January 30, 2009
CNR's Review of Three Unique ConsensusDocs Forms
January 28, 2009
ICC Code Development Process Changes
The International Code Council Board of Directors has revised the Code Development Process after several years of input from membership and industry. This new plan is available for review on our website. Highlights of the plan include:
January 14, 2009
Lumber Demand Forecast To Fall Another 14%
U.S. demand for lumber will drop 14.4% in 2009 from last year to total just 35 billion board feet, the lowest consumption rate since 1982, the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) forecasts.
WWPA based its new forecast , issued Jan. 6, in part...
January 13, 2009
National Gypsum Products Achieve GREENGUARD Certification
January 12, 2009
Layoffs Sweep Architecture Profession as Economy Worsens
In moves that will surprise no one who has followed the barrage of grim economic news, architecture firms across the country are laying off workers at unprecedented levels.
Over the past few months, Perkins Eastman, one of the country’s largest firms,...
January 9, 2009
Two Thirds of Construction Companies Plan Layoffs
An estimated two-thirds of the nation's non-residential construction companies are planning to cut their payrolls, according to new employment and business forecast figures released Thursday by the Associated General Contractors of America. All told,...
January 7, 2009
US Construction Spending Falls Less Than Forecast
Spending on U.S. construction projects fell less than half as much as forecast in November, reflecting gains in commercial and government building that partially cushioned the slump in residential real estate.
The 0.6 percent decline followed a 0.4...
January 5, 2009
ABI Posts Lowest Level Since '95
Business conditions at architecture firms continue to deteriorate, with the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posting its lowest level since the survey began in 1995 for the second month in a row. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity,...
January 2, 2009
Construction Industry Prepares for Brutal 2009
While 2008 was a brutal year for the construction industry, 2009 promises to be even more troublesome. 2008 saw unemployment rates climb as the housing rate slowed; 2009 will bring an even higher rate with loans hared to come by and fewer project starts....
January 1, 2009
US Construction Sector Slashed 82,000 Jobs in November
The U.S. construction sector slashed 82,000 jobs in November, the biggest monthly loss in nearly two years, as financing for many commercial projects dried up because of the financial crisis and homebuilders further scaled back development amid a...