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PB January 2010

Announcing the National Housing Quality Executive Council

Professional Builder magazine Editor-in-Chief David Barista talks about National Housing Quality Executive Council (NHQEC), a group of 25 home builders and housing consultants that are fully committed to serving the industry

Building Envelope

11 Tips for Mastering Building Envelope Design

Faced with meeting stringent energy codes and a growing demand for high-performance features, builders nationwide are looking to maximize the energy efficiency of their homes without blowing the budget

ICC Upholds Mandatory Fire Sprinklers in Residential Code

In November 2009, the International Code Council (ICC) voted to keep the language related to mandatory fire sprinklers installed in all new one- and two-family homes in the next edition of the International Residential Code (IRC)

New Jersey Townhomes Live Like Detached Homes But Cost Less

Well-heeled empty nesters are flocking to The Enclave at Montvale for a shot at large, luxurious townhomes that live like single-family homes, but cost a lot less.

Residential Community Planning Moves in New Directions

Over the next 20 years, experts predict a shift toward residential communities that are smaller, greener and friendlier.

Labor + Trade Relations

Trade Partner Councils Pay Off for Home Builders

Home builders that have championed trade partner councils (TPCs), and industry consultants who have helped put them together, say having one can pay off with a host of benefits for the builder, and probably even more for participating trades

Trade Partner Council Meeting: First-Person Account

A first-person account of K. Hovnanian's Mid-Atlantic trade partner council gathering that was held November, 2009.  

Setting and Monitoring Sales Benchmarks Helps Home Builders Succeed

Knowing your traffic-to-sales conversion is a great start, but the best builders focus on the subtleties of the home-buying process and agent activities to measure sales success and pinpoint problems.

Tampa Builder Puts Lean Building Into Action

An interview with Florida builder Jim Deitch on how he keeps his building operations lean

Water Efficiency to Play Bigger Role in Home Building

Stormwater management plans and low-flow fixtures are among the top water-conservation measures employed by home builders, according to a Professional Builder survey.

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