PB May 2004

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A strong candidate provides fact-based answers and examples. If you don't fully understand what a candidate has done in the past, how can you predict his or her success in your company?

I-joist manufacturers' standards dictate that web holes must be perfect circles to transfer shear forces properly, and they advise builders of the minimum distance between holes and from bearing points of the joist.

The latest project from Joyce Homes in master-planned Highlands Ranch, Colo., is in Firelight, an upscale subdivision of detached single-family homes with its own homeowners association.

Think twice before developing large, controversial parcels.

In its report 'Waters and Wetlands,' the General Accounting Office found that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have regulated U.S. waters and wetlands irresponsibly.

In a new home market dominated by Craftsman homes, a two-builder team brought European flair to middle-market buyers in Portland, Oregon.

With the Southern California housing market red-hot again, Irvine-based MBK Homes has created a customer management program to prevent the camp-outs and lotteries that home buyers dread.

Debate still rages over whether the urban growth boundary works.

Profit-based compensation systems have the proven potential to motivate employees while increasing their focus on critical business issues such as revenue, cost control, profit and customer satisfaction.

The biggest key to inoculation is to follow through with reassurances that you could handle problems or reduce their impact. Customers want to believe that you have everything under control.

Custom builder Mike McGuffie of Regal Classic Homes in Orlando, Fla., is using Web cams on his jobs to keep customers informed of progress and trade contractors and vendors on their toes.

This PATH top-10 technology saves builders and homeowners money.

From four lots to 40,000 green acres, the fundamentals of land acquisition apply long before the buy.

Silver Springs Village, an active-adult project in Atlanta's west suburbs, proves that seniors will flock to a TND community, especially if prices stay under $200,000.

The Roanoke (Va.) Regional Housing Network has launched the first International Cradle to Cradle Housing Design and Construction Competition.

A recent installation of a rigid-plastic ductwork system in a home in Cartersville, Ga., indicates that plastic ducts can reduce air leakage.

By tracking residential building permits issued in a city, county, metropolitan area or state and comparing trends, a builder can learn a lot for free.

Soaring land prices the past several years have spurred more builders to enter raw land acquisition and development for the first time. Be careful.

In a recent letter, one of you chided Professional Builder, and me in particular, for our scare tactics. You wrote: 'I read your magazine every month and get a lot of good ideas, but I take exception to a couple of points of view.'

With home sales booming and recent price increases in petro-leum products and building materials, the stage is set for the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates, which could put a damper on housing demand.

Building higher-density communities with tighter infrastructure designs and community services can save significant costs, according to The Brookings Institution's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.

Engineers at the University of Maine's Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center might have invented a way to help houses survive natural disasters.

In a series of cyclic shear wall tests on structural insulated panels, APA - The Engineered Wood Association found that SIP walls perform similarly or better than stick-built walls under simulated earthquake conditions.

'If L.A. had a Main Street, it would be Wilshire Boulevard,' says the video for The Californian on Wilshire, a 23-story luxury condominium project scheduled to open in 2005.

Mold prevention can be a watershed for your business.

Stairs do more than take us from top to bottom and back again. They also offer an opportunity to make a design statement.

These areas can really cook nearly year-round.

Builders of virtually every size have trouble finding talented young managers to help grow their firms. If you're in that boat, here's a tip: Watch what the big public builders do.

The Kitchen/Bath Industry Show last month in Chicago revealed an overwhelming trend: Over-the-counter sinks are big in bathrooms, especially powder rooms.

Builder/ developer Mark Gibbs gained new insights on active adults with the success of Silver Springs Village.

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