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Make sure your home designs meet the latest code requirements and green standards by applying these simple rules.

While builders rightly obsess on cost reduction, there's a revolution brewing under the banner of Lean operations. On the surface, it resembles traditional value engineering, but there are crucial distinctions that make all the difference.

In 2004, I wrote a column marveling at the effectiveness and exceptional liquidity of the mortgage market in the United States.

The scenario is all too familiar to builders that have lived through multiple economic recessions: The moment the housing market dives, banks and lending institutions come calling.

Mixed-use residential development is on the upswing, particularly in urban areas. But before jumping into this market, home builders need to consider the risks versus rewards.

New pointSIX Flooring from Ainsworth features a patented tapered-edge technology whereby a thin layer of the highly compressed fiber along all four edges of the OSB panel is milled off, removing the part of the subfloor that’s most prone to swelling.

As banks shut off access to AD&C money, new vehicles begin to emerge. But alternative financing methods have their pros and cons.

Simpson Strong-Tie has expanded its line of Strong Frame ordinary moment frames with a 16-foot-tall column and 14-, 18- and 20-foot-wide beams.

iLevel’s Shear Brace prefabricated shear panel has received ICC-ES 2009 IBC/IRC code compliance verification for tall walls (up to 20 feet) and two-story applications.

LifeTime Composites, manufacturer of LifeTime Lumber composite deck, dock and fence material, has expanded its line to include privacy fences and pergolas.

Pella Windows & Doors’ Pella 350 Series vinyl sliding patio door is designed to provide homeowners with an attractive focal point for their home that not only improves the view, but also helps reduce their energy bills.

Deckorators’ recessed, low-voltage lighting kit offers an elegant, subtle lighting option for walkways, steps or wherever better visibility is desired.

Blur the line between inside and outside with the Fold-A-Way Patio Door from Lincoln Wood Products.

All builders look for sales superstars, yet few companies are consistently able to make great sales hires. Here are 10 traits to look for when recruiting your next sales professional.

A growing number of builders are moving into the green homes business. But marketing and selling green brings a whole new set of challenges for builders. Leading experts offer advice on positioning green in the marketplace.

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