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PB January 2011

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PB January 2011


Green Design

7 Best Practices for Building Affordable Green Homes

Going green doesn’t have to cost more. Experts have identified design and construction tactics that builders can use to minimize the cost premium for green

4 infill housing solutions for today?s market

This month kicks off Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, where a group of leading architects and designers present their best concepts and design solutions to the challenges faced by home builders. In this installment, our design team presents four infill housing solutions that address a number of issues that builders face in infill applications with compact building sites.

CalStar sustainable pavers

In November, we wrote about the new line of sustainable bricks from CalStar Products. The company also recently debuted a new collection of pavers for residential applications. Both products are competitively priced with traditional paver and brick products, and both are made using the company’s proprietary production process, which utilizes fly ash, generates 85 percent less CO2, and uses 85 percent less energy than traditional fired clay.

Breez Ventilation Fan

Delta Group, one of the world’s largest providers of switching power supplies and DC brushless fans for the electronics industries, has adapted its ultra-quiet DC brushless motor design for its new collection of Breez Ventilation Fans.

9 innovations from the Greenbuild show

EcoTouch with PureFiber

Owens Corning is taking its tried-and-true…

Design Trends in Multigenerational Housing

Architects and builders are getting a jump on the coming wave of household consolidation. We take a look at the most significant design trends in multigenerational homes

Measurement Techniques for Lean Building

Lean implementation requires a new mindset for home builders when it comes to measurement of the design and building process

Editorial: Entrepreneurial spirit alive and well

This past September, we wrote extensively about the state of builder and buyer financing, which no doubt is one of the most-difficult challenges home builders face today. For weeks after the issue had hit our readers’ desks, I received nearly a dozen letters from builders stating how our special report was spot-on, and that they feel “stuck” without support from their traditional banking partnerships — stuck with land that cannot feasibly be developed, stuck with homes that are partially completed, and stuck with buyers that cannot quality for a mortgage under the new rules of lending.

Publisher's letter: Here's to the Next 75 years

When this magazine was launched as Practical Builder in the spring of 1936, the outlook for Americans and the rest of the world was far bleaker than what we face today

35 moneymaking ideas for 2011

Sure, the past five years have been chaotic and the prospects for 2011 don’t exactly look entirely sunny. But there are plenty of builders and developers that are planning for growth this year by doing anything but the status quo. We reached out to Professional Builder’s 112,000 readers, as well as dozens of the industry’s top consultants and experts, and asked them to share their best practical, proven ideas for growing revenue and increasing profits in 2011. We present the top 35.
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