Industry News

Does Building Net-Zero Simply Mean Building a Better House?

A recent article in Builder Online argues that building a net-zero house simply equates to building a better house.

New DOE Report Quantifies Energy Savings Possible Through Building Code

The new DOE study underscores the importance of building codes for the nation’s energy and climate goals, by examining the national consequences of energy codes.

Global Polyethylene Demand to Grow Faster than GDP & Population

Global PE demand is expected to grow faster than both global GDP and population through 2025.

Covestro Warns of Chemical Shortages for Polyurethane Foams

Covestro warned that production of chemicals for polyurethane foams would continue to run at reduced levels because outages at a supplier cannot be overcome before Dec. 11.

After Merger, Building Material Division Will Remain Under Dow Brand

One of the three spin-offs will be a maker of plastics and materials for high-volume industries such as packaging, automotive and construction, to be named Dow and consisting of the largest part of current Dow businesses.

Chart: Most & Least Energy Efficient States

According to a McKinsey & Company report, an estimated $520 billion initial investment on energy-efficiency measures could save the economy more than $1.2 trillion in the future.

Alpen Announces Window Line with R10 Insulation Value

A new window from Alpen High Performance Products achieves an R value previously unheard of in the U.S.

Case Study: Atlas Finds an Insulation Solution for Multiple Applications

The following is a case study by Atlas Roofing Corporation focusing on its products that were used in the Hilton Garden Inn in Iowa City, IA. 

Firestone Building Products Develops Online LEED 4 Specification Tool

Firestone Building Products Co. introduced an all-inclusive guide to help customers navigate the best green products for LEED Version 4 requirements.

Company Develops One-Inch Thick Insulation with R-50 Value

R-50 Systems, LLC, launched a new-to-market, 1″ thick vacuum-sealed, patented and certified R-50 value insulation. 

UFPI Residential Construction Unit Q3 Sales Up 9%

Universal Forest Products, Inc. announced 2016 third-quarter results, including net earnings attributable to controlling interests of $27.8 million, an increase of 8.9 percent over the same period of 2015. 

Top 10 Industry News Headlines for Q3 2016

The top ten most read SBC Industry News headlines for the third quarter focused primarily on business growth and the performance of structural building components.

OSB Prices Up Again, Lumber & Gypsum Steady

OSB prices climbed 2.5% in September, continuing a 7-month trend that has the commodity at its highest price since June 2013.

SBCA's Continuing Education: Fire Rated Truss Assemblies

Please join us on Wednesday, October 26 from 1-2 pm Central for a webinar presented by Jim Vogt, P.E., discussing fire resistance rated truss assemblies.

PulteGroup Posts $128M Profit in Q3, Projects Further Growth

PulteGroup, Inc. announced on Thursday a net income of $128 million for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Infographics: Millennials Buying New Homes, Good for CMs?

Half of home buyers in the U.S. are under 36, meaning a new generation—Millennials—is shaping the future of real estate. 

23 Senators Continue to Push for Protectionist Lumber Trade

In a letter sent to President Obama on Friday, 23 Senators called for any new softwood lumber agreement with Canada to protect U.S. timber jobs and communities.

BC Concerned About Growth of Spruce Pine Beetle Kill

The impact of the spruce beetle on Northern B.C. forests continues to grow, with areas impacted by the pest up 35 per cent in the last year.

Charts: Demand Growing Faster than Supply of Multifamily Units

Nearly 78,000 units came on line in the third quarter, but a seemingly insatiable appetite persists among renters, who demanded 109,600 units in Q3.

West Fraser Invests $33M to Expand S. Carolina Mill

West Fraser, a diversified wood products company, is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations. The project is expected to bring $33 million in new capital investment.

Industry Mourns Passing of WTCA/SBCA's First President, Staton Douthit

Carl Staton Douthit, the first president of the Wood Truss Council of America passed away at the age of 79 on October 18, 2016 in Canton. 

New Online Tool to Assist in Benchmarking Energy Performance

A new online platform, arc, will allow buildings to measure their energy performance against several green building rating systems, benchmark energy use against similar buildings, and make improvements.

Spray 'Nano-Insulation' Applied to Windows During Energy Retrofit

DryWired’s Liquid NanoTint thermal insulation coating for glass was selected by the Texas National Guard to be a part of the energy efficiency retrofits being performed on two of its readiness centers.

Making the Case for Insulating a Slab Foundation in the South

In this recent article in Journal of Light Construction, a builder couple outlines the case for insulating the foundation slab of a home as far south as Atlanta, GA.

Actions in Four States to have Impact on Energy Codes

Below are several briefs on state actions with regard to the energy code and legislation that may have an impact on the energy code in the future.

Couple Builds a Net-Zero House from an Online Course

Can you really build a net-zero energy house based on learnings from an online course? 

Design Software Incorporates Real-Time Life Cycle Analysis Tool

Life Cycle Assessmnet is gaining relevance as a factor in measuring the complete enviromnetal impacts of buildings.

How to Improve Thermal Bridging in Rainscreen Systems

Increased thickness of insulation materials provides diminishing returns if thermal bridging is not considered.

Does the U.S. Need a Housing Czar?

A Housing Czar would replace the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, empowered to govern housing policy and regulation in all respects.

Weyerhaeuser Moves into New "Tree House" Headquarters

Weyerhaeuser, one of Washington’s oldest and most valuable companies, marked a new chapter in its 116-year history Monday by opening a new, urban “tree fort” headquarters.