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3 Lumber Related Ways to Reduce Build Costs-

Is the increasing cost of lumber affecting your bottom line? According to the National Association of Home Builders, framing lumber, including installation costs, accounts for about 18% of the average home’s build price. And with new tariffs on Canadian softwood, that percentage is increasing.

4 Costly Errors our Home Inspectors Have Prevented-

When you build hundreds of homes with massive crews, errors can happen. That’s why high-volume homebuilders trust DPIS. Our home inspectors preemptively identify and help solve common and not-so-common errors, so your crews can build homes faster and with fewer warranty issues.

Barrier Beams Will Leave You High and Dry-

Building on high plasticity soil comes with the risk of foundation issues like cracking, tilting or even flooding. Many builders address these issues with soil injections, superficially filling the soil to near its maximum water retention level, but using barrier beams can be more cost-effective. 

Save 15% on Lumber by Doing this One Simple Thing-

Massive shortages have been reported for framing lumber this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Lumber costs are steadily on the rise and it doesn’t look like there will be relief any time soon. Home builders are eager for solutions that can reduce lumber costs without sacrificing quality or structural integrity. One popular […]

Pinchin' Tails Event Was A Huge Success-

Our Pinchin’ Tails Event last Friday was a blast! We are so excited to have raised $25,000 for HomeAid Houston, we can’t think of a worthier cause than building shelters for Houston’s homeless, nor better people to do it.

DPIS Engineering earns the Energy Star® Partner of the Year Award-

For the second year in a row, DPIS Engineering is honored to be a recipient of the 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for excellence as a Home Energy Rater! We’ve been an ENERGY STAR® partner for over 14 years, during which time we’ve verified more than 67,000 ENERGY STAR®-certified homes while developing and implementing strategies to help home […]

Builder Explains Why Inspection Quality Matters-

We recently asked a our client First America Homes about why they choose to work with the DPIS team. Here's what Dave Barnhart, Division President of First America Homes / Signorelli Homes had to say about his experience:

What Does Smart Technology Mean for Builders?-

The NAHB takes a closer look at emerging trends in connected-home technology and potential liability concerns for builders. How do builders make sure they are installed correctly? How do builders satisfy their supervisory obligations? 

How to Get Instant Data on Consruction Progress-

Let’s face it. The construction process is fast and furious out on the site. Your construction managers cannot be at every address, every day. However, with the DPIS web tool, you are directly connected to instant information about what is going on in the field. This will allow your purchasing teams to make more educated decisions about their trades.

RESNET's Scoring and Scale Benefit Owners, Buyers, Banks and the Planet-

According to an article from BuilderOnline, more than 206,000 homes received HERS Index Scores, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 905,000 tons and achieving an annual energy bill savings of $268 million for consumers. Heres why HERS is the ultimate energy benchmark:  

HVAC Design & Integrated Engineering-

Yes, you heard right! We are now offering HVAC Design to include: Manual’s J (Heat Load), D (Duct Design), and S (System Selection). Our designs will include ducting layouts that are integrated with engineering to ensure that all structural components will coincide with the mechanical system equipment and ducting. HVAC platforms will also be detailed on the […]

New Ventilation Testing Regulations-

With the 2015 energy code becoming standard statewide, and RESNET’s pending Standard 380 for testing changes, we will need a testing station for the fresh air ventilation systems in the return side of the attic HVAC system. This should come at a minimal cost since it is basically a short piece of hard pipe or folded sheet metal that would be used for any duct […]

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