Industry News

Masco Spinoff TopBuild Introduces BASF Energy Efficiency Partnership

In response to ever changing building codes and the growing expectation for more sustainable homes, Masco introduces a new level for the Environments For Living program called “BEYOND”. 

AIA Calls on Congress to Preserve Current Energy Efficiency Policy

In an op-ed published by The Hill, American Institute of Architects President Elizabeth Richter argues that Congress should preserve Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Bipartisan Energy Bill Introduced by Senate Energy Committee Leaders

On Wednesday, July 22, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) unveiled their new comprehensive energy bill called the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.

House Committee to Mark Up Energy Bill After Recess

Members of a House energy panel are headed for a partisan showdown over amendments to a sweeping energy package, with Republicans and Democrats staking out opposite ground on a range of divisive issues from crude oil exports to renewable energy.

New Plastics Strong Enough to Pave Road Surfaces

VolkerWessels' PlasticRoad project proposes the development of a road surface made up of recycled plastic.

How to Utilize Floor System-Integrated Headers to Maximize Insulation

This article answers the question: "what are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system, and is there a way to insulate that header without sacrificing the bearing surface for the joists?"

Tips for Building an Energy Efficient House in Hot Climates Rely on Good Insulation

The Texas sun is blazing where I build in Austin, Texas. Let me give you four tips for building an efficient home that will stay cool even during the hottest summer.

Why Step Flashing is Preferred Over Continuous Flashing

Controversial changes get people and the building industry thinking, which is what happened recently with the way code looks at sidewall flashing in asphalt-shingle installations.

BASF Reports Increased Sales & Earnings in 2Q

Sales of BASF Group in the second quarter of 2015 grew by 3% to €19.1 billion compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Sales volumes grew by 2% compared with the second quarter of 2014. 

Dow Reports Higher Profits, but Strong Dollar Hurts 2Q Sales

Dow Chemical Co. said profit rose in its latest quarter as costs fell, though adverse exchange rates and lower oil prices pushed the chemical maker’s sales lower.

Simpson's North American Sales Increase 8.8% in 2Q

Simpson Manufacturing Co. had steady -- though modest -- gains to report in the second quarter, featuring a net sales increase of 4.2%.

How CMs Can Help Builders Streamline Permitting

As the No. 1 customer in most building departments, builders should feel empowered to share this concept with the jurisdictions they work in and encourage them to make their processes more efficient.

New Report Details Using I-Joists for High Performance Walls

The I-Joist model has become a favorite among builders of high-performance wall systems. 

BFS & ProBuild 2Q Sales Report Released

Builders FirstSource (BFS) revealed today its expects to announce net income will shrivel by at least 60% in the second quarter from the year-earlier period even though sales will have grown at least 7%.

Top 5 Lessons Builders Learned During the Recession

As volume picks up, the question is how will builders take the lessons learned in the downturn and apply them to a growing market?

Labor Shortage Holding Housing Back, CMs the Answer

Builders claim there is good demand, but they complain they're handcuffed by a lack of skilled labor to build new homes.

Lumber & OSB Prices Edge Up in June

Softwood lumber prices ticked up 1%, but are still down 9.1% from the highs reached last September, the price of OSB rose 2.4% and gypsum prices slipped 1.5% in June.

4Ward Consulting Helps CMs Develop Employee Pipeline

Labor continues to be a critical issue for many companies today and business owners are often commenting on the lack skilled employees or their ability to retain the talent they have.

Video: Milwaukee is the Place to Be in 2015!

BCMC 2015 is all about Building Innovation Framing Success! Join us on the shores of Lake Michigan as the industry gathers for another incredible show.

Tips for Hiring & Training Loyal Designers

Guest Speaker, Travis White, design manager of A-1 Roof Trusses in Fort Pierce, FL will provide a sneak peek for the BCMC educational session on designer training. 

Why Modular Buildings are More Energy Efficient than Site-Built Buildings

Modular or prefabricated green buildings, designed and constructed in factories using precision technologies, are higher quality and more sustainable than buildings constructed on-site through manual labor.

High Performance Insulation Market to Grow to $600B by 2020

It is predicted that the high performance insulation market will be worth $6000Mn (USD) by the end of the stage 2015 - 2020. 

Course: How Residential Energy Use is Driving Energy Building Code Changes

This course will take a closer look at residential energy use and how the changes in building codes and standards are driving improved energy performance in homes.

Course: High Performance Precast Concrete Building Enclosures

High performance materials must be efficient and versatile in use and in operation, as well as durable, resilient, and capable of protecting buildings and building occupants from weather extremes, natural and man-made hazards, and environmental concerns.

Study Suggests White Roof Paint an Effective Energy Efficiency Measure

A new study revealed a special reflective white paint reflects 88% of the sun's energy and could reduce air conditioning loads by as much as 30%.

Architects Specify Extruded Polystyrene Insulation for Innovative House Project

Kieran Mclnerney Architects selected Foamular metric extruded polystyrene insulation to achieve energy efficiency as well as great design outcomes in a new home in Vaucluse.

US Polyeurethane Manufacturers Retain Cost Advantages Over Global Competitors

North America will retain its cost advantage in terms of polyethylene over the next few years and certainly over the next 12 months.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Featured in Net-Zero Student Project

SPF was recently featured in a competition for graduate and undergraduate students, along with faculty advisers, to design a high-performance, energy-efficient home that can offset the majority – if not all – of its annual energy consumption.

1940s Michigan Home to Get $100K Energy Efficiency Retrofit

CertainTeed has announced the winner of its Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Contest.

Owens Corning Meets 2020 Sustainability Goals in 2014

Owens Corning released its ninth annual sustainability report, which had better-than-expected progress to reveal.