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Shinn Consulting Welcomes Industry Veteran Kimberly Dickson

Kim is passionate about people and processes. As a consultant with Shinn Consulting, she excels at purchasing, negotiations, processes, scheduling, and quality control.
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Our Estimating Services Help You Minimize Waste to Maximize Profits

Shinn Consulting is committed to helping home builders improve performance and boost profitability.
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Inverter Technology Means Comfort

Goodman comfort systems with Inverter Technology work to keep the temperature consistent while using less energy.
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Keystone Custom Homes Expands Into The Carolinas

Nationally recognized custom builder and local builder unite to offer new homes across Charlotte and upstate South Carolina.
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PERC Op-Ed: CHP Systems Provide Unbeatable Resiliency for Dependable Operation

In 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, leaving millions of people in crisis.
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Six Fall 2022 Interior Design Trends for Warmth

Explore a few interior design trends to incorporate this Fall season to create warmth and comfort.
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Kichler Lighting Launches New and Improved Horizon Model

Beautiful aesthetics and stand-out benefits illuminate in Horizon III LED downlights
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The AZEK Company Announces the Official Opening of its New $140m Manufacturing Facility in Boise, Idaho

The facility expands manufacturing capabilities and advances AZEK’s commitment to create a more sustainable future
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Old Marketing vs. New Marketing - Finding Your Ideal Customer

"Old marketing" is broken! (You already knew that, didn't you?) But what's the alternative?
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Bridging the Communication Gap

When working on a new construction project, the relationship between interior designer, builder, and trade partners is a partnership that needs to be nurtured and handled with care. The best way to ensure a project stays on track is for the team to invest enough time in planning how they will work together and then sticking to that agreement throughout the course of the project.
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Why Drees Homes Uses Closet Selector

We are committed to providing our Builder partners with the best products, programs, and support to make closets easy. Discover why Drees Homes partners with us and how Closet Selector® is a "one click solution."
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Act Fast to Survive the Cliff

Our community of home builders has been successfully traversing the path of selling and closing homes this year. However, the time has come to realize that a sales and traffic drop—a cliff if you will—could be waiting around the bend.
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Homebuilding: The Ultimate Team Sport

If homebuilding is the ultimate team sport, how do we build a winning team?
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7 Ways Manual Processes Are Costing You Money

How does a centralized business software solution with integrated applications, instant access to real-time data, and built-in artificial intelligence technologies stop the outflow of money that manual processes are costing your business?
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The Bulbrite Promise

Committed to its customers’ success for over 50 years, Bulbrite delivers the “Bulbrite Promise”
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Manufacturers: Increasing Sales in the Shifting Market

While the market continues to shift, long-term demand and the need for housing remains. As a manufacturing partner, your efforts to maintain and establish builder relationships are critically important for keeping and winning business.
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Magda Esola - New Home Sales Superstar

Interview with Magda Esola.
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Build with Better Power and Protection for Buyers’ Appliances

An ideal option for kitchens and laundry rooms, the latest GFCI solutions from Legrand deliver the quality and safety features Legrand is known for.
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Pro Builder 2023 Housing Forecast

Share your forecast for the coming year by completing Pro Builder’s 2023 Housing Forecast Survey!
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Experience MrSteam's Advanced Technology

Virtually everything we do at MrSteam incorporates technology, from steam generators to controls and accessories. Our products combine the effectiveness of steam with the modern convenience provided by advanced technology.
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Check Out Emser Tile's New 2022/23 Digital Catalogue

Our new catalog features more than 20 brand-new products! Shop all new products on our website.
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Fox Blocks ICF Manufacturer In Partnership With GreenBuilt Solutions Builds Net Zero Home With Record Low HERS Index Score

Fox Blocks, an Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) manufacturer, in partnership with GreenBuilt Solutions, a sustainable design facility in Orlando, FL, has managed to build a Net Zero home that has an outstanding HERS Index Score of -22.
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Amarr Announces Lead-Time Reduction

With continued improvements in our manufacturing capacity and successful management of supply chain challenges, we are pleased to announce reduced manufacturing lead times for most products effective Monday, September 12, 2022.
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Cheers to Champagne Bronze

Learn how to pair champagne bronze finish to our most popular lines and how to coordinate our new products with Delta® plumbing fixtures.
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Verity Homes Completes Their Fifth Homes for HOPE Project!

