Industry News

More than 25% of Likely Home Features in 2014 Related to Energy Performance

Of the 18 home features most likely found in new home this year, nearly one third of them relate to a home's performance.

South Carolina Avoids LEED Ban, Adopts Compromise Language

H3592 marks a trend in which chemical and plastic trade groups have opposed the integration of LEED standards in the Southeast. In 2013, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas saw anti-LEED state-level policies introduced for debate.

Charts: Top 10 DOE Energy-Star Cities

In 2013, Los Angeles reigns supreme for the sixth year in a row in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual ranking of the top 25 U.S. cities with the most Energy Star-certified commercial buildings.

EPA Says 23K Energy-Star Buildings Saved $3.1B in Utilities

The EPA released some interesting statistics: more than 23,000 buildings earned their Energy-Star certification by the end of last year. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse emissions.

Does Open-Cell Spray Foam Cause Roof Rot?

Open-cell spray foam is getting a bad reputation among some people in the construction industry. But is it deserved?

Amidst Flat Builder Confidence, Buyers Express Preference for Energy Efficiency

In analysis news, NAHB economists continued their look at home buyer preferences. The last review found that buyers of all backgrounds possess strong preferences for energy-efficient products.

DOE Seeking Public Comment on their Analysis of ASHRAE Energy Standard

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a preliminary analysis of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings."

Senate to Vote on Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

The Senate will take up an $85 billion tax-extenders bill and an energy-efficiency measure after lawmakers return April 28 from a two-week recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said Friday.

Credit Thawing as Temperatures Rise, Should Bolster Housing

Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing market.

Iowa Senator Tours Plum Facility, Vows Code Fight Assistance

On Monday, April 14, Iowa State Senator Amy Sinclair took a tour of the Plum Building Systems plant in Osceola, IA.

Lowering Unemployment Rate Still Good Indicator of Improving Economy

Labor market performance is at the heart of the debate over how to characterize the state of the U.S. economy, wrote Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard.

BCMC Build Recipient Receives Keys to New Home

On Monday, April 14, Cody Nusbaum received the keys to his new, mortgage-free home, built through the BCMC Build project.

Conference to Focus on Australian Wood Framing 'Revolution'

A timber construction revolution is currently underway across Australia, one that is seeing builders change from traditional steel and concrete construction materials to timber panel systems.

US LBM Expanding Rapidly in WI, IL & FL

US LBM’s market presence expanded rapidly over the past couple weeks with the acquisition of Florida lumberyard and the expansion of dealer operations in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Burglary Foiled at Huskey Truss Facility

A homeless man was arrested Monday evening after he was caught trying to breaking into a Huskey Truss and Building Materials, according to reports filed with the Police Department.

Graphic: How to Eliminate 57% of Construction-Related Fatalities

Here's an infographic detailing fatal and non-fatal work injuries, the most common safety issues and what can be done to eliminate 57 percent of construction-related work fatalities.

AZ OSHA May Lose Authority to Feds in Regulating Fall Protection

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health could lose its authority to regulate residential construction work if it does not strengthen its fall protection rules.

Drop in Global Steel Demand May Help Plate Prices in 2014

While global steel consumption will continue to rise this year, the rate of increase will be slower than the 2013 increase, according to the World Steel Association.

Owens Corning Backing Claims that XPS Better than EPS

Owens Corning is using scientific data, video and in-person demos to educate architects, builders and contractors about the proven performance, reliability, and manufacturing characteristics of XPS versus EPS.

Study Finds Energy Retrofits Reduced Emergency Room Visits 67%

An energy-retrofit of 31 single-family homes for low-income families in Baltimore, Md., not only saved energy but also cut down on emergency room visits by 67 percent. 

New Canadian Wood-Frame Energy Efficiency Requirements Provide Another Perspective

This edition of Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction has been updated to reflect the residential requirements of the 2010 edition of the NBC, including new energy efficiency requirements in the 2012 Interim Changes.

HUD Develops Guide Promoting Improved Energy Efficiency in Homes

To help consumers better understand the strategies and product options available to them, HUD has developed the Guide to Energy-Efficient and Healthy Homes.

Innovative Steel and EPS Sandwhich Panel Introduced

Veteran Infrastructure Products (VIP), is offering a panelized composite building system that provides an energy-efficient, cost-effective solution for a wide variety of temporary and permanent housing needs.

NY Group Develops “Anti-Foam” Retrofit Details

A New York-based company have set out to create a suite of details for retrofit and new construction that will accomplish the air-sealing and insulation they're aiming to achieve, but without the foam.

Senate Committee Approves Advanced Manufacturing Job Promotion Measure

It was an announced earlier today that the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) has passed through the committee phase.

Styrofoam is for Buildings, not Beverages

"There's no such thing as a Styrofoam cup," according to Dow Chemical Co., which owns the Styrofoam trademark.

Congressional Chemical Controls Reform Faces Opposition from Environmental Groups

If recent testimony in the US House of Representatives is any guide, Congress, industry, environmentalists and unions face a struggle  to find common ground in reforming federal controls for chemicals.

Polyurethane Innovation Promotion Campaign Launched

A new campaign was recently launched that celebrates more than 75 years of innovation enabled by polyurethane.

NIOSH Data Affirms AWC/NAHB Approach to Firefighter Safety not Fact Based

In reviewing NIOSH reports, there is no compelling evidence to suggest that engineered products are any more dangerous than solid sawn materials in real fire situations.

Heroism: Remembering Another April Firefighter Death Linked to 2x Floor Joists

April 11 is the anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of New Jersey Firefighter/Foreman Kevin Apuzzio who gave his life while attempting to save the life of a trapped civilian.