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  • Congress Rolls Back Flood Insurance Hikes

    President Obama has signed a measure that reins in steep hikes in flood insurance under the federally-backed National Flood Insurance Program.

     
  • Have Job, Will Travel

    Unless an employee is driving to or from home, he needs to be paid for travel time.

     
  • Personal Dashboard (Subscriber content)

    Setting up a single screen with your calendar, email, and links to your favorite websites can save you hours of surfing.

     
  • Working With Roxul Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

     
  • Dropbox for Business provides a central administrative console where you can manage members. Members can add and edit, but they cant permanently delete files in the companys Dropbox. The administrator always has tools to recover damaged or deleted files.

    Bring Your Own Device (Subscriber content)

    BYOD is nothing new, but the potential effects on businesses are changing fast. Learn more about this trend that favors the smartphone over traditional hardware on the job site.

     
  • Raise, Don't Raze, the House

    As work heats up along U.S. coastlines to meet new flood elevations,contractors are jumping in to get new work elevating houses. Reports of dropped houses abound, but one Long Island builder has figured out how to do it right.

     
  • Mafell Erika Pull-Push Saw

    Powering an 8 7/8-inch Mafell blade, the Erika can rip like a table saw and crosscut like a sliding compound-miter saw.

     
  • New Controversy Over New York Scaffold Law

    New York State’s century-old “Scaffold Law” is back in the news, with opponents mounting a new effort to reform the safety rule.

     
  • Oklahoma High Court Upholds Workers Comp Reform

    Oklahoma’s top court will allow workers comp reform to stand — for now.

     
  • Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

    Buried and Encapsulated Ducts (Subscriber content)

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls (Subscriber content)

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Belfast, Maine, Cohousing Units (Subscriber content)

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Maine Single-Family Home (Subscriber content)

    The wall system shown here is an improved version of the system I used for the house I built in Knox, Maine, in 2011.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - "Avalon" a Connecticut Farmhouse (Subscriber content)

    Our wall example is part of a zero-energy single-family house built for the tenant farmer of an organic farm in rural Connecticut.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Norwich, Vermont Single-Family Home (Subscriber content)

    Our challenge was to realize the owners distinctive artistic vision for their home, along with their very ambitious energy-efficiency goals, while also working within the hard limits of the budget.

     
  • Undocumented Workers Ruled Eligible For Workers Comp Benefits In Iowa

    Illegal immigrants injured on the job qualify for workers comp, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled.

     
  • Undocumented Workers Ruled Eligible For Workers Comp Benefits In Iowa

    Illegal immigrants injured on the job qualify for workers comp, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled.

     
  • Snow Hill, NC, April 19, 2011 -- Jim Sadler, FEMA surveys the Genesis Subdivision  during a preliminary damage assessment in Snow Hill, North Carolina following the severe storms and deadly tornadoes of April 16, 2011. David Fine/FEMA

    Getting Started as an Insurance Adjuster (Subscriber content)

    When a hurricane or other natural disaster strikes, CAT-adjusters go to work, assessing damage for insurance companies. Contractors looking for a job that takes their stiff joints and aching back off the jobsite might consider using their experience in construction as a licensed adjuster.

     
  • To use your own data to find hrs/BF or hrs/SF, divide average hours used for each framing task by total SF or BF of materials used. (BF = thickness x width [in inches] x length [in feet]  12). This table shows figures for tasks associated with framing and sheathing a typical exterior wall.

    How to Calculate Unit Prices for Labor (Subscriber content)

    While unit prices for labor are available from a number of sources, the best source is a company's own job history. This article uses an example of framing an exterior wall to show how to use that data to calculate unit costs for labor based on material quantities.

     
  • Dallas Implements Green Building Code

    Starting October 1, new homes in Dallas, Texas must be “certifiable” under LEED guidelines or meet equivalent city standards.

     
 
 
 
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