PB September 2007

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Taking a lesson from the esteemed Ritz-Carlton, PB columnist Paul Cardis shares why it’s better to trim costs than to sacrifice your company culture.

What do homebuilders really think about green? What effect has it had on the marketing and sales of their homes? Is it a fad, or will it define home construction techniques for years to come? The results of Professional Builder’s green building survey sheds light on answers to these multi-faceted questions.

Mike Romig of Tarpon Coast Builders shares the products that they like to use for their projects.

Building green homes is growing in popularity. Six homebuilders share how their marketing efforts differentiated them from other builders.

A new International Residential Code change could save homebuilders time while making green building easier.

Most people wait to sell a home until they’ve built a new one. Our new-home sales specialist tells you why you shouldn’t wait to advise your clients to sell now.

As the National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Green Building Council argue the merits of their respective green-building programs, dozens of local variations are springing up in housing markets around the United States. At the heart of the debate is whether one organization should be allowed to set green standards for the entire country.

Are we serious yet? Is this green movement in home building going to last? Or is it just another tease, such as the one we had in the late '70s or the early '90s? Professional Builder Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh examines these questions.

Harvard Communities of Greenwood Village, Colo., takes a twist on the traditional at Stapleton, adding modern nuances to traditional architecture and using sustainable, energy-efficient building techniques. The combination has garnered awards and sales for this mid-sized builder.

Green products, including a ventilation fan from Broan,  a water heater from Grand Hall that combines tank and tankless water heating technology, and NuTech's Composite Recessed CFL downlight.

The ungainly and inefficient solar roof cells of the past are just that. Solar power is now poised to take off some of the burden placed on our nation’s power grid, as Sharp’s roof modules show.

Consultant Chuck Shinn Jr. lists 9 steps homebuilders should consider right now to survive the housing downturn.

New products featured in the September 2007 edition of Professional Builder magazine including a programmable security lock from Schlage and a kitchen sink from Pegasus/Blanco that also functions as a convenient cutting board.

Need to find a new job? H.R. Expert Rodney Hall offers tips and links to landing your next big gig.

An overview of HVAC-related products is presented, including air cleaners, air conditioners, metal dryer boxes, and ductwork that silences unwanted noise.

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