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02/15/2012 by Alex Carrick

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U.S. total retail sales in January were +0.4% month to month and +5.8% year over year, according to the Census Bureau.

The figures are in current dollars (i.e., the effects of inflation are not considered) and they are seasonally adjusted. They also take into account differences in the number of trading days in each month.

The year-over-year change in sales remained strong, but it did mark the fourth straight month of deceleration. Since the 8.1% gain last September, the positive percentage change has been easing back.

In the period since the end of the recession in mid-2009, the year-over-year change in total retail sales peaked at +8.5% in July of last year.

The year-over-year change was higher in all 16 months preceding this latest January. That’s a time frame dating back to September 2010.

“Motor vehicles and parts” is the largest sub-category (18%) in total retail sales and it was -1.1% month to month and +7.3% year over year in January.

The retail categories that contributed most to the overall month-to-month sales gain were general merchandise stores (+2.0%), gasoline stations (+1.4%) and food and beverage stores (+1.3%).

Motor vehicle and parts dealers (-1.1%), as well as non-store retailers (also -1.1%), detracted from the overall month-to-month gain.

On a year-over-year basis, five sub-categories recorded increases higher than the total retail sales gain of 5.8%. They were: food services and drinking places (+8.2%); building materials and garden equipment (+8.1%); furniture and home furnishings (+7.8%); gasoline stations (+7.4%); and motor vehicle and parts dealers (+7.3%).

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the U.S. retail trade numbers was the performance of non-store retailers. This category includes sales made over the Internet. Extending back some time, it has consistently recorded double-digit percentage increases year over year.

In January, web-based sales were only +4.9% year over year. On a month-to-month basis, they were down 1.1%. Perhaps buyer fatigue played a role. Although the numbers are seasonally adjusted, the very large increases leading up to Christmas would have been hard to sustain in January.

The latest personal income and outlays report (December 2011) for the U.S. economy indicates consumers are still concentrating on reducing their debt loads. This shows up in an increase in the savings rate.

However, there have been significant increases in U.S. employment over the past six months. One million more people are currently working than in July of last year. That’s a big injection of incomes and purchasing power.

A next step is to consider how retail sales are doing versus the level of employment in the sector.

In January, the year-over-year percentage change in retail employment in the U.S. was +1.3%, which was slightly less than for all job categories (+1.5%).

The transportation and warehousing employment picture was more bullish at +2.4%.

For our industry, the ultimate question is what all of this means for construction activity.

In 2011, there were already indications that investment in retail construction was taking a turn for the better in America.

According to Reed Construction Data, the value of retail construction starts in the U.S. in 2011 was +23.1% versus 2010.

An increase of a similar order of magnitude was recorded for warehouse starts, +21.4%.

Warehouse work is about distribution and logistics. These projects are the low-rise structures seen in light commercial and industrial parks, as well as strung out along railroad lines and clustered at airports and seaports.

Their usage is closely tied to the retail sector, manufacturing and foreign trade.

The outlook for retail and warehousing work in the U.S. has turned brighter.

In Canada, the first indication of how retail sales might perform each month is contained in the motor vehicle sales report. The auto sector makes up a little higher percentage of the total (22%) here than in the U.S.

In December, motor vehicle sales in Canada were down for the second period in a row at -3.0% month to month. That doesn’t augur well for the total retail sales figure, which is usually released about a week later.

In Canada, retail sector employment in January was flat. The number of jobs in transportation and warehousing was -1.8% year over year.

The fact that total employment in Canada has been treading water since the mid-way point of last year acts to restrain the growth in overall retail sales. It’s a prime reason for not being as optimistic about retail construction prospects this year as one would like to be.

Shopping mall, motor vehicle services and other retail construction starts in Canada in 2011 were -4.5% in square footage, according to CanaData, the statistics and forecasting arm of Reed Construction Data Canada.

There will be some cyclical improvement in 2012, especially as more U.S. retail giants test the waters north of the border. But more significant increases will probably have to wait until next year and beyond.

There is one final observation to make about shopkeeper activity levels, both in terms of sales and investment. A great deal of retail sales activity is directed towards what takes place in the home. This ranges from alteration and renovation projects to the purchase of appliances and entertainment systems.

In 2012, the U.S. home-building sector is set to gradually improve. In Canada, residential ground-breakings are likely to be flat at best.

