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Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate Cost of Construction 13 Percent

A study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13.12 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates.
NYU Furman Center

NYU Furman Center Launches FloodzoneData.us

WASHINGTON, D.C. –- (RealEstateRama) -- The NYU Furman Center announced the launch of FloodzoneData.us, an online data tool describing the people and housing located...
USDA

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Support the Development of Rural Community Facilities

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities program.
MBA

Refi Apps Up, Purchase Apps Slightly Down in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 4.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 19, 2017.
AWEA

Xcel Energy CEO: Wind energy saves customers billions while maintaining the grid’s reliability

One of the nation’s leading utilities integrating wind energy onto its system reaffirmed on the second day of WINDPOWER 2017 that wind helps sustain grid reliability while saving its consumers money. Addressing over 7,000 attendees, Xcel Energy’s CEO Ben Fowke recommitted the utility’s investment in wind energy as a low-cost way to help keep the lights on for millions of its customers across eight states.

House Approves Bill to Eliminate Clean Water Act Pesticide Protections

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today that would eliminate critical Clean Water Act safeguards, allowing more pesticides to be sprayed directly into streams, lakes, rivers and drinking water supplies
AWWA

AWWA and U.S. Commercial Service lead water trade mission to Peru

The American Water Works Association (AWWA), headquartered in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service announced today that they are currently leading a delegation of 13 water companies to Peru May 21-24.
Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $72 Million for Innovative Research and Development by Small...

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 73 grants totaling $72 million to 68 small businesses in 24 states. Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development. Small businesses that demonstrated technical feasibility for innovations during their Phase I grants competed for funding for prototype or processes development during Phase II. In addition, prior Phase II awardees competed for sequential Phase II awards to continue prototype and process development. The median Phase II award is $1 million for a period of two years.
Lane Hornung-zavvie

Startup zavvie helps Colorado homeowners find the “savvy” real estate agents

To characterize Molly and Michael Rowells as experienced home sellers is an understatement, considering that collectively, they've moved more than a dozen times. The couple has four children and both are retired U.S. military veterans.

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposes Investments in Infrastructure, Security and Government Efficiency

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator Timothy Horne announced critical investments that are a part of the President’s fiscal year 2018 budget request. The $10.5 billion budget proposed for the agency focuses on ensuring efficient and effective operations supporting Americans with improvements in real estate, security and information technology systems.
HUD

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES 2018 HUD BUDGET

The Trump Administration today announced the proposed 2018 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to support HUD’s critical functions that provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable households and to help work-eligible families achieve self-sufficiency. The President’s 2018 Budget continues to provide rental assistance for 4.5 million households while recognizing a greater role for State and local governments, and the private sector, to address community and economic development needs.
HUD

HUD AND CENSUS BUREAU REPORT NEW RESIDENTIAL SALES IN APRIL 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for April 2017
NLIHC

Alliance To Save Energy Calls For Congress To Reject Budget Proposal

The Trump administration's draconian cuts to energy efficiency programs in the budget proposal released Tuesday would undermine America’s global competitiveness while costing consumers and businesses billions of dollars, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said
NLIHC

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released statements on Friday, May 19 and on Monday, May 22, noting the cruelty of President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget to millions of low income seniors, people with disabilities, low-wage workers, families with children, veterans, and other vulnerable people who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
DHCD

Two DHCD Properties Will Be Transformed Into 40 Affordable Townhomes in Wards 7 and...

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announces it has awarded two District-owned properties to two local development companies for the construction of 40 new townhomes, capable of housing over 100 residents, located in Wards 7 and 8.
Habitat

Habitat for Humanity statement on White House fiscal year 2018 budget

The White House today released its full fiscal year 2018 budget request, which proposes to eliminate funding for programs that further Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to address the affordable housing crisis across the United States. Proposed cuts include the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program,or SHOP, the Community Development Block Grant, the HOME Investment Partnership Program and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
USGBC

Study Documents Major Job Growth from Energy-Saving Tax Incentive

As many as 77,000 new design and construction jobs would be created annually over 10 years—along with almost $7.4 billion more in annual GDP—if Congress and the administration continue an important energy efficiency tax policy, according to an economic impact study released today
SEIA

