Economic Development

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Looking Ahead to 2015: Deck Industry Poised for Growth

Based on current economic trends, deck builders all across the country should... More

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Will The Shutdown Affect The Housing Market?

The effects of the stalemate in Washington will likely grow worse the longer it lasts. More

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Seven Years After Katrina, New Orleans Ninth Ward Still Struggling

When it comes to rebuilding, can New Orleans put the ball in the end zone? More

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Among Coastal States, New York and Massachusetts Lead Economic Rebound

Among Coastal States, New York and Massachusetts Lead Economic Rebound More

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States Adopt 2009 IECC to Qualify for Stimulus Funds

Free download of code available. More

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Generous Tax Breaks Spur Rooftop Solar in New Orleans
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Boulder, Colo., builders get a tax reprieve; jury rejects first FEMA trailer lawsuit; an update on the New London, Conn., eminent domain case; more More

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Energy Tax Credits

Roll over this interactive poster to see the requirements and deadlines for... More

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In the News

Prevailing-wage rules complicate stimulus weatherization work; condo survives... More

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R-19 vs. R-20 Wall Insulation

The federal stimulus plan's energy tax credits for insulation are based on the 2009 IECC, which raises the wall insulation requirement for climate zones 5 and 6 from R-19 to R-20. To meet this requirement, the R-value of the cavity insulation must be at least 3.63 per inch. Does this mean that standard R-19 fiberglass batts used to insulate 2x6 walls would not qualify for the tax credit? How about Icynene, an open-cell spray foam with an R-value of 3.6 per inch? More

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