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Standards provide crucial communication, alignment and compatibility at an international, national, industry and individual organizational level.  These standards, accessible to everyone from global powers to developing countries, from international corporations to the Mom and Pop small business,

An article in the Chicago Sun-Times this past Sunday featured the Chicago bungalow, an architectural style much beloved in the Windy City. Former Mayor Richard M.

A CNN Money article this week elaborated on what many construction

To a remodeling contractor, saying “no” to a potential client could possibly be the best decision you make for your company.

 

For over 20 years, the National Housing Quality Award has been helping some of America’s best home builders improve their operations and make more money!

Learn how applying for the NHQ Award can help your company:

 

A new theme park just opened in Houston, and it’s not Six Flags. MainStreet America is a collection of 12 show homes, ranging from 1,800 to 6,000 square feet and representing a smorgasbord of architectural styles.

I read thousands of customer surveys every year – THOUSANDS!  This customer insight gives me a unique perspective on many home building topics, like today’s “Finding Your Special Agent 007s For Huge Sales Increases."

There’s a new business buzzword spreading like Strep Throat. I’m betting it’s still in the early adoption phase, but these viral epidemics (pandemics?) move quickly. 

After my January 2013 article in Professional Builder, “3 Ways to Huge Profits Through Lean Design,” was published, I was thrilled to get a shout-out from a faithful reader regarding a costly insulation mistake. It was too good not to share. Here is what he wrote:

Michelle Jennings Wiebe is helping to spread the message that new homes are better than resales.

Considering the millions of people wandering around with chins buried in their chests, thumbs ablaze on glass keyboards, few would suggest the smartphone is underutilized.

When I travel with my wife, or sometimes just run to the grocery, cleaners or hardware store, she frequently has to remind me, “Scott, remember, you are NOT in charge here.” Many of you fellow Leanistas know the drill.

This pottery is the future.

When I was part of a growing home building company we learned to be on guard for the newest “technology” coming down the pike that promised to revolutionize our home building business.

 

Studies show that across industries Cost of Quality (Failure, Appraisal & Prevention) is: 2.6-4% of sales revenue.

In the construction industry the Cost of Quality profile is:

70% spent on Failure Costs

25% on Appraisal Costs and only

Did you know that Bronson Pinchot has a show on the DIY Network? That’s right, folks — Balki renovates houses!

Green building has touched nearly every new-home price point in urban areas as well as the suburbs.

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