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Fypon Kicks Off 2020 With a New Website and Products

Fypon has launched a new website and new products for 2020.

The Demise of the Punchlist

What is a punchlist? Many might say it's a quality checklist. They would be wrong. A punchlist does n ot equal quality. In fact, it's the opposite of quality because it's a list of everything that wasn't done right the first time.

Highlights from the 2020 International Builders' Show

The 2020 International Builders' Show is behind us. Here are some highlights from this year's networking reception and our booth.

GuildQuality: Your Partner in Customer Satisfaction

GuildQuality is the nation's leader in customer satisfaction surveying for the building industry. With nearly 2,000 members and having surveyed more than 1 million home owners, GuildQuality is the trusted partner of home builders, remodelers, and home improvement contractors who value authentic customer feedback.

Welcome to Our New Members!

Shinn Builder Partnerships welcomes its newest members.

New Products for Spring Deck and Railing Projects - AZEK Building Products

New products for 2020 include additions to the TimberTech AZEK, PRO, and EDGE decking lines. TimberTech AZEK’s Multi-Width Decking offerings will add two new 7.25-inch wide boards in the Harvest Collection, brownstone and slate gray. TimberTech PRO’s Reserve Collection will offer four new colors—two grays and two browns—in a matte finish.

Neal Communities Breaks Ground on 900-Home Development

Neal Communities has broken ground at Windward in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and is expected to open in summer 2020. The 450-acre gated community will also have a 7.8-acre amenity center with a 9,600-square-foot clubhouse, including gathering spaces, a fitness center, pools, dog parks, a playground, a sports field and multiple athletic courts including pickleball, tennis and volleyball courts.

Emerson Offers Smart Floor Warming System Thermostat

The Warm Tiles ColorTouch thermostats are compatible with Warm Tiles flooring systems. Emerson has introduced a new line of smart thermostats designed for use with floor warming systems: the standard Warm Tiles ES ColorTouch and the wireless, WiFi enabled Warm Tiles ESW ColorTouch.

Northern California MP Stages Grand Opening This Weekend - Brookfield Residential

Brookfield Residential, Richmond American Homes, D.R. Horton, and KB Home will be highlighted by the grand opening of the Delaney Park's lake and the 12 model homes in five residential collections now selling.

Do Zero-Energy Homes Have to Be All-Electric? Brought to you by Propane Education & Research Council

California will give the zero net energy (ZNE) home market a huge kick-start in 2020, when a new state home energy code takes effect. The code’s performance path, used for compliance on most projects, will get 50 percent tougher, moving closer to requiring homes to be ZNE — in other words, to produce as much energy as they consume.

M.D.C. Holdings Reports 31% Increase in Q4 Deliveries

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), parent of Richmond American Homes, on Monday reported selected preliminary results for the 2019 fourth quarter. New home deliveries increased 31% to 2,389 from 1,827.

2019 Gold Nugget Award Winners Announced - Best Innovative Energy Design: De Young Properties

From more than 600 entries, the judges selected grand and merit winners in categories including single-family, multifamily, and custom residential.Every year at the conclusion of PCBC (formerly the Pacific Coast Builders Conference), the Gold Nugget Awards ceremony and gala celebrates some of the industry’s top innovators in design, planning, and development.

Sekisui House Unveils Concept Home Outside Las Vegas | Wholly-owned subsidiary U.S. builder Woodside Homes

Japan's largest home building company, Sekisui House, its wholly-owned subsidiary U.S. builder Woodside Homes, and construction industry analyst firm Hanley Wood today unveiled the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home outside Las Vegas to coincide with the start of CES 2020.The project showcases Sekisui House's proprietary design and construction systems and techniques that are unlike any the U.S. home building industry has ever used.

Builder Partnerships Names Goodman® Manufacturing Partner of the Year 2019

Goodman Manufacturing, an industry leading manufacturer of residential air conditioning and heating, has received the 5th Annual Builder Partnerships Partner of the Year award. The award was presented during Builder Partnerships' 15th Annual Networking Reception at the International Builders' Show.

Bad Weather During Construction? Time for Bora-Care with Mold-Care by Nisus

During new construction, moisture can accumulate before the construction is dried-in. Have your pest company apply Bora-Care with Mold-Care to help protect newly-constructed buildings from mold growth, wood rot and wood-destroying insects.

Homes for HOPE | New Building Partner - Clearview Homes

Homes for HOPE is excited to announce that Clearview Homes in Harrisburg, PA recently announced their intentions to build their very first Home for HOPE. They will break ground on their project in early December of this year. Having been in business since 2005, Clearview Homes is a family-owned company that has built a reputation for building quality, fully-custom homes for their clients.

Clayton Homes Earns 2019 Builder of the Year Award

Clayton Homes has made a name for itself in a business at best, discounted, and more often dismissed, dissed, and derided for much of its six-decade history, as a builder and purveyor of double-wides and HUD code mobile homes on wheels and platforms. For much of Clayton’s six-decade history, its executive management has been intent on elevating both the manufactured housing business and its customers, raising safety, quality, durability, and energy performance of the homes, and the financial stature of people who buy them.

2019 Product Guide: Exteriors - DuPont

The DuPont Tyvek DrainVent Rainscreen is designed to create a 6 mm/0.25-inch space behind a home’s exterior cladding for water drainage and air movement. This not only allows for drying behind cladding, but protects against moisture damage to exterior walls, including rotting, cracking, and peeling.

2019 Product Guide: Exteriors - Royal Building Products

Royal Building Products has added a 7-inch smooth clapboard to its Celect line of cellular composite siding. Celect aims to replicate the look of wood and provide a low-maintenance, durable siding option for homeowners. All of the line’s profiles are now available in 15 fade-resistant colors and feature a patented interlocking seam design, which keeps moisture out and eliminates seams.

2019 Product Guide: Structural | Icynene-Lapolla

The new OC No-Mix open-cell spray foam insulation from Icynene eliminates the need to mix the solution, allowing for easier installation and a more consistent product. The benefits of spray foam include complete sealing of wall cavities, attics, and crawlspaces.

The latest edition of BSB Design's inspire is here!

BSB Design has developed the 9th edition of inspire, it became evident that the cross section of design has expanded in so many different directions from our original inspiration for this publication founded 13 years ago.

Patrice Quishenberry Joins New Division at Williams Homes in L.A.

