Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round num
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At a scant 528 square feet, the Eco-Cabana model from Palm Harbor Homes may be small in stature but it is mighty when it comes to green living. Designed to meet DOE’s Builders Challenge energy performance requirements of sub-70 on the HERS Index, the model will be loaded with high-performance, sustainable features.
The home building industry’s approach to design, plans, and specifications needs a comprehensive overhaul to find and eliminate waste in product and process. Professional Builder columnist and Lean guru Scott Sedam provides a primer on getting started with Lean design.
High-performance, green, sustainable — all are terms that are often used interchangeably. While they may conjure visions of solar roof panels, geothermal heating, and other expensive technologies, most home builders agree that the most important components of a high-performance home are windows, insulation, and HVAC systems.
NAHB Research Center’s latest study identifies wall assemblies that perform the best in mixed-humid climates, such as Washington, D.C., Nashville, and Cincinnati. The claddings used in the study include traditional stucco, fiber-cement siding, brick veneer, manufactured stone, vinyl siding, and insulated vinyl siding.
Luxury home builder Toll Brothers made another play in the urban infill market with its purchase of a corner lot on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Plans call for a 15-story building with approximately 25 luxury residences, with sales expected to commence in the summer of 2011.
Toll Brothers, Inc. has announced the purchase of a property located at 132 East 65th Street, at the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Plans call for a 15-story building with approximately 25 luxury residences, with sales expected to commence in the Summer of 2011.
Federal housing regulators must stop obstructing programs that make energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects affordable for American homeowners, according to a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Southern California home builder TRI Pointe Homes, LLC, Newport Beach, Calif., has entered into a strategic partnership with an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group Global, LP, a leading global private equity firm focused on real estate. The partnership infuses TRI Pointe Homes with $150 million in new strategic growth equity capital to drive the expansion of its home building operations in California and the Western Region.
The NHQ Awards represent the best of the best in quality-driven home building companies, and the 2011 class is no exception. All three winners — Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, Haseko Construction, and Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes — employ numerous quality management best practices. Here are a few particularly interesting best practices that caught our attention.
Instead of price chasing the competition, Wathen-Castanos reinvents itself as a high-performance, green builder to grow during the market’s ‘darkest days.’