Industry News

OSHA's New Eye & Ear Protection Rules Now in Effect

OSHA published a final rule that updates eye and face protection standards.

Study: Site Approval Holding Back Housing More than Labor

Diana Olick reports on analysts' assertions that it's over-regulated and costly home site approval processes holding back housing's recovery far more significantly that labor capacity constraints.

Bosch to Release Flesh-Sensing Jobsite Saw

Bosch announced that their REAXX saw, which is equipped with flesh-sensing technology, will be available on June 1st of this year.

The 5 Most Common Epoxy Anchoring Mistakes

In today’s market, many general contractors shy away from cast-in-place and embed plate anchoring solutions due to the cost and time it takes to install. These anchoring solutions can cause many frustrations on wood frame projects that delay construction timelines.

KB Home Forms Partnership to Design High Performance Concept House

A partnership has beeen formed with KB Home, architects KTGY Group, and a group of national products manufacturers intent on creating, designing, and building an innovative idea home-like installation.

Pilot Program May Pave Way for LEED to Accept Lumber Certifications Beyond FSC

Movement in the years-long tug-of-war over green certification for lumber is better measured in inches than in yards. 

Senate Democrats Hold Up Energy Spending Bill

For the second straight day, Senate Democrats blocked consideration of an energy and water spending package due to a proposed amendment dealing with the Iran nuclear agreement.

W.R. Grace Acquires BASF's Polyolefin Catalysts Unit

Technology firm W.R. Grace & Co. has acquired the polyolefin catalysts business of BASF SE for an undisclosed price.

Residential Insulation Projects Drive Spray Foam Sales Over $1B in 2015

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) sales topped $1 billion in 2015 by most estimates after another solid year of growth due to increased activity in construction and home improvement projects.

US Supply of Petrochemical Feedstock Ethane Should Remain Stable

The supply of petrochemical feedstock ethane should remain in firm supply in the US in the near term, even with exports starting to flow to Europe, LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel said Friday.

DuPont-Dow Merger Could Occur as Early as October

DuPont said on Tuesday it expected the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's review of its proposed merger with Dow Chemical Co to be completed by the end of June.

DuPont Outperforms Q1 Expectations, but Performance Materials Sales Down 10%

DuPont’s earnings for first-quarter 2016 topped expectations, aided by its cost-savings actions. But currency headwinds stemming from a strong U.S. dollar weighed on its sales in the quarter.  

Dow Well Positioned to Benefit from Impending Domestic Polyethylene Boom

When it comes to bulk shipments of commodities, strategic planning is even more important than day to day operations.

BASF's Strong Industrial Chemicals Sales Offset Weak Petrochemicals in Q1

Chemical company BASF's adjusted operating profit fell a less than expected 8 percent in the first quarter.

2018 Code Hearings Address Truss Member Restraint/Bracing

Code change committee hearings were held April 17-27, 2016.

Over-Expansion Prompts County to Freeze Home Construction

York County Council gave preliminary approval on Monday night for a freeze on residential building for the unincorporated area of Fort Mill Township.

Top 10 ProDealers Increase their Market Share

The top 10 firms on the ProSales100 list account for 69.1% of the entire group's sales last year.

Modular Builder, Clayton Homes, Continues 'Site-Built' Expansion

Clayton Homes, the nation’s largest manufactured housing and modular home company and subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, recently got even bigger.

Pulte Recognizes BMC Stock with Outstanding Vendor Award

BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. today announced Pulte Homes recently presented it with the Award of Excellence and the Outstanding Vendor Performance Award.

BlueLinx Proposes Restructuring Plan

BlueLinx, the debt-strapped and loss-plagued building products distributor, announced today it will close four distribution centers by Dec. 31 and stop selling some products.

Can Viable Self-Driving Trucks Solve CMs Driver Shortage?

A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. 

Unique Tip for Making Your Trainings More Memorable

A lot of information is transferred between those who work in a company by talking. Sometimes people take notes ... But not all the time. How can you make the message memorable? Act it out.

US DOC Requests Comments on Softwood Lumber Subsidies

The DOC has issued a request for comment from the public about subsidies they received that were provided by certain countries who exported softwood lumber and softwood lumber products to the U.S.

5 Tips to Reduce Forklift Accidents

Forklifts are among the most frequently used pieces of equipment in the workplace. Unfortunately, accidents involving forklifts are also quite common.

Oregon Seeks to Lead the Way with CLT Wood Construction

Cross-laminated timber carries bold claims and hopes for boosting Oregon’s wood products industry.

AWC Revises Manual for Engineered Wood, Includes CLT

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction.

Video: 'Plastics Make it Possible' Prototype Tiny House Hits the Road

The 170-square-foot tiny house exhibit—"A Tiny House That's Big on Energy Efficiency"—will debut at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 16 and run through September 11. 

Infographic: The Financial and Environmental Benefits of Sustainable, Energy Efficient Design

Learn about the environmental impact of buildings and both the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficient building in this infographic from Green Building Canada.

Can Roof Coatings Significantly Boost a Building's Energy Efficiency?

A roof coated with reflective white paint will typically reflect 88% of the sun’s energy and reduce interior temperature by 2 degrees Celsius in spaces that are not air-conditioned, according to an Australian study.

Fannie Mae Introduces Mortgage Loans for Energy-Efficiency Retrofits

Consumers now have a new way to finance energy and water efficiency improvements in their homes.