Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes fell one point to 56 in January from a revised December reading of 57 on the Housing Market Index.
Gains in annual home improvement spending projected for the first half of the year should moderate some to just under 10 percent by the third quarter.
Insulation values are approximately three times the amount of an average home
Outdoor fireplace hidden inside violated local building codes
Coalition pushing insulation for all hot water piping systems in 2015 code updates
Some states levying additional fees for customers with PVs
Changes add green building requirements for home alteration projects
City looking to cut down on urban heat island effect
EPA looking to control small bodies of water; OSHA moving against combustible dust
The average market nationwide is running at 86 percent of normal economic and housing activity, according to the Leading Markets Index.