News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Sustainability Becoming Quality
Steve Cimino, AIA / ARCHITECT / August 20, 2015
Land use, water, energy, materials: For the last 25 years, the Committee on the Environment (COTE) has promoted sustainable measures in the design process. And now, after so much proselytizing, they’re seeing progress at a rate commensurate with their efforts. Rand Ekman, AIA, is the director of sustainability at CannonDesign in Chicago and current COTE chair. He’s been involved with COTE both locally and nationally for the last 15 years, and sees it as a reliable barometer of what’s possible now for the AEC industry and what could be possible just around the corner. Most of all, he seesRead More
Internet of Things: Trend or Fad?
John McManus / BUILDER / August 24, 2015
Is the blurring of commercial and residential design an accident? That stark clean line, that mindfully day-lit expanse, that blend of stone, wood, glass, and metal that we’ve found new ways to warm and add drama to and engage with, directly or as a backdrop. Commercial design and architecture have taught residential spaces ways to eliminate the obvious to make room for the meaningful, like light, like flow of space, like physical and suggested linkages between in- and outdoors. Home and office and hotel and bar and cafe are now an holistic orbit of user interfaces, user experiences, andRead More
Rose Quint / NAHB / August 13, 2015
The NAHB’s Rose Quint reports on the results of the second quarter Housing Affordability Index, which fell slightly in the second quarter, meaning homes grew a little less affordable to median-income workers.
In the second quarter, 63.2% of all homes sold were affordable to households earning an income of $65,800, down from 66.5% in the first quarter. The median home price rose a healthy $20,000, from $210,000 in the first quarter to $230,000 in the second.
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa. was rated the nation’s most affordable major housing market … Meanwhile, Kokomo,Read More
Jennifer Goodman & Spencer Markey / BUILDER / August 17, 2015
These builders are making the most of their social media outreach and have the followers, likers, and pins to prove it.
Savvy builders are tapping into social media outlets to connect with buyers and market their homes.
A review of the Builder 100, the largest builders in the country based on closings, shows that some are more active than others when it comes to sites like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Big builder Lennar tops all other builders, coming in with 268,383 Twitter followers and 742,757 Facebook likes.
The breakdown below shows which companies are having the most success withRead More
John McManus/ BUILDER / August 5, 2015
As Metrostudy releases its latest Home Building Outlook, we reckon with another less-than-stellar year and salute those who make a stellar year of it.
With the exception of Denver, a few Texas markets, and surreal super novas in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, it’s been clear for awhile 2015 is not the “breakout” year that released a tsunami of pent-up demand into the market.
BUILDER sister company Metrostudy confirms that today with its latest Home Building Outlook, a series of projections that map the trajectory of recovery to continued modest bearingsRead More
Jennifer Goodman/ BUILDER/ August 3, 2015
These five builders, developers, and housing advocates have used their industry expertise to move into the political arena — much like “The Donald” hopes to do.
Donald Trump’s entry into the 2016 presidential race has captured the attention of Americans of all political stripes. It seems his speeches and appearances make national news every day, and political junkies and commentators are eagerly awaiting his performance at this Thursday’s Republican debate.
The New York City-based mega developer hopes to woo voters across the country with his blunt, no-holds-barredRead More
Caroline Massie / ARCHITECT / July 29, 2015
Today, the AIA released the semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, which projects that nonresidential construction spending will be up significantly this year and next. The institution’s chief economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, estimates spending on nonresidential buildings to be about $360 billion this year (an 8.9 percent increase from 2014 figures) and approaching $380 billion next year (an 8.2 percent increase from projected 2015 totals). The figures are based on a composite of U.S. nonresidential construction forecasts from paneliests including Dodge Data &Read More