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Home Construction Falls Flat in January

Construction starts on new homes declined 16 percent from December to January and have fallen more than 20 percent since a recent peak in November, when the market reached the highest construction pace since 2008. While cold weather throughout most of the country is a contributing factor, a recent dip in homebuilder confidence may signify greater uncertainty in the industry before the spring.

Jacobsen Buys Dixie Chopper

Dixie Chopper manufactures eleven models of zero-turn mowers including the Classic TM. In spite of being bought by Jacobsen, they will continue to turn out machines from their Indiana facilities. Its management team will reportedly join Jacobsen's management team.

Caterpillar Introduces CAT(R) D Series

Caterpillar redesigned the Cat D Series skid steer loader, compact track loader and multi terrain loader to help businesses succeed and grow.

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Builder Confidence Plummets in February

The index that monitors homebuilder confidence in the single-family home market plunged 10 points in February, driven downward by poor winter weather and an increasing shortage in skilled construction labor and available, ready-to-build lots. The index score of 46 is the first reading below 50 since May 2013; scores below 50 indicate more builders perceive conditions as poor than good.

Linley for Summit Collection Makes American Debut
British design house Linley created the first-ever outdoor collection exclusively for Summit Furniture.

Toshiba Introduces LED Dusk-To-Dawn Luminaire

The Toshiba TLS-DTDA uses a single source chip on board LED and offers a field-replaceable 120VAC NEMA twist-lock photocell. This versatile luminaire also has the durable construction required for outdoor applications.

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Construction Materials Prices End 2013 With a Slight Decline

Prices for construction materials posted an overall decline of 0.1 percent in December after remaining unchanged over the two previous months. Raw materials prices fell for the second consecutive month, as did cement prices; diesel fuel prices increased 7.9 percent, erasing declines in October and November, though prices remain 0.9 percent below December 2012 levels.

Year-End Housing Affordability Remains Static

New and existing homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December were affordable to 64.7 percent of families earning the U.S. median income of $64,400, effectively the same as the 64.5 percent affordability rate in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' Housing Opportunity Index. The national median home price dipped from $211,000 in the third quarter to $205,000 in the fourth quarter, while average mortgage interest rates rose from 4.45 percent to 4.54 percent in the same period.

Best Complete Streets
Policies of 2013

Eighty-three communities adopted Complete Streets policies this past year, and the Complete Streets Coalition, a Smart Growth America program, has ranked their progress.

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LAF Scholarship Fund Event

The "Leadership in Landscape Architecture: Research & Results" panel (seated from left) was Susan Goltsman, FASLA, president/principal of MIG, Inc., Mia Lehrer, MLA, FASLA, of Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles and Stephanie Landregan, PLA, FASLA LEED AP, director for the landscape architecture and horticulture/gardening programs at UCLA Extension.

Cooper Lighting Sponsors
IES Design Awards

The IES has announced Eaton's Cooper Lighting as a sponsor of the IES Design Awards.

Dark Skies in Germany

Star trails above the church at Wollseifen, Eifel National Park, the first place in Germany to receive dark-sky status.

Rethinking America's Streets

This is the Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica, Calif., a 70-foot wide outdoor mall lined with trees, with 60 stores, 25 eateries, kiosks, public art pieces and benches. This successful mixed-use entertainment venue runs about 0.4 miles between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard. Its proximity to the seashore has made it a popular tourist spot.

2014 CLASS Fund Golf Tournament

The California Landscape and Irrigation Council and California Landscape Architectural Student Scholarship Fund will host their annual golf tournament to raise endowment funds for landscape architect, contractor, and irrigation students.

PLANET & AmericanHort
Host Symposium

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, will co-host the Interior Plantscape Symposium with AmericanHort.

Thirty-Five and Growing

Greenscape, Inc., designed and installed a living wall in Cameron Village in north Raleigh to commemorate victims of domestic violence after a woman was gunned down by her estranged husband in her employer's parking lot. The North Carolina state attorney general spoke at the dedication ceremony.

Sydney Harbor's Floating Garden

Mangrove trees, adapted to saline coastal sediments, have found a home on the ol' SS Ayrfield, a WWII transport veteran.

Pond and Garden Lines Approved For Sale in California
BioSafe lawn and garden line includes OMRI listed disease, insect, mold, and weed control products, as well as an all-purpose plant food. These products help to keep gardens producing more fruit and looking their best.

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TBG Partners Announces New President
Principal Jim Manskey is the new TBG president. TBG cofounder Earl Broussard will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors.

Water Deep to
Combat Droughts

A deep watering program is designed to improve soil moisture around trees and shrubs. According to a North American tree care company, several factors are used to determine the right amount of water to use including tree species, whether or not the tree is deciduous or evergreen, time of year and soil density.

Resort to What Works

On the island of Kauai, Hawaii, No Ka Oi Landscape Services maintains the grounds of a number of resorts including the 26 acres of the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Two hundred coconut palm trees are trimmed every six months. The Singapore plumeria trees (right) are trimmed and sprayed for pests as needed. The seashore paspalum lawn is mowed weekly with a reel mower and fertilized quarterly. The purple groundcover in the foreground is hemigraphis. Around the fire ring is song of India.

A License To Landscape

Besides a business license, many states require more credentials in order to validly perform landscape construction, but the requirements for this are literally all over the map. LC/DBM compiled information from various sources to serve as a guide through this geographical patchwork.

Top 10 States for LEED: California Ranks 1st in Number of Projects and Square Footage

The Westminster Police Headquarters in Westminster, Calif. (Orange County) was among the LEED Platinum certifications in the Golden State in 2013.

Meyda Tiffany Lighting Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Among Meyda Tiffany's latest innovations is one of the world's largest free-standing LED chandeliers, featured in the Stanley Theatre in Utica, New York.

Foreclosures Increase in January, Slowing Long-Term Decline

January marked the 40th consecutive month of foreclosure activity declining year-over-year, but the 18 percent annual decline was the smallest since September 2012. From December to January, foreclosure filings increased 8 percent, the largest month-over-month increase since May 2012.

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