June 2017 The WBS Connection

Jun 27, 2017


Energy Efficiency at its Finest

Building energy efficient homes comes down to much more than outfitting a house with Energy Star-rated appliances and products. While those things definitely help, the procedures and products used during a home’s construction phase are the most important. We talked to John Hofferber of BerHoff Homes in Neenah to learn more.

John Hofferber has been focused on building energy efficient homes for his entire career. Lessening our impact on the environment has always been his passion.

When John founded BerHoff Homes in 2002, his focus was to incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the building and development process. His efforts center on building a Wisconsin Focus on Energy and LEED-H certified home while focusing on the client’s return on investment.

John says his clients are often upgrading to larger homes, but they typically see a significant decrease in utility bills once they’re in their BerHoff-built home. In order to accomplish this, he works in high efficiency heating and electrical, light fixtures, and low-flow faucets. He incorporates solar, wind, and geothermal technologies, which have resulted in several zero-net energy homes. His homes are a balance between beauty and environmental responsibility.

Many of the products John uses come from Wisconsin Building Supply. He says one of his favorites is Zip System R-Sheathing, an innovative take on weatherproofing and insulating homes using panels instead of rolled housewrap. He describes it as a blanket for the home, building in protection against air leakage and possible moisture damage within walls.

John says WBS gives him a lot of great energy efficient options in different price ranges, especially on things like windows. It helps him meet the needs of clients with varying budgets, while still allowing them to build an energy efficient home with respect to energy used in heating and cooling their homes.

The main factor, John says, in building an energy efficient home is how well it is air sealed.

“Building an extremely energy efficient home doesn’t necessarily have to add a lot of additional dollars,” John says. “It really goes down to those details and watching where you have air penetration.

As we look to the future, green initiatives won’t simply be a buzzword. It will be a key consideration when building every home. To learn more about how WBS can help, ask your sales rep.


JELD-WEN’s Mobile Showroom Coming to WI in July

Window manufacturer JELD-WEN has taken its show on the road, and it will be making three stops at WBS locations in July. The company’s mobile showroom is a great way to showcase its latest products and help you grow your business.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience a building industry mobile showroom, mark your calendars for this exciting showcase from window supplier JELD-WEN. Join us for lunch and door prizes, and learn about the company’s latest products.

Where will the mobile showroom be?

  • Tuesday, July 18: WBS Windsor, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 19: WBS Sussex, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 20: WBS Appleton, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mobile showroom features full-size samples across the JELD-WEN profile of windows and doors. You’ll be able to learn about key product features and benefits through samples and videos. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with your local JELD-WEN sales professional, who will be on hand to answer any questions you have and will offer ideas to help expand your business.

Don’t miss this event sponsored by WBS!


Apps, Apps and more Apps

The struggles of running a construction business, like labor shortages and time constraints, are a given. But our job at WBS is to make yours easier, and that’s why our favorite tool — the free WBS mobile app — will roll out an update in August. Our app, along with a bigger list of construction business apps we compiled, are a sure way to improve productivity on your jobsites and in the office.

When technology is available at your fingertips, your job is simplified. Operations run more efficiently, and your precious time is maximized.

The WBS app update will include The WBS app update will include ordering online, product information catalogs, and downloading your invoices directly into QuickBooks. You will have the ability to view the delivery app on all platforms, i.e. a desktop, tablet or smartphone. 

If you aren’t already using our app, download it today. Contractors love its YouTube capability for viewing “How To” videos, the ability to view product-information catalogs, and its easy access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Other favorite features are online ordering and online scheduling of those orders. To make your accounting easier, invoices are available for direct download to QuickBooks.

And if you’re looking for other mobile apps to improve productivity, check these out:

Timesheet Mobile: This app uses a phone’s GPS to track hours worked at a particular jobsite. Recent updates include automatic reminders for when a shift should start and end.

Fieldwire: This task management app lets project leaders, foremen, and superintendents delegate jobs and tasks, whether they’re in the field or office.

SafeSite: Aimed at decreasing the number of workplace injuries while improving productivity, this app will help you report safety hazards, create custom inspections, and generate automated safety reports.

If you’re interested in a longer list of construction-related apps to help run your business, see this list from The Daily Reporter, a Wisconsin-based construction newspaper. Another great list was compiled by TSheets.