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Builder Partnerships' Response to COVID-19

Update from Builder Partnerships (updated Oct 1, 2020)

ECI | MarkSystems November Newsletter: Tech & Techniques for Growth

Check out the new Halo Touch by Kwikset. The fingerprint Smart lock

It's that Time of Year! Organized Living

Top Trends Driving the Future of Home Building.

Q+A With Thrive Home Builders on Promoting Better Indoor Air Quality

Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Environments Division recognizes several industry organizations. For the last five consecutive years, Denver-based Thrive Home Builders has been recognized on the list, and in 2019 the builder won the top prize: Leader of the Year.

Propane Council Webinar Thurs. 11/19 @ 2pm EST : A New Kind of Micro-CHP Featuring Enginuity Power Systems

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is proud to introduce the newest offering in the Propane Presents Technology Series, a brand-new webinar series that focuses on showcasing propane-powered equipment from the country's leading manufacturers.

Give Your Buyers Hot Water Performance & Efficiency

Bradford White has a full lineup of ENERGY STAR® certified residential products (both electric and gas) for outstanding residential efficiency.

Gumenick Properties Boosts Its Productivity with ECI MarkSystems

Builder increased efficiency with no extra staff required.

Astria Fireplaces Designed to Complement Any Room

Offering sophisticated design and industry-leading quality and performance.

Mattamy Homes to Enter Dallas-Fort Worth Market Through New Acquisition

The privately owned builder has reached a definitive agreement with Dallas-based New Synergy Homes.

Fayetteville Home Builder Acquired by Florida-Based Company

H&H Homes, a leading home builder based out of Fayetteville, has been sold to Florida-based Dream Finders Homes.

DuPont™ FlexWrap™ EZ

Plugging unwanted openings in the building envelope is a cinch with DuPont™ FlexWrap™ EZ.

Wayne Dalton Carriage House Steel Garage Doors

Model 9700 offers embossed, high tensile panels that give the look of wood with the strength of steel.

ECI MarkSystems Webinar: Automating a Bad Process Gets You to Zero Faster - Wed Nov 4 @ 12PM ET

Are You Ready for Successful Growth?

The Smart Lock as Unique as Your Fingerprint

Convenience and security at your fingertips.

Legrand Case Study: Building for Today, and Tomorrow, with Drees Homes

A longstanding builder looks to the future with DreeSmart offerings.

Brookfield Residential Expands Smart Home Platforms and Self-Guided Tours

The myTime system enables private model home access, while myCommand supports smart homes on Amazon, Google, and Apple systems.

Verity Homes 5 & 6 Announcement

Earlier this year, Art Goldammer, his stellar team at Verity Homes, and their gifted trade partners completed their 4th Homes for HOPE project!

7 Factors in Choosing A Management System

Demand for new homes continues to beat records. Do you have technology in place to take full advantage of these opportunities?

Emser Tile Debuts New 2020/2021 Catalog

Color, Texture and Design Showcased within New Products

Formica Launches 16 New Woodgrain Laminate Styles

New neutral tones available in elm, ashwood, cherry, oak, and walnut species, among other options.

Free eBook: Make Every House a Smart Home

Transform every house into an easy-to-use smart home with the Brilliant Smart Home Control and all-in-one mobile app. Installs in minutes in the place of light switch. Affordable solution with instant ROI for every type of builder and budget.

New eBook: Protecting Your Building Envelope | SillDry

Download our latest resource, Protecting Your Building Envelope, for an overview of SillDry, the most effective flashing solution for prevention of water intrusion.

New and Improved Legrand Website Features

In addition to enhanced and better organized content, with the new site we are also introducing many new and improved features, tools, and resources identified through our customer research to help meet your needs.

The PERC Update: How to Respond to Propane Questions

VIDEO: PERC CEO Shares Four Ways to Respond to the Propane Environmental Question AND Webinar- Thurs., Oct 15th @2pm EST: Learn About the Latest Innovation in Propane Generators

Schuber Mitchell Completes Their Second Homes for HOPE Project

Celebrating owners Dan Mitchell, Daman Schuber, Joe Harris, and their stellar team built this beautiful home in the Orchard Park Community in Northern Arkansas. Schuber Mitchell Homes exists to honor God, enrich the lives of others, and make home ownership attainable for everyone.

Ready to get inspired by Kichler Lighting

When it comes to creating a space you love, there’s nothing like inspiration to spark your ingenuity. Today we’re sharing a few favorites—curated by style, space, and effect—including beautiful new products that’ll make your vision shine.

Looking to build your roofing business? GAF Roofing

Roofers know that whether you’re installing a roof or building a business, high quality tools are essential for getting the job done right. That’s why GAF makes some of our most powerful business-building tools and programs available to all contractors.

Doors That Meet Today's New Home Demands | ThermaTru Doors

The new Composite Door Frame is made with the manufacturer’s Tru-Guard composite technology, a rot-free system designed to work together with rot-resistant Therma-Tru doors and components.

AZEK® PVC Trim with PaintPro® Technology

AZEK® PVC Trim with PaintPro® Technology was engineered to be the lowest maintenance paintable trim in the market with superior paintability, fast dry times and long-lasting paint adhesion.

