PB September 1999

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Everything turns green in the summer. Why not mortgages?

The most remarkable aspect of Dewees Island is the way developer John Knott sells greenness, and how well that sales pitch works.

No one in Florida questions the value of Energy Star, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark voluntary program to improve energy efficiency in new housing built across America.

DeLuca Enterprises and Berwind Property Group acquired Realen Homes, based in Ambler, Pa., in June for an undisclosed amount.

Sixteen percent. If you follow technology news, that’s a number you’ve seen and heard a lot lately.

Two insulation firms -- Collins & Co. of Vernon, Conn., and Comfort Insulation of Bend, Ore. -- have been named National Certified Contractor Firms of the Year.

The human condition is an interesting one. For mere survival, our needs are few: food, water and shelter. It doesn’t take much more than that to sustain a body.

Following in the footsteps of other large-volume builders, Richmond American Homes of Irvine, Calif. opened a full-scale design center, HomeShaper Gallery, in Yorba Linda in June 1998.

Are you a builder committed to the quality process but still need a breakthrough to reach levels of quality and customer satisfaction you expect?

In a recent edition of Nation’s Building News, articles on resource-efficient construction started on the top of the first page.

Clayton Preston, Robert Reed and Greg Ramsey, the principals of Village Habitat Design in Atlanta

While overall demand for windows and doors in the United States is expected to wane significantly over the next three years,

Initially, home builders thought participants in the Health House effort for better indoor quality were crazy radicals, remembers Dianne Walsh Astry, one of the folks taking the brunt of that early negative reaction.

PATH prototype shows that environmentally sound construction offers promising returns.

Long before anyone coined the phrase 'green building,' there was one Colorado builder who adopted these modern-day ideals.

A builder would probably not be surprised if a development priced more than $100,000 below the median average sold briskly - especially in Huntington Beach, Calif.

For a dozen years or more, production builders have been tinkering with their sales and production processes to get closer to custom.

You can change anything you want, so long as it’s something we do. In a nutshell, that’s the approach most large production builders seem to take with buyers’ requests to change something about their new homes.

The first principle of conservation in real estate development is the protection of land.

Building permits nationwide were issued at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.621 million units during June, a 1.9% increase over the month and 5.9% above the total for June 1998.

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