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PB March 2007

March 2007 New Product Report

New Products from Sill-Rite, Variform, and International Comfort Products among others.

PATH Report: Building Manufacturers Launch New Mold-Resistant Products

Approximately 55 percent of homeowners express concern about mold, according to a 2005 survey by CertainTeed. For builders, mold can translate into costly and time-consuming callbacks for remediation, particularly if mold is found in the drywall. With news about the dangers of mold spreading, innovative manufacturers have launched mold-resistant gypsum products.

Softwood Makes a Hard Sell

On the longest unprotected border in the world, a war of wood and words has been waging for years over softwood lumber imports into the U.S. An April agreement has calmed the situation, but neither side is particularly pleased with the compromise, and builders still worry.

A Traditional Green Home in the Neighborhood

Here's an example that shows when you integrate green elements early in the design process, a green home's look can fit into a typical neighborhood. And when you plan ahead, the costs of building green can be manageable.

Lighting Firm Partners with EPA to Reduce Waste

Philips Lighting Co. has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to get the lead and mercury out of its U.S. manufacturing processes. The company has been recognized by the EPA as the first U.S. corporation to launch a company-wide effort to meet EPA's National Partnership for Environmental Priorities waste minimization standards.

2007 National Sales and Marketing Award Winners

Now in its 26th year, the National Sales and Marketing Awards pay tribute to superior new-home sales and marketing achievements by individual sales and marketing professionals; home builders and associates; and sales and marketing councils.

Professional Builder Product Report: Decking

Included in this overview are the latest decking products from top manufacturers including Deckorators, Tamco adn Trex.

Professional Builder Product Report: Windows

Included are the latest window offerings from Milgard, Pella and others

Home Builder Customer Loyalty

Home building companies with the highest customer satisfaction ratings have experienced little decline in their stock prices compared to companies not known for outstanding customer service.

Pringle Development

This month's "In My Own Words" has Pringle Development's Joe Ziler sounding off on what the firm uses in their homes
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