Cost-Saving Ideas

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Frost Protection for Walk-Outs

Frost footings add cost to a walk-out basement. Instead, you can protect the slab edge with R10 insulation, keeping frost away from the house without the need to excavate. More

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A New Law Eases Risk From Peer Reviews

Missouri statute shields architects, designers, and engineers who engage in third-party design evaluations. More

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Building Quickly With Lightweight Steel

A new framing system catches on with architects and some builders in California. More

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Water Runoff Woes

Improper management of rain and snowmelt runoff can flood your warranty department with calls and erode your profit margin. More

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Best Electrical Meter and Panel Location

A little planning can save a lot of money in the efficient use of electrical cable and an electrician's time. More

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Advanced Framing Practices

To further improve building envelope performance, include three-stud corners and inline floor and wall framing. More

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Covering the Cost of Merit Increases

Getting employees to help find ways to pay for merit increases. More

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Foundation Settling

Foundation settling happens. Here's how to keep it from becoming an expensive problem and sinking your reputation. More

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Jobsite Waste Management

Reducing construction and demolition waste can lower your construction costs. More

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Pipe Leaks

If a pipe's leaking while the house is still under warranty, it's likely that the seeds of the problem were planted during construction. More

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