Blogs

  • 30 Jan 2017 by BIASC - Staff

    The New Year marks the time in society when people examine everyday decisions to improve their quality of life. Suburban regions across America are going through the same process to maintain and attract new residents. Since the 1950’s the trend was to leave the urban core behind and head for the peace and serenity of the suburbs. Now, 60 years later, the demographics of these regions are shifting, following a new mentality and different lifestyle choices.

     

    The look and feel of the suburbs has drastically transformed over the past two decades. Once full of homogeneous families with young children, these communities are becoming increasingly diverse in income, race, and ethnicity. This changing suburban demographic means a modern style of living with an entirely new preference of amenities.

     

    In these neighborhoods, suburbanites are looking for a wide range of modern housing typologies varying from apartments and townhomes to condos and compact single-family homes. These smaller lot housing solutions demand ample quality open space for recreational opportunities. In addition, young suburban families desire to be located within a quality educational system where children can continually grow and develop.

     

    Americans are realizing the challenges associated with suburban living. The sprawled, disconnected form has pushed residents away from their favorite destinations and has led to reliance on cars. John Levine author of The Next Slum states, “One in three homeowners prefers to live in a walkable urban setting.” As a result of this, interest in older, first-tier suburban communities is now beginning to resurface.

     

    Read more from the  Best In American Living blog about how the re-emergence of first tier suburbs by clicking here.

  • 10 Jan 2017 by Jasmine Lowe

    A membership with the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Inc. (BIASC) comes with a wide variety of amazing benefits. One added benefit to joining the organization is the ability to join a specialty council or committee. Below is the list of councils and committees available to you.

     

    To learn more about these BIASC councils and committees, to find out about upcoming events, or how to join, please email Amy Cisneros at acisneros@biasc.org, or call her office at 949-777-3855.

     

    The Remodelers and Custom Builders Council (RCBC) is a professional network created to help remodelers identify ways to establish and maintain credibility with customers, exchange ideas, and develop new services as needed.BIASC Remodelers and Custom Builders Council are proud to offer NAHB Educational Courses that provide opportunities for professional growth on a personal and company-wide level. With such a rapidly expanding active adult housing market, the need for construction professionals capable of building, renovating and retrofitting to the stringent codes and requirements required on all such projects is greater than ever before.

     

    The Union Contractors Council (UCC) is composed of union general contractors and subcontractors who share the common concerns of advancing union construction and addressing critical industry issues which impact union contractors.

     

    UCC'S purpose is to promote union contractors and union construction; provide a platform for union contractors to address issues impacting the union segment of the industry; provide a means of networking for union general contractors and union subcontractors; exchange ideas and knowledge through educational programs; and to seek solutions to our industry problems together. All interested parties can contact Pam Ackrich for more information at 949-553-9500, ext 858 or email her at packrich@biasc.org.

     

    The Customer Service Builders Council (CSBC) provides a forum where customer service professionals can network and share ideas on new technologies and innovative solutions for warranty and service within the building industry, improvements in product quality and service, and educational resources for both the industry and the public.

     

     

    The Council on Shaping Advancements in Generational Environments (SAGE), formerly known as the 55+ Housing Council, provides the education and networking tools needed to ensure success in building for and serving the senior market. The council offers builders and developers the chance to learn and share information with others in their field, helping them to maintain their competitive edge.

     

    Members receive valuable insight into a variety of senior care and housing issues affecting the growth and prosperity of their industry. The council presents a collective voice to city planning boards and town officials involved in the development and approval of senior housing and senior oriented businesses.

     

    The Greater Sales & Marketing Council’s (GSMC) mission is to deliver greater reward, greater benefits, and greater return to our members throughout Southern California by providing a forum for Membership, Education, Networking, Recognition, Sponsorship, and Mentoring.

     

    The Home Builders Committee's (HBC) primary purpose is to provide students who are interested in pursuing a construction oriented career with scholarships and financial support through grants and other donations and to advance homebuilding educational programs at high schools, community colleges and universities.

     

    HBC coordinates the Annual Design/Build Competition, which is held each spring at the Orange County Marketplace.  Design/Build is a two-day event involving teams from Southern California high schools and community colleges all competing to build their own structure (lifeguard tower, storage shed, etc.)  All teams are required to go through much the same process as professional architects and builders: students are asked to draw their own architectural and building plans in advance and to then incorporate input from ongoing building and planning code inspections as their construction progresses.  This is a well-attended event and a great vocational program for students studying residential or commercial construction.

     

    With the profound importance of worker safety in mind, the representatives from many of our region's top builders have joined together to create the Southern California Builders Safety Alliance Committee (SCBSA). The goal of the SCBSA is to develop a unilateral set of safety-oriented best practices to observed at all residential construction sites. Additionally, the SCBSA will conduct job-site trainings to ensure that all contractors operate in accordance to the SCBSA guidelines. If you have any questions about the SCBSA, please contact Denise Kennedy at 949-777-3854 or dkennedy@biasc.org.

     

    To learn more about these BIASC councils and committees, to find out about upcoming events, or how to join, please email Amy Cisneros at acisneros@biasc.org, or call her office at 949-777-3855. 

  • 04 Jan 2017 by BIASC - Staff

    Project Team
    Architect: Jenkins Custom Homes
    Builder: Jenkins Custom Homes
    Interior Designer: Jenkins Custom Homes
    Developer: The Reserve at Lake Travis

     

    NAHB's Home of the Week is Austin, Texas’ "Ship in the Sky," designed and built for a female ship captain who skillfully pilots some of the largest ships in the world safely through the Houston ship channel. The home was constructed on a lot located entirely in the floodplain and with a limited view corridor to the lake. The imposing structure sits almost 50 feet high at its peak, with the main living area suspended 21 feet in the air, and a cantilevered study off the main living. A three-floor stop elevator was built to accommodate both indoor and outdoor landings.

     

    Check out more photos of this home in the gallery here.