Long-time partner Verity Homes announces the completion of their fifth Homes for HOPE project in the beautiful Bismarck, ND market.
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The PERC Update: Inaugural National Propane Day

The first annual National Propane Day will be held on Oct. 7 from 5 a.m. – 5 p.m., symbolizing propane's placard number, 1075.
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Elevating Rustic Home Design with James Judge

James Judge, a Phoenix-based "designer, realtor, flipper, deal fanatic and all-around house-a-holic," has a knack for amazing home transformations.
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Attract Top Talent and Improve Buyer Satisfaction as the Builder of Choice™

One of the most effective steps a builder can take to establish and maintain a reputation of quality is to become the Builder of Choice™ in the eyes of their trades and suppliers.
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Exciting News from Broan-NuTone

Broan-NuTone has updated their programs with Builder Partnerships!
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Behind (or Missing Out) on Submitting for Rebates?

It's been a busy year for our builder members, and we understand why some of you may be behind on your rebate submissions. However, now is not the time to be leaving money on the table.
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David Drees: Best Practices for Managing a Private Home Building Operation

Recognized as one of the nation’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, Kentucky-based Drees Homes offers a management model for other privately held home builders to follow
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Healthier Homes Start Here

More and more buyers want quieter, more efficient, and healthier homes. And we’ll help you build them.
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The Power of Delta's In2ition Shower

From bathing pets and kids to a relaxing shower, Delta’s patented In2ition® Two-in-One Shower gives users functionality and luxury.
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Rolling Door Lead Time Reduction

Please view the updated lead time reduction document from our Dalton, Ohio Rolling Door facility for the most current reduced lead times that will be effective 8/15/22.
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Lighting Design Tips to Stylize Entryways

Adding curb appeal to your home is easy with outdoor lighting design tips and fixture ideas from Progress Lighting.
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Always Improving: A recap of the latest Brilliant features & updates

Learn what our product and engingineering teams have been doing to make your Brilliant experience even better.
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Talking Lighting with David Peek

Progress Lighting Senior Director of Product Development discussed the Progress Lighting design philosophy and process and how it results in beautiful affordable luxury lighting for the home in a recent episode of The Building Blonde.
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Schuber Mitchell Homes Completes Their Third Homes for HOPE Project

Schuber Mitchell Homes, one of the top 100 builders in America, recently completed their third Homes for HOPE Project and generated a donation of $140,000 which will enable HOPE to serve 5,600 families this year!
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Design & Trend: Color Pop

Color inspires us and evokes emotion, whether joyful or relaxing. And in a sea of grays and neutrals, the right pop of color is like a work of art celebrating bold, elevated design, inside and out.
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Remembering Perry Bigelow: A Highly-Respected Pillar of the Home Building Industry

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Perry Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Homes, passed away on July 4, 2022.
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Thrive Home Builders' Vitality Collection Receives 2022 Gold Nugget Home of the Year

The Denver-based collection balances modern details with sustainable building practices.
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Grand Homes Completes Another Homes for HOPE Project

Thursday, May 26th Grand Homes celebrated the completion of their Homes for HOPE Project making their lifetime giving nearly $3.6M.
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Generac Builder Alliance Program – Energy Management Solutions Powering the Home of the Future

Current trends within the market such as the home as a sanctuary, electrification of vehicles and appliances and severe weather events continue to reinforce the need for energy management solutions during new home construction.
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Supply Chain Issues and Interior Design

Almost every industry has had to deal with supply chain issues over the past year, and home decor is no exception. Designers are counting on home furniture, appliances, and products like floor tiles and windows, all of which are among the items hardest hit by supply chain shortages.
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AZEK® Trim with PaintPro® Technology: Why Build with AZEK?