Quishenberry will develop and manage client relationships to help grow the company’s business in the region. Quishenberry brings more than 25 years of experience in new home real estate and development including sales, marketing, general management, and business development.

Century Communities Bringing New Homes to Fremont, California MP

Century Communities, Inc. announced a new collection of townhome-style condos and flats coming soon to Enclave at Mission Falls—a master-planned 55+ community in Fremont, California. Two other collections from Century Communities are already selling at Mission Falls: a set of single-family homes and an additional set of townhome-style condos.

Incentives for Project Managers in Construction | RubinBrown

The ViewPoints Construction Services Blog is published by RubinBrown's Construction Services Group as a value-added approach keeping clients and contacts informed about current, relevant topics affecting the construction industry. Positive cash flow and operating efficiencies are directly related to the skills and motivation of project managers.

Olson Company Opens Townhome Community in Orange County

The Olson Company is open for sales at Oak Walk, a group of 50 contemporary, new townhomes located in Los Alamitos, California. As with all Olson homes built in Southern California, Oak Walk will place its residents in the heart of the community. Restaurants, retail, and recreation opportunities are all nearby in a walkable distance, with easy access to the 405, 605, and 22 freeways, making the homes ideal for commuters.

GAF Introduces Wind-Resistant Timberline HDZ Shingles

GAF has introduced a new series of Timberline shingles, Timberline HDZ, which incorporates the manufacturer’s LayerLock technology to mechanically fuse the shingles’ common bonds. The shingles create a dual-phase shingle-to-shingle seal when used with GAF’s DuraGrip sealant, as well as an asphalt-to-asphalt monolithic bond.

RunTru by Trane Offers Simple, Affordable HVAC Solutions

Trane’s new ducted brand includes air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, coils, and handlers. Trane is introducing a new line of ducted heating and cooling products, RunTru by Trane, designed to provide dependable performance at an affordable price point. As of launch RunTru by Trane includes a full line of split and packaged units, including air conditioners up to 14 SEER, heat pumps, furnaces, coils, and air handlers.

NISUS LAUNCHES NEW BRAND IDENTITY AND NEW WEBSITE

Nisus Corporation, a leading manufacturer of sustainable wood preservatives and pest management products, today unveils its new brand identity including a new logo, tagline and website. The new materials are intended to more clearly represent the company’s commitment to innovation and new product development while honoring Nisus’ 30+ years in business.

2020 IBS Highlights

Check out these four ways to connect with Shinn Builder Partnerships and Shinn Consulting at the 2020 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

Introducing RunTru by Trane

For decades, Trane has been the go-to source for high-end, reliable engineering. While we pride ourselves on this fact, we also know that not everyone needs or wants all the bells and whistles. That’s where RunTru by Trane comes in.

Cheers to the Trendy 20s!

The design trends for the new decade are in many ways reminiscent of the Art Deco movement of the 1920s.

Announcing the launch of Builder Partnerships new and improved website!

We are excited to announce that our new and improved website is live! You may have noticed that our website has changed significantly since the last time you checked in. We have been working hard to bring you a better online experience. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Alabama’s Truland Homes Is Ready For Battle

During the housing recession, Nathan Cox enticed builders to buy land by offering them construction loans for spec houses. But with so many builders struggling at the time, Cox and a partner—former custom builder Jeff Lane—in May 2011 launched Truland Homes Inc., primarily as a safety valve to monetize Cox’s land holdings. But Truland Homes LLC (as it’s now called) produced its own momentum, partly because it faced little builder competition aside from D.R. Horton (which remains one of Cox’s best land customers). Truland started 46 homes and closed 14 in its first year. Those totals jumped to 100 and 63, respectively, in 2012.

Homes for HOPE: Peter’s Story – Overcoming Disability

To support their three children, Peter and his wife, who also lost her sight to measles as a child, decided to start a business building rental properties. Every bank turned him away, prejudiced against his disability. But after he learned of Urwego Bank, HOPE’s microfinance institution in Rwanda, Peter received a loan and started his business in 2013. In the five years since his business launched, it has grown to include 25 rental properties.

ECI Announces 2019 Everyday Hero Award Winners

Now in its fifth year, the Everyday Hero Award program was created to honor ECI customers—both individuals and companies—who consistently go above and beyond to make a difference in their communities. Nominations are submitted by ECI employees, customers and partners and evaluated by an independent panel of judges. This year, ECI received more than 70 nominations.

Builders Begin Pre-Sales at Austin-Area MP | Sitterle Homes, Buffington Homes & Scott Felder Homes

Home builders have begun pre-sales at Hunt Companies is rapidly developing The Colony, a 2,300-acre master-planned project in Bastrop, Texas developed by Hunt Companies, even though the model homes have yet to be completed, Hunt reports. 12 new homes underway and model homes scheduled to open in late 2019 and early 2020.

Economic Update

We are now entering the eleventh year of our economic and housing recovery, which is the longest in U.S. modern history; an economic cycle normally lasts seven years. On the surface, the economy looks strong with above-expected job growth, low unemployment, wage increases, strong consumer spending, and the stock market hitting new records almost daily.

QUOTE Kitchen & Bath - BP's Newest Service Provider

Quote Kitchen & Bath offers 3D visualization software system which is made to give your potential homebuyers the ability to design their dream kitchen or bathroom on your website and social media platforms. The design software system engages the potential buyers and prompts them to enter their contact information which is then sent to the builder directly; so in fact, you have a sales and marketing tool to drive more potential homebuyers to your business.

Discover Simplified Beauty and Resilient Designs with Therma-Tru® Doors

Your door should always welcome you home – while playing seamlessly into your style. And with design trends moving toward simplistic looks, EnLitenTM flush-glazed designs from Therma-Tru Corp. are the perfect complement for today’s homes. With clean lines and seamless construction, EnLiten flush-glazed designs effortlessly combine indoor and outdoor living spaces. These doors offer up to a 16 percent increase in visible glass area as compared to conventional lite frames.

Airlite Plastics Co. - Fox Blocks ICF Acquires TRUEGRID

Airlite Plastics has acquired TRUEGRID, adding the permeable paving grid system to its line of environmentally sustainable construction products. TRUEGRID joins the family of Airlite products aimed at innovating the sustainable construction market. The paving system is a natural complement to Airlite’s Fox Blocks brand of ICF building blocks.

