Green Building

AWC & CWC Release Two Wood EPDs

The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have announced the release of two new environmental product declarations (EPDs) for laminated veneer lumber and wood I-joists.

Truss Designers Should Consider Raised Heels

With energy codes getting stricter, and more homes being built to Energy Star specs, truss designers now have to consider attic insulation requirements in their roof packages.

Homebuilders Issue ICC Code Call to Arms

Just a handful of the 2,065 International Code Council (ICC) code change proposals now under consideration could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of new-home construction without any significant health or safety benefits.

LEED v4 Adopted, Effective this Fall

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, to go effect in the fall.

Steel Advocates Point Out Wood Isn't Renewable

t the recent ASTM E-60 meetings held in Indianapolis, Indiana, attendees discussed the various definitions for the term “sustainability,”

Homebuilders Host Webinar on Alternative Structural Sheathing

This webinar focuses on real-world solutions for building homes with walls that are strong, moisture resistant, and green.

Mississippi Breaks FSC's Green Building Stranglehold

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government "shall not exclude forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System."

EPS to Purchase Fingerlakes Construction

Energy Panel Structures, Inc., of Graettinger, Iowa will purchase Fingerlakes Construction Company, Inc., the number one post frame builder in New York State.

Dealers Look to Succeed with EWP

The market for engineered framing lumber has matured, but it still offers real opportunities for pro dealers who understand that its potential goes beyond product sales.

Pros & Cons: Analyzing EWP's Staying Power

When many of builders examined which materials to trim in the downturn, they refused to drop engineered wood products (EWPs) despite their higher cost.