Industry News

Weyerhaeuser to Begin Distribution of Ox Engineered Insulation Products

Weyerhaeuser Distribution will start offering sheathing products from Ox Engineered through its Houston location.

European Partnership Develops New Bio-Composite Structural Facade System

The Arup/GXN partnership has delivered a facade system, BioBuild, that uses bio-composites to significantly reduce embodied energy in construction materials, whilst also delivering high performance and being economically viable. 

Berkeley Study Suggests Energy Efficiency Retrofits May Not Be Worth the Cost

Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley have released a field study comparing the cost of efficiency upgrades with the energy they save — and its results suggest that savings may not actually be worth the costs.

DOE Report Analyzes Energy Efficiency Barriers for US Manufacturing

No sector of the economy has more to gain from using energy resources more efficiently, but progress on energy efficiency faces a bevy of obstacles, according to a new report from the Department of Energy.

Bayer to Sell Plastics Division as Early as October

German drugmaker Bayer plans to list its plastics division as early as October to take advantage of current rich stock market valuations, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Kingspan Offers High Performance Joint for Insulated Metal Wall Panels

BENCHMARK by Kingspan has announced the Designwall line of insulated metal panels now feature an added built-in benefit, the new high performance joint.

BASF Introduces New Rigid Continuous Insulation Wall Panels

The BASF Corporation Wall Systems business announced the launch of Platinum CI and Platinum CI Stucco wall systems featuring Neopor Rigid Insulation Board. 

Resort in High Wind Zone Offers Good Case Study on Air Barriers

How does one avoid the same fate that a prominent tropical resort suffered when it experienced extensive mold damage due to wind-driven infiltration, resulting in $60 million in remediation and repairs to a $100 million, 1-year-old, high-rise hotel building?

Bautex Introduces New Insulated Concrete Wall Panels

The Bautex Wall System is an insulated concrete wall that provides a durable structure, exterior envelope, continuous insulation, fire resistance, sound reduction, and storm protection all in one assembly.

Will Lego's Move from ABS Plastics Prompt Similar Change in Building Material Industry?

Everyone's favorite building block is about to get a structural makeover. Lego has announced that it is looking for a sustainable option to replace the 6,000 tons of ABS plastic it uses in its popular brick sets.

Video: How BIM is Transforming Home Construction

Clark Ellis, Principal and Co-Founder at the Continuum Advisory Group, explains how building information modeling (BIM) software is revolutionizing the construction industry. 

Simpson Promotes Construction Careers with Local Schools

Simpson Strong-Tie has partnered with Lincoln High School's Engineering and Construction Academy in Stockton, California in an effort to support students interested in entering the trade.

SBCA Members Can Save 15-40% on Insurance Premiums

SBCA is pleased to announce it has teamed up with Lockton Companies and AmTrust Insurance to create a proprietary commercial insurance program for its membership.

Giants Created Through Mergers to Compete on Service, Not Price

Based on the early public comments, the ability to leverage pricing through bigger buying power for BFS-ProBuild or BMC-Stock is not one of the areas where one plus one equals three.

Variable Pricing Has Come to LBM-Here's How They Stay Competitive

Variable pricing has come to the LBM industry, even though some will say—only partly accurately—that they’ve been doing it for years. 

Firefighters 'Cautiously Optimistic' About 6-Story Wood Buildings

Fire officials are cautiously optimistic new six-story wood frame apartment buildings can be safe, even in the wake of Friday’s devastating condo blaze.

Jannke to Provide Softwood Lumber Market Forecast July 14

Guest Speaker, Paul Jannke, a Principal of Forest Economic Advisors, will provide an outlook on Southern Pine and other North American softwood lumber markets as part of SBCA's Workshop Series.

BCMC 2015: Be a Part of the IN Thing!

Now is the time to register for BCMC 2015, Building Innovation Framing Success, which will be held October 20-23 in Milwaukee, WI. Attendee information was mailed last week and complete details are also available online.

Is Housing Regaining Rightful Place in Driving US Economy?

America’s housing market is starting to heat up and provide some pep for an economy held back by lukewarm manufacturing.

BuilderMT Enhances BIM's Design & Estimation Ability

BuilderMT, the widely-acknowledged market share leader in workflow management solutions for mid-market home builders, now offers a new estimating capability through its integration with CG Visions.

Alpine Introduces Versatile STH Adjustable Strap Hanger

The new STH Adjustable Strap Hanger Series from Alpine features 17 easy-to-install products that provide unparalleled performance and versatility on the jobsite.

APA Touts ENERGY STAR Advanced Framing Using Wood Structural Panels

Engineered Wood Specialist Matt Brown outlines in this video how home builders can strike an optimal balance between energy efficiency, structural performance, and affordability by using advanced framing methods.

5 Building Materials That Will Shape Future Construction?

From graphene production en masse to metamaterials that rethink the form and function of conventional construction mediums, here are five innovations with the potential to change architecture today, tomorrow, and beyond.

GAF Introduces New, Reflective Elastomeric Roof Coating

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, proudly introduces WeatherCote™ Elastomeric Coating, a water-based acrylic roof coating that provides a durable, protective weathering layer for low-slope roofs.

How to Deliver Whole Building Energy Effectiveness

To help characterize the extent of energy efficiency measures (EEMs) that would have to be applied to attain specific levels of energy consumption reduction, CMHC supported research to evaluate three representative housing archetypes

House Energy Committee Delays Markup on Energy Bill Until After Recess

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee postponed markup of Chairman Fred Upton’s (R-MI-6) draft comprehensive energy bill this week, until after Congress returns from its July 4th recess.

Is the 2015 IECC an Improvement Over the 2012 Version?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined that the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) would improve energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code compared to the 2012 edition. 

Report Analyzes Waterborne Polyurethane Market Growth & Potential

Waterborne polyurethane (WPU) is a reactive system which is formulated using water instead of organic solvent. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the WPU market.

New Concrete Block Utilizes Post-Consumer Polystyrene Foam

Michael Miner sees a construction opportunity in post-consumer expanded polystyrene foam, a petroleum-based material that in the Portland-metro area would almost certainly end up in a landfill.

Bayer Material Science to Shift Focus to Coatings

The plastics division of German drugmaker Bayer, which is to become a separately listed company by mid-2016, will seek to boost growth mainly at its coatings business.