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Business Management

On-Site vs. Off-Site: a Total Cost Analysis for Home Builders

Most builders and component suppliers do a marginal job of calculating true, fully loaded, total cost when comparing various methods. It’s time to remedy that

Lean Building

Putting the Value Back in Value Engineering

It isn't about cutting costs. It's about adding value

Business Management

Home Building's Version of Insanity

Most sources of waste in home building are repeat offenders, causing incredible losses in time and money for builders, suppliers, and trades alike—and it continues unabated 

Business Management

The Variance Measurement Quagmire—the Nightmare Continues

Managers use some remarkably creative ways to avoid reporting variance. That’s the first mistake

Business Management

The Lazy Engineer Isn't Interested in Efficiency

Wanted: A new job description for an old profession

Lean Building

Advanced Framing for High Performance and Low Waste

On the path to increased efficiency, a builder learns new techniques

Business Management

Process Failure: Product Waste in Home Building

The desire to deny it is strong, but it's time to admit: Most product waste in home building has its roots in bad process. Let's look at what to do about it

Framing + Building Envelope

4 Strategies to Reduce Jobsite Framing Waste

Excess or unused wood accounts for up to 40% of jobsite waste, according to estimates from the NAHB.

Engineered Wood

How to Boost Framing Efficiencies, Reduce Callbacks With Laminated Strand Lumber

Laminated strand lumber (LSL) is more than just engineered wood; it’s a veritable jack-of-all-trades suitable for a diverse range of framing applications

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