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With an impressive display constructed using over a dozen Echelon™ Masonry and Belgard® hardscape products, the Oldcastle® family of brands showcased cost-saving technologies and business-building programs to the design/build community at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show held in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 10-12, 2017.
The Echelon Masonry product line ended 2016 with a collection of accolades from major architectural publications, as well as a variety of industry professionals.
When John Madden of Tulsa, Oklahoma, initially began looking into the Artisan Masonry Veneers® line, his company J. Madden Homes, LLC, was looking for lightweight veneers that would qualify for credits under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™. What he found was a product that not only qualified under multiple sections, it offered so much more than he expected.
Wright’s Landing is an 85-acre community development in Spring, Texas, near the Grand Parkway and the Exxon Mobil headquarters in north Houston. Named after architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright’s Landing showcases architecturally detailed home designs, with Craftsman, bungalow and prairie-style elevations creating a diverse, charming streetscape.
According to a recent survey conducted by the NAHB, homebuilders continue to see rising shortages of skilled labor. Shortages seem to be particularly severe relative to housing starts, which still have only partially recovered from the 2007-2009 downturn.