Industry News

Is Solar PV Energy Generation Becoming Mainstream?

The second quarter was another strong one for the U.S. solar market. With the industry gaining momentum, the market continued to see steady growth in both residential and non-residential installations

Rhino Linings Open-cell Sprayfoam Insulation Featured in VISION House

Green Builder Media's VISION House exhibit at INNOVENTIONS in Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort is a case study in green building and living. 

Builder Chooses External Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Panels for Project

Foamular extruded polystyrene insulation was selected by Kynfield Residential and Commercial Building Contracts for their latest residential project in Putney.

Public Review Open for Two Addenda to ASHRAE 90.1 Standard

As announced in Friday’s ASHRAE Standards Action, the following addenda to 90.1 are out for public review and comment. Please goto for more information.

WA Power Utilities Help Construct 'Super-Efficient' Prototype Home

In Bothell, Wash., Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King-County, and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) have built a high-performance manufactured home. 

Updated Software Improves Energy Efficiency Decision Modeling & BIM Integration

Today’s new improvements in functionality are a step-change in energy and comfort modeling capabilities, boosting building simulation benefits.

New Energy-Efficiency Rating System Introduced for Multifamily Buildings

A new numerical assessment can help multifamily owners quickly and easily understand their buildings' energy usage.

Dow Changes Up Plastics Division Leadership

Recent changes made by Dow Chemical Co. will affect the leadership ranks of the firm’s plastics businesses.

Top 10 Future Boomtowns, Where Housing Demand Will Grow

For cities, being family friendly may become increasingly important as the large millennial generation starts entering their 30s, the primary years for raising children. 

Gear Up: Learn the Latest on Automation, Optimization and Turnkey Framing

If you haven’t heard, BCMC is shaping up to be our biggest show in five years! Not only will the show floor exceed 25,000 square feet, but we have surpassed last year’s total number of “pre-registered” component manufacturers.

Video: Where is the Housing Market Headed?

Sustained job growth, affordable home prices, low mortgage rates and a rebound in consumer, small business and builder confidence will help the housing market continue to show modest improvement and better production levels in the months ahead.

District Attorney in Lowes Case: Don't Fret Using '2x4'

A California deputy district attorney involved in the recent Lowes case said that companies are within their rights to describe dimensional lumber in nominal terms, as opposed to actual terms.

Four Texas LBM Dealers Have Lumber Stolen in One Week

The Lumbermen's Association of Texas and Louisiana reported last week that four dealers, located in Gainesville, Texas; Jasper, Texas, Houston, and Dallas, were robbed of lumber and building materials between Sept. 5 and Sept. 9.

OK Manufacturer Promotes Wind Resistant Trusses

Those who need durable and long lasting wood trusses designed for a building will find that it is extremely important to have ones that are durable, especially in areas like Oklahoma.

BMC Opens Second Design Center in Texas

BMC announced today the formal opening in Fort Worth, Texas, of its second BMC Design Center.

OSHA Changes Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries

OSHA on Thursday unveiled a final rule requiring employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

Clarification: General Material Labeling Cause of $1.6M Lowes Verdict

The $1.6 million final judgment that Lowe's Home Centers reached late last month with the State of California appears in part to involve labeling certain non-wood products as wood as well as incorrect labeling of certain other lumber products.

Report: Current Workforce Shortage Caused Primarily by Aging

A Brookings Institution reports says the drop in U.S. workforce participation since the financial crisis is largely due to the aging of the American population, and will not reverse even if labor markets improve.

Evaluating the Green Building Certification War

There is no shortage of green building certifications for residential and commercial infrastructure worldwide, each with its own set of pros and cons.

Video: How to Frame with Weather Resistant Barriers

How to install floor, roof, and wall framing with weather resistant barrier (WRB) and flashing.

South Africa's Sasol Gains Permits to Build $21B Ethane Cracker in LA

South African energy and chemical company Sasol Ltd. has cleared a key permitting hurdle before beginning construction on a $16 billion to $21 billion complex near Lake Charles.

Flame-Retardant Consumer Label Law Goes to CA Governor

Furniture products sold in California would carry labels indicating whether they contain flame-retardant chemicals, under legislation Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. is expected to sign soon.

Joint Venture to Produce Non-HBCD Flame Retardant

Albemarle and global manufacturer ICL, based in Tel Aviv, have formed a joint venture to produce ICL's FR-122P polymeric flame retardant and Albemarle's GreenCrest polymeric flame retardant. 

Company Launches 5-in-1 EECC/IgCC Performance Polyurethane Composite Sheathing

Composite Panel Building Systems announced a new, eco-friendly, fully composite sheathing for new construction and retrofitted homes and apartments

Remaining Congressional Agenda Full of Energy-Related Measures

U.S. House Leadership recently outlined the legislation agenda for the two weeks that Congress will be in session, beginning next Tuesday, before adjourning for the November elections.

BASF To Modify Logo for 150th Anniversary

BASF is introducing a new claim “We create chemistry” in its logo as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Shrinking Lot Sizes Change Opportunities for CMs

Single-family homes have been generally getting larger, but according to the Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold, home lots are getting smaller.

Cold-Formed Steel Framing Standards Free

AISI's S200-series (cold-formed steel framing), S300-series (profiled steel diaphragm) and S900-series (test) standards are now available in PDF format in one location to download for free.

Engineers Remove 'Masters or Equivalent' Licensing Requirements

NCEES member boards voted to remove its Model Law prerequisite that four years of progressive engineering experience be earned before a licensure candidate can take the final licensing exam, the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Lowes Ordered to Pay $1.6M for Falsely Advertising 2x4 Lumber

A California Superior Court judge ordered big-box retailer Lowe's to pay $1.6 million as part of a civil consumer protection action settlement.