Housing & Construction

As SBCA focuses on the ongoing development of leaders, we will be introducing members of the emerging leaders committee through articles in Industry News and social media posts. Meet Dallas Austin of Big C Lumber in Dowagiac, Michigan.

The volume of residential construction loans increased by 1.2% during the second quarter of 2017, marking 17 consecutive quarters of growth. However, the growth rate for lending since the end of 2016 has slowed.

A Houston custom homebuilder has built several pier-and-beam homes in Houston. All of the homes made it through Harvey untouched by rising floodwaters, except for the ground-level garages

BlueTarp Financial released today its Q2 2017 Building Supply Index. The Q2 2017 index value rose to 131.04 from 119.98 in Q2 2016 the most notable increase to-date.  

The 2016 Survey of Construction shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7.5 months, which usually includes almost a month from authorization to start and another 6.5 months to finish the construction.

MiTek’s DIY Technologies, the market-leading, web-based design software for decks and outdoor living spaces, today announced that more than four million projects have run through the system.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown have reached a deal on a trio housing bills expected to spur new construction across the state and begin digging California out of the current unprecedented housing shortage .

One major problem facing Houston is that the United States is suffering from a shortage of workers generally, and specifically from a shortage of workers with some of the necessary skills to assist in disaster recovery.

According to a recent Federal Register notice, OSHA is seeking to delay by a year its new certification requirements for construction crane operators, which are currently set to go into effect on November 10, 2017.

Homebuilders are moving at a snail's pace to meet this heated demand — they are breaking ground on just 849,000 new single-family homes per year, well below the 2007 rate of 1,036,000.