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.
Craig Webb / ProSales / August 13, 2014
Think of your LBM life for the past seven years as like being in a triathlon.
The housing crash tossed you into the swimming part of the race, forcing you to focus on not drowning. When at last you stagger onto dry land, you can see blue skies, but you know the race isn’t over. For this leg, you climb onto a bicycle and continue the race in a new way. But unlike the swimming or running sections of the event, this leg won’t be decided solely based on how hard you work. It also will hinge on how good your bicycle is.
In the building material supply triathlon, data is that bicycle, and it’s already helpingRead More
Brad Hunter / Builder / September 18, 2014
Today’s government data release on housing starts showed a 14.4% decline in the month of August, mostly driven by multifamily. Single-family detached home construction was only down 2.4% on the month. Total starts are still 8.0% higher than August of last year, and single-family starts are still 4.2% above the year-ago pace.
The apparent stagnation in national housing starts is not universal. Looking deeper, and using Metrostudy’s more granular detail, we see that certain markets have seen considerable strength. In our local-market tracking, we are still seeing significantRead More
John McManus / BUILDER / September 5, 2014
Let’s look at what presently consumes our field of focus. It’s a big question wrapped in a two-word package: What next? We’ll address the question, but not before we call to mind a sharp little turn of phrase from a best-selling novel we managed to read during our own summer reprieve, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. (Yes, we’re a year behind the rest of the world in many things.) Among a handful of lines that nag after reading the book, like a sinfully delicious chocolate treat, is this one: “The magic point where every idea and its opposite are equally true.”
The ring of this phrase couldRead More
ECOBUILDING PULSE staff / ARCHITECT / September 4, 2014
BNIM’s longtime principal and is the 2014 winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability, the largest annual award for sustainability in the built environment.
The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood announced today that architect Bob Berkebile, FAIA, the “B” in the Kansas City-based firm BNIM, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability. With its $50,000 purse, the Hanley Award is the largest annual award for sustainability in the built environment.
The program is in its fifth cycle and isRead More
Bradley Hunter / Metrostudy / August 25, 2014
Last month’s miserable reading for New Home Sales (as measured by government trackers in June) was revised upward as we expected, but the July number fell 2.4%. This decline is relatively modest, and the stated confidence interval for the 2.4% drop was plus or minus 11.9%, which means that the government isn’t sure whether new home sales actually rose or fell.
In order to understand what is going on, let’s take a look at what we are hearing around the country. Builders were mostly unimpressed by the spring selling season, which we predicted would be “good, but not great.” The summerRead More