Best Practices for Energy-Efficient Design | SillDry

Ongoing stay-at-home orders challenge homeowners to become increasingly aware of the inefficiencies in their home's design and construction, and, more specifically, the relationships between comfort, health, energy efficiency, and cost savings.

Rubin Brown's Webinar | Wed, Sept 30 @ 10a-12p CST | PPP Loan Forgiveness

Join RubinBrown experts as they discuss everything you need to know about PPP loan forgiveness. Wed, Sept 30 @10am CST

ECI | Lasso - September Issue: Online Marketing Tips and More

Sales and marketing for today's home builders. The Rise of the Self-Guided Tours: Self-guided home tours have arrived. This game-changing innovation is opening doors––literally and figuratively––for home builders and real estate companies across the country.

Welcome Our Newest Manufacturer Member: Brilliant

Brilliant is the leading smart home control and lighting company, creating technology that unifies home experiences through simple and thoughtful interaction.

New home sales are hot! Be prepared. ECI | MarkSystems

Helping Residential Home Builders Grow. Though the weather may be cooling off, new home sales and building are not! Be prepared with the latest home building industry insight.

Grand Homes Completes Their 8th Homes 4 Hope Project

It is with sincere gratitude to their trade partners that Grand Homes announces the completion of their 8th Homes for HOPE project in the McKinney, TX area. This beautiful home has generated a record $400,000 donation – the single largest donation in the history of Grand Homes’ long-standing partnership with Homes for HOPE!

Join Us! Propane Education & Research Council - New Webinar Series about Propane Technologies | Thurs. Sept 10 @12pm MST / 2pm EST

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is proud to introduce the Propane Presents Technology Series, a brand-new webinar series that will focus on showcasing the latest advancements in propane-powered equipment from the country's leading manufacturers.

Are change orders hurting your bottom line? ECI | BuildTools

If margins are tight, it’s critical to have the tools and resources you need to ensure your projects are profitable. Here are our five favorite resources with insights and best practices on all things budget management, from change orders to accounting and more.

2020 Lighting Guide: Statement Lighting, Color Are Hot for 2020 and Beyond | Progress Lighting

Designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, the Surfrider Collection Large Pendant feature tiers of metal curves converging in an ever-widening circle. Oversized hooks suspended from a simple orb surround a floating braided metal cable. It’s shown in Maliblue.

Products for a Universally Designed Home | Legrand

Legrand Under Cabinet Lighting system, it is a plug and play for your appliances and tablets while keeping the countertop and backsplash clear. In addition to the cabinet system, the Legrand adorne collection includes motion sensor switches, under cabinet lighting, Wi-Fi control, and more. All Legrand products can be connected via the Legrand Hub.

Homebuyers are Looking to Buy! Do You Know What They Want? | Organized Living

Single-family home sales are soaring — the strongest they’ve been in decades. To get your piece of that record sales pie requires an understanding of what homebuyers want and the trends that will drive the future of homebuilding. Do you know what they want? We do! Contact Organized Living today!

Increase customer retention, improve business costs, and more! | GuildQuality

As you start prioritizing goals for the coming months, year, and beyond, consider placing customer satisfaction at the top of your list. Check out our top five tips to help you improve customer retention, grow your business, and increase your bottom line.

Smart Locks from Kwikset

Many connected home devices integrate seamlessly with Kwikset smart locks. Lights, temperature and window shades can all be automatically adjusted upon entering a home.

Quality Homes Deserve Quality Protection | Legrand

Reduce the risk of break-ins, and increase peace of mind, with Smart Lighting from the radiant® Collection. Safety isn’t just about Intruders. Understand the latest National Electrical Code, and how GFCI solutions provide the protection and peace of mind your customers deserve, with this comparison infographic.

Brizo | Jason Wu Extend Partnership with New Matte White Faucet Line

Brizo aims to bring fashion-forward fittings into homes, they say, which makes the partnership with Wu ideal. This latest release includes a pull-down kitchen and prep faucet, bar faucet, and soap or lotion dispenser in a bright white matte finish.

Sego Homes Completed Their First Home for HOPE

Earlier this year, Sego Homes completed their first Homes for HOPE project! President Wayne Coorbridge, his stellar team, and their generous trade partners built this beautiful home in the South Jordan, UT area.

Davidson Homes Enters Atlanta with 2,340 Lots in 15 Communities

Huntsville, Ala.-based builder Davidson Homes has announced its first moves into the Atlanta market with the purchase of 2,340 new home lots in 15 communities. This marks the third new state expansion for Davidson Homes in the past three years.

BSB Design | Trending Architecture for Today's Market Conditions

Great design is the foundation for great curb appeal. But it’s necessary to complete the design process with careful thought about appropriate, budget-friendly materials and details. This is the icing on the cake, and without it, much of the hard work you did to design a great home could be missed.

ECI Blog: Business Lessons for the New World

There are some fundamental steps business leaders in every industry can take to get a solid grasp on how to move forward into an unprecedented future. In this week's blog post, we offer 10 ideas to help reimagine what your futures might look like in six months, or one year, or three years..

