NBN Online for the week of January 21, 2008

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In This Issue:

Front Page
NAHB, Administration in Sync on Housing Legislation Need
Builders: Today’s Rate Cut Is Tomorrow’s Sale
Avoid the Lines, Register Online for IBS by Friday, Jan. 25
NAHB Branding Online Survey Coming Soon
Coast to Coast
Falling Timbers: Good News for Builders, Buyers as Lumber Prices Hit Two-Year Low
Building Products
Lutron System Remotely Controls Home Lighting
Lubrizol Offers Versatile Water Distribution Manifold System
Sage Software Improves Visibility of Critical Business Data
Dow Structural Insulated Sheathing Faster to Install
Bose Entertainment System Integrates Seamlessly Into Home
Lennox Products Keep Indoor Air Clean and Comfortable
PERC Booth Shows Advantages of Propane Lifestyle
HGTVPro.com Interviews the Experts, Holds Panel on Color
Politics & Government
Green Mandate an Obstacle to HOPE VI Support
States Taking the Lead to Limit Home Foreclosures
Permit Process Remains Top Industry Concern Even in Downturn
Illegal Worker Crackdown a Threat to Businesses, Report Finds
Economics & Finance
Builders Cut Housing Starts Further in December
Builder Confidence Virtually Unchanged in January
NAHB Members Urged to Complete Economic Data Census Form
Useful Links to Monitor Economic and Housing Trends
Get Top-Level Survival Tips at ‘Executive Edge’ at IBS
Builders' Tip: Reduce Cleanup With This Paintbrush Garage
Business Management
Computer Labs at IBS Showcase Builder Technology
50Plus Housing
Madison’s Troy Gardens Builds a Sense of Community
Learn About Multifamily Forecast, Marketing at IBS
NAHB Averts End to Census Bureau Remodeling Data
Things You Can Do If the Slowdown Slowed You Down
Do You Know a Remodeler Who Deserves Recognition?
Building Systems
Quality, Not Speed, Important to Modular Home Buyers
Courses Provide Training on Proper Roof Installation
Light Commercial Offers Challenges, Opportunities
Education Calendar
Green Building
Green Building Standard Comments Due Feb. 4
Green Building Award Entries Deadline Soon
Best in American Living Awards Fete Set for Feb. 12
Rapanos Guidance Fails to End Wetlands Permit Confusion
Construction Safety
Safety Award Finalists Named, Ceremony Tickets Available
Industry Leaders to Recognize Job Corps Graduates
HGTV Giving Away $2 Million Dream Home in Florida Keys
NAHB-Produced Programs on DIY, Fine Living and HGTV
Charitable Contributions to Be Honored at Builders’ Show
Association News
Bob Moomey, Spokesperson Trainer for NAHB, Dies at 71
NAHB Board Meeting Set for Feb. 15 in Orlando
Introducing the Hertz Green Collection. Reserve and Conserve.
Dell to Give Double Discounts in February
UPS Offers Up to 30% Discount to NAHB Members on Shipping
Calendar of Events
NAHB Career Center

Madison’s Troy Gardens Builds a Sense of Community



Troy Gardens in Madison, Wis.

The neighbors around Troy Gardens in Madison, Wis. originally wanted to preserve a 14-acre space that included community gardens and a place to walk their dogs.

But those plans have been surpassed, and now, 12 years later, the Madison Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) has won a Livable Communities Award from AARP and NAHB for Troy Gardens, a 30-unit mixed-income co-housing community. The development’s six acres of open space includes an organic farm, community gardens, a restored prairie and a wildlife habitat.

The community was built to be fully “livable.” Before construction, MACLT sought buyers with disabilities so that designs could be adapted to meet their specific needs. All units are wheelchair-ready and all primary pathways are accessible by wheelchair. Twenty of the 30 housing units are permanently affordable.

Roadways are limited to the edges of the site and one-third of the homes back up onto the natural areas, away from parking and roads. Because the community has good access to public transportation and is located an easy bike ride from downtown, many residents only have one car — further minimizing the impact of vehicles on the development.

“The key to Troy Gardens has been the profound spirit of cooperation between the neighborhood and all the community partners we have been working with on this project over the past 12 years,” said Greg Rosenberg, executive director of MACLT. “While we are quite proud to receive this award, it is important to realize that this project reflects the contributions of many people and organizations.”



The organic farm at Troy Gardens.

The development fosters a sense of community by providing central courtyards for grouped homes, front doors and porches that face each other and a community center that will be completed in the next phase of development. Troy Gardens has accomplished its goals of protecting its natural areas; managing its community gardens; teaching young people about conservation; providing mixed-income, owner-occupied housing; and safeguarding access for all.

MACLT won in the Livable Communities category of best developer up to 250 units. One of the key goals of the project was that it would help build community. To that end, Troy Gardens’ residents enjoy paths for walking, central courtyards and a summer youth gardening program with adult mentors. Plans include building a community center.

For more information about the Livable Communities Award, e-mail Blake Smith at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8583.

For applications for the 2008 awards program, click here.




Find Out What the 45+ Housing Market Wants

Right House, Right Place, Right Time: Community and Lifestyle Preferences of the 45+ Housing Market,” available through BuilderBooks.com, will help 50+ housing professionals determine the right design, home features and amenities to attract boomer home buyers in their market.

Margaret Wylde guides readers through the latest survey results on this important consumer group and explains what their responses mean for today’s and tomorrow’s home building industry. 

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