U.S. retail sales – three months smoothed
U.S. retail sales – three months smoothed
*"Year over year" is each month versus the same month of the previous year.
Based on latest three-month averages of current dollar adjusted data (and placed in latest month).
Adjustments are for seasonal variation, holiday and trading day differences, but not for price changes.
Data source: U.S. Census Bureau (Department of Commerce).
Chart: Reed Construction Data - CanaData.

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07/10/14 The Best Unit Price Book for Your Job Order Contract
07/02/14 ECONOMIC NUGGETS – July 1, 2014
10/23/14 Twenty major upcoming Water Treatment Plants and Manufacturing & Warehousing construction projects - U.S. - October 2014
10/23/14 Twenty major upcoming Alberta and British Columbia construction projects - Canada - October 2014
10/15/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - September 2014
10/15/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - September 2014
09/17/14 Twenty major upcoming midwest and northwest construction projects - U.S. - September 2014
09/17/14 Twenty major upcoming medical and educational construction projects - Canada - September 2014
09/17/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - August 2014
09/17/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - August 2014
08/15/14 Twenty major upcoming medical and educational construction projects - U.S. - August 2014
08/15/14 Twenty major upcoming industrial and water treatment construction projects - Canada - July 2014
08/15/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - July 2014
08/15/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - July 2014
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07/24/14 Twenty major upcoming entertainment facility and stadium/arena construction projects - U.S. - July 2014
07/24/14 Twenty major upcoming Ontario and Quebec construction projects - Canada - July 2014
07/24/14 Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - June 2014
07/24/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - June 2014
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07/14/14 Top 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. - June 2014
03/13/14 The Transition from Craft Worker to Manager
02/25/14 Estimating Construction Activity Durations
02/03/14 Infographic: Where Can You Use Project Leads in the Construction Process?
11/19/13 RSMeans White Paper Examines Break-even Point for LED Versus Fluorescent Lighting
11/20/13 RSMeans White Paper Examines Break-even for LED vs. Fluorescent Lighting
10/09/13 Job Order Contracting
08/13/13 Job Order Contracting (JOC) as a Project Delivery Method
07/25/13 The Canadian Economy’s Two Great Blessings
07/23/13 Creativity and Interpersonal Skills in Value Engineering
06/10/13 Recent Trends That Support the Need for Life Cycle Costing
05/20/13 Construction Contract Terms: "Paid When Paid" and "Paid If Paid"
05/15/13 Walterdale Bridge budget balloons
04/26/13 Landscaping Estimating: To Bid or Not to Bid
04/11/13 Pricing the Estimate
04/05/13 The Special Maintenance Requirements of Multi-Family Housing
03/27/13 Asphalt Placement
03/05/13 Green Practices for Exterior Home Improvements
02/18/13 Green Building Cost Estimating
02/15/13 Construction Economic Notes – February, 2013
02/01/13 Hazardous Wastes: Site Assessment and Remediation Methods
01/24/13 Door Sweeps
01/11/13 Eliminating Phantom Loads
11/05/12 Recycled-Content Tile
10/05/12 Fiber-Cement Siding
09/18/12 Return on Your Green Home Improvement Investment
08/09/12 Green Building Solutions to Stormwater Runoff
08/07/12 An “Aha” Moment Solves Challenge of Cost Estimating Local Circus Roof
07/19/12 Estimate Types
06/20/12 Ground-Source Heat Pump
06/04/12 Programmable Thermostat
05/29/12 Recycled Plastic/Composite Fencing
05/22/12 High Performance Coatings
05/15/12 Waterproofing
05/14/12 Universal Design for Outdoor Living
05/08/12 Tips for Estimating Concrete Work
05/01/12 Estimating Wood and Plastic Windows
04/23/12 What Is Universal Design?
04/17/12 Estimating Masonry
04/10/12 Mold-Resistant Paints