Z.E.N. Home Update by Professional Builder: Products That Support Sustainability, Durability and Resilience - DuPont Tyvek

A pillar of the Ultimate Zero Energy Now (Z.E.N.) Home is Sustainability, including the building products Thrive Home Builders will use to deliver durability, resilience, and waste reduction.

Healthy Homes Need Fresh Air - Broan NuTone

A recent study conducted by Broan-NuTone shows that two-thirds of respondents are growing worried about the air they breathe at home. Even if you wanted to, it would be impossible to ignore the conversation happening around indoor air quality.

Mattamy Homes Appoints New CEO

Mattamy Homes has named Keith Bass as the new CEO of Mattamy Homes U.S., effective Sept. 28. Bass will take over the role from Pete Skelly, who will be retiring in October following a transition period.

Even during pandemic, homebuilder DSLD is setting records as millennials tap low interest rates

ECI Blog: Software EOL and Why It's Good for Business

Software End of Life and Why It's Actually Good for Business. Best practices, tips, and links to resources for you and your business.

Get an In-Depth Look at Flashing Solutions for the Building Envelope | SillDry

Check out our latest resource, Flashing Solutions for the Building Envelope, for an in-depth look at: the purposes and functions of a building envelope, the issues with common sealing solutions, benefits of choosing SillDry.

Learn here about the forces, the drivers, and the sweep of implications in this private-to-private deal, merging GreenEco Builders into Rausch Coleman.

Fayetteville, AR-based Rausch Coleman--with home building operations in five states in more than 80 actively selling new-home communities--acquired Katy, TX-based 12-year-old family-owned builder GreenEco Builders.

As COVID-19 Continues, High-End Second-Home Sales Are on the Rise | Signature Homes

The Naples-based firm, which builds luxury residences under its Stock Signature Homes brand with an average sales price of around $1.4 million, had weathered a blip in sales and activity at the beginning of 2019, when buyers and builders alike were fretting about the possibility of a recession ahead.

Brohn Homes [An affiliate of Clayton Properties Group] Announces New Homes in Three Central Texas Communities

Over 300 new Austin-area homes starting from the $200,000s and $300,000s available at Pecan Park, Bar W Ranch, and Cross Creek.

2020 Homes for HOPE Award | Faustin Nsengimana’s Story | Rwanda

We at Homes for HOPE are so grateful for the transformative work that God has done in and through Faustin as he faithfully serves his family, church, and community. Please join us in celebrating and praying for Faustin Nsengimana as the 2020 Homes for HOPE Award winner!

Know the Wiring Behind the “Connected Home” - Legrand

From durable enclosures to convenient connection points, Legrand structured wiring solutions guarantee smooth installations, reliable connections and the highest degree of performance. Download our Structured Wiring Guide to learn more.

Capitalize on Current Single Family Demand | BSB Design

Nearly 70% of recent homebuyers cited COVID-19 as the reason they purchased. NEW = HEALTHY, with much more to offer than resales. Integrate and highlight amazing outdoor living.

Davidson Holding Co., [parent company of Huntsville, Ala.-based Davidson Homes] Launches EverGreen Living, a New Single-Family Built-to-Rent Venture

Davidson Holding Co., the parent company of Huntsville, Ala.-based Davidson Homes, is expanding into single-family rentals with the launch of EverGreen Living, a single-family rental community construction and management venture based in the Southeast. The company has appointed Creighton Call, an industry veteran with 13 years of acquisition and development experience, as president of EverGreen Living.

Fischer Homes’ Sales Up 138% in June

Privately held Fischer Homes, the nation’s 30th largest home builder, experienced unprecedented sales growth of 138%, on top of already robust 2020 results. Sales for the year are now up 38% over the prior year—reflecting surging demand across all the markets it operates in, with 1,570 homes sold in the first six months. Fischer Homes is already closing in on its July sales goal, with half of the month still to go.

Uponor Launches 10 New ProPEX EP Pre-Made Reducing Tees

Uponor is adding 10 new reducing tee configurations to its ProPEX engineered polymer reducing tees portfolio, with the aim of eliminating the need for plumbing system designers and installers to fabricate composed tees on-site. This, according to the manufacturer, will allow professionals to reduce the time, money, and labor associated with fabrication, as well as streamline their overall build process.

Learning and adapting along the way! Lita Dirks & Co. Interior Design

Designing to inspire dreams or visions of “how we would live here” in prospective home buyers is what interior designs/model merchandisers do. And now, more than ever, creating designs that inspire home-based entertaining is key.

Taylor Morrison Debuts New Golf Community, Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch

Taylor Morrison, a leading national home builder and developer, is now selling new homes within Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch with eight new model homes open daily for touring. Located within the top-rated 31,000-acre Lakewood Ranch master-planned community, Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch features a collection of Tuscan-inspired homes, an array of planned resort-style amenities, and the community’s recently opened 18-hole championship golf course.

Broan-NuTone bath fan with Bluetooth speaker

The Sensonic Grille from Broan-NuTone allows homeowners to transform a tired incandescent bath fan into an efficient LED light featuring a Bluetooth speaker.

ECI | BuildTools - Live Webinar: Keep More Cash In Your Pocket - Wed Aug 5th, @1pm EST

Do you wait with bated breath to find out how much you’ve made (or lost) on a project when doing the final draw? Join us to find out how a construction management solution can solve your budget woes.

