When veteran builder Bill Smithers left his job as division president at a large national builder to go into custom home building, he quickly realized the buying power that working for a national builder had afforded him. Like any great entrepreneur, he networked with other custom builders and industry associations which led him to create CBUSA, a collaboration of over 500 independent builders who work together to lower purchasing costs and share knowledge.

In a recent episode of Residentially Speaking, host Alan Hubbell, residential marketing leader, DuPont® Performance Building Solutions, speaks with Smithers about the benefits of Group Purchasing Organizations for custom builders, building science, and the importance of a life-long learning philosophy in the construction business. Hubbell and Smithers close out the episode discussing how to manage the rising costs of materials, escalation clauses, and helping customers understand how quality building reduces the total cost of home ownership.