04/09/12 Natural Landscaping
04/03/12 Elevator Terms
03/27/12 What Are Green Products?
03/20/12 HVAC Measurement & Control Instruments
03/14/12 Green Material Alternatives for Plumbing Fixtures
03/13/12 Operable Skylight
03/06/12 Sound Control
03/02/12 Budgeting & Financing Green Construction
02/28/12 Doors
02/22/12 Greening Your Firm
02/17/12 Coatings
02/14/12 Signage
02/10/12 Roofing Defects
02/07/12 Wall & Roof Insulation
02/06/12 Roofs: energy efficiency strategies
01/31/12 Masonry
01/24/12 Membrane Roofing
01/18/12 Commercial Real Estate and Green Construction
12/19/11 Electronic Access Control
12/14/11 Renewable Energy & Distributed Generation Technologies
12/13/11 Membrane Roofing
12/06/11 Types of Paint
11/29/11 Automatic Temperature Controls
11/21/11 Green Materials
11/15/11 Metal Roof and Wall Products
11/08/11 Windows
11/04/11 Tubular Skylights
11/01/11 Flooring Products
10/25/11 Insulation Tips
10/18/11 Glass and Glazing
10/11/11 Focus on Metal Roof & Wall Panels
10/04/11 Are Online Ads An Endangered Species?
10/04/11 Estimating Tips for Doors
09/27/11 Metal Roof and Wall Panels
09/27/11 Performance Bonds Guarantee Clients Receive Exceptional Service
09/20/11 Estimating Tips for Concrete
09/15/11 Deconstruction for Green and Economic Benefit
09/13/11 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
09/06/11 Wallboard: Safety Considerations & Material Handling
09/01/11 4 Ways for Businesses to Create a Good First Impression on Twitter
08/30/11 Estimating Tips for HVAC
08/23/11 Plastering Tips
08/16/11 Landscape Design & Construction
08/11/11 Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Green Building
08/09/11 Green Building Rating Systems, Standards, & Guidelines
08/02/11 Tips for Estimating Concrete Reinforcing
07/25/11 Risk Management & Estimating
07/21/11 Green Alternatives for Concrete
07/19/11 Competition, Risk, and Construction Company Failure
07/18/11 Building Program for Green Design
07/12/11 Evaluating Products Over Their Life Cycle
07/12/11 Flooring: Cost Considerations
07/05/11 Universal Design: Conveying Systems for Residential Applications
06/30/11 Low-Cost Green Strategies
06/28/11 Bricks are from Venus, Clicks are from Mars
06/28/11 Sound Control Methods and Costs
06/21/11 Floor Tiles
06/20/11 Value Engineering for Cost Control
06/17/11 Zombie Avoidance Techniques for Building Product Manufacturers
06/14/11 Glass: Overview & Cost Considerations
06/08/11 Blogs & Websites: The 5 Signs of Website Wellness
06/07/11 An HVAC Controls Overview
06/06/11 Building Product Manufacturers & Green Products
06/01/11 Is Fear of Sharing Information Costing Your Company Sales?
05/31/11 Green Building
05/26/11 What Are Green Products?
05/24/11 Thermal & Moisture Protection: An Overview
05/20/11 The Building Envelope
05/17/11 Waterproofing Tips
05/16/11 Negotiating Contracts: Terms of Payment & Cash Flow
05/16/11 Blogging: Website Heal Thyself
05/10/11 Concrete Walls
05/03/11 Window Considerations
05/03/11 Metals Compared to Wood for Sustainable Construction
04/19/11 Masonry Estimating Tips
04/18/11 Landscape Planning and Scheduling
04/12/11 Storm Water Collection & Infiltration
04/12/11 Foundation Coatings
03/29/11 Green Building Products
03/23/11 Commissioning the Green Building
03/21/11 Metals Compared to Wood for Sustainable Construction
03/15/11 Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
03/01/11 Roll Up Doors
02/23/11 Building Program for Green Design
02/18/11 Estimating Concrete
02/15/11 Building Signage
02/01/11 Overview of Escalators
01/21/11 Building Deconstruction Process
05/02/11 Why Building Product Manufacturers and Social Media Are a Marriage Made in Heaven
05/06/11 Building Product Manufacturers: How Understanding Architects Can Help Your Business
01/18/11 Estimating Conveying Systems
01/14/11 Maintaining Building Materials Used in Multi-Family Housing
01/11/11 What is Meant By the Term Single-Ply Roofing?
01/04/11 Special Purpose Flooring
12/21/10 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
12/20/10 Maintenance Challenges of Apartment and Condominium Facilities
12/14/10 Membrane Roofing
