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Fact or fiction? The biggest green building myths uncovered
PBA
Many consumers are under the impression that green building is "more expensive," it's not as beneficial to the environment as marketing makes it seem, or it's "just a fad." The following reasons are just a few points of proof that green building is here to stay.
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Home design trends for 2015 and beyond
PBA
The National Association of Home Builders recently announced the winners of the Best in American Living Awards — a prestigious awards program that spotlights design excellence for the entire residential building industry. Award recipients are lauded as the most creative and inventive builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers in the nation.
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US housing starts rise below expectations; permits fall
CNBC
U.S. housing starts rose far less than expected in March and permits recorded their biggest drop since last May, which could raise concerns about the economy's ability to bounce back from a soft patch hit in the first quarter.
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Living in ships' shadows may be reality
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Have you ever dreamed of living seaside at the Navy Yard, the vast onetime shipbuilding hub that's emerged as a hip urban office campus? Soon, you may be able to rent homes in the shadow of mothballed naval ships. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. is actively negotiating deed restrictions with the U.S. Navy to build housing at Philadelphia's Navy Yard for the first time.
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Tips and apps to assure your employees' safety and health
Entrepreneur
Occupational health and safety: There's an app for that. It's always a good time to assess what you are doing to help protect the safety and health of your employees. Not only is protecting your employees from injuries the right thing to do, the cost of workplace injuries is very high in lost productivity, workers' compensation claims and more.
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5 ways to avoid costly communication inefficiencies on the job site
Construction Global
Blueprints are key to keeping everyone on the same page during a construction project. Unfortunately, the same planning is not put into crafting a solid job site communication plan, even though it is just as important. Poor communication can lead to a lack of coordination between general contractors and subcontractors, confusion about how projects should progress and dangerous situations when safety issues arise.
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It pays to scan your contracts for lien subordination clauses
By Nate Budde
Lien waivers have an important place in the construction payment process. The parties in charge, or "at the top," of a project — the property owner, lender, construction manager or general contractor — are highly motivated to make sure the project proceeds free of any lien claims. Despite the importance of avoiding lien claims, keeping a project free and clear of mechanics liens is actually quite challenging.
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3 challenges small business owners face
Small Business Trends
Small business owners wear many hats and make many decisions each day. Most of these decisions are small and they have minor impacts. Some, however, are common to most small businesses and can have major impacts.
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Survey: 31 percent of contractors will move project management to the cloud
On Center Software via For Construction Pros
On Center's Software's 2015 Construction Industry Survey found significant activity surrounding movement to cloud technologies, with integration, collaboration, communication and error reduction cited as critical drivers. Fully 31 percent of respondents indicated that they were planning on moving takeoff, estimating and project management processes to the cloud within the next 1 to 2 years.
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