How to Achieve a High Whole-Wall Thermal Performance With Fox Block ICFs

Fox Blocks insulated concrete form (ICF) mass walls improve a building’s whole-wall thermal performance by providing continuous insulation (CI) that prevents thermal bridging and creates airtightness. The whole-wall thermal performance of ICF ensures a comfortable living and working space with energy savings and manageable bills.

Legrand Increases Rebate Incentives for Builder Partnerships Members

Connect customers to convenience, entertainment and more, in any space they call home. Legrand is here to make it easier to build in the connectivity today’s buyers want and expect.

The Resources You Need For Success - Therma-Tru Doors

Therma-Tru has the resources you need to learn how to best measure an opening for a new or replacement door.

Tour SillDry's Manufacturing Facility

While the SillDry product is relatively new, our manufacturing partner's experience is far from it. The Rodon Group has been in the business of plastic injection molding since 1956 and has remained true to their high volume capabilities since then.

Schuber Mitchell Homes Grew by 129% in 2 Years

Schuber Mitchell Homes, #123 on the Builder’s 2020 Next 100 fastest-growing builders list uses LotVue as its central communication hub to stay on top of projects across 15 different developments. Combining MarkSystems and Lasso, their team leveraged technology to grow 129% in 2 years, up from from 147 to 337 units.

New Building Products Ready for the Summer Selling Season - Legrand

Legrand has introduced a new mounting plate and network interface module for its On-Q plastic structured wiring enclosure system. The mounting plate allows a number of third-party devices to be mounted into the enclosure, while the network interface provides strong data throughput through a connection to an existing Wi-Fi router or wired networking throughout the home.

A sales leadership event designed for YOU | ECI Lasso | Livestream July 16-17th

ECI Software Solutions is proud to be a sponsor of Jeff Shore's annual event where sales leaders from across North America come together to learn, gain new strategies and best practices, network, and be challenged in brand new ways. Join ECI for a robust, interactive LIVESTREAM experience on July 16-17!

Now on 2020 Cloud: Amerock Bath Accessories!

Amerock Bath Accessories are now available on 2020 Cloud! You can easily browse, search and add bath accessories to your projects.

Why Indoor Quality Is Important? Introducing Broan-NuTone’s SurfaceShield™ technology

Most homeowners know that indoor air quality is important, but not all recognize what contributes to poor indoor air quality, the potential effects and harm, and how to address these problems. Broan is here to help. For more than 80 years, Broan has led the industry with residential ventilation solutions that improve indoor air quality and provide healthier home environments.

Covering all of the Post-Pandemic Design Changes | BSB Design

These unprecedented times have generated a buzz about how COVID-19 might influence future floor plan design. Read about some “new” plan features will meet changing consumer preferences in regard to remote work, quarantine, multi-generational living and more.

Indoor Air Quality Becomes A Bigger Issue - Broan NuTone Offers Array of Ventilators

Recirculating air through a house coincides with higher health ratings, assuming the outdoor air is relatively clean. Broan NuTone offers an array of energy recovery ventilators, heat recovery ventilators, whole-house air exchangers, range hoods, and exhaust fans.

Royal Building Products Offers New Black Soffits

Royal Building Products has added a new black soffit option to its Exterior Portfolio and Royal vinyl collections, available in a brush, matte, or low-gloss woodgrain finish. According to the manufacturer, the new color option creates “a distinctive accent” when used in porch ceilings, overhangs, or eaves.

Jones Co. of Tennessee Spotlights Dual Master Suites in Braxton at Kelsey Glen

The modern farmhouse model features a brick exterior, recessed outdoor living, and master suites on the first and second floors. The Nashville, Tenn., market—no. 12 on this year’s Local Leaders list with 10,326 new-home closings—features home plans and consumer preferences steeped in regional tradition. The Jones Co. aims to meet this tradition head-on with the Braxton model at Kelsey Glen, located east of Nashville in Mount Juliet.

SillDry | Precision Made in America

As we near the holiday weekend, your friends at SillDry want to wish you a happy 4th of July! SillDry is proudly manufactured in America at our manufacturing partner's facilities - The Rodon Group.

ECI Webinar: Managing Your Company Through The Pandemic - July 8 at 9:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM ET

Join ECI for a webinar with Steve Hays and Matt Beerbower of RubinBrown, one of the nation’s leading accounting and professional consulting firms, as they detail the legislation and economic assistance available to the home building industry. Webinar, July 8 at 9:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM ET

Save a Day of Cycle Time | Nisus Bora-Care

Cost-effective and easy to incorporate into your logistics, just a few gallons of BORA-CARE will protect your entire structure from subterranean termites.

The New Normal: Buying a New Home from Home - Organized Living

Let’s face it — the world has changed. People stay home, social-distance, avoid interaction, and shop virtually. This preference for virtual shopping will affect how homebuyers shop for and buy homes. Get our advice on pivoting to virtual and learn how Organized Living Closet Selector can help the transition.

Neal Communities to Build-For-Rent in Fort Myers

SVN|SFRhub Advisors and SVN|Lotus Commercial Real Estate Advisors are working with Neal Communities, to break ground on a Build-for-Rent (BFR) community in Fort Myers later this year, delivering the last tranche of built homes near the end of 2021. The 63-home detached single-family community, Mangrove Estates, is a short drive to Fort Myers Beach, barrier islands and downtown.

