Posts Tagged "Solutions"

Building Innovation: dasHaus in San Francisco

Posted on Feb 24, 2012

Building Innovation:  dasHaus in San Francisco

Yesterday’s Net-Zero Conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco, part of the dasHaus sustainable construction showcase tour, was an interesting contrast of experiences, from the residential building challenges today, to the brave new world of leading-edge Passive House technology. Brave new world first:  The technology presented, sustainable construction and operational energy savings innovation, includes an array of Passive House components at the leading edge of German construction innovation.  Products and techniques on display included super-insulation, triple-pane high-performance...

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Let Me Show You Want I Mean

Posted on Feb 17, 2012

Let Me Show You Want I Mean

Just recently, I’ve encountered examples that touch on the importance of connecting what builders deliver to what customers’ value, and how critical it is to not assume customers know about building already. The danger in developing a high level of expertise as a builder is the potential to overlook what your customers do not know about your work.  This happens to people in every endeavor. We all begin to think that everyone knows the most basic and standard information about our own jobs or interests as it becomes second nature to us.  But, homes are incredibly complex.  What’s...

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Involve Your Team in Listening

Posted on Feb 7, 2012

I caught myself in the act of wishful listening.  Again.  The context of it escapes me, but it happens, especially when a topic I am personally very interested in is happening at the edge of my attention, something to do with travel bargains, incredible sales, or restaurant deals.  Most of us listen for what we want to hear.  I don’t think it’s intentional, rather, we each listen based more on familiarity and optimism. There are times when really listening is critical and discussion-based research is one of those times.  There are some easy techniques to engage the team for focused...

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