Housing & Construction

If you’ve installed long-span wood roof trusses long enough, you’ve likely experienced the “spaghetti” effect, where the truss members bend or buckle out of plane and make the truss very difficult to handle.

In this video, architect Steve Baczek goes on-site to discuss the benefits of site-built trusses, detailing their role in distributing the roof load and the aesthetic value they bring to a build.

Associated Builders and Contractors reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded modestly to 7.3 months in December, an increase of 0.1 months from November’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.

After seven consecutive months’ job gains, nonfarm payroll employment fell by 140,000 in December as virus cases surged.

For years, single-family home builders have lamented that they can’t build affordable, first-time starter homes and still make a profit.

Last month, U.S. businesses got a moment of clarity on what may be the most important workplace storyline of 2021.

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will no doubt bring changes to federal agencies, many with ramifications for the construction industry.

COVID-19 has posed additional challenges for the millions of construction workers in the United States, many of whom are without health insurance.

A total of 5,333 workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries in 2019 – a 1.6% increase from 2018 and the highest number of fatalities since 5,657 were recorded in 2007, according to Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data released Dec. 16 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

OSHA is reminding employers to submit their 2020 Form 300A data by March 2.