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Construction Job Growth Shows Housing Leading Recovery

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/09/2014 10:21AM

Construction jobs spiked in January, explaining strong attendance at the 2014 Builders and KBIS Shows. A Feb. 7 report shows 48,000 jobs were created in residential building last month. These cabinetry, flooring, hardware and millwork items from the show reflect that recovery.


Nonresidential Building To Rise 5.8 Percent in 2014

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 02/03/2014 3:40PM

A Consensus Construction Forecast Panel predicts commercial building will rise 5.8% in 2014, led by hotels and retail facilities. The semi-annual forecast from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) predicts 8% growth in 2015.


Marketing Construction Products with Social Media

Posted: 01/27/2014 9:31AM

The infographic highlights the usage and popularity of social media to market wood and other construction products.


Furniture Buying: Who's Spending & How Much?

Posted: 01/27/2014 9:26AM

Furniture Buying: Who's Spending & How Much? An infographic on residential furniture buying trends and the average annual expenditures on furniture by age group.




AIA Architecture Billings Index Infographic Dec. 2013

Posted: 01/26/2014 7:33PM

Inforgraphic: the Architectural Billing Index posted a second consecutive month of contraction in December, through demand for multi-family residential projects continues strongly.


Rising Rents Create Affordability Problems: Harvard Study

Posted: 12/09/2013 11:22AM

"America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs," a new Harvard study, finds that half of U.S. renters pay more than 30 percent or more of their income on rent, up 12 percentage points.


Strong Remodeling Growth Forecast by Harvard LIRA Study

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 01/16/2014 2:34PM

The home remodeling market will reach $144.7 billion in first quarter 2014, according to the Harvard Housing Studies Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). Remodeling totaled $140 billion in the 4th quarter 2013.


What's Made Out of Wood? Shoe Parts and Lots More

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/12/2014 10:59AM

Wooden heels: I thought it would be interesting to learn about how they are manufactured, and who's producing them. And that lead to the list - of the list of lists - of all things wood. Let's add it to the 2014 Wood Industry Almanac channel.


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