August 2016 Table of Contents

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Trust: A Business Case BUILDER Trust: A Business Case

Housing's recovery trajectory through the next tough stretch may come down to how much people trust us to do what we say we're going to do. Read more

Up Front
The Affordability Ceiling BUILDER-METROSTUDY The Affordability Ceiling

According to Metrostudy regional directors, both buyers and builders are starting to max out in some of housing's major markets. Read more

New Steel System Makes Quick Work of Framing BUILDER New Steel System Makes Quick Work of Framing

A Canadian technique incorporates steel framing and precut insulation to create net-zero-energy homes. Read more

Nest's Time of Savings Feature Makes The Thermostat Even Smarter BUILDER Nest's Time of Savings Feature Makes The Thermostat Even Smarter

Nest Learning Thermostat's newest advancement coordinates with energy companies' time-of-use rates to save homeowners more money. Read more

Paint Colors Can Raise a Final Home Price by Nearly $1,400 Builder Paint Colors Can Raise a Final Home Price by Nearly $1,400

Listings with warm, neutral colors like sage green or wheat yellow can raise sale prices, while dark colors can cause them to drop. Read more

Three Hot Patio Trends for Summer '16, and Three to Forget Builder Three Hot Patio Trends for Summer '16, and Three to Forget

Homeowners should ditch their wrought iron furniture and floral patterns for concrete coffee tables, teak furniture and aquamarine accent colors. Read more

Porches Get Personal Porches Get Personal

These floor plans put outdoor living within reach of bedrooms (even upstairs). Read more

Florida Infill Builder Gets Creative with Entry Level BUILDER Florida Infill Builder Gets Creative with Entry Level

13th Floor Homes takes an unconventional approach to land, product selection, and keeping costs down. Read more

'Miami Modern' Style Makes a Splash with Buyers BUILDER 'Miami Modern' Style Makes a Splash with Buyers

A contemporary community in South Florida is 90% sold out while still under construction. Read more

Virginia Curbs Developers' Gifts BUILDER Virginia Curbs Developers' Gifts

A new law limits the fees, property, or other concessions that developers provide to local governments during the rezoning process. Read more

Features
Builders Prepare for a Warmer World BUILDER Builders Prepare for a Warmer World

As the climate gets warmer, builders across the country are putting down roots with landscaping that can withstand extreme heat and drought. Read more

Best Bets for Drought Resistance BUILDER Best Bets for Drought Resistance

These 8 drought-resistant plants are perfect for dry landscapes in new-home developments. Read more

Projects
Three Nearly Unbreakable Beachfront Houses BUILDER Three Nearly Unbreakable Beachfront Houses

These projects show that water-centric houses can be beautiful and resilient. Read more

Case Studies
A Sweet Home Community in Alabama Builder A Sweet Home Community in Alabama

Offerings include two lakes, a clubhouse, and dinner, if you want it. Read more

From Builder to Realtor Builder From Builder to Realtor

Former builder creates online system to streamline the home listing process. Read more

NAHB
2017 International Builders' Show Leaves Las Vegas BUILDER 2017 International Builders' Show Leaves Las Vegas

Nearly 1,400 exhibitors will be on the show floor as the IBS returns to Orlando Read more

Housing Mix Is a Market Indicator BUILDER Housing Mix Is a Market Indicator

Home Innovation’s Annual Builder Practices Survey reveals building product trends Read more

Townhouse Construction Is Growing BUILDER Townhouse Construction Is Growing

According to current economic conditions, it appears demand will support more growth for townhouse development Read more

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