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Engineered to provide strength and consistency, Weyerhaeuser’s Trus Joist® TJI® joists are one of the most fundamental components of a solid, high-performance floor system.

This link is to a free presentation on the National Housing Quality Award. It provides an introduction to  how it functions, its implementation, management, impact, self-assessment and the application process.

Looking for a New Year Resolution? How much more effective could your organization become if it were to take steps to enhance its culture of quality?

Remodelers around the country cited increased demand among homeowners for kitchen upgrades in 2014, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

When designing a wood-framed floor system for residential projects, building to meet the applicable codes is only one step in the design process. Having met code requirements, there is an array of choices a designer must consider that impact the day-to-day use of the floor.

So often the thought for increasing profit is to build more homes. When in fact, the easiest way to increase profit is to reduce the Cost of Poor Quality.

Cost of Quality (COQ) consists of:

Prevention Costs

Appraisal Costs

Failure Costs

Design trends come and go, but one change that’s likely permanent is homebuyers’ desire for more open floor plans that provide a better space for entertaining, encourage interaction, and open up interior rooms to more natural light.

Technology in retail has greatly advanced over the past several years, not only for consumers, but for professional customers as well. Sometimes new technology can seem intimidating or like a hassle. It doesn’t have to be.

Black Friday marks the biggest day in retail – providing you with an opportunity to save money on the tools that help you do high-quality work faster and more efficiently.
 

The Home Depot is dedicated year-round to providing builders, remodelers and other contractors with a customized shopping experience that helps them save time and money.

Collaboration is far and away one of my favorite aspects of the building industry. In fact the practice of Lean Design demands collaboration between the architect or designer and the building team to eliminate waste and maximize appeal.

Day in and day out, you’re faced with challenges – finding skilled labor, differentiating yourself from competitors and navigating ever-changing regulations.

Repairing or remodeling a bathroom that meets and exceeds a client’s expectations while staying on budget can be a challenging and time-consuming task.

When the clouds cleared and the waves subsided following Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, the Santos family found itself picking up the pieces alongside many of its Point Pleasant, N.J., neighbors.

Process, well love it or hate it we NEED IT! It may not be exciting creating it, setting it up, but process is so very important. I thought the following quote from Tom Peters put it perfectly, especially for our industry.

Last year, nearly 30 percent of new homes in the U.S. had partial or full basements, according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction. The heaviest concentration continues to be in the Northeast and Midwest, where more than 70 percent of new homes were built atop basements.

The 2015 National Housing Quality Award recipients are:

DSLD of LA, Gold

EYA of MD, Gold

French Brothers of NM, Silver

These are great examples of builders driving excellence in every aspect of their business.

October 07, 2014

In the October issue, we announce the winners of this year’s National Housing Quality Awards: gold award recipients DSLD Homes and EYA, and silver award winner French Brothers.

September 25, 2014

The cover story of Time’s July 14 issue is a 39-page special report, “The Smarter Home.” Naturally, I had to read it. There’s a lot of talk about smart gadgets, such as a toothbrush that tracks your brushing habits and a slow cooker that lets you cook remotely.

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