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  • PA Builders Association Celebrates Professional Women in Building Week

    The Pennsylvania Builders Association’s Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is celebrating Professional Women in Building Week, September 17 – 21, 2018. PWB Week aims to drive awareness of the vast contributions women have made and continue to make every day in the residential […]

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  • PHFA issues RFP for local housing initiatives to request funding

    The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability […]

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  • Emergency Preparedness at Home

    Recent natural disasters in Pennsylvania remind us that our lives can quickly be turned upside down with little warning. September is National Preparedness Month, which makes now a perfect time to prepare your family and household for emergency situations that are most likely to impact our area. […]

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  • Emergency Preparedness at the Construction Site

    Residential construction professionals are constantly reminded of the weather and its effects on their projects. Recent storms and flooding in Pennsylvania remind us that emergency situations can occur anywhere, and thorough preparation is vital to keep worksites safe and workers safer. September […]

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  • PA Code Update Training Sessions

    On May 1, 2018, the PA Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) Review and Advisory Council (RAC) submitted their report to the Department of Labor and Industry adopting the majority of code provisions contained in the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) Model Codes. These new code provisions will take […]

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NAHB Announcements

  • Home Price Growth Slowed in July

    The S&P/Case-Shiller and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released their home price indices for July 2018. National home prices rose at the slowest annual growth rate since June 2014. Moreover, seven metro areas experienced home price declines in July. The Case-Shiller U.S. National […]

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  • Northeast and Midwest Lags in Job Gains in August

    Over the year, total nonfarm employment in July increased by 2.3 million jobs which is a 1.6% increase compared to August 2017. During this time, total nonfarm employment in the Western region increased by 2.4% and the Southern region increased by 2.1%. The Midwest recorded the lowest gains at 1.3% […]

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  • Multifamily Units by Building Size

    The US Census Bureau recently released data on 2017 multifamily unit completions by building type from the Survey of Construction (SOC). In 2017, there was a significant expansion in the construction of units in large multifamily buildings (buildings with 50 or more units): units in these buildings […]

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  • Vinyl and Stucco are the Most Common Siding On New Homes

    The most common exterior wall materials on homes started in 2017 were vinyl and siding. Vinyl siding was used on 27 percent of the new homes started in 2017, followed closely by stucco (25 percent), brick or brick veneer (21 percent), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) […]

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  • Existing Sales Steady

    Existing-home sales were unchanged in August, and are 1.5% below the level a year ago. The first-time buyer share of 31% was down from 32% last month and unchanged from a year ago. The National Association of Realtors reported that 52% of homes sold in August were on the market less than a month. […]

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