SR Homes Appoints Recker CEO

Local home builder SR Homes is pleased to announce Chris Recker as its new Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Recker is charged with managing the overall operations and resources of SR Homes.

Cobblestone Homes Completes Their First Homes for HOPE Project!

Earlier this year, Cobblestone Homes completed their first Homes for HOPE project! President Tomas Nyblom, his stellar team, and their generous trade partners built this beautiful home in the Greenville, SC area. Tomas and his team have been constructing custom homes since 1994 and pride themselves on relationship building and customer service. This aligns and helps them relate to the hard-working entrepreneurs HOPE serves in underserved communities around the world.

San Joaquin Valley Homes Marks 2,000 Homes Sold

Visalia, Calif.-based San Joaquin Valley Homes has announced that it has closed on its 2,000th home sold since its founding in 2013. The builder presented its 2,000th buyers, Victor and Nancy Chavez, with a check for $2,000 at their new home in Vista Robles in Dinuba, Calif.

2020 Hearthstone Winner Michael Nieri, Founder of Great Southern Homes - Supports His Community in Any Way Possible

For his dedication to the industry and charitable efforts, Nieri has been awarded a 2020 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award. Since 1999, the award recognizes home builders who demonstrate a lifetime commitment to public service. Hearthstone has contributed more than $6 million to the winning builders’ charities, making it the largest philanthropic award program in the home building industry.

Buyers Want the 4th Utility: WiFi-Ready Networking - Legrand's Webinar: June 17th at 11 AM (EST) and 3 PM

Need cost-effective ways to build in better networking for a WiFi-ready home? Join our webinar on June 17th at 11 AM (EST) and 3 PM to learn and win! The need for reliable WiFi is real, and can impact buying decisions as well as customer satisfaction.

Schell Brothers Distribute Food to Local Families During Pandemic

In normal times, the Schell Brothers say their Project Kudos bus drives around spreading positivity. But as the pandemic worsened, the local builders saw an opportunity to use their bus to help distribute food to families experiencing food insecurity. About 250 families showed up to the event, and the company plans to host another one in the future so that more people can get the food they need.

AZEK's New Videos on the installation and painting guidelines for PaintPro Trim!

Take a look at AZEK's two new videos covering the ease of installation and the enhanced paintability of AZEK PVC trim with PaintPro Technology. The benefits go beyond efficient installation because once painted and installed, you can feel confident in your work with long-lasting, low maintenance results backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

More Than Meets the Eye - Amerock hardware

As the first decorative hardware company in the industry, Amerock has a legacy of pioneering new solutions and staying ahead of the curve. From the drawing board to the final measurements, we take pride in making sure every step of our process gets the attention it deserves.

Prioritize Homebuyers’ Safety and Convenience with Legrand

When it comes to electrical safety, you can’t be too careful. That’s why Pass & Seymour introduced the first ever GFCI receptacle more than half a century ago, and the innovation for improving home safety hasn’t stopped since. Our current GFCI receptacles remain stand-outs in the market, designed to exceed UL requirements and ensure continuous protection from electric shock.

Free e-Learnings from NKBA & Amerock (June 16th, 25th & 30th)

Hone your skills, develop personally and increase professional opportunities with continuing education. Earn 0.1 CEU for each of these webinars sponsored by Amerock and certified by the NKBA. Registration closes 2 hours before each event begins. Tuesday, June 16 • 12pm ET AND Thursday, June 25 • 12pm ET AND Tuesday, June 30 • 12pm ET

SillDry's revolutionary Smart Accordion Technology™

SillDry is a fast and easy, patented one-piece expandable, waterproof sill pan flashing product. It has revolutionary Smart Accordion Technology™ allowing for easy installation in virtually any rough opening.

2020 Builder Brand Use Study Results - Tyvek by DuPont for Housewrap

For more than 25 years, the annual BUILDER Brand Use Study—conducted by The Farnsworth Group on behalf of BUILDER—has measured the current product choices and attitudes of U.S. builders, contractors, and developers. Many of these brands remain strong in their categories from one year to the next. A sampling of the survey’s leading choices for most-used building product brands: Tyvek by DuPont for housewrap.

New Videos- Learn Installation Best Practices with AZEK PVC Trim!

Fastening AZEK Trim- Cortex Collated Plugs. The only concealed fastening system that quickly and easily fastens AZEK PVC trim now comes in NEW collated strips. Minimize handling and save valuable time on the jobsite.

Southern Development Homes First Homes for HOPE

Southern Development Homes has completed their first Homes for HOPE project! President Frank Ballif, his stellar team, and their generous trade partners built this beautiful home in Charlottesville, VA.

Focus on the Future with Community Design - BSB Design

BSB Design remains focused on the future. Now more than ever, your home is your safe place. This inspires us to continue designing homes and communities, knowing we will persevere together.

Drees Homes Offering 'Build on Your Lot' Option

Drees Homes, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, announced it will now offer Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky home buyers the opportunity to build on their own lot in a custom community or via an infill opportunity in historical neighborhoods.

