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Sep 20

Think the decrease in demand for new home construction is resulting in lower prices for building materials. Think again.

Aug 23

Insulation is a key element in building a more comfortable and energy efficient home in Boise, Idaho or elsewhere.


Aug 16

Two of the biggest issues facing this country today are unemployment and energy. Our elected officials seem to think that the solution to both is developing emerging renewable energy technology. I disagree.

Aug 11

The boundary between the conditioned, indoor living spaces and the unconditioned and outdoor spaces is referred to as the ?building envelope? and consists of the walls, floor, and ceiling or roof. An airtight building envelope contributes directly to the energy efficiency and comfort of a home.

Aug 03

Insulation is a key element in building a more comfortable and energy efficient home in Boise, Idaho or elsewhere.

Jul 17

An effective building envelope - the first floor, exterior walls, and roof - is a key element for an energy-efficient home. Advanced framing techniques increase efficiency and comfort while decreasing costs.

Jul 08

How do you build an energy-efficient home in Boise, Idaho and how much more does it cost?

Jul 04

The2010 AVID Home Design Driver Research Survey provides some insight into what features today?s home buyers equate with a green home.

May 17

Did you know that May is National Remodeling Month? Since the downturn in new residential construction that began in 2007, the media has been focusing on the number of new starts as the key indicator of the health of the residential construction industry. But focusing on the number of starts ignores an increasingly important component of residential construction ? remodeling.

Mar 05

For the past five months (September 2009 through January 2010), the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has risen 0.2% per month. Building materials prices are an exception to general inflation trends, which appear to be tame.

Feb 08

The headline read ?Construction Worker Rated the 8th Worst Job.? Being a Builder who started out as construction worker, I just had to investigate further. Here is what I found.

Jan 25

Welcome to the second in my series of blog posts on the Business of Building. We started Part 1 with a quiz. I asked what the average Net Profit for a Builder is in a normal market. The correct answer was C. 3.7% to 8.7%. That was based on the National Association of Home Builders 2004 Cost of Doing Business Study. Here is today?s quiz. In 2008, what was the average Net Profit for a Builder? Was it A. 11.0% to 20.0% B. 14.4% to 15.1% C. 0.0% to 4.4% D. -3.7% to -1.4%

Jan 07

For the 80 percent of home buyers who need a mortgage to buy a home, the two major factors that determine affordability are mortgage interest rates and house prices. It appears that many buyers have been waiting for home prices to fall further while hoping that mortgage interest rates will remain at their current lows hovering around 5%.

Jan 01

Welcome to the first in my series of blog posts on the Business of Building. Let?s start with a quiz. In a normal market, what is the average Net Profit for a Builder? Is it A. 21% to 30% B. 17.3% to 20.9% C. 3.7% to 8.7% D. -5% to 0%

Dec 24

The median size of new homes in the U.S. increased from just over 1,500 square feet in 1973 (the first year the Census Bureau began tracking new home size) to 2,309 square feet at its peak in 2007. The median size has declined almost 10% since then. Will the trend to smaller-sized homes persist?


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