PB June 2014

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Products

This non-woven, water-resistive weather barrier from James Hardie contains a MicroTech coating that allows moisture inside the home to escape, keeping areas within the walls dry while keeping outside moisture out.

Iso Red ci Polyiso Foam Sheathing from OX Engineered Products is a closed-cell polyisocyanurate insulation solution that provides the technology for best-in-class foam sheathing R-values and moisture resistance.

Neopor, 5300 insulation material from BASF, contains special graphite particles that reflect heat radiation, reducing heat loss.

Sto Corp. has launched its energy-efficient StoGuard fluid applied weather barrier to the residential market.

SmartBatt with MoistureSense Technology from CertainTeed is the industry’s first kraft-faced fiberglass batt insulation.

Sto Corp. has introduced Stolit Milano, a very fine, workable finish for interior and exterior wall surfaces.

Made for daily use, the Titan Impact 400 is a compact, portable unit that weighs 20-percent less than other competitive sprayers without losing the durability expected from a commercial sprayer.

Miracle Bond by USP Structural Connectors is a high-strength, two-component epoxy designed to be a bonding agent for nearly all household materials including wood, steel, concrete, brick, stone, and CMU block.

Arnon Fasteners Corporation has entered the building marketplace with Stainable Primer, a product with the ability to transform any hard surface into a stainable wood surface.

Sherwin-Williams offers enhanced Deckscapes Waterborne Semi-Transparent Stain to provide durable protection for all exterior horizontal wood surfaces.

Features

Professional Builder's House Review design team presents a wide variety of functional and appealing plans for narrow lot widths that offer privacy and low maintenance.

Builders and architects share what they are using for the home’s critical interface between interior and exterior environments.

What to do when you need to do everything now

The 2014 PCBC show home will provide a mountainside retreat in an area rebuilding from wildfire.

When the design combines an efficient use of space with attention to detail, finish, and quality, a home of 2,000 square feet or less doesn’t feel small at all.

Advanced framing techniques aid zero-energy ready home performance.

Staying focused at mid-game

Grayhawk and David Weekley Homes share how they prepared to enter new territory, and D.R. Horton builds on the site of an abandoned condo complex.

Visiting with a few Housing Giants who increased their revenues most year-over-year

Almost two-thirds (65.5 percent) of new and existing homes sold nationwide in the first quarter of the year were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900.

December 2014

This Month in Professional Builder

Products

Skyline Windows released an ADA-compliant crank operated tilt and turn window with incremental control. 

Features

Builders are more optimistic about the industry as the overall economy becomes less of a concern, even as the rising cost of materials and labor commands more attention.

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