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How Green Building Can Increase Profit and Lessen Impact

In this Taking Care of Business segment, green builder and designer Steve Pallrand joins our host Duane Johns to talk about the benefits of offering green services, plus how to incorporate green practices into your design process



November Data: Custom Architects Weigh In, New Construction Trends, Contractor Confidence, and Material Price Changes

We've collected highlights from a number of data reports published throughout the industry in November

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A Smart Home Built Smart

Custom builder August Homes blends efficient, high-tech home automation systems with high-performance, sustainable building strategies

Data & Research

October's Data From Around the Industry

In October, we saw reports on remodeling spending, individual septic system installations, and the widespread use of rate buydowns to sell new homes 


Expanded Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes Will Benefit 'Eligible Contractors'

IRS guidance on the expanded 45L tax credit for energy efficient homes includes new opportunities for contractors 

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Merging Ancient Construction With Modern Living

This vacation home pushes the boundaries of traditional log construction techniques and incorporates elegant details elevating this typically rustic building method

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How the Zero Energy Ready Home Update Emphasizes Resilience and Decarbonization

ZERH Version 2, released in December of 2022, will boost the efficiency and performance of single-family homes, preparing them for the increasingly oppressive weather

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Improve Thermal Performance and Lower Costs

An optimized, value-engineered approach to framing kills two birds with one stone

Codes & Standards

An Introduction to the Zero Energy Ready Home Program

Late in 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program announced the rollout of ZERH Single Family Version 2


Guest Column: Residential Construction Trends to Follow in 2023

PERC shares homeowner trends to keep on your radar in the New Year.


Stretching the Budget to Meet the Massachusetts Stretch Code

We take a look at Massachusetts' Stretch Code and how it's affecting design and construction on The House That Blues Built