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Features
October 07, 2010

The NHQ Awards represent the best of the best in quality-driven home building companies, and the 2011 class is no exception. All three winners — Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, Haseko Construction, and Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes — employ numerous quality management best practices. Here are a few particularly interesting best practices that caught our attention.

Features
October 07, 2010

What we can learn from Australian construction practices; Using checklists to ensure quality management; Market update - what the bears see

Features
October 07, 2010

Instead of price chasing the competition, Wathen-Castanos reinvents itself as a high-performance, green builder to grow during the market’s ‘darkest days.’

Features
October 07, 2010

For Lancaster, Pa.-based Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, customer satisfaction is more than great service and warranty — it’s about making the home-buying experience something truly special. Read about the 2011 National Housing Quality award winner.

Features
October 07, 2010

Now in year five of the worst housing market downturn since the Great Depression, most builders by now have faced monumental challenges to keep their doors open. In an effort to explore the key takeaways and lessons learned from this downturn, we sat down with three builders to discuss the impacts of the economy on their businesses.

Blower door testing can provide a baseline of how well the building envelope and duct system limit air leakage.

Features
September 16, 2010

Make sure your home designs meet the latest code requirements and green standards by applying these simple rules.

While builders rightly obsess on cost reduction, there's a revolution brewing under the banner of Lean operations.

Features
September 15, 2010

While builders rightly obsess on cost reduction, there's a revolution brewing under the banner of Lean operations. On the surface, it resembles traditional value engineering, but there are crucial distinctions that make all the difference.

Features
September 15, 2010

Mixed-use residential development is on the upswing, particularly in urban areas. But before jumping into this market, home builders need to consider the risks versus rewards.

Features
May 01, 2009

Home staging goes way beyond decorating; it is about creating a mood in the home. But how do you create that lived-in look with a skimpy budget? We ask the experts.

Features
May 01, 2009

Villebois in suburban Portland, Ore., is designed around a lively town center and features a variety of housing types.

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