• Tech Trends: The Green Blues

    Andrew Pace, owner of Safe Building Solutions in Waukesha, Wis., is no stranger to supplying environmentally friendly building materials. In 1993, long before today's green blitz started, Pace began looking for materials that would be healthier to work and live with. Today, one-unit SBS supplies...

     
  • Product Monitor: Spray Action

    The increasing demand for eco-friendly homes is driving interest in building materials and methods that conserve energy. One such product is spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation, with manufacturers reporting double-digit growth annually.

     
  • ProWatch: Green Gold

    The home building industry is finally embracing energy efficiency, if February's International Builders' Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla., was any indication. It sometimes seemed like every manufacturer among the convention's 1,900 exhibitors was touting the energy-saving properties of its products...

     
  • Feature: Market Matters – Consider the Alternatives (Part 2)

    As the general manager of a custom home builder in Orlando, Fla., Mike Williams is very familiar with concrete and steel as building materials. His usual routine, as it is for most Gulf Coast builders, is to construct a first level of masonry block over a concrete slab foundation and then top that...

     
  • Market Matters: Consider the Alternatives

    Don Ferrier is your customer, even though he doesn't buy the bulk of his framing lumber from you anymore. In fact, except for what he needs for interior walls, Ferrier doesn't buy framing lumber at all. For the envelopes of the half-dozen custom homes he builds every year in the Fort Worth, Texas...

     
  • ProWatch: Getting Into Green

    Every year the conversation about going green advances and green home building programs spread throughout the country. In the 2006 PROSALES 100 alone, 50% of dealers indicated they promote or sell green building products.