“Building Blocks: Berkshire builders adapt to a changing landscape”

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Town Vibe (Spring 2018) features a really interesting article about the ways the real estate market has changed since the crash:

“The key to survival for builders has been finding their niches. Kent Hicks’s West Chesterfield–based construction company has specialized in energy-efficient homes since the 1990s and builds many in the Berkshires. Eight years ago, Hicks became certified in passive-house construction, which has helped increase his volume of business. His work doing energy retrofits on existing houses has done well in the last decade, and he is launching East Branch Homes to specialize in more-affordable, energy-efficient homes.

‘We’re split down the middle,’ Hicks says. ‘Half our revenue is the retrofits; half is net-zero passive homes.’ ”