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Features
October 07, 2010

Now in year five of the worst housing market downturn since the Great Depression, most builders by now have faced monumental challenges to keep their doors open. In an effort to explore the key takeaways and lessons learned from this downturn, we sat down with three builders to discuss the impacts of the economy on their businesses.

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October 20, 2010

It’s good to be green, but everything starts with affordability. That’s what home builders have learned about creating marketable products for cost-conscious, savvy buyers. Solar panels and tankless water heaters are attractive options, but achieving green at an affordable price requires getting back to basics: using land economically, reducing waste, making the most of smaller square footage, and keeping operating costs to a minimum.

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October 20, 2010

Are conservation communities on a comeback? Some experts believe so. We profile three recent conservation community developments that re-think the decades-old planning model.

Features
February 14, 2011

There are a number of reasons builders might make the decision to switch building products, materials, or systems. A different product may offer first-cost or labor savings over your current product. Or perhaps it will make your homes more energy efficient or green, and thus more marketable to potential buyers. Regardless of the reason, switching products does pose risks and challenges for builders.

Blower door testing can provide a baseline of how well the building envelope and duct system limit air leakage.

Features
September 16, 2010

Make sure your home designs meet the latest code requirements and green standards by applying these simple rules.

While builders rightly obsess on cost reduction, there's a revolution brewing under the banner of Lean operations.

Features
September 15, 2010

While builders rightly obsess on cost reduction, there's a revolution brewing under the banner of Lean operations. On the surface, it resembles traditional value engineering, but there are crucial distinctions that make all the difference.

Features
September 15, 2010

Mixed-use residential development is on the upswing, particularly in urban areas. But before jumping into this market, home builders need to consider the risks versus rewards.

Features
May 01, 2009

Home staging goes way beyond decorating; it is about creating a mood in the home. But how do you create that lived-in look with a skimpy budget? We ask the experts.

Features
May 01, 2009

Villebois in suburban Portland, Ore., is designed around a lively town center and features a variety of housing types.

Features
October 01, 2006

The Gulf Coast housing crisis created by Hurricane Katrina is churning up innovation on a broad scale, and the solutions taking shape in Louisiana and Mississippi may eventually land at your door, wherever you do business.

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