Photo: pepperberryfarm/Creative Commons.

Wood-based products that are RPP-certified are eligible to receive points toward a National Green Building Standard Certified Home.

Swainson House at Serosun Farms

Serosun Farms near Hampshire, Ill., is a community zoned for farmland preservation and limited development. The plan calls for 114 lots amid at least 165 acres of farmland and additional acres for greenspace, woodlands, and community gardens. Above is Serosun's first model home dubbed the Swainson House (Photos: Jill Buckner).

Access to locally-grown, organic food is emerging as the hottest tool for building communities. 

Illustration: Michael Kirkham

Cookie-cutter streetscapes are giving way in master planned communities, and the Housing Giants that builder them are focusing on product diversity, quality of life, and neighborhoods.

New Rainier Vista micro community

Dwell Development spent more than five years building a 42-home sustainable micro community in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood

Dwell Development enhances a Seattle infill master planned community with sustainable houses

Professional Builder’s annual Housing Giants list, ranked by revenue, includes 252 of the nation’s largest builders.

Photo Credit: Garreth Wilcock, flickr Creative Commons

The 0.3 percent gain in March, combined with February’s 1 percent gain, has construction spending as high as it has been in years

Floods in Connecticut. Photo: smackfu/Creative Commons.

The governor’s office said in a statement that the action is being taken due to the expectation of more frequent and severe weather events as a result of global warming.

Brownstones in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Photo Credit: NewYork10r, Wikimedia Commons

Although rare, rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods share the common theme of having experienced large home value appreciation rates over the past decade

OSHA issues advisory to protect workers from Zika virus

Photo: coniferconifer/Creative Commons.

Employers should consider providing workers with hats outfitted with mosquito netting to protect the face and neck.

From left to right: Keith Porterfield, COO; Ryan Clinard, Vice President, Production and Costing; Chris O’Neal, Vice President, Sales and Marketing; Mike Stanton, Development Manager; Bob Goodall, President and Owner; Rich Pankow, CFO; and Jack Ludington, Vice President, Development.

Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary Clayton Homes buys Middle Tennessee homebuilder.

The Best of PCBC: 2016 Parade Of Products

TOTO's Carlyle II 1G Connect+ S350e features a heated seat, warm-air dryer, and remote control.

A panel of industry judges selected the 20 most innovative new product solutions of the past year, from wireless sensors to spray foam to a graywater treatment and management system.

Prototype ‘house of the future’ to have numerous innovative elements

The living room of Arthur Casas’ “House of Tomorrow.” Rendering courtesy AIA.

The house will consist of prefabricated modules for rooms and living spaces. 

Photo Credit: Jimmy Baikovicius, flickr Creative Commons

Thanks to favorable median home prices, affordability, inventory, and cash buyer competition, cities like Indianapolis and Birmingham may be just what first-time buyers are looking for

Arizona ballot initiative would give voters a say on net metering

Avondale, Arizona. Photo: Kevin Dooley/Creative Commons.

If voters approve, utilities would have to continue to give solar customers a one-to-one credit for most of the excess power they send to the grid.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Levine, flickr Creative Commons

Home renovation is expected to reach $325 billion by early 2017, marking the highest level in 10 years

Codes, regulations hampering green residential construction

Photo: Stephen Harris/Creative Commons.

Building codes, local zoning ordinances, and rules governing aesthetics within the boundaries of homeowners’ associations have not always kept up with advances in sustainability.


Building Science: HP+ Wall System
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Builder Tim O’Brien takes Adam Grubb to a home under construction to get an inside look of how the building envelope is created using the BASF’s trademarked high performance (HP+) wall system.

April 2016

This Month in Professional Builder


The building community reports on the growing popularity of bringing the indoors outside.

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