December 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Lower the Barrier to Entry-Level BUILDER Lower the Barrier to Entry-Level

The pent-up-demand vs. pent-up-supply drama will make for 2016's most important dynamic among home builders, land sellers, and residential developers. Read more

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New Home Demand Up in 66% of Metrostudy Markets BUILDER-METROSTUDY New Home Demand Up in 66% of Metrostudy Markets

October new home demand scores show significant improvement since 2014, but many builders are playing a game of catch up, and prepping for Spring will be a sprint. Read more

Stone Martin Builders Ups the Ante with Home Security and Automation System BUILDER Stone Martin Builders Ups the Ante with Home Security and Automation System

The Opelika, Ala.-based builder is now making the new Interlogix ZeroWire home security system a standard feature in all its homes. Read more

Lack of Confidence in Housing Market Is Keeping Buyers on the Sidelines BUILDER Lack of Confidence in Housing Market Is Keeping Buyers on the Sidelines

A new survey sheds some light on why renters are reluctant to take the home-buying plunge. Read more

New Database Will Promote Product Transparency BUILDER New Database Will Promote Product Transparency

The initiative combines health and environmental impact data on building materials to help builders and designers achieve greater sustainability. Read more

Boomers, Millennials, and Homes to Satisfy Both Demographics Boomers, Millennials, and Homes to Satisfy Both Demographics

Can one home design work for both groups? Designers Janet Hobbs, David Pillsbury, Dan Sater, and Wayne Visbeen took time out at the American Institute of Building Design’s annual conference to speak with Aurora Zeledon about designing for Baby Boomers and Millennials. They also showed several examples of house plans that would work for both demographics. Read more

Trumark Homes' SL70 Nails California’s Small Lot Ordinance BUILDER Trumark Homes' SL70 Nails California’s Small Lot Ordinance

Trumark Homes’ Los Angeles infill development proves a community-focused approach is the way to tackle California’s small lot ordinance Read more

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San Francisco Development Focuses on Families BUILDER San Francisco Development Focuses on Families

1180 4th Street provides 150 units of affordable housing in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Read more

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Sustaining a Vision Builder Sustaining a Vision

Jon Lash aims to build a community with 26,000 homes, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and energy-efficient everything — all from the ground up. Read more

Lessons Learned Builder Lessons Learned

Related Group’s Carlos Rosso uses past experiences to move forward. BUILDER explains how the company has diversified to weather the turbulent Miami market. Read more

Feature
The Building Industry Gives Back BUILDER The Building Industry Gives Back

On the eve of this year's holiday season, most U.S. home building firms report they are back to—or beyond—their pre-recession levels of charitable activity. Jennifer Goodman reports on how--and why--they are paying it forward. Read more

NAHB Notes
Builders’ Show Is Around the Corner BUILDER Builders’ Show Is Around the Corner

Educational offerings mix with fun networking events for the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas Read more

New Resources for Tracking Market Trends BUILDER New Resources for Tracking Market Trends

Home Innovation expands its annual product usage report offerings Read more

Home Builders Experiencing Severe Labor Shortage BUILDER Home Builders Experiencing Severe Labor Shortage

NAHB chief economist David Crowe says raising wages and attracting younger talent are two ways to combat the construction industry's labor shortage. Read more

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