Industry in Action

  • Minnesota homebuilders continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency

    Minnesota homebuilders continue to lead the nation in energy efficiency

    According to Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Minnesota has one of the lowest average Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Scores of all states that energy tested more than 4,000 homes in 2023. The lower the HERS Index Score, the more energy-efficient the home is. According to RESNET, Minnesota tested 7,727 homes in 2023 and… Read More

  • The Industry Toasts to Women in Construction

    The Industry Toasts to Women in Construction

    To celebrate Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day, the Parade of Homes and WINC hosted a champagne toast at two magnificent homes on the Spring Parade of Homes. The aim was to bring women in the housing industry together to recognize their impact, celebrate their accomplishments, and highlight opportunities available to women in construction. Attendees enjoyed drinks… Read More

  • New partnership aimed at addressing industry workforce struggles announced

    New partnership aimed at addressing industry workforce struggles announced

    One of the greatest concerns for the residential construction industry over the last few years has been a dwindling workforce. Today, Housing First Minnesota announced a new strategic partnership with Building Talent Foundation to address this issue. Building Talent Foundation is a national nonprofit organization founded by the Leading Builders of America, with a purpose of addressing the… Read More

  • Housing First Minnesota announces 2024 leadership

    Housing First Minnesota announces 2024 leadership

    Housing First Minnesota inducted its 2024 board chair at its annual meeting held last week at the Golden Valley Country Club. Art Pratt, president of construction operations for Pratt Homes, was elected to serve as the association’s board chair and will lead a 17-member board during his year-long term. As board chair, Pratt will help… Read More

  • Housing industry spreads holiday cheer

    Housing industry spreads holiday cheer

    As the holiday season ushers in warmth, joy, and a spirit of giving, members of the industry are committing to spreading holiday cheer by giving back to the communities they serve. Beyond the blueprints and hammers, these individuals and companies are coming together to make a difference during the busy holiday season. From builders and… Read More

  • Sherburne County Housing Summit sparks conversation on region’s housing gap

    Sherburne County Housing Summit sparks conversation on region’s housing gap

    The momentum for housing policy reform continues to grow. At the first-ever Sherburne County Housing Summit co-hosted by Sherburne Economic Development, Treadstone Mortgage and the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 8, more than 100 housing leaders came together to discuss challenges and opportunities in housing. A series of speakers and panels throughout… Read More

  • Sartell seeks CMBA members’ input about redeveloping former paper mill site

    Sartell seeks CMBA members’ input about redeveloping former paper mill site

    Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) members participated in a meeting and site tour to discuss possibilities and next steps for redeveloping the city of Sartell’s newly acquired former Verso Paper Mill site along the east bank of the Mississippi River in Sartell.  The city closed on purchasing most of the property on June 14.   Read More

  • Minnesota Wild and Custom Home announce partnership

    Minnesota Wild and Custom Home announce partnership

    Custom One Homes and the Minnesota Wild announced a new partnership earlier this fall to revamp one of the most exclusive areas of the arena. The On-The-Glass Club in the Xcel Energy Center, renamed the Custom One Club, is for ticket members who enjoy an all-inclusive experience at Wild games, including complimentary food and drink… Read More

  • Homebuilding industry honored at 2023 Building Industry Gala

    Homebuilding industry honored at 2023 Building Industry Gala

    Last week, over 700 members of Minnesota’s housing industry gathered for the annual Building Industry Gala, known to many as the BIG Night. Builders, remodelers, suppliers, and individuals in Minnesota’s homebuilding networked, enjoyed tasty food and reflected on the past year’s accomplishments. Local radio host Jason DeRusha, returned to emcee the event. Housing First Minnesota’s annual… Read More

  • Housing experts converge on the Twin Cities
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    Housing experts converge on the Twin Cities

    On Sept. 26, housing policy experts from all corners of the United States came together in Bloomington, Minn., for the 2023 Housing Leadership Summit. The event was organized by Housing Affordability Institute, a housing policy think tank based in Roseville, MN.  The event was filled with discussion on the drivers of housing affordability and inventory… Read More