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Choosing windows with the right performance grade for your project is about more than standing up to harsh weather. It’s also about meeting building codes and improving the life and safety of the structure without over specifying (and overspending). Learn the basics and how to calculate the PG rating you need in this short but information-packed video. https://player.vimeo.com/video/521905811

Recruiting new talent and bringing them up to speed is a tall order when faced with demanding projects. Here’s how builders and remodelers can maximize productivity from their current workers to make room for growth. It’s no secret that the construction industry is struggling to recruit young workers. That’s why in today’s constrained labor market, it’s more important than ever that builders and remodelers have strategies for motivating their crews to accomplish more with less help. If this sounds like your situation, here are a few ideas to consider to help your workers and managers be more efficient in the long run.  Delegate tactically Although it seems tough if you’re used to doing it yourself, delegating tasks to your crew can actually embolden them to take the initiative and put forth their best effort. We’ve seen this strategy succeed within one of the world’s most powerful organizations: the United States military. And building consultants like Clark Ellis, principal of Continuum Advisory Group, says strategic delegation is just as effective within the construction industry. “The smart delegation of decision-making can be a powerful productivity booster,” says Ellis. “I advise devolving tactical decisions, like warranty requests,…

Millennials are your future customers. Are the homes you build today ready to check off their wish lists and meet their needs? If you aren’t already selling your homes to millennial clients, you will soon. Millennials represent an enormous generation, and they are just beginning to buy homes. Now is a great time to learn more about them and how their tastes and requirements are similar to and different from other generations of buyers. Here are some findings and trends we’ve uncovered recently that will help you get to know this incredibly important group. First, who are millennials? Millennials are currently the largest segment of the US adult population, representing approximately 72 million people. (For comparison, boomers currently include 71 million, a number that will continue to decline.) “Older” millennials, those born between 1980 and 1989, were roughly 31 to 40 years old as of 2020. “Younger” millennials, born between…

Keeping occupants safe and sound when the power goes out Whether caused by storms, wildfires, or something else, power outages are a fact of life. While the majority are inconvenient, extreme events can sometimes knock electricity out for weeks. Building homes for passive survivability helps keep occupants safe and comfortable during periods of power outages. A remodeling project is an opportunity to counsel clients on features that improve the home’s resiliency and stays comfortable for days without power. “It’s called passive survivability,” says Alex Wilson, president of the Resilient Design Institute in Brattleboro, Vt. “It’s about designing and building homes that remain habitable if they lose power.” The basics aren’t complicated. They include a super-efficient envelope with good insulation and air sealing. High-performance windows that take advantage of passive solar gain and natural ventilation are key to resilient homes built for passive survivability. Solar panels and home batteries further improve a home’s resilience during an…

Selecting windows and exterior doors for coastal environments According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 127 million Americans—40 percent of the US population—live in coastal counties as of 2016. That means 40 percent of homes are subjected to the climate, weather, salt, moisture, and wind that come with close proximity to large bodies of water. For coastal homes, window and door choices are not just aesthetic and energy-efficiency decisions—they are crucial to the building’s longevity and survival. Selecting exterior doors and windows designed to stand up to harsh coastal conditions provides your customers extra peace of mind and helps ensure the safety, resilience, and lasting value of their homes. Solutions for diverse challenges Ocean coastlines vary greatly—from the rugged and rainy Pacific Northwest to the sun-drenched sandy beaches of Florida and the Gulf—but water, wind, and salt are consistent considerations along all coasts. Plus, homes in hurricane-prone regions also face the prospect of extreme events and conditions. For homes along the freshwater coasts of the Great Lakes, snow, ice, and fierce winter storms take the place of salt and hurricanes at…

Discover a breadth of updated traditional windows and doors for every budget Updated traditional, or transitional style, is a modern celebration of the past. It pays homage to the region’s classic architecture while elevating those historical ties with modern trends like clean lines, natural light, and open floorplans for peaceful and comfortable living.  For builders and remodelers, the breadth of influence in this style makes product selection challenging. With so many windows and doors to choose from across different materials and designs, it’s difficult—and time-consuming—to find products within your budget that achieve the look you want. A more efficient solution to product selection Our Updated Traditional Style Collection makes it faster and easier to find complementary products within your budget, all in one place. We organize the windows and doors by pricing tiers, so you can easily estimate costs and mix and match your budget options based on quality, material, and customization. Involving your client early in the…

Strategies and tactics to help you survive and thrive in a pandemic economy. It may not be business as usual, but it’s definitely business. That’s one way to view the homebuilding industry’s uneasy coexistence with a pandemic. In fact, if you take a bird’s eye view of the present challenges, you’ll discover enough encouraging developments to lift the spirits of nearly any homebuilder: Growing populationRock-bottom mortgage ratesLow inventories for new and existing for-sale homesSurging 55 and older buyers Consider home inventory, for example. Homebuyer demand easily outpaces the number of homes for sale, which explains stable home prices. Perhaps most encouraging for homebuilders, the marketplace for existing homes plummeted 24 percent for the 12-month period ending in April, as prospective sellers elected to stay put. Even with positive fundamentals, the fog of pandemic uncertainty leaves many builders with understandable concerns. How are your peers keeping projects rolling? What can you learn from others about business practices…

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