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Star Awards winners announced
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See who won! Star Awards finalists and winners will be celebrated during the Sunbelt Builders Show™ in Austin Oct. 20-22 and the Grand Awards winners will be announced and awarded at the Texas Housing Hall of Honor & Excellence in Leadership Dinner on Oct. 22. A BIG thank you to StrucSure Home Warranty and Exclusive Windows and Doors of Austin for partnering with the Star Awards. More

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Rebuilding after the wildfires
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The Texas Association of Builders wants to express their heartfelt sympathies to anyone who has suffered a loss as a result of the devastating wildfires that are ravaging our state. To assist in this trying time, the following information may be helpful.

Housing starts drop in August, building permits rise
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Housing starts fell 5 percent in August from July as fewer apartments were started and Hurricane Irene halted some construction, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. But in a hopeful sign, building permits for future construction rose 3.2 percent from July, and 7.8 percent above August 2010. Commerce says builders began work on a seasonally adjusted 571,000 homes last month. That's less than half the 1.2 million economists say is consistent with healthy housing markets. More

The Sunbelt Builders Show™ approaches
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No other event in the Southwest offers the level of world-class speakers and the exposure to new products and services you'll get at the Sunbelt Builders Show™ in Austin Oct. 20-22, 2011.

Registration includes admittance to the exhibits all THREE days. For a complete list of events, including the Texas Association of Builders' fall board meetings which will be held in conjunction with the Show, visit

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Court considers forcing EPA to clean air in Texas
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An environmental group has submitted for federal court approval a consent decree that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce clean air laws in Texas by the end of the year. If the Sierra Club's filing is approved by a U.S. district judge, the EPA will have to ensure Texas is complying with laws from 1997 regarding ozone and particulate matter pollution. More

Dallas developers responding to booming senior housing Demand
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"It's clear that there is a booming market for senior housing and health care in San Antonio — and across Texas — due to an aging population and the growing migration of retirees to our state," said Craig W. Spaulding, founder of South Bay Partners, in a statement. "We see a need for communities dedicated solely to memory care — primarily for Alzheimer's patients." More

Effort on home loans stalls
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The slowdown in the foreclosure process means banks are taking back fewer homes for now, leaving them with fewer to sell. That is seen as good for the economy in the short run because it has shrunk the supply of distressed houses, condominiums and other properties flooding the housing market. Banks held about 493,000 properties at the end of June, according to Barclays Capital, down 17 percent since September. But delays in the foreclosure process also mean it is taking longer for foreclosed homes to be sold to new buyers and cleared out of the housing market. More

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Home builders more negative on housing market
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U.S. homebuilders' outlook worsened in September, as foreclosures and anxious buyers hurt construction and sales activity. The National Association of Home Builders said Monday that its index of builder sentiment in September fell to 14 from 15. The index has been below 20 for all but one month during the past two years. Any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the housing market. It hasn't reached 50 since April 2006, the peak of the housing boom. More

Signs of hope for the housing market
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Although high levels of foreclosures, unemployment and household debt are still hurting home prices, there are indications the worst of the downturn is close to over, according to GMO, the Boston-based asset manager led by legendary investor Jeremy Grantham. More

Home prices, appraisal values in step
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Housing market prices and appraisal values seem to be in close step with each other in San Angelo, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and real estate agents around San Angelo, but that hasn't prevented problems and confusion. More than 1,000 property owners in Tom Green County filed protests against their appraisals this year. More

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China helps, but solar prices sink slowly in the West
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The price of solar panels has plunged in recent years. But the price of a complete home solar system hasn't kept pace. New factories in China have flooded the market with solar modules, driving down panel prices by about 40 percent. The cost of installing a residential solar system for Texas homeowners, however, has fallen less than 17 percent since early 2009, said Steve Wiese, owner of Austin-based Clean Energy Associates, a renewable energy consulting firm. More

OSHA fall protection update
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Under 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13), workers engaged in residential construction six feet or more above lower levels must be protected by conventional fall protection (i.e., guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems) or other fall protection measures allowed elsewhere in 1926.501(b). However, if an employer can demonstrate that such fall protection is infeasible or presents a greater hazard, it may implement a fall protection plan meeting the requirements of 1926.502(k). The fall protection plan's alternative measures must utilize safe work practices that eliminate or reduce the possibility of a fall. More

Texas Water Utility plans for drought worse than 1950s
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Fearing that this drought could reduce lake levels lower than ever before, the board of the Lower Colorado River Authority, the wholesale supplier of water to Austin and other Central Texas cities, plans to meet to discuss reducing or ending its water sales to downriver farmers next year. "These are unprecedented conditions," said the agency's general manager, Becky Motal. She added, "If the dry weather continues, we will reach levels that we have not reached before in previous droughts." More
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