November 2015 Table of Contents

Editor's Notes
Build a Better Way BUILDER Build a Better Way

Tedd Benson's excellent adventure ... up close and personal with one of home building's true innovators. Read more

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One Year Later, It's Okay To Be Optimistic About Housing BUILDER-METROSTUDY One Year Later, It's Okay To Be Optimistic About Housing

Commentary over the past year has walked a thin line between optimism and pessimism regarding the status of the housing recovery. However, the amount of markets that have posted increases in new home demand year-over-year indicates that things really have improved (maybe more than you think). Read more

Five Benefits of a Long-Term Vendor Relationship BUILDER Five Benefits of a Long-Term Vendor Relationship

One of the longest-running strategic partnerships in the industry has been mutually beneficial to both builder and manufacturer. Find out how the industry’s largest home appliance manufacturer and with one of the country’s biggest home builders have worked together for 20 years. Read more

What Matters Most BIG BUILDER What Matters Most

A leadership debrief on how leaders create a virtuous cycle by recognizing that what they say, how they act, and what they do matters. Forrest Performance Group principal Jason Forrest offers a reminder. Read more

Responsive Home Virtual Tour Combines Online Shopping and Tour Guide Experience BUILDER Responsive Home Virtual Tour Combines Online Shopping and Tour Guide Experience

Avid Ratings showcases onsite and offsite virtual tour product in partnership with BUILDER for the Responsive Home, debuting during IBS in January. Read more

Five Emerging Technologies to Watch BUILDER Five Emerging Technologies to Watch

Energy Star officials are always on the lookout for emerging technologies that will help American builders raise the bar on efficiency. Here are five that are poised to transform the construction industry. Read more

Millennials Will Give Up Urban Amenities for More Space BUILDER Millennials Will Give Up Urban Amenities for More Space

According to a survey of this demographic for the BUILDER Responsive Home project, young buyers want a home that offers what city living gives them, but also key elements that urban areas can’t provide. BUILDER's Jennifer Goodman reports. Read more

Eight Products that Green a Home from the Inside Out BUILDER Eight Products that Green a Home from the Inside Out

Not all products flaunt their eco-friendliness. Many of these Greenbuild 2015 introductions do their jobs behind the walls. Read more

Layouts with Useful Special-Function Rooms BUILDER Layouts with Useful Special-Function Rooms

We're not talking about the old one-use-only rooms, like home theaters or indoor swimming pools, but modern spaces like exercise rooms and workshops. Another key difference: these rooms are designed for maximum flexibility, letting them shift function on a dime. Read more

Back of the Envelope Thinking BIG BUILDER Back of the Envelope Thinking

Excuse me, Mr. and Mrs. Home Buyer: Would you Like Our 5-year home, or one that will last 100 years? Read more

A Smarter LED Bulb Designed for Better Sleep BUILDER A Smarter LED Bulb Designed for Better Sleep

GE's new line of LED bulbs, C by GE, use a Bluetooth connection to deliver light in a color temperature that regulates your body’s melatonin production—leading to better sleep. Read more

The Argument for Wood in the Built Environment BUILDER The Argument for Wood in the Built Environment

Our future depends on the sustainable use of this global forest resource Read more

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Urban Renewal: Seattle Live/Work BUILDER Urban Renewal: Seattle Live/Work

Dwell Development set Seattle’s green building community abuzz after earning the Emerald City's first Built Green Emerald Star-certified home in September. The firm’s latest project checks another green milestone off Seattle’s list—this time in the commercial realm. Read more

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A Step Ahead: DeGrandchamp Hones in on Affordable Energy Efficiency BUILDER A Step Ahead: DeGrandchamp Hones in on Affordable Energy Efficiency

Kiere DeGrandchamp is staying ahead of the competition by meeting future standards today. Read more

Despite His Success, Gene Myers Changes Course  
BUILDER Despite His Success, Gene Myers Changes Course

Over 23 years, New Town Builders has built a reputation in the Denver area—and, eventually, across the country—for its energy-efficient homes. But now, the company is changing its name to Thrive Home Builders and focusing on constructing healthy homes, free of toxic chemicals. Read more

Features
2015 Greenbuild Unity Home is Unveiled BUILDER 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home is Unveiled

The ultra-sustainable panelized home is on its way to the show in Washington, D.C., where it will be open to attendees. Read more

2015 Hanley Award Winner:  Gail Vittori BUILDER 2015 Hanley Award Winner: Gail Vittori

The 2015 winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability has forged new ways of thinking within the green building and health care industries. Read more

2015 Hanley Award Winner:  Chesapeake Bay Foundation BUILDER 2015 Hanley Award Winner: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The recipient of this year's Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability has made pioneering investments in sustainable construction, including two of the world's greenest buildings. Read more

Playing With Fire BUILDER Playing With Fire

Code or no code, cost or no cost, fire safety is an issue builders and manufacturers can't afford not to get right—now Read more

NAHB Notes
National Priority: Housing and the Presidential Election BUILDER National Priority: Housing and the Presidential Election

We're always looking at innovative ways to connect with elected officials, and to that end, NAHB will be holding an unprecedented event on Jan. 20 during the International Builders' Show (IBS): a presidential candidates' forum. Read more

Master Class: The First NGBS Green Master Verifiers BUILDER Master Class: The First NGBS Green Master Verifiers

Home Innovation Research Labs has accredited the first crop of Green Master Verifiers for the National Green Building Standard, a list that includes Carl Seville of Atlanta; Chris Schwarzkopf of Valparaiso, Ind.; and Rachel Della Valle of Raleigh, N.C. Read more

New Home Inventory Faces Challenges BUILDER New Home Inventory Faces Challenges

NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe weighs in on the double-whammy vexing today's home builder: Securing financing and dealing with the loss of trained, experienced labor. Read more

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