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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    OSHA said the new guidelines — which don't change current legal requirements or add rules — will likely be most helpful to small and mid-sized contractors, who don't always have access to training specialists and safety information
    Buyers are demanding--and paying more for--homes that don't make them sick.
    A cantilever is a protruding beam that’s supported on only one side. Rooted in physics and structural design, a cantilever can be a stunning architectural element or just a clever way to add a little more light to a room. Discover how designers are incorporating cantilevers in home design, in both major and minor ways.
    Lending once stood right up there with lots and labor as one of a workaday home builder's triumvirate of pain and anguish points.

    Access to bank finance, particularly to buy or develop home sites, was tight as a drum the first couple of years of housing's recovery. Now, though, according to builders' responses to a quarterly National Association of Home Builders survey, that type of finance for acquisition, development, and construction got a tad easier to obtain in the past three months than in the prior three.
    Olson Development, L.L.C., a custom home building company, has won the 2016 Better Business Bureau award for Business/Consumer Education for the state of Connecticut. This award recognizes Olson Development’s strong, consistent efforts to educate businesses and consumers on home construction and building practices.
    While uncertainty weighed on construction businesses in the lead-up to the election, the results haven’t done much to relieve that burden — at least not yet. On Thursday, three industry economists shared their post-election outlooks on the design and construction economy in a webinar sponsored by construction information and technology company ConstructConnect.
    Woman have long been a minority in construction, struggling to gain acceptance in a male-dominated field. Today, women make up about 9% of the building industry, compared to 47% of the overall U.S. workforce. To survive — and get ahead — they’ve looked to each other for mentoring, access to education and other support. One result of that collaboration has been the recent rise in professional organizations for women, by women at the local, state and national levels.
    5 Singer Village Drive, the latest home in Brookside Development’s Singer Village community in Derby, Connecticut, has been completed and is currently available for sale. Singer Village is Connecticut’s first zero-energy ready subdivision, which when complete will feature seven net zero energy ready homes arranged around the property’s existing Historic Singer Home.

    Singer Village was conceived in 2011 by Woodbridge, Conn. Developer Mark Nuzzolo, who resolved to preserve and enhance the Singer estate while he transformed the land around the Singer Home into a zero-energy community.
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  • Building Connections – November 2016

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