Solar-Powered Homes: Where and Why Are They Becoming So Popular?

The use of solar power for generating electricity isn’t a new technology, but in the last few years, it’s become more popular as an option for homeowners and builders.

Solar power offers a range of benefits that make it an extremely attractive and economical option in residential construction. These benefits include: Continue reading Solar-Powered Homes: Where and Why Are They Becoming So Popular?

Homebuilder Confidence on the Rise After the First Six Months of 2014

homebuilder confidenceA major measure of homebuilder confidence shows increased consumer optimism among first-time homeowners and residential home builders in the United States in the latter part of 2014.

In July, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment measure — a leading indicator of homebuilder confidence — rose almost 10 percent, to 53 from June’s 49, according to Bloomberg. This increase beat Bloomberg’s forecasts of 50 for the month. Continue reading Homebuilder Confidence on the Rise After the First Six Months of 2014

What Flooring Trends Are Taking Over the Home Building Market in 2014?

The type of flooring your clients choose for their new home has a significant effect on the visual atmosphere of the residence. In 2014, hardwood flooring is showing increased popularity among current residential home building flooring trends. Continue reading What Flooring Trends Are Taking Over the Home Building Market in 2014?

How KB Home Is Addressing Sustainability Through Water Conservation

water conservationAs the California new-home market moves closer to the 2020 deadline for the state’s zero net energy standard, prominent builder KB Home has implemented steps to increase sustainability and water conservation in their current and future building projects. Continue reading How KB Home Is Addressing Sustainability Through Water Conservation

Green Building Trends Home Building Professionals Should Keep in Mind

Green Building Trends Green building trends are no longer abstract concepts or simply a guiding philosophy. They’re now as substantial as new building materials and as timely as the latest technology. As new construction escalates world-wide, the requirements for increased efficiency and a smaller footprint are more critical than ever. Maintaining the status quo would mean a doubling of energy demand from new structures and CO2 emissions that could more than triple by the midpoint of the 21st century. Here are some of the green building trends that now occupy positions of increasing priority in the industry: Continue reading Green Building Trends Home Building Professionals Should Keep in Mind

The Contaminated Chinese Drywall Issue Continues With Another Round in Court

chinese drywallThe high price of cost cutting in building materials continues to rear its head as the Chinese drywall issue again appears on appeals court dockets. As long as nine years ago, Taishan Gypsum sold contaminated drywall to U.S. builders and contractors engaged in residential construction in Florida and Louisiana. Nearly 250,000 sheets of drywall were delivered, representing profits in the amount of nearly $1 million for the Chinese manufacturer.   Continue reading The Contaminated Chinese Drywall Issue Continues With Another Round in Court

Plans for 2015 National Green Building Standard Underway With Home Innovation Research

Plans for 2015 National Green Building Standard UnderwayThere continues to be strong signs that green building techniques are becoming increasingly standardized throughout the construction industry. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the premier U.S. organization that facilitates voluntary consensus standards for a variety of industries, has again appointed Home Innovation Research Labs to administrate the development of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS.) Continue reading Plans for 2015 National Green Building Standard Underway With Home Innovation Research

American Cancer Society’s Newest Hope Lodge Slated for Construction in Salt Lake City

hope lodgeThe former address of an LDS meetinghouse at the corner of 100 South and 400 East in Salt Lake City is scheduled for new life as an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. These facilities offer a “home away from home” environment for cancer patients who must travel from faraway homes to seek treatment in one of Salt Lake City’s state-of-the-art cancer therapy units.   Continue reading American Cancer Society’s Newest Hope Lodge Slated for Construction in Salt Lake City

Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living Complex

Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living ComplexChanges in demographics is one factor driving the Florida construction recovery, as evidenced by the groundbreaking of the new, $13.8 million senior living facility in Santa Rosa Beach. A project of Dominion Partners, the development called Somerby of Santa Rosa Beach incorporates 52 assisted living units, plus 24 memory-care apartments for residents with age-related memory problems, including dementia or Alzheimer’s. Situated at the junction of U.S. 98 and West Hewett Road, the Florida construction project is scheduled for occupation by the end of the year. Continue reading Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living Complex

Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall Preps for Long-Awaited Redevelopment

winrock mallIt was 1959 when the University of New Mexico and Winthrop Rockefeller announced plans to develop a 500,000 square foot mall called Winrock—the first and for many years the largest shopping mall in New Mexico. Retail giants of the era including Montgomery Wards, S.S. Kresge Five & Ten, J.C. Penney, Hallmark Cards and Safeway soon became standout tenants. A Fox Cinema came in the 1960s, as well as the White Winrock Motor Hotel. In the decades since and like many malls, Winrock has lost some of its luster as a shopping destination of choice. However, its place in the minds and memories of Albuquerque residents endured. Continue reading Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall Preps for Long-Awaited Redevelopment