Industry News

Dow, Bayer & BASF Among Companies Awarded for Shipping Chemicals Safely by Rail

Norfolk Southern announced that 66 of its customers have been awarded the 2014 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award for altogether safely shipping more than 227,000 carloads of hazardous chemical products over the railroad’s network last year.

Plastics Industry will Generate Over 462K Jobs in the Next Decade

The U.S. plastics industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, fueled by cheap and abundant shale natural gas that's made it more competitive with overseas markets.

ASHRAE Announces Technical Track Topics for its Energy Modeling Conference

ASHRAE has announced the technical program for its “Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings,” Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga.,

Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced to Increase Energy Research Funding

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday to bump up energy research funding and tweak the structure of American energy research programs. 

Connecticut Adopts Statewide Home Energy Rating Tool

Homeowners in Connecticut will soon have a systematic way to evaluate their home’s energy performance and to compare their home with others in the market.

Johns Manville Releases Fourth Annual Sustainability Report

Johns Manville (JM), a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials and a Berkshire Hathaway company, released its 2014 Sustainability Report today.

ICC Offers Free Webinar on IECC Section R406 and RESNET/HERS

On May 28, 2015, ICC is offering Overview of the 2015 IECC Section R406 and RESNET/HERS, a free webinar for code officials, jurisdiction and property owners that highlights important changes to Section R406.

Meritage Homes Partners with Spray Foam Manufacturer Lapolla

Lapolla Industries, Inc., in its commitment to being the standard for environmentally friendly technology, has been approved by Meritage Homes, for use in its residential construction projects.

White Paper Outlines Superiority of Medium Density Spray Foam

A white paper has been drafted to highlight several important performance and application facts that demonstrate why medium density spray foam is the superior choice in exterior continuous insulation applications.

NAHB Promotes and Influences Voting on ICC Code Change Proposals

NAHB has voting recommendations on 28 of the floor motions from the 2015 Group A Committee Action Hearings held in Memphis, Tenn., last month.

NLRB Seeks to Erode 'Right to Work' Laws

The National Labor Relations Board is considering reversing 40 years of precedent and requiring nonunion employees, in “Right to Work” states, to pay union fees if they wish to pursue a grievance.

CEO of Lumber Liquidators Resigns Amidst Controversy

USA Today's Roger Yu reports that Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has resigned, stepping down from the company’s board of directors.

How Independent Firms can Thrive in Today's Market

Many executives are banking on an American economy and housing market that continues to underperform. 

US LBM Plans to Continue Buying Even as it Sells Itself

More than five years have passed since the private equity fund BlackEagle partners provided the bulk of funds that created US LBM.

Top 10 Industry News Stories from Q1 2015

The following headlines received the highest readership during the first three months of 2015.

Top 5 Issues that Led to ProBuild's Sale

All told, about 75 companies either were in ProBuild’s ancestry or were acquired after the company was formed in 2006.

Map: How Many Framing Contractors Are in Your Market?

New data from the Census Bureau shows which states have the highest number of framing contractors, and how many of those establishments keep inventory.

Charts: Top 100 ProDealer Sales Dominated by Manufacturers

The $38.7 billion in sales racked up in 2014 by this year’s ProSales 100 is the third-best showing since the industry’s high-water mark in 2005 and 2006.

Tauber-Arons, Inc. to Auction Significant Inventory of Must-Have Equipment for the Structural Components Industry

A roof truss assembly auction of grand proportions is taking shape in Aurora, Colorado as a wide selection of high-quality lots from Chase Lumber Roof Truss Assembly Division are about to hit the block.

Truss Technologies Facility Burns with 20' Flames

Kent County Dispatchers say flames were seen shooting out of the Truss Technologies building on 16 Mile Road around 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

Alpine Consolidates Product Information into New Website

Alpine is excited to announce the launch of our new website at

Best U.S. Net-Zero House in Driftwood, Texas?

“Fine Homebuilding” magazine named a custom house in Driftwood as its “Best Energy-Smart Home 2015.”

Coalition Develops EPA Clean Power Plan Compliance Calculator

Today, the Alliance to Save Energy and the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition announced the release of  a landmark calculator that state air quality offices can utilize to estimate the carbon emission savings from state adoption and enforcement of the most recent building energy codes.

Iowa University Project Highlights ACH's Innovative Rigid Foam

Just one year ago, ACH Foam Technologies changed the insulation industry by releasing Foam-Control® Plus+®, an architectural grade expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. 

ME, MI and MN State Legislatures Consider Energy Efficiency Measures

Three state legislatures saw action on energy efficiency measures.

DOE Announces Stakeholder Meeting for 2018 IECC Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program will host a public meeting during which stakeholders can present initial concepts for the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Senate Democrats Sponsor National Renewable Energy Mandate

Senate Democrats are trying again to create a national renewable electricity standard to create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution.

Builder Advises on How to Install Engineered Horizontal Siding

One of the keys to a successful siding project is setting up the jobsite to minimize wasted steps as well as the number of times the material is handled. 

New Report Issued on Installation of Exterior Rigid Foam

New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building America program cover the design and construction of wall assemblies that use more than 1 ½ inches of rigid exterior insulation.

CA Offers $9M in Grants to Train Energy Efficiency Workforce

The California Energy Commission will award up to $9 million to create a workforce trained in advanced technologies and strategies for making new and existing buildings more energy efficient.