Top Features Requested from Residential Construction Buyers

Providing your customers with what they want is the basis for any successful business. A recent survey conducted by a leading construction industry organization can help residential construction companies achieve that goal.

residential constructionThe survey’s results, contained in the report What Home Buyers Really Want, provide detailed information on the features residential construction customers want most in a new home. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted the survey and published the report.

The nationwide survey was conducted in 2012. It includes responses from four categories of new and potential home buyers: Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and seniors. These categories represent four distinct generations of individuals with different needs in home ownership.

Respondents identified features that were considered essential in a new home, along with additional features that were desirable but not critical. They also provided responses on what features were least wanted in a new-home purchase.

Survey Says

Survey responses showed some potentially surprising results among the requirements of the four generations represented.

For example, 57 percent of respondents indicated that a laundry room was the most important feature of a new home. Millennials, Gen Xers, and seniors placed the laundry room at the top of their “most wanted” list. Baby Boomers, however, ranked a laundry room as third on the list, after Energy Star rated appliances and a whole-home Energy Star rating.

Energy efficiency ranked relatively high on the list for Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and seniors. In total, 36 percent of respondents considered Energy Star rated appliances the top priority in a new home. A total of 28 percent considered a whole-house Energy Star rating to be a must-have feature.

Surprisingly, Energy Star ratings and energy efficiency ranked low on the most-wanted list for Millennials.

Construction Monitor tracks and reports on the latest developments in the construction industry, such as housing starts, construction leads, best practices, and the latest trends. Contact us today for more information on preferences in residential construction and how your company can excel by providing residential customers with the features they want most.

The Evolution of Cement Use in Construction

cement use in constructionCement is such a ubiquitous building material that we tend to take its current form for granted. Yet cement use in construction has a history dating back thousands of years, and in that time the material has undergone numerous changes and improvements. Today, cement continues to evolve for the better.

The Origins of Modern Cement

Cement was produced in many ancient societies using locally available natural materials. Egyptians used gypsum, while the Greeks and Romans blended limestone with sand to make their cement. The Romans eventually discovered they could change the properties of their cement by adding other materials. One of these materials was volcanic ash known as pozzolana. The addition of this ash created a cement that could set under water, making it useful for building harbors. In fact, concrete made from this cement resists salt water better than today’s concrete.

The most common cement used today, Portland cement, came from a different source. Portland cement evolved from the cements used in Britain in the mid-19th century.

The Future of Cement Use in Construction

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a way to make Portland-cement concrete both more durable and more eco-friendly.

The conventional cement formula uses between 1.2 to 2.2 parts of calcium for every 1 part of silica, but 1.7 parts of calcium is the standard. MIT researchers found that decreasing the calcium content to 1.5 doubles the resulting concrete’s resistance to cracks.

Better yet, switching to a cement formula that uses 1.5 parts calcium could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that come from cement production by up to 60 percent. That’s no small improvement, considering the cement industry alone is responsible for some 5 to 10 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide production.

A more durable cement also means less concrete will be needed to repair and replace damaged structures, further reducing cement production’s environmental impact. Although this new formula performs well in the laboratory, it remains to be tested in real-world applications.

To stay on top of recent developments in cement use in construction, contact us at Construction Monitor.

The Fastest Growing U.S. Cities of 2015 — Where Construction Is Booming

fastest growing U.S. citiesConstruction trends in 2014 and early 2015 indicate that the industry is continuing to expand after taking a significant hit from the U.S. economic recession of 2007 to 2009. Commercial, residential and industrial construction are showing significant increases, while investments in infrastructure are prompting growth in several regions. Industry analysts continue to expect significant growth in the construction sector throughout 2015 and beyond. The following are some of the fastest growing U.S. cities where construction is increasing and industry-related firms could see significant growth in revenue.
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Las Vegas Home Construction Welcomes Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes

Presidio Residential Capital and Summit HomesA new residential construction project stands to give a needed boost to the lagging Las Vegas home construction and development market. Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes Nevada have announced the construction of Canyon View, a five-acre community development in Las Vegas. The $7.8 million project will include 36 single-family homes and will be built in Clark County, according to Builder Online. Continue reading Las Vegas Home Construction Welcomes Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes

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