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State Farm renews long-time partnership with Habitat for Humanity

High school and college students in New Jersey are helping a family rebuild their home damaged by Hurricane Sandy thanks to a grant from State Farm. Celebrating the success of this project and 35 previously funded projects, State Farm and Habitat for Humanity are pleased to announce a partnership renewal that will continue to engage youth in affordable housing efforts across the country.

Five Reasons to Attend AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference Sept. 2-3

If you’re interested in any aspect of environmental compliance or sustainability on a construction jobsite, this is the conference for you. Learn from industry experts and your peers at AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference on September 2-3 in Arlington, Virginia. It’s only six weeks away, so click here(link is external) to reserve your spot today.

Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference Offers Continuing Education Credits

At AGC of America, we know how important maintaining professional credentials are to those who hold such designations. Therefore, AGC’s Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference will offer opportunities for HR, training and workforce development professionals to earn recertification credits from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). 

Existing-Home Sales Rise in June as Home Prices Surpass July 2006 Peak

Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, while the cumulative effect of rising demand and limited supply helped push the national median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced sales gains in June and have now risen above year-over-year levels for six consecutive months.

Architects Become A Partner In “Every Body Walk” Initiative

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced that it has become a partner in the “Every Body Walk!” initiative, a campaign created by Kaiser Permanente and featuring organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health as co-sponsors.

BEST4 Conference Proceedings Now Available on the BRIK Website

This April, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the Building Enclosure Council-Kansas City hosted the fourthBEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology® (BEST4) in Kansas City, Missouri, to focus on “Performance-Driven Architectural Design.

AIA Homeowner Tips to Prepare for Hurricane and Tornado Season

The American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee recommends the following actions for homeowners to consider and help prepare their residences in case of a natural disaster

AIA Selects Eight Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

PICK-UP PROJECTED IN HOME IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITY MOVING INTO 2016

The extended easing of gains in residential improvement spending is expected to change course by early next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate to 4.0% by the first quarter of 2016.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Aspen Institute Announce Seven Regional Site Teams Selected for ‘Communities that Work Partnership’

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Aspen Institute today announced the selection of seven regional site teams, comprised of leaders in industry, government, education, and workforce and economic development, to participate in the Communities that Work Partnership

Institute, RICS Sign MOU Recognizing Shared Goals to Improve Building Performance

Neil Shah, Managing Director, Americas, for RICS (left) and National Institute of Building Sciences President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA (right), shake hands in Washington, D.C., on July 14, upon signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations to advance and promote the building sciences.

DOE Announces Webinars on Rethinking Building Design, the SunShot Catalyst Prize, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

The Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner (SHOP) Tool: Setting a Path to End Chronic Homelessness Locally

The Obama Administration is committed to ending chronic homelessness nationally in 2017. Achieving this goal nationally is only possible if we achieve it locally. To do so, communities across the country must have enough available permanent supportive housing units to serve people currently experiencing chronic homelessness and to prevent people with disabling conditions from becoming chronically homeless in the future.

Webinar: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration and Homelessness Among Veterans

There is a high prevalence of criminal justice system-involvement among Veterans experiencing homelessness, with some estimates indicating that as many as one-half of all Veterans experiencing homelessness are involved in the justice system. Strategies to end Veteran homelessness must therefore also encompass efforts to address and reduce justice system involvement.

Building on the Legacy of Leadership in Land Use: The Urban Land Institute Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors and Operating Committee, and New Trustees

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) welcomes new members to the ULI Board of Directors and ULI Operating Committee, and new ULI Trustees, all of whom started serving their terms July 1, 2015. The ULI Board of Directors oversees the development of ULI’s business strategy and business plan to guide the advancement of ULI’s mission, which is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide

Carrying on the Tradition of Giving Back: The Urban Land Institute Welcomes New Members to ULI Foundation Board of Directors

The ULI Foundation Board of Directors provides leadership for the Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic source of funding for ULI through major gifts, endowment funds, and ULI Annual Fund contributions to support the Institute’s key programs, activities, and services.

FY-2016 Rental Production Application Workshop

FY 2016 Application Workshop is open to applicants who wish to submit a fiscal year 2016 application for 9% and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME funds or MHDC Fund Balance. We strongly recommend that developers who are interested in submitting a FY 2016 Rental Production Application attend. Registration will be open soon.

Larger, More Accessible Homes Increase in Demand by Homeowners Preparing to Age-In-Place

As the housing market continues its recovery, homeowners are increasingly seeking more square footage while simultaneously looking for more accessibility inside and outside of the home. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015, which focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space.

At Building Innovation 2016, Tracks Facilitate Collaboration to Achieve Resilience

During Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo, January 11-15, 2016, in Washington, D.C., the Institute will engage the entire building community in developing solutions for Achieving a Resilient Future. Through two collaborative tracks, the Conference will examine efforts underway within multiple segments of the industry to facilitate discussions on different facets of the built environment and develop coordinated strategies for resiliency.

National Association of Real Estate Editors Announces 2015 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award Winners

The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) has named the winners of the Eighth Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Competition. The awards recognize excellence in books published in 2014 covering the broad field of real estate.