The 2 questions every builder needs to be asking to drive real innovation

Lloyd Alter, writing for Treehugger: According to Jacob Atalla of KB Home, “The best way to predict the future is to make it.” So he and others in the building industry often build model concept homes to test out ideas. Michele Lerner of the Washington Post talks to a few people in the industry to … Continue reading The 2 questions every builder needs to be asking to drive real innovation

CBS on the impact of the skilled labor shortage on homebuilders, and the economy

Television, unless it is available to stream via Hulu, Netflix or HBO Go, isn’t something I watch much of. CBS apparently aired an impressive program highlighting the impact of the skilled labor shortage on the construction industry, and the resulting impact on the rest of our economy and infrastructure. Here’s an excerpt: America’s economy has … Continue reading CBS on the impact of the skilled labor shortage on homebuilders, and the economy

California: It ain’t easy being a green builder (but there are some real opportunities)

San Diego’s Building Industry Association played host to an outstanding and dynamic presentation earlier this morning on the topic of energy and the 2016 California building codes that went into effect at the beginning of this year.

The panelists included a great mix of building professionals and thought leaders that don’t merely speculate on the impact of green building — they live it:

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33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

California will require that all residential housing comply with zero net energy requirements beginning in 2020. My own personal conversations with many of the builders in Southern California points to a real reluctance — if not outright denial, in some cases — about meeting those goals. Patrick Sisson, writing for Curbed, reports that across North … Continue reading 33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

In Colorado, construction defect litigation reform is a piecemeal process

Denver Post’s Brian Eason writes: Declaring that the measure “will help make our housing more affordable,” Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed into law one of the most hard-fought compromises of the 2017 session — a bill that will make it more difficult to sue builders for shoddy condo construction. Business leaders for years have … Continue reading In Colorado, construction defect litigation reform is a piecemeal process

Why is Japan’s construction industry substantially more productive than that of the US?

Financial Times’ Matthew Klein has proposed an interesting alternative theory about the skilled labor shortage in the US that has impacted all sectors of the construction industry, but especially the residential market. He posits that by looking at homebuilding data in Japan, the implication is that the US isn’t facing a labor shortage so much … Continue reading Why is Japan’s construction industry substantially more productive than that of the US?

Video: First residential home 3D-printed on site

Garrett Huffish, writing for Digital Trends, reports that the first on-site 3D-printed residential home was built in Russia for about $10,134: Printing the self-bearing walls, partitions, and building envelope took the machine 24 hours to complete. The final result is the first house printed as a whole with an area of 409 square feet. Erecting the … Continue reading Video: First residential home 3D-printed on site

UK: Poor quality new homes don’t solve housing shortage

Housing shortages abound throughout the modern world, and in the UK, the situation is not much different than here in the US. Also not much different: substantial claims of defective construction due to cut corners in an effort to meet demand. In fact, the country’s National House Building Council, which provides 10-year warranties covering most newly constructed … Continue reading UK: Poor quality new homes don’t solve housing shortage

Time-lapse drone footage of a custom home under construction from start to finish

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s treat is a neat video that a builder made during the construction of his brother’s home. The way he made this video is actually really cool. By programming a route for the drone, and then flying that exact route every day, Youtube user ChuckPPhotography then edited the video from around 32 to … Continue reading Time-lapse drone footage of a custom home under construction from start to finish

What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?

Hammer and Hand is a Portland, Oregon-based contractor specializing in high performance residential construction. Sam Hagerman, Skylar Swinford and Dan Whitmore, three of the green building experts at Hammer and Hand, put together their predictions for high performance residential construction in 2014. The entire article is worth the read. Here is a summary: Focus will … Continue reading What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?