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BuildIQ Launches the Best Practices Community Program

Website to share best practices information, tools, and training


BuildIQ, the leading online provider of Best Practices in Homebuilding, launched the Best Practices Community program to better connect homebuilders to information supplied by leading industry product manufacturers and service providers.

"We realize that builders are pressed for time. They need answers quickly from a source they can trust," says Michael Dickens, founder and CEO of BuildIQ. "Builders need access to better knowledge, information, and tools to build a higher quality home, but they typically don't have the time and resources to assemble such a collection of Best Practices themselves."

"The goal of the program is to give builders a convenient place to find, share, and discuss Best Practices for building a higher quality home," says David Ulicne, BuildIQ's Managing Director. "We have invited leading product suppliers and service providers that we believe are the best in the industry to become founding members of the program with the intent to share their Best Practice information in BuildIQ's online products."

Builders can access industry Best Practice information through:

BuildIQ Search ( Builders using BuildIQ Search get relevant, high-quality results from our websites and the outside world. The search tool saves builders time by providing them with great information that isn't buried within thousands of results.

BuildIQ Jobsite ( Jobsite provides insightful information to homebuilders on topics that are critical to their business performance and the quality of their homes. The Jobsite News e-newsletter broadcasts the Best Practices message to the industry.

BuildIQ Toolbelt ( Toolbelt is the place homebuilders go to find solutions to top warranty issues that are costing them millions of dollars to fix. Toolbelt contains a vast collection of step-by-steps, checklists, spec sheets, and inspection tools that builders can print and share.

BuildIQ University ( BuildIQ University provides online training courses in homebuilding Best Practices to help builder teams increase performance, manage risk, and save wasted dollars. We have a growing curriculum of courses that thousands of building professionals have completed.

"Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to be a founding member of the Best Practices Community program," says Mike Moran, Vice President of Builders Programs for the company. "For the past several decades, Simpson Strong-Tie has committed the resources to make training builders a priority, to help improve product installations, and to reduce the cost of construction. We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with BuildIQ to help the industry when it needs it most."

Currently, Simpson Strong-Tie, the Kohler Company, and Hearth & Home Technologies have become founding members of the program. BuildIQ is working closely with each company to identify and publish their Best Practice training, tools, and information to the BuildIQ family of products and websites.

If your company is interested in becoming a founding member and benefiting from providing the right information when the builder needed it most, please go to the Best Practices Community Program ( website for more information and to contact BuildIQ. We're always excited to hear from anyone interested in sharing homebuilding Best Practices.

About BuildIQ
BuildIQ creates, publishes, and hosts a comprehensive curriculum of web-based training courses, content, and tools, which focus on Best Practices in Homebuilding. We're a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that works nationally with some of the best builders in the country. Since the company started in 2001, the mission of BuildIQ and its sister company IBACOS has remained the same: to enable homebuilders to deliver high-quality homes. The BuildIQ team works closely with leading homebuilders, building scientists, and manufacturers to produce a growing body of free and subscription-based content and tools, covering a wide range of topics critical to business performance.

About the Author

David E. Ulicne is the Managing Director for BuildIQ.


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