Kwikset Introduces Halo, the Next Generation of Smart Home Security

Kwikset, the leading residential lock manufacturer, recently introduced its Halo Wi-Fi enabled smart lock. Available in two styles, a touchscreen and a keypad, Halo pairs to a homeowner’s existing Wi-Fi network, providing smart lock security and smart home security to consumers simply and easily. With an assortment of features, Halo offers three entry modes: through the Kwikset app, via code, or with a traditional key.

Accents Woodtones Garage Doors From C.H.I. Overhead Doors: As Colorful and Authentic as Real Wood

C.H.I. Overhead Doors has created a full line of woodtone doors that marry the appeal of real wood with the low-maintenance longevity of steel. Accents Woodtones is meticulously designed and manufactured using full color digital imaging and insulated steel to create the highest quality, most realistic woodtone doors available. Featuring authentic, digitally imaged non-repeating woodgrains, each Accents Woodtones garage door is as colorful and authentic as real wood.

Amerock: ​​​​​​​Inspired By the Power of Choice

Today’s consumer expects more. Amerock’s Simple Solutions is an inspiring, interactive merchandising experience that streamlines cabinet hardware selection to feature Amerock’s top collections and on-trend finishes. Simple Solutions: Merchandising for every business model. Growing in popularity are appliance-inspired metallics, such as black chrome and graphite. Whether you’re going for high-contrast or that serene tone-on-tone look, decorative hardware creates the polish and pizzazz that turns a space from simple to simply stunning. With Amerock, creating a cohesive look from kitchen to bath has never been easier.

DuPont PBS—Innovation from Top to Bottom, Inside and Out

DuPont Performance Building Solutions (PBS) is a global innovation leader in the building and construction industry, providing products and materials for all six sides of the building envelope — from top to bottom, inside and out. By developing solutions for managing the air, water, and thermal performance of homes and commercial buildings, we help our customers build energy-efficient, resilient, and durable shelters.

Lennox Residential Expands Ultra-Low Emissions Furnace Line

Lennox has expanded its ultra-low emissions gas furnace line that meets new California state regulations for emission reduction, saving homeowners and contractors energy and money. Lennox developed four furnaces – the SL297NV, SL280NV, EL195NE and EL180NE – to comply with California's South Coast Air Quality Management District's Rule 1111 and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Ultra-Low NOx Rule 4905, both requiring reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

Getting Rained Out Could Dampen More Than Your Schedule

It takes years for you as a builder to create a reputation for building quality homes. If this issue is ignored, you risk severely damaging that reputation. Additionally, wood decay fungi could present a major threat to your customers’ health and property. For prevention and remediation, Bora-Care with Mold-Care is a product you should consider to protect the structure you are building and the families who will be living there for years to come.

It’s Never Been So Easy to Build Healthy, High-Performance Homes

For years, evolving code and building practice have resulted in ever-tighter homes, said David Maruna, an executive at Ingersoll Rand, parent company to Trane, a historic HVAC product manufacturer. Unfortunately, best practice for designing HVAC solutions hasn’t kept up with exterior envelope construction. The lack of coordination often results in a needlessly costly, let’s-overspec- just-to-be-on-the-safe-side HVAC system. That can lead to premature failures, as well as comfort issues, which result in costly call-backs for builders.

Entrematic Receives Acclaimed Award

Entrematic – manufacturer of Amarr brand sectional doors – received the coveted David Weekley Homes “A, A Partner of Choice Award for Quality and Service” for the second year in a row. Founded in 1951 and headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Amarr is one of the leading U.S. brands of sectional doors for residential garages, condominiums, commercial buildings, shopping malls, warehouses, and other industrial applications. The award recognizes suppliers that have operated at world-class levels through the year, as determined by the home builder’s supplier evaluation platform.

Wayne Dalton Adds New Panel Design and Premium Colors to Model 9510 Designer Steel Garage Door

Wayne Dalton, a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial door solutions, has expanded its product offerings with additional design selections for Model 9510 Designer Steel garage doors. New options include the new Ridgefield panel that features recessed pinstripes, as well as Desert Tan, Terra Bronze, Gray, and Black premium color paint finishes. Homeowners can now achieve added customization for the ultimate curb appeal boost with the look of a carriage house door, but with the value and maintenance of the Designer Steel collection.

The 2020 Executive Summit

Builders know great ideas are easy to come by. The hard part is making them happen. The 2020 Executive Summit, scheduled for March 10-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, zeroes in on this issue as we delve into “Superior Performance and Profitability: It’s All in Your Team’s Execution.” Our keynote speaker is Chris McChesney, global practice leader of execution for Franklin Covey and co-author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals.

Shinn Consulting Welcomes Industry Veteran Rick Maurer

As a consultant with Shinn Consulting, Rick is working with builders across the country to streamline their purchasing processes and procedures, as well as presenting at educational seminars. Rick is also the director of business development for Builder Partnerships, recruiting building material manufacturers, negotiating membership agreements, rebates, and marketing programs. Rick has more than 20 years of experience in the home building industry, with more than 10 years as director of purchasing. He has expertise in product design, costing, and construction management of sales offices, design centers, and community amenities. He is also a speaker at purchasing and estimating seminars.

Ameristar HVAC and Quote Kitchen & Bath Join Shinn Builder Partnerships

AMERISTAR HEATING AND COOLING is a value brand under Trane and American Standard. These affordable, efficient HVAC systems and components are ideally suited for entry-level homes, spec homes, production homes, manufactured homes, and light commercial properties. QUOTE KITCHEN & BATH design software gives your potential home buyers the ability to design their dream kitchen or bathroom on your website and social media platforms.

Atlanta's SR Homes Names Willis CFO

Atlanta home builder SR Homes on Friday said Mark Willis has jointed the company as its CFO. In his new role as CFO, Willis will oversee the financial actions of SR Homes including monetary development, tracking spending and evaluating the company’s financial strengths and weaknesses to recommend corrective actions. SR Homes builds new homes throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Taylor Morrison to Open New Neighborhood in Tampa-Area MP

Taylor Morrison currently offers single-family and villa homes in its Esplanade and Whitfield Preserve neighborhoods and will now expand its floor-plan selection into the Stansil Park neighborhood. Within the approximately 2,400-acre master-plan, Taylor Morrison plans to offer 230 single-family homes in the Stansil Park neighborhood.

