January 2007 Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Environmental Barriers Measure for Measure

A LAND-USE BILL THAT went into effect in Oregon on Dec. 8 shouldn't have a major impact on residential development there. But in a state where land is a “theological” issue, no measure can ever completely settle the debate about its use. Read more

Tile Watch Tile Watch

Considering your financial commitment, it's understandable that you prefer building with conventional construction methods and familiar materials. Working with tried-and-true systems brings certain assurances, but an unexpected product in the right application can help set your houses apart from the guy down the street. Read more

Open Wide Open Wide

Light is one of the most desirable features in a new home, because it creates the illusion of space and makes a house feel more livable. Traditional windows and patio doors bring in some light, but pivoting, or bifold, patio doors do this and so much more. Read more

Latest Product Innovation All Hands on Deck

Interest in wood-plastic composites—commonly used for outdoor decking and indoor molding—is growing as builders look for low-maintenance, rot-resistant materials. One problem: Composite boards are thick and heavy. Read more

Danger Above Scaffold Law Challenged Danger Above

Businesses in the Buffalo, N.Y., area have sued the state of New York in federal court over the Scaffold Law. Read more

Robert J. Strudler 1942–2006 In Memoriam Robert J. Strudler 1942–2006

Childhood polio may have thrown up roadblocks for Lennar chairman Bob Strudler, but it never stopped him from achieving success and inspiring others to greater heights. Strudler died Nov. 7 in Houston at age 64. The cause was complications of an infection. Read more

House Blend: January 2007

- Vancouver, Wash.–based lumber supplier Abitibi-Consolidated reports $225 million in refunded softwood duties as part of the U.S. and Canada tariff dispute. - The Northeast Florida Builders Association reports that the slowing housing market is a sign of stabilization, not gloom and doom. - The 2,500 members of the Mexican real estate association, Asociation Mexicana de Professionales Inmobiliarios, become Realtors as part of the first joint reciprocal membership agreement with a foreign real estate organization for the National Association of Realtors Read more

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