Should I Belong to the HBA?

The local chapter of the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) is an essential cog in the making of a successful home building company. There are many really great reasons for you to join your local HBA. When prospective clients are looking for reliable, competent construction companies, one of their most popular sources of information is the HBA. Each HBA has a list of construction companies that they make available to the client; you get a free referral and the client knows that you are a reputable firm.

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Raised-heel Trusses Save Time and Money

More and more home builders are recognizing the importance of insulation in achieving a good home energy envelope and the improved energy efficiency that home buyers are demanding. With raised-heel trusses, you not only get more space to put insulation, you also get trusses that offer greater curb appeal. Here’s how they can save you time and money.

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Corrections to OSHA Fall Protection Standards

OSHA’s Personal Fall Protection System Standards were released last year, but contained some errors. Corrections took effect in December 2019. Some of the corrections included updating the gate strength of protective equipment like D-rings, carabiners and snaphooks. These items must be proof tested to a minimum tensile load of 3,600 pounds without any damage. Side …

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Construction Employment Numbers Have Gone Up in 226 Metro Areas

Out of the 358 Metro areas analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) between November 2018 and November 2019, 63% registered increases in employment numbers. Thanks to the current labor shortage, most construction companies expect to add workers in 2020, although some fear it will be challenging to fill positions. A recent AGC survey discovered that …

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DOL Technical Assistance Guide for the Construction Industry

The US Department of Labor has updated its Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for the building industry. The guide helps construction managers and owners meet legal requirements and responsibilities for equal employment opportunity. “The Construction Technical Assistance Guide provides comprehensive and clear guidance that will help ensure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination in the construction sector,” …

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9-Foot Trims Increased Popularity

The trend toward more 9-foot ceilings in both single-family and multifamily housing starts is really gaining traction. Surveys shows increased production output in 2011 and 2012 of 9-foot and longer trims with no end in sight to this trend. Read on for more details…

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