2016 Financial and Operational Study

28, Sep 2017

The results are in from the 2016 financial and operational study, our 24th year of performing an in-depth analysis of the health of the home building industry. In this month's newsletter, Emma Shinn crunches the numbers to give you invaluable insight into how builders are operating their businesses and where the opportunities for improvement can be found.

Monthly Briefing Editor Pat Curry shares information from several of our members whose operations were in the path of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Builder Partnerships Consultant Matt Collins talks about achieving greater value through better trade and supplier relationships.

In this issue's Builder Spotlight, you'll learn about De Young Properties, which has just unveiled EnVision, California's largest zero-energy home community.

You'll hear from Icynene and Nisus Corp., two manufacturers with products that offer benefits related to extreme weather conditions, including flooding.

You'll also want to register for some great, free, upcoming events - the 13th annual Builder Partnerships Networking Reception at the International Builders' Show and our newly established brew pub tours, which start in October.


  • Announcing the 2018 Seminar Schedule: Check out our new classes dates, locations

    Builder Partnerships has finalized the management training schedule for 2018. Below are the location and dates so you can mark your calendar.AtlantaAdvanced Purchasing, Feb 6-7The Superintendent's Job: Front Line Manager, Feb 8-10Managing for Profit, Feb 19-21St. LouisPurchasing, Estimating, and Job Costing Apr 11-13Advanced Superintendent, Oct 18-19AustinAdvanced Purchasing, Sept 18-19The Superintendent's Job: Front Line Manager, Sept 20-22Colo...

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  • The Superintendent's Job - Front Line Manager - October 5 - 7, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

    The Superintendent’s Job – Front Line Manager is designed as an interactive experience to help your team improve job site management techniques. This specialized training provides the necessary tools to increase overall profitability and customer satisfaction through a strong focus on building the house right the first time: on quality, on budget, and on time.Providing tools and techniques for improving field operations is the focus o...

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  • Builder Spotlight: De Young Properties

    Going GreenDe Young Properties unveils California’s largest zero-energy home communityBy Pat CurryMonthly Briefing EditorMore and more, consumers are asking for green and energy-saving features in their new homes. Plus, some states’ construction codes are mandating that new homes use less energy. De Young Properties in Fresno, California, saw this coming more than a decade ago and began working on building homes that met the goals of ...

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  • The Aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    Members generally fared well, but now face shortages of materials and laborBy Pat CurryMonthly Briefing EditorChuck and Emma Shinn have reached out to our member builders in the areas hit by hurricane Harvey and Irma to see how they were doing and to offer any assistance they might need. We heard back from about two dozen members in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurrican...

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  • Managing for Profit (Enhanced Reception) - November 2 in Chicago, IL at 5:30 PM CST

    Build Stronger Relationships and Focus On Results.Builder Partnerships is the premier organization for home builders management education dating back to 1954 under the leadership of Lee Evans, and during the last 20 plus years under the direction of Charles (Chuck) C. Shinn, Jr., PhD. Each of our training sessions draws between 25 - 40 attendees from leading mid-tier building companies. The intimate size of our events allows for personal, focuse...

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  • The New Normal

    Achieving Greater Value Through Better Trade and Supplier RelationshipsBy Matt CollinsBuilder Partnerships ConsultantToday’s builders are very much adjusting to the ‘new normal.’ This includes strong sales, pressing deadlines, competition for trades and suppliers, and cost increases from all directions that outpace house price appreciation. These challenges are, for sure, more preferred than the challenges of just a few years ag...

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  • 2016 Financial and Operational Study

    Operating expenses are down, but direct construction costs are risingBy Emma Shinn, CPA, MBACFO Builder PartnershipsThe results are in from the 2016 financial and operational study, our 24th year of performing an in-depth analysis of the health of the home building industry. As always, the numbers give us invaluable insight into how builders are operating their businesses and where the opportunities for improvement can be found. Let’s start...

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  • Protecting Wet Wood

    Decay fungi and mold can compromise structural integrityBy Nisus Corp.Dealing with wet wood during construction is a big problem for builders. Untreated lumber often is stored in a way that exposes it to moisture simply because it has been sitting outdoors, exposed to the elements and/or in contact with the ground, where it collects moisture and remains moist for long periods. During flooding and disasters such as hurricanes, the problem becomes ...

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  • Builder Spotlight: De Young Properties

    Going GreenDe Young Properties unveils California’s largest zero-energy home communityBy Pat CurryMonthly Briefing EditorMore and more, consumers are asking for green and energy-saving features in their new homes. Plus, some states’ construction codes are mandating that new homes use less energy. De Young Properties in Fresno, California, saw this coming more than a decade ago and began working on building homes that met the goals of ...

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  • Managing for Profit - November 1 - 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

    Designed to show you the road map to improved profitability, Managing for Profit is an intensive seminar with a focus on management techniques and tools that you can use immediately to achieve improved results across your entire organization.Receive valuable insights on the following topics:Setting achievable, profitable goals across the organizationDetermining what profit is reasonable for your organizationUsing simple management tools to increa...

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