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A Sign Of Trying Times: Jobsite Robberies Rise For Scarce LBM

Building Tech & Products

A Sign Of Trying Times: Jobsite Robberies Rise For Scarce LBM

Surging commodity prices on the black market of goods have begun rewarding theft and fraud.

Kitchens Stir the Pot: Post-Covid Consumer Desires Revealed

Architecture

Kitchens Stir the Pot: Post-Covid Consumer Desires Revealed

The New Home Trends Institute, the new consumer-insights unit of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, shares what people want in 2021 kitchens in a TBD exclusive.

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06.14.21

Mill Work: As Supply Kicks Up; Lumber Futures Go Down

Sawmills pick up their pace of output, rewarding those who can sit out immediate-term scrums for lumber supply, and wait to see where pricing settles in the medium-term.

06.09.21

Builder Job Quits And The Retention Rate Challenge Ahead

One in three entrants into the field of construction bolts to another occupation within 24 months. A culture pivot is essential.

06.08.21

When Strategy Backfires: Producers' Role In Supply Shock

The time to de-risk forecasts for inflation impacts is now, given that the commodities crunch can pivot into consumer price stresses in the months ahead.

06.03.21

The Building World Debates Katerra: Bad Model or Execution

Here's what we're hearing from TBD audience members on the question of whether it was Katerra's business strategy or execution that doomed it to fail.

05.11.21

Owed To Plumbers: Waxing Poetic On The Power In Pipes And Wrenches

A WSJ contributing author riffs rhapsodic on plumbers, who "rule[s] supreme atop the pantheon of residential" tradespeople." Here's why.

05.11.21

Lumber Liquidated: What's Next For The Commodity That Ate Building?

As lumber and engineered wood product prices break all historical price barriers, producers begin to pump capital into mill capacity expansion. Too little too late?

TBD Partners With The Building Talent Foundation On Capability And Action

Building Tech & Products

TBD Partners With The Building Talent Foundation On Capability And Action

The partnership will work to create a field guide for builders, partners, community colleges, and local officials to turn the tide on building's ability to attract, retain, and grow people into tomorrow construction talent force.

In Katerra's Wake, Builders Blaze Paths To Progress

Building Tech & Products

In Katerra's Wake, Builders Blaze Paths To Progress

Katerra's gutsy play to revolutionize home construction hinged on a Silicon Valley linchpin that connects data to real-world productization. Here's how that key tech building block failed.

Structural Demand: Remodelers Reckon With Aging Home Stock

Building Tech & Products

Structural Demand: Remodelers Reckon With Aging Home Stock

Long-in-the-tooth American home stock suggests demand could fuel markets, and spawn pivot to quality and durability.

Fire Wall: Cali Regulator Inflames Developers With Calls For Curbs

Building Tech & Products

Fire Wall: Cali Regulator Inflames Developers With Calls For Curbs

What happens in California, doesn't stay in California -- especially when it applies to new policies that can impact residential real estate development.

Material Crisis Can Pivot Into Material Opportunity: Here's How

Building Tech & Products

Material Crisis Can Pivot Into Material Opportunity: Here's How

Choked off supply – like now, where at every turn, fatal-error bottlenecks, with temporary but indefinite timelines for restoration of normalized channel volume, clog visibility – can and will quell demand. Where's the opportunity?

RIP Katerra: A Bold Play That Failed To Get A Real-World Footing

Building Tech & Products

RIP Katerra: A Bold Play That Failed To Get A Real-World Footing

A TBD exclusive analysis: here are three why's of Katerra's fail, and three critical take-aways that builders need for their own survival in the future of housing.

Chain Reaction: How Will Builders Respond To Input Pressures?

Building Tech & Products

Chain Reaction: How Will Builders Respond To Input Pressures?

Back-half margin compression looks likely as homebuilders absorb input cost spikes and hit selling price push-back.