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.
John McManus / BUILDER / July 24, 2015
Vitruvius insists three things of architects, which translate imperfectly from Latin as durability, utility, and beauty.
In so doing, in the first century BCE inRome, he generously gave each of us terms that help us discriminate and express to others what we want and don’t want in a home today.
Call them principles, essentials, or virtues, they’re basically the language that blend measures and immeasurables into, roughly, this question for our home builder, “is this too much to ask for my money?”
When a sale is not a given–as is mostly the case for new home salesRead More
Fletcher Groves III / BIG BUILDER / July 26, 2015
What defines excellence related to your company’s processes and how to know whether you’re achieving it
Are we there yet? How much longer? Yes, it’s time for summer vacations. But those are not questions emanating from the backseat of the family SUV.
Rather, they are the irritated and exasperated murmurs that emerge from teammates during the quest for what is termed “operational excellence.”
The quest for operational excellence, it seems, brings more questions than answers. What does it mean? Why is it important? What does it involve? What does it require? What areRead More
Charlotte O'Malley / ECOBUILDING PULSE / July 14, 2015
VolkerWessels’ PlasticRoad project proposes the development of a road surface made up of recycled plastic. The surface would be a dramatically greener alternative to asphalt (which is responsible for 1.6 million tons of CO2 emissions/year globally), and would also significantly improve the amount of time spent on road construction.
Rolf Mars, director of VolkerWessels’ roads subdivision, told the Guardian that the project is still in the conceptual stage, but building a prototype and testing the surface in wet and slippery conditions will be the next step.
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / July 17, 2015
Housing starts rose 9.8% in June, driven by the continued upswing in apartment construction (up 28.6%, and remaining volatile).
Single-family construction remained fairly flat (down 0.9%) by comparison. That said, builders are clearly expecting a steady increase in starts in the next 12 to 24 months, based upon the investments that are being made in land and lots. Single-family lot development is up 21.5% compared with a year ago, based on Metrostudy’s latest national research.
Part of the reason the number of single-family housing starts (a measure of production, not demand)Read More
Jennifer Goodman / BUILDER / January 13, 2015
Before breaking ground, the team of pros working to design and construct this year’s New American Home gave themselves a challenge: Instead of creating a one-off custom showpiece, they wanted to explore how much of the technology, sustainability, and design trends that the show home is known for they could pack into a production-style dwelling.
Although it exudes the luxuriousness of a custom dwelling, the desert contemporary—which will be open for tours during the 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas—was designed for buyers across a range of price points. In fact, onceRead More