Industry News

Webinar: Thermal Bridging in Structures of Interest to the Engineering Community

This webinar identifies the problem of structural thermal bridging in building envelopes, and strategies to address it, in order to reduce a building's energy demands and minimize condensation-related problems.

Despite Perceptions, Economy Doing Well

National media recently covered the gap between perception and reality with regard to national economic performance.

Johns Manville Earns Top Insulate America Award

Johns Manville has earned the "Supplier of the Year" designation for the second year in a row by insulation contractor association Insulate America, Inc.

Lego Bricks Rely on Air Insulation

Kite Bricks -- which are patent pending -- are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together

Advancements in Polyurethane Insulation Started with Cold Beer

Since its beginnings, polyurethane and its applications have evolved to match advances in technology and manufacturing, as well as consumer demands.

New Study Investigates Combustible Materials in Wall Assemblies

Many combustible materials are used today in commercial wall assemblies to improve energy performance, reduce water and air infiltration, and allow for aesthetic design flexibility.

Federal Task Force Looks to Establish "Net-Zero" Definitions

The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

NIST Net-Zero Home Success Highlights Improvements in Thermal Envelope

Braving a harsh winter with snow-covered solar panels, the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility in Washington DC has come up trumps in a year-long study of its energy harvesting capabilities.

Video: The History of Exterior Moisture & Air Management

In the opening segment of this 5-part series, veteran JLC Live presenter, Mike Sloggatt, takes a look at the history of moisture and air management in exterior walls.

Performance of Steel Cable vs. Steel Truss May Surprise You

A cooperative research team compared the sustainability of two structural systems commonly used for spans exceeding 250 feet: the steel cable system and the steel truss system.

Video: Saw Blade 'Cutting' Wood at 150K Frames per Second

Here’s something way cooler than looking at tree rings with an electron microscope—a close-up look at a table saw blade cutting wood. 

Top 10 Markets Where Multiple Generations Form Household

A new Pew Research study looks at household composition, and specifically at the eye-popping increase over the past 34 years in households that host multi-generational family members. The number doubled since 1980.

Post-Recession: Predicting the Next Growth Cycle

This is the recession evaluator graphic that economists use to determine periods of recession, bottom of recessions and periods of growth. 

Mergers & Acquisitions Increasing in Building Material Supply Business

The last several years have seen a significant amount of deal activity, but a careful analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the LBM industry reveal some interesting trends. 

Despite Housing Start Drop, Significant Construction Increases Predicted

Despite today’s soft number, MetroStudy's Chief Economist Brad Hunter's forecast for the next few years is still calling for significant increases in building activity. 

Carter Lumber Opens Another Charlotte Location

Carter Lumber opened a new location in Charlotte, N.C., to service the region, the company announced today. This is the company's second location in the market.

Stable Lumber Prices Boost UFPI's Q2 Earnings

A more stable lumber market boosted the second-quarter performance of Universal Forest Products, even as the company was forced to pay higher duties for Chinese nails. 

CMs Share Secrets to Maximizing their Profitability

On Tuesday, October 7, SBCA is offering an interactive workshop just for component manufacturers: “Covering Your Costs for Maximum Profitability.” 

Builder Confidence Surges, Indicates Housing Strength

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53.Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

NAHB: Legislation Requiring 10-Year Payback from Energy Code Would be a 'Boon for Consumers'

NAHB believes H.R.5027 would help promote savings in commercial buildings and residential homes through the use of more cost-effective energy codes.

ICC Collaborates with RESNET to Promote 2015 IECC Transition

RESNET announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Modify DOE Energy Code Development Requirements

This week Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R.5027). 

Alabama Representative's Attempts to Defund Federal Energy Efficiency Efforts Rejected

Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) offered an amendment that would have zeroed all funding for the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. 

New York Offers Commercial Energy Efficiency Funding

Funding is available through NYSERDA for efficiency measures which include installation of energy efficient systems and support for energy efficient design and green building efforts related to new construction. 

DOE Funds Development of Cement with Small Carbon Footprint

Thanks to a four-year research and development project co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the carbon footprint of the cement and concrete industry will be smaller, and commercialization of a new sustainable cement and concrete will be accelerated.

BASF Alters Joint Venture, Swaps Chemical Divisions with Mexico's Alpek

Alpek SAB de CV, the petrochemicals arm of Mexican conglomerate Alfa Group, has signed an agreement with German giant BASF SE that changes the complexion of their 50-50 Polioles SA de CV joint venture in Mexico.

Trusses Collapse on Same Florida Jobsite Walls Collapsed Earlier

Two workers fell from near the top of a construction site in Tavares on Wednesday after a set of trusses collapsed.

Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Manufacturers Due

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun follow up for the 2013 Annual Survey of Manufactures.

Builders Contemplate Consequences of Framing Labor Shortages

Data from a June 2014 NAHB survey show that shortages of labor and subcontractors have become substantially more widespread since 2013.

Zeeland Truss Facility Destroyed by Tornado

On July 6, 2014, the Zeeland Truss & Components facility on Clay Ave in Wyoming, MI was hit with a tornado.