January 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
A 2015 Wish for Home Builders BUILDER A 2015 Wish for Home Builders

As you strive for operational excellence, you better recognize risk for what it is Read more

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A Spring Quartet BUILDER A Spring Quartet

Demand in these four markets could look a lot different in the future Read more

A Sluggish Finish for 2014: Housing Starts A Sluggish Finish for 2014: Housing Starts

The US Census Bureau New Residential Construction data release for November, 2014 reported a 1.6% decrease from the revised October number of housing starts and 7% below November 2014. Single-family starts were reported at 5.4% below the October rate. Read more

Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Americans' Top Unmet Housing Needs Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Americans' Top Unmet Housing Needs

New data about what households want, but don’t have, gives builders insight into how they can stand out in the marketplace. Read more

How to Recruit a Great Salesperson How to Recruit a Great Salesperson

Four criteria can ensure your next hire is a good one, says BUILDER blogger Myers Barnes. Read more

Jimmy Jacobs Homes Expands Its Texas LEED Program Jimmy Jacobs Homes Expands Its Texas LEED Program

The Century Communities builder guarantees low heating and cooling costs. Read more

Magnetic Appeal: Induction Technology Draws Closer BUILDER Magnetic Appeal: Induction Technology Draws Closer

Fast, safe, and efficient, induction technology has the potential to shake up the kitchen status quo. Read more

Energy Star V6 Has Big Impact on Windows Energy Star V6 Has Big Impact on Windows

Cost-effectiveness of high efficiency products under the program is among the window industry’s chief concerns. Read more

Mass Retirement of Code Officials Looming Mass Retirement of Code Officials Looming

A new survey from the International Code Council (ICC) shows the labor shortage isn’t just affecting the trades. 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

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The Edge, Allston, Mass. 2014 Builder's Choice The Edge, Allston, Mass.
Innovative Land Planning Brings New Life to Former Military Base BUILDER Innovative Land Planning Brings New Life to Former Military Base

On-the-boards New Urbanist community to provide an alternative to conventional suburban living. Read more

Open-Door Policy Elevation Education Open-Door Policy

The friend’s entry is a welcome addition to floor plans. Read more

Packaging Passive for Builders BUILDER Packaging Passive for Builders

Adam Cohen's goal is to change the way we build Read more

Harvest Commons Offers Second Chances BUILDER Harvest Commons Offers Second Chances

An urban farm is a hub of creativity and refuge. Read more

Asher at Playa Vista Envisions Aging in Place BUILDER Asher at Playa Vista Envisions Aging in Place

Private residential elevators typically are associated with posh Central Park apartments, not production homes. But elevators are a standard feature at KB Home's Playa Vista, a master planned community in L.A.. Read more

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South Florida Developer Proves Age Is Just a Number South Florida Developer Proves Age Is Just a Number

Christopher Longsworth has built an empire at only 30 years old Read more

Next for Nies Homes BUILDER Next for Nies Homes

The Cowgill brothers look together toward the future Read more

Features
IBS Show Home Makes a Splash on a Production Budget The New American Home IBS Show Home Makes a Splash on a Production Budget

The 2015 New American Home takes a practical design approach but doesn’t leave out the Las Vegas–inspired bling Read more

Millennial Home Buyer: Fact Vs. Fiction
BUILDER Millennial Home Buyer: Fact Vs. Fiction

Everything you think you know about millennials may be wrong, and those fallacies will manifest in a smaller bottom line. Here, BUILDER's staff offers seven potentially deadly myths about Gen Y and housing to help you cater to this voluminous generation. Read more

Core Curriculum: Mojo Vs. Slo-Mo BUILDER Core Curriculum: Mojo Vs. Slo-Mo

Since the recession, the economics of entry-level housing have fallen apart. But without ways to reduce development costs to a price that this vital market can afford, builders will continue to fail the test. Read more

Barriers to Entry-Level: Five Places to Save Vs. Spend BUILDER Barriers to Entry-Level: Five Places to Save Vs. Spend

Building the entry-level home isn’t easy, but architects identify five places where builders can cut costs—and places where they can’t Read more

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Significant Strides for NAHB in 2014
Builder Significant Strides for NAHB in 2014

As Kevin Kelly’s term as NAHB chairman comes to an end, he reflects on the association’s progress over the past year Read more

Recipe for a Green Home Builder Recipe for a Green Home

The NGBS Bronze Cookbook provides a streamlined path to green for builders Read more

NAHB's Chief Economist Is Optimistic About 2015 BUILDER NAHB's Chief Economist Is Optimistic About 2015

All signs point toward growth in the residential construction industry for 2015 Read more

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