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.
Jean Dimeo / BUILDER / September 26, 2013
The recovery brought with it larger new houses. Why?
During the recession, many Americans—reeling from downsized paychecks and declining home values—scaled back their super-sized lifestyles. Sales of giant SUVs and four-door pickup trucks fell, new-home sizes shrunk, recent graduates moved back home with mom and dad, and newlyweds stayed in rental apartments. How quickly we forget the recent past.
Commerce Department data shows that the average size of a new home was 2,647 square feet during the second quarter of 2013, eclipsing the record of 2,561 square feet set in the first quarterRead More
Andrew Knight / BUILDER / September 24, 2013
Building information modeling (BIM) is slowly changing the way building projects are approached, however it has yet to catch fire in the home building industry. Here are a few of the holdups.
There isn’t a ton of BIM expertise out there—especially in the home building sector. It is a relatively new technology and can be complicated to grasp, so there tends to be a natural reluctance to take BIM on.
2. Software Cost
The upfront costs for hardware, software, training, and implementation can be pretty hefty. Six digits hefty. This perceived cost and risk of spending money beforeRead More
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