The NAHB is a federation of more than 700 state and local associations representing more than 140,000 members. Approximately 33 percent are construction companies in home building and remodeling while the remainder “work in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing and supplying building materials.” Furthermore, NAHB members are responsible for constructing about 80 percent of the new single-family and multifamily homes in the United States each year.Read More
Advances in sustainability are revolutionizing the construction and building materials industries like never before. However, it's not just the firms and workers of these sectors that are or will be affected — all beings can experience an improved standard of living with healthier materials in place and a diminished use of natural resources.
When building materials managers and construction leaders act as ambassadors for the sustainable building movement, they not only decrease the world’s carbon footprint, but they also tap into a highly profitable market. Influencing clients won’t be so difficult once they see – as many others have – that various sources have proven consumers are willing to pay more in the short term for the long term payoff of an energy efficient building. Disclosing energy efficient renovations when listing houses, condos and townhomes on the market is resulting in more units sold at higher prices as well as less time listed, according to new real estate studies.Read More
Subcontractors are a crucial resource to the home building industry. In a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), three-fourths of construction costs in an average single-family home were attributed to subcontractors. Seventy percent of builders surveyed reported using between 11 and 30 subcontractors to complete home construction.Read More
You know that strict safety practices reduce the risk that an accident will ruin you. But safety comes in many forms, and it can have a radical impact upon your bottom line in ways that may not be obvious.Read More
We have proof! The heavy equipment industry’s recovery must be solid because, over the course of last year, recreation and amusement park construction shot up 24%.
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
The construction industry underlies our entire economy the way a concrete foundation supports a building, and as it turns out innovations in concrete – which don’t come along very often – can give us tantalizing insights into the building supply business.
Most successful building materials owners and managers would say that running their business requires a balance of both art and science, especially as we emerge from the recession.
Now that the construction industry has finally regained its footing, heavy equipment dealership owners and managers face the difficult task of trying to foresee what their contractors will need and how they’ll want to pay to for it.
First burning question: At what point does a recreational drone flying underneath FAA regulations morph into a commercial drone fully exposed to the FAA’s wrath?
Answer: The moment you use it to examine a construction site or any other property: “You may not fly a [drone] for commercial purposes by claiming that you’re operating according to the Model Aircraft guidelines.”
Second burning question: Since that makes no sense, to whom can you appeal for an exemption?