Industry News

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill May be Reintroduced in January

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said on Wednesday that there is a "good chance" the new GOP majority will bring forward his energy efficiency bill as early as January.

China's Focus on Greater Energy Efficiency May Significantly Increase Global Insulation Demand

During the 2000s, nearly half of the world’s new buildings were erected in China, according to a National Resources Defense Council study. Yet only five percent of them met China’s energy efficiency standards.

Rigid Foam Insulation Recommended for Moisture Control in Remodeled Basement

Installed carefully, this method reduces the potential for condensation because the indoor air is not exposed to cold condensing surfaces. The uninsulated stud wall allows the face of the foam insulation to remain at roughly the same temperature as the indoor air. With little or no condensation, the likelihood

House Pushes for More Accurate Scinece to Support EPA Regulations

The House on Wednesday passed legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new regulations unless it provides the scientific data to justify them.

Video: 'Green Police' Review Energy-Efficiency Boosting Gadgets

In this episode, the Green Police assess innovative products to find simple high-performance solutions for your homes.

Dow Sees Value in Plastics Industry in North America and Argentina

Dow Chemical Co. is moving ahead with plans to add plastics capacity in North and South America, and is advancing other strategic options as well.

An Effective Moisture Barrier Around Windows Requires the Right Order of Installation

Insulated buildings don't dry out so well. When water gets in, it stays in and wreaks more mischief. Doing things in the right order and understanding moisture management is not optional anymore.

Manufacturers Pushing Congress to Make Plastics More Economical Through Lower Tariffs

The National Association of Manufacturers is pushing the lame-duck Senate to pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) to save US manufacturers millions.

Insulated Metal Panels Provide Greater Energy Efficiency for Warehouses

Insulated metal panels (IMPs) are the preferred method of construction for buildings in which refrigerated or other low temperature-controlled interior environments are required. 

Northwest Loses Truss Industry Leader Frank Novak, Jr.

Frank Novak, Jr. of Lake Tapps, WA unexpectedly passed away on October 28, 2014, he was just 55.

Strengthening Economy Driving Construction Record Backlog

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached a new all-time high during the third quarter of 2014 at 8.8 months, eclipsing the previous all-time high of 8.5 months in the second quarter of 2014.

Video: Stanford Engineers Develop Earthquake-Resistant House

A team of engineers at Stanford set about to develop a foundation that could withstand California’s harshest seismic activity, potentially bringing a significant reduction in the costs of insurance.

Lumber Prices Likely to Continue Higher

Spot lumber prices, as reported by Random Lengths (an industry publication), have been on the rise, but slowly and unsteadily. 

Majority of Homebuilders Concerned About Building Code Changes

Many single-family builders are worried about the cost implications of the way building codes are evolving, especially codes associated with fire sprinklers and energy efficiency, a recent NAHB survey finds.

US & Canadian Lumber Producers Rekindling Trade War?

With less than a year to go until the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires, lines are being drawn on both sides of the border over the future of lumber trade between the two countries.

Chart:Top 15 Counties for Large Homebuilders & Components

Big builders had a promising third-quarter in counties scattered across the country. A total of 15 counties experienced positive year-over-year growth in closings by builders with an annual volume of 500 or more units nationwide.

Digging Into Housing Data Reveals Several Flourishing Markets

Taken in total, the housing starts data paint a picture of boring, flat, lackluster performance in 2014.  Dig deeper into the data, however, and you see a much more dynamic picture.

Homebuilders Oppose Obama's Unilateral Immigration Reforms

Despite the fact that it could open the door to homeownership for millions of recent immigrants as well as help alleviate the current labor shortage, President Obama's executive action on immigration was met with disappointment from the building industry.

1950's Video: See What's Changed in the Components Industry

Below is old footage (10 minutes) from National Homes highlighting their structural component fabrication process. 

Cheap Natural Gas from US Could Start Boom for Global Plastics

Plastics manufacturers are counting on ethane processing plants tied to natural gas from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale regions in the United States to lift the industry out of its slow-growth pattern.

BASF & DuPont Among 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Renewable chemicals developer Genomatica took the #1 spot in the 2014-15 “30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals and Materials” rankings, published today in The Digest.

AWC Publishes Energy Code Compliance Guide for Wood

The American Wood Council (AWC) has published a new Design for Code Acceptance, “Meeting Residential Energy Requirements with Wood-Frame Construction” or DCA 7. 

Energy-Efficiency Advocates Take New Mexico's Building Code to State's Supreme Court

Energy-efficiency advocates are asking the state’s high court to review a New Mexico Court of Appeals decision in September that allowed a rollback of New Mexico’s green building code.

Video: Analyzing Huber's Innovative All-in-One Sheathing

Lauren Hunter takes a look at ZIP System radiant barrier panels – the latest addition to Huber Engineered Wood’s all-in-one sheathing offering. The panels could cool conditioned attic spaces by 30 degrees.

Video: 'Green Police' Evaluate Roxul's Insulation Made from Recycled Materials

The Green Police are back! This time, green building consultants Michael Anschel and Carl Seville show us batt insulation from Roxul that’s made from minerals and recycled materials.

Residential Homes Built in Past 10 Years Consume Less Energy

Single-family and multifamily homes built in the previous ten years accounted for just 3.2 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S.

Video: How Building Science Will Enable 2020 Energy-Efficiency Goals

In this Vision2020 presentation, Steven Winter, president of Steven Winter Associates, defines building science and outlines the key solutions in reaching 2020 energy-efficiency goals.

Florida CMs Discuss Market Opportunities & Challenges

On Friday, November 12, 2014, component manufacturers (CM) and suppliers from all across the state of Florida gathered in Orlando to discuss the current challenges they faced in the marketplace.

Structural Engineer Touts BIM for Enabling Design-Build

​PCS Structural Solutions finds that BIM improves delivery methods significantly.

Facts on Building Material Market Declin Starting 2007, Now Rebounding

Perhaps no businesses suffered from the housing downturn more than the building materials industry, particularly the big three sectors servicing residential construction: wood, cement, and drywall.