Construction Quality

Construction Quality

A compilation of HousingZone's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on construction quality for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



New materials that reduce air infiltration, such as housewraps and high-density insulation, can also contributed to the reduced drying potential of building assemblies.
Features
January 15, 2016

Modern building assemblies are less tolerant of design and installation flaws, which requires that today’s homes be better designed and built.

Features
November 09, 2015

The Construction Defect Center helps buyers whose subdivision houses have not been built properly, investigating their leaking roofs and windows, and defects in roof shingles, stucco installation, wood siding, plumbing systems, and appliances.

The scales of justice--applied to Centex Homes lawsuit.
Features
May 19, 2015

The case was unique, as very few California construction defect lawsuits have gone to trial and then all the way to a verdict

RDC Fine Homes' first net-zero home employed a wide array of energy-efficient features. Image courtesy of RDC Fine Homes

Features
September 27, 2013

Speakers who participated in the recent Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit share what the industry has recently learned about building to the green standard.

Features
August 22, 2013

Among the hundreds of building products introduced by manufacturers during the past 12 months and featured on the pages of Professional Builder, the readers selected these standouts as the 101 Best New Products.

News
July 10, 2013

With the prospect of severe tornadoes and severe wind events differing drastically within some states, codes governing emergency “safe room” shelters can vary.

News
July 10, 2013

The California master building code, set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, includes a few changes that could push automated, open-standards-based demand response into the mass market.

News
June 24, 2013

The poised white rectangle has the appeal of classic Modernism, but it is also a critical part of the sustainability story: The frame’s deep overhang helps shield the house’s main southern exposure from the region’s scorching sun.

News
June 20, 2013

Circular design and trusses that radiate from the center and distribute forces evenly are among the features that have allowed houses by Deltec Homes to stand up to powerful storms, the home builder says.

News
June 17, 2013

Cool-roof material choices have expanded from reflective paint to vinyl sheeting, light-colored gravel, and other roofing products designed to reflect 90 percent of sunlight.

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