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PB September 2006

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PB September 2006


Best Practices

From Trash to Treasure: How Builders Can Limit Construction Waste

Helpful ideas builders can use to put job site waste to work and limit the amount of construction waste they send to the landfill

Product Review: Software

Here is an overview of current software on the market for various facets of the home building industry.
Customer Satisfaction

Leading the Way to Better Customer Service

Many home builders invest in customer service training for their staff, but they will always fall short if the company's leadership doesn't model attitudes and behavior

Cleaning Up the Clean Water Act

Two initiatives are in the works that would streamline the Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act, which regulates storm water pollution on construction sites.

Community Development

Professional Builder Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh lists a variety of ways how builders can help sustain the communities where they build.

Gifts that Make a House a Home

Inspiration in a nutshell. Here are the results of the Housewarming Gift Contest that Professional Builder held for its readers back in July. The online version of the article contains more information and all of the submissions we received. Enjoy!

Employee Perks That Work

Few things have kept pace with the rapid growth of our industry as much as employee compensation. Bonus programs tied to division or company profitability have generated unprecedented compensation levels. As the housing boom subsides and begins shrinking this year's bonus checks, the focus on compensation will take on a new tact.Namely, how do you attract and/or retain great people who have become accustomed to such extraordinary income opportunities?

Paying the Piper

After a decade of unprecedented growth, the party could be over for America's public home builders. As share prices drop under the weight of slumping sales, burgeoning inventories and builders' own deep pricing discounts, look for changes in the way companies operate that will profoundly affect housing markets — and private builders — across the country.

Self-Induced Labor Pains

The medical and home-building industries have at least one thing in common right now: the debate over self-induced problems. The medical community is at odds over just how much physical illness is self-induced. Similar to medicine, our industry is at odds about how much we have brought on ourselves.

Not Just Katrina's Fault

Builders have watched prices for building materials rise over the past year and have heard the excuses. But there's more to the story.
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