Several dozen industry experts including, building officials, residential and commercial builders, lobbyists fire marshal and state regulators met at the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) last Friday for the first meeting of the state’s Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs). Members of the TAGs have begun to review the recent code changes and are examining whether Minnesota should adopt these provisions.Read More
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In less than eleven months Minnesota will elect a new governor. Current Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens (R), who is running to hold that seat, met with Housing First Minnesota leadership on Wednesday to discuss a variety of housing issues and her campaign to be Minnesota's next governor.
Among the many topics discussed were Minnesota's regulatory environment, the construction workforce shortage, and the role of the Metropolitan Council.Read More
Housing Day at the Capitol is one of the largest gatherings at the Minnesota Capitol with more than 600 attendees. Home builders, remodelers, Realtors and other housing industry advocates from throughout Minnesota will descend upon the State Capitol in St. Paul on March 14.
The BATC Foundation proudly showed off its latest project in October with a moving ribbon cutting ceremony. Working with the St. Michael Foundation and build partner Minnesota Design and Construction Inc., the BATC Foundation expanded and remodeled a group home in St. Michael for four young men with special needs.
Chief among the improvements was a new kitchen, where these residents like to gather at the new center island, cook together or enjoy a meal at the dining room table. The BATC Foundation’s addition included a large deck and new flooring throughout much of the home.Read More
The largest building industry product show in the Midwest takes place this April at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Builders and Remodelers Show (BRS) will feature a new floor plan this year with more than 225 vendors showing off their newest and best products and services. For decades BRS has been the best area event to discover new trends in the home building industry.Read More
More than 830 home building industry members attended this year’s Building Industry Gala at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Shakopee on Oct. 26. The red-carpet event honored this year’s top Twin Cities’ builders, remodelers, suppliers and individuals.Read More
Minnesota residential construction had its best year in a decade in 2017. Year-to-date through October, Minnesota single-family permits are up 10 percent. Single-family construction in the Twin Cities is up 14 percent.Read More
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has declined from 4.3 percent to 3.9 percent recently, remaining well below the long-term average of 8 percent. Through November, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates twice. Additional hikes are expected in 2019.
Minnesota millennials are ahead of the rest of the nation when it comes to buying their first home. According to Abodo, 42.4 percent of millennials in the Twin Cities own a home, which is the highest when comparing the largest 45 metro areas. Nationally, 35.6 percent of millennials are homeowners.Read More
The percentage of Minnesotans that are able to consider new homes as a housing option is on the decline. New data shows that 38.6 percent of Minnesota households earn the household income needed to purchase a median-priced new house. This is down from 40.4 percent in 2016 and is the second-lowest ratio in the past nine years.Read More
The construction industry represents one of the largest growing segments of the Minnesota economy. One of the biggest obstacles that is standing in its way is a serious workforce shortage.
Rep. Barb Haley has an extensive background in addressing workforce challenges. She currently sits on the Education Innovation Policy and Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives.Read More
In less than 11 months, Minnesotans will go to the polls to determine who will become their next governor. Health care, education and the economy are sure to dominate the conversation throughout the primary season and run-up to the general election. But housing has also been elevated as part of frequent discussions among the 2018 contenders.
The housing industry makes up approximately 15 percent of Minnesota’s GDP. From providing good-paying jobs for construction workers to building the American dream, the housing industry is an integral part of Minnesota’s economy.Read More
Members of the state’s Construction Code Advisory Council met on Nov. 30, to begin the process of updating the state’s building codes.
During the meeting, the Construction Code Advisory Council appointed the official members of its 10 Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), the bodies responsible for reviewing changes to each code: Accessibility Code, Building Code Administration, Commercial Building Code, Elevator Code, Energy Code, Existing Building Code, Fire Code Compatibility, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Code, Structural and the Residential Building Code.Read More