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Week of December 22, 2003

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President's Message

* 2003 – A Year to Remember

Housing and Economics

* Single-Family Home Starts Hit a Record High in November
* Following One of the Best Years Ever, Housing Poised for Solid 2004
* Builders Upbeat This Holiday Season
* Eye on the Economy

Multifamily

* FHA Multifamily Mortgage Insurance Programs Back in Business
* Index Finds Weak Rental, Strong Condo Markets

Environment

* U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Regulation of Roadside Ditches
* Decision on Jurisdiction Over Isolated Wetlands Breeds Disappointment
* Court Rejects Endangered Species Permit Revocation Rule

State and Local

* New Jersey Builders Defang Governor’s Anti-Housing Tool with Economic Impact Study
* Legislative Group Endorses Favorable ‘Notice and Opportunity to Repair’ Amendments

Business Management

* Systematize the Selections Process to Avoid Hassles

Codes and Standards

* R-Values Excessive in Revised ASHRAE Energy Standard

Construction Safety

* OSHA Reports Increased Citations in Fiscal 2003
* Workers Should Take Precautions in Cold Weather

Seniors Housing

* Who Are Today’s Over-55 Buyers?

Legal Issues

* Ask the Lawyer – About Mechanic’s Liens

Housing Finance

* Military Housing Privatization Projects Coming Up in Florida, Oklahoma

Small Builders and Remodelers

* Why Have Your Customers Come to You?

Education

* New NAHB Course Addresses Insurance Liability Concerns
* First Annual National Designation Month Debuts in February

Labor

* New Publication Provides Overview of Basic Construction Principles

Building Systems

* Building Systems Councils to Include Concrete Home Building

Building Products

* Local Brick Distributors Provide Home Buyers With More Choices

Housing Forum

* Mysterious Cracking

Builders' Show

* Show Activities Focus on Sales and Marketing Professionals

Building News Coast To Coast

Association News & Events

* Notice of Annual Meeting of the Members of the National Association of Home Builders
* Find the Right NAHB Staff Faster Than Ever Online
* Bob the Builder Teaches Children About Safety
* Environmental Coloring Book Goes Online
* Northern Kentucky Remodelers Provide Holiday Cheer
* Builders in Southeast Virginia Launch General Liability Company
* One Home at a Time, Mississippi Builder Putting Working Families on the Road to the American Dream
* Calendar of Events

NBN Back Issues

 

New Publication Provides Overview of Basic Construction Principles

The newest installment in the Residential Construction Academy (RCA) Series of training resources was published earlier this month.

Developed in partnership with Thomson/Delmar Learning and based on the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) curriculum developed by the Home Builders Institute, the workforce development arm of NAHB, “Basic Principles for Construction" provides an overview of the basics of residential construction. The volume covers several areas, including mathematics, print reading, communications, workplace skills, safety, common tools and careers in the field.

An Instructor's Manual for the book includes review questions and answers, lecture outlines and exercises.

A CD-ROM containing lecture outlines, notes to instructors, a computerized test bank, PowerPoint™ presentations, image library and answers for review questions is also available.

The book is extensively illustrated and it establishes learning objectives for each chapter. A host of activities engage readers in functions typically encountered on the job.


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Helpful features include:

  • Drawings and illustrations that bring key topics to life
  • Information on acquiring and retaining a job in the building trades
  • Content and activities that supplement the other RCA Series books — “Carpentry,” “Electrical Principles” and “House Wiring” — which are all available from BuilderBooks.com
  • A Career Profiles section that offers information and advice from working professionals in a variety of trades.

Before becoming a construction teacher, author Mark Huth worked as a carpenter and contractor, and in his preparations for the book he consulted with hundreds of construction educators at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

“Basic Principles for Construction” was also shaped by his observations about the difficulties students encounter when they are studying construction and by outstanding training programs at the best schools in the country.
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