PB June 2013

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Sheetrock UltraLight Panels from USG Corporation are now ICC Evaluation Services compliant for installation on ceilings, with the long edges parallel to the framing.

Trex is rounding out its Elevations Steel Deck Framing System with a new galvanized steel post and joists in a greater range of lengths.

The hy-PE-RTube, developed by Zurn and Dow Solutions, is one of the first radiant floor heating solutions in North America leveraging polyethylene of raised temperature resistance (PE-RT) technology.

Weyerhaeuser’s TJI joists with durable Flak Jacket protection to enhance fire resistance provide a simple, cost-effective way to achieve one-hour floor/ceiling assemblies in multifamily applications and to comply with the 2012 IRC fire protection requirements for single-family homes.

Simpson Strong-Tie’s new Strong Frame special moment frame, which is now code listed (ICC-ES ESR-2802), is designed to help prevent damage to structures in seismic events.

The newest addition to Aquatic’s Serenity line, DriftBath offers a quieter and calmer experience than the soaker, HotSoak, whirlpool, and air bathtubs.

The new Energy Star-qualified high-efficiency condensing power direct vent water heater from Rheem is the first in the industry to employ high-efficiency condensing technology in a residential tank design.

The KWC SAROS range of single-lever kitchen faucets delivers functionality and styling that fits in with contemporary and traditional spaces.

Mr. Steam’s iSteam touch panel system controls temperature, duration, aroma, color, and music of home steam showers.

Noritz adds a new residential high-efficiency, tankless water heater to its ecoTough Series lineup.

The sinks in Blanco’s Siligranit II series never fade and resist scratches, heat, and food acids.

MTI has added two freestanding bathtubs to its Designer Series.

Stylish and user-friendly, the latest Axor Starck Kitchen collection faucets come in HighArc, Prep, and Bar iterations.

Duravit’s redesigned Starck 2 collection gives a modern look to the original line launched 15 years ago.

Echoing the symmetrical architectural aesthetic of Art Deco with stepped features referencing the silhouette of the Chrysler building, the concealed Style Moderne shower trim set includes two open outlets and metal cross controls.

The federal Office of Management and Budget recently announced new delineations for the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas, which are used to track building permit activity and housing data.

FHFA hands Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac new loan purchase guidelines; Foreclosures and bad loans near pre-housing-crisis levels; Land buy shows strong demand for Inland Empire

Professional Builder’s House Review design team balances openness with privacy in its small-home ideas.

As more homes begin to sell, all of the players involved in sales eventually will get some benefit from the momentum alone. But good markets cover up and forgive a lot of bad processes and business errors.

Builders need to prepare and face a challenge that they haven’t seen in many years—rising material and labor costs and shortages. Passing the costs along by simply raising prices won’t be enough to solve the problem.

This recovery is one in which builders would do well to recognize the trend lines and take a steady course of action rather than stutter steps, which can harm your business.

Now that new-home sales have nearly doubled from their 2010 low, we are facing the challenges of a recovering market.

Nine architects and designers present creative design ideas that grab the attention of today's home buyer.

On the long road back toward sales levels rivaling the best years in the industry, are similar profit levels still available? Where will we find profit?

Single-family detached homes are a perennial buyer favorite, but with the housing market still in recovery, builders have to make sure the location, design, and pricing are absolutely right.

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