When 50% of Home Builders went out of Business, 95%+ of NHQA Recipients are still IN Business

June 26, 2016

One example of the value and power of the NHQA is that while 50% of home builders went out of business between 2007-2012 over the 20 year + history of the National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA) 95+% of recipients are still in business! Consider the following!

US Government: Number of Builders Declined 50% between 2007 & 2012 (NAHB) by Rose Quint, Sep 9th 2015

Much like it counts people every 10 years, the US government counts American businesses every 5 years.  This is done through the Economic Census, which is conducted by the Census Bureau in years ending in 2 and 7.  Results for the residential construction industry for 2012 were recently released, officially confirming what we already knew:  a significant number of builders went out of business in the five years between 2007 and 2012.

According to this official count, the number of establishments whose primary activity is new residential construction fell from 98,067 in 2007 to 48,557 in 2012, a dramatic 50 percent decline.  The latest tally is the lowest number of builders reported by the Economic Census since 1997, the first time builders were reported separately from remodelers.


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Denis Leonard has a degree in construction engineering an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in quality management. Denis is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Quality Manager, Auditor, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has been an Examiner for the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners a Judge on the International Team Excellence Competition and a Lead Judge on the National Housing Quality Award. A former Professor of Quality at the University of Wisconsin, he has experience as a quality manager in the home building industry as well as construction engineer, site manager, and in training, auditing, and consulting with expertise in strategic and operational quality improvement initiatives. His work has achieved national quality, environmental, and safety management awards for clients. 

Denis is co-author of The Executive Guide to Understanding and Implementing the Baldrige Criteria: Improve Revenue and Create Organizational Excellence.


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