed to be a net-zero facility. This term refers to a building that produces its own renewable energy onsite. In addition, Apple strives to meet the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard at the platinum level. Continue reading New Apple Headquarters Aiming to Be Greenest Building on Earth
The privately funded and operated rail service between Fort Lauderdale and Miami broke ground on its Fort Lauderdale station in late October. This project, All Aboard Florida, will have a positive impact on Florida construction and once completed, will benefit the region’s commuters, tourists and the general public. Continue reading Construction of First Station for All Aboard Florida’s Passenger Train Gets Underway
This year’s NAHB International Builder’s Show is taking place January 20-22, 2015 in Las Vegas. The event is the largest annual residential housing construction trade event in the world.