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Build Your Knowledge: Suggested Reading

We are passionate about sharing knowledge with our community of builders, manufacturers, and service providers. Here you will find a curated selection of articles on a variety of topics for your reading pleasure.
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Show Veteran Finds New Perspective at IBS 2024

Despite my many years of attending the International Builders’ Show, this year, it felt like I was seeing everything through fresh eyes. What was the catalyst for this new perspective? Before the show, I attended several NAHB committee meetings. What I learned in the meetings, and the inspiring people I met there, sparked a new outlook and momentum for me that prevailed throughout the entire event.
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International Builder Show2024, 10 Key Takeaways - PART 1

The International Builders Show in Vegas was the highest-attended show in 15 years with over 75,000 attendees.
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Builder Partnerships Names TruTeam 2023 Partner of the Year

TruTeam, the nation’s largest network of local installers, has been named the Builder Partnerships Partner of the Year for 2023. The award was announced during Builder Partnerships' 18th Annual Networking Reception at the International Builders' Show.
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Insightful Perspectives from IBS 2024: Michael Kramer’s Vision for Future Home Design

I recently had the opportunity of speaking at NAHB’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) 2024. As we navigate the evolving landscape of home design, I’m thrilled to share insights into how BSB Design is leading the charge in crafting spaces that transcend mere aesthetics to foster genuine, enriching living experiences.
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Eliant Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce the newest service provider member to our organization.
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Lennox and ServiceTitan Announce Field Service Management Partnership With Enhanced Support

Industry leaders Lennox Residential HVAC and ServiceTitan forge a partnership to help contractors digitize processes, increase profitability, and enhance the customer experience.
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Empervious Wins Best Kitchen and Bath Product at IBS!

Every year, the Best of IBS Awards recognize outstanding products and services in various categories that set benchmarks in design, technology, and functionality. This year, Empervious™ by Emser enjoyed top honors for its innovative design.
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How to Achieve Greater Levels of Success

Our remote and on-site consulting and coaching packages are designed to help home builders transform their organizations by addressing problem areas and building systems to deliver profits well above the industry standard.
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Participate in Emma Shinn's 31st Annual Financial & Operations Study

How did your company measure up in 2023?
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Unlocking LEED Credit Opportunities with Unilock

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices that have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.
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How Social Media Management Boosts SEO

In the dynamic landscape of digital marketing, the synergy between social media and search engine optimization (SEO) is undeniable. As businesses strive to maximize their online visibility, the role of social media management services becomes increasingly crucial.
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Trane® Named America’s Most Trusted® HVAC Brand for the 10th Consecutive Year

Trane® has been named the top residential HVAC brand in Lifestory Research’s America’s Most Trusted® study for 10 consecutive years.
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Success with Technology: The Game-Changer is Leadership

The driving force behind success with technology is people, not the technology itself. Understanding this fundamental principle is essential for harnessing the full potential of technology for the benefit of an organization.
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Beyond Bargaining: Negotiate Like a Pro

Let's explore why negotiation skills are so important. For a purchasing team, they're like the secret sauce of success. Have you ever felt like you’re not getting the best deals or that you’re leaving money on the table? That's your cue to focus on sharpening your negotiation skills.
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Why You Can't Afford Not to Take Full Advantage of the Builder Partnerships Rebate Program

Does a six-figure boost in earnings sound good to you?
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Indoor Air Quality & Why Homeowners Need It

Now, more than ever, fresh, clean air is essential to a healthy home. Good indoor air quality means there is just the right amount of humidity as well as low amounts of harmful chemicals, smoke, and particles in the air. More states and homeowners are demanding better air quality inside because fresh, clean air is essential to good health.
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Clayton's Crossmod Homes Offer Attainable Housing Solution in U.S. Cities

The homes combine off-site construction with site-built features and are positioned to help increase inventory while tackling restrictive zoning policies.
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Find the 2024 Buyer

We have had several years of sales price escalation and cost increases. In that time, it was easy to load up our homes or get careless in our design process.
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Sneak Peek: New 2024 Lighting Designs

Exclusive first look at new 2024 lighting innovations, featuring sleek fandeliers, geometric light fixtures, and cutting-edge LED lighted mirrors & more.
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Equipping Your Homes with Limitless Dimming Control