As an industry leader in premium exterior building products, we only offer trim accents engineered to make installation easier and endure beautifully.
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LiftMaster Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is Pleased to Announce the Newest Manufacturer Member to Our Program
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2021 Financial Study Results Mark a Banner Year

The study shows 2021 as a record breaking year for profitability and volume.
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15 Management Systems to Help You Avoid the High-Speed Wobbles

Unprepared home builders experiencing rapid growth run the risk of squandering opportunities during the best decade in housing’s history.
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10-Steps for Building a Home with Insulated Concrete Form Blocks | Fox Blocks

An ICF home, like one built with Fox Blocks, provides many of the essential features that today’s homeowner is looking for: excellent indoor environmental quality (IEQ), energy-efficiency, and disaster-resistance.
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A Builder’s Guide to Solar Power | Unbound Solar

Homebuilders, did you know that only 6% of homes in the US had solar panels in 2019. But over the past year, 46% of American homeowners said they’d considered installing them?
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Awards Highlight ECI Software Solutions’ Exceptional Customer Experience and Outstanding Leadership

ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions, today announced it has been honored with three awards surrounding the company’s customer experience initiatives.
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A Well-Lit Home Draws Attention to Every Detail

A well-lit home draws attention to every detail and showcases the quality and craftsmanship that makes today’s new builds so desirable.
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Going to PCBC 2022? June 22-23 Check out Builder Partnerships' Manufacturer and Service Provider Associates Participating in the Event

PCBC’s Summer Showcase is all about reconnecting you with the products, projects and people that are shaping the future of housing.
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New Home Sales + Joins Builder Partnerships

Builder Partnerships is Pleased to Announce the Newest Service Provider Member to Our Program
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Wayne Dalton - July 2022 - Operator Freight Adjustments

The global electronics shortage impacting our industry and many others, is driving up the cost to manufacture our industry-leading garage door openers. We have worked diligently to optimize our supply chain of components and have absorbed much of this higher cost.
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Deck Out Your Spec House with Steam | Mr. Steam

Including a steam shower in your model home allows you to sell the lifestyle of luxury and overall health through the lens of custom upgrades that provide a return on their investment down the road.
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Get Outdoor Spaces Summer-Ready | Progress Lighting

Outdoor living is a huge trend, with more homeowners enhancing their outdoor spaces with kitchens, fire pits and fireplaces, and stylish lighting.
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Builder Survey Results Provide Insight Into Impact of Current Conditions

Builder Partnerships recently conducted a survey of our builder community to assess the impact of current conditions and monitor the prevailing outlook for the upcoming year. We wish to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey.
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Builder Partnerships Can Help You with Your Long-Term Builder Related Strategy

As we continue to navigate the challenging housing market, manufacturers should focus on establishing and maintaining an open relationship with builders.
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Checklists to the Rescue

One of the simplest, yet overlooked, practices successful builders implement into their everyday routine is the use of checklists. This low-risk, high-reward process is guaranteed to improve your quality, consistency, and overall customer satisfaction. 
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Congratulations to Our Builder Members Featured on Builder's 2022 Builder 100 / Next 100 List

​​​​​​​Once again, over half of the home building companies on Builder's annual list of the nation's biggest builders are members of Builder Partnerships.
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Shinn Consulting Welcomes Industry Veteran Jason Cook

Jason has a passion for quality and schedule management. As a consultant with Shinn Consulting, he excels at field audits and training superintendents how to manage their day-to-day tasks to build homes on quality, on budget, and on time.
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Merchandising Small Outdoor Spaces | Lita Dirks & Co.

Regardless of size, a well-merchandised outdoor space can make a big impact on the effectiveness of a model home. And now, more than ever, merchandising of the front porches, and other small outdoor spaces, of a model home, is imperative.
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Spring Bathroom Lighting Updates | Progress Lighting

It's the perfect time of year to refresh your bathroom design. One of the easiest bathroom updates is to replace your light fixtures.
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Froehlich Signature Homes Announces the Launch of their First Homes for HOPE Project

First Homes for HOPE project in the desirable The Enclave at BV community in Bakersfield, CA. A celebratory launch event will be held on Wednesday 5/4 from 11:30-1:00pm.
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Lennox - New Construction Price Increase: July 2022

Like all manufacturers, distributors, and contractors in the heating and air conditioning business, Lennox Industries continues to experience cost increases. Due to the persistent cost pressures, Lennox will increase prices up to 9% percent on residential and commercial equipment, parts and supplies, and accessories for all customers.
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EEBA's Builder of the Month: Robertson Homes

