Construction

Housing Permits Dip for First Time in a Decade

The slowdown could impact state and city efforts to increase the number of affordable homes.

‘Housing Catalogs’ Make a Comeback

Once popular in the 1950s, pre-approved housing designs are back and helping cities build homes that aesthetically align with existing homes.

Governors Push Faster Construction to Meet Housing Needs

Officials from Oregon to New York are writing budgets that devote millions of dollars toward housing.

Apartment Construction in US Rises to Levels Not Seen Since 1970s

But a new report also predicts a slowdown in the coming year. Meanwhile, single-family homebuilding remains sluggish.

The Places With the Most New Office Construction

Even with Covid, commercial real estate development grew last year. But some metro areas are seeing more activity than others.

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How Government Might Work Up to 3D-Printed Buildings

With some emerging technologies—like large-scale 3D printing and augmented reality—agencies may have to start smaller, according to panelists at a recent conference.

Getting Unsolicited Infrastructure Bids? Here’s What to Look Out For

COMMENTARY | With $1.2 trillion in infrastructure money flowing from Washington, D.C., state and local governments should evaluate their processes for selecting and approving new projects.

Soaring Road Construction Costs Could Nix Some State and Local Projects

Highway and street materials have increased 21% since last year due to hikes in petroleum-based and other products and truck and driver shortages.

CEQA Is an Abomination

COMMENTARY | How California’s signature environmental law got out of control, and how to fix it.

The States Where the Most New Homes Are at Risk of Flooding

A new report warns 17,800 coastal homes built after 2009 will be within the 10-year floodplain by 2050 without any reduction in greenhouse gas pollution.

Child Drowning Rates Drop As Communities Adopt Stricter Building Codes

Drowning rates for children age 14 and younger now about one-third of what they were in the early 1980s.