Trends

Find out what our research experts view as important changes and trends in homes and building products.

June 23, 2017

Market for Building Materials: Moving Towards the Middle?

The housing rebound continues, but its effect hasn’t been evenly distributed across the spectrum of housing types and price-points. In 2006, Multifamily represented only 16% of residential starts but surged to 35% of starts in 2015, bringing a new character to the market for home building materials. In 2016, however, while we saw a modest return to pre-2006 markets when Move-up and Starter homes ruled, Multifamily began inching its way back down from its peak the year before.

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Data and Trends, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

June 5, 2017

Insulation Usage Patterns Linked to Home Type, Pricepoint, Geography, and Builder Size

Like most data points in the building industry, insulation material usage varies widely by geographic area, the size and type of builder, and types of homes. The national survey of builders we conducted in February, 2017 sheds further light on usage patterns—confirming some stereotypes about insulation usage in new homes, but it also seems to refute others, lending insight into the market for insulation materials and systems.

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Data and Trends, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

May 19, 2017

New Survey Data:
Quartz Becoming the New Granite?

The results of Home Innovation’s annual survey of 110,000 U.S. households are in. Helped by declining prices in recent years (and the fact that Mother Nature knows how to produce some beautiful countertop material), granite is still the best-selling kitchen countertop by a sizeable margin – accounting for about 40% of home countertop replacements in 2016.

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Data and Trends, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

May 4, 2017

The Thick of It: Home Building Trends in Foam Sheathing Thickness

Recently, I shared results from our builder survey on foam wall sheathing and how its use varied by builder type, price point and type of home, and geographic areas. Now I’d like to share a few things we learned about usage patterns in thickness of foam sheathing in the same survey.

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Data and Trends, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

April 12, 2017

How do YOU get your R-value? Recent Survey Reveals Interesting Trends

Over the past few years, a lot has been said and written about continuous foam insulation in new homes, including the writing of the new building code requirements.

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Data and Trends, Energy Performance, Homebuyer Preferences, Insulation

February 2, 2017

Solar May Beat Coal in a Decade

Bloomberg New Energy Finance says solar will be the cheapest source of energy in the 2020s. Why wait to experience the benefits of solar?

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Data and Trends, Solar Energy, Energy Performance, Homebuyer Preferences

July 1, 2016

Housing Mix is as Important As Volume

While we're all happy to see the rebound of the housing market underway, smart companies aren't just watching the volume of housing starts, but also the mix of home types built. In many ways, the mix can have a bigger impact on building materials purchased than does the total number of new homes.

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Data and Trends, Insulation, Building Practices, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Marketing, Survey Research

May 20, 2016

What's Up (or Down?) in New U.S. Homes?

Keeping up-to-date is critical in order to capitalize on trends and avoid being stung when your product category takes an unexpected dive. Data from our 2016 Builder Practices Reports shows some changes underway that you need to know.

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Data and Trends, Insulation, Building Practices, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Marketing, Survey Research

May 6, 2016

What's New in the U.S. Remodeling Industry?

Keeping up-to-date is critical in order to capitalize on trends and avoid being stung when your product category takes an unexpected dive. Data from our 2016 Consumer Practices Survey shows some unexpected changes underway that you need to know.

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Data and Trends, Insulation, Building Practices, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Marketing, Survey Research

February 11, 2016

New Study on Canadian Market for Building Products

For the first time since 2013, Home Innovation Research Labs is conducting the Canadian Builder Practices Survey, a study that quantifies home builder purchases of building materials. With the Canadian new home market shifting strongly from single- to multifamily, it's more important than ever to keep up on building products purchases there.

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Data and Trends, Insulation, Building Practices, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Marketing, Survey Research

September 2, 2014

Survey Says: Home Insulation Trend Reversal?

According to Home Innovation Research Labs' Annual Builder Practices Survey, a shift in homebuyer demographics and builder buying and building habits has created a significant shift away from spray foam insulation across the board — in walls, floors, and roofs and in each of the four Census Regions. While a one-year shift in building product usage data does not constitute a real trend, this may be signaling a change in the home insulation landscape.

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Data and Trends, Insulation, Building Practices, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Marketing, Survey Research

July 11, 2014

Continued Growth Expected in Green Home Building

The overall residential construction market is heating up, and experts forecast expanded activity in the green housing industry. McGraw-Hill's recent green home SmartMarket report can help builders and building product manufacturers refine their business and marketing plans to remain competitive in the changing market.

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Building Codes, Building Practices, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing, Survey Research

March 28, 2014

North Carolina—5% of New Housing Stock is NGBS Green Certified

North Carolina is a national leader in green housing, and the numbers prove it! The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) has released data detailing the market penetration of voluntary, third-party certified green and energy efficient homes statewide.

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Green Building, Building Codes, Data and Trends, Energy Performance

June 4, 2013

6 Reasons You Should Choose NGBS Green Certification Over LEED

Despite having tens of thousands of green home certifications under out belt, the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and Home Innovation's NGBS Certification Program are still not as well-known as LEED. Find out why NGBS is still the best choice.

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Green Building, Marketing, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Building Practices

March 5, 2013

Key Building Practices in a Mixed-Humid Climate

After a two-year field investigation, the NAHB Research has identified some optimal building practices for preventing excessive moisture content in wood framing members and structural sheathing.

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Building Practices, Energy Performance, Insulation

February 5, 2013

Interest in Solar Energy is Heating Up

With ever-increasing energy costs, homeowners are worried about their skyrocketing utility bills and looking for ways to save energy and money. With all of the talk about "going green" and energy efficiency, people are paying more attention to environmental concerns such as global warming and smart growth. As a result, solar energy is fast becoming an option to which consumers are paying close attention. It is one of those renewable sources of energy that is viable in most parts of the country, limited only by clouds.

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Solar Energy, Energy Performance, Green Building, Homebuyer Preferences, Building Practices

January 7, 2013

Future-Proofing Your Home Designs

Consumers’ expectations of energy performance have changed. They are demanding a higher level of energy performance than ever before. To maintain a competitive edge, there’s no better time than now to figure out how your current cadre of home designs stacks up for future needs.

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Building Practices, Air Sealing Design, Energy Performance, Homebuyer Preferences, Marketing

December 4, 2012

Effective Moisture Management Strategies

Creating a tight building envelope is only one part of the equation in creating a high-performing, energy-efficient house. If the strategies for creating a tight building envelope are not coupled with strategies for letting accumulated moisture out of wall cavities, it can be a recipe for disaster.

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Air Sealing Design, Energy Performance, Building Practices

October 8, 2012

Building Envelope & Air Sealing Design

The key to an energy-efficient home is largely in how the building envelope is designed. Find out some best practices identified through Home Innovation Labs work as a Building America team.

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Air Sealing Design, Energy Performance

September 5, 2012

Best Practices for Creating Affordable Green Homes

Green building, once widely perceived to be a “luxury” approach to home building, can be a viable solution for both builders and consumers in the affordable market.

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Energy Performance, Affordable Homes, Homebuyer Preferences, Marketing