Housing & Construction

What do skilled labor shortage and the reemergence of the housing market have in common? Together, they’ve perpetuated the need for higher-quality building standards.

Overall, 82 percent of wearable device users reported a positive impact on safety, as did 76 percent of laser scanning users and 70 percent of drone users.

The following infographic demonstrates why the right PPE is important when it comes to making sure workers go home safe every day, which is exactly the mission of the National Framers Council.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for a reminder that an effective safety culture is “about the heart, not the fist.” Wise words from NFC President and Safety Committee Chair Ken Shifflett of Ace Carpentry in Masassas, Virginia.

Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture has unveiled plans for a massive timber office complex on the waterfront of Newark, New Jersey, which is expected to be the largest of its kind in the USA.

The overall trend for open construction jobs has been increasing since the end of the Great Recession. This is consistent with survey data indicating that access to labor remains a top business challenge for builders.

To save money, Oden Hughes said it plans to build the complex using primarily light-gauge steel instead of lumber, with BlackSwan Steel fabricating about 80 percent of the framing for the four-story apartment buildings at its Houston facility and then trucking it to Austin.

A new hinged roof connector by Simpson Strong-Tie makes it easier for modular builders to construct stick-frame roofs in the factory that will fold flat during shipping. Accompanying the launch of this new product, Simpson Strong-Tie has also released its new Connectors & Fasteners for Modular Building catalog.

Atlas Engineered Products Ltd., a leading supplier of trusses and engineered wood products, yesterday reported its financial results for the second quarter ended November 30, 2017 (all amounts in are in Canadian dollars).

HUD announced on Thursday that it is launching a “wholesale review” of its manufactured housing rules as part of a “broader effort to identify regulations that may be ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly given the critical need for affordable housing.”