The HBRA of Fairfield County is an association that represents and advances the interests of the home building,
remodeling and land development industries in Fairfield County.
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    Justifiably, physical documentation will always play a prominent role in construction, still, wholly forgoing virtual solutions can be riskier and more expensive than the long-standing methodologies may suggest.
    While the construction industry has largely focused on new technologies for job site efficiency and productivity improvements, safety executives are finding an additional array of possibilities for drones, sensors, cameras and GPS technologies to track worker movement and activity, provide enhanced visual mapping, replace workers in hazardous areas, and provide real-time data capture for safety reporting, insurance claims and litigation.
    A survey released Monday by the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo & Co. showed builders' confidence is the highest it has been in nearly a year. Readings above 50 indicate more builders, who include many small businesses, view sales conditions as good rather than poor. The index has been mostly at 58 since rising to 61 in January. The last time it reached 65 was October of last year.
    The process of preparing and submitting a bid can be exciting, nerve-wracking, tedious, a learning experience or all of the above. Contractors could be vying for the project that will allow them to make their mark on the construction industry or simply enable them to make payroll for the next few months. And it's something almost all contractors, sooner or later, will have to do.
    Home design fads come and go — think avocado-hued appliances, iconic Southwest images dipped in pastels and wall-to-wall chevron — but trends, often born out of lifestyle shifts, have a longer shelf life. We're checking in with the experts to see which popular styles are holding their own throughout the year, and what we can expect to see as we move toward the end of 2016.
    It's been a family affair ever since Stamford, CT-based County TV & Appliance opened its doors in 1951. Heading into its fourth generation of family management and getting ready to celebrate its 65th anniversary amid much fanfare in September
    When it comes to green products, what’s important to home buyers has shifted over time
    Connecticut ranks only 37th nationally for growth in construction employment during the past year, as tracked by the Associated General Contractors. Connecticut builders had about 58,000 people on the payroll as of July, up only 400 jobs or 0.7 percent from a year ago.
    But what growth the state is generating is largely in Southwest Connecticut, according to an AGC report earlier this month suggesting the region expanded construction employment 5 percent on a year-over-year basis, on par with New York City and among the top 40 percent of metropolitan areas nationally.
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