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Weekly Grind: New Materials, Employment Increase, and the Cheapest Way to Build a House?


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Q1 construction spending for 2017 is up 4.9% from same period last year.

Despite the good news, construction spending dipped 0.2% from February to March. If officials enact new infrastructure funding, we could see even higher record levels in the foreseeable future.

Progress: construction employment increased in 228 metro areas. Is one of them yours?

Riverside, California. and Lewiston, Idaho had the largest year-over-year gains. Which areas daw the biggest declines and is your region next?

Slideshow: The views from these construction site portholes across the U.S. are breathtaking. See for yourself...

Bubble Alert: There’s only one thing holding up Canada’s Economy right now…

Federal and provincial governments have taken action to slow down the overheated housing markets around Toronto and Vancouver, but they may want to be careful not to overdo it.

This new material is harder than concrete and is out of this world!

Scientists have created bricks harder than concrete by compressing this specific soil. This could significantly bring down the cost of constructing shelters on Mars. But how about here on earth?

Video: No blueprint could have prepared this man for what he found on the jobsite.

While he was working on the layout of the second floor, measuring and marking where the walls will go, he looked up at the otherwise bare concrete wall and saw…

Riding the uptrend in the residential market? Don’t get too comfortable.

After 10 years of under-building, the home construction industry has turned brisk and is gaining momentum as consumers of various ages desperately seek new places to live.

NYC policymakers are trying to turn around their city’s bad safety reputation.

New York city is undergoing a construction boom. But their biggest hurdle will be passing and implementing legislation that will save lives.

Britain's construction sector fought back in April — but growth remains extremely weak

The UK’s housing sector offered up the best news recovering from last month’s minor blip and building on its strongest performance since the end of last year.

In case you were wondering, here’s how to print a house…

The house Apis Cor built last December cost just over $10,000. By comparison, a three-bedroom, 1,050-square-foot house built by Habitat for Humanity costs roughly $50,000. That’s good savings...

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