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On the road with … Housing Innovation Alliance 

With the holidays just around the corner, the travel season will soon be in high gear. Well, we couldn’t wait for the holidays to get on the road (clearly!) This fall, we met up with peers, openly discussed challenges, and took part in learning sessions. For us, it was all about the people – connecting … Read more

Why it Matters: A Modular Factory Tour + Concept Home in Pittsburgh

You may have heard that the Housing Innovation Alliance is part of a nationwide, kickass team building a Concept Home. And it happens to be in our own backyard – strategically located in Garfield – one of Pittsburgh’s unique 90 neighborhoods.  ABOUT THE CONCEPT HOME  As the development partner for The Picket Fence Concept Home, … Read more

Let’s collaborate on filling the construction talent gap

Earlier in the year an Associated Builders and Contractors study found that the construction industry will need to attract an estimated 546,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2023 to meet the demand for labor.  Now that we’re heading into 2024, the question still remains: Where will this building and construction … Read more

Doing work that matters will drive innovation 

Without your people or their ‘spark,’ innovation doesn’t mean anything  We talk about innovation. A lot.  But, here’s the thing: There is no innovation without your people and their passion. The ones you hire because they’re qualified. The ones that will work hard, be productive. You can load them up with all of the technology … Read more

Three builders, three solutions, triple the success

Innovation and new solutions driving these three builders Three builders, three ways they’re leading  Why do you innovate? When we asked some of our builder members that question, the answer was clear: to stay competitive and build better and smarter. True, innovation can improve the process and efficiency, but it’s also a business-wide necessity to … Read more

Innovation + Next Gen Builders… Live and On Tour

The Summit’s Innovation In Action Tours illustrated in person and up-close how innovation will drive our industry and who next will be behind the wheel. Sometimes it helps to close your laptop (but not quite yet!), step away and get outside for fresh air. In that spirit, we were thrilled to offer Summit attendees the … Read more

Before Leaving A Legacy, Find Your Own Voice

Your X factor, knowledge, and passion will get you on that path … and more  What do you want to be remembered for? And how will you move forward in your career?  These were some of the many gems that Margaret Whelan spoke about during her Leaving a Legacy keynote at our Housing Innovation Summit last month. She should … Read more

Pitchfest Highlights Housing Innovation

In April, the Housing Innovation Alliance, LLC and the University of Denver – Daniels College of Business co-hosted the first in-person Housing Innovation Summit since the pandemic began. It was great to be back among friends and so many new faces to talk about opportunities for innovation in housing, hear real stories of what’s working and what isn’t, and … Read more

What’s next for our industry?

It’s a loaded question but the answer might be optimism meets innovation. Zonda’s Mollie Carmichael’s topic at this year’s Summit was simply titled, “Market Update.” But if you attended her presentation, you know it was much, much more than that. It was a sermon.  Mollie framed the current economic outlook, demographic trends and general trends … Read more