August 14, 2015

The release of June housing starts and permits by the Census Bureau was met with great fanfare by the media, eliciting headlines such as “Housing Starts Jump 26.6%” and “Building Permits Surge 30% Year-Over-Year.” Not called out in many of the headlines was that the gains were all in the multifam

August 14, 2015

It is common practice in residential construction to use multiple pieces of 2x lumber conn­­ected together (sometimes referred to as “stud packs”) to build interior columns. One rule of thumb is to install enough studs to match the width of the beam above.

August 13, 2015

I began covering home building by way of the food world, as an editor who shot and wrote about kitchens. The generosity of great designers and chefs made me a better journalist; more importantly, it provided readers with useful and interesting information.

August 13, 2015

During the last few days of reading and proofing the list and stories associated with our annual Housing Giants report, I came across this article headline on the Web, published by Bloomberg Business: “New Yor

August 13, 2015
Capitalizing on your unique selling proposition is a maxim we hear an awful lot of in the home building business. (Photo: Courtesy Ivory Homes)
August 13, 2015

Home builders are remarkably adept at creating different types of homes as the needs and desires of the population change. One has only to look at the recent rising and falling of the square footage of newly built housing to see that builders quickly adapt to a changing housing market.

August 13, 2015

Reading the first paragraphs of Sue Bady’s story on Traditional Neighborhood Development in this i

August 13, 2015

We’re putting the July issue of Professional Builder to bed at the same time that we’re packing our bags for San Diego and PCBC, formerly known as the Pacific Coast Builders Confer

August 10, 2015

Remember when, in 1989, American soldiers blasted heavy metal music outside the Vatican embassy where Panamanian dictator General Noriega was hiding? After six days he surrendered. From Iraq to Israel to Panama, loud noises are part of the interrogator

August 03, 2015

Rising temperatures often lead to increased water and energy consumption, which can mean higher utility bills.

Rising temperatures often lead to increased water and energy consumption, which can mean higher utility bills.

July 31, 2015

Excess or unused wood accounts for up to 40% of jobsite waste, according to estimates from the NAHB.

July 20, 2015

Imagine designing a house frame with fewer products to specify, less lumber to cull through and reduced installation times. Laminated strand lumber (LSL) is more than just engineered wood; it’s a veritable jack-of-all-trades suitable for a diverse range of framing applications.

July 08, 2015

One of my favorite childhood memories is spending weekends at my grandparents’ bungalow in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., during the summer. The bungalow was one of many located a few blocks from the beach. It was nothing fancy—an eat-in kitchen and living room on the main level and bedrooms upstairs.

July 01, 2015

When it comes to the floor system, builders often think about code compliance and structural performance. But what about the intangible part—how the floor feels? It’s a consideration that, if ignored, could tarnish your company’s reputation.

Here are the top issues that allow lean to stumble.

“Quality is the result of a carefully constructed cultural environment. It has to be the fabric of the organization, not part of the fabric.”  Philip Crosby

As a leader, are you fully committed to the Baldrige journey?

The following is from The Executive Guide to the Baldrige Criteria (Leonard & McGuire) and applies in the same way to the NHQA !

• Leaders must decide early in this process if the organization

“Goal setting has traditionally been based on past performance. This practice has tended to perpetuate the sins of the past.”  Joseph Juran


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