News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Caroline Porter / September 30, 2013
More Demanding Jobs, Coupled With Recession, Have Postponed Young Americans’ Entry Into Workforce, According to New Report
The on-ramp to adulthood is delayed and harder to reach for young people today, a reality that is changing the country’s society and economy, according to a new report.
More demanding job requirements, coupled with the pressures of the recession, have delayed the transition to adulthood for young people in the past decade and earned them the title of “the new lost generation,” according to the report from the Georgetown University CenterRead More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / September 27, 2013
It’s no secret that the recovery has been incredibly uneven. Some of its biggest benefits are accruing to the one percent, while the majority of Americans have seen their economic prospects stagnate or diminish. Income inequality has surged to levels not seen since before the Great Depression.
When it comes to jobs, the recovery has been terribly uneven as well. Commentators across the political spectrum agree that jobs are a key, if not the key, indicator of the strength of America’s economic recovery. Overall, the U.S. economy added some 4.5 million jobs over the course ofRead More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / September 30, 2013
In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing. These policies include the tax code section 45L credit for the construction of energy-efficient homes, the 25C credit for retrofitting existing homes, and the 25D credit for the installation of power production property in new and existing homes.
Using earlier IRS data for tax year 2009, we previously examined who benefitted from these credits, as well as how homeowners used the credits. Newer 2010 data also allow exploring these energy related investments.
The 25C credit is only available forRead More
Monte Paulsen / Green Building Advisor / September 24, 2013
Arguments against the Passive House standard are based on misunderstandings
I’m a small building energy modeler, and the tools of my trade are airtightness, insulation, window placement, and heat-recovery ventilation. These are also the tools of the international Passive House standard (known in Europe as the Passivhaus standard). And yet, almost every week, some veteran home builder patiently schools me as to why these building performance strategies — or Passive House requirements — are a waste of time or money.
I have compiled the most frequently cited argumentsRead More
John Caulfield / MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE / September 23, 2013
A property’s social media presence drives residents to the development’s online locations the quickest.
You may think your properties’ websites effectively attract traffic. But a leading expert in marketing via search-engine optimization says many multifamily developers and apartment managers aren’t fully tapping into social media, which determine how Google ranks the relevance of a property or company link for users in its SEO pecking order.Read More