Take Advantage of Customized Business Financing

Ascentium Capital makes it easy for NAHB members to finance business assets.1 Use Ascentium’s consultative approach to create a finance program to match your cash flow. Plus, with the $0 down program you can avoid up-front costs. Take advantage of the benefits of financing: Business financing up to $2 million Working capital loans up to $250,000 No substantial upfront costs Customized payment structures Potential tax savings Request a no-obligation finance quote today at ascentium.info/nahbad. 1 Financing and instant Read more…

Share of New Homes with Decks Declines Again

Of the roughly 879,000 single-family homes started in 2019, 20.3 percent included decks, according to NAHB tabulation of data from the Survey of Construction (SOC, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and partially funded by HUD).  This is down over two percentage points from percentage points from the 22.6 percent recorded a year earlier, which in turn was down over one percentage point from the year before that.  It also stands in sharp contrast to the much higher 67.4 Read more…

Lack of Inventory, Higher Prices Push Housing Affordability Near Two-Year Low

Record-low mortgage rates were not enough to offset inventory shortages and rising home prices as housing affordability continued to decline in the third quarter of 2020, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 58.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning an adjusted U.S. median income of $72,900. This is down from Read more…

Renovating a 1960s house for comfort and efficiency

Architect Russel Hayden explains how he sought to renovate a derelict 1960s house to EnerPHit standards. Interview with Russel Hayden Russel is an architect who, up until four years ago, had spent his whole working life in London. Prompted by a desire to leave London and move closer to family, he and his wife bought a derelict house in Stockport with the intention of it being a project to renovate, before selling it on and Read more…

Residential Construction Employment Is Higher Than a Year Ago

The recovery of overall labor market continued but at a slow pace. In October, 638,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were added, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.9%. However, October residential construction employment was 11,500 higher than a year ago, marking the first year-over-year gain since the recession of 2020. Residential construction employment rose by 23,800 in October to 2.9 million as housing remains a bright spot of the recovery. Total construction industry (both residential and Read more…

Being resourceful to bring down the cost of a build – with Colin Rice

Self-building an annexe in an area of coastal erosion meant a low-cost but high-performance build was a priority for architect Colin Rice. Interview with Colin Rice Colin is a partner at Cullinan Studio, but one of his first jobs after graduating in 1980 was working with Lyall Addleson. Lyall was well-known for his “Handbook of Building Failures”, and Colin worked with him on his investigations into building defects, and subsequent book “Performance of Materials and Buildings.” Read more…

Making Passive House homes affordable – with Adam Cohen

Architect Adam Cohen explains how his modular construction system is making Passive House building simple and affordable.House Planning Help Podcast         HPH238 : Making Passive House homes affordable – with Adam Cohen           HPH238 : Making Passive House homes affordable – with Adam Cohen           Interview with Adam Cohen Adam Cohen qualified with a Degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland 35 years ago. He was uninspired by the post-modern approach of the time, and instead was a keen Read more…

ISLAND RESORT HOTEL & WATER PARK

This past June, Wells announced the availability of its Infinite Facade product and partnership with Clark Pacific in the Facades Consortium Group, LLC.  One of our current projects is utilizing this single source solution for the complete building envelope for an expansion to an upper Michigan resort and casino. The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino to include an 11-story hotel expansion providing over 100 guest rooms. Citing high customer demand, the Read more…

Homeowner makes 46% ROI, cuts carbon footprint 38%

The first client of David Green’s Zero Carbon® consulting practice, David Sguazzin, has cut the carbon footprint of his modest home on Long Island, NY by approximately 4 tons of carbon dioxide per year and is saving over $1,100 per year on heating and electric bills. David Sguazzin is earning a 46% return on his investments in insulation, air sealing and triple-glazed windows. The triple-glazed windows were made by the David Sguazzin and fitted to Read more…

It’s nice to hear about the indigenous women around the world and the important work they are doing.

From the Canadian tar sands to the oil and natural gas fields of North America and the Amazon jungle, Indigenous peoples of the North and South are converging in one struggle. It is also the reconciliation of two different ways of knowing and being, between the head and heart, sometimes called The Eagle and The Condor. Five Indigenous women of the North and South are showing us how to keep fossil fuels in the ground Read more…