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Improving Markets Index Surges

More than 80 percent of metropolitan areas surveyed by the National Association of Homebuilders reached the group's index of improving housing markets in September. The increase marked the index's highest level since its inception two years ago, and the NAHB has announced that the metric will be discontinued and replaced by a new report next month.

Standing the Test

About 20,000 square feet of block was used in the construction of this wall at a commercial development in El Dorado Hills, Calif. It is about 20 feet high, and according to the engineering specialist on the project, was one-third the cost of the nearly $1.5 million dollars proposed for a cast-in-place concrete wall.

Stanford's Environment & Energy Building Receives Best LEED Certification

U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the highest sustainability certification to Stanford University's Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building.

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Labor Shortages Squeeze Construction, August Jobs Stagnant

Few new jobs were available for construction workers in August, despite a 2.3 percent year-over-year decline in the unemployment rate. The industry's workforce has not grown significantly since March. A recent survey of construction firms shows that labor shortages, especially among skilled tradesmen, are an obstacle to industry growth that will likely worsen before it improves.

Ethanol's Discount to Gasoline Swells on Lower Production Cost

Denatured ethanol for October delivery fell 8.9 cents, or 3.9 percent, to $1.854 a gallon on the Chicago Board of Trade. The September contract fell 3.5 cents to $2.445.

An LED Boom Predicted

Financial incentives, such as the rebates offered by Duke Energy to its customers in North Carolina who convert from fluorescent systems to LED lights, are helping to drive the impressive growth of LED applications.

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Montr?al Exhibits Dazzling, Inspirational "Mosa?cultures"

The "Mother Earth" sculpture by the Montr?al team of Lise Cormier illustrates what Chief Seattle said to U.S. President Franklin Pierce when they met: "We will go on the reserve. We will sell you our land because you have the gun and we won't survive that. But you don't understand anything about the environment and nature. The buffalo in the prairies are our brothers and the same thing for the deer. The eagle is our brother, the water in the river is the blood of our ancestors." The head of the Montreal Botanical Garden told Cormier that some people cry when they see Mother Earth.

Study: Permeable Pavers Still Potent in Cold Weather

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire recently finalized a two-year study of permeable pavement systems installed on campus. The stormwater control measures were "exceptional," according to the report, and the frigid temperatures reached during New Hampshire's winters did not affect the system's performance.

Structural Backfill Simplified

Retaining walls with structural backfill zones are useful in cut wall applications up to 10 feet high, particularly when lot lines, rock outcroppings or other obstructions limit the ability to excavate for geogrid reinforcement.

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Lambert Gets the Gold for Dallas Garden

The award-winning residential Dallas garden project was installed on a 6.5-acre site, originally landscaped by Lambert Landscape Co. more than 75 years ago.

Turf Management Seminar Track

This year TLE hosts nearly 40 CEU approved seminars and workshops in seven different seminar tracks, including a turfgrass management track, which will educate attendees on pest and weed control, as well as the best turfgrass species for California. See below to view a list of turfgrass management seminars. Seats are limited so sign up today!

Pittsburgh Non-Profit Aims to Build a Better Workforce

A non-profit trade group in Pittsburgh, Pa., has launched a 10-week hardscape training program for young people in the area, providing at-risk youth with a career path and addressing the labor shortage in the construction and homebuilding industries. About 2.1 million construction jobs were lost from December 2007 through January 2011, when industry employment hit its lowest level since 1996.

Win a Trip to Seattle!

LAF has announced the location of the 2013 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes...the only place where you can see a needle in the sky. You guessed it, Seattle!

$474 Million Available for Transportation Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced the availability of $474 million in TIGER grants.

FDOT Tries Artificial Turf for Interchange Median
Because grass wasn't growing on the I-95 / I-10 interchange overpass median in Jacksonville, Fla., FDOT installed new commercial artificial turf along the football field-length stretch.

Fallen Bridge Park

Miller Company Landscape Architects designed a landscape with stone seatwalls, a multipurpose court, a sundial integrated into the circular ramp of the existing footbridge, and native and drought-tolerant planting.

Technology Stimulates Smarter Irrigation

Weather-based irrigation controllers are gaining in popularity to help prevent overwatering and its aftermath: damaged plants and hardscapes, higher water bills and fines for violating water restrictions.

E-15 Survey Conducted by OPEI
OPEI, set to launch an ethanol education and consumer protection campaign at GIE+EXPO (October 23), has released E-15 survey findings.

PLANET Has Announced Top Selling Publication

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced its top selling publication.

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Landscape Equipment Manufacturer Kicks Off Program to Recognize Military and Emergency Services Personnel

The Fisher House program is a private-public partnership that supports America's military by donating "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to loved ones during their hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center, like this one in Washington D.C.

T-i-m-b-e-r for Chicago Riverbank Trees

The trees along the west bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River between West Montrose Ave. and West Irving Park Rd. will be cut down as part of a river bank restoration project.

Houston's Memorial Park Announces Landscape Architecture Lead

Memorial Park's master plan envisions Houston's foremost natural wooded bayou park as a refuge from intense urbanization, and a living model of sustainable green space to recreate with and in nature.

SNA Picks Its Top Plants
'Cranberry Crush,' a hybridized hibiscus with seven to eight-inch red flowers, was one of the eleven plants chosen at this year's Southern Nursery Association's trade show as having the greatest retail potential.

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