The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California, describes a local display of the continuing hunger in our sector...
"The more than two-hour meeting hosted Wednesday afternoon by the city of San Bernardino attracted about 350 people, with the last arrivals obliged to stand in the back.
"The audience was filled with seasoned veterans in the construction trades. Representatives of Southern California Edison Co., Southern California Gas Co., schools and various government and private agencies told them how to get training and certifications so they will be eligible to participate in the new business that is expected to materialize in months ahead.
"Some people who had already taken a free course in home energy audits at Chaffee Community College had tags dangling from their necks that told contractors they were available for hire.
"Their hope is pinned on Energy Upgrade California, a statewide rebate program that will start lining up contractors later this month. It is designed to spur homeowners to retrofit their homes to be more energy efficient and therefore cheaper to maintain."
Construction Pins Hopes on Green - Press-Enterprise, 2010.0930
Residential Design and Building News
Builders Move Beyond McMansions in New Jersey - New York Times, 2010.1006
U.S. Housing Shows Stability, Factory Orders Fall - Fox Business, 2010.1004
Foreign Buyers See Big Opportunity in Housing Bust - Associated Press, 2010.1004
Japan's Calligraphy-Inspired Home Interior and Garden Design - CNN, 2010.1004
BofA Foreclosures May Prompt Servicer-Rating Cut, Moody's Says - Bloomberg, 2010.1004
Blower Door Test - Root Design-Build Blog, 2010.1004
Obama Mortgage Modification Bailout Distorts Housing Market - National Legal and Policy Center, 2010.1004
UC Weighs What to Do with Abandoned President's Mansion - Los Angeles Times, 2010.1004
Migrant 'Villages' within a City Ignite Debate - New York Times, 2010.1003
A Haven for Hedonists: Australia's Mornington Peninsula - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010.1003
Designers Share Ways to Bring Warmth to Enormous Spaces - Detroit Free Press, 2010.1003
New Aging Explores Trajectory of Science, Aging and Architecture for Senior Housing - Senior Housing News, 2010.1003
Architecture Solves Problems - Kansas City Star, 2010.1002
Quake Paves Way for Fresh Thinking - Stuff, 2010.1002
Architecture Meets Views in Northwest Hills Home - Austin-American Statesman, 2010.1002
Construction Spending in U.S. Unexpectedly Climbs - Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2010.1001
Wenatchee Man Hopes Home Lasts 500 Years - Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2010.1001
Welcome to Smallville - New York Times, 2010.1001
Candidates for Metro Council President Debate land-use, Growth Policies - Oregonian, 2010.1001
Fannie Mae Investors Can't Sue over Some Securities Fraud Claims, Losses - Bloomberg, 2010.0930
Modern Factory-Built Homes Boast Architectural Flair - Arizona Republic, 2010.0930
Calif. Couple's Home Designed for Entertaining, Collections - Kansas City Star, 2010.0930
Waste Not: Nonprofit Rehabs Discarded Houses into Super-Efficient Homes - Kansas City Star, 2010.0930
New Zealand Home Building, Confidence Suggest Slow Recovery - Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2010.0930
The Frank Lloyd Wright 300-Grand-or-Less Deathmatch - Curbed, 2010.0927
Florida Voters Enter Battle on Growth - New York Times, 2010.0927
Downsizing Is Booming - San Diego Union-Tribune, 2010.0925
Building Slump Blamed for State Jobless Rate - San Francisco Chronicle, 2010.0922
Builders Betting on Renters - CNBC, 2010.0921
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