December 2014 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
The Wrap on 2014
The Wrap on 2014

Now that 2014 is over, here are 15 bold forecasts for home building in 2015 Read more

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Builders Ramp Up for a Big 2015 Builder-Metrostudy Builders Ramp Up for a Big 2015

A look back at new home and lot demand in 2014, and a look forward to a promising 2015 Read more

TRI Pointe Adds Mortgage, Title Services TRI Pointe Adds Mortgage, Title Services

Builder adds services to compete more effectively with the other Goliaths at the top of the BUILDER 100. Read more

Campaign Urges Young Buyers to Say “I Do” to a New Home Campaign Urges Young Buyers to Say “I Do” to a New Home

Pennsylvania builder helps couples save for a down payment as they prepare to get married. Read more

Don't Play Catch-Up with Sales Goals Don't Play Catch-Up with Sales Goals

One bad month can have a domino effect for the year, says BUILDER blogger Myers Barnes. Read more

USGBC Extends LEED 2009 Deadline USGBC Extends LEED 2009 Deadline

A recent survey revealed wide-spread unpreparedness or uncertainty for new LEED v4 standards. Read more

Catching Rays: Sunrun Pilots Solar-Storage System

The solar provider has teamed up with OutBack Power Technologies to test energy storage technology with select customers in a nationwide pilot program. Read more

10 Best Builder House Plans of 2014 10 Best Builder House Plans of 2014

What do home buyers want in 2015? For clues, take a look at the top-selling designs of 2014, where outdoor living, kitchen space, and main-level master suites topped the charts. Read more

Frame
Design Diplomacy 14 Great things about 2014 Design Diplomacy

A high-performance house taps a traditional Texas neighborhood’s core values Read more

Senior Social 14 Great things about 2014 Senior Social

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony sets a vibrant example. Read more

Modular Hurricane-Proof House Is Ideal for Coastal Areas and Beyond 14 Great things about 2014 Modular Hurricane-Proof House Is Ideal for Coastal Areas and Beyond

A new line of factory-built houses meets the country's most stringent hurricane codes. Read more

Three Essential Elements of a Hurricane-Proof House Three Essential Elements of a Hurricane-Proof House

A variety of building techniques help Cubicco factory-built homes stand up to extreme weather. Read more

Field Trip 14 Great Things About 2014 Field Trip

Willowsford is a master-planned community centered around a working farm. Read more

Wire
Urban Renewal Often Comes One Neighborhood at a Time Urban Renewal Often Comes One Neighborhood at a Time

Julilly Kohler’s efforts to revitalize downtown Milwaukee would make her grandfather proud. Read more

Features
Home Building’s Bootstrap Publics Home Building’s Bootstrap Publics

Why UCP and Century Communities went IPO Read more

The 2015 New American Home Is Nearly Complete Pre-Show Planner The 2015 New American Home Is Nearly Complete

The stunning desert contemporary will showcase up-to-the-moment trends and technologies in a production-friendly package. Read more

Looking Ahead: IBS/KBIS 2015 Preview Looking Ahead: IBS/KBIS 2015 Preview

The countdown to January's International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show is on. Here are five hot products that will make their debut in Las Vegas. Read more

Landscape
NAHB Chairman’s Letter NAHB Gets Responsive

In an effort to keep pace with changing technology and members’ needs, the NAHB is revamping its website Read more

Home Innovation Research Labs Green Home Certification Goes Local

Local jurisdictions can help boost demand and interest for green homes in their market Read more

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