Williams Homes Moves Into the Top-10 Among L.A. Developers

Williams Homes, Inc. just cracked the top-10 in its market as the seventh largest Los Angeles developer for residential homes according to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 “The List” standings by number of units sold in the county.

CBH Homes Disrupts Traditional Home Buying with New Virtual Capabilities

Shortly before the COVID-19 crisis hit, Idaho-based builder CBH Homes launched its Tour Now and Buy Online features, which allow potential home buyers to tour a home on their own time with a specialized lock and code and then buy it from the comfort of wherever, whenever. Initially, the new tool additions were implemented to give consumers more control, but they have also helped the company adapt and move faster during this global pandemic.

Breland Homes - Alabama Builder and Developer Supports Local Healthcare Workers

Louis Breland and Breland Homes have teamed with local restaurants to feed local nurses, law enforcement as well as front line city and utility workers during the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Deluxe Joins Builder Partnerships

Germ Free Model Homes & Design Centers Brought to You by Deluxe. Keep your business healthy with safety essentials. These initiatives not only keep employees and customers safe, they can also help companies boost sales when they use marketing and other communication.

Genie + Brilliant

Another innovation for our Aladdin Connect®️! Now your garage is not only smart, it is brilliant! Genie is excited to announce that we have partnered with Brilliant Smart Home.

Homebuilder acquisition news: ECI Software Solutions Acquires BuildTools

ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions, announced that it has acquired BuildTools, a web-based construction management platform for custom builders and remodelers.

Brookfield Residential Opens New Model in Maryland

Brookfield Residential recently unveiled a new single-family home model at Ridgeview, a new community of just 19 homes in Damascus, Maryland. The community features four available home designs with options ranging from 4 to 6 bedrooms, 2.5 to 5.5 bathrooms and up to 4,500 square feet. Homes start in the upper $500,000s.

Lennox - Live Presentation, May 28th @ 10am CST, On Indoor Air Quality- Builder Community Centric

Join Lennox for a Live Presentation, Thursday, May 28th @ 10am CST, hosted by the Healthy Climate Indoor Air Quality Team, where you will learn more about how to address your home buyers’ questions with indoor air quality products.

These Wall Plates were Made to Show Off - Legrand

Designer switches and outlets. Sleek lines. Elegant Colors. There is nothing ordinary about this.

Fresh Social Media Assets and Product Webinars - AZEK & TimberTech

This month, Timber Tech and AZEK Exteriors is providing you fresh content to keep you connected. Free social media assets and product webinars.

Not sure what's included in a complete door system? Education Center - ThermaTru Doors

Therma-Tru door systems are engineered with craftsman precision to help provide weather resistance and energy efficiency.

Did you know Halo Smart Lock (Kwikset Door Hardware) works with Voice Assistants?

Did you know Halo Smart Lock works with Voice Assistants? You can lock and check the status of Halo using voice commands with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

How SillDry Can Help You Get Back to Work

SillDry is now offering a Buy 2 get 1 Free program for all new orders placed during the month of May (no matter when in 2020 you want them delivered). We are also offering free shipping on all orders of 20 units or more*.

2020 Product Guide: Exteriors - GAF Roofing

GAF’s newest series of Timberline shingles, Timberline HDZ, incorporates the manufacturer’s LayerLock technology to mechanically fuse the shingles’ common bonds.

2020 Product Guide: Kitchens and Baths - Gerber Plumbing Fixtures

The Kinzie Kitchen collection’s pre-rinse faucet, pull-down faucet, pull-down prep faucet, and pot filler present an industrial aesthetic with modern appeal.

2020 Product Guide: Kitchens and Baths - InSinkErator

The Showroom Collection’s new hot water dispensers pair with any InSinkErator instant hot water tank to provide immediate, boiling filtered hot water for a variety of kitchen and home uses.

2020 Product Guide: Interiors - Progress Lighting

In Progress Lighting’s Design Series, the new Bonita Collection gives a slight nod to antique candle fixtures with its simplistic, modern design. Offered in a six-light chandelier, a four-light foyer, and one- and two-light wall sconces.

2020 Product Guide: Systems - RunTru by Trane HVAC

Trane recently unveiled its RunTru HVAC unit, which is designed to deliver the same heating and cooling performance at a lower price. The system includes a full line of ducted split and packaged units, including up to 14 SEER air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, coils, and air handlers.

2020 Product Guide: Systems - Genie Garage Door Opener

The Genie Wall Mount Pro Series eliminates the rail that has been central to garage openers of the past. The system mounts on the exterior wall and works by turning the door’s spring bar or tube.

2020 Product Guide: Structural - Icynene Spray Foam

Icynene’s OC No-Mix spray-foam insulation provides a continuous high-performance air barrier inside a home or commercial space, which reduces heat transfer, manages moisture, and creates energy savings for buyers.

Trane, American Standard, Ameristar, RunTru: Updated Programs & New Incentives for Builder Partnerships Program

Builder Partnerships is pleased to announce program updates and new incentives for Trane Technologies Inc. brands available to our builder members.

St. Louis' Hibbs Homes Enters Salt Lake City Market

A TV news anchor turned custom home builder and his wife expand the family company. St. Louis-based custom home builder Hibbs Homes is expanding into the Salt Lake City market.

