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The high today is 96 degrees with humidity. You’re off to work in the morning when you come to an abrupt stop. The thermostat. How should it be set? Your home will be empty for the next nine hours, but you hate the thought of returning home to muggy living quarters. More than that, you […]

Confidence is in the air according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The July score of 53 indicated that more builders view sales conditions for newly built single-family homes as as good rather than poor. July marks the first time since January 2013 the score has been above 50. […]

The average homebuyer might place a great deal of value in standards like LEED, Green Star and Passive House. Yet, year after year, building professionals pay top dollar to achieve these standards and carry the certification. Steve Hansen at Sourceable.net asks, “Would it be possible to improve the performance, quality, and sustainability of more homes […]

Though the housing market has steadily improved over the past few years, there are still many challenges preventing a truly robust recovery. In light of low inventory, labor shortages and stringent mortgage qualifications, some building professionals are showing savvy with new tactics to lure buyers. In Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, Mary Ellen Podmolik introduced new ways […]

How exactly should a building professional feel about all of the popular home remodeling programming on television right now? On the one hand, these shows help homeowners understand the transformational ability of a single remodeling project. On the other, they may be dramatically misinforming homeowners on project budgets and timelines. Recently, Tim Regan of Remodeling […]

While we certainly hope you’re able to enjoy a few days of summer weather this weekend, we must implore you to check out BuilderOnline.com if you don’t mind mixing work with pleasure. The publication has outlined seven strategies for reaching the most finicky audience known to building professionals — first-time buyers. Often times, their money […]

With the June 26 entry deadline for the 2014 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award program a little over a month away, Integrity’s Builder Blog recently caught up with Randy Burton of Burton Builders to discuss his successful run during last year’s campaign. Andrews Residence, designed and built by Burton Builders, was not only named a […]

FARGO, N.D.—Integrity® from Marvin Windows and Doors has been named the “Best Quality Fiberglass Window Brand” in a recent Brand Use Study conducted by BUILDER Magazine.  The study, sponsored by publisher Hanley Wood and conducted by an independent third-party research company, surveyed more than 10,000 builders, developers and general contractors on their awareness and use of various brands in 69 […]

There are 11,842 lakes in the state of Minnesota, and with the opener tomorrow, you can bet each of them will be visited by at least one fisherman hoping to reel in the first great story of the season. As a company based in the Upper Midwest, we love the great outdoors. Whether it’s fishing, […]

Earth Month is a great time for those of us who work in the building industry to consider our role in sustaining the health of the ecosystem. Over the past decade, homes have become more efficient, appliances and HVAC systems have become smarter and everyday building professionals have gained a better understanding of what it […]

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