Scopes of Work are a key tool in ensuring Quality Management in a building company. Here are a series of links to Scopes and Checklists that can help you create or improve your Scopes.

Many factors influence homeowner satisfaction, and builders must constantly balance them all. A growing number of builders are using wood I-joists to provide homeowners with quiet reliable, and quality floors.

December 15, 2015

This is the last column in our deep dive into process improvement. In the series, we’ve explored how process—good or bad—drives almost everything in the home building business. In the August issue, we examined how what most builders call product waste is actually the result of bad process.

December 14, 2015

Here are few of our favorite last-minute gift ideas for contractors this holiday season – whether your friends or family can’t decide what to get you or you just want to take advantage of Holiday savings and buy a little something for yourself.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, new homes 5,000 square feet or larger in Boulder County, Colo., must be built to net zero standards.

It’s an exciting time to be a homebuilder: With the recession in our rear-view mirror, we’re seeing a renewed commitment to customized homes and an increase in homeowner investment.

The design of the home is equally as important as location--and it's even more important than the price of the home, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Want to give buyers better value with better design?

December 01, 2015

With the advent of more energy-efficient construction methods, proper siding and trim attachment has increasingly become a challenge.

Those following the teachings of quality gurus such as Deming, Juran and Feigenbaum and implementing quality culture, tools and techniques are following approaches that tend toward leadership traits that include, empowerment,

“Benchmarking is the search for those best practices that will lead to superior performance of the company” Robert Camp

November 24, 2015

The documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself is a fascinating look at how Hollywood has treated L.A. over the years. The film was made in 2003 but has just now become available on DVD, no doubt due to the cumbersome copyright issues that filmmaker Thom Andersen had to overcome.

Development and homebuilding trends change rapidly, with changing buyer profiles, technology and lifestyles all contributing. Keeping pace may be challenging, but it’s essential for success.

I’ve been working in the homebuilding industry for the last 22 years. Brace for impact: I’m a woman.  

November 03, 2015

It was a wake-up call; no doubt about it. “You’ve got to get over your suspicions—people want this stuff,” my editor urged.

I’m writing this column on the plane as I return home from Professional Builder’s second annual Housing Giants Leadership Conference because, first, I want to get my thoughts down on paper about the last three days while they’re still fresh in my mind.

Our team has long sought to be at the top of our market--and to lead the market with new building techniques that help our customers save energy while ensuring maximum performance.

November 10, 2015

Builders expect that a building product will provide solid, reliable performance for multifamily construction. But when that same product also provides significant savings over other framing options, builders take notice.

November 03, 2015

On Sept. 17, just before 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, countless numbers of hands hovered over keyboards, waiting for the moment when they could quickly tap out the news that everyone in the U.S., and perhaps around the globe, had been waiting for with fear and trepidation.


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