We find ourselves in a most interesting time for homebuilders.
Oct 19, 2017 3:04:18 PM
Sep 14, 2017 12:36:58 PM
It isn’t easy to come up with an original statement describing leadership, at least one that is meaningful. Most attempts to distill the essence of leadership into a sentence, a slogan or a marketing campaign end up sounding cliché and contrived.
Aug 16, 2017 12:50:47 PM
ANOTHER BATTLEFRONT is taking shape on the already-crowded fields of conflict that define the relationship between the regulatory sector and the homebuilding industry. However, I don’t intend to suggest the ongoing battles around energy codes, proposed fire sprinkler mandates, stormwater management, wetlands designations, silica rules, endangered species, updated overtime compensation requirements and a host of others conflicts have been resolved—or even quieted significantly. The call for more resilient buildings is simply another brewing fight to add to the list.
Jul 13, 2017 1:01:08 PM
Sadly, we usually only hear or read about codes in the wake of disasters involving buildings and other manmade structures. A good case in point is the recent catastrophic fire in a London high-rise apartment building where it is alleged that unapproved, possibly illegal, materials were used in a renovation that resulted in extensive destruction and tragic loss of life.
Jun 8, 2017 9:47:27 AM
"The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
When he wrote those words in the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau was possibly suggesting that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. But perhaps he also meant that each of us is seeking what satisfies us the most, not necessarily what appeals to the greatest number of our neighbors.
It may be fair to say that for the most part humans are social creatures. Additionally, probably few other species are so specialized and as interdependent as people, which has a good deal to do with how we are able to avail ourselves of a seemingly endless set of options to choose from in our daily lives.
May 11, 2017 10:27:40 AM
The current special products edition of Green Builder magazine has me thinking about the topic of building products in general, and an incident that took place at a meeting of the Executive Committee (now called the Executive Board) of the National Association of Home Builders a few years back in Milwaukee.
May 1, 2017 10:39:11 AM
I enjoyed reading and learning about the amazing projects featured in the March/April 2017 issue of Green Builder, highlighting our annual green home award winners, and perusing the lists of outstanding building materials, products and systems that these extraordinary builders and designers have employed in their entries. But I can’t help but shake my head and privately chuckle in amusement, as well.
Apr 13, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Being held responsible and accountable for waste, pollution, environmental degradation, social exploitation, and unethical business practices gets in the way of generating maximum profits, but there is even more to it. For those whose mantra has become the endless condemnation of “onerous” regulations and the call for the demise of “government overreach,” the fundamental, gut-level resentment of “being told what to do” has been festering for a long, long time, just itching for a chance to boil to the surface and erupt.
Jan 12, 2017 10:03:54 AM
Some years ago, a good friend of mine went to the trouble and expense of finding an out-of-print copy of collected works by the great American poet Wendell Berry. He then made it into a gift to me.
Nov 30, 2016 4:56:30 PM
Hardly a week passes when I don’t receive one or more promotional messages inviting me to sign up for some industry event or another that promises groundbreaking opportunities to join my peers and “learn from the experts”.
Sep 15, 2016 1:03:47 PM
One year ago, in the September 2015 edition of Green Builder, I employed this column to draw attention to the issue of house size. In the process, I called out the then newly announced “official” NAHB show home, The New American Home (TNAH), which was set to open during the January 2017 Design & Construction Week trade show in Orlando, Fla.
Jun 23, 2016 8:08:25 AM
Another battlefront is taking shape on the already crowded fields of conflict that define the relationship between the regulatory sector and the homebuilding industry. This is in no way intended to suggest that the ongoing battles around energy codes, proposed fire sprinkler mandates, storm water management, wetlands designations, silica rules, endangered species, updated overtime compensation requirements, and a host of others have been resolved, or that they have even been quieted significantly. We simply have another brewing fight to add to the list…the call for more resilient buildings.
Jun 2, 2016 10:21:35 AM
These days, the bulk of communication and commentary emanating from the predictable homebuilding industry sources, as well as the trade media that pander to those same organizations, appears reflective of a well-choreographed, strategic campaign to rally anyone who will listen to take up arms against the evils of regulation.