Industry News

Fabral Expands Push in Upper Midwest by Promoting Abraham

Fabral, the premier and leading supplier of metal for building envelope solutions, proudly announces the promotion of Scott Abraham to Territory Sales Manager for the regions of northwest Minnesota and North Dakota.

Video: Is OSI's New Quad Max the 'Ultimate Sealant'?

OSI's brand new Quad Max looks to be the Ultimate sealant for any weather & any application on the jobsite.

Builder Key to Helping Buyer Understand and Purchase Energy Efficient Upgrades

One of the reasons more homeowners and building managers don’t upgrade to “green” features like high-efficiency HVAC systems and solar-powered water heaters is that they don’t understand them.

Top 4 Things Buyers Want from Energy Efficient Homes Includes 'Aesthetic' Performance

Based on years of practice--and 10 years of consumer-data gathering--here’s what builders and manufacturers need to promise to move people to buy energy-efficient products and homes.

DOE Develops 'Building Science Translator' Glossary of Terms

The Department of Energy's new Building Science Translator provides a glossary of "power words" that builders can use to reinforce the value of high-performance homes.

Virginia Study Concludes Energy-Efficient Construction Pays Off

Energy-efficient construction requirements in affordable housing are paying off for Virginia renters, according to a first-of-its-kind study in the state.

NAHB Attempts to Define Energy Efficient Home Categories

The terminology for energy-efficient homes can be very technical and confusing to home owners. Here are some simple definitions to help you understand popular energy-saving options for your home.

US Green Building Council Promotes Building Energy Efficiency as 'Win-Win' for New Congress

With the 114th Congress newly underway, leaders from both political parties have said they want to work together. All they need are issues that both sides can agree on. Here's one — energy-efficient buildings.

Proper H-Clip Installation Necessary to Avoid Roof Leaks

It’s important to use proper technique when taping over H-clips. The tape must be centered and adequate pressure applied on all sides of the clip to ensure a reliable seal. 

Group Promoting Steel Windows as More Energy Efficient

The Steel Window Institute is spreading the energy-efficient story of steel windows and doors.

Inexpensive Technology Could Make Steel 10 Times Stronger

An inexpensive new process can increase the strength of metals such as steel by as much as 10 times, and make them much more resistant to corrosion.

Census Data Shows How Much Downturn Hurt LBMs

Long-awaited figures from the U.S. Census Bureau are delivering some of the most detailed evidence yet of how severely the housing crash hurt pro dealers as well as how many fewer of those dealers are in business still.

BMC Launches Pre-Labelled Lumber Framing System

One of America's biggest lumberyards has begun ramping up promotion of a framing system that it says represents a big advancement in home construction and that some framers applaud, but also has some skeptics questioning whether a majority of framers will embrace it.

Panelized Design & BIM Remove Limits for Builders

Savvy builders know that a panelized building system is the one of the most efficient ways to build a home. Computer-aided design and factory fabrication ensure that everything is straight, true, and level, and greatly reduce the potential for errors in the field.

MiTek Releases SAPPHIRE Mobile Viewer for Windows

With SAPPHIRE MobileViewer for Windows, users can receive links to 3D SAPPHIRE architectural BIM models via email and use them for design collaboration on Windows 8.1 tablets, PCs, or Windows Phones.

How Much Snow Can a Roof Handle?

You can’t simply look at a roof and determine whether it is susceptible to collapse. It’s way more complicated than that and often involves consulting a structural engineer.

Construction Fastest Growing Jobs Segment, but Will They Be Filled?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations in the healthcare and construction fields will be some of the fastest-growing jobs between 2012 and 2022. 

Alaska Awards Community Grant to Build Truss Plant

The State of Alaska has awarded a grant to the Yukon Kuskokwim Economic Development Council, YKEDC, for a truss-manufacturing project.

Milwaukee Tool Introduces Next Generation of Sawzall

Milwaukee Tool says it has advanced the reciprocating saw category with a new cordless M18 Sawzall Recip Saw, with selling points in durability, speed and runtime.

Combilift Invests $190M in New Forklift Facility

Combilift Ltd. is to invest $50 million over the next two years in a new manufacturing facility in Ireland.

Infographic: Tomorrow's Net-Zero Home Will Rely on Effective Building Envelope

While previously the purview of a very niche (and often expensive) housing market, net-zero homes are quickly becoming both an economically sound and sustainable proposal. So what will the future of net-zero living look like?

DOE Seeks Public Comment on Energy Efficiency Standards for Manufactured Housing

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated the process to develop and publish energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing.

FEMA Releases 2014 Building Science Report, Praises 2015 I-Codes

The Building Science Branch just released it’s 2014 in Review report. The report concludes the 2015 I-Codes reflect the most advanced building science construction methods and practices to achieve resiliency, safety, innovation and affordability in the built environment. 

Bayer Takes Next Steps to Sell Plastics Division

German healthcare group Bayer has started working on a new corporate set-up for the life-science businesses that will remain when its plastics division is split off, aiming for a new structure at the beginning of next year.

Stepan Sells its Specialty Polyurethanes Systems Unit to J6 Polymers

Stepan Co. has sold its Specialty Polyurethanes Systems business to J6 Polymers L.L.C. in a cash deal to focus on its core operations, polyurethane polyols and surfactants. 

Dow, CertainTeed, Honeywell & Others Launch New Spray-Foam Products

Dow, CertainTeed, Honeywell and Lapolla Industries are launching new spray-foam products to boost energy efficiency and sustainability.

Ineffective Insulation Among Five Causes of Home Energy Loss

 Here is a look at five problem areas that cause heat loss in colder climates and older homes with some potential solutions to explore.

Experts Advise on How to Negotiate Energy Performance-Based Contracts

More clients are expected to pursue performance-based contracts that make energy efficiency a priority and offer financial incentives to teams that achieve predetermined energy use outcomes.

Johns Manville Develops Two New Open-Cell Spray Foam Products

Johns Manville announced the addition of JM Corbond® Open-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (oc SPF) and JM Corbond® Open-Cell Appendix X Spray Polyurethane Foam to its complete line of building insulation products.

Is Cellulose or Fiberglass the Best Way to Insulate an Attic?

This author states, "the best way to insulate my attic is with inexpensive cellulose or fiberglass insulation applied over an airtight attic floor."