Homebuilding Innovation Lags

Peter Coy

We're going through a big home remodeling and addition so I've gotten an up-close look at some of the new technologies being used in homebuilding. For example, with copper so expensive, builders are using sturdy plastic tubes now. They're reliable, but they're much cheaper than copper, lighter, more flexible (of course) and easier to work with. As a bonus, they're color-coded, so you know which ones are for which purpose. (People who actually know about this stuff are invited to correct me on the above. Or I could just go home tonight and ask Rich Ragusa, our wonderful builder.)

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