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December 13, 2016

Building practices are slow to change and for good reason. Home builders need trusted solutions to ensure a high quality finished product. At the same time, there is a need for easy solutions to meet new and evolving code requirements without fundamentally altering building techniques.

December 12, 2016

A UK all Party Parliamentary Group Report on Excellence in the Built Environment.

December 12, 2016

Induction cooktops and ranges are faster at cooking, safer to use, easier to clean, more energy efficient, and better for the environment than conventional gas or electric cooking systems. Why isn't everyone cooking with induction? Probably because they don't know about it and how it works.

December 12, 2016

The median size of a new, single-family home in 2015 was 2,520 square feet—the largest ever, the Census Bureau has reported.  As houses get bigger, of course, so do their roofs.

Professional Builder’s December issue features our 2016 Builder of the Year, LGI Homes.

In 1966, Professional Builder named its first Builder of the Year, William J. Levitt.

December 02, 2016

BASF offers innovative technologies and provides tailored solutions for design and construction challenges. Through BASF's BEYOND.

November 18, 2016

A groundbreaking new project aims to help the construction industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions—and achieve full net-zero targets.

November 18, 2016

While Millennials aren’t yet a majority group among homeowners—they currently represent about a third—they will be. Now is the time to understand their distinct qualities, and how to market to this unique consumer, because the full effect of this trend is yet to be felt.

November 15, 2016

For most of a home’s walls, solid-sawn lumber studs perform well and are straight enough that builders and their homeowner-clients are happy with the results. But some walls require extra attention—and a sturdier, straighter, engineered product—to prevent callbacks.

November 09, 2016

The purpose of this paper is to add to the current knowledge of how and why small businesses should engage in quality management (QM) by providing insights from small business owners who are committed advocates of QM.

November 08, 2016

When asked about the major challenges their companies are facing, builders have plenty of problems to choose from: acute labor shortages, regulatory roadblocks and costs, and a dearth of buyers, among many others.

Growing up near Boston during the energy crisis of the mid-1970s involved waiting for the school bus in the dark during double daylight savings time, pulling on an extra sweater instead of turning up the heat, lots of carpooling, and even more bicycling.

A growing number of homebuyers nationwide are having trouble finding homes for the right price, or at least what seems like the right price.

November 02, 2016

What do home buyers want in a kitchen? The fashionable color palette changes from year to year, but the thing that most people want from a kitchen is very consistent, year in, year out: They want time.

October 27, 2016

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, it’s no surprise that many builders are receiving requests from homeowners to add an in-home movie theater or media room to complete their housing project.

October 24, 2016

She’s finally on her way to see Paris in the springtime, but halfway to the airport she suddenly thinks, "Oh no, did I leave the Air Conditioner on?”  So she pulls out her smartphone and checks its status, turns it off, and schedules it to turn back on in two weeks, when she’s arriving back from

October 19, 2016

Fires pose a major danger to families, but even if they are contained, they can cause financial strain on homeowners.

October 19, 2016

Many of us have applied the roller method (i.e.: rolling thinned-down joint compound on ceilings or walls) when we are doing some texturing work, but how many have tried the roller method for finishing coats?

October 14, 2016

Mold is an ongoing threat to a home’s indoor air quality and a family’s respiratory health. Mold needs four things to grow: oxygen, moisture, food (often the cellulose found in wood and paper) and a temperature between 41° F and 104° F.

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