Betenbough Homes Breaks Ground on New West Lubbock Neighborhood

Betenbough Homes recently broke ground on its newest subdivision in West Lubbock.Upland Crossing, south of 19th Street on Upland Avenue. Betenbough Homes is one of three regional production builders in the country committed to certifying 100% of homes to the NGBS, including this one in the Quincy Park community of Lubbock, Texas.

AZEK Announces New Options for Composite Railing, TimberTech Decking

TimberTech AZEK, TimberTech PRO and TimberTech EDGE will be available in new colors and board types. AZEK Building Products has announced its complete lineup of new decking and railing products set to launch in 2020. These include additions to the TimberTech AZEK, TimberTech PRO, and TimberTech EDGE decking lines, as well as additions and changes to its composite railing collections.

McArthur Homes Opens Two Utah Communities

Townhomes are featured in Mapleton, single-family home in West Jordan. McArthur Homes, South Jordan, Utah has opened sales at two new communities. Harvest Park in Mapleton offers three townhome floor plans ranging from 2,336 to 2,510 sq. ft. The community is located only 20 minutes outside of Provo and is within reach of the neighborhood's most commonly used amenities.

Epcon Plans to Double Its Central Ohio Communities in 2020

While preparing for a possible downturn, Epcon Communities is mostly optimistic about the coming year. BUILDER recently checked in with Paul Hanson, president of Epcon Franchising, a subsidy of Dublin, Ohio–based Epcon Communities, which is ranked No. 45 on the latest Builder 100 list. The topics of discussion included the senior market, recession concerns, and why Central Ohio has turned into a hot real estate market.

It’s Never Been So Easy to Build Healthy, High Performance Homes - TRANE HVAC

For years, evolving code and building practice have resulted in ever-tighter homes, says David Maruna, an executive at Ingersoll Rand, parent company to Trane, a historic HVAC product manufacturer. Who says a home builder can’t offer healthy, net-zero ready homes at popular prices? Maruna says his company will soon offer home builders a consultative service called Tranquility by Trane. Tranquility presents builders with scaled whole-home approach to build a healthier, high-performance home affordably. The service will include load calculations, coordinating with other building envelope manufacturers, and facilitating relationships with installers, testers and raters without the price tag expected in a consultative relationship.

Sell-By Date = Business Plan

Establishing sell-by dates can be a game changer for a builder’s operations. Also known as even flow or slot scheduling, the sell-by date is the procedure whereby you preset the production starts based on the anticipated sales volume for the year. The sales team is then able to sell the production start dates and communicate a reasonably certain completion date to the buyer. The sell-by date is built to the current business plan and will help a builder manage several key pieces in its operations.

Are You Ready for the International Builders’ Show?

Connect with Shinn Builder Partnerships at the International Builders' Show at the 15th Annual Builder Partnerships Networking Reception. Set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 20, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, the reception is often called the best networking event of the show. An intimate event with great food and an open bar, the reception offers you a perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues and meet with manufacturers’ national sales managers in a relaxed environment. Don't forget to stop by Builder Partnerships booth: SU216 in the South Hall!

TracPipe® CounterStrike® Flexible Gas Piping in Residential Structures: A Case Study

The force of a lightning strike can damage homes and electrical and mechanical systems, including gas piping. A large custom home builder was one of the first to specify Counterstrike® in all of its homes. Before the switch, the home builder dealt with several lightning issues a year, but since switching to Counterstrike®, there have been no problems with lightning and gas piping.

The Changing Face of Solar: POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles are transforming the look of rooftop solar

The POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle is a revolutionary new roofing tile product that combines the performance and protection of a conventional asphalt roof with an integrated photovoltaic system.

Fischer Homes Acquires Land Assets of Inverness Homes

Fischer Homes, Erlanger, Kentucky has purchased the majority of the single-family land assets of Cincinnati-based Inverness Homes. Privately held Fischer Homes is the 30th largest home builder in the U.S., with over 27,000 homes built and has been in business for nearly 40 years since 1980. The acquisition expands Fischer Homes footprint in the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Louisville markets. The company is currently the market leader in both the Cincinnati and Louisville MSAs and has a community in Springboro, Ohio, which is just south of Dayton.

Chesmar Homes recently joined the builder roster at a Texas community, Wildridge

Construction has begun on an amenity center at the Texas community called Wildridge, a master-planned community under construction by Ashlar Development in Oak Point. The 340-acre community on Lake Lewisville has been in development for several years, and now has roughly 750 residents in 360 occupied homes. Chesmar has seven floor plans for lots at the development, ranging from roughly 2,400 square feet to 3,800 square feet and priced at $360,000 to $430,000.

Astrida’s Story – A Family Dignified: Homes for HOPE

Homes for HOPE counts it a great joy to be part of an organization that looks past obstacles to see capacity and promise and has committed to give a one-million-dollar grant in support of HOPE International in 2019. To date, we have already transferred $350,000 of that commitment. As the year is winding to a close, we’re asking you to help us empower entrepreneurs like Astrida. We invite you to be a part of fulfilling or surpassing the remaining $650,000 of our goal this year.For every $1 we send to our microfinance institutions, $15.95 is lent out by HOPE International and its partners.

Atlanta's Blandtown Neighborhood Getting 69 Townhomes - Empire Communities

69 new townhomes are coming to a site in the Blandtown neighborhood of Atlanta about four miles northwest of downtown. The developer, Empire Communities, has already knocked down what used to be the former Lewis and Sheron Textiles building. The new residences will be priced in the $400,000s and sales are scheduled to kickoff in mid 2020.

Trends in Entry Door Hardware - Kwikset

Kwikset’s SmartKey Security’s patented system allows homeowners to re-key the locks themselves in under a minute. SmartKey Security, for example, is effective against picking and bumping than traditional pin and tumbler locks and can also increase job site security by removing the complexity of a traditional pin and tumbler lock.

How Are New Home Builders Affected by Tariffs? By: Professional Warranty Service Corp.

As new home builders attempt to meet the increasing demand for affordable housing while remaining profitable, the impact tariffs have on the construction industry can’t be ignored. Here, the construction risk management pros at PWSC outline the facts, analyze data and provide comprehensive solutions to help builders thrive in an uncertain market.

Royal Building Products Shares Several Projected Exterior Home Trends for 2020

Attention to a home's exterior is important for maximizing both resale value and enjoyment for homeowners. Taking on projects like siding, garage doors, or landscaping can be a homeowner's safest bet to get a high return on investment while renovating their homes. With an increasing amount of attention given to a house's exterior, Royal Building Products shares several projected exterior trends for 2020 with the Sentinel-Tribune.

