God-Made Versus Man-Made Stone

Who will win the great man-made vs. natural stone debate? By Scott Harris We continue to see choices for building materials, and especially hard-surface options multiply like rabbits. So which is the right one? Every sales professional we lend our ear to has a script expressing why their product or material has superior virtues over the competition. Listening to everyone can be confusing, so how do you fairly find the unbiased truth? Ladies and Gentleman, please take your ringside seat. The 16-time, welterweight, national champion: Man-Made is challenging, the undefeated,…

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High-Performance Homebuilding and Weatherization

By Glenna Wilson As California builders gear up for the changes in Title 24, builders across the country can improve the efficiency and performance of their builds with these strategies. Many homebuilders assume that high-performance homebuilding is too expensive to be a good investment, but it can be a huge advantage for both homebuilders and homeowners. If you research the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS programs, you’ll see that high-performance homebuilding is not much more expensive for the rate of return, and it allows the builder to…

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Raising Homes and Raising Contractor Profits

Make homes more resilient to flooding and increase home value with home lifting By RANDY YOUNG People will always want to live by the water. “Salt Life” isn’t just a cute phrase — for some, it truly is a way of life. Current building codes and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) regulations are greatly reducing the risks that affect homes in the floodplain. These are all good news for homeowners and insurance companies. For the contractor, new homes are a great source of production and income. But what about the…

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End of Shutdown Still Leaves Contract Workers Hanging

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more uncertainty over when they’ll resume work or whether they’ll ever be paid for time lost to the stalemate over President Donald Trump’s border wall. For the hundreds of thousands of people who work for private companies that support government, the future will be decided in part by how quickly federal agencies get running after the record…

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NAHB Recognizes Leaders in Residential Construction Safety

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has named the winners of the 13th annual NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) for their commitment to strong safety programs. The awards program recognizes member companies, workers and other individuals for outstanding safety programs that make them leaders in the residential construction industry. “It is exciting to see home building professionals dedicated to workplace safety receive such a prestigious honor,” said J. Gary Hill, NAHB Construction Safety and Health Committee chairman and home builder from Winston-Salem,…

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TRI POINTE HOMES ACQUIRES LOTS TO BUILD 154 HOMES IN TWO DENVER METRO LOCATIONS

DENVER, Colo. (November 28, 2018) – TRI Pointe Homes has announced the acquisition of 154 lots to build new homes in two for-sale communities in Douglas County, a highly desirable location in the Denver Market. The land transactions fit TRI Pointe Homes’ strategy of building quality innovative homes in locations with convenient access to major transportation and employment corridors.   “The Denver market ranks in the top 10 nationally for growth and stability,”(1) said Darren DuPree, Division President of TRI Pointe Homes Colorado. “These lot acquisitions illustrate the TRI Pointe…

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