Industry News

Video: Innovative Stone Veneer Enables Drainage & Water Resistance Barrier

JLC’s man-in-the-trenches, Tim Healey, uncovers an interesting new siding product, ClipStone. Finally, an attractive faux stone siding that incorporates drainage into a simple installation process.

Video: 'Green Police' Review Energy Certification Program Confusion

In this segment, Michael Anschel and Carl Seville look at Green Wizard, a website that pulls together information from manufacturers and certification programs to give construction pros access to it all in one place.

Trending: A Desire for Comfort and Healthy Buildings

More than 60 percent of homeowners consider their home healthy. This is despite most being unaware of the most critical indoor and outdoor health hazards, according to a 2014 survey from Houzz.

Window Evolution Leads to Greater Energy Efficiency and Thin-Film Solar

As much of the Northern Hemisphere enters its cold season, here is a primer on how windows went from energy sink to energy efficient.

Congress Still Considering Two Significant Energy Efficiency Measures

Of all the recent congressional activity to promote more energy-efficient structures across America, these two developments stand out as perhaps having the biggest potential to impact the green-buildings community. 

Census Study: Owners Willing to Pay for Energy-Efficiency

An increasing number of homeowners are remodeling for energy efficiency, according to the 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS), released by the Census in October.

Federal Policy Changes Have Reduced Residential Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit Use

Due to policy changes, overall claims for federal residential energy tax credits have declined in recent years, although some credits have grown in use.

Air Leakage Testing Among 5 Biggest Changes in 2015 IECC

The top five major adjustments in the 2015 IECC that will affect new home construction are detailed in this article.

Cold-Formed Steel Focuses on Trends in Thermal Bridging Design & Combustible Framing

Here's what the steel industry thinks will impact the CFS industry in the coming years with regard to building codes.

Michigan's Wendricks Truss Adds Wall Panel Line

In Hermansville a wood truss manufacturing plant is making a few improvements to diversify its production and increase employment.

Attorney Warns Homebuilders Against 'Boilerplate' Contracts

In the high-stakes business of production home building, houses are constructed on a foundation of well-written documents as much as wood and nails. 

CO Private Equity Firm Purchases Hawaiian Truss Company

Honsador Holding LLC, No. 41 on the ProSales 100 list in 2014, has been acquired by the Boulder, Colo.-based private equity firm Grey Mountain Partners.

Top 10: 2015 Home Sales Will Soar in these Metros

Realtor.com crunched more than 15 data points, including population growth, affordability and employment, to come up with a list of 10 housing markets that will record the fastest sales growth in 2015 and beyond.

ProBuild May Be Up for Sale Soon

The owner of ProBuild, the nation's largest full-service lumberyard, is taking formal steps to sell the company, numerous sources have told ProSales.

MiTek Creates New Builder Products Division

MiTek Industries announced the creation of its Builder Products Division for residential and commercial construction.

US LBM Expands Northeast Wallboard Empire

US LBM acquired American Masons and Building Supply Co., which provides wallboard, steel framing, insulation, acoustical and masonry supplies to commercial and residential contractors from its Hartford facility.

1950s Video: Componentized Homes Matched Auto Industry's Efficiency

National Homes Corporation, Lafayette, Indiana, makes the components of a full house every 7 minutes. From the National Association of Manufacturers "Industry on Parade" newsreel.

Composite Panel Systems Earns Composite Market Growth Award

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has awarded Composite Panel Systems with an Award for Composites Excellence (ACE) in the Infinite Possibility for Market Growth category.

Future Lumberyards May Help Solve Labor Shortage?

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025.

Photo Illustrates the Need for Clearly Defining the Building Envelope

This new home has a murky boundary between inside and outside.

ICC 700, LEED, Green Globes Standards Referenced in Defense Authorization Bill

The U.S. House and Senate are in the midst of passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes a reference to reference to ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, as well as LEED, and Green Globes.

BASF Celebrates 150th Anniversary by Launching Online Collaboration Initiative

In addition to celebrations and a historical retrospective, BASF has prepared a global co-creation program with partners on the topics of energy, food and urban living. As part of this program, called Creator SpaceTM,

Scaled Back Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced for Lame Duck Session

You thought the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation was dead after it failed a procedural vote in May? You were wrong.

Study: Lower Energy Bills, Avoiding Jargon the Way to Sell Energy Efficiency to Homebuyers

Seventy-one percent of potential new home buyers said they were likely to very likely to pay more for a high-performance home that had lower energy costs.

8 Passivhaus Cold Climate Building Envelopes Compared & Contrasted

Rolf Jacobson of the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota, outlines his research examining the performance of eight different Passive House Walls systems.

Analyzing Why DuPont Helps to Ban its Own Products

Why would a company support regulation that would ban its own products? To be sure, ethics and responsibility played a role, but so did a desire to influence the regulatory process. 

Spray Foam Key Aspect of Constructing Net-Zero Buildings

Because of spray polyurethane foam’s unique attributes, the material is widely recognized as an optimal solution for unvented attics, as well as for roofing, walls and ceilings. 

Net-Zero Technologies Increasingly Embraced & Advanced by Governments

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that one "green-building" concept gaining prominence is the net zero–energy building, which generates as much renewable energy as is necessary onsite.

NAHB Causes & Heralds Future Code Changes to Require Proponents to Supply Cost-Benefit Analysis

A new ICC policy requires a code change proponent indicate whether the code change proposal will increase the cost of construction and substantiate the cost impact.

Could Components Help Builders Secure Loyal Labor Crews?

Looking at how builders secure loyal labor crews when capacity among subs is tight.