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.
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
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
John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 14, 2013
Marketplace Homes plans to experiment with a way to have a salesperson show new homes remotely.
Mike Kalis can’t figure out why builders don’t act more like retailers.
Kalis, the managing partner of Michigan-based Marketplace Homes, thinks builders, like dealers, need to extend the hours and days they make their models—which are their “stores”—available for viewing. And he believes he’s figured out a way to help builders do just that.
The 10-year-old Marketplace has made a name for itself by offering to list prospective buyers’ existing homes for 1% or lease those homesRead More
Bendix Anderson / MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE / July 15, 2013
The Internet connection at University Village Apartments on Colvin Street in Syracuse, N.Y., seemed like it would be more than fast enough.
But by the time the property opened in 2009, the definition of “fast” had changed.
The students at University Village demanded connections that would let hundreds of them watch video clips and whole movies over the Internet at the same time. While students grilled property managers at town hall-style meetings, the developer rushed to have copper cables torn out and fiber-optic cables installed at the brand-new, Class-A property.
“We’ve gotRead More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / July 15, 2013
Robots on jobsites aren’t so far-fetched.
During BUILDER’s Housing Leadership Summit recently, MIT research scientist Andrew McAfee insisted that the future of home building lies in technology that will include smart machines that can perform construction functions.
Many in the audience probably were thinking, “Here we go again about our imminent demise.” But McAfee simply was lending his voice to the ongoing debate about the rise of machines and its consequences for society.
Technology’s unstoppable march forward is taken for granted even by skeptics who don’t foreseeRead More