Washington Home Builder, New Tradition Homes - Moves Buying Process Online

It's the busiest time of year for New Tradition Homes. Still. KATU2 reports on a Vancouver home builder that is going strong during the coronavirus shutdown by selling new home entirely virtually.

Hakes Brothers Enters San Antonio Market

New Mexico's Hakes Brothers has announced the company’s expansion into the San Antonio market with two new communities, Hunter’s Place and Hannah Heights.The geographic expansion provides an opportunity for the company to serve the growing number of home buyers who are attracted to the area’s unique combination of countryside living amid a thriving city culture.

Wayne Dalton & Genie Adding Conversion Incentive Rebate for Builder Partnerships Program

Wayne Dalton and Genie will offer a conversion incentive on ALL Wayne Dalton garage door models and Genie brand openers per home, for the first 12 months of usage by a builder, along with the qualifying incentive Builder Partnerships currently offers.

New Component, Mounting Accessory for On-Q Home Network Enclosures by Legrand

Legrand has introduced a new mounting plate accessory and network interface module for its On-Q plastic structured wiring enclosure system. The mounting plate allows a number of third-party devices to be mounted into the enclosure, while the network interface provides strong data throughput through a connection to an existing Wi-Fi router or wired networking throughout the home.

The perfect solution for projects that require painting trim - AZEK Exteriors PVC Trim

AZEK® PVC Trim with PaintPro® Technology was engineered to be the lowest maintenance paintable trim in the market with superior paintability, fast dry times and long-lasting paint adhesion.

Grenadier Homes Opens Riverset Community in Garland, Texas

Grenadier Homes has announced the grand opening of its Riverset master-planned community in Garland, Texas, located northeast of Dallas. The North Texas community will offer single-story homes priced from the upper $200,000s.

Davidson Homes Names Tom Thomas President of Nashville Division

Davidson Homes, based in Huntsville, Alabama, has named Tom Thomas as Nashville division president. Thomas will be responsible for the company's operations in Nashville and surrounding areas. Longtime home building veteran will lead the builder's expansion in middle Tennessee.

California Builder Sells Homes Virtually - De Young Properties

De Young Properties launched the final phase of its newest community last month. In a 24-hour period on March 25, 68% of the De Young RidgeView Community’s 16 homes were purchased using entirely virtual methods.

Update from Organized Living

Our update here at Organized Living is short and simple, we’re still open for business and supporting the storage and organization category. Our corporate offices remain remote.

Royal Building Products Adds 5-Inch Smooth Clapboard Profile in Select Lines

Royal Building Products has added a new, 5-inch smooth clapboard offering to its Celect Cellular Composite Siding and Celect Canvas Unpainted Siding lines.The new clapboard profile features an interlocking seam design, which protects against moisture intrusion and almost completely masks the seam. The boards are available either unpainted or in 15 fade-resistant colors in a smooth brushed finish.

MULTIFUNCTION MULTIFAMILY SPACES - BSB Design

Thoughtful niches & flexible rooms meet renter needs. Flex with Tech to make the most of small spaces.

Icynene-Lapolla Offers Low-Pressure Spray Foam For Smaller Jobs, Touch-Ups

Icynene-Lapolla has launched a new low-pressure, low density, two-component spray polyurethane foam designed for use in smaller projects or for touch-ups on larger jobs. The OC-450 and OC-1350 are suitable for filling and sealing voids or surfaces.

M.D.C. Holdings Annual Shareholders Meeting Goes Virtual

M.D.C. Holdings (MYSE:MDC), Denver, parent of Richmond American Homes, on Wednesday said its annual meeting of shareholders would be staged as a virtual event. Event is scheduled for April 20 at 10 a.m. mountain time.

Record Number of Submissions for First Quarter 2020

The first quarter of 2020 represented our highest submissions on record, with an increase of approximately 10% over last year. We're working hard to ensure our builder members take advantage of the incentives offered in our program, which, in turn, increases business for our manufacturer members.

SR Homes Opens New Phase at Georgia Community

SR Homes is opening a new phase of new homes at Montebello in Cumming, Georgia. Priced from the mid-$400,000s, the new phase will feature opportunities in The Grove, the low-maintenance section of the community offering easy-living ranch and main-level owner’s suite designs.

Products for your next multifamily project - Organized Living

Organized Living, a leading manufacturer of quality home storage and organization systems, has introduced Select, a new traditional built-in storage system. Select allows multifamily professionals the opportunity to profit while providing residents the affordable built-in look they demand.

Homes for HOPE Remodelers

Historically, Homes for HOPE has focused on new construction projects to generate capital for micro-loans so people living in under-served communities around the world can start or expand businesses and work to break the cycle of generational poverty. We love our builders and their trade partners and hope to continue deepening and expanding these existing relationships.

A Message from Legrand: COVID-19 Update

Update from Legrand.

Message Regarding COVID-19 from Wayne Dalton

Update from Wayne Dalton.

Top Awards Recipients - The Olson Company

The Olson Company, a Southern California based builder, once again earned The Eliant award for the single-division builder segment. The Olson Company received a grand total of thirteen Homebuyers’ Choice Awards.

