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If you are a home builder or residential designer/architect using mobile devices and other technology for business applications, we want to hear from you.

As more organizations are being pushed to reduce costs while improving the quality of products so the management of change becomes more and more important.

Kotter proposes eight steps to leading organizational change and avoiding key mistakes. 

Monday morning 6:30 a.m. Jeff the lead carpenter rolls out the latest set of prints for the new Thornberry model. He sighs as he scans the plans and elevations knowing it is going to be a long week piecing together his latest framing puzzle.

As new technologies and methodologies help us to improve our sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings, we should not forget that how we manage the process of developing, designing.

We're collecting information about how remodelers use technology for an upcoming issue of Professional Remodeler magazine.

As a special incentive, respondents to the survey will be entered in a drawing to win one of three American Express Visa gift cards.

One of the key difficulties any builder has in managing quality is deciding which quality tools to use at which point in time and more broadly how to manage an improvement team and project.

The EPA’s LRRP lead paint rules put us, as an industry, in an awkward place.
We have a rule that is, by all accounts, increasing the cost of doing business; driving work toward unlicensed, fly-by-night contractors; and is being infrequently enforced.

The NHQA application document is not simply the method of applying for the NHQA, it is an excellent overview of your business and a key method for conducting organizational wide self-assessment to the NHQA Criteria.

Receiving a NHQA feedback report can result in a freeze due the amount of Opportunities for Improvement (OFI’s) reported, but remember even award winners receive OFI’s!  They are after all the real benefits of the process it is through these that an improvement plan can be developed.  However, th

Making the cut for a National Housing Quality Award (NHQA) site visit is a major achievement, however, quite naturally many are anxious about the process and view the arrival of a team of Judges as a stressful experience.    This stress often arises from the perception that absolutely no mistakes

Almost 90 percent of Americans think owning a home is still an important part of the American dream, despite the current housing market.

The concept of lean architectural design is often misunderstood. Elimination of design- induced waste in both product and process is the overriding goal of Lean Design.

I must admit, as an architect involved heavily in the home building business for the last 20 years I have never come across the concept of “Brownies vs Muffins.” During a Lean Plan Workout for a large regional builder, Jim, from the concrete supply company brought this concept to our attention.

“I thought I saw it once. Rooms designed in twelve foot dimensions, footing dimensions in 24” increments. Sheetrock scraps wouldn’t fill a wheelbarrow. My phone never rang, the trades had all the information they needed and only the information they needed.

This year 69 organizations have applied for the nation's highest recognition for organizational performance excellence the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award which Professional Builder Magazines, National Housing Quality Award is based on.

SAN FRANCISCO -- One of my first stops on the PCBC show floor was to visit my friend Dave Wilson of Liners Direct, a manufacturer of acrylic bath products that is pushing the innovation envelope in many ways.

Last month, the Professional Builder editorial team hosted judges for our annual National Housing Quality Awards program, which for the past 18 years has honored the best of the best home builders, remodelers, and trade contra

Congratulations go out to Iris Harrell and her Mountain View, Calif., remodeling company.

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