National Outlook

Remodeling Activity Will Remain Strong but Challenges Are Emerging, RRI Finds

Vincent Salandro / Remodeling / December 3, 2018 Absent a trade war, spiraling inflation, or a geo-political crisis that could shock the economy, the remodeling industry is poised for continued steady growth through the year 2021. Big-ticket residential remodeling activity nationwide in the third quarter rose 5.3% from the year-earlier period, Metrostudy said in the release of the latest Residenti …

Creating Real-World Connected Communities in the Digital Age

Brian Kunec / Builder / December 3, 2018 The ProjeKt connected community design increases both density and open space, with 31% more homesites than a traditional community design, 41% fewer roads, less infrastructure and up to four times more open, green space. Let’s face it, in today’s digital age, the first thing you think about when you see the phrase “connected communities” is probably technol …

HIVE 50 Profile: ZeroLabor Robotics Automates Construction Work

Robyn Griggs Lawrence / Builder / November 26, 2018 Illustrations by Jason Schneider Walls squared—check. Studs straightened—check. Sheet materials with window and electrical openings placed according to CAD—check. Conduits and insulation installed—check. Gypsum and OSB waste separated and handled, dust extracted—check. Seamless performance to computer specs without any human intervention—check. A …

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Local View

Danielle Leach Speaks at the Chicago REAL Professionals Network Mastermind Group Meeting

Danielle Leach, Metrostudy’s Midwest Regional Director, presented at the Chicago REAL Professionals Network Mastermind Group Meeting held on December 6, 2018. She shared current economic and housing market conditions and trends with the group as well as thoughts regarding disruptors to the housing industry, including single-family rentals, iBuyers, and millennial new home buyers. This event allows …

Ben Sage Speaks to Maryland Building Industry Association’s Board of Directors

On November 15, Ben Sage, Metrostudy’s Sr. Director of the East Region, was invited to speak to the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Board of Directors, who met at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. He addressed the current state of the new-home market in Maryland and provided Metrostudy’s outlook for the region. The meeting was immediately followed by the MBIA Awards of Excellence dinner …

Metrostudy’s Senior Director for East Region Speaks at HCCA Northern VA Meeting

Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) representatives, including Metrostudy’s Senior Director for the East Region, Ben Sage, were invited to speak to the Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA) of Northern Virginia at their dinner meeting on November 16, 2018.  The event was held at the Chantilly National Golf and C.C., and fellow panelists/participants included: Matt K …

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