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HousingZone Headlines

As if there was any more proof needed about the labor shortage in the building industry, the number of open construction positions increased to 207,000 in December, jumping from 138,000 in November, according to Eye on Housing.

This number is significantly higher than the previous cycle high of 168,000 open positions set back in March. It is also the highest amount of open positions since 2007.

A recent announcement by Quick Mount PV that U.S. solar manufacturer SolarWorld was following an industry trend away from the use of long rails in mounting solar panels and shifting emphasis toward a rail-free racking system fuels the trend towards lower-cost PV installation.

Rail-free racking fixes solar panels directly to individual roof mounts, instead of standard long rails. This saves costs in materials, labor, storage, and shipping.

If Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz is to be believed, there’s no place like home. That may be true, but unfortunately, more Americans are beginning to feel less and less optimistic about the prospects of owning a home.

Lumber Liquidators was sentenced to $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures for importing illegal wood and submitting false declarations under the Lacey Act.

That law makes it a crime to import plants and animals taken in violation of state and foreign law. The company has also been placed on probation for five years, during which it must implement a strict environmental compliance plan.

In an effort to improve industry standards while simplifying the certification process, the National Kitchen & Bath Associa­tion has altered its design certification program. The group introduced the new Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD) certification, which calls for more rigorous continuing education unit (CEU) requirements and more convenient access to testing. All changes will go into effect on July 1, 2016.

      
Yahoo! Finance Headlines
[PR Newswire] - Some of Piedmont Hall's offerings include an indoor pool & spa, billiards, state-of-the-art recreation and fitness center, varsity rooms, aerobic exercise rooms, ceramics room, ballroom and more. In addition to Piedmont Hall's offerings, the community also has an outdoor saline pool, tennis and bocce courts, over 8,000 square feet of covered outdoor spaces, a botanical garden, walking and jogging trails, and courts for the hottest active adult sports craze: pickleball. A dog park and community garden is planned to open later in 2016. Carolina Arbors by Del Webb, located a mile and a half from Brier Creek, about 9 miles from downtown Durham and about 20 miles from downtown Raleigh, is nestled on nearly 430 acres with streams and wooded buffers and will have approximately 1,300 homes at build out.
[PR Newswire] - DENVER, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Skyestone, Taylor Morrison Denver's award-winning 55-plus community, has broken ground on its new 8,000 square-foot community lodge. Designed by Douglas Fredrickson Architects of Phoenix, Arizona, the lodge at Skyestone offers the best of resort-style living set against a canopy of natural wonder. With wood and stone to reflect the beauty of the nearby Flatirons and expansive glass windows, the lodge at Skyestone will take advantage of Colorado's 300-plus days of sunlight and offer spectacular countryside views.
      
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