Residential Construction

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OSHA sends roofers a firm message on violating safety measures

Concurrent with the expiration of OSHA's temporary enforcement measures, the agency has cracked down hard on roofing safety violations, levying costly citations and fines to roofers across the country. More

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Cool roofs become a roofing hot button

A recent article in the popular press takes to task the energy-saving claims of cool roofing. Yet it's hard not to see the brazen denouncements of cool roofing put forth here as a ploy to maintain the market for dark-colored single-ply roofing. While it's true the energy savings are limited in cooler climates, the benefits of installing reflective roofing extend beyond energy savings, and only in the very coldest of U.S. cities (e.g. Anchorage, Alaska) should cool roofs be avoided. More

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Prevailing wage controversy roils immigration reform debate

In an effort to create an effective guest-worker program, immigration reform has been linked to prevailing wage laws. Meanwhile, several states have introduced bills to eliminate prevailing wages. A prospect of higher roofing labor rates may be seen as a boon for roofers, or a boondoggle that further dampens a still-struggling marketplace. More

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Science and Building: Fully Integrating Building Science Into Remodeling

CARL SEVILLE: Rather than being an afterthought or sideline to a remodeling project, building science should be integral to every remodel, right from the beginning of the process. More

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Fall Protection Fallout: OSHA's New Directive on Fall Protection

OSHA issues new rules for residential construction employers to follow ó but the language is unclear. More

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Private Residential Construction Slips Back in May
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Home Improvements Drive Rise in Residential Construction Spending in April
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Private Residential Construction Improves in March
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Franchise Program Takes the Guesswork Out of Green Remodeling

Colorado builders rejuvenate their business model thanks to a new franchise system... More

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Residential Construction Spending Up
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