June 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Builders: It’s Time to Think Differently BUILDER Builders: It’s Time to Think Differently

The most telling factor right now for residential new construction—whatever the scale, positioning, and geography of one's operation—is that catalyst of all catalysts in housing markets: urgency. Read more

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Demand Hotspots: Diverse Product Types Increase Buyer Appetites in Key Markets BUILDER Demand Hotspots: Diverse Product Types Increase Buyer Appetites in Key Markets

Data and commentary from Metrostudy's regional directors show expanding housing demand in key markets--including Phoenix, Albuquerque, Raleigh-Durham and Philadelphia--thanks to a variety of new product types on the market. Read more

Water Conservation Takes Center Stage With New Rating System BUILDER Water Conservation Takes Center Stage With New Rating System

The Water Efficiency Rating Index being developed by RESNET will provide an easy to understand measurement of a home's performance. Read more

New Line of Homes Targets Pro Athletes BUILDER New Line of Homes Targets Pro Athletes

A Chicago-area builder has a message for professional athletes: Health and wellness begin at home. Read more

Uber App for Builders: On-Demand Waste Management BUILDER Uber App for Builders: On-Demand Waste Management

A new mobile app makes ordering a dumpster as easy as hailing an Uber. Read more

On the Surface: Five Chic Counter Options BUILDER On the Surface: Five Chic Counter Options

From contemporary quartz to rustic wood, these stylish, durable countertops to complete any kitchen or bath. Read more

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PureBlue Home Ups the Ante on Efficiency BUILDER PureBlue Home Ups the Ante on Efficiency

In its most ambitious concept home to date, Brookfield Residential explores rainwater storage and graywater recycling technologies. Read more

KB Home Meets California's Water Challenges Head On BUILDER KB Home Meets California's Water Challenges Head On

Although KB Home is known for its innovative approach to energy-efficient home building, the firm has also long been committed to residential water conservation—and its Double ZeroHouse 3.0 is a living laboratory of real-world water-saving innovations. Read more

Water-Wise Landscaping Creates a Modern Desert Oasis BUILDER Water-Wise Landscaping Creates a Modern Desert Oasis

Vali Homes' spec house concept in Phoenix makes water conservation in arid climates a reality, not an afterthought. Read more

Texas Modular Home Will Run on Rainwater and Sunshine Alone BUILDER Texas Modular Home Will Run on Rainwater and Sunshine Alone

A student-designed home out of the University of Texas-Austin will be one of the country's first water-independent dwellings, offering ideas for builders in drought-prone areas and beyond. Read more

BUILDER Keep to Code: Water Recycling By State

Regulations for graywater recycling and rainwater storage vary widely across the nation. Check in with our interactive map to see at a glance how your state approaches residential water reuse. Read more

Phoenix Developer Employs Desert-Friendly Landscaping BUILDER Phoenix Developer Employs Desert-Friendly Landscaping

Well-planned raingardens recycle rainwater on site and capture excess runoff from nearby streets as well. Read more

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Huff Revamps Wieland's Operations BUILDER Huff Revamps Wieland's Operations

After coming over from Ashton Woods, Pulte veteran Greg Huff has revamped John Wieland. BUILDER staffer Les Shaver explores Wieland's re-emergence and renewed strategy for upward growth. Read more

Mayberry Looks to Expand in Recession Aftermath Builder Mayberry Looks to Expand in Recession Aftermath

Bob Schroeder and Karen Schroeder revamped their product to make it through the recession. Now, business is booming. Read more

Features
HOT SPOTS: As New Community Openings Increase, Move-Up Still Dominates in Many Markets BUILDER HOT SPOTS: As New Community Openings Increase, Move-Up Still Dominates in Many Markets

BUILDER and Metrostudy’s three-year analysis of new community sales shows strength in the middle. Read more

A Model of Success: 5 Keys to a Better Design Center and Model Home BUILDER A Model of Success: 5 Keys to a Better Design Center and Model Home

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Appeal to buyers--and boost home sales--with these five tips and tricks for your model homes and design centers. Read more

Standard Pacific Celebrates 50 Years of Building Homes BUILDER Standard Pacific Celebrates 50 Years of Building Homes

As Standard Pacific marks its 50th year in the home-building business, timeless value and new resolve propel it forward. Read more

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Celebrating the Benefits of Homeownership, This and Every Month BUILDER Celebrating the Benefits of Homeownership, This and Every Month

June is National Homeownership Month, and this commentary from NAHB chairman Tom Woods highlights its many benefits to families, communities and the economy at large, while discussing some of the roadblocks hampering the recovery. Read more

Project Pipeline: DOE Selects Home Innovation Research Labs for R&D BUILDER Project Pipeline: DOE Selects Home Innovation Research Labs for R&D

In early May, as part of a $4 million initiative to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes, the Department of Energy selected Home Innovation Research Labs as one of five prospective contract award recipients. Read more

Homeownership Trends Among the Young and Old BUILDER Homeownership Trends Among the Young and Old

How buyers of different age groups look at homeownership has changed over the years, and in this commentary, NAHB chief economist David Crowe traces the different paths of younger and older owners. Read more

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