Industry News

Infographic: US Sustainable Energy Use and Its Effect on Insulation

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance has released the 2016 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

Senate Democrats Stall Energy Bill Passage Over Flint, MI Water Crisis Aid

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked action on a comprehensive energy bill that had drawn broad bipartisan support after lawmakers failed to agree on including a $600 million amendment to address the crisis over lead-tainted water in Flint, Mich.

Thermal Rating Process Updated for Commerical Building Windows & Doors

The AAMA has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems.

GAF Expanding Building Science of Roofs Through Purchase of Icopal

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Icopal (“the Company”), a leading pan-European manufacturer of roofing and other waterproofing products.

W.R. Grace Replaces President Who Left to Head Company's Building Materials Spin-Off

Columbia-based W.R. Grace named a new president Thursday to replace the guy who left to lead the chemical giant's spinoff this week.

DOW CEO Discusses Post-Merger Leadership Structure

DuPont CEO Edward Breen is set to head the combined company after the merger, while Liveris will be the executive chairman after the deal closes in the second half of 2016.

14 Tips on How Manufacturers Can Help Builders with Energy Efficient Construction

The secret to success in the green building industry is simple: Ask as many questions as you possibly can. 

NAHB Ranks Top 10 Energy Efficient Products at IBS, Who's Made the List?

Take a look at 10 of the most innovative products in green building technology today.

Insulated Metal Panels Offer the Best Exterior Thermal Performance?

Engineered metal panel systems offer arguably the best possible continuous exterior system.

6 Steps to Proper Spray Foam Installation

The truth is that spray foam is an incredibly effective insulation material and that failures are incredibly rare.

Lowes Buys Canadian Big Box Chain Rona for $3.2B

Lowe’s Cos. Inc. got it right the second time. The U.S. home improvement chain has won a $3.2-billion deal to acquire Quebec-based Rona Inc.

Timelapse Video: Stick-Framing a Rake Wall

Here's a time-lapse video of a crew stick-framing, sheathing, trimming, and standing a rake wall. 

Can CMs Capitalize on New Integrated Project Delivery Method?

One aspect of the building process has recently emerged as one of the most important factors affecting a job's success: integrated project delivery method.

Home Depot Hiring 80K Workers for Spring Housing Boom?

Home Depot is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers, a bold sign that spring is just around the corner and that the housing market remains strong.

BFS Sales Volume Up 8%, Net Sales Down 1%

Builders FirstSource (BFS) said today that its net sales plus those of its recently acquired ProBuild operations totaled $1.45 billion in 2015's fourth quarter, about 1% lower than what the two companies did in 2014's fourth quarter.

Do You Ask the Right Questions When Hiring?

Nothing is more costly to an organization’s culture than a toxic employee. Here's how to weed them out.

DR Horton Remains Biggest Homebuilder in Biggest US Market

According to a study by Residential Studies Inc., the top 10 home builders in the Dallas-Fort Worth (D-FW) area accounted for almost half of the single family starts from 2015.

Ways CMs Can Help Their Customers Address Code Violations

Here is a list of the most common reasons that a builder or remodeler will fail inspection. Paying extra attention to them should make for fewer items that need correction.

Update on Pine Beetle Kill Impacts on Lumber Supply

Market-driven curtailments announced by Eastern Canadian sawmills over the past week changed the softwood lumber market, as weakening prices bottomed and bounced higher on the news.

Does Creative Truss Design Now Qualify for the R&D Tax Credit?

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit now includes a key modification that will greatly expand the number of companies that can claim it.

CLP: Wood Shrinkage Solutions Trending on Multi-story Projects

CLP shares five trends that are steadily more common on projects that CLP Systems designed and installed during 2015 and are projected to work on in 2016

Super Anchor Safety Brings Expertise to Framers Council

We are pleased to welcome Super Anchor Safety as a new a member of the National Framers Council.  

Using Continuous Insulation to Mitigate the Impact of Thermal Bridging in Metal Buildings

Oak Ridge National Laboratory looked at thermal bridging in light-gauge steel framing and discovered the thermal bridging through steel framing can reduce a wall thermal performance by 55 percent.

CertainTeed Showcases Strong, High-Performance Drywall

Introducing Habito, a revolutionary new drywall product from CertainTeed.

Fortifiber Introduces New Multi-tasking Sealant & Liquid Applied Flashing

Building upon its reputation for innovation in weatherization products, Fortifiber is leading the industry into new frontiers of building protection in more ways than one.

Hardie Releases Exterior Building Envelope Take-off App through iTunes

James Hardie Building Products recently launched an iOS compatible 3D application that helps siding contractors obtain complete and accurate measurements of siding, trim, soffit and windows from smartphone photos.

Green Span Profiles Develops New Insulated Roof Panel

Green Span Profiles has added an insulated roof panel to its product line. RidgeLine is a patented 2-3/8-inch tall mechanically seamed roofing panel covering 42 inches, with thickness options of 2.5, 3, 4 and 5 inches.

SOPREMA Becomes Newest Member of PIMA

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) announced that SOPREMA has joined the group as a manufacturing member.

Market Forecast for Plastics in Building Materials Released

Already the second largest consumer of plastics behind only packaging, building and construction’s use of plastics and plastics derivatives is forecast continue to increase in coming years.