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From design to measurement, there are constantly new software products coming out for building professionals. Whether you're looking for a new way to visualize a floor plan or your clients want to track the progress of the project, there's probably an app or service out there that can help you. Finding the perfect application for your project may save you hours of frustration, not to mention driving and phone calls.
PERC, Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, upgrades, comparisons, pricing
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has upgraded its popular Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, giving the tool more timely applications that give construction professionals and propane marketers a way to quickly conduct pricing comparisons down to the county level.
How to grow without adding staff
As the housing market picks up, builders have to figure out how to rebuild their businesses without having to staff up. Consultant Charles Schneider offers ideas for expanding without breaking the bank.
Geo marketing the next wave in social networking
Home builders can benefit from location-based social networking tools like Google Places and Gowalla. Two real estate marketing experts offer tips for builders.
This template-driven add-on for Revit BIM software helps automate design, production, and manufacturing of light gauge metal and wood studs for floor framing.
How BIM can work for small builders
Until recently, building information modeling has been the domain of big builders. But small- and mid-sized firms are now starting to realize the benefits of using BIM software tools.
Tips for using 3D digital models to sell homes
Early adopters of 3D design share advice on selling with virtual model homes.
Tampa, Fla. will buy a fully automated electronic building permitting system from Accela Automation, a company that provides Web- and cloud-based software applications to government agencies.
MiTek Sapphire Viewer
MiTek's Sapphire Viewer is designed for the builder, architect, or engineer to collaborate in real time on house plans with their component manufacturer (truss and panel maker).
In this third installment of a three-part series on building information modeling, Scott Sedam talks with design professionals who are leading the transition from CAD to BIM.
CalStar Oversized Facing Bricks
CalStar Products has introduced a line of oversized facing units that can be used for base courses and as accent bands.