Introducing limitless lighting control with the newest advanced LED dimmer from the radiant® Collection.
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Explore How Doors Come to Life with Glass

Create an entrance that says you have high standards for style, quality and craftsmanship.
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Maximizing Returns: The ROI of Interior Design in Model Homes

In the competitive landscape of the real estate market, builders and developers are constantly seeking ways to set their homes apart and attract potential buyers. One powerful tool in their arsenal is the strategic use of interior design in model homes.
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Pro Builder 2024 Housing Forecast

Builder optimism is up: The share of builders that are optimistic about the state of the markets in which they operate rose to 63.6%, about a 10-point bump up from our survey last year.
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Expand Your Network and Knowledge at IBS 2024

Going to IBS 2024? Don't miss our 18th Annual Networking Reception, our NAHB educations sessions, and be sure to visit us in booth W3759.
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Revolutionizing Outdoor Living to Create a More Sustainable Future

Together with our parent company, The AZEK Company, we’re creating a lasting impact on the world by transforming hundreds of millions of pounds of landfill-bound waste and scrap into beautiful, low-maintenance, long-lasting TimberTech products each year.
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Inefficient Construction Schedules Sabotage Success

The power that construction schedules have over the success of your home building business cannot be denied. Extended, unreliable construction schedules have a devastating domino effect, sabotaging every area of your business, including your profitability. 
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The AZEK® Company Unveils New Product Innovations for 2024

Expanding its Industry-Leading Outdoor Living and Home Exteriors Portfolio
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McGuinn Hybrid Homes Celebrates First Homes for HOPE Project

It has been an absolute pleasure for Homes for HOPE to serve alongside McGuinn Hybrid Homes on their first Homes for HOPE Project.
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How ChatGPT Can Help Your Customer Support Team

ChatGPT, by OpenAI offers your business the potential to elevate your customer support game, streamline operations, and ultimately improve customer satisfaction.
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Is Your Technology a Strategic Asset or Potential Liability?

Successful use of artificial intelligence requires human intelligence. For home builders, optimizing technology hinges on discipline, with effective leadership being the key component of this transformative process.
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Wood-Look Tile for Every Style

Tile wood-looks only continue to grow in popularity as a long-standing design trend for floors.
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Schuber Mitchell Homes Launches Homes for HOPE Project

On November 3rd, amidst the backdrop of the Bentonville Community Center, the Schuber Mitchell team, joined by dedicated trade partners, launched yet another transformative Homes for HOPE project. 
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Builder Members: Deadline for ALL 2023 Rebate Submissions is January 15, 2024

As a reminder, any/all closings not previously submitted going back to January 1, 2023 can be included in this year-end submission.
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The Mid-Tier Builder is the Lifeblood of the Industry

​​​​​​​There has been a great deal of discussion over the past several years regarding the makeup of the housing industry. While the manufacturers are giving the large national public builders a great deal of attention, the industry as a whole, should not lose sight of the importance of the mid-tier segment of builders. 
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Cast Off to Better Sales

Much like fishing, selling exists at the intersection of opportunity and preparation. One without the other often results in a skunked day. In order to obtain success, you must put your best line forward.
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Don’t Settle for Low Profitability, Part 1

The last thing a home builder should do—given the financial risk involved in building homes and the cyclical nature of the industry—is settle for single-digit profits.
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Making the Cut: Designing Attractive and Affordable Homes

To combat affordability issues for home buyers due to high interest rates, home builders are looking for ways to cut sales prices by 20% or more to keep mortgage payments within reach for their buyers.
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GWP (Global Warming Potential) Code Progress Update

Below is a Lennox update on EPA/DOE progress and expectations regarding the A2L (Low GWP) refrigerant regulation slated for implementation in January of 2025. This article was written in a bullet point format in order to deliver the information in the most efficient way possible. Please contact the Lennox team for more details.   
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Stand Out from Your Competition

In today’s competitive marketplace, it can be a challenge to stand out in a crowd. Earning awards is a credible way to boost your brand, attract top talent and new customers.
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Why External Accountability Matters

A shared understanding of measurements and reporting mechanisms provides the foundation for trust with employees, investors, customers and communities.
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Maverick Warranties and Insurance Joins Builder Partnerships