11/22/10 Green/Sustainable Construction
11/16/10 Metal Roof and Wall Panels
11/15/10 What is Life Cycle Costing?
11/09/10 Window Options & Cost Considerations
11/02/10 Flooring: Cost Considerations
10/26/10 Fiberglass-Free Insulation
10/21/09 Distributors & Manufacturer Representatives
10/18/10 Graphic Formats Used in Drawings
10/12/10 Metal Roof and Wall Panels
09/28/10 Tips for Estimating Structural Steel
09/20/10 Variables That Affect Project Management
09/14/10 Considerations for Energy-Efficient Windows
08/24/10 Cementitious Coatings
08/17/10 Exterior Improvements
08/16/10 Securing People
07/27/10 Cotton Insulation: Overview & Costs
07/15/10 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
07/13/10 Sound Control During Design
07/06/10 How to Handle Construction Materials to Prevent Mold
06/28/10 Sound Control Methods and Costs
06/15/10 Glass and Glazing
06/21/10 How to Maximize the Benefits of Exterior Security Lighting
06/14/10 Green Wood Products
06/04/10 SmartBuilding Index
06/01/10 Regional Housing Construction Tracking and Forecast Information
05/28/10 How to Find Regional Construction Tracking and Forecast Information
05/27/10 Managing Contract Terms and Conditions
05/24/10 Building Product Manufacturers
05/18/10 Practicing the Art of Sustainability - Why Atlanta's Current Building Codes Need Updating Now
04/13/10 A Glossary of Coating Terms
03/23/10 Cost Accounting and Financial Statements
03/16/10 Tips on Window Pricing
02/23/10 Learning to use EE
01/19/10 A Review of General and Administrative Expense
12/28/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — December 2009
12/02/09 Accounting Methods and Procedures
11/16/09 Why Use Project Management?
11/10/09 Window & Glazing Estimating Tips from RSMeans
11/06/09 Audited Financial Statements
11/06/09 BIM 1.0, BIM 2.0, BIM 3.0 Revisited
11/09/09 Bringing Credibility to BIM
10/30/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — October 2009
01/11/10 Earn AIA CEU Credit Attending RCD Webcasts
10/13/09 Windows & Glass: Security Measures
10/13/09 Special Purpose Flooring
10/09/09 How SMART is BIM?
10/09/09 Share Your BIM Projects
09/29/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — September 2009
09/28/09 Accounting and Record Keeping
09/17/09 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
09/15/09 Window Installation
09/11/09 BIM Tool Provides a New View
09/09/09 SmartBIM Spaces…A Review
09/09/09 The Creation of a Window
09/04/09 LEED® v3: The Rundown
09/03/09 Exterior Security Lighting
08/31/09 Inside Sales Opportunity - CO
08/27/09 How to Cut Builder Tech Costs without Cutting Effectiveness
08/26/09 Inside Sales Opportunity - GA
08/26/09 Jobsite Photographs
08/18/09 Modular Buildings and Swing Space: Educational Facilities
08/14/09 Green Products: Solar
08/12/09 Acoustical Security
08/06/09 An Integrated What-If Engine
08/06/09 Why BIM?
08/06/09 The Green Product Platform for BIM
07/28/09 Mechanic's Liens
07/27/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — July 2009
07/20/09 Green Wood Products
07/17/09 Cost Estimators Winning Work With BIM
07/16/09 Before You Start a Project
07/16/09 Becoming an Invited Bidder - More Tips
07/16/09 Becoming an Invited Bidder - Tips
07/16/09 Becoming an Invited Bidder
07/16/09 SmartBIM Object Modeling Guidelines for Revit
07/15/09 Interference Check and BIM
07/10/09 Green Considerations: Focus on Concrete
07/09/09 Contractor Registration and Licensing
07/02/09 Pre-Bid Site Inspection
06/26/09 A Look at Contractor Failure: Part 2
06/25/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — June 2009
06/23/09 Flooring
06/19/09 Local Renovation Projects Looking to JOC (Job Order Contracting) to Cut Costs
06/19/09 Metal Roofing Maintenance & Repair
06/19/09 RicciGreene Associates
06/19/09 Doug Thornton AIA, LEED A.P. of AERC, PLLC
06/18/09 A Look at Contractor Failure: Part 1
06/12/09 Owners and SmartBIM Objects – What You Need To Do
06/10/09 Dealing with the IRS
06/10/09 Estimating Metal Roof Systems
06/05/09 Getting Paid on Construction Contracts
06/02/09 BIM Coordination and Collaboration
06/02/09 An HVAC Controls Overview
