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Constellation Awarded Patent for Mobile Scheduling

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Eight years ago, Constellation’s team of developers completed the first version of a mobile scheduling application called OnLocation-Schedule, allowing homebuilders to access and control their company-wide schedules and tasks while on the job site. All of a sudden, builders could view and change the build schedule from their Blackberry, from anywhere. We applied for a patent on this mobile scheduling technology, and we have finally been awarded that patent!

We would like to congratulate Sorin Lungu, who led the development team on this project. Sorin’s patent illustrates our dedication to builder efficiency, maximizing your effectiveness whether you sit at your desk or supervise worksites.

Increasing productivity by scheduling on handheld devices has continued to evolve at Constellation, and we are very proud to be leading the homebuilding software industry. Location-based scheduling is just the beginning! Our development team works tirelessly every day to improve the way that you use technology from website to warranty.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the leading provider of software solutions for the residential construction industry in North America.

We build software that helps you build homes.

 

2013 NHQ Awards: Constellation Customers Clean Up

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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2013 NHQ Gold Award Winner: Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

The 2013 National Housing Quality Awards have been announced, and we are proud to report that two of our customers, DSLD Homes and Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, have taken the Silver and Gold awards, respectively. Congratulations to you both! At Constellation, we strive to aid our clients any way we can in their efforts to streamline building processes, and we are thrilled to play a small role in the success of these two remarkable builders.

DSLD Homes

In 2008, we implemented a Constellation solution for DSLD Homes, a brand-new homebuilder in Louisiana. Today, DSLD builds 687 homes annually, and we like to think that we played a small part. DSLD uses Constellation to help them collaborate, control costs, and eliminate mistakes.

DSLD boasts a 46-day cycle time, which is made possible in part by NEWSTAR Scheduling. Further, the article notes that the builder’s “trades are paid within two days of completing the work, even without submitting an invoice.” Again, NEWSTAR Scheduling with AutoPay and NEWSTAR Workflow Services allow the system to automatically transfer funds to the trades, as contracted, as soon as the work has been checked to the builder’s satisfaction. Read more about DSLD’s big win by clicking here.

Charter Homes & Neighborhoods

Charter Homes has achieved the prestigious status of NHQ Gold, having progressed from Bronze to Silver in the previous two years. This is an enviable feat, as there have only been seven homebuilders to receive the honor since the award’s inception in 1993. Charter Homes uses Constellation software to manage their operations, with Sales1440 utilized for sales, marketing, planning, and tracking. Read more about Charter Homes’ climb from Bronze to Gold by clicking here.

Once again, congratulations to DSLD and Charter: two progressive homebuilders who push the envelope of efficiency and maximize margins without satisfying quality or customer satisfaction.

Leading Technology Transformation: Constellation HomeBuilder Systems Named to Constructech 50

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Markham, ON – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has again been recognized as an industry innovator and leader as part of the Constructech 50. Constructech consistently recognizes Constellation’s contribution to and leadership position in a fluctuating market.

Published in the July/August issue of the magazine, the Constructech 50 highlights the most influential construction-technology providers with a strong and ongoing market presence. Constructech editors consider various criteria to determine the winners, including a strong product aimed at the residential construction industry, ongoing customer satisfaction and growth, as well as outreach and educational efforts within the industry.

“The evolution of technology solutions can shake up the marketplace. It may give newer companies a chance to establish themselves in the arena, and it can also let longtime players prove they are committed to the industry,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech. “This year’s winning companies are giving builders and contractors solid solutions on which to build, and continue to transform.”

“Constellation is committed to developing and enhancing our product solutions, while supporting our customers and the industry in parallel. We ensure that our customers, large and small, are squeezing every dollar from their technology investment. We are very happy that Constructech has once again recognized us for these efforts”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Constellation’s software solutions are designed to help builders increase productivity and utilize fewer resources to run their businesses successfully. With a single technology partner, you can count on software upgrades that work, a single support contact for all products, industry expertise, and responsibility for the entire system. In contrast with multi-vendor situations and disparate technologies, Constellation customers know that their systems will be supported and enhanced, that their technology partner is financially strong, and that their technology investment is secure.