Founded in 1945, Robertson Homes is the homebuilder that Michigan residents have relied on for over 75 years. Our communities offer a rich variety of uniquely designed home styles to exceed our Michigan customers' needs. We have always placed the customer first in our organization in terms of design and homebuilding.
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Homes for HOPE | Albert Sakissa: Paving a Way Forward

With capital from HOPE Congo microloans and the accompanying business training, he expanded from cement to construction materials to delivery and after-sales service and hired three employees, all within two years.
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BSB Brings a National Perspective with Local Focus to Student Housing Panel

BSB Design has been designing housing for 55+ years. We are bringing this expertise to the InterFace event as Mark Mitchell is speaking on a panel.
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Storm Clouds on the Horizon After Strong Start to 2022

Although the housing industry began 2022 very strong, there are storm clouds on the horizon. Rising mortgage interest rates and soaring home prices will have an impact on demand.
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2022 Builder Partnerships Achievement Award Winners

It is our pleasure to announce this year’s winners of the Builder Partnerships Achievement Awards. We congratulate the winners for their dedication to excellence and continuous improvement.
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Highlights from the 2022 Executive Summit

After the tough decision to postpone the Executive Summit in 2021, we’re happy to report the Executive Summit was back this year and better than ever! We are grateful to all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors who helped make the 2022 Executive Summit a big success.
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Multi-Functional Mudroom Lighting Ideas | Progress Lighting

Spring has arrived and with it, a variety of weather. In this in-between time before summer, it’s common to find a variety of hats, boots, and coats making their way onto the floor near the door.
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M.D.C. Holdings Subsidiary to Acquire The Jones Company of Tennessee

M.D.C. Holdings announced that its subsidiary Richmond American Homes of Tennessee has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the home building assets of The Jones Company of Tennessee.
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Connecting Builders, Manufacturers and Service Providers for Growth

We manage highly competitive rebate and incentive programs and work with builders to strengthen relationships with manufacturers and service providers in the home building industry.
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Bring Light and Life to Basements with Egress and Other Solutions

For nearly 60 years, Monarch has proven to be a trusted name in new home construction. Our products offer affordability to builders, yet go above and beyond the standards for energy efficiency.
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Atlantic Builders Continues Their Partnership with Homes for HOPE

Atlantic Builders has announced a $100,000 grant toward the mission of Homes for HOPE, building on their inaugural donation of $25,000 at the end of 2021!
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Consulting & Coaching Packages Help Builders Improve Performance & Profitability

Meet our Shinn Consulting consultants! It's no coincidence that the majority of highly-successful business owners have a mentor or coach. They understand the importance of obtaining an outside perspective from experts who can help them achieve greater levels of success.
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The PERC Update: Propane Teams Up with This Old House

Bryan Cordill, PERC’s director of business development in residential and commercial markets, visited Concord, Mass., last month to teach viewers of This Old House a thing or two about propane.
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Homes for HOPE Featured on the A New Go of New Home Sales Podcast

Homes for HOPE’s executive director was honored to be interviewed on the “A New Go of New Home Sales” podcast with John Lee and Anya Chrisanthon.
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Tri Pointe Homes Acquires Land to Build 774 Homes in San Tan Valley, Arizona

The transaction for approximately $27.7 million fits Tri Pointe Homes’ strategy of building quality, innovative homes in locations with convenient access to major transportation and employment corridors, according to the builder.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Job Costing – But Were Afraid to Ask (27 FAQs Answered!)

Yes, it's a REAL problem: Company owners, financial managers, and bookkeepers who don't take the time to get the answers to their free-floating "Numbers" questions – and then expect that something "magical" will happen!
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Sales Begin at Trumark Homes’ Pelican Shores Community in Windsor, Colorado

Sales have opened for Trumark Homes' Pelican Shores community, part of the Water Valley master-planned development in Windsor, Colorado. The community features 59 single-family detached homes in 10 floor plan options.
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What a Builder Learned From His Vacation Home Renovation [Brought to you by Propane Education & Research Council]

Welcome Homes’ Anthony Carrino applies his experience with a home standby generator and efficient heating to designing homes for today’s buyers.
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Hubble Homes Breaks Ground on Hubble Hero House to Benefit Seven Idaho Charities

