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NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending rose 2.7% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $658.1 billion.

Caulks and sealants manufacturer DAP Products has introduced a new drywall repair product that allows contractors and remodelers to patch holes in minutes without spackle, sanding, or tools.

LP Building Solutions (LP), a leading manufacturer of high-performance building products, announced today that LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier is now an APA Structural I Rated wall and roof sheathing.

One big winner on election day was a dramatic expansion of the legal use of marijuana, which was granted by the voters in five states.

With COVID-19 surging out of control across the country, and daily death tolls approaching the highest numbers since the spring, many contractors are bracing for more government-mandated work stoppages on construction sites, similar to those ordered in the initial weeks of the pandemic. 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager to help employers understand which standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections.

Lost-time injuries and illnesses resulting from “environmental cold” spiked nearly 142% in 2018 – soaring to 290 cases from 120 the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In a recent edition of Safe + Sound Partnership News, OSHA turned a spotlight on the collaboration with NFC to create Toolbox Talks and posters on extension ladders, nail guns, step ladders, and distractions in both English and Spanish for Safe + Sound Week 2020.

Experts from the offsite construction and components market said the labor market could get even tighter in the next several years.

A trend of higher demand for housing in lower-density areas reported in the second quarter National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) has persisted into the fall, as single-family and multifamily construction continued to overperform in lower cost markets like suburbs and exurbs.