Maverick Announces Strategic Partnership With Builder Partnerships
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2023 Driving for Kids Recap

This year’s Driving for Kids event was very successful thanks to the generosity of the twelve participating driver teams and their contributing members. The event raised $95,820 for chronically ill children and their families to experience a week of camping at Roundup River Ranch in Gypsum, Colorado.
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Colors that Capture the Cottagecore Look

The cottagecore look is a study in romance and simplicity. Inspired by rustic farmhouses mixed with edwardian elegance, cottagecore takes vintage antiques and partners them with modern, neutral elements. As cozy as it is creative, our Homestead Collection captures the quintessential quality of cottagecore beauty.
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The Definitive Guide to Permeable Driveway Pavers

Our lifestyle activities have an impact on the environment, which is why it’s important to seek opportunities to make a positive difference. Let’s explore practical ways to contribute and create a greener future together. This includes areas we might not normally think about, such as our driveways.
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DOE Awards Recognize Several NAHB Members for Home Performance Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) annual Housing Innovation Awards recognize builders in the U.S. for their commitment to providing high-performance, energy-efficient homes on the path to being zero energy ready. 
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Providence Homes Wins 2023 Bigelow Award

Homes for HOPE is delighted to announce that Providence Homes is the recipient of our second annual Bigelow Award.
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Uncertainty is the Name of the Game

Be ready to react no matter the outcome. As economic factors deploy either in a favorable direction or exacerbating the challenges that are peeking into the future, the time to plan for a change of direction is now.
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Classic Craft Series Collection

Transform the entry into a one-of-a-kind experience. One that blends artistry, craftsmanship and modern engineering. Because the entry is where home begins. And homes with uncompromising style demand uncompromising entryways.
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Purchasing: The Forgotten Department

I was speaking to a group of home builders several months ago and was blown away by how many of them said that they “forgot about purchasing.” Purchasing, the key to cost control, was left to run on its own while all the focus was put on sales and production.
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Builder Partnerships Program Recharge

Backing our commitment to providing innovative solutions for homebuyers, Legrand is proud to expand our current offerings for the Connected Home. Introducing our Builder Partnerships Program Recharge with the addition of our at-home EV chargers and the Luxul Wi-Fi Assurance Program. We’re here to make it easier than ever to build in connectivity that modern homebuyers want and expect.
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In Charge Electric Powers Smart Homes for Builders with Brilliant and Resideo

When the largest electrical installation company in Texas decided to open up a new smart home and security division, In Charge Electric turned to Brilliant and Resideo to power their smart home offerings.
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Wayne Dalton Adds New Program for Builder Partnerships Members

Wayne Dalton Garage Doors has added models 8300 & 8300AG Wood Grain Impressions™ to their rebate program available to members of Builder Partnerships.
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"Why Buy Now" Real World Tips from 12 Mastermind Managers from Across the Country

Learn Top Tips from Manager's all across the Country to Help you Sell More Homes Now!
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Embracing the Cozy: Fall Interior Design Trends for New Home Builders

We design and merchandise model homes and amenity spaces that elicit dreams of home ownership and a lifestyle worth living, set our client’s product apart from the competition, and help homes sell.
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Builder Rebates Made Easy!

Track your qualifying BP rebates in one easy-to-use system and get paid quickly without all the hassle.
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Global: Daikin Group Releases Its Sustainability Report

Daikin Industries, Ltd. has released the English edition of its Sustainability Report 2023. The report includes the overall approach of the Daikin Group for contributing to the realization of a sustainable society through its business and technological innovation, along with its fiscal 2022 results and plans for the future.
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Pahlisch Homes Celebrates Their First Homes For Hope Project Completion

It was a time to celebrate the thousands of lives that will be impacted by Pahlisch’s donation, as well as a time of fellowship among colleagues who had just constructed an award-winning home.
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Garage Door Replacement Panels: When to Repair or Replace

Garage doors went from a single panel that opened manually to sectional pieces that rolled up overhead in 1921. Since then, homeowners have had the chance to exchange a single section of a garage door instead of buying an entirely new one — a much more affordable option.
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Green Brick Partners Delivers Near-Record Levels of Closings Revenue in Q2