05/29/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — May 2009
05/28/09 Marketing Your Construction Firm on the Cheap
05/20/09 Little Habits with Big Payoffs for Contractors
05/12/09 SmartBIM Spaces
05/11/09 Building Deconstruction
05/11/09 Low-Cost Green Strategies: Windows & Daylighting
05/07/09 AIA Show Recap as Seen by the SmartBIM Solutions Team
05/07/09 Low-Cost Green Strategies: HVAC & Plumbing
05/07/09 Cost Considerations for Steel Tubular Scaffolding
05/06/09 Estimating Doors: Tips from the Experts
05/05/09 Windows
05/04/09 Identifying Green Products
05/04/09 Estimating Tips for Concrete
05/01/09 Universal Design: Flooring Options
04/29/09 Mold-Resistant Construction Methods for Windows & Doors
04/29/09 The Entrepreneur Mindset
04/27/09 Green Walls & Ceilings: A Guide to Product Selection
04/27/09 Business Case Study - Survey Of Spending Patterns In Educational Facilities
04/24/09 Recycled-Content Carpet Options
04/23/09 Selecting Energy-Efficient Lighting
04/23/09 Taking Advantage of the Recession: Hiring the Right People
04/21/09 Metal Roofing 101
04/16/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — April 2009
04/16/09 Striving for Excellence
04/20/09 Cork as a Green Flooring Option
04/08/09 Owners - It's Time to Substantially Increase Your Architect's and Engineer's Fees
03/17/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — March 2009
03/05/09 There's a Solution to Performing Time Consuming Quantity Take-Offs
03/03/09 Overview of Doors
02/20/09 SmartBIM Library is Half-Off for a Limited Time Only
02/19/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — February 2009
02/09/09 You are Wasting Your Money
01/22/09 DETAIL Project of the Month — January 2009
01/20/09 Obama: 'Dramatic Action' On Economy Needed
01/14/09 Use of BIM Jumps Dramatically Over Last 12 Months
12/15/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — December 2008
12/10/08 Minimizing the Size of Family Files (Revit Objects)
12/02/08 Roll Up Doors
11/20/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — November 2008
11/18/08 Focus on Metal Roof & Wall Panels
11/11/08 Maximize Online Advertising Dollars
11/07/08 Architects and Engineers, WE NEED YOU
11/04/08 Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
10/29/08 Why Do You Need SmartBIM Objects
10/28/08 Why Building Information Modeling?
10/29/08 10 Questions To Ask About BIM Objects
10/20/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — October 2008
10/14/08 Focus on Membrane Roofing
10/08/08 The Object Mess
10/07/08 Implementing BIM to Your Office
10/06/08 Meeting the Needs for Governmental BIM Compliance while Avoiding Current Liability Obstacles
10/07/08 Accordion Doors
09/18/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — September 2008
09/16/08 Window Considerations
09/15/08 The BIM Transformation is Manageable with the NEW SmartBIM Library v3
09/14/08 KOLBE Windows and Doors vs. Building Information Modeling
09/12/08 The Evolution of Building Information Modeling: BIM 1-2-3
08/19/08 The Changing Landscape of Construction
08/15/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — August 2008
08/11/08 BIM 101 Overview - From Hand Drawings, CAD and now BIM
08/12/08 Draper, Inc. on BIM Object Developments
08/05/08 Tips for Building Concrete Sidewalks
07/17/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — July 2008
07/08/08 IFD Library Partners work to establish standards for creators of BIM software
06/23/08 Architectural Education
06/20/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — June 2008
06/17/08 Parametric Revit Objects – Part I - Fundamentals
06/17/08 Window Glazing Coefficients
06/01/08 Frequently Asked Questions About Building Codes
06/05/08 Calling All Current and Prospective Revit Users - This Blog Is For You
05/12/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — May 2008
05/06/08 System Requirements for SmartBIM Library
05/06/08 SmartBIM Library 2.0 Release Notes
05/05/08 Building Information Modeling Moves into AEC Mainstream, Adding Value to Project Delivery Process
04/16/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — April 2008
