Industry News

Industrial Hemp Explored as Alternative Building Material and Insulator

You probably haven’t thought much about using hemp to construct your next home, but maybe you should. It’s durable, lightweight, carbon-negative, and resistant to pests, mold, and fire—and it could potentially cut energy bills in half.

Will Historic Partnership Actually Facilitate Better Energy Efficiency Standards?

Five prominent organizations within the green building community have banded together to facilitate more environmentally sustainable structures across America, but how successful will the new partnership prove to be?

Global Polystyrene & EPS Market to Grow to $42.11B by 2020

According to a recent report, the global polystyrene & EPS market was valued at USD 30.66 billion in 2013 and is anticipated to reach USD 42.11 billion by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2014 to 2020.

Air Products & Chemicals Announces Restructuring Plan

Industrial chemical and gas producer Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. announced Thursday that it will realign itself into seven reporting segments from the first quarter of fiscal 2015 as part of a major restructuring.

US House Approves Energy Measure Package, White House Threatens Veto

The House on Thursday passed a consolidated package of bills it has already passed to boost domestic energy.

BASF Uses 'Sustainability Criteria' to Evaluate and Improve Products

Chemicals giant BASF has created a new process for managing its product portfolio based on sustainability criteria.

Investor Trian Goes Public with Plan to Break Up DuPont

Activist investor Trian Fund Management LP's case to break up DuPont Co. is no sure shot.

Bayer Makes Plans to Shed 'Material Science' Plastics Unit

Bayer AG plans to shed its plastics business, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would further the German company's shift away from its roots in chemicals and toward life sciences.

Dow Launches 'Game Changing' Low-Pressure Sprayfoam

Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, today introduced its newest innovation that truly is a game-changer for the spray foam industry.

Infographic: Why Women Live Longer than Men

A picture is worth 1000 words.

US Lumber Coalition May Seek New Tariffs When SLA Expires

Leaders of the U.S. Lumber Coalition told attendees at Forest Economic Advisors’ 4th Annual Forest Products Forum the current SLA will need to be renegotiated next year or tarrifs would be pursued again.

Homebuilders Use Housing Start's 'New Normal' to Evaluate Market

Reports that America’s housing market is improving invariably lead to “Compared to what?” Against the boom years of a decade ago, 1 million starts is a pittance. Viewed versus the bust, it’s a doubling of business.

Builder Confidence at Highest Level Since 2005

Builders’ sentiment jumped four points to 59, the highest level since November 2005, according to the September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. 

ABC Supply Expands Further with 4 New Facilities

ABC Supply, the largest dealer listed in the 2014 ProSales 100, announced today it opened four new branches, located in Omaha, Neb.; Nampa, Idaho; Clarendon, Vt.; and Charleston, W. Va. 

Canadian Version of BCSI Now Available!

The Building Component Safety Information (BCSI) Canada booklet has arrived! 

Sierra Pacific Quietly Becomes Second Largest US Lumber Producer

Some may be very surprised that the nation’s second largest lumber producer, one that is of increasing importance to what remains of the forest products industry in Washington, is Sierra Pacific Industries.

LVL Producer MLT Becomes First Russian Member of SBCA

Modern Lumber Technology, Ltd (MLT), Russia’s maker of Ultralam™ brand LVL, has joined SBCA and announced its entry into the U.S. market.

Builders FirstSource Outline How They Survived the Slump

The methods Builders FirstSource employed to stay in the manufacturing and distribution business during the recession.

Gear Up: Managing Your Risk, Economic Indicators and Exploring Industry Trends

BCMC 2014 is all about Gearing Up for the Future, so it wouldn’t be complete without a few sessions that help you consider what’s ahead for the industry and your association!

'New Kids on the Block' Launch Masters Competition

In case you were wondering, we officially have our First SBC Masters Competition team submitted in the competition. 

BCMC Build Brings Together a Community

Our charity build project, BCMC Build 2014, will get underway in Charlotte, NC, two weeks from today on Friday, October 3! 

Is Solar PV Energy Generation Becoming Mainstream?

The second quarter was another strong one for the U.S. solar market. With the industry gaining momentum, the market continued to see steady growth in both residential and non-residential installations

Rhino Linings Open-cell Sprayfoam Insulation Featured in VISION House

Green Builder Media's VISION House exhibit at INNOVENTIONS in Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort is a case study in green building and living. 

Builder Chooses External Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Panels for Project

Foamular extruded polystyrene insulation was selected by Kynfield Residential and Commercial Building Contracts for their latest residential project in Putney.

Public Review Open for Two Addenda to ASHRAE 90.1 Standard

As announced in Friday’s ASHRAE Standards Action, the following addenda to 90.1 are out for public review and comment. Please goto for more information.

WA Power Utilities Help Construct 'Super-Efficient' Prototype Home

In Bothell, Wash., Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King-County, and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) have built a high-performance manufactured home. 

Updated Software Improves Energy Efficiency Decision Modeling & BIM Integration

Today’s new improvements in functionality are a step-change in energy and comfort modeling capabilities, boosting building simulation benefits.

New Energy-Efficiency Rating System Introduced for Multifamily Buildings

A new numerical assessment can help multifamily owners quickly and easily understand their buildings' energy usage.

Dow Changes Up Plastics Division Leadership

Recent changes made by Dow Chemical Co. will affect the leadership ranks of the firm’s plastics businesses.

Top 10 Future Boomtowns, Where Housing Demand Will Grow

For cities, being family friendly may become increasingly important as the large millennial generation starts entering their 30s, the primary years for raising children.