The Idaho-based builder and its trade partners are building a home where all the proceeds will be donated to local charities. he Hero House is a home that Hubble Homes and its many trade partners donate labor and materials to build and then sell, giving 100% of the proceeds from the sale to charity.
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Mattamy Homes Strikes Land Deal in Florida's Clay County Lake Asbury Master Plan

The builder closed on the 66-acre property in March, with development expected to begin in the fall. The new community, Sandridge Hills, will showcase two product lines from Mattamy Homes. With 197 homesites, 40- to 50-feet wide, the community will accommodate new homes from approximately 1,369 to 2,930 square feet.
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Improve Your Profitability with Better Plans, Efficient Material Usage, and Accurate Estimates

For most home builders, the direct construction cost of their homes is too high which causes a lack of adequate profitability.  The combination of land (at builder retail price) and direct construction costs should be approximately 70% of the sales price to generate a 10% profit.  Historically, land has represented about 20% of the sales price.  Therefore, the direct construction costs need to be held to about 50%.
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Highlights from IBS 2022

From its humble beginnings of pretzels and beer, to what is often called the best networking event of the show with delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, members of the Builder Partnerships community have enjoyed our IBS Networking Reception for 16 years. This year’s event felt particularly special after a year away due to COVID-19.
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Customer Analytics: Get the Right Message to the Right Buyer at the Right Time

With new, cutting-edge CRM technology from SKUWorld, you’ll be able to properly manage data to help you make informed decisions that will ultimately enhance your customer interactions, improve your conversion rates, and increase your profits.
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If You’re Not Offering Smart Home Options, You're Likely Leaving Money On the Table

81% of homebuyers list smart home features as their most desired feature in new home construction. There's no doubt that we’ve all been watching homeowners’ interest in smart home technology grow for a while now. So what’s changed?
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Working On the Business vs. Working In the Business | ECI

As a small-to-midsize business owner or chief executive, are you working in your business when your business would be much better off if you worked on it? Are you answering emails, paying invoices, and solving internal problems rather than setting goals, servicing customers, and planning your growth strategy?
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2022 Product Guide: Interiors [Progress Lighting]

Clean, contemporary styling distinguishes Progress Lighting’s new League collection. The lighting structures are defined by sleek, steel rails that create a modern, & monochromatic silhouette.
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2022 Product Guide: Systems [Broan NuTone]

Broan-NuTone’s Overture is a fully automated, cloud-connected, whole-home indoor air quality system that monitors and optimizes air in the home using three models: a room sensor, a wall control, and a smart plug.
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2022 Product Guide: Systems [Legrand]

Legrand’s Wave Switch is a germ- and worry- free solution that provides homeowners with cleaner control for cleaner spaces. The product’s touchless technology allows users to turn lights on or off with a simple wave.
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2022 Product Guide: Systems [Orro]

The Orro S switch provides a budget-friendly version of the company’s touchscreen and voice-enabled automatic lighting experience at $149 per switch. The sensor-enabled dimmer can adjust lighting strength based on motion, sound, and light.
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2022 Product Guide: Exteriors and Structural [DuPont]

DuPont Performance Building Solutions introduced a reduced global warming potential (GWP) and reduced embodied carbon formulation of Styrofoam Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Rigid Foam Insulation.
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2022 Product Guide: Exteriors and Structural [GAF]

GAF Energy’s Timberline Solar is composed of shingles and protects and installs like a regular roof. The nailable solar shingles, named IBS’ 2022 Most Innovative Construction Tool, are water-shedding, strong, and warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph.
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Tri Pointe Homes and M/I Homes Launch Joint Venture to Build 586 Homes in Austin Suburb

Tri Pointe Homes and M/I Homes have begun construction at Heritage, a 188-acre community located 25 miles west of Austin, Texas, in the town of Dripping Springs. The joint-venture development will deliver a total of 586 homes starting in late 2022.
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Manufacturer Update: Wayne Dalton Lead Time Update

Wayne Dalton wants to provide you with the latest update on lead times. Our objective is to provide you with as accurate information as possible on production lead times from our various manufacturing plants throughout the United States.
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