New-home orders increased 51% year over year as demand remains strong in the home builder’s infill and infill-adjacent locations.
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Incentive Compensation Programs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Incentive compensation programs for construction personnel allow home builders to keep base salaries at a manageable level given the cyclical nature of the industry. During the inevitable downturn, if base salaries are too high, builders could be forced to cut high-performing staff to stay in business.
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10 Tips to Get Qualified Sales Leads

As we all know, with the boom that we experienced in most States, we had more clients than we could handle. Now that the market has normalized it’s time for our salespeople to step up and implement prospecting activities, which will become a habit and sustain them for their whole new home sales career.
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Find the Right Finish for Your Door

With a wide variety of stain and paint options to choose from, you can pair on-trend colors with our industry-leading Therma-Tru doors, delivering lasting beauty that you can trust.
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Generac's Year in Review: 2022 Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Report

As a leading energy technology company, Generac remains focused on advancing our Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) vision.
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How Women in Roofing Can Help Grow the Industry

Training women in roofing and other trades can help strengthen the US economy by addressing the country's massive skilled labor shortage.
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AeroTherm® Series Heat Pump

​​​​​​​The Aerotherm® Series heat pump water heater is an innovative, highly efficient solution for domestic hot water.
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Sell Yourself BEFORE the Sale

A sale extends far beyond the physical meeting. While polite conversations, firm handshakes, and detailed infographics are key elements of a successful sale, many other factors influence the results. Preparation is imperative to converting a prospect into a loyal customer. 
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2023 Update: Home Builders Fair Better Than Anticipated

The first six months of 2023 far exceeded home builders’ expectations from the beginning of the year. Builders were forecasting a 30% drop in home sales based on the fall off of sales during the fourth quarter of last year when the interest rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to over 7.0%. At the half-year mark, actual new home sales were only down 2.8% from last year.
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Classic Homes Field Visit: A Masterclass in Building Homes and People

As someone who is new to the housing industry, expanding my knowledge of home building is a top priority. After completing many of the courses in our new technical training lineup where I learned everything from jobsite safety to water management, I wanted to further my knowledge with an in-person visit to a home building company. Joe Loidolt from Classic Homes in Colorado Springs graciously agreed to host me for a two-day visit last month.
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Builders Reap the Benefits of a Builder of Choice™ Strategy

Builder of Choice status is something that is earned, and it encompasses much more than your reputation with your trades and suppliers. Your entire organization contributes to, and benefits from, becoming the Builder of Choice. 
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Capstone Homes Launch Their First Homes for Hope Project

We often say partnering with Homes for HOPE is all about the long game. Partnerships take a while to cultivate, homes take a bit to be built, and loans take time to be repaid. But in the end, partnerships are solidified, homes are built, and loans are repaid by HOPE clients helping them break the cycle of poverty.
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How Hot Does a Roof Get in the Summer?

Exactly how hot does a roof get in the summer? According to the US Department of Energy, traditional darker asphalt shingle roofs can get up to 150°F on a sunny summer day. And prolonged exposure to high heat like this can damage your roof. Four Potential Effects of Summer Weather on Your Roof:
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Generac Provides Solutions Through Support Page

Do you have a question about our products or services? Visit our brand-new, 24/7, online support center to explore valuable resources, frequently asked questions and much more.
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How to Prepare Your Home for EV Charging

The Problem: Preparing your homes to meet the fast-growing demand for electric vehicle charging. Homebuyers also happen to be drivers. And it’s no longer a question of if drivers will go electric, but when.
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Trust and Convenience for Home Builders

TruTeam’s project leaders and coordinators are local, hand-selected professionals who care about completing your project safely while providing the maximum return on investment.
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Daikin Expands Incentive Program for BP Members

Daikin is the global leader in air conditioning, with HVAC&R, fluorochemical, and filtration products powered by unlimited human potential.
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Lightbulbs for Every Builder

Innovation is one of Bulbrite's core values. Check out a few of our newest products that help Turn Life On!
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American Lighting Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce the newest manufacturer member to our program
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The AZEK® Company and TimberTech® Recognized for Climate and Environmental Leadership

Named One of America’s 2023 Climate Leaders by USA Today; Wins Environment + Energy Leader 2023 Product of the Year Award for TimberTech Advanced PVC Decking
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2022 Financial Study Results: Profits Soar Despite Challenges

