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The Sunbelt Builders Show opens today
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The Sunbelt Builders Show™ includes over 225 booths of products and services designed to help builders, remodelers and contractors advance their business and stand out from the competition.
  • See demonstrations that could change your business forever. (Sunbelt Live.)
  • Get insight from respected business leaders.
  • Listen to some of Texas' best musical performers.
  • Attend the Texas Association of Buidlers fall committee and board of directors meetings held in conjunction with the show.
Check out the 2011 Show Guide! With this advance copy, you can plan your Show experience, TAB committee meetings schedule and get the most out of Sunbelt's phenomenal line-up.

Register now. We can't wait to see you in Austin Oct. 20-22.
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Home builder confidence rises four points in October
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Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose four points to 18 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for October. This is the largest one-month gain the index has seen since the home buyer tax credit program helped spur the market in April of 2010. "Builder confidence regained some ground in October due to modest improvements in buyer interest in select markets where economic recovery is starting to take hold and where foreclosure activity has remained comparatively subdued," said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nev. More

Texas housing market still envy of other states
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Audio Brief: AudioBriefU.S. home builders are a little less pessimistic about the struggling housing market, but the state home builders association in Texas has a much more positive view. More


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Come see us at our booth number #630 at the Sun Belt Builders show this coming October here in Austin.
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Number of improving housing markets nearly doubles in October
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The second edition of the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index shows 23 individual housing markets now qualifying as "improving" under the new index's parameters. This is nearly double the 12 housing markets listed in September. More

LCRA settles suit over canceled water deal, approves drought plan
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The Lower Colorado River Authority's board on Wednesday unanimously approved a $30 million settlement to end a lawsuit over a nearly decade-old Central Texas water-sharing deal. In its monthly meeting, the board of directors also went ahead with an unprecedented move indicating the severity of the current drought by approving a curtailment plan that will require municipal and industrial customers such as the City of Austin to cut water use by 20 percent. The plan would be enacted if the current drought is declared the worst-ever in Central Texas, which could happen in the spring. More

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Lt. Gov. Dewhurst issues select interim charges focusing on drought and wildfire preparednes
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Recently, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued select Interim Charges to six Senate Committees and one Subcommittee focusing on the extreme drought conditions and destructive wildfires that have burned across Texas this year. "Texas is currently facing an unprecedented wildfire season compounded by one of the worst droughts in our state's history," said Dewhurst. "The drought has had a devastating and far-reaching impact across the entire state, and the legislature must use all of the resources at our disposal to prepare and respond in the event these severe drought conditions persist." More

More concerns about drought as fall deepens
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Even though temperatures along the upper Texas coast have dropped pleasantly, it's now been 10 days since the blessed deluge that brought the region's best rainfall since September, 2010. Therefore it's worth taking another look at our drought conditions, and where we stand water-wise heading into the winter of 2011-2012. More

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San Marcos City Council approves conservation plan for aquifer, springs
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Years of negotiations came to a head Tuesday as the San Marcos City Council approved a 15-year plan aimed at protecting the Edwards Aquifer, Comal and San Marcos springs, as well as the endangered species that live there. The city is the first of five involved entities slated to approve a habitat conservation plan as part of the federally mandated Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program. "This is a commitment on the part of the city to perform all actions we're supposed to in habitat conservation plan," San Marcos Public Services Director Tom Taggart said. More

Ferris Wheel could be new attraction to downtown Dallas
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The courtyard at Founders Plaza in downtown Dallas has a wide open space dotted by a few trees. But soon a huge Ferris wheel could occupy the space. City leaders are considering putting a 17 story tall Ferris wheel in the space. It will be slightly smaller than the Ferris wheel at the state fair. The designers call it an observation wheel and say it will offer a different kind of ride. More

Green roofs save money, energy but challenge Texas plants
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When contractors talk of green buildings, they mean environmentally friendly and energy saving. Add agricultural experts in the plans, and green also means plants — vibrant ornamental grasses, shrubs and flowers in park-like settings on the roofs of multi-storied office buildings in cities. More
 
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