Knowing the climate zone your residential build will take place in will influence many of the decisions you will make as to construction methods and building materials. As energy conservation becomes a growing concern, building to your climate zone is an excellent way to ensure that you are providing your clients with the best options. Keep in mind that building and energy codes are the minimum standard.
Recorded live at IBS 2017 – Listen to the Builder Insights Podcast with Michelle Foster, Vice President, Innovation Services Home Innovation Research Labs discussing What Home Buyers Look For From a Green Perspective.
In an increasingly competitive market, most contractors are working to the slimmest profit margins. One way to improve your profit margins is to reduce the cost of each build. When you run a tight ship, your processes are streamlined and you offer a better, faster service with an organized, experienced crew. Many of the costs associated with a build are beyond your control; materials, land and labor all come at a price which the market dictates so your focus should be on the direct construction costs.
Green Globes may not be as well-known as some of its competitors, but it certainly is the little building rating system that could. A recent study by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) found that Green Globes beat out other building rating systems (including LEED) as it was most closely aligned to federal requirements for new construction.
The Ferrier family has a long history in the construction industry. Don Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom Homes, is the third generation of Ferriers to explore groundbreaking construction techniques. Ferrier Inc. pride themselves on the exemplary energy efficiency of their buildings and constantly adopt new techniques that help them to build above and beyond code requirements.
We’ve compiled a list of all the construction abbreviations we use most often as a resource to builders, engineers, framers, dealers, architects and other trades. This list is a work in progress, so if you have any abbreviations we’ve missed, leave them in the comments section and we’ll add them to the list.
Essex Homes builds over 350 homes each year while maintaining their small-town personal touch and strong commitment to values. They focus on energy efficiency to provide homeowners with effective building envelopes that are environmentally friendly.
At Norbord we count among our greatest assets the vast experience of our staff. Collectively, our employees boast hundreds of years’ experience on the job. Through building booms, economic downturns and severe weather, they and Norbord have prevailed.
By Stephani L. Miller Forest products consulting firm Forest Products Solutions of Portland, Ore., has published a resource guide for developers, residential architects, builders, remodelers, and homeowners, “Building & Remodeling with FSC.” The guide teaches residential building pros about forest certification, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and strategies for incorporating FSC-certified products into homes.