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February 01, 2016

I thought Id provide a generic job description for a Quality Manager for any of you out there creating a new role in this area or wanting to update your current job description.

February 02, 2016

The East Coast and Mid-Atlantic states are only a few weeks out from the devastation caused by Winter Storm Jonas (did you know it had a name?), which walloped most of them with several feet of snow, including a whopping 40 plus feet in West Virginia.

January 27, 2016

I decided to launch Fortress Builders at what some might say was the worst possible time. This was in 2010, when banks were still recovering from the recession and less than willing to lend to unknown builders.

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The home building industry has experienced a lot of change in the past decade, but one area that many builders still overlook is how online communications is revolutionizing the buying process.

Working with virtual, geographically dispersed teams is challenging, but often a must in construction. How can you make sure your teams and partners are in sync when it comes to managing complex projects?

January 19, 2016

Photo: Chang Kyun Kim Photography

Last fall my wife and I purchased a new home.

Outdoor spaces that can function as living rooms are expected in warm climates, but they’ve quickly gained traction in places where it’s probably snowing right now.

The year 2015 was a strong one for many of the nation’s homebuilders. What will 2016 bring? I expect a steady, busy and profitable year, with many of the same challenges as 2015.

This year marks the 33rd year that the NAHB is producing the New American Home program, which it calls its “real-world laboratory” of design, materials, and construction technology. But although the program itself is not new, it is new to us at Professional Builder.

January 14, 2016

Here is a link to an overview of the National Housing Quality Award 2017 

January 15, 2016

Among my trusted travel gear is a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet that I use almost exclusively for reading books or articles on airplanes or in hotel rooms.

Scopes of Work are a key tool in ensuring Quality Management in a building company. Here are a series of links to Scopes and Checklists that can help you create or improve your Scopes.

Many factors influence homeowner satisfaction, and builders must constantly balance them all. A growing number of builders are using wood I-joists to provide homeowners with quiet reliable, and quality floors.

December 15, 2015

This is the last column in our deep dive into process improvement. In the series, we’ve explored how process—good or bad—drives almost everything in the home building business. In the August issue, we examined how what most builders call product waste is actually the result of bad process.

December 14, 2015

Here are few of our favorite last-minute gift ideas for contractors this holiday season – whether your friends or family can’t decide what to get you or you just want to take advantage of Holiday savings and buy a little something for yourself.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, new homes 5,000 square feet or larger in Boulder County, Colo., must be built to net zero standards.

It’s an exciting time to be a homebuilder: With the recession in our rear-view mirror, we’re seeing a renewed commitment to customized homes and an increase in homeowner investment.

The design of the home is equally as important as location--and it's even more important than the price of the home, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Want to give buyers better value with better design?

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