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Drones Help With Hurricane Recovery Efforts

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By Kelly McSweeney for Robotics | September 26, 2017  This year’s extraordinary hurricane season marks a milestone for drones, as unmanned aircraft are becoming critical tools for rescue teams. After so much talk about how drones could potentially change ecommerce, infrastructure management, and search & rescue, now we’re actually seeing drones in action. Fleets of drones headed to Texas, Florida, Mexico, and […]

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OSHA Releases Top 10 Violations for 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2017 NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest […]

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6 Homeowner Pitfalls to Avoid Amid Disaster Restoration

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By Gary Thill Look online and you’ll quickly see that when it comes to hurricane restoration work, all the warnings are for homeowners to watch out for unscrupulous contractors. In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, that’s a legitimate concern. But experts says restoration contractors need to be on guard against homeowners as well — […]

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Study Finds Green Home Building Continues to Gain Traction

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September 27, 2017 One third of builders surveyed say green building is a significant share of overall activity, and many have built a net zero home. Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and multifamily home builders, according to new research published in the Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes 2017 SmartMarket Brief. […]

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Wearable Technology Reduces Response Time to Construction Accidents

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A Connecticut tech company has introduced a wearable device that alerts a workplace supervisor when an employee has fallen and needs help. Triax Technologies COO Peter Schermerhorn said the device is designed to be worn on a worker’s belt. It tracks the worker’s location and has an emergency locator button for use in the event of […]

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Harvey Will Hammer Texas’s Already Stretched Building Industry

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Texas’ already tight housing market is going to feel a bigger pinch as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The damage from the storm will add to shortages of labor and push up prices on building materials as Gulf Coast communities recover. Thousands of homes and apartments were either destroyed or damaged as Harvey moved inland […]

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Lowe’s Trails Home Depot in Remodeling Boom

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By Matthew Townsend Lowe’s Cos. has been benefiting from the multiyear rebound in remodeling, though not as much as bigger rival Home Depot Inc. Adjusted earnings were $1.57 a share last quarter, Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s said Wednesday. Analysts estimated $1.62 on average. That sent the shares down 3.7 percent. Home Depot has posted better same-store sales growth than […]

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4 Key Ways Harvey Restoration Differs from Normal Jobs

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By Gary Thill By any measure, the flooding and devastation hurricane Harvey caused in Houston is unprecedented. After the storm dumped up to 50 inches of rain on the nation’s fourth largest city, 30% of Houston is now underwater, thousands have been evacuated and up to 40,000 homes have been destroyed, according to news reports at […]

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Top 5 Best & Worst Cities for Homeowner Happiness

Happiness is important to everyone, so HomeAdvisor decided to see just how much a person’s happiness is influenced by where they live. The first-ever survey of its kind, the poll is a comprehensive look at the things that make people happiest about their homes and their communities. After looking at the results, it’s clear that accessibility, […]

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U.S. Home Resales Stumble as Prices Hit Record High

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. home resales fell more than expected in June as a dearth of properties amid strong demand pushed prices to a record high, keeping first-time buyers on the sidelines. The housing market has experienced an acute shortage of homes for sale for about two years. As the labor market churns out more […]

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