PB December 2002

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In 1971 at the age of 51, Leon N. Weiner re-evaluated his work as a home builder and developer.

In a policy statement dripping with symbolism, Pam Sessions drives a Volkswagen Beetle. We think it's a pretty smart choice.

Without housing's strong performance over the past year, the economy and most people's financial situation would be much worse than they are.

Hedgewood Properties' move into smart growth has many antecedents.

Next month is the 2003 International Builders' Show. It feels like it was only a few days ago when, as an industry, we gathered in Atlanta before the 2002 show to build five homes for Habitat for Humanity.

In one instance, a state created a program that helps municipal officials understand the effects of future growth by providing forecasting tools and technical assistance.

A recent national survey conducted on behalf of the Hardwood Information Center reveals that the Dream Home ideal is not necessarily a huge, over-the-top home.

In the simplest sense, a ratio of the percentage of completion is determined and applied to the expected gross profit on the contract to determine the gross profit and revenue to be recognized in the financial statements.

'Significance precedes momentum' is the motto of David Goswick, director of the Freedom Project Alliance.

Aiming to assist municipal clients that desire New Urbanist developments, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. launched a real estate development company in November.

DataCAD LT version 10 is a 2-D/3-D software program designed to provide a suite of tools for creating construction drawings and presentations.

The top markets for residential photovoltaics aren't distinguished by the amount of sunlight that falls on them but rather the economic climate in the state.

In 1998 the NAHB Research Center and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association assembled a team to create a template for green building programs for HBAs across the country.

Level of influence your builder had on your responses to this survey:

Sometimes the jolt you need to boost sales-center traffic is simply buried in the sand, or so Brookfield Homes in Fairfax, Va., found with its recent treasure chest campaign.

Easy Reach Plus refrigerators now have the EasyFill filtered-water dispenser on selected models

A tool that has been around for years but is just starting to be used by builders to facilitate honest, open feedback is 360-degree feedback.

When Pam Sessions and Don Donnelly decided to return Hedgewood Properties to its design/build roots, they tore up more than the hierarchical organization chart.

The importance of finding qualified customers goes beyond assessing their financial means.

Twenty million Americans work at home at least one day a week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At a moisture content of greater than 25%, wood is subject to decay or fungus.

How many builders have their 2003 company budget in place?

The Hardwood Council offers four techniques that can help builders and architects make budget without sacrificing style.

Mistakes in design, material selection or trade contractor contracts can turn sure profits into unexpected losses, and too often for too many builders the culprit is a lack of timely, accurate financial data to help in the decision-making process.

That we're near the end of a year that feels like it began yesterday astounds me.

The lexicon of brownfields can be confusing.

The use of insulating concrete forms in the above-grade residential market doubled from 1999 to 2001 as producers highlighted the superior energy-efficient properties of ICFs.

Unsatisfactory ductwork delivery systems are common in most of the nation.

I am going to explain why 90% of the CEOs in this country, including the CEOs of home building firms, think and act the way they do.

Housing's strength in the economy and the number of homes being sold are fueling an increase in real estate advertising in newspapers.

The company's new cordless drill/drivers include two Brute-Tough models with a 1/2-inch chuck for continuous heavy use in high-torque applications...

No wonder California builders are so laid-back.

Pam Sessions' career-launching formula went something like this: one part personal challenge, one part personal favor and one part guts.

Employee ownership is becoming a hot topic among builders because it offers aging business owners an exit strategy with a distinct advantage: no capital gains tax.

Tilt windows in the Weather Shield line have a redesigned jamb liner and tilt latch mechanism to make opening and removing the sash easier.

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