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
IBS
Get Top-Level Survival Tips at ‘Executive Edge’ at IBS
Tips
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
Multifamily
Learn About Multifamily Forecast, Marketing at IBS
Remodelers
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
Commercial
Light Commercial Offers Challenges, Opportunities
Education
Education Calendar
Green Building
Green Building Standard Comments Due Feb. 4
Green Building Award Entries Deadline Soon
Design
Best in American Living Awards Fete Set for Feb. 12
Regulation
Rapanos Guidance Fails to End Wetlands Permit Confusion
Construction Safety
Safety Award Finalists Named, Ceremony Tickets Available
Labor
Industry Leaders to Recognize Job Corps Graduates
TV
HGTV Giving Away $2 Million Dream Home in Florida Keys
NAHB-Produced Programs on DIY, Fine Living and HGTV
Endowment
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

Computer Labs at IBS Showcase Builder Technology

The NAHB: Builder Software — Computer Labs at the 2008 International Builders' Show® and nextBUILD™ in Orlando next month will feature vendors demonstrating the latest in builder technology form-fitted to address the business needs of the builder. 

Vendors will be available for the labs ― 90-minute sessions held at various times on Feb. 13-15 in the Orange County Convention Center.

The labs are interactive and vendor representatives are available for one-on-one assistance to answer any questions builders may have.

The computer labs allow builders to test programs before they decide to make a purchase so builders can find the right technology for their businesses without going through the hassle and frustration of buying a product that’s not the right fit for their company needs. There is no requirement to purchase any products at the labs.

NAHB staff also will conduct a computer lab to demonstrate and assist members with the many valuable resources available on the NAHB Web site, www.nahb.org. NAHB staff will be on hand to help members find information written by builders for builders on Biztools, NAHB’s business management tools Web pages, and navigate through NAHB’s revised “Back to Basics Toolkit for a Challenging Market” for key business tips and more.

Go to 'My Show Planner' to Sign Up for the Labs

To sign up for the computer labs, go to "My Show Planner" on the Builders’ Show Web site for dates and times.



NAHB Has Nearly 300 Resources to Help You Run Your Business More Profitably

Go to NAHB's Business Management Tools Web pages (available to members only) for instant access to nearly 300 timesaving, moneymaking and cost-cutting business resources to help you run your business more profitably. Get guidance on accounting and financial management, business strategy, computers and information technology, customer service, human resources and more.

Resources are added weekly, so bookmark www.nahb.org/biztools to go directly to these vital business management resources.

Local and state home builders associations can link directly to www.nahb.org/biztools from their Web site and give their members instant access to these resources. It will make your HBA's Web site the place to go for the information and guidance that members need to succeed.



Free NAHB Kit Gives Builders Back-to-Basics Tips to Navigate the Slowdown

 

What was once expected to be a relatively mild housing slump following three years of record new home construction and sales has given way to a significant downturn.

To help members navigate the uncharted waters of this slowdown, NAHB has compiled a comprehensive “Back to Basics” online toolkit — the best of the basics, the tried and true and the truly new. To access the toolkit, click here.

To access the “Back to Basics” toolkit, you must be an NAHB member and have a login to www.nahb.org. To create a login, go to www.nahb.org/login or click on the log-in button on the main menu bar.

For assistance, call the NAHB Member Service Center at 800-368-5242.


 

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