May 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Plain Vanilla a No-Go BUILDER Plain Vanilla a No-Go

Escape averageness; embrace an exceptional position; and outperform. BUILDER editor John McManus poses the challenge for each of the production home building companies for the coming 12 months: get set to outperform or you'd better get out of the way quickly. Read more

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New Home Sales Look Promising for Rest of 2015 BUILDER New Home Sales Look Promising for Rest of 2015

According to Metrostudy, three-month composite scores for new-home demand in winter show that markets (and buyers) are thawing out as spring blooms. Read more

Jacobs Grows in Chicago, With Home-Field Advantage Builder Jacobs Grows in Chicago, With Home-Field Advantage

Chicago has been one of the slowest housing markets to recover. But after 80 years of building in the Windy City suburbs, The Jacobs Companies has learned a trick or two to thrive in a challenging market. Read more

Innovative Roof Method Uses Compressed Earth Bricks BUILDER Innovative Roof Method Uses Compressed Earth Bricks

A start-up aiming to build an eco-friendly affordable home for remote locations has just received two patents for its design and construction methods. Read more

10 House Plans for Single Buyers Builder 10 House Plans for Single Buyers

Single people make up a sizable chunk of today's home buyers. Of course, unpartnered buyers aren't a monolith, so you'll find a wide variety of layouts and budget levels, including designs that will appeal to Millennials and Boomers. Read more

New Windows and Doors Provide a Clear View BUILDER New Windows and Doors Provide a Clear View

Let homeowners bring the outdoors in with these premium glass offerings. Read more

Action Speaks Louder BIG BUILDER Action Speaks Louder

Behavior trumps rhetoric when it comes to company culture. Forrest Performance Group's Jason Forrest, who will be with us as a workshop presenter for the Housing Leadership Summit, May 11-13, at the Turnberry Isle resort in Miami, runs through his paces on leadership by example. There's no other kind. Read more

Barrier Screens Mean Safety As Fireplace Interest Heats Up Builder Barrier Screens Mean Safety As Fireplace Interest Heats Up

New ANSI requirements for fireplace screens are intended to keep homeowners safe as projects incorporate more glass-front fireplaces. Read more

Five Steps to Safer Jobsites BUILDER Five Steps to Safer Jobsites

For the second year in a row, Summit Custom Homes, Kansas City’s largest home builder, has been awarded the National Association of Home Builders/Builders Mutual Insurance Company Safety Award for Excellence. Here's how they do it. Read more

Energy Code Compliance Can Cut Down on Callbacks BUILDER Energy Code Compliance Can Cut Down on Callbacks

From air leaks to ice dams, builders' most annoying issues can be prevented through energy code compliance, says BUILDER blogger Ryan Meres. Read more

Rhode Island Community Caters to Female Buyers BUILDER Rhode Island Community Caters to Female Buyers

h.a. Fisher Homes' president talks to BUILDER's Jennifer Goodman about what women buyers want. Read more

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Developer's Luxury Clients Appreciate Turnkey Design BUILDER Developer's Luxury Clients Appreciate Turnkey Design

Vacation cabins in New York’s Ulster County cater to upscale buyers who want a rural getaway. Read more

Quadrant Homes Moves Up to a New Buyer Segment BUILDER Quadrant Homes Moves Up to a New Buyer Segment

In optimizing its outreach to second- and third-time buyers, a Seattle builder decides to shutter a popular brand. Read more

Active Adult Community Draws Inspiration from Its Past BUILDER Active Adult Community Draws Inspiration from Its Past

A historic New England mill is transformed into an engaging, senior-friendly community. Read more

Urban Infill Gets a Spacious Update BUILDER Urban Infill Gets a Spacious Update

A vibrant multifamily development by Suzane Reatig Architecture shows that even in dense quarters, multifamily design can evoke single-family living. Read more

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Tricon Builds a Housing Brand Tricon Builds a Housing Brand

Gary Berman helps move Tricon beyond a mere provider of equity into a housing brand. Find out what the newly named CEO plans to do next. Read more

Mattamy Homes Sets Big U.S. Growth Plans in Motion Builder Mattamy Homes Sets Big U.S. Growth Plans in Motion

Canadian home builder Mattamy Homes has tapped Jim Leiferman, formerly its head in Orlando, to lead an aggressive U.S. charge. Read more

Liesel Cooper's Hard Work Pays Off BUILDER Liesel Cooper's Hard Work Pays Off

Liesel Cooper proves you don’t need a degree to master public home building. Read more

Features
The Builder 100 Is Here BUILDER The Builder 100 Is Here

This year's BUILDER 100 is made up of a diverse group of companies, from perennial powerhouses to hard-working newcomers. BUILDER's Jennifer Goodman breaks it down. Read more

Meritage Homes Uses Big Data For Its Strategic Decision-Making BUILDER Meritage Homes Uses Big Data For Its Strategic Decision-Making

If Meritage Homes’ approach to buying dirt harks back to Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta drafting baseball players, there you have it: Data’s day has come. Read more

Oakwood Homes Fearlessly Scales the Builder 100 List BUILDER Oakwood Homes Fearlessly Scales the Builder 100 List

Most American home builders are notoriously slow to embrace change. Oakwood Homes is streamlining its operations—and bolstering sales—by embracing it. Read more

TRI Pointe Takes the 2015 Builder of the Year Award BUILDER TRI Pointe Takes the 2015 Builder of the Year Award

TRI Pointe Group says it’s home building’s ‘next generation;’ here's what that means. BUILDER editor John McManus goes inside for the story on how three still-young veterans masterminded meteoric growth and one of home building's largest acquisitions within the firm's first five years. TRI Pointe wins honors as the 2015 BUILDER of the Year. Read more

Dan Ryan Wins the 2015 Hearthstone Humanitarian Award BUILDER Dan Ryan Wins the 2015 Hearthstone Humanitarian Award

While the Fredrick, Md.-based builder might not make a fuss over the money he donates, the hundreds of staff hours spent on charity work, or his participation on local nonprofit boards and committees, the recipients of those kindnesses do. Read more

Builder 100 Spotlight: GHO Homes BUILDER Builder 100 Spotlight: GHO Homes

A Florida active adult builder is making the most of the housing market's rebound, reports BUILDER senior editor Jennifer Goodman. Read more

Builder 100 Spotlight: Stylecraft Builders BUILDER Builder 100 Spotlight: Stylecraft Builders

BUILDER's Les Shaver takes a deep dive into the business model of Texas builder Stylecraft, which is enjoying controlled growth by revamping its construction process and management team. Read more

Landscape
What Millennials Want: Knowledge Is Power BUILDER What Millennials Want: Knowledge Is Power

As millennials enter the housing market, builders need to know what their youngest consumers want in a new home. Here, NAHB Chair Tom Woods looks at recent NAHB survey that lays out their wants and needs. Read more

Great Green Progress: The NGBS Hits 50,000 Homes BUILDER Great Green Progress: The NGBS Hits 50,000 Homes

Home Innovation Research Labs in May will celebrate the 50,000th home certified under the National Green Building Standard Green Certification Program. Read more

Crowe: In a Seasonal Business, Spring is King BUILDER Crowe: In a Seasonal Business, Spring is King

Home building’s seasonal fluctuations within a year vary region to region, but spring—as defined locally—is king Read more

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