PB January 2004

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The push for innovative technologies to improve energy efficiency and the growing concern over energy costs have changed the formula for buying power to reflect the true cost of owning a home.

Nothing exceeds the value of relationships that are based on shared trust, clear communication, performance excellence and a focus on making great things happen through mutual efforts.

Centex vice president/construction technology Randy Luther shares his modus operandi for shopping the exhibit floor at the International Builders' Show, including a cheat sheet on what questions to ask at the booths.

A one-of-a-kind setting on Tampa Bay all but dictates that MiraBay take advantage of the outdoors.

Architect Ken Newberry, principal with Newberry Campa Design Studio in Houston, has a motto: 'Everyone deserves a great architectural design.'

The builders that score best in customer satisfaction know their customers, which enables them to target their design and marketing to buyers who will be happiest with them.

Doverra has created an innovative hybrid of fiberglass-reinforced cement (currently awaiting a U.S. patent) for fireplace mantels and surrounds.

What makes this still-emerging technology a good fit with the homes you build?

Two faucet manufacturers team with world-renowned designers to deliver products consumers want.

Is it a sign of the apocalypse when people spend $525,000 to buy an 8-year-old house just to get the lot? How about when they tear down the 'old' house and spend $1.6 million to build a new one on the lot? This happens regularly in Sarasota, Fla.

A recent survey of the paper and building materials industries shows that improving supply chain efficiency can save big bucks.

At David Weekley Homes, it is understood that it takes one set of things to get shoppers to buy and a completely different set to satisfy them after the sale.

People tend to replicate their past behavior, so understanding what they did in the past provides an accurate barometer of what they will do in the future.

Pulte Homes announced it has entered a 'strategic business relationship' with Pratte Development Co., one of the nation’s largest wood framing and concrete foundation companies and a dominant player in those contracting businesses in Arizona and Nevada...

Track the time it takes to ensure quality and get it right the first time to turn hidden costs into an unexpected profit stream.

To address the desire for the kitchen to function as the home's focal point, you must carefully analyze any floor plan you intend to build.

Thomas W. Kopf's new book, Building Community, aims to impart a broader understanding of 'community' to builders and others involved in the community-planning loop.

Depending on when you ask it, this ticklish question has many answers. Just be sure to ask the right people.

According to quality experts Dr. Stanley Marash, Paul Berman and Michael Flynn, fusion management takes the aspects that really work from each of the hot methods of the past 30 years.

Jeld-Wen's new preservative sinks in to prevent decay.

Green building and outdoor living spaces will be the top home building trends of 2004, according to an informal Professional Builder survey of builders and other industry professionals.

Chicago-based Republic Windows & Doors has committed to working with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry to overhaul its window manufacturing processes.

Sales and marketing costs should be held to 6% of home building revenue, but builders have a hard time hitting that target.

Interior designer Lynne Forde Breyer talks about design trends, working with builders and why she never turns down a referral.

Census data and 'life stages' help consultant change at least one developer's mind on product mix.

On just more than 6 acres, this Issaquah, Wash., neighborhood integrates 121 homes - and seven housing types - into a pedestrian-friendly new home community that looks like it has grown organically.

Tremco Barrier Solutions’ Above-Grade Foundation Finishing System extends the same waterproofing membrane used below grade in its Tuff -N-Dri product up to the sill plate.

If everyone in each organization in the entire residential construction industry strives to produce quality products, plans and homes, what prevents it from occurring in every home on each job site every day?

Venture Homes in Marietta, Ga., was the Atlanta market’s J.D. Power winner for the second year a row in 2003, so president Robert White must have a clue or two about quality.

More money bleeds away during the startup process than anywhere else in home building. Certainly more than during the construction process itself.

To attract targeted buyers to The River Club, its gated golf course community in Suwanee, Ga., Crescent Resources has run a series of two-page advertisements describing targeted residents Jack, Claire, Patrick and Robert. All four people are fictional....

The development team of very exclusive The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe envisioned - and is building - an enclave of homes that feature old-world Tuscan architecture.

Master planner Laurent Development Co. is sculpting a different kind of community that borrows from New Urbanist and traditional design philosophies to create a hybrid.

2004 NHQ Silver Award recipient wins in the race that never ends.

The Environmental Protection Agency seeks feedback on a voluntary label that builders can use on homes meeting exemplary specifications for indoor air quality.

The NAHB made significant progress on a number of key issues in 2003.

PLANetizen, a Web community run by Los Angeles-based Urban Insight, compiled this list of the top 10 books published in 2003.

With 65% of its 232 luxury units pre-sold almost two years before the first move-ins, what’s the secret to success of Marquee Park Place, the first residential high-rise in Orange County, Calif.?

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