About Constructech Magazine

As the technology advocate for the construction industry, Constructech magazine helps builders, contractors, and corporate owners make informed decisions about software and systems for the office and the field. Constructech continues to be a highly respected and trusted resource for construction technology for almost 15 years, providing unbiased opinions and informative news on software, hardware, automation, and service.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated homebuilding construction software solutions to run their business from website to warranty.  From lead management to homeowner services, Constellation’s solutions manage land development, new home sales and marketing, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranties, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portals, and websites designed exclusively for homebuilders.  Constellation’s product suite includes, NEWSTAR, FAST, BuildTopia, Builder 360, BuildSoft Pro, HomeDev Pro, Sales1440, LandDev, and Constellation Web Solutions.

Media Inquiries:

Cathy Kotsopoulos
ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

 

Constructech Magazine Awards Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, HomeDev Pro With a 2012 Top Product Award

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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Markham, ON, March 28, 2012 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the leading provider of residential homebuilding software solutions in North America, today announced that Constellation HomeDev Pro wins a Top Products Award by Constructech Magazine.

The Constructech Top Products awards honor technology solutions that have demonstrated the greatest innovations geared toward the residential homebuilding market. The editorial team at Constructech magazine determines the winning products based on various criteria – the product’s overall usefulness and uniqueness to the homebuilding industry, and the customer growth rate during the past few years.  To learn more, visit www.constructech.com.

Constellation HomeDev Pro is a cloud-based residential software solution specifically designed for homebuilders that encompasses all tasks, processes and workflow to help increase productivity and maximize profits on one platform.  The new offering integrates with familiar tools such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Dynamics and other accounting solutions and is built Microsoft’s .NET Framework and Microsoft SQL Server database technology to manage the data.  HomeDev Pro offers a comprehensive solution for job costing, project management, scheduling, budgeting, purchasing, and customer/vendor communication.  The judges noted they particularly liked the portal – the latest collaboration feature to help streamline the construction process by providing secure, real-time access to information corresponding to all phases of the project.

“For the 2012 Constructech Top Products, our goal was to create a portfolio of superb technology solutions in the construction industry; one that our readers can use as they go forward with technology adoption in the coming year,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, Constructech magazine. “We believe this year’s winning products provide efficient, successful options to those looking to improve business.”

“We are honored that Constellation HomeDev Pro has been recognized in the residential Constructech Top Products this year,” said Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems. “The launch of HomeDev Pro in 2010 is an example of Constellation’s commitment to the homebuilding industry and focus on helping residential builders streamline operations with a more complete and collaborative homebuilding management solution.”  Constellation offers the expertise, in-depth knowledge and experience to understand and meet the technology needs of homebuilders of all sizes.

About Constellation:

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,800 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated home building software solutions to run their business from websites to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and website solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes, HomeDev Pro, BuildSoft Pro, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSU”), the premier international provider of market leading software and services, and is a publicly traded company.

Media Inquiries:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

BuildSoft Pro and Constellation OnLocation-Warranty Named Constructech Top Products of 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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Markham, ON, February 7, 2011 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems proudly announces that Constellation OnLocation-Warranty and BuildSoft Pro are winners of the 2011 Top Product Award from Constructech magazine.

“Our products have consistently earned accolades for innovation and helping builders become more efficient.  We work closely with our customers to develop new products and bring new technology to the home building industry that builders can trust to run their businesses.  We take that responsibility seriously and continually achieve high levels of customer satisfaction”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.  Constellation offers the expertise, in-depth knowledge and experience to understand and meet the technology needs of home builders of all sizes.

BuildSoft Pro is a completely integrated Windows® based application and is a leading residential construction solution for small to medium-sized homebuilders and remodelers to help manage and streamline all construction processes.  Constellation recently upgraded BuildSoft Pro to support modern 32-bit and 64-bit computers, which demonstrates Constellation’s ongoing commitment to invest in new technology for home builders and remodelers.  BuildSoft Pro is easy to learn and use allowing homebuilders to integrate production and accounting information and help manage everything from estimating to project management more efficiently.

Constellation OnLocation-Warranty is the newest mobile device solution in the award-winning suite of OnLocation software applications for homebuilders.  This warranty and customer service management system integrates seamlessly with NEWSTAR Enterprise and utilizes tablet technology for quality control, pre-delivery inspections and warranty walkthroughs.  Whether you are in the office or in the field, Constellation OnLocation-Warranty improves customer satisfaction and keeps your home building business running smoothly, efficiently and profitably.  Using a handheld tablet device, homebuilders can document deficiencies, create work orders, capture electronic customer signatures and have instant access to all homeowner data, contact information, and the status of work-orders, to provide warranty information you need for each home you build.

