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The Ugly Truth Behind “We Buy Ugly Houses”

HomeVestors of America, the self-proclaimed “largest homebuyer in the U.S.,” trains its nearly 1,150 franchisees to zero in on homeowners’ … ...Read More

PermitFlow advances construction permitting automation with $5.5M in new capital

PermitFlow, a San Jose-based startup developing software for developers and general contractors to streamline the construction permit application and management process, secured $5.5 million in seed funding. The round, which closed in January, was led by Initialized Capital and included a group of … ...Read More

Winners unveiled for 2023 AIA Young Architects Award and Associate Award

The American Institute of Architects has unveiled its latest cohort of Young Architects Award and Associates Award winners.For the Associates Award, … ...Read More

2023 Young Architects

These early career architects have been recognized with the Young Architects Award for their exceptional leadership and significant contributions to … ...Read More

What Does it Cost to Recycle Building Materials?

Almost two decades ago, in the downtown corridor of Columbus, Ohio, the century-old landmarked Lazarus Building underwent an extensive renovation to … ...Read More

US companies are producing heat pumps that work below -20F

Heating and cooling equipment multinational Johnson Controls has developed an air source heat pump prototype that can operate in temperatures below -20F (-29C) as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Residential Cold Climate Heat Pump Challenge. DOE launched this challenge because, according … ...Read More

RenoFi wants to make it easier for homeowners to finance renovations

Back in 2016, Justin Goldman’s young family had just moved to a Philadelphia suburb, into a house that ticked most of the boxes: great neighborhood, … ...Read More

Whatever Happened to the Starter Home?

As recently as the 1990s, when Jason Nageli started off, the home-building industry was still constructing what real-estate ads would brightly call the “starter home.” In the Denver area, he sold newly built two-story houses with three bedrooms in 1,400 square feet or less. The price: $99,000 to … ...Read More

'Don't Be a Donkey': The Best Leadership Advice From the Last 120 Years

In the fields of local expertise, there's a case for free-range leaders. "I'm NOT a donkey, and I don't have a field," goes the witty comeback from German political economist, Max Weber, after a faculty criticized him for publishing outside his discipline. More than a century later Weber's decry of … ...Read More

2022 Young Architect Award Names 3 Outstanding Wisconsin Architects

The AIA Wisconsin Young Architect Award was established in 2020 to honor individuals who, in the early stage of their professional career, have … ...Read More

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