2022 was a year full of challenges for the home building industry with all kinds of twist and turns throughout the year.
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Builder Survey Results Continue to Show Mixed Signals

Builder Partnerships recently conducted a survey of our builder community in order to remain abreast of the market and its impact on our members. Builder responses indicate changes in sales backlog, cycle times, starts and closings.
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Strengthen Your Organization from the Bottom Up

Our new online technical training programs powered by IBACOS will benefit field personnel and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the home building process.
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Our Builder Members Earn Top Rankings

We are pleased to announce that 75% of the top 240 companies on Pro Builder's 2023 Housing Giants list are members of Builder Partnerships.
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American Southern Homes Becomes Evermore Homes

Unifying four existing home building entities operating in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia, American Southern Homes is transitioning to Evermore Homes.
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Going to SEBC 2023? Check out Builder Partnerships' Manufacturer and Service Provider Associates Participating in the Event

The 2023 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) is scheduled for July 19-20, 2023, in Orlando, FL. Programming will include two days of hard-hitting education, the regions's largest building industry trade show, networking opportunities, and more!
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Grow Your Business With Lasting Relationships

In pursuit of forging industry connections, we encourage our manufacturer and service provider members to participate in events as sponsors. Explore the benefits of this incredible opportunity and discover how it can propel your organization toward successful relationships. 
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Decoding Net-Zero Homes: Understanding the Concept and How to Build

The term 'Net-Zero Home' may sound futuristic, but it's an increasingly achievable and popular goal. A net-zero home is a residential structure that, within the span of one year, produces an equivalent amount of energy as it consumes. In this guide, we will explore the necessary steps for constructing a net-zero home and examine its associated benefits.
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Classic Homes Triumphs at the Best of the Springs Awards

A Testament to Excellence: 2023 Best of the Springs
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Termite Pre-treatments May Not Be Enough

Wood is the most expensive item in a new home. Protect that investment.
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5 Questions to Help Your Business Purchase the Right ERP Solution

Buying an ERP system isn’t something you can do quickly if you want to get a good fit. It’s a process. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. Here are five questions you can ask to help search more effectively.
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Private Onsite Training Offers Flexibility & Convenience

If your team can’t make it to one of our in-person seminars, our instructors will come to you!
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Recession Roulette

The U.S. economy and the housing industry have performed better than expected this year. However, both are showing signs of weakness in the face of the Federal Reserve’s battle against runaway inflation.
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Over-Engineering and Inefficient Design are Profit Killers

High direct construction costs are the leading cause of low profits for home builders. Over-engineering and inefficient design are part of the problem.
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Got 5 Minutes to Earn up to $2,000 Per Home?

Everything about the Builder Partnerships rebate program is EASY—from fast enrollment, to effortless submissions, to direct deposit payments—the hardest thing is deciding how to spend your earnings.
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Let Homebuyers Turn on Peace of Mind

Studies have shown that light switches, particularly in areas like bathrooms and kitchens, are some of the filthiest surfaces in a home -- a literal hot spot for bacteria that causes odor, staining and degradation. But with our new radiant® with Microban devices and wall plates, you can offer homebuyers a solution that will help them keep bacteria in check.
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Construction’s Age Problem: A Foreboding Exodus of Experience

About one in five construction workers is 55 or older. Failing to recruit and retain labor soon could mean a sudden dearth of experienced workers.
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Unvented Attic Construction

To construct a typical unvented attic, spray foam, an air-impermeable insulation, is applied in direct contact with the underside of the structural roof sheathing and on all gable end walls.
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Therma-Tru Named Brand Used Most by Building Professionals

Therma-Tru has been named the “Brand Used Most in the Past 2 years” and first in “Brand Used at All in the Past 2 Years” in the entry doors category of the 2023 Builder Brand Use Study conducted by Zonda.
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The 2023 Homes for HOPE Award | Ezekiel and Julienne

We are excited to announce this year’s Homes for HOPE Honorees – Ezekiel Minani and Julienne Uwineza. When Ezekiel was first introduced to Urwego, HOPE’s microfinance institution in Rwanda, he and his wife Julienne and two young children lived in a small mud house with no running water or electricity. A small maize (corn) flour business couldn’t support their growing family. They dreamed of a better future but had no access to capital.
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