About Constellation:

As the largest home building software provider in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,400 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated software solutions to run their business from dirt to warranty. From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and web site solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes HomeDev, BuildSoft, Builder 360, Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Media Inquiries:
Cathy Kotsopoulos
cathyk@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is Named Part of the Constructech 50 by Constructech Magazine

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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Markham, ON, July 7, 2010 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest and most trusted software provider of home building software has been named to the Constructech 50 in 2010. 

With Constellation customers counting for more than half of the largest builders in North America, Constellation is well-known for stability, dedication to technology and the highest standards of customer support.  Not only is Constellation the best choice for builders in the USA, but the top builders in Canada have consistently chosen Constellation products to run their business and transition through changes like the Harmonized Sales Tax, Tarion Warranty Regulations, Goods and Services Tax, and numerous payroll changes.  Throughout the home building recession, Constellation continued to invest in the industry, technology, and services for home builders of all sizes. As the leader in home building software, Constellation is ideally positioned to provide mission-critical software solutions that home builders can trust now and in many years to come.

 “We are happy to be recognized by Constructech magazine again in 2010. Throughout the downturn, we continued to invest in our products and services to ensure that Constellation was the best choice for home builders of all sizes”, says Dexter Salna, President of Constellation HomeBuilder Systems.

Constellation’s software solutions are designed to help builders increase productivity and utilize fewer resources to run their businesses successfully.  With comprehensive solutions for home builder websites, online marketing, new home sales, customer relationship management (CRM), accounting, purchasing, estimating, scheduling, warranty, homeowner portals, land development, and vendor portals, many builders choose Constellation as their trusted technology partner. With a single technology partner, you can count on software upgrades that work, a single support contact for all products, industry expertise, and responsibility for the entire system. In contrast with multi-vendor situations and disparate technologies, Constellation customers know that their systems will be supported and enhanced long-term, that their technology partner is financially strong, and that their technology investment is secure. 

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,400 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated software solutions to run their business from dirt to warranty. From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and web site solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry. Constellation’s product suite includes BuildSoft, Builder 360, Constellation CRM (CFT), Constellation Web Solutions, FAST, NEWSTAR, Sales1440, and BuildTopia.

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is a division of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSI”) and is a publicly traded company.

Media Inquiries

Cathy Kotsopoulos
ckotsopoulos@constellationhb.com
(888) 723-2222

Constellation Named for 2010 Residential Constructech Top Products

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
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Constellation named for Trusted Products for BuildSoft Pro and Constellation CRM.

The full article can be found at the following location:

http://www.constructech.com/resources/press_release/press_release.aspx?release_id=110

Shea Homes Selects Constellation BuildServ’s Ownership Guide To Boost Customer Satisfaction To Higher Levels

Monday, December 14th, 2009
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Markham, ON, December 14, 2009 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of software for home builders, helps Shea Homes of Walnut, CA boost customer satisfaction to higher levels in 2009 by helping them monitor and improve the new home buyer experience from contract to warranty.

Constellation BuildSERV’s Home Ownership Guide, the 2009 Innovative Housing Technology Award Winner, is used by Shea Homes to enhance home builder-to-home owner communications using  content management services, online messaging and warranty management software solutions throughout all phases of the new home construction process to keep new home buyers informed and engaged both during and after construction.

In the recent 2009 J.D. Power New Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study reveals that customer satisfaction and new home quality has improved dramatically from 2008.  Shea Homes, Walnut CA performance in this survey was enhanced and strengthened through the company-wide implementation of BuildSERV Ownership Guide.   Shea Homes ranks 1st or 2nd in customer satisfaction in all 5 markets where they competed (Phoenix, San Francisco Area, Denver, Inland Empire, and Orange Co/San Diego), and ranks highest in Shea Trilogy Active Adult communities where they compete in 6 U.S. markets.    Year over year, Shea Homes places in the Top 10 for number of homes built each year with approximately 2,400 homes being sold this year.

