Industry News

The Skills & Traits Needed to Be a Great Lead Carpenter

 Just because a carpenter has these skills doesn’t necessarily also mean he or she has the rest of what it takes to be a successful Lead Carpenter

NFC Members Support Housing Project for Veterans with PTSD

 Camp Hope provides interim housing, peer mentoring, VA support and pastoral care for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD 

NFC Provides Framers Training Tools on Jobsite Housekeeping & Hazard Communication

 The National Framers Council (NFC) is pleased to announce the release of two new topics on General Jobsite Safety in its collection of FrameSAFE Toolbox Talks.

2015 LEED for Homes Award Winners Announced

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the list of winners of its 2015 LEED for Homes Awards.

Map: States Most in Need of Energy-Efficiency Retrofits?

We looked at single-family houses built from 1900 to 2014 to see which decades are most represented by the current housing stock.

BASF & SK Chemicals Continue Trend of Global Chemical Producation & Joint Ventures

South Korean chemicals maker SKC Inc. and Germany-based chemical firm BASF are close to clinching a deal later this year to build a propylene oxide plant in the southern industrial city of Ulsan.

Cheap Natural Gas Spurs Plastics Investment in South Carolina?

One plastics industry entrepreneur  is heading up a new venture that just bought about 107 acres of undeveloped land near the former Force Protection Industries plant on U.S. Highway 78 in North Charleston.

How Sprayfoam is Driving a Revolution in Building Design

To fully understand and appreciate spray foam and its importance to today’s building industry is to take a closer look at one of the main goals of architects and building engineers -- to create sustainable structures.

4 Tips to Build a Comfortable Net-Zero House Include Using Sprayfoam & Exterior Rigid Foam

It's fantastic to have a $0 electric bill, but it's a total failure of a build if the house isn't comfortable or it's not durable.

GAF Purchases Nation's Largest Supplier of Fluid-Applied Roofing Systems

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, announced it has completed the acquisition of Quest Construction Products (QCP), a former division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.

Despite Declining Production Share, Plywood Premiums Falling

 The two Random Lengths plywood composite prices have failed to build on their premiums to the OSB composite for much of the past year.

US LVL Manufacturer Doubles Production Capacity

RedBuilt LLC, a leading manufacturer of engineered structural wood products, announced the addition of a new laminated veneer lumber (LVL) line at its engineered lumber products facility in Stayton, Ore.

BFS Recognized as 2015 Pro Dealer of the Year

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource will accept the 2015 Pro Dealer of the Year award during the ProDealer Industry Summit, to take place at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 28-30.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Supply Chain Changes

The following companies have announced changes to their retail operations.

BMC Expands in Southeast, Buys Atlanta's Robert Bowden

BMC announced today it will acquire Robert Bowden Inc., giving it a highly respected $79 million player in the Atlanta market. 

Video: Super Simple Stand for Managing Production Documents

Check out the clever stand Malcolm McGrath built for use in his shop.

Census Bureau: It Takes 7 Months to Build a House

You probably know how long it takes you to build a house. But you may also wonder how your experience compares to the rest of the industry’s.

Plant Tour: How Lennox Has Perfected the Hole Saw

Last month I attended Lenox’s 100th anniversary event at the company’s headquarters and factory in East Longmeadow, MA. 

Want to Solve Labor Shortage? Focus on Cultural Bias

There have been encouraging signs that America’s attitude towards those who don’t go to college is changing.

Quote: A leader Takes People Where They Want to Go. A Great Leader...

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.

BCMC has Much to Offer Even Before the Show Starts

Be sure to check out everything the show has to offer before the exhibit hall opens, then stay to the very end to see who goes home a winner – it could be you!

Congress Only has a Few Weeks to Consider Comprehensive Energy Reforms

With elections for the entire House, one-third of the Senate, and the Presidency in 2016, along with the annual issues Congress must address, many believe that if comprehensive legislation doesn’t pass this year, the next opportunity may not occur until 2017.

ASHRAE Publishes Addendum to Address Air-Space R-Values

Addendum AC on air-space R-values has finally been published by ASHRAE as an official modification to the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 standard for commercial building energy efficiency.  

Report: DuPont Leads Chemical Industry in Preparing for Low-Carbon Economy

DuPont leads the chemical industry in preparing for a low-carbon economy, according to CDP’s latest quarterly sector research report.

OSB & Softwood Lumber Prices Rise, Gypsum Price Continues Slide

Prices for softwood lumber increased 2.4% in July; OSB prices grew 1% in July; and, gypsum prices slid further in July, down 0.3% for the month.

Conference to Explore Building Science Education & Curriculum Development

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and ASTM International (ASTM) will explore the state of building science education in North America and collaborate to examine ways to improve educational training and curriculum development.

Insurance Company Develops Energy Performance Guarantee Based on HERS Rating

A new program makes it easy for builders to prove that their green homes will save energy and money. The idea is simple: If a house doesn’t perform as expected, the homeowner will receive money back.

Given Recent Innovations in Building Science, Builders Need to Educate Buyers on Value

However, with recent innovations in building science to improve home performance, some consumers don’t yet know what they could have in a new home, which is where Herro says builders need to reset customers' expectations.

Exterior Cladding Made of Cellular PVC Provides Superior Water Resistance

Recent innovations in building materials have yielded exterior cladding, trim and mouldings made of cellular PVC that provide low maintenance, a vastly improved life span.

New Infrared Smartphone Camera Adapter Pays for Itself in a Year

In this video I'm showing a video taken on my iPhone 6 with the Flir One attached. I found some missing insulation in this attic and the savings on this correction could easily pay for the camera over 1-2 years.