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July 01, 2016

One example of the value and power of the NHQA is that while 50% of home builders went out of business between 2007-2012 over the 20 year + history of the National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA) 95+% of recipients are still in business! Consider the following!

June 22, 2016

Moisture is one of the most damaging elements buildings can encounter. It’s also the leading cause of construction litigation. But keeping buildings perfectly dry isn’t entirely practical; instead, buildings must manage water in a balanced way.

June 17, 2016

While the housing market appears to be on an upswing in most parts of the country, it is manifesting itself in ways quite different than it had ten or fifteen years ago.

June 13, 2016

Homeownership has fallen to its lowest level since 1967, and it will likely continue to drop toward 60 percent. This is due to limited inventory, high prices, debt, wage stagnation, and strict lending practices. Rental households have increased by 9 million in the last 10 years. 

June 13, 2016

Facing a heavier workload in the peak summer season, contractors are challenged to equip themselves with the latest tools without breaking the bank.

This month contributing editor John Caulfield profiles four regional builders that are each prevailing in their markets. Data from Meyers Research on 50 of the country’s top U.S.

During the recession, a fairly popular diversification tactic for single-family builders was to build a few multifamily rental projects and hang onto them.

June 03, 2016

As all home builders know, amenity preferences among buyers can change frequently and are often fleeting. However, in recent years, the desire for green features in homes has remained strong and is becoming an expectation.

May 25, 2016

Could some of the most in-demand housing markets be cooling off? A recent study from Trulia reveals that the hottest moving housing markets are slowing down, and sellers in cities lagging from the recession are benefitting from quicker absorption rates.

Slowing Down

May 25, 2016

Everyone in the housing business recognizes that Bill Pulte is the founder of PulteGroup, in Atlanta.

May 10, 2016

The cost of changing codes can quickly pile up and impact several different parts of a project. As requirements are updated, builders are forced to adjust their materials, construction method, engineering, and labor to comply—often resulting in higher costs.

May 09, 2016

When building or remodeling, homeowners are faced with a dizzying array of product choices. How those decisions are made depends on the priorities and point of view of the homeowner.

May 06, 2016

This month is Building Safety Month, as recognized by the International Code Council (ICC).

May 05, 2016

The late Stephen Covey, author of one of the all-time best-selling business books, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, often wrote about “the world of abundance.” In Covey’s view, there’s always enough of

Dead and gone, as alive as ever, or being reborn? That’s the question that senior editor Mike Beirne asks in our May 2016 story on the current state of the master planned community.

Among the questions we ask of builders in our annual Professional Builder Housing Giants survey is this one: “In the coming year, what do you anticipate to be your biggest challenges?” Each year’s results offer a few different answers that rise to the top, but there is one that is always in the m

May 02, 2016

The imperatives for the future of quality management include

1. Driving strategic quality at both corporate, industry, and national levels

2. Defining and promoting leadership principles founded on the principles of quality

April 28, 2016

Technology has become integrated into our homes with devices such as networked doorbells, smart thermostats, and wireless light bulbs.

April 18, 2016

While your customers may know their goals for their home renovation, few will shy away from admitting they need professional insight when it comes to choosing the right materials.

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