SillDry COVID-19 Update: Status of Operations

Update from SillDry.

Letter from Lennox GM: COVID-19 update

Update from Lennox

COVID-19 Announcement from BSB Design

Update from BSB Design.

COVID-19 Update from Lita Dirks & Co.

Update from Lita Dirks & Co.

Statement about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Royal Building Products

Update from Royal Building Products

We want to protect the business you have built - from Reality Concepts

Update from Reality Concepts.

Schuber Mitchell Breaks Ground on Homes for HOPE house #2

Homes for HOPE was honored to attend a groundbreaking ceremony in Bentonville, AR last week as long-time partner Schuber Mitchell Homes launched the start of their second H4H project. All 3 company owners attended the event, including a town councilwoman, who spoke about how excited she is that Schuber Mitchell is building in the region, and how their involvement with Homes for HOPE project speaks to the character and quality of the company.

New Emser Tile Products Based on Industry Trends

Emser Tile unveiled its newest collections of porcelain, stone, ceramic and mosaic products for 2020, created in response to industry and consumer trends toward bold patterns and natural surfaces, including wood- and stone-look porcelain tiles.

Neal Communities Opens S.W. Florida Community

Neal Communities, the Lakewood Ranch, Florida-based private home builder, is hosting the grand opening of Cielo, its newest community in North Venice. Neal Communities will celebrate the Cielo grand opening on March 14 at 220 Corsano Drive in Nokomis. Cielo is located on Jacaranda Boulevard just off of Laurel Road and is adjacent to Neal Signature Homes’ Aria community.

Richmond American Promotes a Pair of Executives

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), parent company to the Richmond American Homes companies, recently announced changes to its leadership team at the regional home building operations level.

The AZEK Company Files for Proposed IPO

CPG Newco LLC, doing business as The AZEK Company, has applied to list shares of its Class A common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the AZEK ticker symbol. AZEK has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering.

DUPONT Thanks for another IBS success

DuPont Performance Building Solutions demonstrated integrated high-performance wall systems for the highest level of performance for energy savings, air tightness and water resistance with Tyvek®, Styrofoam™ and Great Stuff Pro™.

Builder Survey on Technology and Production

We reached out to our network of builders and received some very viable information on the building industry for 2020. We were able to capture information from 260 of our builder members. The survey focuses on what kind of systems they use, what they see as their biggest challenges, their business outlook, and how efficiently and profitably they are building homes. An extra thank you to ECI Solutions for collaborating on the Industry Survey with Builder Partnerships.

Product Highlights from the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home | Icynene-Lapolla

Explore the innovative products and processes of the 2020 BUILDER show home. In a balancing act of their own, the appliances, finishes, fixtures, and materials in the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home work together to bring the vision of its architects, partners, and sponsors to life. The Icynene Classic Ultra Select open cell polyurethane spray foam provides high performance thermal insulation, very low air permeation, and low core density.

Product Highlights from the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home | Kwikset

Explore the innovative products and processes of the 2020 BUILDER show home. In a balancing act of their own, the appliances, finishes, fixtures, and materials in the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home work together to bring the vision of its architects, partners, and sponsors to life. KwiksetThe Halo Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Lock, available in touchscreen or keypad models, uses the home’s Wi-Fi to enable remote access, monitoring, and control.

Product Highlights from the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home | Organized Living

Explore the innovative products and processes of the 2020 BUILDER show home. In a balancing act of their own, the appliances, finishes, fixtures, and materials in the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home work together to bring the vision of its architects, partners, and sponsors to life. Organized Living 'The Classica' built-in storage system offers customers a choice of shelving, drawers, cabinets, and accessories in a variety of styles, custom-fitted on-site to match the dimensions of the home.

Century Communities Opens Erie, Colorado MP

Century Communities, Inc. announced Monday that Morgan Hill—its newest community in Erie, Colorado—is now open for sales.With homes starting from the high $300,000s, Morgan Hill provides a sought-after location and a modern collection of single-family floor plans.

A Proven Cure for Oversized HVAC Syndrome - American Standard HVAC

American Standard, DPIS, and local custom home builder Doug Pietsch of Pietsch Builders are piloting a solution that holds enormous promise for the homebuilding industry. A notable example was on full display – quite literally – in the legendary Twin Cities Parade of Homes. The 71-year-old extravaganza showcases the handiwork of more than 1,100 builders, remodelers, developers and building suppliers to about 250,000 visitors each year.

Townhomes Coming to Housing-Starved Arlington, Va. | Madison Homes

The Resmark Companies, a Los Angeles-based private equity real estate investment firm, is partnering with Tysons-based Madison Homes to develop Trenton Square, an upscale enclave of 19 single-family townhomes at 19 North Trenton Street in Arlington, Va.The project is fully entitled with construction on the first homes expected to start in spring of 2020.

Leading Home Builder Opens Ridgefield, Washington Community | Pacific Lifestyle Homes

Pacific Lifestyle Homes is opening a new community in Ridgefield, Washington, Heron Woods. Most of the 47 homes in the new community back up to a wildlife corridor and have spacious backyards. The new neighborhood is located minutes from Interstate 5 and the modern additions to the Ridgefield community. Home pricing for the new community starts at $361,000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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