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achaluvadi / NAHB / February 8, 2013
The monthly NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index often includes a set of “special” questions on a topic of current interest to the housing industry. In January 2013, the special questions asked builders about the problems they faced in 2012 and expect to face in 2013. The survey was divided into 5 different sections with significant problems faced by the builders. One section covered problems related to building costs. A year earlier, similar questions asked about problems faced in 2011, so it’s possible to trace the evolution of problems builders faced in 2011, 2012 and expect toRead More
BUILDER Announces 2013 America’s Best Builders
DSLD Homes and Couture Homes win with customer service and sharp systems
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 8, 2013) — BUILDER, the leading media brand for the residential construction industry, unveiled the winners of its annual America’s Best Builder program today.
The 2013 recipients are:
- DSLD Homes of Denham Springs, La., in the 500-plus closings category
- Couture Homes of Jupiter, Fla., in the 1-25 closings category
“The 2013 class of America’s Best Builders epitomizesRead More
While the construction industry was hardly a major issue in the recent presidential campaign, there are many upcoming issues that will affect the future direction of building activity. Some of these will influence the direction of the broader economy, thereby influencing demand for nonresidential facilities. Others will directly affect nonresidential activity. While yet others will determine the strength of the housing recovery, which in turn has a direct bearing on what happens in the nonresidential markets.
The overall economy has been growing at a very sluggish pace, with payrollRead More
Sustainablebusiness.com / January 11, 2013
Green building will continue its rapid expansion around the world in 2013, even in the face of continuing economic difficulties in the US and Europe, says consultant Jerry Yudelson.
By the latest count, there are 50,000 LEED projects underway.
Here’s what Yudelson sees as the most important trends this year in green building:
Green Renovations lead in North America. The fastest growth will be in green retrofits at universities at non-profits.
In fact, the focus of the green building industry is changing from new buildings to greening existing buildings. LEEDRead More