Homes for HOPE - Quarterly Stakeholder Webcast: Tues, Nov 12th @ 11am EST

Three early missteps that shaped HOPE’s ministry. Join our next quarterly stakeholder webcast as we revisit these stories of mistakes, misunderstandings, and closed doors that so critically informed our current models, standards, and safeguards.

Hamlet Homes - Utah Builder Unveils Mural, New HQ in Murray, UT

Hamlet Homes on Friday unveiled a community mural wall at the grand opening of Granton Square and the new Hamlet Homes headquarters in Murray, Utah. The #bigfishwall is Utah's largest mural. Dedicated 11/1/19, it is some 50 feet longer than a 747 Jet and as large as 10 interstate billboards. The BigFish Wall spans some 300 feet and is 22.6 feet high totaling roughly 7000 square feet! The mural is located in the Hamlet Homes Granton Square development @ 84 West 4800 South in Murray, Utah.

L.A.-Based Williams Homes Streamlines Top Management

Williams Homes, Inc. has announced the streamlining of the company’s senior-level corporate executive team to support the strategic growth of its family of home building divisions throughout the west. The privately held company established in 1997 is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and is actively building in Southern and Central California, and the Mountain States.

Ashton Woods Townhouses Hit the Market in Atlanta

The new community known as Dumont Place, is under construction by Ashton Woods. For $475,000 homeowners can get nearly 3,100 square feet.Beyond sheer size, a few highlights, as Ashton Woods reps pointed out this week, include a versatile “wall of wine” on the main floor, a 15-foot kitchen island, and an overall pallet that blends warmth with clean simplicity. What’s described as “midcentury modern accents” are less apparent.

Your Beautiful Homes Deserve The Best. Insist on Bradford White in Every Home You Build.

Your beautiful homes deserve the best. Insist on Bradford White in every home you build. Building quality homes, choose a quality water heater. Bradford White gives your buyers: -Exceptional Efficiency -Impressive Performance -Outstanding Quality

Utah Builder Offers Affordable Single-Family Homes: McArthur Homes

Utah home builder McArthur homes is now offering single-family floor plans in its brand new community, Brundisi Village. The community offers unique and affordable single-family construction.

30-Year Limited Warranty: Nisus Bora-Care

When your pest company treats your homes with Bora-Care during new construction, it can register them online in our Bora-Care 30-Year Limited Warranty program for damage repair of treated wood.

10 Steps to Becoming a Builder of Choice™: Your Production Teams Role

In the September issue of Monthly Briefing, we discussed the value of becoming a Builder of Choice™ to address labor shortages and what owners and upper management must do to develop the Builder of Choice™ culture in their company. This month, we will look at specific steps your production team can take to put culture into action.

Upgrades to Rebate Submission Process Earn Praise from Members

Everything we do at Shinn Builder Partnerships is expressly for the benefit of our members. We recently rolled out a set of improvements to the rebate submissions process and we are happy to say the responses have been great.

Welcome, New Members!

Every day, more and more builders across the country are discovering the power of being a member of Shinn Builder Partnerships. We'd like to extend a welcome to our newest members. We look forward to helping each of them achieve a higher level of profitability and success!

Grand Homes Counts Down to Breaking Ground on Their 8th Homes for HOPE

Grand Homes has been one of the longest standing partners of Homes for Hope. Their commitment to the mission of Homes for Hope and HOPE International has enabled us to help hundreds of thousands of families around the world. Grand Homes and their trade partners are able to use their god given talents to help support the families of third world countries with micro-finance loans. The micro-finance loans, provided by HOPE International, empower underserved families around the world to pull themselves out of poverty by providing them with access to discipleship, business training, and small loans. These resources enable them to start and/or expand a small business that provides for their families needs without relying on handouts.

A Big THANK YOU to the Attendees and Sponsors of Our Charlotte Managing for Profit Seminar!

MarkSystems Community User of the Month, Carrie Roeger: COO for Windsong Properties

Our MarkSystems Community User of the Month is Carrie Roeger with Windsong Properties, located in Georgia. Carrie is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Windsong Properties; they build on average 90 new homes per year and specialize in the Active Adult segment.

Shinn Builder Partnerships' Service Providers: Support for Your Success

Shinn Builder Partnerships was created to help local and regional builders achieve success and be competitive with national builders. We do this by connecting our members with manufacturers for the best pricing, service, and support. In addition to the manufacturers, we are pleased to connect you with a group of service providers that can help you with a host of operational support. We have worked personally with each of these providers and can endorse them unconditionally.

Mattamy Homes Opens New Models in Naples

Six new, professionally decorated Coach and Paired Villa model homes – representing a brand-new product line for Mattamy – are now open, as is a new sales center.

Kwikset Debuts New Affordable Bluetooth-Enabled Deadbolt

Door hardware brand Kwikset has unveiled a new Bluetooth-enabled smart lock that combines the latest smart technology but comes at an affordable price.

Bath Faucets That Are Worth a Look - Delta & Brizo

With their scale, dramatic designs, and innovation, kitchen spigots get all the love, but manufacturers are stepping up the style of their lavatory faucets as well.

Clever Systems for Installing Decks With a Hidden-Fastener Look: TimberTech

A well-designed deck is still one of the most popular outdoor amenities among homeowners, and one of the hottest ways to install one is with a seamless, hidden-fastener look.

Will New Home Builders be Tech Companies? By: Professional Warranty Service Corp.

Smart home features are becoming more and more common in U.S. households. While the needs of each home vary, residential tech automation can involve energy management, digital security, app-controlled entertainment, lighting, climate control, smart appliances, and various AI (artificial intelligence) hubs and gadgets. According to a 2019 report by Statista, one-third of all homes in the United States use some form of smart home technology, and it is predicted that over half will have it by 2023. What does this mean for new home builders? Will they be competing with tech companies for business? The structural home builder warranty experts at PWSC take a deep dive into the evolving requisites of residential developers and explain how they can stay ahead of the smart home wave and protect their profits by incorporating risk management solutions.

ECI Webinar - Keys to Successful Leadership: The Power of Coaching & Feedback - Wed. Oct. 23, 2019 @ 9am PST / 12pm EST

Do your employees know what you think they do well? Do you have regular coaching/feedback sessions with your team to improve their performance and moral?