04/08/08 Flooring: Cost Considerations
03/31/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — March 2008
02/08/10 General Contractors & Trade Contractors
03/11/08 A Look into Sound Control
02/21/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — February 2008
01/24/08 Building Element Models (BEM)
01/18/08 DETAIL Project of the Month — January 2008
12/31/07 2008 Materials Price Outlook
12/28/07 Increase in Nursing Home Construction Cost Outpaces Hospitals
12/26/07 Dallas-Fort Worth's Economy has Plenty of Energy heading into 2008
12/24/07 Housing Market Continues to be Depressed at Year's End
12/24/07 Surprise! Increases in Energy Efficiency Lead to More, Not Less, Energy Use
12/21/07 LEED Certification Primer
12/21/07 Latest Construction Cost Index Change is Below Consumer Price Index Change
12/21/07 U.S. Construction Costs Take a Breather in Latest Quarter
12/21/07 Canada's November Labour Market Remains Strong But with some West-East Shifts
12/19/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — December 2007
12/18/07 Economic Support for Construction Softens
12/18/07 Metal Buildings
11/16/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — November 2007
10/15/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — October 2007
12/17/07 20 of the Largest Upcoming Military and Convention Center Projects — December 2007
12/17/07 Construction Inflation Soars in November
09/15/07 DETAIL Project of the Month — September 2007
12/14/07 Looks like Santa will need Some Extra Helpers this Season
12/14/07 Borrowing Rates Down but Credit Market Still Fragile
12/14/07 Subprime Mortgage Crisis Morphs into a Bad Debt Crisis
12/13/07 Construction Equipment Shipments Steady Now; Expected to Rise 7% in 2008
12/13/07 U.S. Employment Growth Now +1.1% vs Peak Level of +2.1%
12/13/07 Construction Starts Inch Higher in November
12/13/07 Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
12/12/07 Canada's GDP Grew Faster than Expected in Third Quarter
12/12/07 Recession in the U.S. is Avoidable
12/12/07 Four Reasons Why the Bank of Canada Dropped Interest Rates
12/11/07 Cost Increases Easing Except for Nonresidential Labor
12/10/07 Permits Rising in Markets that Missed the Housing Boom
12/10/07 Myrtle Beach Leads the U.S. in New Housing Intensity
12/10/07 Coast to Coast: November 2007
12/06/07 Construction Spending will Decline 2.3% in 2007; Then Climb 4.2% in 2008
12/06/07 U.S. Construction Forecast Tables — Issued December 2007
12/05/07 “Seniors’ Boom” Redefines Retirement
12/05/07 Plans for New Royalty Regime may Tax Alberta's Economy in 2009
12/04/07 Canadian and U.S. Economic Overviews, 2008 to 2010
12/03/07 A Primer on Construction Costs
12/03/07 Seven States Now in Recession
12/03/07 Slower Construction Activity Won't Reduce Demand for Construction Skills Training
12/03/07 Sacramento's Economy Sidelined in 2008; Recovery in 2009
12/03/07 Core Inflation Still Under Wraps in Both Canada and U.S.
12/03/07 Miami, Chicago and Three Cities in California Leading Construction Cost Gains
12/03/07 Strong Canadian Dollar Will Moderate Non-Residential Construction Costs
11/28/07 What Halts Home Price Deflation? Fear of Losing a Bargain
11/28/07 Pittsburgh is Making Less Steel, But its Economy is Still Strong
11/28/07 Denver may be a Mile High, But its Economy is based on a Solid Foundation
11/28/07 Foreign Investment Positive for Canada, Say Statistics Canada and Fraser Institute
11/28/07 20 of the Largest Upcoming Private Office and Government Office Projects — November 2007
11/28/07 CanaData Expects 95.5 Million Square Feet of Non-residential Building Starts in 2007
11/27/07 Coating Considerations
11/16/07 Mid-November Stock Market Prices Fall Back 5% to 7%
11/16/07 Construction Materials Price Index Down 0.2% in October
11/16/07 China Overtakes Japan to Become Canada's Second-Largest Customer
11/16/07 Construction Starts Decline Again in October
11/16/07 Economic Environment for Construction Improves Slightly
11/16/07 Canada's Labour Market Tightens Versus U.S.
11/16/07 Canada a Job-Creating Machine in 2007
11/16/07 British Columbia's Economic Prospects in 2008 Appear Solid
