Dean's List At press time, “Building Homes of Our Own,” the NAHB's education simulation program, had been selected by executives from eight top U.S. school districts as a finalist for the first Computers for Youth Family Learning Software of the Year Award. The winners were announced on April 20. Computers for Youth, the competition's sponsor, helps supply home computers to underserved children.

Since it launched in 2002, “Building Homes of Our Own”—which uses interactive gaming technology to teach students the basics of homeownership and other skills—has been delivered to nearly 39,000 teachers nationwide, reaching an estimated audience of more than 3 million students, educators, and parents.

In 2002, the software won an international Electronic Multimedia Award in the learning category for excellence in digital media content creation. The European-based international competition is considered to be the most prestigious interactive media awards program.

Buckeye Bequest The National Housing Endowment, the NAHB's philanthropic arm, is the recipient of a $1 million gift from The M/I Homes Foundation, a charitable organization funded by M/I Homes, based in Columbus, Ohio. The unrestricted gift primarily will support the endowment's education initiatives.

Business Data Builders now have an opportunity to see how their business stacks up against the competition. The NAHB has released The Cost of Doing Business Study, a national study of more than 350 builders' business practices and financial performance.

The book contains data, analysis, and guidance to help builders boost profitability, increase efficiency, set realistic budget targets, and improve their business practices. Several categories are analyzed in the survey, making it easy for builders to compare their performance against the data.

The book can be purchased through

Philly Fight Citing a new rule that not only is contrary to the goals of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) but that also can affect housing affordability by adding excessive regulatory burdens to home building, the NAHB filed suit in March against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the so-called Philadelphia Ditch Rule.

The rule directs corps officials in the Philadelphia District to treat all upland ditches as navigable waters of the United States, triggering their regulation under the CWA. However, the corps issued the ditch rule without appropriate notice, preventing property owners and other advocates from commenting on the rule, the suit said.

Career Center The NAHB, in collaboration with, has launched a building industry–oriented career center that will provide members with a cost-effective recruiting solution that makes locating qualified candidates and advertising open positions faster and easier.

NAHB members receive a 20 percent discount off of standard rates for job postings on the Construction Jobs Career Network and additional discounts off of other human resources services. Members can access the career center at