Arthur Rutenberg Homes Becomes AR Homes

Company adopts new brand strategy and unveils its new logo. Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Clearwater, Florida said Wednesday it has changed its name to AR Homes and introduced a new brand identity strategy representing the company’s expansion and evolution while honoring the legacy of its founder.

Fischer Homes to Unveil New Model Outside Louisville

Fischer Homes just completed a new decorated model in Louisville and is hosting a grand opening to celebrate. The grand opening for the new Avery Coastal Classic model will take place on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at the community of Summit Parks in La Grange, Kentucky.

McCall Homes: 2019 Homes for HOPE Recap

McCall Homes, along with their participating trade partners and suppliers, recently completed their 2nd Home for Hope project, successfully raising over $100,000 in support of HOPE International. The profits from this home will help provide microloans, savings services, discipleship, and business training to over 17,333 entrepreneurs living in underserved communities around the world, empowering them to provide for themselves by starting or growing a small business.

2019 Top 100 Products: Structural - Wood Protection: Nisus

Bora-Care with Mold-Care is the company’s classic termite-control treatment with added protection against mold and fungi. According to Nisus, the borate-based wood preservative requires a single application to diffuse into the wood in a house and create a protective barrier. It can be applied either directly during the dry-in phase of construction or to high-risk areas after construction.

New Bathroom Products Sure to Make a Splash - Broan

Like kitchens, homeowners want their bathrooms to be functional spaces where they can clean up with ease. But, today’s buyers are also looking for transitional or contemporary wet rooms that ‘wow’ on first look. Whether you’re looking for products for a spacious master bath or first-floor powder room, the following products showcase the latest trends and innovations in bath design.

2019 Top 100 Products: Kitchen and Bath - Gerber Plumbing Fixtures

Gerber’s Treysta rough-in tub and shower valve offers flexible features that make for easy installation, including: an accessible mounting system; vertical inlets that can be installed next to studs in PEX applications; and quarter-turn service stops that can open and close in the slots with a flathead screwdriver. Treysta also has solutions for applications with cold expansion PEX and Crimp PEX, as well as back-to-back installations and reversed hot and cold inlets.

Propane Council Offers Online Course on Community Systems

The Propane Education & Research Council’s Propane Training Academy has a new online course available that provides builders and developers with an overview of community propane systems.

ECi Recognized for Significant Product Achievements in 2019

Mattamy Homes Names Dan Grosswald President of S.E. Florida Division

Mattamy Homes on Thursday named a new president for its Southeast Florida Division. Dan Grosswald joined the organization in August, reporting to Pete Skelly, CEO of Mattamy Homes US. Mr. Grosswald will be responsible for all aspects of Mattamy's land development and home building business in Southeast Florida.

Accessories That Will Help Organize Your Baths - Brizo

As bathrooms increasingly resemble personalized spa-like sanctuaries, stylish bath accessories that keep clutter at bay and maximize storage are in high demand. The classic-inspired Invari Bath Collection includes a single robe hook, cabinet knobs and pulls, an open-post toilet paper holder, and towel bars. A variety of finishes, including a new Brilliance Gold (8-inch towel bar shown) is available.

Need Vinyl Siding Alternatives? Options that Mimic Wood, Stone - Royal Building Products

Vinyl still gets a bad rap, despite recent environmental impact studies suggesting it isn’t as bad for the planet as once thought. And alternative cladding options continue to grab market share.

2019 Top 100 Products: Structural / Insulation - Icynene

Icynene’s Classic Ultra spray foam is an open-cell foam insulation with greater cohesion than the company’s past products. The GreenGuard Gold-certified insulation can be sprayed in a wide variety of temperatures, making it appropriate for any climate, the company claims. It achieves an R-value of 3.7 per inch and has a core density of 0.5 pound per cubic foot.

Builder Partnerships Manufacturers Recognized in Professional Builder Top 100 Products List for 2019

Every year, Professional Builder takes the pulse of the industry with the Top 100 Products. These are the building products in which its readers were the most interested during the previous year. For 2019, seven Builder Partnerships manufacturers were tapped for recognition.

Royal Building Products Launches Celect® Canvas Cellular Siding

Royal® Building Products, a Westlake company and leading manufacturer of exterior building products, has announced the launch of Celect® Canvas Cellular Siding, an unpainted version of its industry-leading cellular composite siding.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Newly Built Home Has Bugs

The house is fresh, clean, and has that new-home smell. The home owners walk into the open, empty space and see all the possibilities of what’s to come. As they survey the room, though, they are shocked and horrified to see that they are not the first residents! A spider has set up its webby bed in the corner. Ants have found their way to the kitchen sink.

Labor Shortage? Not if You're a Builder of Choice™

Many industry publications are talking about a construction labor shortage. Even though we concur, the proposed solutions are global and require efforts and initiatives outside the operations of the home building company. However, each builder can successfully control and implement certain solutions in their companies to overcome the shortage of labor in the market.

New CEO Takes the Helm of Arthur Rutenberg Homes

The nation’s largest franchisor of custom homebuilders, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, has appointed Jim Rosewater as its new CEO. Rosewater, formerly chief operating officer, takes the helm as part of a strategic succession plan focused on doubling company growth over the next five years and expanding Arthur Rutenberg Homes’ national footprint.

5 Steps to Higher Customer Satisfaction

Marble-Look Tile Collections Marry Design with Durability

The classic elegance of marble is universally appealing for almost any interior environment. Marble-look tile makes the luxurious stone more modern, usable, durable, and even affordable in a range of surface applications. Porcelain tile construction makes the look of marble more versatile than ever with three Emser Tile collections that uniquely marry the inherent beauty of marble with the trusted durability of tile.

The Next Generation of Light Layering

Kichler Lighting LLC, a leader in innovative lighting and ceiling fans, helps home owners design with light to emphasize favorite spaces, increase safety, and utilize more efficient task lighting. Kichler Lighting's LED integrated lighting options reinforce light layering and help to set the room's lighting effect based on desired ambiance and intended purpose.

Quartz vs. Granite Countertops

Whichever surface home buyers choose, builders can help them protect their investment . It wasn’t too long ago when prospective home buyers would set up smartphone alerts for MLS descriptions that mentioned granite countertops. These days, “quartz” is just as likely to be the term they plug into their real estate searches. 

