By BUILDER Magazine Staff.


There is still time to sign up for the 2002 Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) seminar and project tour to be held in Charleston, S.C., Oct. 10-13.

Also called neo-traditional development or New Urbanism, TND refers to a pattern of land planning and development that emulates the pedestrian-oriented towns and suburbs built in the early to mid-20th century. The four-day NAHB educational event offers attendees the opportunity to learn about a variety of TND issues.

Attendees will tour the award-winning TND communities of I'On, Daniel Island, Newpoint, Broadstreet, Port Royal, and Habersham.

To register, visit or call 800-368-5242, ext. 8338.

Active Adult Upside

New active-adult housing developments generate substantial economic benefits for local communities, according to an NAHB study.

The study found a typical active-adult project of 100 single-family homes generated more than $10 million in local income, $1 million in taxes and other revenues for local governments, and 216 local jobs during the project's first year.

Active adults pay the same taxes as most other residents yet use fewer public services, particularly schools, and boost the local economy through the purchase of goods and services long after the project is completed.

Cautious Boom

Remodelers surveyed continue to be positive about current conditions for their remodeling businesses but are expressing a slightly less positive view about future conditions, according to the NAHB's Remodeling Market Index (RMI).

The RMI for current conditions gathered responses from professional remodelers to questions regarding demand for major additions and alterations ($25,000 or more), for minor additions and alterations (less than $25,000), and for maintenance and repairs.

The future RMI is slightly less rosy and bases its results on remodelers' expectations regarding call-for-bid volume, work committed for the next three months, backlog of remodeling jobs, and job-proposal appointments.

The first three of these components declined slightly in the second quarter to levels just below 50, which is the tipping point between optimism and pessimism.

Available Now

Building Homes of Our Own, a new CD-ROM home building simulation game, is now available free to NAHB members and educators.

The game starts with site selection and ends with the home sale.

The program's 90-page teacher guide provides additional activities, exercises, and projects for single classrooms, integrative learning, and even distance-learning applications.

More than 2,500 schools have already requested copies of the CD-ROM.

To learn more, visit or contact NAHB public relations director, Kym Kilbourne, at 800-368-5242, ext. 8447, or