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 / 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
Paul Winans / Remodeling / August 21, 2014
“The customer is always right” is an axiom that has been around for at least 100 years. The basic idea is that a business should more or less bend over backwards to do whatever the business needs to do to satisfy the customer.
I am not sure if that is the best way to succeed in business. Rather, I would suggest a business needs to make sure that it only works with customers who think the business is right.
What do I mean by that? One of the most dangerous aspects of being in a service business such as remodeling is the client selection process. Make a wrong decision at this juncture and your business canRead More
Brad Hunter / Metrostudy / August 18, 2014
Housing starts numbers out today surprised many observers with its strength (+15.7%), but we find it to have been in line with our actual counts, released earlier this month. As we predicted, last month’s Census estimate was revised upward, and now the numbers are back in line with the trends revealed by the Metrostudy roll-ups.
The last release of housing starts data from the Census Bureau caused undue alarm about a collapse of activity in the South. The Census release had shown a 29.6% decline for total starts in the South, but as we pointed out at the time, this exaggerated the weakness inRead More