Shinn Builder Partnerships Upgrades Rebate Program

At Shinn Builder Partnerships, we are committed to continuously improving our programs and services. We are dedicated to providing our builder members with a simple and efficient rebate submission process and timely rebate payments. With a focus on accuracy, ease and efficiency, we’re excited to announce two rebate program improvements.

RGS Energy Joins Shinn Builder Partnerships

Shinn Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce the addition of RGS Energy into the Builder Partnerships program.

Helping Contractors Thrive

To succeed, manufacturers have to do more than build great products—they have to build goodwill, establishing beneficial partnerships with the contractors that buy and install their products. To do this, they look for new ways to provide the tools and resources needed to help their partners build up their own businesses.

TrustLayer Webinar: Cover Your Assets: COI Tracking In The Modern World - Thurs., Sept. 19th @ 2pm ET

Tracking Certificates of Insurance (COIs) is one of the most mind numbing activities for a builder. Despite all of the work trying to ensure insurance compliance, how do you know the form you are given is still active? How do you know the form is even real? After all the work, has your risk of catastrophe for your business even reduced? Every builder should find this unacceptable, given the amount of technology at our fingertips.

2018 Financial and Operations Study: Results Closely Mirror Previous Year

In the 26 years we have conducted the financial study, we have accumulated a landmark historical record of home building companies’ financial and operational performance: the challenges, the changes, the adjustments, the improvements, the victories, the defeats, and the comebacks. It has been a privilege to have gained your trust to allow me access to the most sensitive information from your companies. I thank all of you for your continued participation and support.

Delta VoiceIQ™ Technology Helps Consumers Command the Kitchen

New Construction: An Ideal Time for Builders to Install Backup Power

The new home construction process is the easiest and most affordable time to install a Generac standby generator. When it’s installed during the wiring of the house, it allows the homeowner to save substantially on installation costs. Add these savings together with financing options and the ability to roll costs into the mortgage, and new home construction becomes the ideal time for home owners to find value in a standby generator.

The Three Biggest Hidden Insurance Liabilities for Home Builders

Building homes is a complex and risk-heavy operation. It takes tons of materials, dozens of different specialized trades, and tremendous logistics to close a property. To manage the many hidden risks, insurance is a necessary tool. While purchasing every required type of insurance coverage can effectively reduce risk on a build, poor insurance compliance execution can lead to disaster.

10 Ways to Become an Employer of Choice

Have you ever noticed that some companies just never have job openings? They seem to attract the best people, and those people never leave. How do they do that? It is a critical question to answer in today’s job market because we are at effective full employment; talented people will have their choice of positions.

Rewarding Success: 5 Incentive Programs to Boost Performance and Profit

Incentivizing your staff can increase sales and create an uplifting work environment by rewarding employees for their hard work in achieving the goals you have set for them. A positive and motivational work environment will attract top- notch employees and encourage them to stay for the long run — and create memorable experiences while they invest their time with you.

3 Reasons Training Drives Profitability

Top home builders know that investing in their people contributes directly to their company’s success. Builders receive a significant return when they provide career development and training opportunities. Here are three ways employee training boosts profitability.

Pricing for Value and Velocity

Too many builders determine the sales price of their homes based on direct construction cost and land. They come up with a plan, establish the standard specifications, go out to bid, add up the costs, and put a markup on the costs to determine the sales price.

Get the Right Feedback Directly from Your Employees, Trades and Suppliers

Reliable Feedback Equals Smarter Decisions Using a third-party to gather candid feedback directly from your employees, trades and suppliers will provide you with the accurate information you need to become a better employer and builder.

Emerson Earns Distinguished ENERGY STAR® Certification

Emerson, a leader in the thermostat and HVAC controls industry, announced its top-rated Sensi™ smart thermostats have received the ENERGY STAR® certification, an official endorsement of the products’ energy-saving and cost-efficient benefits for consumers.

Selecting Software - Tips for the Construction Industry

According to the “Construction Technology Trends 2018 Report,” approximately 81 percent of construction companies indicated that they planned to spend more on technology in the current year compared to the previous year. Some of that investment involves replacing outdated software or upgrading to more integrated, user-friendly software.

Put Your Money Where It Will Count

Helping builders identify where to save money and where to invest is a large part of my efforts here at Builder Partnerships. A key element of that analysis is a new product feasibility exercise that I walk my builder clients through.

Closet Features to Guarantee Home Buyer Satisfaction

It’s a fact; home buyers are not satisfied with the storage in their homes upon move-in. They spend an average of $4,550 on home improvement projects within the first three months of moving in, according to Realtor.com. By providing the right storage solutions, your home buyers can move in with ease and you can profit. The experts at Organized Living are ready to help you capture those profits with these top five closet trends.

Maintaining Models and Spec Inventory

Across the organization, discipline is essential for the efficient execution of processes and procedures. You must stay disciplined to ensure your organization operates the way you intend. Otherwise, you may notice a slip in policies and procedures and it may become a scramble to complete tasks and meet deadlines as people create workarounds to do it the ‘easy way’.

Honoring Excellence: 7 Builders Recognized at 2018 Executive Summit

Each year, Shinn Builder Partnerships presents the Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence to one builder who displays exceptionally sound management principles. The award was created by Lee S. Evans to recognize builders who have made significant progress in improving their processes to streamline their organizations and achieve superior profits, while delivering a high-quality product to the customer.

2018 Builder Partnerships Executive Summit: An Event 50 Years in the Making

If you were lucky enough to grab a spot at this year’s sold-out Executive Summit in Breckenridge, you had the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on a concept Chuck Shinn has been teaching to home builders for more than 50 years.

Closing with Style

Perhaps no meeting in the new home process gets as little attention as the closing appointment. While it admittedly is a fairly mechanical process of signing one’s name about 75 times and exchanging a (usually large) check for possession, we can still make it hospitable. The appointment usually takes only about an hour, but preparation and planning can generate dividends beyond the exchange of funds for keys. Here are nine tips for making the closing a great experience for your buyers.

Purple Reign: 2018 Color Trend for the Home

It's the year of purple. Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, shared her thoughts on Pantone's choice for the 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet.

Creating a Stellar Sales Process

Business is very good for most builders today, and the immediate future looks promising. Since ours is a complex and complicated industry, there is still a need to be vigilant in monitoring your business plan. Keeping a watchful eye on hard costs, variances, and administrative “creep” is certainly advisable.

