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Skilled Trades Careers On the Rise

The construction labor shortage has been a thorn in the side of site managers for years now. But a new study shows that interest in the trades is starting to increase among high school students. According to a study by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), interest in a career in the trades was …

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NAHB Creates Materials To Help During the Pandemic

Residential construction is a key industry in the push to economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The construction industry is critical to the economic success of local communities,” says Greg Zick from the NAHB. “Home building has positive national economic impacts and generates jobs in industries such as manufacturing and engineering. A healthy economy relies on …

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How the Pandemic Influences Design

Homes have always been designed to meet the needs of occupants, so when those needs change, it’s inevitable that design will follow. Now outdoor living and entertainment spaces are a hot commodity and home offices are in high demand. The home has become the hub for activities that usually took place elsewhere. This means office …

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HVAC Filter Rating Systems

There are three different rating systems for air filters. By far the most popular is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). We’ve included here a look at the other rating systems and what they mean. Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value – MERV When it comes to filter rating systems, MERV is the gold standard. It’s the …

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How COVID-19 Increases Demand for Green Spaces

Having an outdoor space has always been a desirable feature for prospective home owners, but the pandemic has increased demand for homes with yards or green spaces exponentially. One of the reasons for this is that the pandemic has delayed vacation plans for most families, making an outdoor area essential. Having a private outdoor living …

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