11/13/07 Two Sectors Hold Back Employment Growth, But Two Others Sustain It
11/13/07 The Trois-Rivières Economy adopts New Industrial Structure
11/13/07 The Prospects for Saguenay and its Aluminum Industry are Bright and Shiny
11/13/07 Construction Outlook Weakens Due to Second Round of Credit Tightening
11/13/07 U.S. Construction Forecast Tables — Issued November 2007
11/12/07 Window to the Future
11/08/07 House Prices in Canada Continue to March Upward
11/08/07 Round Two of the Mortgage Mess
09/24/07 Mixed-mode Building Design Combines Old and New Ideas
11/08/07 Declining U.S. Dollar Boosts Construction in the Farm States
11/08/07 Louisiana and Utah Jump into First Place in Latest Growth Measure
11/08/07 Coast to Coast: October 2007 Report on Canadian Construction Projects
11/08/07 Construction Equipment Shipments Remain Depressed
11/06/07 The Outlook for Hotel Demand Appears Strong Despite the Loonies Flight
11/06/07 Executive Summary of CanaData’s 22nd Annual Construction Industry Forecasts Conference
11/06/07 Construction Costs Rise 4.2% to 4.6% for Light-framed Buildings in September
11/07/07 Economic and Construction Outlooks for Ten Key States
10/31/07 Drivers of Commodity Prices are Domestic and International
10/31/07 Resort and Retirement Markets Still the Leaders in Housing Intensity
10/31/07 Houston Widening its Lead in the Single-Family Housing Market
10/31/07 The Prospect of Higher Inflation Points to Higher Interest Rates in Canada
10/15/07 Checklists Identify Potential Envelope Design Improvements
11/06/07 Overview of Canadian Construction Markets
10/30/07 Insulation
10/29/07 20 of the Largest Upcoming Warehouse and Water Treatment Facility Projects — October 2007
10/29/07 U.S. Warehouse Construction Steady at a High Level
10/29/07 Strong Labour Markets Leading to Higher Wages
10/29/07 Public Construction Boom Set to Ebb
10/26/07 Canada and U.S. Diverge in Construction and Manufacturing Jobs Outlooks
10/24/07 Greenroofs as High Performance Design
10/24/07 Canada's Employment Growth Moves at Double the U.S. Pace
10/24/07 Low Unemployment Rate will Continue to Put Pressure on Ontario Construction Wages
10/24/07 Deterioration in Home Affordability Points to a Weaker Housing Market in Canada
10/23/07 Broad Inflation Indexes Ease in 2008 — Probably
10/21/07 What Makes a Building Product Green
10/24/07 Lighting Considerations in Green Building
10/24/07 Water Conservation in Green Buildings
10/24/07 Rainwater Collection Systems
10/24/07 Efficient Cooling Methods for Green Buildings
10/24/07 Controlling Heat Transfer in Green Buildings
10/24/07 Limiting Heat Loss Through Windows
10/23/07 Formaldehyde Use in Building Construction
10/23/07 Using Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
10/22/07 Financial Environment for Construction Improves Again in October
10/22/07 Decline in Equipment Shipments in Latest Month Restrains Prices
11/05/07 Greening Healthcare
10/19/07 Daylighting Controls
10/19/07 Use of Windows, Skylights and Light Pipes in Daylighting
10/19/07 An Overview of Daylighting
10/19/07 An Overview of Solar Ventilation Air Heating
10/19/07 Types of Collectors for Solar Water Heating
10/19/07 An Overview of Solar Water Heating
10/19/07 Cooling Load Advoidance
10/19/07 U.S. Retail Sales Unspectacular but Solid in September
10/19/07 The Shrinking U.S. Dollar is a Risk for Construction Demand
10/19/07 Components of Passive Solar Heating Designs
10/19/07 An Overview of Passive Solar Heating
10/23/07 Improving Indoor Air Quality
10/19/07 An Overview of The LEED Rating System
10/19/07 Cost Considerations in Building Deconstruction
10/17/07 Building Deconstruction
10/25/07 Roofing Considerations in Green Building
10/19/07 Green Site Selection and Development
10/24/07 Reducing Energy Use in Buildings
10/18/07 Starts Decline Seasonally in September
10/17/07 Green Demolition
10/18/07 Integrating Solar Power Generation into Buildings using Thin Film PV
09/10/07 Compost Company Promotes Green Environment
03/31/06 Green Roof Sets An Example For Minneapolis Sustainable Design

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