The Numbers Tell the Story

In December 2017, Builder Partnerships Founder Charles C. Shinn Jr., PhD, shared his annual economic analysis and his 2018 housing forecast. Here, we share his complete analysis, with the addition of pertinent statistics from the end of 2017 and the first weeks of this year.

Do You Know Your Trade Capacity?

We often say that this business comes down to the numbers. A home building company will start the year with an objective and develop plans for each functional area. If all goes according to plan, they will collectively meet the objective. One “number” that is often overlooked in the planning phase is the capacity of the trades. The typical purchasing manager hopes enough trades are in each cost group, but does not have a true system to know for sure. “Hoping we are good” should not be part of the plan.

Product Feature: Appliances

This year, Frigidaire celebrates 100 years of meaningful innovation, including inventing the first home refrigerator, the first home freezer, and the first room air conditioner. Their newest innovations build upon the brand’s 100-year legacy of offering appliances that make preparation, cooking, and clean-up quicker and easier.

Survey Says: Kitchens Sell Upgrades

In January, Builder Partnerships members responded to an industry survey from Professional Builder on kitchen and bath features. Our members made up more than half the builders included in the survey, so you might be particularly interested in the results.

ECi Mark Systems Builder Success Story: Vantage Homes

In the world of home building today, information is power. That doesn’t only mean you need the ability to generate and manage timely, reliable information internally to keep your business strong and growing. It also demands that you deliver equally timely and accurate information to prospects and do so in a way that cuts through the clutter and motivates them to become buyers.

Uponor Announces Pro Squad

APPLE VALLEY, Minn., Jan. 8, 2018 — Uponor announces the Uponor Pro Squad, an exclusive nationwide network of expertly trained plumbers and water specialists interested in leveraging the intelligent water technology of Phyn Plus, smart water assistant + shutoff, to grow their businesses.

Sell More Houses at Higher Margins

No, we are not talking about how to reach millennials, which seems to be everyone’s target. Another market will be expanding for the next decade, is more affluent, and wants to move to new homes. Remember the baby boomers? This group is actually growing as they reach age 62, which is significant. They typically have paid off their mortgage or nearly so, and live in a home that no longer suits their lifestyle. Their home may be too large, require too much maintenance, or be too far from the grandkids.

Holding the Line on Costs

Cost increases are on builders’ minds right now. It seems like prices for materials and labor are going up on every new bid. It’s across the board on building materials, with lumber prices being particularly volatile in response to the recent tariff on Canadian lumber.

Pricing Homes for Success and Profit

Too many builders determine the sales price of their homes based on direct construction cost and land. They come up with a plan, establish the standard specifications, go out to bid, add up the costs, and put a markup on the costs to determine the sales price.

What Is Your Soft Cycle?

Most builders are eager to reduce the time it takes to build a home and hunt for tips on ways to make the hard cycle go more quickly. This is a worthy pursuit, as most builders intuitively understand that tightening the production schedule allows them to build more homes in a year without adding operating cost. Assuming a fixed number of superintendents, along with a fixed average number of homes that any one super can carry at a time, the most cost effective way to increase their production is to add more turns in a year.

Experts' Corner: Advice for 2018

Industry leaders offer insights and recommendations for growth and profitability in the coming months "With escalating construction costs, a shortage of skilled labor, and the increase in technology, it looks like the era for industrialization is upon us. It will change the industry as we know it. Builders will become assemblers of components that are built in factories.

MarkSystems Builder Case Study: Capital Homes

Few resources are more valuable or cost-effective for home builders than the MarkSystems™ program from ECi Software Solutions.

Why Builders Choose DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap®

What does it take to become the #1 ranked house wrap brand in the industry? Why do builders rate DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® as #1 in quality and the brand they use the most when purchasing a house wrap?

Advantages of Formica dECOLeather™ Over Faux and Real Leather

Trying to decide between new dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer, faux leather, or 100% leather? dECOLeather™ has many attributes that make it a great choice for leather surfacing. Take a look at these pros and cons and make an educated decision about this unique new product by Formica Corporation.

For Manufacturers: Sales and Marketing, or Sales vs. Marketing?

Most manufacturers, especially in the building products industry, are highly competitive. They love to bring in athletes to give the keynote address for their annual sales meetings and customer events. Everyone loves — and can relate to — a good motivational speech about working hard, setting goals, overcoming obstacles to become champions, and setting aside personal ambitions to do what’s best for the team.

Chuck Shinn's 2018 Housing Forecast

Housing closed out 2017 very strong. In fact, 2017 is tracking to be the strongest year in the housing recovery. Demand remains high, and most builders will start the year with a strong backlog. Inventory is low for both new and existing homes, and interest rates are still helping with affordability, although that bears watching as the Fed is predicted to raise interest rates three more times in 2018.

Maximize Profits with Closet Upgrades

Builders are always looking for extra upgrade opportunities to maximize profits and ensure complete buyer satisfaction. Closet upgrades are exactly what your home buyers are looking for to improve the value of their new home and quality of their life; walk-in closets rank second on home buyers’ list of desired amenities, according to a survey by Zillow.

Home Buyer Bullies

A woman home from military duty in the Middle East and now living in Atlanta met with the warranty manager and a manufacturer rep. She had a pistol in the back pocket of her jeans the entire time they inspected issues with her home’s siding. In Edmonton, a receptionist answered a call to hear a home owner say that he was on his “way to your main office with a bomb.”

An Ode to Candy Corn

Every year in late September, these decadently sweet, unhealthy treats appear in the stores in all kinds of varieties: traditional candy corn, Indian corn, mellow creme pumpkins, autumn mix, and assorted mellow cremes with different flavors and Halloween shapes.

Why Aren't the Trades Showing Up to My Jobs?!

If you ask 10 builders about their greatest struggle right now, nine will tell you it’s the production schedule. They see cycle times extending weeks longer than what was on the initial schedule at the time of release. This time drift doesn’t happen because framers now swing hammers slower than before. It is because the homes are sitting empty.

Driving for Kids

The home builder community has once again shown its heart for those in need of a helping hand. In late August, Chuck and Emma Shinn asked Builder Partnerships members and their friends in residential construction to consider supporting their annual involvement in Driving for Kids.

Trending: Glowing Glass

Glass — a material with origins that date back to several thousand years ago — is resurfacing in new, innovative ways throughout today’s residential and commercial spaces. From storefronts with all-glass windows to coffee tables with shadow boxes, glass reflects your personal style as well as a transparent design theme.
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