Industry News

Innovative Homebuilder Combines Energy Efficient Techniques with Geothermal for Homes Under $200K

Specializing in energy-efficient homes priced under $200,000, Ideal Homes has been racking up a long list of industry firsts for nearly two decades.

Research Points to Importance of Mitigating Thermal Bridging

Research and monitoring of buildings is increasingly showing the importance of reducing thermal bridging in new construction and mitigating the impact in existing buildings.

Vermont Subsidizing Energy-Efficient Mobile Home Purchases

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board partnered with Efficiency Vermont for MHIP, a pilot program that is subsidizing 10 private purchases of the "next generation" of modular mobile home.

Passive House Demand Growing Quickly?

With the growing cost of fuel and increasingly stringent home construction codes, many architects, builders and homeowners are turning to "Passive House" or "Passivhaus" specifications to design and build their new homes. 

Installation Challenges Threaten Effectiveness of Products Intended to Improve Energy Efficiency

It’s true that better built houses take more time to plan and execute and sometimes require skilled labor and subs. Correct installation is crucial for the smooth operation of many high-performance systems.

California Agency Corrects Misinformation About Sprayfoam

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has completed corrections to the public documents distributed by the agency as part of the Safer Consumer Products Priority Products Initiative.

Sprayfoam Industry Online Testing Increasing in Popularity

More than 10,000 SPF professionals have completed CPI's High Pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training program. 

A Key to Moisture Management is Reverse-Lapped Step Flashing

It’s a basic principle of what building science experts call “bulk water management”: rainwater that strikes a building has to be directed down and out. 

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Slowly Making a Comeback

The idea behind exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) is attractive: a continuous insulated skin that’s lightweight, versatile, and energy-efficient. 

SBCA Board Creates Information & Technology Committee

In recognizing that information and technology (IT) is increasingly becoming the lifeblood of the component manufacturing process, the SBCA Board of Directors approved the creation of a new IT Committee. 

BCMC Show Attendance Grows 40%, Biggest in 5 Years!

Many thanks to exhibitors and attendees alike for making BCMC 2014 a great success! Last week’s show focused on “gearing up for growth,” a fitting theme for an event that grew by leaps and bounds – showcasing the biggest show floor in five years and welcoming 40 percent more individual component manufacturers than last year. 

Toll Brothers Reveals Multifamily Strategy

Toll Brothers is planning a significant presence in the apartment business, but don’t look for it jockeying for a spot on the Top 50 anytime soon.

Real Estate Indicators Point to Strong Fall Housing Rebound

 The latest Redfin data on broker activity shows that demand rebounded last month after a market-wide drop in homes for sale and new listings put a damper on home searches in August.

MiTek Website '' Wins Top Design Award

MiTek and its marketing agency, HLK, have won a Gold Award for Best Website Design for their work on MiTek’s website.

Employee Shortage: Not Enough, or Not the Right Skills?

Employers are taking a record-long time to fill open positions, highlighting a major challenge that companies face in a strengthening economy, according to data released Wednesday.

Video: BCMC Build Recipient Tony Feaster's Story

This article contains the 2014 BCMC Build video, which captures recipient Tony Feaster's story, as well as the purpose of the BCMC Build project.

USDoD Retrofit System a Potential Challenge for Roof Trusses

The nation’s largest energy user, the Department of Defense (DoD), is host to a project that demonstrates best practices for reducing a building’s carbon footprint and lowering demand for energy and water.

New Lumber Co-op to be Formed

Lumber and building material buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. 

BlueLinx to be Weyerhaeuser's EWP Distributor in Delta Gulf

BlueLinx Corporation announced a new distribution agreement with Weyerhaeuser to become a distributor of their engineered wood products in their Delta Gulf market

Housing Recovery May Lead to Significant LVL Shortage

An analyst of engineered wood products markets says that a shortage of laminated veneer lumber capacity in North America may be in the offing as the U.S. housing market continues its recovery. 

BCMC 2014 Blog

Again this year during BCMC week, get day-by-day updates from our man-in-the-field, Jess Lohse, President of Rocky Mountain Truss Co. in Havre, MT.

New Report Explores How Local Governments Benefit from Life Cycle Cost Analysis

A new report describes how life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) is being applied by state and local agencies and provides recommendations for federal, state, and local governments to help encourage the use of LCCA in the decision-making process.

Dow Sheds Low Margin Business to Focus on Performance Plastics

The Dow Chemical Co.  said Thursday it is marketing three of its businesses for divestment, and it now expects the proceeds of its entire divestiture program to be at the higher end of its $4.5 billion to $6 billion range.

North Central Region Retains Higher Priced OSB, While Prices Generally Fall

Prices of OSB have dipped to their lowest levels in 2-1/2 years in most producing regions, but the North Central region has established a strong premium compared to other areas. 

Global Insulation Demand to Grow 5%/Year Through 2018

A new study puts global insulation demand squarely on the map at 24.9 billion square meters of R-1 value by 2018. This marks a significant turnaround for the market since the 2008-2013 period, indicating a growth rate of 5.0%

General Plastics Promotes Polyurethane Insulation Blocks

Polyurethane foam leader General Plastics spotlights thermal insulation blocks for precast/tilt-up wall panels, continuum of custom-cut structural thermal isolation solutions.

World's Architects Aim to Eliminate Carbon Emissions by 2050

The International Union of Architects adopted a plan called the “2050 Imperative” to phase out carbon emissions from the building sector by 2050. 

World Bank Takes Global Temperature on Carbon Tax, US Still Cool to Idea

As of today, 74 countries and over 1,000 businesses and investors have signed on to a major new declaration published by the World Bank calling for a global price on carbon. 

DOE to Push States to Meet or Exceed 2015 Model Energy Code

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has preliminarily determined that the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) would improve energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code compared to the 2012 edition.

Masco to Sell Off Insulation Installation Business

Masco Corp.,moving to streamline its building-products empire, unveiled plans on Tuesday to spin off a division that installs insulation and other third-party products in newly built homes, throwing in the towel on a two-decade effort to develop that business.