Shea Homes expanded their commitment to utilize BuildSERV throughout their 11 regions with built-in milestone notification e-mails and web-based appointment scheduling.  Shea Homes expanded from 3 to 11 regions for three principal reasons.  Firstly, BuildSERV helps Shea Homes internally by allowing everyone to upload, share and collaborate regarding the same documents and information for consistency and unification of their branded image in all locations.  Externally, they’re able to proactively communicate with home buyers using milestone-based messaging and appointment scheduling to keep homebuyers informed and positively engaged.  Secondly, Shea Homes tracks and monitors home owner activities and warranty performance with activity timeline reports giving them a clear picture as to how the home owner is learning and using the system while helping Shea Homes meet their legal obligations.  Finally, the implementation process is quick, easy and cost effective so they save time, money and resources.

Once BuildSERV is delivered to the home buyer by CD ROM, web or e-mail, Shea Homes receives campaign management results with reporting on recipients who’ve received, responded to and are using their information and services.  “In essence, instead of delivering the Home Owner’s Manual as a paper 3-ring binder that gets shelved, BuildSERV delivers twelve copies of their Manual electronically during their first two years in their home using BuildSERV’s milestone messaging and web-based Home Ownership Guide”, Chip Pennington, Corporate Director of Customer Service, Shea Homes.

“The next generation of home buyers are expecting more information online, and BuildSERV delivers the effective communication tools they’re looking for with a comprehensive, web-based Home Owner Manual, providing quick and easy access to regular updates about their home and enhanced information services to create better home buying experiences,”

- Robb Pigg
Corporate VP Operations
Shea Homes

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is the largest home building software supplier helping builders manage their information technology costs with cutting-edge, integrated software solutions to run their businesses more effectively.   Constellation continues to invest in new products and services, while providing regular updates  to keep builders current with today’s technology trends. 

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems (“CHS”) is a division of Constellation Software Inc. (“CSI”), and is a publicly traded company.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,100 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated software solutions to run their business from dirt to warranty. From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, vendor portal solutions, and web site solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry.

Media Inquiries
Cathy Kotsopoulos
(888) 723-2222

Constellation BuildSERV Ownership Guides, the winner of the 2009 Innovative Housing Technology Award

Monday, July 20th, 2009
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Markham, ON, July 20, 2009 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, is pleased to announce that Constellation is the winner of the 2009 Innovative Housing Technology Award for Constellation’s BuildSERV Ownership Guides under the Front Office: Sales & Marketing category.

The award program, owned by CE Pro, TecHome Builder and Electronic House magazines honors the most innovative products, builders and CE pros serving the homebuilding industry.

A panel of tech building industry experts and journalists evaluated the 2009 finalists and made the tough choices.  The winners represent best practices by CE pros, builders, home technology makers and IT innovators.

Visit www.techomebuilder.com for product information and slideshows of the winners and award finalists.

Constellation Sales was nominated as a finalist.

Constellation HomeBuilder System Recognized as Constructech’s 50 Hottest for 2009

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
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Markham, ON, June 29, 2009 – Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, the largest provider of homebuilding software, is pleased to announce that Constellation was named Constructech’s 50 Hottest for 2009.

Constructech 50 Hottest for 2009 is a listing of the most influential construction technology providers with a strong and ongoing market presence.  The Constructech editorial team considered various criteria which included having a strong product/service aimed at the construction industry, customer satisfaction and growth, as well as industry outreach and educational efforts.

“The Constructech 50 Hottest honors the hard work and dedication that these exceptional companies have shown in the construction space.” said Mike Carrozzo, chief editor of Constructech.  “Though ecomonic turmoil has neen prominent and the construction market has seen struggles, this year’s winners have still found success and are taking part in th emove toward improvement in the industry.”

About Constructech Magazine

As the only publication focused exclusively on the technology needs to the construction professional, Constructech magazine division of Speciality Publishing Co., Constructech advises 30,000 unique builders and contractors in all trades within the homebuilding market on the technology, services, and automated home technology that help improve business and increase margins.  With a specialized focused in the homebuilding space, Constructech uncovers the solutions that are shaping the way homes are built.

About Constellation HomeBuilder Systems

As the largest home building software company in the industry, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems has helped more than 2,100 builders manage their information technology costs with integrated software solutions to run their business from dirt to warranty.  From planning to homeowner services, we have land development software, new home sales and marketing software, production, purchasing, scheduling, accounting, warranty, electronic homeowner manuals, and vendor portal solutions designed exclusively for the home building industry.