SEIA Statement on ITC’s Decision to Consider Suniva’s Petition

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today's decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding Suniva's Section 201 filing
SEIA

SEIA Statement on Pres. Trump’s Budget Proposal

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the buget proposal released today by President Trump
NAHB

New Home Sales Slip in April After Strong Start to Year

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in April dropped for the first time in 2017, falling 11.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales numbers for the first three months of the year were all upwardly revised, and the March sales pace was the highest since October 2007
AWEA

Industry asserts ‘brand new attitude’ at WINDPOWER 2017

U.S. wind industry leaders and the leader of the California Senate described the mounting economic benefits of increased wind power as thousands arrived in Anaheim for the American Wind Energy Association’s annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition.

HOUSTON NEW HOME SALES ARE UP, DAYS ON MARKET REMAINS UNCHANGED

New home sales in the Houston area are up nearly 12% in the last 12 months, as the pace of new home sales in Houston remained relatively flat in April, according to the HomesUSA.com New Homes Sales Index released today. The number of Days on Market for new homes sold in Houston was stable in April, indicating a continued steady new home sales pace.
Dueker, Scott

CONIFER WELCOMES NEW DEVELOPMENT DESIGN DIRECTOR

Conifer Realty, LLC announced that Scott Dueker has joined the Company to further develop their growing portfolio. Scott Dueker is joining the Development Team with over 20 years of architecture experience
AWWA

AWWA testifies on potential improvements to Safe Drinking Water Act

In a U.S. House subcommittee hearing today, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified that updates to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) are overdue and necessary to assist communities with water infrastructure and compliance challenges.
EPA

EPA Awards Multi-Million Dollar Grant to North Carolina to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $2,652,592 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to help protect human health and the environment. The amount is part of a Clean Water Act Section 106 grant, which is given to states to implement environmental programs. The grant will go toward NCDEQ’s administration of environmental management programs that monitor and control water pollution
AWEA

Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy elected to chair AWEA board as WINDPOWER 2017...

The Board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) elected Tristan Grimbert of EDF Renewable Energy its chair today as thousands of developers, manufacturers, and suppliers headed to the largest gathering of the wind energy industry in the Western Hemisphere.
HUD

HUD REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA LANDLORDS ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HISPANIC FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it reached an agreement with the owner and manager of a California apartment complex, resolving allegations they discriminated against tenants because of their national origin and familial status. Two related complaints filed with HUD alleged that the manager of the Four Palms Apartments in Mountain View, California, made discriminatory statements about Latino residents and prohibited their children from playing outside.
NBI

International Living Future Institute and New Buildings Institute Partner to Accelerate the Zero Energy...

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) today announced a partnership that will streamline and strengthen the tracking and certification of zero energy (ZE) buildings in order to drive broader market adoption, codification and standardization of ZE technologies in everyday buildings.
NAIOP

Spotlight Your CRE Achievements: 2017 Developing Leaders Awar

pplications are being accepted for NAIOP’s 2017 Developing Leaders Award. This prestigious annual award honors up-and-coming commercial real estate professionals, 35 years old and under, for their valued contributions and commitment to the industry. Don't miss out on this tremendous leadership honor and networking experience.
Glenlake

One Glenlake in Central Perimeter is pleased to announce

Cotiviti has leased 66,100 RSF on the 12th, 13th and 14th floors thanks to Joe Terrell with Highgate Partners. Clark, Richardson and Biskup Consulting Engineers has leased 12,931 RSF on the 6th floor thanks to Paul Hanna with JLL

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ABC National

Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate Cost of Construction 13 Percent

A study released today by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13.12 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates.

Editors’ Picks

Norton Reelected as Top Democrat on Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was elected by her fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to return as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. As Ranking Member last Congress, Norton was one of the “Big Four” House Transportation Committee leaders who negotiated the first long-term surface transportation bill in a decade, and successfully ensured that key Democratic priorities made it into the final, bipartisan bill.