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.
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 24, 2013
Urbanization is increasing at an unprecedented rate, with more than half of the world’s population living in cities today and more than 70 percent expected to do so by 2050—and this should be good news when it comes to innovation, according to a new report released by the AIA. “Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy,” the eighth report in an AIA series of reports on innovative, healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, examined how cities are responding to an uncertain future. The conclusion? Cities across the world are hotbeds of innovative solutions to changingRead More
Home Innovation Research Labs / BUILDER / September 23, 2013
As the market rebounds, now is the time to XYQ (examine your quality).
Many companies downsized during the housing market downturn, and now that the market is coming back, a lot of builders, remodelers, and trade contractors will find themselves trying to keep up with growing demand while maintaining quality and profitability. Before the market shifts into full gear, now is the best time to XYQ—examine your quality—to position yourself for the rebound.
The growth will require builders and contractors to get their staff levels back up, which means training and quality management challengesRead More
John McManus / BIG BUILDER / September 20, 2013
Even as another round of bids is expected within the next two weeks for the prized five-company home building operation–Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company–word from industry insiders is that a company has emerged with an inside track on a deal.
Brookfield Residential, whose parent company Brookfield Asset Management Inc. sold it Longview Timber holdings to Weyerhaeuser Co. for $2.65 billion, including assumption of debt, may turn around and use proceeds to acquire Weyerhaeuser’s home building operations, using a seldom-used deal structure that would spare the sellerRead More
Robert Denk / NAHB / September 19, 2013
Are home builders more confident than they should be? There has been some discussion suggesting that the relationship between the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) and single family housing starts is broken, or at least strained lately. Let’s take a look.
The HMI and starts track together well, no question. But they don’t move in lockstep, that’s clear throughout their history. So how much and when should they differ?
The gap between the HMI and starts appears widest at turning points and throughout the most recent boom/bust/recovery cycle.Read More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / September 17, 2013
GE envisions (mostly) current technology applied to changing social and living needs.
Today’s visions of the home of the future often center on coupling smartphone and personal sensor technology with security.
“It’s about the home knowing where you are,” says Yves Behar, founder and principal designer for Fuseproject, an industrial design and brand development firm in San Francisco. In an interview with Dezeen magazine, Behar envisioned wristband sensors that can activate lights, the HVAC system, and appliances as an owner gets closer to his or her house.
Just how intimatelyRead More